Rich Kids Secret: They Have More Money Than You And This Is How They Do Them

You might love her as she emerges from the chopper in a fairy costume for a party in Las Vegas, or readies for take-off in the private jet for lunch in Monaco. Or you might hate her. It doesn’t matter. The point is, #youcantdothis.

Chryseis Tan is one of the Rich Kids of Instagram and Tumblr, social media accounts showcasing the unapologetically self-indulgent lifestyles of the world’s wealthiest millennials.

Supposedly. Some of these rich and Instafamous puckering for the camera may not be as well-off as their portraits portray. They’re draped on Ferraris, lounging on yachts, wallowing in champagne and wantonly splurging wads of cash on fashion, food and fun in the world’s most enviable environs.

But Chryseis Tan is the real deal. She’s the 27 year old jet-setting daughter of Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan, with 58,000 Instagram followers ready to coo “woww!” “gorgeous” “love this” and “so pretty!!” at her every post. Her handbags are to die for too – Hermes of course, not to mention her fellow billionaire offspring Faliq Nasimuddin whose father was a captain of the Malaysian car industry.

Ms Tan’s tagline (apart from #youcantdothis) is “I want to travel the world”. No problem there: here she is in Hong Kong, here in Courchevel (the French ski resort recently visited by William, Kate and family), there in Japan. Zurich, Shanghai, Paris, Koh Samui, San Francisco? No problem.

But 58,000 followers is as nothing beside others of her ilk. Take Dan Bilzerian, hardly a kid at 35, a self-proclaimed “sexual philanthropist” dubbed the “King of Instagram” by 10.4 million followers. The barrel-chested professional poker player is a favourite among US college boys for his outrageous ass-kicking, gun-toting persona and risque posts with skimpily-dressed-if-at-all women. His campaign for the 2016 presidential race appears to have consisted of a series of parties at exclusive night clubs.

There’s a novel, Rich Kids of Instagram, “dishy and hilarious … revolves around a core group of spoiled young people”; a reality TV show based in Beverly Hills featuring Dorothy Wang, Morgan Stewart and their #blessed chums; and a documentary made by Britain’s Channel 4. “SLAMMED by viewers after expensive cars, cash and wealth is flaunted”, the Mirror screamed.

The media, of course, lap it up. RKOI have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Atlantic, Buzzfeed, Gawker, the Telegraph in Britain, and many other places. What they do on holidays (lounge around in hotels, buy up big in boutiques) has become a bit of a seasonal meme in the northern hemisphere, a bit like bushfire and cricket stories in the Australian summer.

There’s even a Rich Kids of Australia , very modest by global standards, with just over 1000 followers and only 16 posts. These seem disproportionately to feature aspiring Perth model and socialite Eva Scolaro, mostly famous for a glassing incident in a Perth pub that landed her in jail in 2010.

Clarisse Lafleur provides Australia a closer brush with RKOI’s distinctive brand of f— you fame, because the Maserati-driving 18-year-old with the “Princess” number plate attends Bond University on the Gold Coast, or she did in January when the Daily Mail caught up with her. Her grandfather was president of New Caledonia and she lives off an allowance from her “very generous father” who is in business and tops it up as needed.
“Being wealthy doesn’t mean throwing money everywhere and wearing a bunch of designer clothes and too much jewelry all at the same time: you don’t look rich; you look like a Christmas tree.

“You need to have the culture behind it otherwise people will laugh at you,” she was quoted as saying.
You don’t need a sociology degree to figure out that the millions who follow those featured as RKOI are vicariously living out fantasies. Some responses to posts are raw with yearning: “Change my life!” wrote “liner.long” to Clarisse Lafleur. “give me a million?! I would love you like nobody did before.”

But it’s all about the display, says Emeritus Professor and cultural theorist Jon Stratton. He likens the rich kids to the dandies who paraded their wealth and style on the 19th- and early 20th-century boulevards. Their followers are the flaneurs on hand to watch.

“They want to be envied because that is a way of feeling reassured and smug with what they have got.

“A lot of these people have absolutely no idea how most people live. They come from such incredible wealth that they are completely disconnected from what the majority of the world considers to be everyday life.”

Amy Dobson, who focuses on gender and sexuality in digital cultures as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland, notes the commercial flavour of many RKOI posts displaying luxury brand names.

