5 Ways to keep your backyard cool

Summer is a great time to sit outside, soak up the rays and enjoy the heat. Unfortunately, sometimes the heat becomes too much to handle and all you want is a bit of shade to cool off. The good news is there are many ways to create shade in your backyard without compromising the style and functionality you’ve worked so hard to create. Continue reading

The Pope Gets Solar Panels on His House

Pope Benedict XVI’s Bavarian house in Pentling next to Regensburg, will be getting almost 600 square feet of
photovoltaic solar panels.

They were intended to be installed on the roof July 27-31, by local students of a trade school. The panels were donated to the Pope by local workmen.

Once installed, they could generate nearly 6 MW of electricity. No church funds were used, and the Pope made it a condition of the project that it could proceed only without church support. The solar panels could generate as much as $3,500 dollars by selling electricity to the German grid. Any income generated will be donated to job and skill training for disadvantaged youth. Continue reading

Free Landscape Designs

Free landscape designs can serve as a good reference to gather ideas for your land. Especially if you do not have much time to invest in thinking of a design and layout for your landscape, it is preferable to find ideas from other landscape designs. The pictures and information is available either on the Internet or in catalogs and magazines. Continue reading

Pet Rats – Why They Make Great Pets

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Image: Pets 747

Anyone looking for a new pet wants a pet that is clean, socialized and well trained. Most people don’t know that these are all qualities of pet rats!There are many misconceptions about rats. People think that rats are unclean and carry disease. In fact, rats are quite clean and groom themselves several times a day. These aren’t sewer rats we’re talking about. These pet rats, or fancy rats as they’re called, have been domesticated and bred in captivity for at least 150 years. Pet rats are quite tame after living with humans for so many generations and you’ll find that they are nothing like their stereotypes. Continue reading

Advice on growing your own sunflowers

sunflower Few things bring to mind an American Fall season quite like Sunflowers…well, maybe pumpkins, but we’re going with Sunflowers on this one. A native plant to America, the Sunflower (Helianthus annus) is an annually blooming plant and can grow to be over 3 meters tall. The Sunflower is well known for exhibiting heliotropism, or following the path of the sun throughout the day from east to west. While there are certainly a number of ways to go about getting Sunflowers to decorate with this Fall season, here are some thoughts on what to keep in mind in case you’ve decided that you want to grow your own. Continue reading

Solar Panel Installation – Now Heat Water Via Clean Source Of Energy

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Source: http://greenbabyguide.com/

Sun is the major source from which earth derives energy. It is renewable too. The global shortage of organic fuel, increased level of pollution and green house gas emission as well as rise in price of organic fuel has necessitated the demand for exploitation of the vast resource of solar energy. Be it supplying electricity to your home or satisfying your water heating needs, solar panel installation can serve both the purposes. When solar panel is installed for electricity generation purpose, it is called as solar photovoltaic modules and solar panels used for water heating purpose are known as solar thermal collectors. Continue reading

Why Composting Is Useful For The Environment

Composting is very similar to recycling but in the broader sense, recycling includes everything. Whether it is composting or recycling the intention is to provide a conducive environment for our future inhabitants. Earth is getting depleted and if we don’t partake in preserving virtually the only habitable place that we are aware of, and then will it rankle us if all we left behind is one lump of uninhabitable planet. Continue reading