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Meghan Belnap
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Water seems like it is the one thing that we humans will never run out of but don't be so sure. With modernization of morer and more of the world, this precious resource is being polluted and used at an alarming rate. With water being one of the most necessary resources for the survival of all plants and animals it’s a very precious resource that needs to be preserved and protected from pollution. Thankfully, you can take steps to improve the quality of your water and conserve it at home.

Why Water Conservation Matters

The majority of the Earth may be covered by water. However, only a small fraction of that water is suitable for consumption by humans and animals. In certain areas, such as the western United States, droughts are a serious danger that can destroy ecosystems, put farmers out of business and devastate local communities. Wasting water can have a tangible and negative effect.

Why Water Cleanliness Matters

Water cleanliness is also a serious issue. For one, access to clean and unpolluted water is necessary for a long and healthy life. If someone drinks contaminated water, it could lead to death due to bacterial infection. Water that has been polluted by toxins and chemicals can also slowly deteriorate a person’s health and lead to an early demise.

How to Conserve Water at Home

Conserving water at home requires action. You should be reassessing how you use water in every part of your home during each part of the day. For example, showers waste gallons of water in a home each day. However, if you install a low-flow showerhead, you could prevent your family from wasting as much water. Installing low-flow faucet fixtures and toilets can also make a big difference. You can also make other changes in your home. For example, you could switch to hand washing your clothes and start collecting rain water for your plants.

How to Maintain Water Cleanliness at Home

Water cleanliness is also extremely important at home. Maintaining a high level of water quality means insuring your family stays healthy. Unless you are provided with city water that has already been thoroughly treated, you need to treat your water supply yourself to make sure it is safe to drink. A water softener from Anderson Water Systems, for example, can remove magnesium, calcium and iron from water. Installing filters on faucets used for drinking water can provide additional protection. A reverse osmosis filtration system could also make just about any water source safe for human consumption

Overall, improving the cleanliness of your home’s water supply and lowering your home’s water consumption takes a bit of work. However, the benefit for your family as well as the environment is always worth the effort.

Meghan Belnap

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A lush, green yard starts with healthy soil, and that usually means using soil amendments to make sure that it's as nutrient-rich as it needs to be. With all of the different types of fertilizer on the market, it can be tough to make the best choice for you, your plants, and the surrounding environment. When it comes to organic fertilizer, there are some key advantages that shouldn't be overlooked.

Long-term Improvement

Most people don't really look past the nutrient boost that fertilizers give their soil, but a good organic fertilizer like Nature Safe has benefits above and beyond its nutrient content. As it breaks down, it can actually help improve the moisture-retaining capabilities and overall fertility of the soil itself over the long term.

Better for the Environment

Organic fertilizers are produced using the natural processes of decomposition, making them easily biodegradable. The production of conventional fertilizers relies on petrochemical byproducts, and is implicated in air, water, and soil pollution. Not only is it destructive to the environment to obtain the raw materials necessary to make it, its manufacturing process can actually damage vital ecosystems, drive out important plant and animal species, and spoil water sources.

Wildlife Friendly

Since they're so often hidden from view, it can be easy to forget just how much a yard depends on tiny creatures like earthworms and beneficial insects to stay healthy. While organic fertilizer has always been a part of nature, conventional fertilizers often end up adding nutrients to soil at the expense of the local fauna. Earthworms and other creatures have a harder time living in chemically amended soil, and the soil's overall quality suffers as a result.

Slower Break Down

This may not sound like a benefit, but it is. Conventional fertilizers deliver nutrients quickly, which is not the way plants or soil fauna have evolved to receive them. Organic fertilizers break down slowly, providing a sustained release of nutrients in a readily bioavailable form. Rather than having to cope with sudden gluts of nutrients, your yard can grow the way nature intended.

When it comes to amending soil, organic fertilizers are far and away the superior choice. While it is possible to use them irresponsibly, organic fertilizers have far more benefits than risks even for novice gardeners. When used properly, the end result is a vibrant yard, healthy soil, and a cleaner environment.

Meghan Belnap

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Restaurants are not well-known for being environmentally-friendly. Through the process of running an active establishment, producing huge amounts of food and meeting customers’ needs, a tremendous amount of energy and water waste can occur. In addition, excessive physical waste may be generated, and this often winds up in a landfill. If you are preparing to start a new restaurant business, these tips may help you to create a green venue.

Use Green Recycling Bins

Trash from a restaurant is derived from two primary sources. These include waste in the kitchen from food containers and waste in the main dining area from your customers. A smart idea is to invest in a green recycling bin such as skips and to require your staff members to use it appropriately. While you cannot force customers to use it, you may be thrilled to see how many people will participate in recycling when they are given the opportunity to do so.

Minimize the Use of Disposable Items

Another idea is to reduce the use of disposable items altogether. For example, if your restaurant currently uses disposable plates and utensils, exchange these for reusable items. You may have to pay your staff to clean the reusable items, but this may be more cost-effective overall.

Use Recyclable Disposable Items

If you must use disposable packaging utensils, such as for take-home orders, choose items that are made out of recycled materials. Ensure that these items can be recycled. Using a non-recyclable material, such as Styrofoam, ensures that your customers cannot make a green choice with regards to the disposal of the items.

Install Low-Flow Faucets

Water waste is another cause for concern in a restaurant. The same amount of water may be needed to fill your customers’ glasses and to prepare certain dishes. However, water used for cleaning and in the bathrooms may be reduced with the installation of low-flow faucets and toilets.

Invest in Energy-Saving Appliances

Another area to focus your attention on is energy waste. There are many general energy-saving tips to follow, such as to ensure that doors and windows are sealed properly. In addition, purchase energy-saving appliances. Commercial-grade appliances can consume a large amount of energy, and saving even a moderate amount of this energy can have a beneficial impact on the environment.

You can see that there are numerous areas in typical restaurant operation that can be detrimental to the environment. Now that you are aware of these negative impacts, you can take thoughtful steps to improve the situation. It may be easier to plan to be green from day one of your operations than to make green improvements after your restaurant is up and running.