Instagram and other commercial social media platforms are experiments in new ways of making profit, through user-generated content and “self-branding”, she says.

While Australian culture has historically been more averse to conspicuous displays of wealth, this may change in future as “celebrity” and “luxury” become popularised as key aspirations for people, Dr Dobson suggests.

Popular Internet culture encourages everyone to “take on an almost a celebrity-like way of broadcasting ourselves and engaging with other people”, says Akane Kanai, associate lecturer in sociology at the University of Newcastle.

“That is obviously easier for rich people [to have] the aesthetic kind of look, the right sort of toned bodies, the right sort of things to wear, and all the attributes of celebrity.”

How The Super-Rich Became Super Rich

Richard Branson sitting on the edge of his pool

“Let us assume, dear reader, that you are interested in one thing and one thing only: obtaining a vast fortune.” So begins economist Sam Wilkin’s new book, Wealth Secrets of the One Percent, on how the super rich became just that. The “fortune”, Wilkin clarifies, is not the stuff of fancy cars and a holiday home on the Amalfi Coast, but “yachts and personal helicopters, diamond-encrusted light fixtures, stately homes and private islands”.

The sort of fortune, in other words, only available to the world’s 1,826 billionaires and well out of the reach of the wildest imaginations of the rest of us.

But Wilkin says he can change all of that. He has spent years researching the machinations of the uber rich and claims to have homed in on their wealth secrets. Pay attention, for this could be your chance to follow in the immaculate Italian leather shod footsteps of the world’s one per cent.

Get rich quick tomes are, of course, nothing new, and usually more common to a Waterstones’ bargain bucket than an oligarchic’s book shelf – if such a thing exists. However, what makes this book different is Sam Wilkin’s is an inside man.

The 41-year-old is a senior advisor for Oxford Economics (one of the world’s foremost global research consultancies) and Oxford Analytica which provides strategic advice to more than 50 governments across the globe. He works with some of the world’s largest companies and even the odd billionaire – sadly, he won’t say which. Wilkin has previously written several economic theory books, but this one, published worldwide this month, is different. It zeros in on how the wealthy made it and attempts to answer the billion-dollar question: “How can I get me some of that?”

We meet for dinner at a harbourside restaurant in Amsterdam. Wilkin is Buckinghamshire-born but lives in New York and is travelling back via Holland after giving a lecture in China. From the book’s amoral money-grabbing tone, I am half-expecting a Wolf of Wall Street character to breeze in, perhaps arriving by launch from some distantly moored super yacht. Instead I am greeted by a bespectacled figure in a suit crumpled by his long-haul flight. He prefers one glass of beer to a bottle of vintage champagne.

Warren Buffett throwing paper at someone
Warren Buffett, the world’s third richest man

So the obvious question, and one I am grilling him on before he has even buttered his bread, is exactly how does somebody (take, just plucking an example out of the sky, a lowly-paid journalist) become a billionaire? The good news, first, is that it is getting easier. In Britain, alone, the number of billionaires has increased from 53 to 113 in the past five years. For 2015 there are 290 newcomers on the Forbes global rich list.

“It’s easier than ever,” Wilkin says. “It’s the rise of the financial sector and the rise of fast growing emerging markets. These are what an economist would call institutional factors.”

The book narrows the so-called wealth secrets down to seven, but for Wilkin only two really matter: eradicate the competition and take risks with other people’s money.

He cites the example of Microsoft founder and richest person on the planet Bill Gates as somebody who managed to seize control of an entire market. Same too, the lightning expansion of Google by Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook empire.

Wilkin compares this total control of markets by men who had barely finished their degrees to the robber barons of late 19th century and early 20th century America. While the likes of Rockefeller, John Pierepont Morgan and Andrew Carnegie managed to hoover up the vast profits of industrialisation, a century on a privileged few have similarly reaped the rewards of a new digital economy.

He says the pharmacteutical and technology sectors are nowadays where the true money is to be made. This is what American investor Warren Buffett, the third richest man in the world (net worth of 72.3 billion dollars), refers to as getting in the right boat.

Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich

The other obvious way to have no competitors is to pick a place where nobody else wants to do business. “The best place to do business is really the worst’ he says. ‘You want a place that is so hard to do business in that nobody else can get one started.”

