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In the Living Green section we explore how to live a sustainable life. Under Eco Shelter we look at the canalstreetbistro.com design on construction of Green Buildings and how to create and www.nhsonline.org maintain a Healthy Homes. Under Green Thumbs we explore not only Organic Gardening but also creating truly sustainable living environments in Permaculture. Under Food For Thought we examine the issues surrounding what we eat. We look at how we grow our food under Sustainable Agriculture, the abundance of edible wild foods in Wild Crafting, How to preserve our food for later consumption in Putting It Up. The health advantages of a fresh Whole Food Diet and the environmental advantages of a local diet. We also look at all the systems that contribute to creating and maintaining total and Natural Health. We examine Eco Energy and Eco Transport solutions and under Urban Solutions we explore the greening of our towns and cities.

In Waste Not we help you reduce, reuse, repair, recycle and http://radiosyndicationtalk.com/viagra-in-usa rethink our way to a sustainable future. In Green Gear we let you know about new and innovative green products that can make our life healthier and more sustainable. This section can also help you expand your eco awareness through Eco Education and Eco Tourism . And after we talk about all the great things we can do, we show you How To Do It! That is what living green is all about.

Passive Solar Heating and Daylighting

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Passive Solar Heating and Daylighting is uncommonly sensible. However it is not yet been adopted as a general requirement into municipal building codes.  It should be incorporated into every design of a structure.  Step outside on a hot and sunny summer day, and you'll feel the power of solar heat and light. Today, many buildings are designed to take advantage of this natural resource through the use of passive solar heating and http://unicprum.cz/viagra-official-web-site daylighting.

 

Solar Electricty

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Solar Electricity - Many power plants today use fossil fuels as a heat source to boil water. The steam from the viagra online canada boiling water rotates a large turbine, which activates a generator that produces electricity. However, a new generation of power plants, with concentrating solar power systems, uses the sun as a heat source. There are three main types of concentrating solar power systems: parabolic-trough, dish/engine, and power tower.

 

Solar Hot Water

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Solar Hot Water operates on a simple principal. The shallow water of a lake is usually warmer than the deep water. That's because the sunlight can heat the lake bottom in the shallow areas, which in turn, heats the water. It's nature's way of solar water heating. The sun can be used in basically the same way to heat water used in buildings and swimming pools.
   

Photovoltaic (solar cell) Systems

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Solar cells convert sunlight directly into electricity. Solar cells are often used to power calculators and watches.

They are made of semiconducting materials similar to those used in computer chips. When sunlight is absorbed by these materials, the solar energy knocks electrons loose from their atoms, allowing the electrons to flow through the material to produce electricity. This process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage) is called the photovoltaic (PV) effect.
 

 

“On or Off the Grid?” That is the Question.

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Imagine the web of power lines stretching and intersecting across the continent. They begin at large power generation plants and end at the electric meters on our homes. It’s this web that we refer to as the “grid”. The grid has been getting a lot of press lately; it’s old, it’s strained; it delivers “dirty” coal or nuclear generated electricity into our homes and business. Who wouldn’t want to be disconnected from this mess?

In Canada, solar generated electricity has a definite “off-grid” stigma to it, but did you know that throughout the world more than 80% of solar electric technology is grid connected? This means that solar electric modules are used with special devices called “grid-tie inverters” to create utility grade power. This power is then used in parallel with the grid power to meet our electrical needs.
 

   

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