Meghan Belnap

Save Energy 4 Ways You Can be More Cost-Effective and Efficient with Your Utilities.jpgSaving money on your energy bills may be a year-round goal. Many homeowners try to curb consumption through an adjustment of their own behaviors. For example, you may try to turn out the lights when you are not in a specific room. However, these types of actions have minimal impact on your energy bill, and you may be frustrated by the lack of results that you are generating. If you want to see a major improvement in your energy bill, consider making these important changes.

Upgrade Your Old HVAC System

If your HVAC system is more than 10 or 15 years old, it may be consuming much more energy than it needs to. Newer HVAC systems installed by a company like Logan A/C & Heat Services Inc. may have enhanced energy-saving capabilities, and you may notice the difference in your energy bill the first month after it is installed. A side benefit associated with upgrading your HVAC system is that your repair bills may decrease as well. In fact, many HVAC systems are sold with a warranty that lasts for at least the first few years.

Use Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology is mostly considered to be a convenience feature, but it can save you money in several ways. For example, you can link automatic blinds to it, and you can close the blinds during the peak of the day in the summer to keep heating to a minimum. You can also adjust your thermostat through this technology to minimize HVAC system use.

Install New Windows

A considerable amount of energy loss can take place through your windows. Very old windows may only have a single pane of glass that is not energy efficient. Older double-pane windows may have had cracks in the gas seals, and this can decrease energy efficiency as well. New windows may have a solar reduction glaze or film, and some have a triple-pane feature that adds another layer to buffer the temperature differential between the interior and exterior of the home. Closing blinds during extreme weather conditions can also reduce energy loss.

Replace Your Insulation

Another excellent idea is to remove old fiberglass insulation and install spray-in foam insulation. Fiberglass insulation is not as energy efficient as foam insulation. Furthermore, old fiberglass insulation may slouch down in the wall or may even be eaten by pests. Making an upgrade to your insulation can trap more of your climate-controlled air inside your home.

While these projects are rather significant, they can each help you to drastically reduce energy consumption. In some cases, you may find rebates or special offers to help you save money on these upgrades and improvements.

 

Meghan Belnap
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many private homes have reduced their carbon emissions, thereby eliminating the equivalent of emissions from more than 30 million cars each year. With a few home renovations, your home can be more comfortable as well as environmentally friendly and have lower utility bills.

Find a Green Architect

It is recommended to ask an architect who has green building credentials to help you renovate your home. They will have ideas and knowledge to take your plan forward in the most environmentally responsible way possible. You can find green architects in your location by searching for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified architects.

Use Reclaimed Wood

For your next new floor installation, try reclaimed wood. No trees are cut, and you can request an adhesive backing that is free of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as formaldehyde. You can even find other items that use reclaimed wood like tables and ottomans. This method is not only green but can bring a certain rustic look to your home that non-reclaimed wood cannot.

Let the Sun Shine In

Low-E glass or window film keeps heat out and lets sunlight in. Low-E glass has a special coating that is 50 percent more energy efficient than regular glass. It suppresses heat flow, so your air conditioner needs to work less. If changing glass is not an option, consider putting window film. This is less expensive, but serves the same purpose. It also comes in tinted shades to give more privacy.

Consider Square Footage

Regina major renovations often include adding a new room. However, being eco-friendly means using few new materials and reducing waste. Rather than adding a new bedroom or making your living room big enough for a Super Bowl party, consider using attic or basement space for extra rooms. When you avoid unnecessary square footage, your footprint can remain the same because you don’t up your heating and air conditioning costs.

Keep Down the Maintenance

You can ask your Regina custom home builder about eco-friendly materials that require no maintenance. This means the stone or wood does not need to be repainted, refinished or constantly cleaned. The same goes for landscaping. Permeable pavers keep water runoff in the ground and not down the sewer. Landscaping and driveways can be made from permeable pavers that hold grass or gravel and along with that, water.

Reducing the carbon footprint of your home doesn’t necessarily mean you need to add expensive features that you can’t really afford such as solar panels or rainwater collection systems. There are many options such as on-demand water heaters and efficient appliances that will have a big impact on making your home greener.

Meghan Belnap
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Preservation of resources does more than simply ensure they are around for future generations. Recycling accomplishes more than simply finding a way to reuse an item. For instance, preserving resources can mean saving a household money, others money, develop responsibility in the younger generation and help to build ties in the community by supporting a common cause. It’s important to teach the younger generation how to recycle and there are a few methods for doing so.

Outings

There is an activity center located off of the 5 freeway in California that has a portion of the center dedicated to recycling. For instance, there is a machine that has several items that pass by on a conveyor belt that need to be recycled. Children are encouraged to place each item in the correct recycle bin. Other places, such as state parks, have similar activities or teach about recycling and conservation through other methods. Hands-on experiences help to teach the importance of recycling, which allow children to see how recycling directly affects the environment.

Labeling Canisters

Keeping several canisters in the kitchen where most refuse is discarded is a convenient way to discard recyclables. Corresponding larger containers kept in the garage provide an excellent storage place to collect like items that can be later discarded as selected. These bins may be placed outside for the local trash company to collect, whereby they will recycle the items, or to be taken in to exchange for money. For instance, there are several redemption locations that take cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles.

Turning in Cans

While recycling benefits the Earth in many ways, it may be just as practical to demonstrate the other rewards recycling can offer. For instance, take children to a recycling redemption place to teach them a method for earning money. Some states pay five cents per can or bottle and others pay ten cents. Children can use the money they have earned to buy a special treat.

People may not consider recycling one soda can to be a big deal, but just one can makes a small impact and makes a much larger one when everyone gets involved. Recycling one can of soda helps to free up space where it would have otherwise occupied in a landfill. Money can be preserved by avoiding the cost of mining the materials needed for making an additional can. This, in turn, helps to preserve the environment that is being rapidly dug up. Each person can make a difference and should.

Information Credit: King Recycling & Waste Disposal Inc.