The most famous example of this, he says, is the Wild East of post-Communist Russia during the Nineties where men like Roman Abramovich(last week spotted sailing his 557ft super yacht through the Scottish Western isles) made their wealth.

By 2004, Moscow was home to more billionaires than New York and Wilkin says more than ever this is the wealth secret that dominates the rich list. The emerging markets of China, India, Brazil and Mexico are now home to almost one in four of the world’s billionaires.

Clearly, knowing where and how to operate is not enough. Personality is also key and Wilkin says there are obvious traits that unite a lot of the people in the book, going as far back as Marcus Licinius Crassus, the Ancient Roman known as one of the richest men that has ever lived. The corporate matiness of modern billionaires, as personified by Richard Branson chillaxing on his private paradise island of Necker, masks a steely resolve. This, Wilkin says, is the main disclaimer for readers. “Knowing what you can do to be rich is not the same as being able to execute it.”

Melinda and Bill Gates

“These people tend to be pretty merciless, really competitive,” he says. “You have to go in willing to fight tooth and nail to be that winner and be comfortable and untroubled by wiping everybody else out.”

Wilkin talks about the “hard-charged testosterone environment” of modern day financiers, a lot of it resting on ego and still very much a man’s world.

Another uniting personality trait he says he has noticed among billionaires is they tend to declare their financial objectives as young children. “Bill Gates did it to his high school friends. Andrew Carnegie, too. Having the objective just to have money is a major driver of people who become super rich.”

He himself comes from normal middle class stock – his English father is a retired professor, his American mother a former librarian – and admits he is full of respect for the “amazing gumption” of your average billionaire. “It’s impossible not to admire these people,” Wilkin says. “They really are larger than life characters who have done amazing things.”

And what about him, I wonder. If he does know their secrets why doesn’t Wilkin become a billionaire himself? He insists, in between sips of mint tea, that he has no desire for great wealth – mapping how it is made is interesting enough.

He says the “moneyed herd” of super rich bankers and the like are a regular sight in Manhattan, but the endless desire to stay on top at all costs which unites so many billionaires, is not for him. Happiness, he says, should not depend on one’s bank balance.

None the less, when I ask what he would spend his fictional billions on, it is impossible to ignore the glint in the economist’s eye. “Nothing ostentatious, but I would like to have a nice place in a few countries. Maybe Oxford, maybe New York, maybe Japan…”

As he trails off, I wonder if perhaps the one per cent may soon have another member?

Wealth secrets

  • Pick a field where you can establish a monopoly – such as Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim who from 2010-2013 was ranked the richest person in the world after taking control of the country’s entire telecommunications market.
  • Expand as quickly as possible – Amazon has eschewed early profitability to becoming the “everything shop” and as a result investors have poured money in.
  • The worst place to do business is really the best – it is easier to dominate emerging markets due to the lack of competition and potential for growth.
  • Take risks with other people’s money – do all you can to encourage investors and then gamble their money rather than your own.
  • To get rich you need to own your own business and property rights – Bill Gates’s Microsoft at one point had a 95 per cent share of the operating systems market, protected by intellectual property rights.
  • Spin complex laws into gold – set up in industries bound by such convoluted regulation – for example agricultural subsidies and banking regulation – that it is easy to bend the rules as nobody understands anyway.
  • Establish business networks – telecoms networks and shipping networks have created a lot of billionaires’ fortunes as they can squeeze out all competition.

Why choose solar energy

Why-Choose-Solar-Energy

As the environment becomes more and more jeopardized and the cost of energy skyrockets, may concerned people are turning to green energy to meet the energy requirements of their homes and business. Solar energy is unarguably the most popular choice in renewable energy today.

It reduces the high cost of energy and gives the user independence from the power grid. This allows people who make the smart solar choice to enjoy the advantages of electricity even when the electricity is out due to bad weather conditions or some other reason. Those are great reasons to choose solar. In this article, you will learn even more reasons why you should choose solar energy to power your home.

When you choose to power your home with free energy from the sun, your real estate values will increase. Having a good solar energy system in place is a great selling point for a home. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home, when you go solar, you can count on enjoying economical, clean, reliable power to your home for a quarter of a century or more.

