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With the increasing threat of climate change to our planet, it has become our responsibility to make earth a greener and safer place through sustainability. Without practising sustainable living, everyone else will suffer from the incredibly harmful effects of climate change, which include rising sea levels, intense droughts, and increasing temperatures.

One of the best ways to help our planet and prevent climate change is by lowering our greenhouse gas emissions. This may include recycling, using renewable resources, planting trees, buying energy-efficient products, and so on.

In the field of construction, they typically use concrete and steel to build and support houses, commercial establishments, and high-rise buildings. But those two materials are not considered as environmentally friendly due to the process of how they are made.

However, there’s a sustainable material that is not as popular compared to steel and concrete. But has so many benefits.

That material? Timber.

One of the best examples of a sustainable material in construction, timber is both a renewable and recyclable resource that can be used in building houses and buildings. Renewable because it’s a product of nature that naturally replenishes itself over time. And recyclable because it can be reclaimed and then re purposed into pieces of furniture, roof trusses, or even wall frames.

Its manufacturing process only requires few amounts of energy, which makes it even more eco-friendly. And it also stores carbon dioxide, reducing greenhouse gas emissions even further.

If you’re worried that timber is not that durable and reliable like traditional materials, don’t be, because its strength and quality is outstanding just like its environmental advantages.

In fact, an influential advisory group in Washington, USA concluded that some buildings constructed with timber could soar up to 18 stories high, without posing a threat to safety. That says a lot about the superb quality of timber in construction.

Also, there are numerous wooden towers that already exist or are currently underway here in Australia as well as other countries, which means the sustainable material’s popularity is starting to rise all over the world.

While timber is already an amazing sustainable material itself, recycled timber is even better and friendlier for our environment. Since the logging industry often participates in unethical logging practices that result to deforestation, the process of harvesting timber sometimes causes a myriad of environmental problems, which makes the whole purpose of using timber kind of counterproductive.

Timber milling

Recycled timber is waste timber typically sourced from demolished old wooden structures and bridges, which are fairly common in several countries including here in Australia. Most timber suppliers and consumers started to practice recycling timber as a means to combat both climate change and deforestation issues. And their decision to do that has greatly benefited our planet. There are also some companies that manufacture timber frames and trusses and offer timber joinery services using recycled timber.

Through the use of recycled timber, you will be able to reduce your carbon footprint even further and help heal our planet at the same time. Using it as a building material allows you to enjoy both the environmental and performance benefits that it presents. It also means that you’re helping make a positive change to our planet which is continuously being negatively impacted by the environmentally harmful practices of careless people.

Renewable energy technology has to be one of mankind’s greatest inventions. With it, we have a cleaner form of energy that offers a slew of benefits, including reduced energy costs, improved public health and less global warming.

Out of the many renewable energy technologies we currently have, solar is the most popular one. But the other clean energy sources – wind power, biomass, hydropower, and geothermal – are not that far off behind.

Ever since the discovery of devices that harness the power of renewable energy sources, there have been numerous projects throughout the world that were created with the goal to provide a better energy future for everyone. Though all of them are beneficial for both us and our planet, only a handful are considered as breakthroughs in the renewable energy industry.

Let’s have a look at some of the world’s most amazing renewable energy projects.

PS10 Solar Power Plant in Spain

Located at Sanlucar la Mayor in Spain, the PS10 Solar Power Plant is the first commercial concentrating solar tower in the entire world. This project uses over 600 large movable mirrors called heliostats to produce an annual energy output of 23,400 megawatt hours, enough to power a lot of homes and establishments.

Tesla’s Lithium-ion Battery Storage in South Australia

Elon Musk, the controversial CEO of Tesla, announced in early 2017 that his company will build the largest lithium battery storage in South Australia, and even promised to complete the project within 100 days or it is free. The tech billionaire kept his word. As of today, Tesla’s behemoth of a battery has helped solve the statewide power crisis that plagued South Australia, generating a 100 MW output that is enough to minimise the inconveniences brought upon by day-to-day frequency variations and major power system disturbances. It has even helped electricity customers reduce their monthly electric bills.

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the U.S.

Situated in the Mojave Desert, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a solar thermal power facility that uses around 170,000 heliostat mirrors, which are scattered over 3,500 acres of land and focused on the boilers of three 450-foot solar power towers, to generate enough power for more than 140,000 homes during the day. Over the years, this project helped reduce significant amounts of carbon emissions, rendering a positive impact to the environment despite its massive land area.

Tesla’s Solar Facility in Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Tesla is one of the many organisations that stepped up to help the hurricane-ravaged country of Puerto Rico. They installed a sizeable system of solar panels that can generate up to 200 kilowatt hours of solar energy throughout the day and reserve up to 500 kilowatt hours. This project helped some of the residents of Puerto Rico survive the disaster’s early stages, proving to the entire world that solar energy is indeed one of the best and quickest solutions for power outages.

MeyGen Project in Scotland

Regarded as the world’s largest tidal energy plant, the MeyGen project, which is currently under construction, is projected to provide enough energy to power over 200,000 homes in Scotland. As of December 2016, the plant’s first turbine was activated and is currently fully operational.

Floating Solar Farm in China

The world’s largest floating solar farm is located in Huainan, a city known for its abundance in coal. The 40-megawatt power plant consists of around 120,000 solar panels that float above a flooded coal mine, and spans a total area of approximately nine miles. With its incredible capability to produce 40 megawatts of power, Huainan’s floating solar farm can supply energy for around 15,000 homes, which makes it one of the most powerful solar farms in the world.

Almost every Australian homeowner wants to reduce their carbon footprint, but not everyone is well-versed in doing it the right way.

A carbon footprint, for the uninitiated, is the amount of greenhouse gases generated by a human being, a product, or an event. These emissions are then released into the atmosphere, which in turn contribute to global warming, ozone depletion, and even pollution.

Though trying to be eco-friendly may seem intimidating, going green together with your family and reducing your carbon footprint altogether is actually not that difficult. Creating a positive impact to our environment is as simple as making a few changes around the house. So, here are some of the best tips to help you and your family reduce your carbon footprint at home.