1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 29, 2008

:364 Solar Clothes Dryer

Filed under: :364 Solar Clothes Dryer — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 5:10 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:364 EcoTip: EPA’s EnergyStar program doesn’t rate clothes dryers because they are all about the same. There is one important solar exception which unfortunately has been banned from a number of communities.


Source : http://www.clotheslineshop.com/


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Consider using a clothes line whenever weather permits and use your clothes dryer only when necessary. During winter the temperature only needs to be a few degrees above freezing in order to dry clothes. A slight breeze also helps speed the drying.

Although all clothes dryers use about the same amount of energy to do the same thing, it is important to keep them operating properly. Clogged lint screens or improper installations can waste lots of energy. These issues have been covered in other posts.

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October 8, 2008

:282 Solar Orientation

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:282 EcoTip: You can use Google SketchUp with Google Earth to check your current or proposed home’s solar orientation.


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Once you have placed your Google SketchUp design for your home on the chosen geographic site in Google Earth, you can check the solar orientation for various times of the day and year to determine the optimum placement and orientation for new construction, or to consider modifications for existing buildings. The software downloads are free at Google Earthand Google SketchUp.

You can find more information about using these programs for determining the best location for solar panels on your building and using SketchUp’s real-time shadow engine to perform a rapid sun-exposure analysis at http://sketchup.google.com/green/solar.html

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April 1, 2008

:092 Solar Lawn Mower

Filed under: :092 Solar Lawn Mower — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am


1:5:10:091 Tip: Use cows to mow your lawn. They are the ultimate solar lawn mower. They even fertilize as the mow – just watch where you step.

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist with today being April 1.)

A photovoltaic solar lawn mower is now available, Its called the Sun Whisper Solar Charging Mower and it avoids the cow flop problem.


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The Sun Whisper Solar Lawn Mower is available from Free Power Systems



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