Water water everywhere and not drop to drink or bathe in…?

Water water everywhere and not drop to drink or bathe in…?


Well not quite, but it  doesn’t mean we should’nt be taking a closer look at the quality of our water we use every day.   If you get the water from public water supply, have you ever asked how good is my water?  Probably not, we all assume we are drinking safe water, and for all intents and purposes it is potable.  However, what’s lurking in the water we may not know about, or be fully aware of the consequences of long term exposure?


Getting clean water in the first place is quite a process, but one that is conducted all over the United States around the clock.  Common to almost every one of these filtration processes is chlorination.  Adding chlorine is necessary to eliminate virus’, bacteria, and other harmful things from our water supply.   Chlorination is a very effective and efficient way of disinfecting water and prevents many diseases from making their way into human consumption.  On the flip side, we must deal with residual chlorine and it’s affect on the human body.


Besides the poor taste and odor, when chlorine is used to disinfect, a by product from the disinfection process known at THM’s (Tri-Halomethanes) can be produced.  THM’s in their common forms are known potential carcinogens, and have the potential to cause heart disease.  Despite the risks, residual chlorine must remain in the public water supply in order for it to make it to your home.


There’s got to be a better way…


Home filtration is one way to eliminate the chlorine after it’s performed its task of keeping the water safe to the tap.  Home filtration systems are a very effective means of eliminating the residual chlorine left in the public water.  Home filtration systems are easy to install and provide a safe means of eliminating chlorine, chlorine by-products and other unwanted pollutants from the water we drink and bathe in.  When evaluating water systems there are a few things to look for:


  1. Does the filtration system filter beyond public water supply quality standards – if not, what’s the point?
  2. Does the filtration remove chlorine and chlorination by products completely?
  3. Does the filtration media include anti-microbial properties?
  4. What sort of maintenance is required?  Is this something you are ready to commit to?
  5. Does the filtration system eliminate nitrates, Total dissolved solids, and flourides?
  6. Does the filtration system offer options for re-mineralization to make the drinking water more alkalinic.  (Alkalinic water has many known health benefits)
  7. Does the filtration system oxygenate the water and further reduce the chance of bacteria growth within the home?


Finding a system that accomplishes this is no small task, but it does assure you and your family get the best water you deserve.  Public water systems in the US are very good, and do prevent outbreaks of diseases more common to lesser developed nations.  However, taking control of the quality of the water within your home is the only way to assure your family gets the prisitine water they deserve.


Bryan Pax


SuperGreen Solution – Ellicott City MD






Clean Air Is the Question Odorox is the Answer

Clean Air Is the Question
Odorox is the Answer

By Bryan Pax

Indoor Air Pollution?
When people think of air pollution, the first thing that typically comes to mind is that thick, billowing black smoke you see spouting from factories and other industrial buildings. But air pollution doesn’t just occur outside; it can accumulate in your very own home or office, even if you can’t see it. It’s easy for this air pollution to accumulate, as there are several contaminants that contribute to indoor air pollution:

• Emissions from fireplaces, gas or wood stoves, furnaces, water and space heaters
• Cigarette smoke
• Newer building materials
• By-products from aerosol sprays, paints, cleaners, and pesticides
• Poor ventilation of any of the above contaminants

When indoor air pollution accumulates, it causes adverse health effects on the residents of the building. These effects include headaches, eye irritation, fatigue, dry throat, sinus congestion, dizziness, and nausea. In more serious cases, such as the buildup of carbon monoxide with poor ventilation, it can cause death. With the average American spending 70 – 90 percent of their time indoors, the idea of indoor air pollution is cause for serious concern.

Nature’s Air Purification Process
The Earth has been cleaning its own air for millions of years by using a process that includes hydroxyl molecules. Hydroxyl molecules are naturally occurring particles that are created when the sun’s ultraviolet rays react with water vapor in the air. These molecules can then “seek out” different air contaminants, such as odor molecules, bacteria, viruses, and other chemicals. The hydroxyls then neutralize the contaminants by breaking down their chemical bonds. This results in the clean, fresh air that we associate with Mother Nature.

ODOROX®: Bringing Nature Indoors
Through years of lab work and field-testing, ODOROX® has found a way to mimic the Earth’s natural air filtration. This is done using a processing chamber where contaminated air enters, quartz crystal optics deodorize the air flow, bacteria and other micro-organisms are neutralized, and hydroxyl molecules are released. This means that ODOROX® purifiers don’t just filter the air that enters its chamber; it also cleanses the surrounding area with the additional hydroxyl molecules it creates and puts into the air. This technology effectively diminishes the concern of indoor air pollution, having the ability to be used for residential, commercial, and industrial purposes.

There are a variety of different ODOROX® purifiers to choose from, depending on your wants and needs. Let SuperGreen Solutions help you choose the right one.

SuperGreen Solutions celebrates ReVenture Park Grand Unveiling

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Pictured: ReVenture Park

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Pictured: North Carolina Speaker of the House, and 2014 U.S. Senate candidate, Thom Tillis

Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions Charlotte Region, joined Governor Pat McCrory, House Speaker Thom Tillis, EPA Superfund Division Director Franklin Hill, and a number of other dignitaries to congratulate Tom McKittrick and the whole ReVenture team on their success in transforming the Mount Holly industrial brown field to a Eco industrial park.

