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Smart Planet Website

Scarcity is seldom a word associated with online product review websites. Unfortunately, there is a significant absence of websites geared towards the environmentally conscious consumer. This predicament often isolates individuals seeking eco-friendly products. Unlike the average consumer with an abundance of informative online resources at their fingertips, the environmentally conscious consumer must conduct their own research a task which can become arduous and very time consuming. Where exactly can someone go when seeking eco-friendly products? We are fully aware that a product review website can save a consumer valuable time and money. Does a product review website exist that is dedicated to the environmentally conscious consumer needs? Well, there is one relatively new website designed specifically for consumers seeking eco-friendly products. This quite impressive product review website is called Smart Planet.

Smart Planet gives environmentally conscious consumers an unbiased review on “green” products. This website reviews beauty, technology, fashion, finance, food, leisure, transportation, and household products. They review an array of diverse products and services including hotels and restaurants. Smart Planet proudly upholds the responsibility to inform consumers how eco-friendly products available on the market are. Smart Planet concentrates their research on how ethical the production of the product is, the way it performs, and whether or not the product is reasonably priced. Understanding how completely subjective the product reviewing process can be, the site encourages visitors to submit their own review, sharing and spreading the word on the latest “green” products out. If you feel passionate about a specific “green” product adding a review on Smart Planet is a great way to be heard. Smart Planet has a panel of expert reviewers. Each reviewer on the Smart Planet website thoroughly tests the product for a lengthy period of time and compares them to similar products on the market. Accurate research is conducted on each product.

So, what is Smart Planet’s method of rating products? Product reviews are scored on a scale of 1 to 10. Products with a score of 9 or higher are granted the prestigious Smart Choice award for excellence. The website’s rating scale ranges from abysmal to perfect. A rating of 1.0, or as Smart Planet may call it abysmal, suggests the product should have never been produced. It is unworthy. A rating of 8.0 for example implies that the product is excellent and the few minor flaws are irrelevant. Smart Planet is not connected to any advertising agency or specific product supplier. You can trust the reviews given on this website. All reviews are based solely on the product’s performance and contribution to the environment. The four main principles evaluated for Smart Planet product reviews are quality, value, ethics, and green. According to Smart Planet, the quality of a product should be well designed and function properly. The value of a product is based on the price compared against its competitors. A product reviewed on Smart Planet must meet the ethics standards when researched to be rated high. The green principle on the website is evaluated through determining whether the product is energy efficient, recyclable, contain toxins, harms the environment, or makes an eco impact.

Smart Energy Technology:

Hydrogen Car and Multi Fuel DVD & Book

In a world gone wrong with pollution and over-consumption, many inventions are geared towards keeping or saving a green earth. Worth noticing among the many exceptional inventions made with this scope in mind is the Hydrogen Car. With the fuel prices rising every day and the increasing need to shift toward alternate and renewable fuel resources, a vehicle running on hydrogen might just be what the doctor ordered.

What Does This Product Do?

The main idea is to convert a standard gas-guzzler into a Hydrogen Car. No dealership actually sells such an innovative vehicle therefore that is not what can be bought from this website ( What you do get is even better: the know-how of converting a regular engine, such as the one in that beloved and trusty old sedan resting in your driveway, into a hydrogen-based, highly fuel efficient engine. The transformation would reduce fuel consumption down to a third. Once modified, this hydrogen-based engine would be able to:

* Run on any type of hydrogen, no matter its level of purity.

* Instantly improve fuel efficiency through a process called “hydrogen boosting”, where a small amount of pressurized hydrogen is injected into any type of fuel (natural gas, methane, bio fuel, producer gas and such) to bring down the cost at about 75 cents per gallon.

* Use any type of fuel, however degraded such as straight gasoline, low octane or even lawnmower fuel with the help of “hydrogen boosting”. Worries for gas could then be over for ever.

* Mix gasoline and diesel together with “hydrogen boosting” to get a readymade “engine cocktail”.

* Use low or non-sulfur diesel after adding hydrogen to it.

* Run on alcohol, turpine oil, propane, vegetable oil, rejected oil from commercial fryers (which simply requires filtering) and so on.

In other words, almost anything could power up any engine at one third of regular gas costs. Isn’t this simply wonderful?

How is this Accomplished?