Meghan Belnap

There are a number of different ways you can conserve energy in your home, but one of the most effective ways is to invest in Low-E windows and even different window treatments. Like many other energy conservation efforts, these changes require a bit of an investment upfront; however, the payoff down the road is well worth it. Low-E windows are an innovative product that just recently became available on the market while window treatments have always been an option for regulating the temperature of your home. Consider the benefits of these treatment options, and decide what works for you.

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Low-E Glass

Low-E or Low-Emissive glass is a type of window glass that has been treated with a special coating to support energy conservation. The treatment is typically an invisible metal or metallic oxide coating that creates a surface that reflects heat but still allows light to pass through.

 

To measure the energy efficiency of the window glass in your home, the heat that passes through is measured by the U-factor or ultraviolet light. The lower the U-factor is, the more energy-efficient the glass is. If too much of this ultraviolet heat enters your home, it heats it up and causes your air conditioning bill to go up. Conversely, Low-E glass reduces the heat lost through your windows during window. Loosing less heat means that you’ll pay less to keep your home warmer.

 

To get the most out of your Low-E glass, you need to consider how the pains should be installed. If you live in a warmer climate, install the pane so that the Low-E coating is toward the outside of the window to block the sun. However, if you live in a colder climate, adjust the installation so that the Low-E coating is applied to the inside of the window and holds heat in. These installation techniques ensure that your windows will be as energy-efficient as possible.

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Window Treatments

There are additional options that can also contribute to the energy efficiency of your home. While most people consider window treatments and coverings strictly decorative, they can actually contribute a great deal to energy savings. As you consider your window treatments, be sure to carefully weight your options to select treatments that can reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Some of the most effective custom window treatments include awnings, blinds, and draperies.

 

Awnings can provide significant energy savings. Attached above south-facing windows, awnings can reduce solar heat gain by up to 65 percent. Used on west-facing windows, the gain reduction is roughly 77 percent. Consider installing an awning that covers one window or the entire side of your home to get the biggest benefit.

 

Interior and exterior blinds are another great option for increasing energy efficiency. Interior blinds offer slightly less protection from heat loss; however, they reduce heat gain by nearly 45 percent. Use these systems to control light and ventilation and to block direct sunlight. Exterior blinds are also effective for reducing heat gain. You can manipulate this type of blind to block the amount of light flowing through to reduce additional heat.

 

Draperies also offer protection against heat loss and gain. If this is a conservation effort you plan to implement, consider the type of fabric you select. Medium-colored draperies with a protective plastic backing can reduce heat gain by 33 percent and heat loss by up to 10 percent when drawn at the appropriate times. For maximum efficiency, attach the drapes so that they reach from ceiling to floor and overlap in the center. You may even consider attaching Velcro to the sides nearest the walls to create a seal.

 

The type of windows you have as well as the window treatments you use can contribute significantly to the energy efficiency of your home. To reduce heat gain and loss, consider installing Low-E glass and selecting appropriate window treatment options for your area. Either way it will be an investment with a great payoff in the long run.

Meghan Belnap

Land Maintenance 4 Tips to Taking Care of Your Property in All 4 Seasons.jpegMother Nature can wreak havoc on your property in different ways throughout the year. While you may understandably be focused on protecting your home from damage throughout the year, you also need to think about land care and maintenance. After all, the condition of your land can affect your property in many ways. As one example, irrigation issues can result in erosion or a loss in property value. These are some of the excellent steps that you can take to care for your land year-round.

Maintain a Fence

If your property is like many others, you may have a fence around at least part of your area. This fence may be designed for security and privacy. Perhaps it is in place to keep your livestock in a confined area or to keep predatory animals away. It is wise to inspect your fence carefully each season. Look for any signs of damage, and correct even the smallest issues as soon as possible before they turn into major issues.

Invest in the Right Equipment

Depending on the size of your yard or land, you may need to regular mow or trim it. A push lawnmower may be all that is needed for a smaller yard. A riding lawnmower may work well for a larger yard, and you may even need to invest in a tractor from a place like Bane-Welker Equipment if you own an acreage estate. Remember that this is just one of many types of equipment that you may need access to in order to care for your land throughout the year.

Focus on Irrigation

In many areas, dry seasons and even droughts can damage your vegetation. In severe cases, a drought may create huge cracks in the ground that are a danger for people or animals to walk across. Finding a way to irrigate your land effectively during dry seasons and droughts is important. Analyze all irrigation options so that you are prepared to provide your land with the moisture that it needs when natural precipitation is not plentiful.

Protect Your Vegetation

On a very large acreage estate, it may not be feasible or practical to care for every plant on your property. Native plants on this type of property may simply need to suffer through the forces of Mother Nature. However, if you have special vegetation on your property, such as a century-old oak tree or beautiful roses bushes that you invest your time and energy into, you may need to protect these in various ways.

For example, bushes may need to be covered when freezing weather conditions are present. A huge old tree may need to be trimmed periodically to ensure that it is healthy and that the weight is properly distributed.

Caring for your home is a top priority, but you also need to take care of your land. Your land’s care needs may change from season to season. Follow these tips to better care for your property.

 

Meghan Belnap
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Many people today are becoming more environmentally aware. While we may not be able to solve all of the world’s problems, we can make a difference in our everyday habits. One of the first things you can do to help the planet is to stop doing things that are polluting it. Here are six eco un-friendly habits you should give up right now.

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1. Using Disposable Shopping Bags

It’s an unnecessary waste to get a new paper or plastic grocery bag every time you go shopping. Both paper and plastic bags are harmful to the environment. Getting a reusable bag is not only better for the environment, it saves you from having old bags piling up in your closet.

2. Driving More Than You Have To

If you’re in the habit of driving down the block, this is a good time to start walking more. This will give you more exercise, help you spend less on fuel and consume fewer resources. If you’re driving somewhere and have to make several stops, try to park in the middle and walk to each destination. Carpooling is another efficient way to drive less.

