A Visual Guide to Reducing your Home’s Energy Consumption

Taking shorter showers, turning on the ceiling fan and closing the blinds in summer can go a long way to reducing your home’s energy usage. Even with a limited budget to invest in long term energy savings, you can do a lot. Insulating your hot water heater, adding shutters to the windows, insulating your attic and sealing window/door leaks can go a long way.

Consider each room in your home; what can you do to decrease the energy consumption of your home?

Treasure Hunting

Bought to you by “Trade Boats Australia” this infographic delves into the murky depths of treasure hunting. With hundreds of millions of dollars worth of “sunken treasure” laying on the ocean floor it is no wonder people chase the big haul. But beware, it may not be a case of finders-keepers…

50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth

Earth is the largest of the Solar System’s four terrestrial planets. It is around 4.54 billion years old and is home to approximately 7 billion people. Our infographic looks at some of the amazing diversities that make up our planet.

WindSource: The power of renewable energy

Wind turbines in Minnesota have produced enough power to offset the emissions produced by a coal-fired plant equivalent to taking 163,000 cars off the road. That would be a bumper-to-bumper line from Minneapolis to Milwuakee. There’s a lot more that one billion killowatt-hours of power can do.

The Benefits of Having Your Own Private Water Supply

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of taking your water supply off mains and tapping into groundwater to power your business or home? Our handy graphic gives you all the benefits of utilising borehole water, the applications of it and how much you’d be likely to save if you were to utilise a borehole.

Air Quality in the United States

The Air Quality In The USA infographic has a wide variety of information regarding the air quality index, or “AQI”, which is a measurement of the quality of the air in a given area. AQI readings are taken in over 1,000 locations everyday throughout the United States, and based on the Clean Air Act, the EPA reports that they regulate 187 air pollutants.

The Pollutants

The infographic focuses on four major pollutants. These four major pollutants are ozone 3, carbon monoxide, particulates and sulfur dioxide. These four pollutants affect the respiratory systems and overall health of people who are breathing them in, and they are particularly harmful to those with lung diseases, those with respiratory issues, the young and seniors.

The Causes Of Air Pollutants

The causes of the air pollutants can vary depending on the particular pollutant. For example, carbon monoxide is mainly released by motor vehicles, and the EPA estimates that motor vehicles release around 75% of carbon monoxide that is in the atmosphere, and in urban areas, it can be as high as 95%.

Ozone 3, also known as “O3”, is very beneficial in the upper atmosphere; however, it can be a major air pollutant in the lower atmosphere.

Sulfur Dioxide is a major pollutant in industrial areas, and it can have very serious health effects. Sulfur dioxide is usually produced as a result of burning oil, coal and other industrial fuels.

Particulates can come from a wide variety of natural and man-made sources. Volcanoes, smoke stacks, power plants and auto paint shops can all generate particulates.

How The United States Is Doing When It Comes To Air Quality

When it comes to air quality, the United States is doing well overall. Our country is in the top 10 for having a low amount of particulates in our air overall, and this is an excellent rating. Based on this infographic and information reported by the EPA, there is still much more to be done to further improve the air quality of our country overall.

How Energy Gets Used and Wasted in the Home

Buildings account for 50 percent of natural resources, 39 percent of total energy use and 12 percent of water consumption. Yet, so much of this waste. As homeowners, renters, or even as house or hotel guests, we can have a great impact on the Earth by minimizing our energy consumption. Awareness is the key to preventing energy loss in the home. This infographic points out the average monthly kilowatt hour consumption in the home according to each appliance, the ratio of energy use that goes towards certain activities such as space heating, cooling and refrigeration, the location of greatest air leakage in the home and annual hot water usage.

Food Waste Crisis: What Foodservice Operators Can Do

Food waste is a huge problem of breathtaking scope: nearly 40% of the food produced in the US is wasted. This waste has significant financial and environmental impacts. Financially, food costs are on the rise—up 50% since the 1970s—so the food that’s being thrown out has a big price tag. Environmentally, food waste is filling up landfills at a staggering rate, producing 135 million tons of greenhouse gases every year and using up natural resources. This visual brings together many of the eye-opening statistics about food waste, both globally and in the U.S., and presents solutions for how foodservice operators can start solving this problem through food waste tracking and prevention.

Never Refuse To Reuse

The amount of trash produced by each American citizen is difficult to imagine.The heaps of trash exert negative influence on the natural environment in so many different ways. One household will probably not make any diference, but if many people follow suit the results will be noticeable. Recycling is an easy and effortless way to give something back to the planet. It’s a good habit indicative of whether you are concerned about the environment and the future of our planet.

If you think that your only problem with trash is taking out the garbage, you’ll probably want to take a look at the infographic and change your attitude.