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Rain Water That Is Safe for Drinking. Most rain water is safe to drink. Actually, rain water is the water supply for much of the world's population. The levels of pollution, pollen, mold, and other contaminants are low -- possibly lower than your public drinking water supply.

Green Living | Answered on May 31, 2020

Plastic, if you save them and use them again. However, they tend to collect, and all you can do "environmentally" with them then is find a place that accepts them for recycling.

Paper is fine, but two or three more uses is about all you can expect from them before they're totally kaput. Sometimes you can fold the bags and send them for recycling, but not all paper is suitable for that.

Reusable bags cost about a dollar, but they last a long time

Green Living | Answered on Feb 11, 2020

Electricity itself does not cause pollution - the production of electricity is what causes pollution. To produce electricity on a large scale, power plants use rotating turbines, which make electricity with the help of a generator. To spin the turbines in a traditional power plant, the fuel must be burned.
The burning of coal and oil in fossil-fuel power plants creates greenhouse gas emissions like carbon dioxide, along with other pollutants. Nuclear power plants have much lower direct emissions, but the process chain of mining and processing uranium and building and maintaining nuclear plants causes pollution.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 03, 2019

This depends on where you live and Local Regulations... But yes it is possible to run a House from a Generator...
I have a generator on Standby for Electricity Outages... I am on Oxygen full time so Need my Electricity to remain ON all the time... You probably need to get a special Lead to go from the generator to somewhere that will supply it to the House.... I have my Generator hooked in Permanently by an Electrician

Green Living | Answered on Sep 28, 2019

There are different levels of recycling from the collectors, sorters, pre-processors, processors, and then users of the recycled material to make new products. The payback is in reduced material and energy use which reduces pollution, lowers climate impact, and saves room in landfill for other wastes.

Green Living | Answered on Sep 28, 2019

Potential for leaks, corrosiveness to plastics and metals, starting feedstock, energy needed to create and pressurize it, explosiveness, are disadvantages of hydrogen.

Green Living | Answered on Aug 14, 2019

with a gas compressor

Green Living | Answered on Jul 09, 2019

Throw away or recycle alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries are the type that power most simple battery-operated devices, such as flashlights, toys, remote controls, or smoke alarms. They come in a variety of sizes, ranging from AAA to 9 volt. Proper disposal methods for alkaline batteries may depend on your local waste regulations.[1]
  • Most alkaline batteries manufactured since 1996 are made of relatively non-hazardous materials, and can be tossed directly into the trash.
  • However, some states or municipalities still require that alkaline batteries be treated as hazardous waste. In these cases, the batteries must be recycled or dropped off at a designated facility.
  • You may be able to drop off alkaline batteries for recycling at a local electronics retailer, recycling center, or community center. Check the Earth911 website for drop-off locations in your area.

Dispose of car batteries at an auto parts retailer or hazardous waste collection site. Since car batteries contain lead acid, they can't be disposed of in the trash or tossed in with your recycling.[2] Many retailers, like Home Depot or Auto Zone, will accept dead or used car batteries. You can also drop them off at recycling or waste disposal facilities that specialize in hazardous materials.

Take rechargeable batteries to a recycling facility. Rechargeable batteries contain nickel and cadmium, which can create an environmental hazard if the batteries are thrown away in a landfill or an incinerator. These batteries must be disposed of at a hazardous waste collection site, recycling facility, or an electronics retailer that recycles batteries.[3]
  • Many electronics retailers, like Radio Shack or Staples, will accept used rechargeable batteries for recycling. Check for participating retailers in your area.

Green Living | Answered on Jun 28, 2019

Yes, but with power storage which may or may not be in the form of batteries. It needs to be controlled by a "smart" system that knows when to shift, store, and draw the power. Have fun reading

Green Living | Answered on Jun 28, 2019

It saves energy and landfill space.
"Aluminum. Recycling of aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy required to make the same amount of aluminum from its virgin source. One ton of recycled aluminum saves 14,000 kilowatt hours (Kwh) of energy, 40 barrels of oil, 130. 152.32 million BTU's of energy, and 10 cubic yards of landfill space."