3. Improper Disposal of Motor Oil

If you change your own oil, make sure you don’t simply dump the old oil on the ground or into a drain. This will cause ground or water pollution. Place the old oil in a tightly sealed container and bring it to a place that recycles oil. Many gas stations, oil change places and automobile repair shops like Speedy Apollo Auto Service Centres will accept your old oil and help you dispose of it for free.

4. Leaving Lights and Appliances On

When you leave a room or the house, make sure you turn off the lights and any appliances you aren't using. It’s a waste of power to leave lights on all day. The same is true for televisions, air conditioners and household appliances.

5. Using Too Much Paper

It’s easy to switch to digital forms of many paper items nowadays. Rather than receiving magazines, newspapers, bills and information in paper form, arrange to get these things emailed to you. You can also read e-books rather than print books. These practices are good for the planet and they reduce clutter around your home as well.

6. Wasting Water

Water is our most valuable resource, but many people waste it by taking long showers or leaving the water running when they leave the room. Don’t use any more water than you have to. Another habit that wastes water is watering the lawn more often than is necessary.

The more conscious we are about our daily habits, the better it is for the whole planet. The above are just a few simple ways we can all do our part to preserve the environment. Giving up some of these harmful habits can put us on the right track.

Meghan Belnap

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If you love to entertain, you may regularly bring family and friends together inside your home for smaller gatherings and larger parties. While your home’s interior may be well-suited for entertaining, it makes sense to enlarge your gathering areas to include your backyard. However, before you plan your first backyard party, you need to create a space that is well-suited for entertaining. These are essential tips that you should follow to create a truly practical space for get-togethers.

Install Upgraded Cooking Features

Serving your guests meals and snacks is almost a necessity at most gatherings. While you could cook inside and serve the food to your guests in the backyard, grilling out is a preferred option in many cases. Installing a large grill as a permanent feature in an outdoor kitchen or cooking area can give you an impressive and functional cook area. Remember to choose between charcoal, gas and electric grills carefully so that you can maximize the benefit of your new grill.

Choose Comfortable Seating

At a very large gathering, some of your guests may expect to stand around and mingle from time to time, but they may enjoy sitting down periodically as well. With smaller gatherings, it may be awkward if only a few guests were forced to stand up because of limited seating. Purchase enough chairs, loungers and other seating features to accommodate your needs for most events, and ensure that these outdoor furnishings are comfortable. While you need ample seating, remember that there should be enough space to accommodate the flow of traffic.

Focus on Climate Control

To make the most out of your outdoor entertaining area, you need to make the space as comfortable as possible in most weather conditions. For example, install an awning or shade over the primary patio area. Place heating lamps and fans strategically to further control the climate. If you live in an area that is prone to high winds, a wind-blocking shade may be advantageous as well.

Add Fun Elements

A yard well-suited for entertaining would not be complete without several fun elements. These elements may include a sound system, a large mounted outdoor television, a pool or hot tub, a fire pit, cornhole and other features. Focus on fun elements that your regular guests may enjoy.

Remember Lighting

Many outdoor gatherings may easily carry over into the evening hours. Most patios have a basic patio light that only partially illuminates the area. It may be more practical to install overhead lighting as well as perimeter lighting. Keep in mind that multiple lighting elements may be used for functionality and to control the ambiance.

Some homeowners will complete a major yard renovation, and others will gradually improve their space over time. Regardless of the approach that you take, incorporate these elements into your backyard design plan.

Meghan Belnap

If you have recently decided to install solar panels, then you need to start thinking about some ways that you can make the most out of that technology. Even though modern solar panels require very little maintenance, quite a bit can be done to improve their efficiency and prevent unnecessary damage. Here is a look at a few tips and tricks that will take your solar energy system to the next level. 

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Feed Less Energy Back Into the Grid
Using the energy as it is being produced is going to reduce waste and lower your overall bills. That is why many experts suggest using high-consumption devices during the middle of the day. That includes your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer. You should also consider upgrading to an electric water heater to further improve the efficiency of your home and reduce your monthly expenses. 

Install a Backup Battery 
In addition to being more affordable than ever, residential lithium batteries are also exceedingly efficient. With a high-quality battery system, you might be able to use almost 100 percent of the energy that your solar panels produce. If your local power company increases the cost of electricity during certain hours of the day, then you can simply switch over to the battery during those hours and save some money. Installing a backup battery is a relatively simple project, and an experienced contractor should be able to finish the job in a single day. 

Maintain the Panels Themselves 
As a general rule, you should carefully inspect all of your solar panels at least two or three times a week. You want to be absolutely sure that the panels aren’t caked in mud, covered in leaves, or under thick branches. Depending on where you live, you might need to clean the panels once or twice a month as well. Most dirty panels can easily be cleaned with a hose, but you might need to use a sponge and some warm water with a little bit of soap in it if there is quite a bit of grime. 

Upgrade Your Roof 
Before your panels are installed, you should consider contacting a company such as Landmark Roofing to upgrade your roof. A roofing company can replace your old tiles with metal sheets and improve the angle of the roof itself. In most locations, solar panels work best when the roof is between 30 and 45 degrees. Panels that are perfectly flat will be exposed to sunlight for longer stretches of time, but the energy production is going to be much lower. 

Once your panels have been installed, you need to keep a close eye on your energy consumption each and every day. Sudden changes to your input or output could be the result of a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

Meghan Belnap

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Though there is a continuing argument surrounding global warning, many people understand that it is a very real issue. As a result, they’re doing what they can to save the environment. Even though you might not feel like what you can do matters in the grand scheme of things, it really does. Consider these four ways you can change your home habits for the sake of the environment.

Purify the Air

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the main environmental dangers in the world. This is why air purification is so important. You can take small steps towards purifying the air within your home. Start by purchasing a few plants. Develop a green thumb, and place plants in every thousand square feet of the home as plants are natural air purifiers. Open the windows of your home each day for 15 minutes at a time. This allows air to circulate throughout the entire home. It’s also a great idea to purchase an air purifier.

