2011 Let Nature Do the Work
Issue Date: April 14, 2011
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
In a world of technological answers, it is easy to sometimes forget one of our greatest assets – Nature. “Green living” often seeks ways to let nature do the work, as well as reducing our dependence on manufactured items.
The sun is a useful resource. Whether powering entire homes with mounted solar panels, or small electronic gadgets with portable solar chargers, using the sun’s energy can greatly reduce people’s needs. Simple chores such as drying laundry are readily accomplished in the warmth of the sun. Hanging laundry on a clothesline can be a real savings over the costs of a clothes dryer, one of the most expensive appliances in a home. It will also be gentler on the clothes, helping them last longer.
The sun is not the only useful force of nature; wind can also offer a great benefit. In addition to helping dry clothes hung on a line, wind has become an increasingly popular source for energy. The power of the wind is being harnessed more and more for great wind farms that power entire communities. Even small windmills are used by some homeowners.
Wind farms have already become common in Europe and are rapidly growing in popularity in the U.S. and China, as well as other nations. “Going green” has powerful allies in the sun and wind.