If and when your solar energy system needs replacement, you can pretty well count on being able to replace it with sharply improved technology at a lower price since that’s just the way it goes with all up and coming new technologies. They just get better and better and more affordable.
The efficient solar energy systems you can buy today can be counted on to pay for themselves within five years of purchase. Additionally, when you buy you are sure to be eligible for attractive rebates and tax credits to help you with your initial purchase. All this means that you can count on energy that is virtually free after the first five years or so of use.

When you make the smart choice of switching to green energy from the sun, you are doing your part to reduce our nation’s addiction to fossil fuels. This is a very positive move, indeed, in both financial and ecological terms. The less fossil fuels we use, the less our nation must pay to other nations for oil. It also reduces the amount of conflict our nation is drawn into in the name of fossil fuels. Additionally, clean energy from the sun does not damage the environment or the ozone layer. When you choose solar, you are making a choice to leave the world a better place for the next generation.

As solar power becomes better and better, the amount of power a good system can produce naturally increases. These days, with high efficiency panels, it is not necessary to have blazing sunshine all day to get good energy output from solar panels. In fact, many systems produce quite a bit more energy than is needed. When this happens, the homeowner can sell energy back to the power grid and not only save money, but also make money.

It’s easy to see that solar energy is a smart, economical, responsible green energy choice. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge. Follow the tips presented here to convert your home to solar energy and enrich your life and your pocketbook with the power of the sun.

Save the Planet with Eco Friendly Products

Going green is all the rage these days, as more and more people come to understand the importance of taking care of the environment. Although recycling is a terrific start, we need to go much farther than that if we want to start repairing all the damage that has already been done. That’s why in addition to the traditional “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra, we should make a concerted effort to buy eco friendly products and reward manufacturers who adopt this responsible approach.

There used to be a time when choosing eco friendly products meant sacrificing choice or quality, but thankfully that’s not the case anymore. So many companies have jumped onto the green bandwagon that consumers have a wider array of choices than ever before. In fact, you can find eco friendly products for just about every avenue of your life, from automobiles to kitchen appliances and even entire homes.

Hybrid vehicles lead the pack of eco friendly products that can have an immediate and positive impact on our world. Cars such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight both reduce fuel usage and cut down on harmful emissions, which makes a powerful one-two punch for the environment. While lots of folks would probably love to drive hybrids such as these, not everyone has the $22,000 necessary to purchase the entry-level models. Fortunately, there are a bunch of other eco friendly products that are much easier on your wallet.

Take clothing, for instance. Conventional clothing that is made from fabrics such as cotton put a tremendous burden on the world’s water supply, as it takes a lot of water to keep cotton fields irrigated. Moreover, most growers use pesticides and other harmful chemicals to protect their crops. These chemicals can then seep into the soil or groundwater, causing even more damage. Conversely, clothing manufacturers that produce eco friendly products use such materials as hemp, bamboo, soy, and other sustainable textiles. The production of these materials does not take the same toll on the Earth, and has the added benefit of providing much-needed agricultural jobs to people in developing countries.

Other eco friendly products that you can incorporate into your daily life include reusable shopping bags, organic soaps and cleaning agents, kitchen disposables (such as paper towels, plastic wrap, and sandwich bags) made of recycled materials, self-charging flashlights and portable radios, and rechargeable batteries. This list contains just a fraction of the growing selection of green goods available, so don’t limit yourself to what you see here.

Doing your part for the environment doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your comfortable lifestyle. By making a few small changes like buying eco friendly products whenever possible, you’ll be making a bigger contribution than you think!

Green Living Home Improvement Projects

Many homeowners are choosing to live a greener life, and are finding ways to perform home improvement projects that can decrease the amount of energy consumed every year. There are proven home improvement projects that are essential to green living. They can help the homeowner save money, using energy-efficient solutions while helping to save the planet.

Through proper material selection, including recyclable and renewable options, there are many ways to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the home using green solutions. This can be anything from changing out an old incandescent bulb, with a new LED bulb that is known to produce the same amount of light for a reduced amount of cost.

Another option is changing out the traditional showerhead, for one that restricts the water flow. They can save thousands of gallons of water every year, while still providing quality baths and showers. The idea of living a green life is often taken in small steps, where minimal changes are made one step at a time.

Recycled Furniture

Many homeowners are choosing to go green by purchasing recycled furniture. They can pick up outdated, or worn out dining room tables, sofas, and chairs. With simple products found at the local home improvement store, they can easily transform these ugly, outdated furniture items into beautiful pieces of art that fit perfectly within the home.

