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Environment – Types of Waste in Office

Waste in Office

Waste in OfficeWith the undisputable fact that solid waste is a global concern, it is time to emphasize the issue and attempt to provide a viable solution to end the menace. Environmental conservation and protection are everybody’s responsibility, and that is why United Nations has been at the forefront sensitizing countries on how to manage waste. The United States alone generates more than 200 million tons of waste every year. Funny enough, this hopping number is greater than the Asian and African continents combined!

The concept of waste management has been around for several decades. However, only a few countries have been putting effort to deal with the issue of waste management. The environmental associations and governments have come together to steer up the implementation of waste management plans. From home to industries, to offices, solid waste has become an issue of concern, and appropriate mechanisms are urgently required.

When we talk of waste management, we refer to a complex and comprehensive solution that entails assortment, hauling, and discarding of garbage and other waste products in a proper manner. The process involves treatment of waste as well as providing recycling solutions.

As much as many people think that waste is generated more in homes, we need to change this perception because even our offices are equally sources of waste products. Modern offices have kitchens and guest rooms where food is cooked and served. It is worth noting that food materials take a significant portion in the total amount of garbage transported to the landfills. That said, our offices are contributing largely to environmental degradation, even though not many of us can see this.

So, we need to need to define a better approach on how to manage the leftovers in our office kitchens.

The 3 Conventional Methods of Waste Disposal

For many years, there are a few waste disposal methods that have been in use. Let us talk about them briefly.

Landfills

LandfillsA landfill is the most common method of disposing of waste. After the waste has been collected from commercial and residential areas, it is transported using trucks and thrown into these designated sites. The waste is buried and once the site is full, a different site is created adjacent to the previous one. When observed from an environmental conservation point of view, there is a lot of degradation that is caused by these landfills. That is why they are commonly used in developing countries due to sufficient undeveloped space. However, less we know is that the rotting materials in the landfills can cause serious contamination to water sources and underground water too.

Combustion

This is also referred to as incineration, which entails burning municipal waste at very high temperatures in order to turn them into gaseous and residue forms. Inarguably, this method reduces the volume of waste so that space for development is not affected. Also, the method reduces over-dependence on landfills, and thus minimizing the level of pollution to the underground water and surface water sources. However, it is vital to understand that the burning process releases a lot of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Given that the carbon is a greenhouse gas, there is a likelihood of increasing global warming, which has devastating outcomes over time.

Recycling

This is a process of changing the waste materials into useful products. It reduces overuse of energy during manufacturing of new products, as well as depleting raw materials during production. It is an eco-friendly way to make use of waste products instead of throwing into the landfills or burning them. The recycling process goes hand-in-hand with the recovery method, which entails taking the useful materials and using them. This method has energy and raw material conservation implications just like recycling. Recycling and recovery have the element of reducing energy consumption, reducing the volume of waste that goes into the landfills, as well as minimizing water and air pollution.

Garbage Disposal Usage

Garbage Disposal UsageHaving looked at the three traditional ways of managing waste products, it is important to note that food waste products can be disposed of through a more improved method, thanks to garbage disposals. These units are electric-powered and are commonly used in homes. Due to the need for a better food waste management method in offices, they are a better choice nowadays.

A garbage disposal uses a simple motor to rotate blades at a high speed. The blades chop the food materials into small pieces, which are then sucked down into a different chamber. Water is added to mix and make the materials more liquid, and then the system sends the materials down into the drain. The liquid waste meets the other waste water from the kitchen sink and joins the local sewerage system, and then transported to the sewerage plant.

Using a garbage disposal can save you waste disposal cost as there are no collection bins required, and also the amount of waste generated in the kitchen is significantly reduced. More importantly, garbage disposals are environmentally friendly because they reduce the stress in the landfills, minimize the water pollution, air pollution, and soil pollution. Last but not least, the liquid waste can be processed to generate electricity and the solid material used as an organic fertilizer.

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Smart Thermostat Usage in the USA

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smart thermostat usageAccording to a report released by Berg Insight, a research company, the number of homes that use smart thermostats in the USA rose by 64% in 2016. Based on the nature of progressiveness of smart thermostat usage, a similar trend is anticipated in the next 5 years. In short, people are embracing the new technology in order to make life more comfortable and efficient. With the energy consumption being one of the highest household expenditure in America, there is a lot of sense to employ improved ways of reducing the energy bills.

The research company’s analyst predicted the number of households with smart thermostats will continue to increase at the rate of 50%, an annual compound rate, by 2022. This means the USA will remain the biggest thermostat market because the estimated number of users surpasses other continents. According to the Berg Insight, over 43 million households have smart thermostats compared to less than 35 million homes with smart thermostats in the Europe.

Benefits in the Smart Home Market

Smart thermostats are of great importance in the smart home industry, and therefore becoming a viable business opportunity in the USA. The Berg Insight report indicates that the consumers are constantly increasing, meaning that smart thermostats offer a wide range of benefits in their homes. The energy companies are also benefiting from the smart thermostat market since they have a lasting solution to the homeowners. In addition, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry is now improved due to the usage of smart thermostats.

The core reason for Americans to embrace usage of smart thermostats is the energy saving potential, convenience, and improved comfort. The energy firms are in a better position to start consumer-friendly satisfaction response and also introduce energy efficient plans. The plans are capable of saving significant capital on investment since the low peak load helps to save on expenditure on the reserve energy production, as well as reducing the need to buy power on the market.

