Home Of The Future!

Dajana Kustura

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Ecosystem

My home is in the temperate deciduous forest biome. Because of this, it will have oak, birch, and maple trees all around it, providing oxygen and syrup. Many other plants such as moss, wildflowers, and lichen grow around my home. Shrubs clutter the spaces between the trees. As for food, not many fruits and vegetables grow around my home. The main source of vegetation gets shipped to us from The United States.

Transportation is very valuable. Since my home is in the temperate deciduous forest biome, the leaves fall in autumn. Over time, we've figured out a way to turn the leaves into biofuel, meaning we use leaves for fuel. Every autumn, we harvest all the leaves. Every citizen in town gets just enough leaf fuel to last them a whole year. This method does not produce pollution and it's renewable! If we do run out of leaves or it's a really sunny day, there are solar panels placed on top of the cars.

Although we aren't creating pollution, waste is unlimited. Once a week, we collect the trash and break it down, making a type of dirt similar to compost. We turn our waste into dirt and return in to nature.

We take the safety of wildlife very seriously. In our local zoo, my family and I sponsor the Acadian Flycatcher. It is a small, olive-green, insect-eating songbird that is currently endangered in Ontario. Their major threat is habitat-loss due to forest clearing. It is important that we do not let this species go extinct. So, my family and I sponsor them at our local zoo.

Chemical

Some harmful elements are inescapable such as beryllium, fluorine, and nickel. For example, we use fluorine everyday. It's in our refrigerators and our toothpaste. Fluorine is a poisonous non-metal that is very reactive with other elements. In fact, fluorine is the most reactive of all the elements! You can also find fluorine in rocket fuel and etching solutions. Fluorine is the ninth element on the periodic table and is in the halogen group.
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Electricity

My home mainly runs on solar energy. Solar panels cover the whole roof, providing lots of electrical energy for my home. This method does not have a negative impact on the environment. And, unless the sun explodes, I'd say it's pretty renewable. Future generations can use this method as well. But say it's a cloudy day, or it's night time, there is an alternative. Hydroelectric energy! There's a river in the center of my town. Using a hydroelectric dam, it generates energy by flowing through a turbine.

The appliances that are in my home are energy efficient ones. The EnerGuide label helps us determine which appliances are energy efficient or not. Like dish washers and laundry machines that don't use a lot of water and are efficient. Did you know that homes actually produce more air pollution than cars that run on fuel do? We have to make sure we see the Energy Star label on what we're buying. The two most energy efficient light bulbs are LEDs and CFLs, which are better than incandescent light bulbs.

How do hydro-power dams work? - Live Experiments (Ep 12) - Head Squeeze

Space

In this futuristic home, we don't use televisions anymore. Yes, we use holograms. It's a little more interesting than you'd think, though. We have a space channel.

Scientists discovered a way to keep a camera on three planets; Venus, Mars, and Jupiter. These cameras have endless memories. We just switch onto the space channel and we can watch what's going on in the universe, live! This was a big leap in space exploration and entertainment alike.

We also have a thermometer on our living room wall. But, it's not for our home; it's for the planets. Each planet is being monitored for their temperature. It started off as being only for those who are interested in space. But now, almost every single home has a space thermometer.

References


Facts About Fluorine. (2015). In LiveScience. Retrieved from http://www.livescience.com/28779-fluorine.html

Holographic Display. (2014, October 4). In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 15, 2015, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_display

Hydroelectric Power. (n.d.). In tvakids. Retrieved from http://www.tvakids.com/electricity/hydro.htm

Light Bulbs: Know The Different Types. (2015). In HGTV. Retrieved from http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/light-bulbs-know-the-different-types

Temperate Deciduous Forests. (2015). In NatureWorks. Retrieved from http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/nwep8c.htm

Whitehead, ., R, D., & Taylor, T. (2002). Acadian Flycatcher. In All About Birds. Retrieved from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Acadian_Flycatcher/lifehistory