Eco-Friendly Paint

Many homeowners are choosing to use eco-friendly paint that reduces the amount of airborne fumes during the painting process, and lasting until the paint cures. Every major home improvement retail center offers a wide assortment of eco-friendly paints that can be blended into any color in the rainbow.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint

The easiest way to reduce the family’s carbon footprint is to maximize the energy efficiency of the home. This can be accomplished by adding weather stripping around all windows and doors, and plugging up any drafty open holes in the house, attic or basement. In addition, changing out the existing HVAC system for a new energy-efficient one can reduce the amount of electricity required to heat and cool the home.

Many homeowners are also choosing to install solar panels on the roof of their home, as a way to generate their own electricity. This helps maximize the energy efficiency of the home, and minimizes their dependency on burning fossil fuels to generate heat and cooling.

Green Style Landscaping

By planting the right kinds of trees and shrubs around the home, it is easy to block out the heat of the summer sun, and minimize the amount of air conditioning required to cool the home. Heavy shrubs and high foliage trees positioned properly in the landscaping can dramatically enhance the beauty of the exterior of the home, while protecting the house from the harsh rays of the sun.

These few green living home improvement projects can save money, reduce energy costs, and help save the planet. Each one is affordable, and easy to perform. It is beneficial if every member of the family gets involved in living a greener life.

Home Energy Saving Tips

Whether you admit it or not, with all the expenses you have in mind, no matter how big your salary is, you still want to save some extra bucks in one way or another. And the best place to start saving is right at your very home; on your power bills. Yes, your power bills.

All your appliances and electric gadget consume electricity and pile up to your ever-growing electric bills month after month contribute to your burden as a homeowner (or a tenant on a rented place). This calls for complete information on how to start lowering your home energy consumption while not depriving yourself with all the technology you have bought.

· Let us start with how well-sealed your home is…

Ensuring that your house is totally sealed keeps your heating devices maximize its use, at the same time, save some energy. If you live on the southern part of the country, a perfectly sealed home keeps the temperature of your house maintained. This will also maximize the power of your air conditioning system.

To do this, keep your window, sills, doorframes, and joints tight. Apply sealant on these places so that the air from the outside does not mix with the air on the inside. Whether you want to heat up or cool down your home, properly sealed house will keep your heater or air conditioning system in its best functions. You surely don’t want the warm or cold air go in and out of your home. This will consume more energy than it should be.

Heat loss can also occur on windows. To prevent this, use plastic window cover. Plastics are best material to insulate and keep the heat of your home inside.

A free flowing heating vents and air grills will maximize the flow of heat in your home. Keep interference such as rugs, furniture and drapes away from them.

On moveable sections of windows and doors, you may want to use weatherstripping. Weatherstrips are rubber materials that seal the movable object from its non-moveable object. This will go on garage doors, exterior doors, operable windows, and door of attic.

· Then, proceed on the blinds and drapes…

If you want to keep your home warm during cold weather, choose drapes that would cover the windows entirely. If it is sunny, open the drapes let the sun’s heat insulate your home. In this way, you save a lot of money on heating system.

· The thermostat…

You can lower down your thermostat while you are away and while you are asleep. A centigrade lower equals to 2% saved energy. Again, you may want to turn the heating down if you are not around.

· Then the laundry and dishwashing…

You should know this: You can save as much as 85 to 90% when you turn the dial of your laundry to cold. Heating the water will consume a lot of energy. Also, you can save a lot when you wash full load. One last thing: a front loading washing machine saves you 50% on water and 50% on energy.

Dishwashers consume the same energy regardless of wash loads. Therefore, it would be much energy efficient if you load your dishwasher full.

· Go to the basement…

Most heat is lost when your basement has leaks and drafts on the walls. Make sure you seal these places so that you can conserve a lot of heat and energy. You may also add insulation in your basement to ensure that the heat is conserved.

One good way to know if your basement has leaks or draft is to look for spider webs. When there are web, there are leaks.

· Time to go to the garage…

Do not turn on the heating system at your garage full time. Whether you stay at your garage often or not, you can always heat it up minutes before you get in there. You can save a lot of energy if you do this. Remember: use your garage heating system only if necessary.