The once shuttered manufacturing complex has been turned into a thriving hub of clean energy innovation and eco-friendly technologies, boasting companies within energy and fuel recycling, landfill and wood waste organic gas production, and electrical vehicle production just to name a few.

Environmental Protection Agency Director Hill presented McKittrick and his team with the prestigious EPA Superfund Revitalization Award for their efforts in going above and beyond legal standards to redevelop the site.  As McKittrick put it, “Redeveloping a brown field is not the most glamorous job in the real estate business.  But where other people see ugliness, I see opportunity.”

Hsiao of SuperGreen Solutions added, “It’s great to have visionaries like Tom McKittrick out there taking the large number of brown fields we have in this country and repurposing them for the industries of today.  By the turnout of state leaders at this ceremony, I think the value of what Tom’s team is doing is very clear.”

Business Leaders See Climate Effects and Want Change


pictured: EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy


SuperGreen Solutions’ Charlotte office participated in a private call with EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy who expanded on the recent energy proposals from the Obama Administration. Last year, President Obama reviled a climate action plan with the goal to cut carbon pollution, prepare for the climate change, and provide leadership to the world in developing a global solution to climate change.

As part of the president’s climate action plan, the EPA introduced the Clean Power Plan, a plan to reduce carbon pollution from our power plans. The plan aims to limit carbon, which is not only a climate risk, but also a risk to human health, businesses, the economy, and job growth.

EPA studies show that the American people and businesses see that the impact of climate is here and they want action. Taxpayers are the ones who suffer when our cities are affected by natural disasters. In addition, the EPA estimates there will be $90 billion in public health and climate benefits.

“The EPA’s regulations on power plants are flexible and that is what makes it achievable,” said McCathy.”  “The proposal is an investment strategy and it will expand economic opportunities.  The demand for low carbon energy will cause the economies of states, such as Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and many others to grow.”

Historically the EPA has proven that reducing pollution is possible while keeping energy reliable and growing the economy. In the past, air pollution was cut by 70% while the economy tripled.

Thomas Hsiao, president of SuperGreen Solutions’ office of the Charlotte region commented, “Although there are many challenges anytime policy changes are involved the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is a necessary step towards reduction in pollution and its effects on economy.”

2014 European Solar Decathlon Announces Winner


The 2014 European Solar Decathlon concluded yesterday and announced the Rhome for denCity project the overall competition winner. A total of 20 sustainable houses and 800 competitors from 16 countries presented their different ideas on the future of sustainable living in the inner city.

The goal of the European Solar Decathlon is to promote, educate, and drive forward the development of sustainable architecture and solar power.

Rhome for denCity


Students from Rome’s Universita Delgi Studi Di Roma Tre designed a 645 sq ft apartment that represented the top floor of a four-story complex. The apartment features a solar panel system that covers the entire roof and one side of the building. The panels can be adjusted up to 15 degrees in order to catch the optimal amount of sun rays depending on the time of day. In addition, the Rhome apartment includes plenty of natural ventilation and the ability for an future expansion if needed.

Of the 20 projects, there were a couple others that caught SuperGreen Solutions’ eye:

Adaptive House


Students from King Meghuts University of Technology, Thailand designed a home, inspired by traditional Thai architecture, but is raised 2ft off the ground and incorporates materials, such as shipping containers, bamboo plants, sandwich foamed polyurethane, and fiber cement panels for insulation. In addition, the rooftop displays solar panels that are hooked up to large batteries.  In Thailand where natural disasters, such as flooding is a serious concern, the Adaptive House is well suited.

Maison Reciprocity


The Maison Reciprocity was created through a partnership between US-based Appalachian State University and France’s Université d’Angers. These students prefabricated a two-story modular home to be the blueprint for sustainable townhouse construction. This home features thermal insulation, energy-efficient appliances, and an brise-soleil (sun shading system), solar panels, and a rainwater collection system.

“We are very proud that students from North Carolina’s Appalachian State University have joined the 2014 European Solar Decathlon and are offering a great design for sustainable living,” said Thomas Hsiao, president of SuperGreen Solutions’ office in the Charlotte region. “There are many ways that homes and buildings can be designed to be energy efficient. With products, such as solar power, LED lighting, skylights, insulation, and ventilation on the market everyone can find a way to become more sustainable no matter their geography.”

Click on the source link for more information on the other 17 entries:

Source: Solar Decathlon Europe

Intersolar North America Brings Together the World’s Largest Solar Companies


The world’s largest solar companies have geared up for this year’s Intersolar North America show, held in San Francisco. The event, held from July 7- 10th, will attract homeowners, businesses, and utilities.  They represent everything from next-generation solar panels to robots that assemble solar cells, but it is the batteries that store solar energy that everyone is talking about.

These batteries connect to a solar panel system and store energy during the day to be used later at night, during a grid blackout, or even to be paired with an electric vehicle.

