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ARE YOU WILLING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE RIGHT NOW?

I want to meet with likeminded people who believe we can turn wasteful habits into intelligent decisions for a greener and more sustainable future.

Our businesses can save money by reducing our carbon emissions and it’s much easier than most people think. Think is the key word.

Together, let’s think about our future and that of future generations.

Join me in turning the page on massive carbon emissions that are damaging the future of human existence. Just look around you and see what’s happening.

We have more severe weather pattens, shrinking shorelines, melting glaciers, and even Greenland is turning green—and that's not a good thing. The arctic is recording its hottest temperatures ever and out of control fires are scorching Earth.

Now is the time to make a difference. Join me in setting a new course.

Technology and a reduction in wastefulness hold the answers to a greener future. Here are ten simple things you can personally do right now to change our path’s direction.

Replace fluorescent and incandescent lighting with LEDs. LED lighting uses less electricity and lasts longer than other lighting options. That translates into cost savings and fewer carbon emissions. And, it’s better quality lighting for plants, animals and humans.

Conserve energy. If it’s not needed, turn it off. Save money and reduce energy demand. Don’t leave lights on in unused rooms and areas. Don’t leave your car running while you dash into the store, or while waiting to pick up your child, or neighbor.

Recycle everything. Not just your garbage. Recycle old clothes, toys, games, tools, computers, etc. Donate them to Goodwill, or the Salvation Army, or give them away to those in need.

Reduce waste. We throw out about 5 pounds of trash per day. Collectively, that’s 260 millions tons of stuff. Repurpose stuff. Compost food. We throw out nearly 40 percent of all food.

Buy less. Buy better quality that lasts. Borrow what you rarely use.

Cut single use products and plastics out of your life. Don’t buy disposable products. Make things last longer.

Reduce dependence on bottled water. Drink from the tap. Use filtered water if needed, instead.

Modernize your home and buildings. Add insulation to your attics. Update lighting. Replace faulty equipment and appliances that are stealing your electricity and money.

Buy local. Online shopping is convenient, but every item is sent in a shipping box. And often with filler to protect the items in the box. Buying local reduces packaging materials. If you do buy online, bundle your orders by limiting the number of days to make purchases. Once a week, every two weeks, once a month. Buy smarter.

Conserve water. Use it as needed. Reduce the water pressure coming into your home or office with pressure regulating valves. This saves money and conserves a precious resource. Simple to install and very inexpensive to buy. A regular plumber can do it for you if you're not a DIY'er.

Let’s put our minds to work and commit to a sustainable future. We can map out a better future together.

For more information, contact me by email. Glen.Bowen@verdego.pro.

Glen Bowen

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WHAT IS THE INTERNET OF THINGS?

The Internet of Things is happening now and it’s all about the automation of connected devices such as computers, cell phones, and self-driving cars. None of these devices would be useful or functional without a connection to the Internet. The Internet of Things [IoT] is the engine behind the 4th Industrial Revolution occurring now in the 21st Century. We can choose to get off the grid and go dark, or we can join the revolution—the choice is a binary.

There are reasons to get off the Internet and toss all of your connected devices that will no longer be functional. Hopefully, if you choose this route you will recycle those electronics as you walk out that door. Getting off the Internet is a great way to go dark and if you have something to hide you have a good reason, but you will be left behind and left out of the future, and that future has already been launched like a rocket ship.

The reason to stay connected is simply to join the Progression of Things [PoT] that has been ever evolving in human history. Today, with the help of AI [Artificial Intelligence], however today Pot is moving at warp speed. For example, in 2018, there were 22 billion devices connected to the Internet. Today, that number is 50 billion and expanding exponentially. By 2030, the connected devices are predicted to be 125 billion—an average of 15 devices in the hands of every consumer.

What are these IoT devices? In terms of the consumer IoT, as differentiated from the Industrial Internet of Things [IIot], these devices will allow residential homeowners to control appliances such as refrigerators, coffeemakers, toasters, blenders, or just about anything found in the typical kitchen. In additions, the devices will control thermostats, LED and Solid-State lights, automatic window shades, smart TVs, surveillance and security cameras, door locks, tablets and computers, digital assistants like Alexa. All of these devices will be connected to each other as well as the IoT, and each one can be remotely controlled by the homeowner’s smart phone.

Homeowners will have the additional benefit of reducing energy to power their homes by being connected to the IoT because they will be able to optimize their HVAC system to balance cooling and heating where it is needed, from room to room and area to area, depending on where the occupants are located at any point in time.

It will no longer be necessary to run the AC to cool an entire house when parts of it are not in use. Furthermore, when a home is connected to solar power panels, or other forms of renewable energy, the home can alternate between energy sources supplying power to the home. In this small way, homeowners will become part of the overall solution to reducing carbon in our atmosphere.

Because of these benefits, IoT can longer be ignored. It is one of the answers to facing the impact of global warming and climate change. The United States is beginning to fall behind the European Union in taking action to curb our carbon footprints. We need to step up and be counted among those who want a better life for the next generations and for the here and now, or as stated before anyone of us can choose to drop off connected Earth.

             —Glen Bowen, Copyright 10/2020