· And finally… you electronic devices.

Whether it is your tv, stereo, lights, or any other devices that use electricity, make sure that you turn them off when not in use.

Bio-Fuels: The Fuel Of The Future

Biomass burning has an overall impact on the atmospheric chemistry as well as the climate. When there is a fire in the savannas, or tropical forests, or like the recent California fire, large quantities of particulate matter and trace gases are released.

Biomass fuel is also known as Bio-fuel. Bio-fuel is defined as liquid, solid or gaseous fuel that consists of biomass. Biomass fuels can be used for generating power and also for heating purposes.

Biomass fuels can help greatly in reducing the various greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time can increase energy security by being an alternative to fossil fuels. Today, you will find expansion of bio-fuel industries in Asia, Europe, and America.

Bio-fuels are most commonly used in automotive transport like the E10 fuel. They can easily be produced from any source containing carbon like plants. Biomass is mostly derived from living organisms, which includes animals, plants, and their by-products. Manure, crop residues and garden waste are some of the different sources of biomass. This is a renewable energy source that is associated to the carbon cycle as compared to various natural resources like coal, petroleum, and nuclear energy.

Some of the most popular agricultural products that are grown for the purpose of creating Bio-fuel in the United States are soybeans and corn while Europe uses wheat, rapeseed and sugar beet; sugar cane is grown in Brazil, Jatropha in India and palm oil in South-East Asia.

In the early part of 2007, Diversified Energy Corporation with the help of North Carolina State University (NCSU) geared itself for a breakthrough in biofuel technology, which has been named Centia. Centia has been positioned for producing military and commercial jet fuel and can even act as a biodiesel additive in cold or freezing weather. The process of developing Centia looks promising and is expected to deliver a high energy efficiency level that can be in excess of 85%.

There are a wide variety of scientific experiments being conducted, globally, to produce a viable bio-fuel that will be efficient and environmentally friendly. Scientists have started to look beyond the bio-fuels and started to work on the various byproducts of bio-fuel that can be used and even consumed as food in our daily lives.

Considered as an integral part of the green revolution, bio-fuels offer quite a few advantages over other fossil fuels like coal and petroleum. Bio fuels have the ability to recycle carbon dioxide with every growing season by getting it from the air to convert it into biomass. So unlike coal, which upon burning releases carbon, biomass in a way traps all the carbon that is in the air. This is an important aspect from the point of view of global warming because it doesn’t release any carbon components into the air. The biggest advantage over conventional fuel is that bio-fuel is renewable and hence they will not deplete the limited natural resources of our planet.
Common Biomass Fuels
Here is a list of some of the most common first generation Biomass fuels:

Vegetable oil
Vegetable oil is used for cooking food and also as a fuel. Vegetable oil is not high quality oil for fuel use but it is still used in older diesel engines, which are equipped with an indirect injection system.

In most of the cases, vegetable oil is used for manufacturing bio-diesel that is compatible with most of the diesel engines. It is normally blended with conventional diesel fuel for optimum efficiency.

Bio-diesel
Bio-diesel is one of the most common Bio-fuels in Europe. It is produced mainly from fats or oils using the process of trans-esterification. It is a liquid that has a similar composition like that of mineral diesel. The chemical name for bio-diesel is fatty acid methyl ester (FAME).

The oil is mixed with methanol or ethanol and sodium hydroxide, which initiates a chemical reaction to produce glycerol and bio-diesel (FAME). The process produces 1 part of glycerol per 10 parts of bio-diesel.

Bio-diesel is extensively used in diesel engines after it is blended with mineral diesel. Some countries like Germany have manufacturers Volkswagen, who provide a cover on their diesel engines as a part of their warranty for 100% bio-diesel use.

A majority of vehicle manufacturers still limit to use of 15% bio-diesel blended with mineral diesel. In some of the European countries, 5% bio-diesel blend is widely used and even available at gas stations

Bio-ethanol
Ethanol is one of the most common Bio-fuels across the world. It is also known as an alcohol fuel and is produced by fermenting sugars, which are derived from corn, wheat, sugar cane and sugar beet. The various production methods for ethanol are fermentation of the sugars, enzymatic digestion, distillation and drying.

The use of Ethanol has been widely seen in petrol engines where it replaces gasoline. Almost all the petrol engines in the world can run on 15% blends of bio-ethanol with gasoline.