Use Homemade or Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

You can easily switch all of your current cleaning products for each eco-friendly products. Sure, there might be a cost difference. However, your health and the environment are worth it. If you’re not ready to make that jump and purchase higher-priced cleaning products, you can make them yourself. Lemons, baking soda and other natural ingredients are excellent for cleaning different household items. In fact, many of these natural ingredients are more effective than the ones with tons of toxins in them.

Go Paperless

It’s safe to say that most billing companies will allow you the option to go paperless. Utilize that option. Get rid of junk mail, bills and other papers that pile up in your home. With the usage of your smartphones, tablets and laptops, you really don’t need to use paper. Plus, too many trees get cut down to provide the paper that’ll be used and thrown away within days.

Consider How You’re Dumping

When it’s time to relocate, it’s customary for most people to do garage sales to get rid of as many items as possible. It’s a time of decluttering. When you’re doing spring cleaning haul in your home, it’s also easy to dump things arbitrarily. However, it might be better to utilize the services of a company that can pick up whatever you’re getting rid of. Instead of dumping everything in the garbage, companies that make skip bins will pick up the waste and discard it in an eco-friendly fashion.

As you can see, it’s pretty easy to get started with changing your home habits for the sake of the environment. As you remain committed to the process, it’ll eventually feel like second nature. Plus, you’ll be helping Mother Nature as well.

Meghan Belnap
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In today's society many environmentally conscious and thrifty individuals seek the freedom that comes from living off the grid. Innovations in energy and water conservation have provided avenues for many to become less reliant on city resources. Here are some examples of alternative energy sources and conservation methods that ordinary home owners can use on their journey to sustainable living.

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Take Advantage of a Wind Energy Windfall

Wind energy is one of the main alternative energy products that has been used by commercial operations for many years. These industrial organizations refined wind energy collection and distribution methods with sophisticated wind farms where one large wind turbine can produce enough power for 600 households. These techniques are now scalable for residential use, and small wind electric systems potentially cut electricity bills by up to 90 percent depending on one's windy location. These wind turbines that are equipped for residential use are nonpolluting, and many systems are capable of running independently of the city's electric grid.

Employ Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems

Many household appliances received energy-efficient make overs in recent years, and residential heating, ventilation, air conditioning and cooling (HVAC) systems from Romaniuk Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd are no exceptions. Well-known HVAC system manufacturers have developed patented electronic controls that modify residential temperatures at smaller increments. This creates a temperate indoor environment that requires less energy to maintain. Also, some HVAC systems use solar power in conjunction with these other energy-saving mechanisms.

Be Solar Savvy

Solar power is one of the most common sources of alternative energy used throughout the world. Roof top solar power systems that produce a household's entire energy supply are still expensive, but there are some cheaper ways to harness enough solar energy to reduce one's reliance on city power. Besides installing do it yourself solar panels around one's property, home owners will soon be able to pick up solar shutters and blinds from their local hardware stores and collect solar energy in a relatively inexpensive way. These special window treatments block heat producing summer sun rays while absorbing the energy for household power consumption. Another smart solar power invention is a flexible, tensile material with thin solar absorbing sheets built into the fabric. People can use this material to give shade to sunny patios, decks or car ports while collecting significant amounts of solar energy. While not yet available in local stores, home owners can get some of these products from the inventors who sell them in small quantities over the internet.

The described sustainable living tools are just a few examples from a fast growing industry that continues to develop environmentally friendly products. These products often spark other creative ideas that promote the cause of sustainable living.

Meghan Belnap

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Taking care of the environment is something that all people are responsible for. For many people, one of the best things that they could do would be to start being more environmentally friendly at home. There are several things, in particular, the average homeowner could do to be more environmentally friendly at their home and help to improve the environment as a whole.

Conscious of Waste Removal

One of the most effective things that someone could do to be more environmentally friendly is to be conscious of their waste removal. Many people try to recycle on a regular basis but still have a lot of room for improvement. Through the use of skip bins, recycling bins, and other products, most people could find ways to improve their recycling habits.

Home Automation

One great upgrade that you could make would be to invest in a home automation system. When you have a home automation system in your home, there are many different controls that can help to make you more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Home automation systems frequently include smart thermostats that are designed to help predict your patterns and reduce energy bills. Furthermore, they can be used to turn off lights in rooms that are not used, which will also help to reduce energy usage.

Avoid Plastic

The amount of plastic used in the world today is very concerning as it is taking up landfill space at an alarming rate. For you to do your part at home, you should try to avoid plastic as much as possible. By switching to paper or canvas as much as possible, you can do a little to help the environment.

Water Usage

One of the biggest concerns that the world is facing today is an overall water shortage. Today, you may live in an area that has access to clean water. However, there are many places around the world that do not have access to clean water on a daily basis. Because of this, you need to be conscious about how much water you are using to ensure your local water supply remains high and to also find ways to give more water back to areas where it is in need.

Overall, there are many different things that people could do to be more environmentally friendly in their home. In general, it is important to find ways to be better for the environment that also works with your lifestyle. This will help to keep you motivated and focused on doing right by the environment.

Meghan Belnap

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If you want to do your part to help the environment, there are some positive changes that you can make in your life. Living an eco-friendlier lifestyle isn’t hard to do, and you can improve your life and benefit the planet in many ways by taking the right steps. Here are a few great ways to become a more eco-friendly individual.

Grow Your Own Food

Some of the fruits and vegetables that you eat can be grown at home. Growing your own food items cuts down on the fuel and other resources that are needed to cultivate mass amounts of produce that are often transported long distances to grocery stores. Tomatoes, carrots, and strawberries are just some of the food items that can be grown in a home garden. You can also use containers to grow beans and peppers indoors.

Buy a New Vehicle

Many of today’s vehicles are manufactured to be fuel-efficient and emit fewer pollutants into the air. Certain vehicles also run on electric or other alternative fuel sources that are far less hazardous for the planet. A hybrid vehicle, which uses two or more types of power to make it run, is another great choice. You can buy a new car from a dealer that sells cars for sale some of the most environmentally friendly vehicles on the market.

