A Greener Christmas from the EPA to you; Environmentally Friendly tips for the Holidays

first_imgChristmas around the world is a festive time for cheers and gift-giving. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most wasteful times of the year. Throughout the year, the Environmental Protection Agency would have offered practical advice and solutions on how you, as consumers, can manage your waste; conserve water and electricity; and overall, be more environmentally conscious. The festive season has a huge environmental impact on water and energy usage. There is the release of greenhouse gases, and land disturbances caused by the production, consumption and disposal of some of our favourite holiday items. If we can all try to reduce our eco-footprint, it would go a far way in protecting our environment.Environmentally friendly tips for the seasonSome ways we can make small changes, but have a big impact;• Make at least some of your Christmas decorations. At the EPA, we would have shared ideas about reusing and up cycling throughout the year on several television, radio and outreach programmes. This is a good time to put into practice what you would have learnt, and make attractive decorations. CDs, cardboards, mason jars, glass and plastic bottles, and many other items around the home can be creatively transformed.• Reuse packaging cartons and shipping materials when you go shopping for new furniture and other household items.• Remember to unplug Christmas lights in and around the home when going to bed or leaving home. This will help you to conserve energy and, most of all, save you some needed cash for after the holidays. It also reduces the risk of fires.• Look for energy saving lights and if you can use automatic timers to turn them on and off. This will not only be good for the environment, but also for safety; and will give you peace of mind while you’re away.• Keep it simple: One thoughtful gift is better than six wrapped packages of unwanted gifts. Plan ahead.• Give the gift of an experience: Music lessons, lessons for a new hobby, a massage, a trip to a resort or one of Guyana’s Protected Areas are perfect for friends who want to try something new; and the best part is you don’t have to wrap the gift.• Give monetary donations to a local charity and environmental clubs in your community, so they can execute projects that would enhance the community.• Make gift-giving a bit fun this year, don’t wrap gifts. Hide them and give the recipients clues. Make the search a treasure hunt.• Donate: Give used items in good condition to persons in need or to charitable organisations, instead of throwing them out. This will go a far way in reducing waste.• Make a list: Do not be carried away with all the fancy things you see; make a list, stick to your list, and purchase durable items which can be stored and reused another year. Avoid excessive and impulsive shopping at all cost!You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN; or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

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Turbines arrive in Chetwynd

first_imgIt is a BIG day in Chetwynd today; the first commercial wind turbines in the Province have arrived in their new home.Eight Vestas 3 MW turbines travelled on a 6,000 foot train, with each turbine blade alone taking up two rail cars.They will take up residence at EarthFirst Canada’s Dokie 1 Wind Project site, 40 km west of Chetwynd. They will be installed by the end of the year with another 40 turbines scheduled to arrive in 2009.- Advertisement -The project as a whole is expected to cost $360 million. When completed, the Dokie Wind Farm is expected to generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 34,000 homes.last_img

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How is the new age of digital transformation changing the utilities sector?

first_imgRelated Posts It is easy to take for granted the technology we have at our disposal. We flick a switch and the lights go on, we turn on the tap and clean water comes out. We don’t have to worry about the provision of natural gas for cooking.But today, the utilities sector is under pressure to simultaneously reduce costs and improve operational performance.See also: Honeywell pumps up energy IIoT with new partnershipsUtilities are a bit late in digital innovations than retail, banking or insurance. With energy getting on the digital bandwagon with online customer engagement, smart sensors and better use of analytics, utilities are now beginning to adopt it.Digital technology gives utility companies the opportunity to collect much richer, customer level data, analyze it for service improvements, and add new services to change the way customers buy their products.Smart technology will be used to monitor home energy usage, to trigger alerts when previously established maximum limits are being reached, and to offer ‘time of use’ tariffs that reward consumers for shifting demand from peak times.Electricity is the only truly global energyElectricity is the most versatile and widely used form of energy and global demand is growing continuously. Smart grids manage the electricity demand in sustainable, reliable and economic manner.Here are the advantages for utilities in this new digital transformation:Digital makes customer self-service easy.Digitally engaged customers trust their utilities.Customer care, provided through digital technology, offers utilities both cost-to-serve efficiencies and improved customer intimacy.Digital technology brings the capability to provide more accurate billing and payment processing, as well as faster response times for changing addresses and bills, removing and adding services, and many other functions.Using mobile as a primary customer engagement channel for tips and alerts.Predictive maintenance with outage maps and real-time alerts to service engineer helps reduce the downtime and costs.Smart meters allows utilities to inform their customers about the energy consumption, tailor products, and services to their customers while   achieving significant operational efficiencies at the same time.Meridian, a New Zealand-based energy company, launched PowerShop, an online energy retail marketplace that gives customers choice and control over how much power they buy and use. This helped Meridian attract online consumers and extend its reach of core retail offering.Google’s Nest, an IoT-enabled energy efficiency management tool, gives details about consumption patterns and better control. Thames Water, the UK’s largest provider of water, uses digital for remote asset monitoring to anticipate equipment failures and respond in near real time.See also: Ovo ups its distributed energy gameBig data analytics and actionable intelligence give a competitive advantage to gained efficiencies. IBM Watson with its cognitive computing power helped utilities identify trends and pattern analysis, predict which assets or pieces of equipment are most likely to cause points of failure.Today more than ever, utility companies are asking “How can we be competitive in this digital world?” People, whether they are customers, citizens or employees, increasingly expect a simple, fast and seamless experience. Sandeep Raut Tags:#Advanced energy#Big Data#electrical grid#energy#Google#IBM Watson#Internet of Things#IoT#Meridian#Nest#smart grids 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Electronic Design is Utilizing AI-Enabled Solu…last_img read more

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