With an eye on the diminishing natural resources, its time for us to usher in the bio-fuel era!

Recycling Resolutions

It’s not too late to make your recycling resolutions.

The holidays are finally over and we can all hopefully begin slowing down and getting our lives back to normal.

If your home is like mine, the holidays left you with a huge mess. Empty boxes and torn wrapping paper litter the floor after the kids excitedly open their gifts. It’s so tempting to gather it all up and through it in the outside garbage bin.
But this is a great opportunity to not only recycle, but to reuse. Almost all of the wrapping paper and boxes can be recycled, so consider keeping your contribution out of the landfill. And for the reuse possibilities…they are practically endless. I’m pretty sure that most of the ribbons I use have been used for several years. And many of the boxes that hold the gifts are great to use for packaging gifts next year. Do you realize that many stores now CHARGE you for a gift box? Sheesh, I’ll save mine for next year, thank you. Not to mention the gift bags. I LOVE getting my gifts in those pretty little bags. Especially since I know I will be using it for someone else’s gift somewhere down the road. Do you know how much those things cost? They are outrageous. No way would I throw them away. They are too valuable.

Now what are we to do with the tree? If you use an artificial tree, it’s a pretty easy decision. You fold it up and store it for next year. Simple. And if you are lucky enough to live in a warm environment and purchased a live tree including the root ball, you can get to work planting it in your yard to enjoy for years to come. But what about cut trees? Most communities offer some sort of Christmas tree recycling. The lucky ones have curbside pickup to recycle their trees. The rest of us need to decide what to do. What convinces me to haul the tree to the recycling facility is a couple of things.
I was willing to haul it home after I purchased it, so I can just as easily take it to be recycled.

Some communities use the old trees to shred and cover pathways and trails through parks. This helps to repair and reduce the damage we create as we enjoy our hikes.

Some communities turn the old trees into mulch and then provide it to the public for free! What a deal. Spring is just right around the corner, by the way.

So that pretty much covers what we can do to reduce our holiday effect on the environment. Now it’s a new year and we can begin thinking about getting a fresh start.
Some resolutions to consider:

– Resolve to begin recycling if you don’t already. You can start small. This site provides a wealth of information about getting your recycling efforts off the ground.

– If you already recycle, step it up a notch. If your curbside recycling service doesn’t accept a particular item (like glass or cardboard), resolve to begin taking that item to the drop off facility in your area.

– Resolve to purchase more products packaged with post consumer recycled materials. The higher the percentage listed on the package, the better.

– Resolve to purchase more items made from recycled materials. Paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, and many other paper products fall into this category.

– Resolve to purchase more items in bulk, thus reducing packaging waste.

– Resolve to create at least one creative craft using something you might otherwise throw away. This is fun, gets your creative juices flowing, can reduce stress, and is a g reat way to spend some quality time with your family.

Green Living And Your Neighborhood

Green living is no longer a vague term known only by environmentalists. One of the ways we know that an important social trend has hit the big time is when major consumer providers adopt the term. Just about every major influencer in our society from Walmart to national broadcasting networks, are using the term to promote products and attract audiences. Green living is a welcome lifestyle that individuals, families and companies are choosing to ensure that the things they do and the products they use have as little an impact on the environment as possible. One of the best ways that you can build this thinking into your lifestyle is to live in a community that subscribes to green living.

If you are among the population of people who live a green lifestyle as a member of a rural community, you are in a good position. I would suggest, however, that you think about ways you can support a lifestyle movement that seeks to protect rural areas of our country (like your community), by making the more urban areas more livable, sustainable and green. This movement is here and it is strong and it is called new urbanism. New urbanism is a movement affecting areas where most of us live, including those in the suburbs and city centers.

One of the key threats to our beautiful rural areas and farming communities is the spread of urban development. New urbanism seeks to contain that spread by encouraging the development of communities that can accommodate more people. I’m not talking about increased high rises and ugly housing complexes. I’m referring to the development of lovely and affordable urban houses, town homes and condos/apartments that reflect the beautiful architecture and unique detail of those neighborhoods that were created in America before World War II.