Limit Resource Use

There are many ways to cut down on using resources like water, electricity, and gas. Simply turning off lights in rooms in your home that you’re not currently occupying is a great way to conserve energy. You can also install water-saving faucets in your home or install attachments on your faucets that reduce water use. Replacing your old gas-powered appliances with modern a-rated energy-saving models can also help you conserve energy.

Turn Trash into Compost

You may be surprised to learn that much of your household waste can be turned into compost with a compost bin and used in your soil to help your vegetation grow. According to Conserve Energy Future, this compost provides a nutrient-rich food source that allows plants, grass and other forms of vegetation to grow healthier. Composting household waste can also reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills. Some of the items that can easily be converted into compost include food scraps, used napkins, and shredded paper documents.

Doing your part to preserve the planet is possible if you’re willing to modify certain aspects of your life. You’ll likely notice a big difference and feel more encouraged to maintain a greener lifestyle after you’ve made these changes.

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The past decade has seen an energy revolution. Everything is becoming more and more efficient, appliances included. That means they take less of your energy bill and are friendly to the environment. But do the savings behind this new efficiency justify the purchase of a new appliance?

To tackle this question, we talked to appliance experts from Atlas Appliances Ltd. They had a few bits of valuable information regarding this topic:

Take Inventory

Consider replacing the appliances in your home and watch how much money you begin to save on your electric bills. Replacing home appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers. Washers and dryers can account for savings of nearly 15% of your home’s energy budget.

If you are getting ready to move or remodel, or considering replacing older appliances within your home, save some money by purchasing energy efficient appliances.

Each appliance will come with 2 separate purchase prices; the first displays the initial cost of the appliance, and the second refers to the operating cost over its potential lifetime. Basically, you are paying second cost annually, through the lifespan of that appliance on your power bill.

Check for Energy Star

Most appliances now come with a yellow Energy-Guide tag to assist you in estimating an operating cost for that particular appliance. Purchasing an ENERGY STAR®- appliance cuts the second price-tag down because it will save money in the long-term. In actual fact, Energy efficient-certified washers as well as refrigerators provide an additional 20% energy efficiency over the standard appliance models of their kind. Energy efficient dishwashers typically use around 5.5 gallons, per cycle or less of water, while dishwashers bought prior to 1994, will sometimes use in access of 10 gallons of water, per each washing cycle.

Change Lifestyle/Think Green

The operation of your appliance will also affect any potential savings, in a major way every month. You can cut back greatly on appliance cost per month, by following the simple methods below.

  • Only run the dishwasher once you have a completely full load.
  • Scrape food off your dishes before loading as opposed to rinsing the food off.
  • Air-dry your dishes instead of heat-dry (button supplied on my dishwashers) will help in cutting back on energy used by the dishwasher.
  • For laundry, use only cold water if possible instead or warm or hotter settings.
  • Dry your towels or heavy-cottons separately, washing lighter-weight clothing together.
  • Refrigerator seals should be airtight – Shut the door over a sheet of paper or $1 bill, if paper pulls out effortlessly, adjustments or seals may need be replaced.

Typically the energy efficient appliances may initially cost more, but will save much more money in the end. Most key appliances will last from 10 to 20 years, so appliances that are more efficient end-up paying for themselves; lowering your monthly energy costs.

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Everyone wants to breathe clean air, drink clean water and protect the environment. Doing this does not require massive changes to your life. There are actually small things that you can do every day to make a difference. You should know about a few ways to be more eco-responsible in your daily life.

Drive Less

Driving in a typical car sends a significant amount of pollution into the air every day. Even highly efficient cars are releasing emissions every minute they run. Do what you can to drive less. Car pool, take public transportation or ride a bicycle. Consolidate your shopping trips. Try walking to nearby locations instead of taking the car out for just a few minutes.

Turn Off Lights, Appliances and Electronics

Leaving lights, appliances and electronics on for just a few extra minutes a day can add up by the end of the year. You will be using more electricity. This causes more harmful emissions to be released by power plants. Turn off anything you do not need immediately even if you are coming back in a few minutes. Unplug appliances and electronics you are not planning to use.

Recycle Everything Possible

Recycling helps to preserve energy and resources. Recycling reduces the demand for virgin materials that must be extensively transported and processed. You can help the environment by recycling everything possible. This includes glass, paper, and plastics and even scrap metal. Metal recycling from Federal Metals Inc can be one of the most lucrative, eco-friendly endeavors you pursue. Recycling reduces the need for landfills and protects the environment.

Carry Your Own Reusable Bag

The disposable plastic bags used at many retailers harm the environment. They require petroleum to create. Plastic bags can also end up in natural areas where they harm wildlife, contaminate soil and remain in the environment for decades or longer. Carry your own reusable bag around while shopping to be more eco-responsible.

Stop Using Disposable Water Bottles

A final step is to stop using disposable plastic water bottles. These water bottles end up in the ocean, landfills and other areas where they cause a range of problems. This is true even for disposable bottles made from recycled materials. You should start using a hard plastic, metal or glass bottle that can be refilled once it is empty.

Helping the environment is often as simple as taking a few extra seconds to recycle something or turn off unnecessary lights. The cumulative effect of all your small changes will become significant over the course of a year or more. You can be more eco-responsible without having to change your entire lifestyle.

Meghan Belnap

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With so many cars, machines, and chemicals involved in our everyday lives it's no wonder that the earth is starting to show signs of distress. And not only is Earth sending up red flags, but our wallets are weeping in despair because our mechanized, chemical rich lifestyles are expensive. But what can be done about it? Here are some great tips to keep both your budget, and Mother Earth happy.

Tip #1: Distilled Vinegar

Common household cleaners are expensive and chocked full of harsh chemicals that destroy the earth. Distilled vinegar is an unsung hero in the cleaning world. It's cheap, natural and a powerful disinfectant. Put it in a spray bottle or soak a rag in it to clean glass, tile, counter tops, walls, grout and more. Improve its smell and cleaning effects by adding lemon juice, and/or baking soda. These natural products are, cheap, earth-friendly, hypoallergenic and totally safe to use around your kids and pets.

