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  • How to Find Cheap Solar Thermal Panel Installers

    Recent advancements in solar water heating technology and its rising popularity means that prices for solar water heating systems have become much cheaper. There are a couple of different systems that are available, and purchasers should do their homework before choosing. Flat plate collectors, developed in the 1950s, are the most common and are comprised of […] More

  • Saltwater Pools as a Chlorine Alternative: Maintenance, Upkeep, Costs, and Sustainability

    Saltwater purification lies among many effective methods of home pool purification. In current years eco-consciousness has come into the forefront of many homeowners needs. If you have considered altering your current pool detoxification routine please spend some time to educate yourself about a few facts in regards to saltwater pools versus one traditional method – […] More

  • Understanding the Parts of Your Boat’s Propeller

    Propellers are crucial for optimum performance on the water and to increase the lifespan of your boat engine (as well as the lifespan of the lake it’s used on!). The propeller is where the power of the boat meets the water, so it is important to have propellers with the right parts to achieve the […] More

  • Toshiba to Get Energy From the Ocean

    The well known Japanese company Toshiba and its perhaps not as well known co-patriate IHI have been tapped to pilot a new ocean energy project that will deploy a phalanx of underwater turbines that float like kites. The project demonstrates once again how legacy companies are transitioning to new clean tech. At a little less […] More

  • SunPower is Giving Away a $16,000 Home Solar System

    Founded nearly 30 years ago in California’s Silicon Valley, SunPower has manufactured more than one billion solar cells and installed more than 4.5 gigawatts’ worth of solar energy around the world. That’s enough electrical energy to power Paris, France- the city of lights!- for an entire year. This winter, SunPower wants to make it easy […] More

  • Avoid Disaster Blues with Wet-location Emergency Lights

    Winter is already upon us in many parts of the US. Just because the threat of hurricanes and typhoons has lessened and thoughts have turned to holidays and new year’s resolutions, however, doesn’t mean that disasters can’t happen. Superstorm Sandy was a winter storm, as was Chicago’s famous snowpocalypse of 2011 (shown, above). In both […] More

  • Smart Sprinkler Promises to Save Water and Money

    Over the years of writing for the Important Media Network (and its previous incarnation, Green Options), I have been instantly attracted to good consumer technology products that make the environment a priority. The Nest thermostat is a prime example of this, as are the various WiFi-controlled LED lights. So, when I heard about Blossom- a smart […] More

  • Water, From Thin Air: Atmospheric Water Generator

    A few weeks ago, we covered a company called Molecule New Water Technologies and their EcoloBlue atmospheric water generator- a product that they claimed could pull pure, crystal clear water from the ambient air around it. As I type this, the company has plans to install 52 EcoloBlue atmospheric water generators in a first-of-its-kind, solar […] More

  • New Tool Quantifies Your Business’ Water Risk

    In a time when we’re experiencing an increasingly drier climate, with a booming population and growing demand on water supplies, water scarcity is a very real risk, not only to individuals and communities, but also to businesses that require water in their operations. Water is all too often undervalued and its market price is very […] More

  • In Japan, They’re Farming With 99% Less Water

    This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo […] More

  • When it Comes to Water, Don’t Waste What You Don’t Have

    I’m still thinking about my 4 Liters Challenge from a few weeks ago – it’s amazing how much we take a resource like water for granted! While a number of things I learned stand out, I constantly come back to turning on the water without even thinking about it – I had to catch myself […] More

  • Did You Know: More Oysters Means Better Water?

    Oysters are filter-feeders. That means they suck in the water around them, filtering out the plankton and bits of dead animals and waste that they eat, then spit the water back out, free of that waste. The process feeds the oysters, produces food for humans, and cleans the water around them. Exactly how much these […] More

  • Clean Drinking Water, From the Air

    Originally published by Insteading. With much of California experiencing record levels of “exceptional” drought, and with what little water there is available being tainted by the fracking industry, water security has recently gone from a “prepper” topic to a mainstream concern for many people inside and outside the troubled state. For the guys behind Molecular […] More

  • EPA: Watersense Shower Heads Save 2900 Gallons Per Year

    Back in 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “WaterSense” as a label for high-efficiency plumbing products that not only use less water, but work as well as “conventional” fixtures like faucets, toilets, and shower heads. That means that shower heads labeled with “WaterSense” have been tested for both spray force and water coverage and […] More

  • The Liquid of Life: How Your Body Uses Water

    Water is essential to life, as we know it, and while we all know we’re supposed to drink 6-8 glasses of clean water each day to stay “healthy”, we aren’t always taught about what those 6-8 glasses are really doing for us, or how our body uses water. Most of us, also, are totally unaware […] More

  • Sustainablog Takes the 4 Liter Challenge (w/ Video)

    Hi, gang! It’s been a while since our last post, and since then this “4 liter challenge” thing has surged in popularity and then kinda died down. A few weeks ago, however, our good friend Jeff McIntire-Strasburg took on the challenge and documented his day in words and YouTube videos which he was kind enough […] More

  • World’s Strongest Waterproof Glue

    Anyone who has ever had to clean the underside of a boat knows that there are some sea creatures that are nearly impossible to remove. Now scientists have put that stick-to-itiveness to work by using mussels to create the world’s strongest waterproof glue. Mussels produce proteins in their feet that allow them to “glue” themselves […] More

  • Top Water Woes And Cures: Water Pollutants To Avoid

    If you are drinking your water from the tap, most of the water is safe to consume. A few water pollutants, however, can pose a risk to your health even if they are under the government’s legal limit. These chemical additives are especially dangerous to people with cancer and AIDS, small children, and pregnant women. […] More

  • Efficient Wind Power Designs Advance Clean Tech Cause

    So far, the story of the US renewable energy transformation has skipped a key chapter, which is the exploitation of our massive offshore wind power potential. In the offshore wind category, the US has been lagging far behind other nations. However, the spotlight is starting to swing out to embrace this wind power option, and […] More

  • Reducing water consumption in a business

    There are two main reasons why you may wish to reduce the amount of water your business consumes: cost reduction environmental concerns Across the globe, water is becoming an increasing concern for entire countries and societies. So we need to be aware of the need to conserve it. Capital Investment and borrowing If your business […] More

  • West Virginia Water Woes – How You Can Help

    The West Virginia water woes continue, with more chemicals being discovered in the already contaminated Elk River. At least ten thousand gallons of MCHM leaked into the river upstream of Charleston’s drinking supply. No one knows the safe limit for MCHM, since the EPA grandfathered the chemical in when the Clean Water Act was created. […] More

  • West Virginia Water Woes

    West Virginia has had its share of water woes. The latest came last week from a leaky chemical storage facility when MCHM, a little-studied chemical, contaminated the drinking water supply of Charleston, West Virginia. Initially, residents were told not to drink the water, bathe in it, or wash their clothes or dishes with it. People […] More

  • DIY Drip Irrigation for Under Ten Dollars

    If you’ve ever come home from work in the summer and found your lovely garden wilted, this DIY drip irrigation system might be just the thing for you. Best of all, it costs less than $10. More

  • An Aquifer Under the Sea?

    Australian researchers have found evidence of aquifers under the sea. 120,000 cubic miles of fresh and low-salinity water might be stored and available for human use. “The volume of this water resource is a hundred times greater than the amount we’ve extracted from the Earth’s sub-surface in the past century since 1900,” said lead author […] More

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