New urbanism neighborhoods are found in newly built developments and renovated communities both in the suburbs and older city centers. This new mindset has taken almost 20 years to take root in our national psyche. It is at its essence a straightforward, fundamental focus on changing where we live to improve our quality of life. We are tired of choosing or rating successful neighborhoods based on the largeness of the yard or house. Life is much more than that.

In the new urbanism mind set, quality of life is defined by how our environments affect our emotions and our ability to live a life according to sustainable, healthy values and core life priorities. New urbanists believe that if we can develop more communities that make it is easy to enjoy green living, working and socializing right in our own neighborhood we can make a positive impact on our environments.

Benefits of New urbanism communities:

• New urbanism will contribute to less vehicular pollution by making it easier for people to find employment close to where they live or to establish their own businesses at or close to home. New urbanism communities, because of their location near or close to population centers, have the technological and business resources to support entrepreneurs and a wide range of businesses.

• Communities that subscribe to new urbanism principles attract residents who want to live a green lifestyle so it will make it easier for you or your family to adopt green lifestyle practices.

• The greenbelts surrounding your city or suburban area will be better protected if new urbanism communities in your region thrive since new urbanism encourages home buyers and renters to choose existing urban centers over new developments on large lots in shrinking rural regions.

New urbanism provides the structure needed to influence the largest percentage of our populations in North America and around the world.

Top Tips For Conserving Water In Your Area

Of course, some of us live in areas where we get plenty of rain all year around, maybe even too much. However, in other areas water supplies can run low quickly, especially in summer.

So, it is all of our responsibilities to conserve this essential natural resource when we can. And even if we are a little careful with our water usage habits, we can make a big difference. Here is some advice on how you can conserve water around the home.

In the kitchen

* See if you can redirect waste water from the kitchen sink to the garden. Also, use a bowl when washing dishes so you don’t just leave the tap running.

* If you have a dishwasher wait until you have a full load and use the economy cycle, again reducing the amount of water used.  Also before putting the dirty plates etc. into the dishwasher, scrape the leftovers into the bin rather than rinsing under the running tap.

* Wait until there is a full load before washing your dirty clothes and front loaders use less water than top loaders.

In the garden

* Water your garden early in the morning or just before sunset.  This allows the water to be absorbed into the ground instead of evaporating in the hot sun if you water during the day.  Also the water droplets left on the leaves from the watering can damage your plants if the sun is too hot, so better wait until it cools down.

* If you have directed your bathroom and kitchen water to the garden and connected to garden hoses around the garden, puncture the hoses with holes which will allow the water to filter out from various places instead of from one end only.  This lets the water to penetrate to a deeper level and encourages the plant roots to grow longer and stronger, and therefore enhances the plants’ own search for water.

* Water sprinklers are time-savers but do use huge quantities of water if left on for long periods of time.  It is said they use 300 – 650 litres of water an hour. If left on over night, that’s a minimum of 2,400 litres! So, if you have to use them, please try only to use them for shorter periods of time and look for alternatives if possible.

* Rain water is a free, natural and easy source of water. Get a large tank or water butt and place it where the roof water from your home runs off. This will fill quickly in a big rain and provide a great source of water for the garden, or even for washing.

In the bathroom

* Flushing a toilet can use between 12 – 20 litres of water, so put a brick or a plastic bottle filled with water into the toilet cistern and this will reduce the water you use.  Or you can install dual flush toilets where you can opt for a small or a large flush.

* Up to 4.5 litres of water is wasted when we brush our teeth because most people leave the tap running.  Turn the tap off when cleaning your teeth or, even better, have a bottle of water and a glass near the basin and use these to rinse instead of running the tap every time you brush.

* Showers are much more environmentally friendly than baths. Even if you use the shower, you may still be able to reduce the amount of water you use.  Install a low-flow shower head if you can get one.  Also, spray taps release smaller amounts of water but do the same job as a normal tap and these can be fitted to your bathroom and kitchen sinks.

* Throw your rubbish in the bin and not down the toilet.

* Consider ways to get water from the shower to the garden and use this water for your plants.

These tips are not only directed at private households but to businesses as well. If you own or manage a business, or even if you feel your employer could do better when it comes to conserving water, try to use some of these methods at work. It is in all our interests that we have a plentiful and reliable supply of water.

If you introduce these habits and measures slowly into your routine you will find that it really will have no impact on your day-to-day life, but you will save a lot of water.