Eco-living Technologies Help Home Value Grow

Craig Benfield of Geebung has save thousands through green living.
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The green property trend is branching out beyond minority groups to encompass the average home owner looking to save a buck and add house value, says a Geebung local.

For years home owner Craig Benefield had a carbon footprint the size of Godzilla‘s, but after making a few eco changes said he’d chopped his hefty electricity bills down by more than 100 per cent while adding considerable value to his abode.

“We are fairly high-energy users and because we have reverse-cycle air conditioning … our bills were up in the $700 per quarter,” he said.

“We have just got our first power bill (since getting solar panels and solar hot water) and it was just over $200 in credit for 41 days.”

It doesn’t take heavy construction to save money on your home upgrades, all you need to do is install the proper energy saving devices and you can save money right away.

A couple of years ago Mr Benefield made the decision to go greener said while he had to take out a few loans to do it, he had already earned it back in savings.

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Hemp – A True Environmental Hero

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The first recorded piece of canvas is made of hemp fibres from 8000BC and it survives to this day! The Chinese created paper using hemp over 2000 years ago. During the great days of discovery almost all ships set sail using hemp ropes and sails. Pioneers crossed the newly found American frontier beneath wagons covered in hemp canvas sheets. Hemp seed was a mainstay in bread making in this country before wheat came along. It seems that hemp has always been a supercrop and yet it has been left behind with the advent of the industrial revolution and the introduction of foreign crops and fossil fuels, but all that may be changing.

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As scientists and researchers look into new products to help tackle climate change, hemp, one of our oldest recorded crops, is taking centre stage. Here are a few key facts about this amazing crop.

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8 Eco Friendly Ways To Wash Your Clothes

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Cleaning our clothes, while necessary, is a potential mine-field for the environmentally-aware individual. From the water and power that we use to the chemicals we flush into the water system there are a huge number of improvements that can be made to the “standard” way of washing your clothes to make the whole process more sustainable.

We’ve come up with eight different ways to make your laundry more eco friendly but we’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section below so please leave your feedback at the end so we can be constantly adding to this list.

Keep Specific Clothes For Messy Jobs

Whether it’s painting a fence, mucking out a horse or digging your vegetable plot there are certain jobs where you’re almost certain to get messy. Rather than wearing a different outfit each time, and having to put considerable time and effort into getting it perfectly clean again, why not select an outfit specifically for these jobs that you can clean less often?

Select an old pair of jeans to dig the potatoes in. Choose an old jacket for lugging hay bales around in and so on. Keep this outfit safely in your garage or an outhouse and only bring it out when you know for certain you’re going to be getting dirty. Then as soon as the job is finished, change into your clean clothes and keep your messy clothes safe for their next outing.

Only Wash Your Clothes When Necessary

We live in a world where cleanliness is important so I’m not for one moment suggesting you refuse to ever wash your clothes again or you wear the same pair of underpants for weeks on end but many people still wash clothes far more than necessary. I know of people who will only use a towel once before putting it in the wash. Many people will get home from work, put on their “home clothes”, only wear them for a few hours before bed and put then straight in the wash.

What I’m advocating here is just a little more thought about which items of clothing really need to be washed and which ones can easily be reused without any risk of marks, dirt or smells putting off your family, friends and work colleagues. Simply think before you put anything in the laundry basket and ask yourself if it really needs a wash right now.

Buy An Eco Friendly Washing Machine

Thanks to the “green dollar” manufacturers are being put under ever more pressure to create “eco friendly” equipment and washing machines are no different. There are now models designed specifically to use minimal water and power whilst still attaining the same level of cleanliness you would expect from an older, less efficient model. I’m not suggesting you should go out and buy a brand new washing machine right now but when your machine reaches the end of it’s useful life, consider investing in a new eco friendly model as a replacement.

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Prototype Solar-powered OLED Sunroof is Window by Day, Light by Night

Transparent OLEDs might not make a lot of sense in televisions, but what about putting them in your car? Philips and chemical company BASF have developed a prototype car roof that combines OLED panels with transparent solar cells. During the day, the roof lets in light from outside, which also charges the solar cells. At night, the panels turns into a car light, using the power stored earlier.

In theory, this isn’t all that different from the transparent OLED or smart window concepts we’ve written up before, including ones specifically designed for cars. However, the implementation for this is simple and (relatively) practical, using the OLED for light rather than as a screen or augmented reality display. It’s also the first design we’ve seen with solar panels layered directly onto a transparent OLED. If it’s anything like the concept above, you won’t be getting a single, solid window (possibly for strength or security reasons), but the ceiling window isn’t exactly there for looking at scenery anyways.

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Five Eco Friendly Gadgets Designed to make your Bike Commutes Safe & Green

Bicycling is a clean, green and healthy mode of transportation. It keeps you fit, saves money and reduces our fossil fuel consumption. In order to inspire urban commuters to go green and make their biking experience even better, there are a number of eco friendly gadgets on the shelves. Five of them are given after the jump.

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