Tip #2: Conserve Water

There is only so much water in the world and your water bill could be draining your wallet every month. Cut down on water usage and expenses by either purchasing a low-water toilet or by simply filling a water bottle with rocks or sand and putting it in your toilet tank. This will cut back on how much water your tank uses to flush the toilet saving you money, and saving the world one flush at a time.

Tip #3: Go Solar

Power and gas bills are astronomically expensive and excessive usage damages the earth. With an upfront investment you can convert to solar power-- saving money in the long run and doing Mother Nature a little favor. Companies like Degree C Pty Ltd offer solar powered alternatives for hot water systems. These typically last longer than traditional designs. Cut your gas bill every month and reduce the amount of natural gas harvested by letting solar power your home.

It’s easy to think the little changes you make won’t make a difference in the grand scheme of things, but it’s the simple steps that can often make the biggest impact. Going green can be the most cost effective change you make. Reduce waste, cut harsh chemicals, and lower your power and water bills by using these easy tips. You’ll watch your wallet get fatter as your carbon footprint gets smaller.

Meghan Belnap

Everyone wants to save a little more money, especially on electric bills since it is usually one of the highest bills people have to deal with. This is true during the winter when you turn up the heat to stay warm. Do not fret about this; there are a few ways to stay warm while reducing your electric bill.

Use a Fan

One way to stay warm this winter without forcing your heater to work hard is to use a fan. What you want to do is simply reverse the blades so that they are spinning clockwise. There is usually a switch on the fan that helps you do this. The reason this is effective is that the fan pulls cool air upward while pushing warm air downward, helping your home warm up faster.

Insulate, Insulate

It is important that you do your best to insulate your home. You can add insulating foam to your attic, basement, and the walls if needed. You are going to have to talk to a professional to have your home insulated though some homeowners try to do it on their own. Making your home trap warmer air while keeping cooler air out should definitely help reduce this bill.

Alternate a Bit

Sometimes the best thing you can do is use an alternative way of heating your home to avoid those electric bills. You might want to consider a fuel-powered heater instead of the one that uses electricity.

The prices are more than competitive as long as you find a company that sells bulk fuel such as BUCKSFUEL.COM at the right rate. These furnaces are just as good as electric furnaces, which should be good enough for a family trying to stay warm without breaking the bank.

Repairs Make a Difference

Some homes have little problems that could make it harder for your heater to preserve warmth, which spikes your bill in the long run. For example, air could escape from your home through weak window seals, cracks on the walls, or other similar issues.

What you want to do is inspect your home, and try to deal with all of these problems to ensure that warm air stays in. Again, you can hire a professional, or try to deal with these little issues on your own.

Hopefully, some of these suggestions help keep you warm while saving money. Remember, there is always more to do. For example, you can wear warmer clothes made with materials like wool or alpaca.

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Most doctors know a patient's environment can have an impact on their recovery time. Health problems can worsen when a patient breathes in toxic fumes from paint and cleaning products. In response to this problem, many hospitals are now using environmentally friendly paint and cleaning supplies. Many hospitals are taking things a step further by implementing environmentally friendly technology and cleaning methods. Here are a few ways technology is helping hospitals become environmentally friendly.

Waste Management

All hospitals are required to shred sensitive documents. In addition to shredding and recycling documents, some hospitals have purchased a cardboard baler to dispose of their boxes. Recycling boxes crushed in a cardboard baler can save thousands of trees. Some healthcare facilities have also increased the amount of recycling bins designated for cans and plastic bottles.

Reducing Energy Everywhere

You have probably noticed large fans outside some hospitals. Those huge fans use an excessive amount of electricity. They require a large amount of energy to heat and cool the hospital. Many healthcare facilities have eliminated this problem by installing a ductless filtering hood.

Clean and Safe Tools

Several hospitals use dry ice blasting to clean instruments and surfaces. Dry ice blasting cleans using compressed air and can literally remove the bacteria from the instruments. Surfaces and instruments, like a coronary stent, are cleaned without abrasive substances but still involve hydro pressure as they are a little more intricate. This environmentally friendly cleaning method prevents harmful fungus and germs from growing on tools and surfaces. It also eliminates odors caused by bacteria that can make hospital visits horrible. These cleaning technique are approved by the USDA and are very green and eco-friendly.

LED Lights

Lighting is very important in any healthcare facility, and most modern hospitals use LED lights. In addition to reducing the electric bill, they help surgeons see better in the operating room. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff need bright lights to read charts and attend to patients.

Laboratory Cooling Systems

In addition to keeping the healthcare facility at a comfortable temperature, cooling systems are needed to maintain the temperature in hospital labs. Hospitals built decades ago used inefficient cooling equipment. Now, hospitals can use automated software to regulate the temperature in rooms that need to be kept cold.

Eco-friendly solutions benefit patients and hospital staff. These solutions also improve air and water quality in the general population. Reducing waste and implementing cleaner waste management policies protects local and surrounding communities. Several healthcare facilities have also realized the economic benefit of implementing these changes. These changes increase profits while providing a higher standard of care for patients.

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Most people don't take the time to consider how their front or back yards are affecting the environment. While many property owners make investments in energy efficient products like solar panels or LED light bulbs, they hardly think of how the property beyond the walls of their home is being wasted when it could promote an efficient and sustainable environment. It's time to think beyond the staples of what we consider green living and maximize what the right type of landscaping can do for your environmental impact. Here are some ideas that will make your yard your neighborhood's beacon of sustainability:

Raised/Green Gardens

Long before pristine sprawls of useless grass became the standard use for a homeowner's plot of earth, the soil was used to feed the family and even make a profit. Now, fruits and vegetables are picked before they are ripe and are shipped half way around the world to arrive on grocery shelves with the right color but lacking the flavor of locally grown, ripe produce. Why buy bland, imported produce with a large carbon footprint when you can grow it just outside?

