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How Eco-Friendly Payments are Being Revolutionised

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As we move further into the 21st century more and more people are paying attention to the impact they have on the world around them. Retail is one of those areas where there is a surprising amount of wastage, and while recycling is a step in the right direction, more can be done to cut down on the amount which is simply thrown away and buried or burned at the end of the day. Eco-friendly payments are one of the areas in which the industry is being pulled into the 21st century, and even then, these payments are undergoing a revolution.

By and large, eco-friendly payments are payments which are made online which don’t leave a physical paper trail. Of course, the payments are all tracked electronically and there are statements and receipts you can view online – the difference is that at the end of each purchase you aren’t handed a small slip of paper and you aren’t posted a quarterly statement of everything you have bought using this payment method.

Eco-friendly electronic payments have been around for a while in the form of PayPal. What started out as something primarily used for eBay purchases has branched out to cover different stores across the web. As PayPal’s success grew in this area competition began to spring up, offering similar services in a range of different areas. Some of these were for POS transactions, others were for sending money between people in same way that PayPal historically has offered. Either way, it became apparent that a payment system which worked as a paperless electronic wallet had a huge range of benefits for people buying things online. Not only did these eco-friendly payments simplify your bank statements at the end of the month, they offered an additional layer of protection on your personal details. As funds were taken from a virtual wallet rather than a bank account, eco-friendly payment platforms like ecoPayz offered a level of protection that using your MasterCard or Visa simply cannot offer.

The biggest and most high-profile revolution in this field is of course the bitcoin. While it isn’t technically the first digital cryptocurrency, it is regularly attributed as being so. Despite its high profile status as being a decentralised virtual currency which is entirely untraceable, the bitcoin still hasn’t quite taken off as a universal payment system. It seems that for the time being at least, virtual eco-friendly wallets are the best payment method in the industry. They keep things simple, they keep your bank details secure and they save the environment one receipt and bank statement at a time.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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