Green Living | Answered on Jun 28, 2019

Not a likely scenario because if NK is victorious over SK, their losses will be so high that they are unlikely to take much of Japan before the US obliterates the remaining NK force. I suppose NK could run a surprise attack on AK, but Russia would be on alert wondering what NK is doing. The retaliation by the US would be swift. Russia and China would be screaming and yelling, but they would not want an escalation onto their own countries.

Green Living | Answered on Jun 28, 2019

They could, depending on the utility and location. If the grid-tied system does not disconnect itself when the grid goes down, the backfeed from a solar electric system could be a serious hazard to personnel trying to repair a broken line upstream. The old meters would run backwards, but the ones designed for use with a solar electric system measure the power flow in both directions.

Green Living | Answered on Jun 28, 2019

Author Heather Jackson


  • 2-1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp . yeast
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or substitute butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or substitute honey
  • 1 tbsp . salt
  • 6-1/2 cups whole wheat flour


  1. Pour water into mixing bowl and add yeast. Let sit 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile melt together coconut oil and maple syrup. Remember not to get this too hot or you will kill your yeast. Coconut oil is liquid at 76°.
  2. Pour oil/syrup mixture and salt to the mixing bowl. With paddle attachment on low speed (speed 1) add flour a little at a time while mixing.
  3. When it has all been added, swap to a dough hook and turn speed up to knead dough just long enough to make sure the dough isn't sticking too much to the side of the bowl. If it is too sticky, add more flour a tablespoon at a time.
  4. The dough is perfect when it forms a nice ball. Remove dough hook, cover bowl with a clean towel and set in a warm place. Let rise 1 hour or until the dough reaches the top of the bowl.
  5. Punch dough and let rise for another hour.
  6. Next grease 2 loaf pans and divide the dough into 2 balls. Pick up one ball and stretch it until it is a rectangle about as long as your bread pan.
  7. Now roll the dough into a log the best you can and place in the pan. Do the same with the second ball, cover both pans with your cloth and let rise one more hour.
  8. Bake in a 350° oven for approximately 35 minutes. I normally have to tent mine loosely at 25 minutes with tin foil to keep from burning the top. It should be nicely brown on the top and sound hollow when you tap on it. Turn bread out onto a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

It will slice much more nicely when it is cool, but I usually go ahead and have a slice or two while it is hot and slathered with butter. Bliss!

Green Living | Answered on Mar 18, 2019

Depends on what sort of sharps you have and your disposal service. If they are biohazards that can be eliminated by sterilizing, then sterilizing eliminates the need for biohazard categorization. If the sharps are just items like broken paint scraper blades, then sterilization is not needed although sharps categorization would still apply.

Green Living | Answered on Jan 31, 2019

There is no 1 answer fits all because the source materials, collection, processing, and distribution of biodiesels differ. You also should take into account the energy that goes into other ingredients, equipment, and taking care of the waste produced. Full life-cycle analysis is what you want.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

I'll disagree with your hypothesis that an electric or hybrid engine affects the carbon footprint, but that's besides the point. If you're lucky to have a situation and community where alternatives are practical, that's great. But many of us do not have that so we will work on multiple areas where carbon emissions can be curtailed. For the deep carbon activities which are hard to reduce, one can purchase offsets. It's not the optimal way for the major activities that generate GHGs, but it is an option.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

Not sure that biofuel combustion is environmentally friendly, but it may be less damaging from the standpoint of not having to extract it from the ground, crack and refine, and then ship it from the Mid-East.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

ARgh. If the panel is on the lamp, you might as well use the sun for light, not a light bulb, unless you have a means to store the solar power.

Green Living | Answered on Dec 25, 2018

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