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Solar hot water: Showering with the sun

Why are we paying to heat our water electrically when it’s 80 degrees outside? This is a question we should be asking ourselves in Bermuda. In countries like Israel and Greece, houses are required by law to have solar hot water, so why not here?

Solar water units are a simple and responsible means of heating household water. Solar thermal hot-water systems collect the sun’s energy directly in the form of heat, rather than converting it to electricity first. This method of producing hot water can reduce your electricity bill by up to 30 per cent, making it a solid investment.

biggreenhelp.jpgGreen Kids: Clean green fun

By Henry Adderley and Sakeena Talbot

Worldwide children’s entertainment giant Nickelodeon has launched another new initiative to raise environmental awareness among the world’s youngsters. Nick’s new ‘Global Challenge’ is part of The Big Green Help website at www.nick.com.

 

This online multiplayer kid’s game, which went live at the end of 2008, aims to take advantage of the huge popularity of online gaming around the world to educate children about global environmental concerns.

dandilion1.jpgThe Six Sins of Greenwashing

No, we don’t mean using too much water when you do your laundry. ‘Greenwashing’ is ‘the act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.’ In other words, the recent surge in environmental awareness has led to a lot of false or misleading claims from marketers.

In 2007, TerraChoice Environmental Marketing conducted a survey of environmental marketing claims in North America and identified ‘six sins of greenwashing’. Of the 1,018 products they surveyed – from toothpaste to printers – all but one committed at least one of these six sins.

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Water heater timers are a cheap and easy-to-install way to reduce your electricity bill; saving about 10 to 20% per month, especially if you have an older (pre-1998) water heater.

present.jpgMake Your Holiday Gifts a Little Greener

When the holidays roll around each year, many of us greet the season with a mixture of excitement and dread. We want to spoil our loved ones rotten with fabulous gifts, but we struggle stay in control of the budget and think of something new and interesting to give. Add to this the longing to be environmentally conscientious in our purchasing and many of us feel overwhelmed.

 

This holiday season, consider these eco-friendly gift suggestions that accommodate diverse budgets but won’t compromise your values. Don’t forget to check out Greenrock’s Top Ten Green Websites, too – many of them feature great ideas for greener giving.

 

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


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Hamilton HM11, Bermuda

Telephone: 1-441-747-ROCK (7625)
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