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Energy Saving Tips Infographic

Energy Saving Tips Infographic

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This is pretty.  And complicated.  At first.  And then you see that it’s just a very attractive infographic that shows you a cross-section of a house, and give you tips in what to do in each section of your house to make it more Eco-friendly.  So let’s break it down section by section they way they do.  This infographic is from the UK, so the numbers might be a bit skewed if you’re an American reader, but you get the general idea.

Attic

If everybody with attic space insulated it, it would save about 520 months in bills total.  So, skipping the statistics in pounds (sorry, but you CAN look at the graphic), just know that if everyone insulated their “lofts” it would save enough money and tons of C02 to fill Wembley Stadium almost 380 times.

Roof

Some south-facing solar panels to heat your water would save you up to 60% on your water heating costs.  You can also install sun pipes.

Bathroom

Shower.  It saves 20% of energy over a bath.  If you turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth you can save 7-12 litres (1.8-3.2 gallons) of water per minute.  If you have a drip in your hot water faucet, fixing it will save enough hot water to fill a full bath every two weeks.

Inside the House

Instead of leaving your heat on all night, set it to come on an hour before you get up.  Also, don’t leave your cell phone charging all night.

Outside the House

Underneath the yard, the constant temperature is, well, constant, and slightly moderate, even in cold temperatures.  If you install under-floor heating, it would pay for itself in about 10 years.

Kitchen

Make sure you have enough clothes to fill your washing machine.  Using it on half load uses more energy.  Energy efficient washing machines are best.  Also, only boil as much water as you need.

Living Room

You don’t hang out in there all day, so cut the heat down a bit.  Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room.  Use energy saving light bulbs.  Turn off computers and televisions, rather than letting them “sleep.”

Insulation

Insulate.  It saves tons of energy.

Design:  A

Pretty.

Information:  A

These are things that everyone should do.

Source: http://www.wickes.co.uk/

The Global Impact of Your Lighting

The Global Impact of Your Lighting

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Turn off your house lights much? If you don’t, maybe you should.  This graphic shows the dangers of C02 emissions and how much is being produced by your light bulbs.  Warning: the facts in this infographic will scare you, and I think that’s the point.  Ok, ready? Brace for impact. Here we go.

That little light bulb you have in the living room is killing the planet. It does not matter if it’s an LED, a CFL, or an incandescent. No matter what it it is, as the graphic shows, it is harming the planet.  The reason for this is because, as the popular 80’s band Depeche Mode once declared, everything counts in large amounts. The total yearly amount of CO2 produced by a household with incandescents is a whopping 4.825 tons. Over 35 years, the use of your bulbs will release a great deal of toxic Mercury into the air.  The CFLs will release a monstrous 42 mg of toxic mercury into landfills.

The graphic does not go into a whole lot of depth in terms of how much pollution is being created: it mostly cuts to the chase and doesn’t bog down into details. In order to stop global warming, the world must cut carbon emissions by 70%, and they must do it by 2050 or the planet will become uninhabitable.  But what can we do?  The graphic presents solutions. About 20% of the world’s energy use comes from lighting.  That can be reduced to 4% by something very simple.  Making use of an LED light bulb, instead of a different kind.

Ok, are you ready for the grading section? Hold on to your hats–er light bulbs.

Design:  B

I would say this graphic is average from a design standpoint.  One thing that stands out about this graphic compared to our other graphics is the fact that its very brief. I found myself wanting to see more designs.

Content: B

To be honest, I think a B is a kind grade. There isn’t much here. Stock stats and not much commentary. The graphic could use some more meat. Fleshing out  graphics is the key to receiving high marks here at the infographic showcase.  I will say that this graphic did a good job of convincing me to to use only LED lights from now on, so kudos to Elemental LED for that! They were quite persuasive.

Graphic provided by Elemental LED

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How Much Do We Really Recycle: Infographic

How Much Do We Really Recycle: Infographic

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As this infographic confirms, we are, for lack of a better phrase, a “throw away” culture. That is, we do ridiculous things like dispose of seven and a half times our body weight each year. As expected, the above infographic makes a compelling case for recycling. It’s filled with tidbits that make you throw your hands up and say, “recycling is best!” That’s assuming you were on the fence of course. Most people know recycling is best; they just don’t do it out of laziness.

Some things about recycling you probably did not know but likely are not surprised by:
–Glass can be recycled over and over without ever losing its purity
–70% less energy is used to manufacture recycled paper
–The energy conserved from recycling one bottle can power a light bulb for one hour
–One recycled can of aluminum contains enough energy to power a Sony TV for three hours

Yes, there can be no argument. A world where more people recycle is the kind of world that most people should want to live in. I do have some issues with the “facts” presented at the bottom of the article though. The graphic claims that certain objects would take several thousand (or in some cases, several million) years to decompose. A Styrofoam cup, for instance, supposedly would not decompose until the year 7,500,000,000 A.D. Really? I have a hard time believing this. If you threw a Styrofoam cup in the woods, you’re telling me it would really take over a billion years for it to erode? I doubt that. What would happen in reality is that maggots and ants would eventually get on it, and it would begin to break down. When you combine the effects of animals with other elements of nature, such as rain and acid rain, the abstract theory that it would take billions of years for the cup to break down becomes even more implausible.

My basic philosophy is this: I’m all for recycling, but don’t try to scare me with inane claims about how long it takes for objects to decompose in a non-controlled, natural environment.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

The design meshes several elements well, and the bottom of the graphic is very aesthetically pleasing due to its use of objects.  Certain elements of the graphic are patchy though.  The “Total Individual Lifetime Disposal” circle is not necessarily easy to understand at first glance. It bogs down a bit. That portion of the graphic could have been handled better.

Content: B+

The content is well-presented, and for the most part, in an easy-to-understand way.  I would have awarded a higher grade, but as I explained earlier, I’m not buying the creator’s argument that it would take thousands and thousands of years for plastic jugs and glass bottles to decompose.  The Styrofoam cup theory makes even less sense when you factor in the temperature changes of the planet.  Think about how hot the planet will be in 7 billion years.

Overall, this graphic is very well-done but has some room for improvement.

This graphic was provided by the fine folks at recycle.co.uk

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