Part of the excitement surrounding these grin batteries is from the huge bet that Tesla Motors and solar installer SolarCity are making on lithium ion batteries. Tesla is building a massive battery factory in the U.S., and the batteries will be used for cars and paired with Solar City’s solar panel systems.

Energy storage are predicted to rise tremendously over the next 5 years, due to the combination of the growth of solar, state mandates, and more unpredictable weather causing blackouts. IHS, a research firm, is predicting that the energy storage market will grow from 0.35 GW in 2013 to 40 GW by 2022. U.S. will be the largest market, followed by Germany and Japan.

Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions’ offices in the Charlotte region noted, “Our partners at Tesla Motors conveyed their excitement about the future of battery storage to the guests at our recent Charlotte office grand opening.  With partners, such as BYD America and Tesla Motors, SuperGreen Solutions will be positioned to help our region become more energy independent with better and lower costing technology.”

NC Puts Price on Solar Energy


The North Carolina Utilities Commission has started its process of setting solar energy rates for the next two years.

What is to be determined is how much utility companies, such as Duke Energy and Dominion will have to pay for solar energy.

The process for setting solar energy rates is a complex process, involving weeks of hearing, with thousands of pages of filing and lawyers representing the utilities, environmental groups, business groups, solar industry members and associations.

Under a 1978 federal law, regulators can require utilities to buy energy from 3rd party facilities that generate power, but they can not be forced to pay more that what it would cost them to produce the energy themselves. These are known as “advoid costs.” It includes both the cost that the utility would pay to produce energy at its most expensive plant.

“I’m glad to see Raleigh addressing this topic to help those who have chosen to be leaders and invest in rooftop solar energy,” added Thomas Hsiao, President of SuperGreen Solutions’ offices in the Charlotte region. At SuperGreen Solutions, we have seen some customers stay away from solar energy simply due to, what they perceive, as unfair sell back prices.  In areas where the energy company is willing to use a “net-metering” system our customers are not as concerned because we never advocate putting in more solar than their smallest monthly power bill; but where “buy all, sell all” systems are in place, it’s really hard to justify the commitment of rooftop solar.”

53.3 Years of Oil Left


BP (ticker BP) has made an interesting update to its yearly review of energy statistics in regards to its global oil reserves estimate.  BP raised its reserve estimate by 1.1% or 1,687.9 billion barrels, which is enough oil to last the world 53.3 years at the current production rate.

The overall cause for this surge in global oil reserves comes from the United States.  America’s shale oil plays, the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basin, are being unlocked through horizontal drilling technologies. The Spraberry/ Wolfcamp alone contain 75 billion barrels of recoverable oil and gas, originally estimated at 50 billion barrels.  The Bakken and Eagle Ford’s recoverable reserve estimates also continue to grow.  In 2010, the Eagle Ford shale was estimated at under 1 billion barrels, now estimated at 3.2 billion barrels.

New technologies and techniques, including closer spacing of wells, are providing a big boost to future reserve estimates. While BP, holds 53.3 years worth of oil, new shales plays continue to be discovered in the U.S., which indicates that we will not run out of oil anytime soon.

Thomas Hsaio, President of SuperGreen Solutions of the Mid-Atlantic Charlotte office, commented, “No matter how many years we have left in our oil reserve, we all know that fossil fuels are a limited resource.  Although the fear of running out of oil is not an immediate concern, as the dangers of global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions continues to increase, we should all do our part to ensure a healthy environment.”

The Risky Business Project and the Financial Risk that Faces our Nation


On Thursday, SuperGreen Solutions of the Mid-Atlantic Charlotte office participated in a private call that focused on The Risky Business Project, a first-of-its kind report that quantifies the financial risk that the U.S. faces if climate change continues. The discussion was lead by Kate Larsen, Research Director of the Risky Business Project, Matt Lewis, Director of Communications of the Risky Business Project, and Frank Nutter, CEO of Reinsurance Association of America.

Through the discussion, SuperGreen Solutions was able to get a better understanding of what sectors and regions on a national, state and regional level are most at risk and understand how power needs, crop yields, and labor will be affected if climate change continues.

Because the geography through the U.S. varies so widely, there is no such thing as an average American. The impact of climate change is going to vary widely depending on location, and some locations will be impacted more than others.

The primary impacts of climate change is extreme heat and rising sea levels.  In the Gulf Coast, Northeast, and Southeast sea levels will rise, causing increased damage from storm surge. This will likely lead to an additional $2 to $3.5 billion in property losses each year by 2030. Extreme heat in interior states, such as the Midwest and Southwest will affect human health, labor productivity, and strained electricity grids.

After the discussion, Thomas Hsaio, President of SuperGreen Solutions of the Mid-Atlantic Charlotte office commented, “Although some businesses, industries, and regions of the U.S. will feel the impact of climate change more than others, if U.S. businesses and policy makers do not take immediate action, the American economy on a National level could face significant disruption.  The Risky Business Project gives better estimates and understanding of the fiscal impact that climate change will have on key sectors of the U.S. economy.  We hope that local, state, and national leaders will take this critical information and make investments and proposals that will determine a better economic future.”