A dynamic duo formed of Roy McAlister and Steven Harris is bringing this concept to the public after having personally used it for over 40 years. Harris discovered and developed the basics during his time as an engineer at the Chrysler Motors Company (now known as the reputable Daimler-Chrysler), and then was joined by McAlister who specializes in vehicular energy and electrochemistry. Together they produced a DVD meant to teach car owners, frame by frame, how to transform a regular engine into a hydrogen-based motor which can do all the above-mentioned wonders.

Not only is a massive reduction in gasoline costs accomplished when using such an engine, but it also helps in bringing down harmful emissions currently and increasingly plaguing our entire planet. An enterprise that actually allows the accomplishment of two goals: (1) Save a car owner from wasting a bundle of money (2) Save the environment which is being wasted in large part by car owners.

Though this instructional DVD is exceptionally clear and easy to follow, the authors recommend to first try and convert a small engine such as that of a lawnmower or a moped. This initial step provides the ability to learn hands-on the process of setting up the conversion materials. Once comfortable with the kinks and twists, these newly found skills can be used to transform a genuine car engine into a hydrogen-based one for a car to be driven with enjoyment and absolutely no worries for fuel consumption, since your car can now literally run on anything. Except maybe for water…

Smart Energy Technology:

The Truth about LED and Mercury

Our Planet Earth is slowly and surely dying. The abuse to which human beings have exposed the environment in the past few centuries has taken its toll, and the results are not pretty. Already a vast number of flora and fauna varieties have become extinct, and the list of endangered species has become increasingly alarming. Fortunately, there are people who understand the seriousness of the situation and are putting together efforts to save this ailing yet exceptional Planet.

The Old Fashion Way

The lighting of a modern home usually consumes either organic fuel or some other non-renewable energy source. The most common method used for lighting in homes, schools, or any other modern facility is the modest and unassuming incandescent bulb, which is almost 13 centuries old in terms of technology. Way back in 1879 did Thomas Edison commercialize the very same bulb people are using in their home today. In recent decades, the compact fluorescent light bulb has been introduced as an alternative with some level of success, since it reduces electricity consumption and thus, of course, the monthly bill. However, even though these bulbs give out four to five times more light than the same wattage incandescent bulb, and provide an especially refreshing white brightness, they are still not fully accepted by consumers. It is estimated than only about 5% of the total bulbs bought in a year are CFLs.

The drawback in the fluorescent alternative is mercury contained in each bulb, making disposal much more complex. Laws on how to dispose of the CFL bulbs without harming the environment have been passed in 2006 by seven states in the US, namely California, Minnesota, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. It is however still a very serious concern for environmentalists the world over, since for example one CFL bulb is enough to contaminate 1000 gallons of water. In fact, figures show that about 30 thousand pounds of mercury are spilled into the environment every year, owing to the wrong disposal of CFL bulbs; such toxic waste can easily find its way to tap water with disastrous consequences.

The Advantages of LED

The latest candidate in taking over lighting duties is the LED or Light Emitting Diodes. This amazing advancement was originally conceived to bring electricity into homes of poverty stricken areas and underdeveloped countries. The LED consumes next to nothing in terms of electricity, and only 10 LEDs provide sufficient light for a person to read a book comfortably in the night while its consumption is about 1/100 of what a CFL bulb would have consumed.

One LED light can burn for 50 thousand hours, an impressive performance by any standards. Its light beam is usually emitted perpendicularly to the bulb, yet in order to get the best light one easily could use a dispersing lens. Also worth noting is that LEDs emit little to no heat even when used for hours on end. Both the incandescent and CFL bulbs get increasingly hotter with use. While initially the LEDs were meant for low lighting, especially in rural areas where the voltage fluctuation is rampant, today you will find LED bulbs that can release any amount of light. In fact, the equivalent consumption of LED light when compared to an incandescent bulb is 5.2 watts to 40 watts. The LEDs are about 300% more energy efficient than CFLs and about 1000% more than Edison’s brainchild.

Keeping the most important thing last, the use of LEDs almost completely eliminates pollution from lighting products, and the danger of related mercury absorption into the environment. Even more, there are no carbon dioxide emanations either. This technology allows lighting a house with less than one tenth of the usual wattage (and save big money and energy), doing away with the danger of mercury pollution in the environment, and reducing drastically the level of CO2 shot into the atmosphere, all without compromising on the quality of light. That is indeed a technology worth keeping around for the next 13 centuries.

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