Reducing Power Consumption for a Better Future

greentechThe future of the world often depends on the choices that people make today. This is especially true when it comes to the use of electrical power and various energy sources. Up to this point science has been focused on ways to make peoples lives more comfortable, but as populations increase and resources dwindle it is rapidly becoming apparent that this mentality must change, at least to some degree. Civilization and science has reached the point where it is time to improve the design and energy efficiency of the products we use and work towards an eco friendly future.

So, what would it take to meet this goal? Perhaps the most important piece of this puzzle is power generation. Modern societies use a variety of power generation techniques including hydroelectricity, atomic energy or the burning of fossil fuels. In order to deliver that electricity over vast distances they must create extremely high voltages that are carried in huge arrays of wires. All of this costs the customer and with the rising expense of fossil fuels the cost of electrical generation rises. Eco friendly solutions such as solar energy, and wind turbines exist to help ease these burdens.

Solar energy has often been hailed as the future of energy generation. Unfortunately, it has never been an easy solution. Today’s solar generators are changing this with improved photovoltaic cells and government breaks for installing solar panels. To reduce the expense of these system various manufacturers are using lower cost materials and spending a lot of money on research and development. The end result is a more cost effective method of generating power for your home.

The alternative to solar energy is the wind turbine. Most people think of the giant turbines that are cropping up all over the world, but there are actually turbine systems that the homeowner can install for local electrical generation. This can be very important for homes that use a lot of electronics like the home computer. Modern electronics have become much more efficient since their inception, but truly useful computers still require a lot of energy for heavy computations. Combine that with high graphics demands and the power drain increases even more. The fact that many people tend to leave their computers on 24/7 adds to the energy consumption.  The reason for this is that their computers are infected by spyware and malware and excess files, and it takes them forever to turn on and off.  Simply cleaning out their computer could allow people to easily turn it on and off, and enable the savings of hundreds of dollars.  This blog could help you figure out what is wrong with your PC, and what you could use to fix it.  Creating the energy you need to operate or charge these devices could end up saving you a ton of money, but its biggest advantage is the net reduction of carbon in the atmosphere.

Dog Law

Dog Law As one who lives easily without a dog as part of the family, I have noted with wry amusement that when dog owners claim their pet is well-behaved, they mean that it does not act like a dog. To me, this seems a bit unnatural, and, if the newspapers are telling the truth, many dogs find that state unnatural as well. Hence trouble: for dog, owner and third party whether aggressor or victim. This wise and often funny book covers just about any imaginable legal situation involving canines, though you’ll have to fine-tune the information to bring it into line with your local ordinances. There is an especially fine blow-by-blow description of how to take a dog dispute through small-claims court, and win. Another truly excellent legal aid from the Nolo crew.

The very best of [dogs] can, with less effort and in a shorter space of time, make themselves more of a nuisance to the square inch than any other domestic quadruped of which we have any knowledge.

What can a tenant do to assure a skeptical landlord that a dog won’t be a problem? Praise from the obviously prejudiced dog owner is not the best evidence. References from previous landlords or neighbors are great; a brief letter saying what a nice, well-mannered pet the tenant has should go a long way with a prospective landlord.

Dog-Bite Statutes

Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have statutes that make dog owners liable if their dogs cause injury. They are called “strict liability” statutes because they impose liability without fault — an injured person does not have to prove that the dog owner did anything wrong.

The theory behind these laws is that anyone who has a dog should be responsible for any damage it causes, period. It doesn’t matter that the owner was careful with the dog, or didn’t know it would hurt anyone, or conscientiously tried to keep it from hurting anyone.

Baldwin, J. “Dog Law.” Whole Earth Review 65 (1989): 102. Academic OneFile. Web. 9 June 2014.