The smart thermostats add intelligence to the HVAC systems and thus provide new opportunities for the energy service companies. Also, they allow easier maintenance of the heating and cooling systems, as well as remote diagnostic wherever repair work is needed. Altogether helps in streamlining and easy tracking of the entire energy usage in the homes.

According to Berg Insight, the leaders in the smart thermostat market include the Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell. These companies are complemented by vendors like the radio Thermostat Company that has achieved a firm grip in the smart home system through other partners such as the Vivint, ADT, and Alarm. Other participants in America include the Lennox, Emerson, and Venstar.

Advantages of Installing a Modern Smart Thermostat

smart thermostats add intelligence to the HVAC systems It is clear that a number of homeowners haven’t realized the many benefits of integrating smart thermostats into their HVAC systems. The technology can help in increasing the efficiency in home’s energy usage, hence reducing the pressure on their wallets. More importantly, the environment will appreciate because there will be less stress on the natural resources if almost all homes utilize the new energy saving technology. The new smart thermostat is a representative of the modern technology that embraces energy efficiency.

One of the advantages is the ability to program itself. Failure to change the home temperature is a habit that encourages energy wastage. Generally, people set the temperature and forget to adjust it. It is worth noting that heating a home when not ‘necessary’ puts up unnecessary energy bills. That is why a smart thermostat can be programmed, not to mention its ability to learn your behavior while at home. Through this technology, it can regulate heating and cooling automatically and hence increase the comfort and reduce energy consumption.

Another advantage is the ability to control heating and cooling remotely. When you are away from home and you realize the A/C is on, you can simply turn it off using your smartphone. This means you can easily operate your thermostat using a mobile device or a computer from anywhere. The new models come with a mobile app where you can retrieve broad data and analytics on your energy consumption.

Last but not least, the modern smart thermostat can inform you when and how to save on energy through the mobile app. You can collect, analyze, and present energy usage data on your home heating and cooling. The thermostat can as well let you learn tips on how to save energy through the Green Leaf feature. For instance, this is found in the newest Nest Smart Thermostats.

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A Knowledge Sharing Blog for Smart Technologies

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hungry' for informationMany people out there are ‘hungry’ for information. Actually, they need someone to pump knowledge into their minds so that they can make informed decisions. Given the many diversities of lifestyles, there is a blooming challenge when it comes to making choices. These confrontations are, in one way or the other, as a result of the constant changes in technology. As the tech gurus usually say, “from our homes to offices to hotels” there is an element of smart technology that is geared towards improving lives of people.

Being a young and productive member of this knowledge sharing blog “ramanarao.com”, one of the world’s leading smart technology information websites, I have written several blogs about home improvement, office setting and design, health and fitness, as well as eco-friendly practices among others. It is worth noting that knowledge sharing gives an opportunity that puts people in a common pool of information. This means they would work together as a team and educate each other depending on their interests of concern.

A vital insight is the traditional office sharing, which also consent to knowledge sharing. This is facilitated by various aspects such as sharing common water coolers, visiting one another in different rooms, or chatting while in the public cubicles. Also, the commercial spaces with paved patios can attract people from different offices and therefore facilitate knowledge sharing through one-on-one chats. Similarly, people at different locations are as well able to share information through a more digital manner. That said, this website allows more people to access information and leave their comments based on the information posted here. In addition to conventional office sharing, email-sharing lists can be distributed to specific groups in order to pass certain important messages.

However, both office and email-distribution can be a daunting way of sharing information. This is because the user may not disseminate the information while observing the social and hierarchical order keenly, given the nature of today’s communication structure. Sometimes, information may be disseminated wrongly or directed to a wrong individual or audience. Such mistakes that may occur during the pre-selecting period may lead to wrong feedback and incorrect update of the information.

The Concept of Social Intranet

The Concept of Social IntranetFor that reason, the concept of social intranet comes in. This is simply a method through which people can look for information in several ways to assist them to carry out their daily activities. This website is a blogging platform where visitors can ask questions and collaborate with other like-minded people. The site also consists of comment threads where people can engage each other in a conversational manner. In order to put a comment and get it published, often visitors may enter their contact, particularly email addresses for approval purpose – but not a must-thing. Interestingly, there is a homepage to which every person can acquire a link.

Through the website, a group of like-minded people can include knowledge as texts which are accessible by other people. However, the information included in this blog may not be editable by the audience, but everyone is allowed to leave feedback that can help to improve the already posted information. Since we have invited all people to ‘friend’, read, and learn through our website, there is an opportunity to subscribe to the daily, weekly, monthly, or annual updates depending on the nature of information you need. Typically, blog posts provide longer texts containing updated content, comments on development industries, and the emerging issues in the technology world. Such information is disseminated more efficiently via knowledge sharing blogs compared to email-distribution techniques.

Due to the transparency exhibited in this blog, people with similar issues of interest can contribute to discussions without discrimination. This helps all other future visitors to learn and understand different dimensions, especially the current growth in technological aspects. You can understand what kind of people work in certain fields and who embraces the knowledge that can be helpful for your needs. It doesn’t matter if all people are participating in this blog because you are likely to find the same information links shared on various social media platforms.

In conclusion, it is important to understand that this blog does not really require approval for a comment to be published. There is no limit or barrier to participating because we are entirely embracing the mentioned concept ‘social intranet’ – that is why quick sharing is properly facilitated. The “friending’ process begins with a single social conversation occasion, which allows entry to information sharing.

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