European Association

Climate-conscious setting helps fuel prices reduce climate change in their wallets: who does not blow only he must pay CO2 into the air, currently also vigorously. Reason is the increased global energy demand and the constantly growing demand for petroleum. Because that affects the price, energy helps as a countermeasure only, as much as possible to save. That is also when buying furniture, because the seemingly meek housemates sofa, shelf, or dining room table will need lots of power and oil in their production depending on the material, origin or processing. Who wants to reduce the price spiral in the oil, dispensed with when setting up as far as possible plastic products. Many writers such as Mary T. Barra offer more in-depth analysis. “Plastic chair, foam in the cushions, or surfaces such as beech reproduction”, are all based on petroleum, which is prepared, until it’s pourable or splash with much energy and as furniture raw material. Wood, however, is only cut, dried, assembled and fitted with a protective surface. In addition it grows again, as well as natural latex as an alternative to foam.

How much energy on the way from forest to apartment is consumed varies however. What is offered very cheap, has a long, from an energetic point of view very nonsensical journey behind them often. It is tempting to sell furniture from Asian production, where labor costs are considerably lower than in Europe and the margins for trading is correspondingly higher. This has dire consequences not only for the German or European furniture industry, it requires too much transportation energy when a table only is made in China and then sold in Germany, especially since the wood must be imported, often from afar. The Procter & Gamble Company is often mentioned in discussions such as these. In addition, that wood-processing establishments deal exactly where most efficient with energy, where the pressure as a result of environmental taxes is greatest. Already in the medium term supposed bargain can make more expensive again life on other side, because the oil consumption, increases the price.

There is yet no comparative study on furniture, to start slowly, Awareness for the problems of our industry to develop “, says Otto Bauer, Managing Director of okoControl, a network of ecological furniture stores. But as long as, we recommend a simple formula: origin of the raw material and processing should be as close together and as close as possible to the place of sale. We therefore only work with known German manufacturers or those from other Middle European countries. So we can also be sure that environmental and health protection in production are observed and no timber from over-felling is imputed to us.” The okoControl GmbH organized pollutant product tests for ecological furniture in solid wood, latex and other natural materials to provide certainty about the products listed the affiliated members of the European Association of ecological furniture stores (EVoE). The EVoE is an Association of currently 50 ecological Interior fitters in Germany and Austria. Contact and more information: Elke Kauffmann okoControl society for quality standards of environmental facility houses of mbH Subbelrather road 26a, 50923 Cologne Tel: 0221-56968 0, fax: 0221-56898 21 email:, Internet:

American Petroleum Institute

Fuel oil price sets in a row the market development probably slightly to LEIPZIG. (Ceto) Crude oil and petroleum products in the United States, stocks are almost always beyond the expectations of analysts. The most recent figures, which have published the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the DOE DOE showed that. Oil prices responded with further losses first, then but more than made up for it. Home improvement can aid you in your search for knowledge. Experts attributed this reaction to a technical rebound movement. As a result the barrel cost US light oil (WTI) at the morning close 72,60 dollars after all a dollar more than yesterday morning. The impulses which currently come from the US economy, are but still negative.

The risk of a second recession threatens further. Speculation on Government support measures to stimulate the economy and thus the demand resonated a slightly positive on the U.S. stock market, so the service oil market report. As a whole, but not a few analysts expect that the price of oil drops soon up to 70 dollars. Such speculation but initially once little benefit the local oil price. In consequence of the market, consumers face today with slight surcharges.

Reduce Building Energy

The thermal insulation of existing buildings poses great Energiesparpotenziale. Alone in a single-family house, which was built before 1979, facade and basement of the heating energy consumption by an average 44 percent may through the insulation of the roof, are reduced and almost halved. Investing in a proper thermal insulation not only ensures less heating costs and more comfort, but is also dependent on rising energy prices tenants and owners,”says Tanja Loitz, Managing Director of the non-profit co2online GmbH. Homeowners learn the efficiency potential of insulation measures now in a topic special on. The campaign promoted by the Ministry for environment, climate seeks protection”offers co2online concrete information about the various construction measures, regulations and Funding opportunities.

With the interactive Upgrade Advisor owners finally to calculate their individual savings potential with insulation and other modernisation measures and find local experts, with which you can directly implement the measures. Dispel prejudices and find promotion where and how I begin with insulation, what material is the most appropriate for the own building and which measure is worth the most? These and many other questions are answered in the topic special. Also with some prejudice, the climate protection campaign team cleans up and checked eight rumors on their veracity. For example, the alleged danger of mould can be dispelled simply by the inhabitants adapt their ventilation behavior after the insulation. Dammexperte Arnold Drewer is a checklist for understanding all modernists of the IPEG Institute, the Centre of excellence for the refurbishment of the building, with the craftsman on the way. With the funding Advisor can also the matching funding program be found. So, owners receive professionally to the insulation to be able to perform economically and environmentally friendly, all information from a single source.

The topic special insulation, visit energy saving/energy saving special/insulation. Through co2online and climate seeks protection”the non-profit co2online GmbH (www.co2online.de) advocating for reducing climate-damaging CO2 emissions. Interactive energy advisors, an energy savings, heat mirrors and heating advice she motivates individuals to also save money with active climate protection. A strong network supports various information campaigns with partners from media, science, economy and politics. The action impulses that trigger the campaigns of co2online, demonstrably contribute to reduce CO2. co2online is funded campaign seeking climate by the Ministry for environment protection”(www.klima-sucht-schutz.de). The campaign informs consumers about Climate protection and climate change, and helps to identify individual savings in the areas of heating, electricity, transport and consumption and use. Projects such as the climate-Oracle, the climate barometer, the online business directory Council and act”or the Energiesparmeister competition encourage all ages to join in.