Why a Greenhouse Is the Perfect Building for Winter Months

With the summer we have just had, if you could call it that, we find winter has come around all a bit too quickly. You might think that with the night’s drawing in or the drop in temperature will put an end to your gardening and crop growing this year, but you’ll find a greenhouse is the perfect remedy for this and you won’t find yourself waiting till next year until you have to grow again.

Advantages of a Greenhouse

The main advantage of a greenhouse over winter is that it allows you to take control of the environment that your plants are growing in. Although the weather might be cold and harsh on the inside there are many items that can help you maintain that optimum growing temperature for plants. Firstly, the first item of real benefit is a good thermostat as this will help you monitor the temperature inside and help you to keep it regulated to that perfect temperature. With today’s technology you can even purchase ones that you can monitor wireless from the comfort of your home.

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To help with heat inside your greenhouse you could look at purchasing a greenhouse heater. This is a great way to pump warm air in and around your greenhouse to provide your plants with the warmth they need to grow. To help retain the heat you can try and insulate your greenhouse. Covering vents and holes that were previously used to cool plants in the summer will help you keep the warmth internally. You can use paper, old fabric or even bubble wrap, which will also help with reducing the amount of frost on your plants.

Winter Vegetables to Grown In a Greenhouse

‘Leafy’ vegetables grow well in a greenhouse over winter and it is the perfect way to give them best possible start to next year. Plants such as lettuces and other salad plants are really easy to go as they do not require a lot of sunlight and can survive in cold temperatures. Furthermore, these plants can suffer badly from pests in the summer but seen as most pest hibernate the plants are able to get the best of the atmosphere and safety of a greenhouse. more

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Honda Hybrid Cars: Near-Zero Emissions

Honda is changing the world in terms of advances in fuel economy, low emission and use of alternative, renewable energy in its vehicle models. Honda’s environmental perspectives are clear and responsible, and these are evident in the Honda hybrid cars that are introduced into the automotive market.

The commitment all started more than twenty years ago when Honda introduced sometime in 1974 the simple Civic CVCC which was trail-blazing for its fuel efficiency and low emissions. The Civic then, the first vehicle to meet the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1970, is a testament to Honda’s environmentally responsive use of technology. This was followed by other Honda developments like the first hybrid vehicle and fuel cell cars. After this, Honda hybrid cars have been propelled to fame.

Fuel Economy

In 1986, the Honda Civic became the first 4-cylinder car that exceeded the 50 miles per gallon fuel-economy record. And this is Honda’s continuing concern years thereafter in all its models.

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In 1999, Honda introduced the Insight with Honda hybrid cars technology. Gaining up to 70 miles per gallon, Americans were introduced to a new insight on transportation without the attendant huge fuel consumption and costs.

In 2005, Honda maintained its status as the number one producer of fuel-economy cars amongst six major carmakers. It is presently trying to best itself by further improving its fuel economy averages to, hopefully in the next three years, 29 miles to the gallon by 5%. In 2006, the Civic Hybrid won the World Green Car award, to gain yet another proof of its commitment and conviction.

Near-Zero Emissions

Honda continued to innovate and develop clean-air technology. Lowering emissions through all ranges of Honda hybrid cars was a commitment and responsibility espoused by the company. Honda is the first car company to meet low emission requirements and is pioneering in zero- and partial-zero emission cars.

Take the Civic GX, which in 1999 used compressed natural gas as an alternative energy source to attain near-zero emissions. It was recognized then by the EPA as the cleanest internal combustion engine yet. Even as Honda vehicles meet stringent emission standards at present, it all started in 1996 when the Civic became the first low-emission vehicle (LEV) and the Ridgeline the first ultra-low-emission vehicle (ULEV).

Continuing Development

Such is Honda’s passion – to continue to search and develop the technology demanded by the times. Take the FCX, a working hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which came about as a result of advanced Honda technology to seek promising alternative fuel sources. It hopes to realize soon its dreams of mass-available cars that are pollution-free and powered by sustainable, renewable energy…

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Top 10 Reasons to hold an Energy Performance Certificate

- It is now a legal requirement to provide an EPC if you are building, selling or letting a property.

– Failure to provide an EPC comes with a penalty charge from Trading Standards.

– The fine is 12.5% of the property’s current rateable value with a minimum charge of £500 and maximum of £5,000.

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– An EPC has to be made available when giving information about the building or conducting a viewing.

– It is required before you enter any contract to sell a property, grant a new lease or assign an existing lease.

– Landlords have to provide an EPC free of charge when requested by a prospective buyer or tenant.

– An EPC will provide an energy rating for the property which is measured from A to G.

– The EPC demonstrates the energy efficiency of the building, allowing buyers or tenants to make an informed decision.

– The EPC is valid for 10 years.

– Receivers, Liquidators and Pension Funds will also need an EPC to be completed before any sales transactions can take place.

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