Eco-Logic Living

CANADIAN IDEAS FOR GREENER LIVING

Canadian ideas for greener living

GREEN GENIE

Searching Green Has Never Been So Easy

Okay before I get on with today’s post I’m gonna say what I said yesterday, GO VOTE!! And remember to carpool to your local booth too!

So today I bring to a website that is for all you hardcore-greens out there. Remember Blackle? Well this is similar but different. The search engine is called Truevert, like true green but with a little French, and it is a search technology that learns the meaning of language the same way people do – by it’s context. This version of Truevert is focused on green, environmental awareness. All searches are done from the point of view of environmental and social concern.

Now I know, not really going to save the world, but if you need to find information to save the world….Truevert might be your spot. Click here and here to learn more about this great idea.

Keep it Green,

Paul

 

Carpool to Vote Tomorrow

Well tomorrow is the day, the day where the next president of the United States of America will be decided. Now I am not going to tell you who you should vote for, but you better be voting. Once again it is a close race between both candidates and every vote counts. If you haven’t already seen it, then this is a great video that says it all:

So now that you are going to vote, why not make it a greener vote this year and carpool to the polls? Check out the Carpool to the Polls, either to find a ride or offer yours to others, and if you don’t know where your polling station is, you can use this Google Maps voting tool that will automatically tell you if you give it your home address. In addition to this there is also a Facebook application, which you can learn more about here. So when you go out to vote tomorrow, try to make sure its just not you in the car.

Keep it Green,

Paul

 

Neil Young and 100 MPG

When Neil Young comes to mind, I can only think of one word to describe him…legend! The guy has been rocking for decades, has made hit after hit, dedicated a whole CD to taking on the Bush Administration, an environmentalist, the list simply does not end.

As you may or may not know, for some time now Neil has been working on a way to convert his old 1959 Lincoln into a green machine. Neil has set out to achieve the aggressive target of 100 MPG and win the Automotive X-Prize. Not bad, but can it be achieved?

A lot of information is on the LincVolt website and on the LincVolt youtube channel and he has proclaimed that any progress and knowledge that is learned during his conversion, will be publicly shared to better the automotive industry. What a guy! You can click here to learn more about what Neil has to say.

Keep it Green,

Paul

Stick This in Your Pipe and…

photo/Sabertec

This is a very interesting idea! So right now, with the current economic situation, funds might be tight and budgets may be in place that require a cut back in spending. You may be putting off that Tesla Roadster for awhile, but you still may be looking to reduce you car emissions and keeping spending at a minimum. All the talk in the car industry is redesigning the car, and thats right to a cetain extent. However, what if you could just alter parts of it to run more efficiently? How about an attachment to you tailpipe?Hmm……

This is a great, outside the box idea to reducing car emissions. It’s not the be all end all, but a great idea. The gadget can reduce vehicle air pollution up to 57 percent and greenhouse gases up to 34 percent while increasing fuel economy up to five miles per gallon in lab testing. Click here to learn more.

Keep it Green,

Paul

A 52 House Solar Community

There is no doubt that this news may seem a little strange to be coming out of Alberta, ya know with the whole oil sands/companies invading the province, but a solar powered community has been built in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.

Titled the Drake Landing Community, there are 800 solar panels located throughout the community on garage roofs, and they produce 1.5 mega-watts of thermal power during a summer day and supply heat to the district heating system.

Heres how it works:

  • its a 52-house subdivision to have space and water heating supplied by solar energy
  • Solar energy is captured year round by the 800-panel garage mounted arrays
  • There is a combination of seasonal and short-term thermal storage (STTS) facilitate collection and storage of solar energy in the summer for use in space heating in winter
  • Borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) is an in-ground heat sink for seasonal energy storage
  • Short-term thermal storage (STTS) tanks are the central hub for heat movement between collectors, district loop (DL)/houses, and (BTES)
  • DL moves heat from the STTS to the house

Okay so not the simplest explanation but heres the bottom line, a full on 52 house subdivision that runs on solar power! Come on’ right? It’s great to see Alberta making some positive moves to help fight against the impact the oil sands are having on that amazing province. Click here and here to learn more about this amazing community and company.

Keep it Green,

Paul