The U.S. Department of Energy hosts the 2015 Solar Decathlon which challenges collegiate teams all across the country to compete against each other to see who can originate, construct, and maneuver solar-powered homes that are economical, energy-efficient, and eye-catching.
The team that combines affordability, buyer appeal, and design superiority with optimum energy production and all-out efficiency will win the competition. The competitors will spend roughly 2 years creating these houses that are to be powered by the sun.
Once completed, the final competition will consist of the teams facing off in 10 different contests to determine which house will be the overall winner.
The winning home will be affordable, aesthetically appealing, and simple to live in. It will also maintain relaxing and healthy interior environmental quarters.
It will supply energy to cook, clean, entertain, and commute with. It must provide acceptable hot water, and finally, produce as much, if not more, energy than it consumes. We are excited to watch the events unfold and see what the future holds. Let the games begin!
To learn more about it, check out the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon!
If you're looking to do as little harm to our environment as possible here are 3 Ways to Properly Dispose of Old Electronics:
- www.Gazelle.com buys old cell phones, digital cameras, laptops. camcorders, and other electronics. After confirming the status and value of your item, you'll get a check, PayPal payment, or Gift Card. An iPhone 3G 8 Gigabyte version fetched $103, recently!
- www.Gettington.com allows you to price out what you'll get before you sell by answering a few questions about your item (and the accessories you have for it). You can sell anything from iPhones, iPods, to software, and eBook Readers!
- www.Flipswap.com gives you the ability to sell your old phone for cash (or a donation to a charity of your choosing) -- you can even trade it in for credit at a store that sells cell phones! At the high end, Flipswap pays out an average of $160 for old BlackBerrys and $220 for iPhones.
Remember, most electronics have some form of toxic chemicals in them, and even if you don't sell them, or donate them -- you should dispose of them properly (BestBuy has a great recycle program, be sure to check it out!)
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