Floating the Energy Boat—Japanese Solar Plants Take to the Water

Floating the Energy Boat—Japanese Solar Plants Take to the WaterIs water the new way forward? While much has been made of wind turbines and geothermal energy in recent years, water-based efforts have been largely sidelined in part over concerns about pollution and in part thanks to government tax breaks for other forms of carbon-reducing power generation. Now, initiatives by both the Kyocera Corporation and device manufacturer Apple are looking to get things flowing again.

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Going Green? Your Restroom Cleaning Plan

Think your restroom is clean? Think again. Public and commercial bathrooms contain “too many bacteria to count.”

public toiletThat’s the designation applied when there are more than 250 colony-forming units per millimeter – in the case of high-traffic restrooms, the number approaches 1000. Yuck.

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What You Don’t Know About Cogeneration

You’ve probably heard the term “cogeneration” or seen the phrase “combined heat and power” (CHP). That’s because the concept is catching on – new energy reforms in Mexico aim to encourage the development of cogeneration plants, and work is almost complete on California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels’ anaerobic digester, which will replace the natural gas currently used by its cogeneration plants with cleaner-burning biogas.

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Saving Money With a Water Conservation Program

Commercial buildings have a web of interconnected systems relying on water. Water is one of our most precious resources and yet conservation is an often overlooked aspect in whole-building design strategies.

Wasting moneyMost commercial facility managers struggle with managing its consumption, resulting in lots of wasted water. As water rates rise across the country, it’s an economically wise decision, as well as an environmentally conscious practice, to manage water usage.

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The 7 Tasks You Should Expect From Your Air Duct Cleaning Company

The EPA recommends cleaning air ducts whenever there is a rodent/insect infestation, mold growth, or if the ducts are clogged with dust and debris.

iStock_000019880307SmallAirborne particles can be released from dirty ducts and contaminate a HVAC system, or if moisture gets into the system mold can grow, and mold spores may be released into the air. In those situations, it’s crucial to have your facility’s ducts cleaned.

Dirty ducts can become a breeding ground for mold spores, bacteria and other particles, which can lead to poor indoor air quality.

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