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26 03, 2016

Eco-friendly Living – Act Now

By | 2017-03-28T08:43:44+00:00 March 26th, 2016|City Smart, Energy, Green Tech|0 Comments

Why it is absolutely imperative to make changes to our current lifestyles The reason is simple. We have exhausted all options and the only way out is, to shape up or ship out. Dramatic as it might sound, we are in danger of wiping ourselves out from the face of the earth, if something is not done about environmental degradation. Most of the recent flooding, forest fires, and landslides can be attributed directly to unbridled human activity. The recent Chennai floods is a case in point. The devastating loss to life and property is mind-numbing. Danger signals: Melting ice The [...]

25 03, 2016

How Green Really is Your ‘Green’ Home?

By | 2017-03-28T08:43:46+00:00 March 25th, 2016|City Smart, Energy, Green Tech|0 Comments

What makes for a green home in reality? Oftentimes, what you get sold is not what you want, or at least, not the exact thing you want. Asterisks and other typographical symbols come in handy for sellers who are unable to match their sales pitch with actual delivery of goods matching the promised specifications. It always pays to go through sellers’ claim with a fine tooth comb and linger on fine print until you are reasonably satisfied with what you are getting. In most cases, the discrepancies may be as acceptable as the difference between a lime and a lemon. [...]

23 03, 2016

Advantages of Owning a Vacation Home

By | 2017-03-28T08:43:50+00:00 March 23rd, 2016|Energy, Green Tech|0 Comments

The opinion is evenly divided among the general population on the subject of buying a second home. While some recognise advantages such as a chance at savings on hotels and resorts and other weekend getaways, others are not so enthused about the idea. Most folks brought up in middle class homes would do a double take at the thought of splurging money on such a grand scale. But is it really an extravagance? Let’s find out. It begins to make sense Like most things in life, truth lies somewhere in between. When examined impassionately, the idea of owning a second [...]

25 09, 2014

Oh, all those motors that guzzle!

By | 2014-09-25T06:39:04+00:00 September 25th, 2014|Energy|0 Comments

There is an advantage to saving energy that people are starting to see. It saves money. By replacing old machinery, businesses around the world can save huge amounts of energy and save money, too. For example, there are millions of electric motors in many thousand factories. There are nearly 3 million pumps for borewells in Karnataka alone. That means a total of over 50 million pumps in the country—each of them using up about 12 KWh every hour of use! There are motors which move conveyor belts or turn drills or lift heavy objects. If you add up all the [...]

30 08, 2014

The Solar Day went past us …

By | 2017-03-28T08:44:42+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Energy|0 Comments

Take a moment to consider this: The world's energy future: 50 years of oil reserves, 200 years of coal reserves, and at least 500 billion years of solar energy. The world has still a long way to go in developing and tapping the energy received from the sun every day. The solar radiation striking the Earth is an astounding 89,000 TW. After accounting for water covering the earth's surface, unsuitable terrain, Antarctica, and assuming the 5% of the remaining land area is available for installing solar power plants, at the current photovoltaic conversion efficiency rate of around 16%, the amount [...]

30 08, 2014

Lesson from Lanka

By | 2014-08-30T06:29:13+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Energy|0 Comments

In the height of summer complaints from citizens on energy shortages grows. Come monsoon and with greater hydel power generation, those demands die down—well, at least, until the next year when the shortage grows to be more severe with relentlessly growing demand. Sri Lanka has a lesson to offer that we should seriously look at. Two years ago it levied a tax on incandescent bulbs of over 40 watts and banned the import and manufacture of bulbs of 75 watts and over. The move has reduced peak working hour loads by 15 per cent. Under the plan, bulbs are labeled [...]

30 08, 2014

Get a bit of the sun every day?

By | 2014-08-30T06:15:44+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Energy|0 Comments

Has it crossed your mind that you hardly get the sun on your skin if you work in a city and you are not trekking the streets. If you don’t get enough sunlight, your body falls short of Vitamin D. Your bones are 80 per cent water, they gain strength as you work them. And the stronger they are, the less the risk of brittle bones when you get older. Studies show that 80 per cent urban Indians suffer from very low levels of Vitamin D. You may want to do something about that! Ah, the life of a farmer! [...]

30 08, 2014

World’s most ambitious Solar Generation Plan

By | 2017-03-28T08:45:09+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Energy|0 Comments

Reading the title of Today's EcoMoment, can you guess who it is, that is in the process of putting in place the world's most ambitious solar generation plan? New Delhi! Calling it the 'National Solar Mission' plan, Indian Central Government has drafted a plan to install 20,000 megawatts of solar power by 2020, and ten times that figure by 2050! What's even more surprising is where the money to build it up will come from: increased petrol and diesel taxes. Feed-in tariffs and purchasing obligations for power authorities will be put in place. Also, tariffs on imported solar equipment will [...]

30 08, 2014

Solar cooking

By | 2014-08-30T06:12:50+00:00 August 30th, 2014|Energy|0 Comments

Well well, it looks like solar energy in India is really getting trendy! We recently caught wind of another of the Indian Governement's decisions regarding solar power: Ajay Chandak from Prince India reports that in the next five year plan, 2012 - 2016, a record 30,000 million rupees has been set apart to invest in solar cooking in 50,000 schools throughout the country! We can see a double advantage here: not only will a lot of cooking gas and electricity be saved, but millions of school children will be exposed to solar power and its benefits, along with the ease [...]

23 08, 2014

Desertified energy

By | 2014-08-23T16:13:45+00:00 August 23rd, 2014|Energy|0 Comments

Would you believe us if we told you, harvesting solar energy from less than one percent of the world's deserts would provide as much electricity as the entire human race uses today? Though it sounds fantastic, it is completely true. Let's look at the facts: one square kilometre of desert, on average, receives solar power equivalent 1.5 million barrels of oil, every year. The 36 million-odd square kilometres of desert on earth could potentially be used to generate several hundred times the current energy consumption of the world! There is only one conceivable difficulty: transporting this energy to the human [...]