Start by building a wooden box frame and filling it with top soil or hiring one of the best landscapers in Utah to help. This project can be as simple or complex as you like. Build the walls of the box and don't cover it: that's where your plants will grow. A bottom for the box is not necessary, but if you are concerned about old pollutants in your yard's dirt like motor oil or lead that might be leeched into the garden's top soil, you can lay out a plywood floor to build your box around. You can make this box frame as long and wide as you like, and you can build multiple frames with walking space of about three feet between them if you have the space for it and want to compartmentalize your garden.

Once each box is filled with rich top soil from your gardening supply store, or better yet your own compost pile, you can begin planting seeds. A raised garden will benefit your wallet, your dinner table, and the world's climate when you stop feeding the beast of the global grocery supply chain and bring things back to your own yard.

Composting

Buying a compost bin is a great way to start taking the biodegradable food waste hauled to the dump and recycle it right at home. Garbage trucks need to pick up, haul, and bury your coffee grounds, food scraps, leaves, newspaper, ashes, and other biodegradable trash, but if you start putting it into a compost bin you can create a carbon and nitrogen rich fertilizer to put directly into your garden to nourish soil and feed plants. By buying a low cost compost bin (a plastic one will suffice), you can reduce waste production and turn your garden into a fertile paradise at the cost of an easy to set up bin and the time it takes for your food and yard waste to decompose inside it.

Low Flow Watering System

Lawn lovers can go green by limiting their water use. Some sprinklers are designed to maximize efficiency with water usage. Look for a "low flow" sprinkler or sprinkler kit, and do your part to protect our water reserves. Lawns are considered a luxury in a draught-prone area, so limiting your yard's water usage can help ensure water is there for it in the long run.

With these simple green yard tips, you can be sure to make an impact on your local environment and neighborhood. The effort you put into your yard will not only help your wallet but the entire environment.

Meghan Belnap

Most people today would agree that the world and environment is in far worse shape that it was even just 50 years ago. While increased emissions, growing mounds of garbage, and other factors are impacting the world, this trend can be reversed if all people work together. There are several ways in particular that you can help to mend environmental damage. Save the Planet 5 Tips to Going Green in Your Startup Cafe.jpg

Be More Environmentally Friendly 
If you are trying to find ways to help mend the environmental problems of the past, one of the best things that you could do would be to be more environmentally friendly with your choices. Today, there are many great things that you can do including being sure that you recycle, trying to reduce the amount of time that you drive, trying to use renewable sources of energy, and looking for ways to help clean up the Earth. 

Encourage Others 
One of the best ways that anyone can leave the world in a better place is to encourage other people to be more conscious and friendly towards the environment. While you can do all that you can to recycle and make good decisions, being able to make others make good choices can go even further. You should try to motivate and encourage other people to make good decisions and find ways to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Recycle Materials 
If you are trying to improve the environment, another great thing to do would be to recycle as many materials as possible. Today, most people will take the small step of recycling their goods when it is available and convenient. However, there is often far more that you can easily do. For example, if you have an old car, you could sell it to a scrap metal company that will then be able to use the metal again. 

Collect Rainwater 
One of the largest growing environmental concerns today is the water supply across the world. While some areas are very rich in water, others are lacking it considerably. One way that you can reduce your public water usage is by collecting your own rainwater. If you have a well or other storage system, you could collect water that could then be used for some services including gardening. 

Ultimately, when you are trying to improve the environment, the little changes that you make do add up quickly over time. If you are able to find even a few small changes, it could lead to a big improvement for the environment.

Meghan Belnap

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Owning your own home comes with plenty of responsibilities, not the least of which is ensuring that your home has as small of an impact on the environment as possible. This sounds great in principle, however, in practice, this can be a difficult goal to achieve. Here are a few tips to beginning a “green” lifestyle while still maintaining the lifestyle you currently enjoy.

Upgrade Your Home on Time

Your appliances and HVAC system use the majority of energy in your home. That’s why it’s so important to replace them using energy-efficient models when the old units break down. That’s the key, though. You need to wait until the old units are no longer operable before replacing them with new models. Sure, new models are likely to use less energy, however, the energy required to produce the new model and dispose of the old one will far outweigh any energy savings you gain through early replacement.

Recycle It All

Recycling is, of course, a great way to ensure that the materials you don’t need anymore do not fill up the landfill. What’s crucial with recycling, however, is to truly consider how to recycle all that you can, not just those materials that are “easy,” such as cardboard, glass, and aluminum. One category that can be more difficult is electronics. Since they contain so many precious metals as well as harmful materials, proper electronics recycling is absolutely crucial. Utilize a company such as Ranch Town Recycling Center Inc. that is trusted and works to keep all waste produced in the United States instead of shipping it off to contaminate another country.

A Note about Pets

Pets, for people of any age, can be wonderful to release stress, build responsibility, and provide many years of enjoyment. If you’re seeking to live “green,” however, the environmental cost of owning a pet must be considered. Whether it’s a dog whose food puts a big stress on food supplies and shipping resources or fish whose tank accessories are operating 24/7, pets can do more than their fair share of harm to the environment.

Taking steps like buying locally-made dog food or utilizing a fish tank that can cycle itself without electricity are good ways to lessen the environmental impact of your pet while still retaining all the benefits of owning one.

Turn off Those Lights

Though we all know the importance of turning off lights when we leave a room, it’s a habit few of us actually practice. If you find yourself consistently unable to remember to flip the switch, consider investing in some automatic light switches that turn off after a period of inactivity in a room. These work especially great in areas that people don’t frequent, such as a bathroom or a basement, but where lights are still frequently left on.

Reach out

Though the impact of the steps you take in your own home is certainly important, the biggest change happens when others take notice of the changes you’re making and seek to make some changes themselves. Be open with those who ask and have the information handy to help them make changes in their own lives, as well. The cumulative effect of many people making changes will truly make a big impact on making the world a better place.

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It isn't really necessary to have a green thumb to create green landscaping or to make your renovations more eco-friendly. Landscaping is partly an art and a science. The basic steps to green landscaping are to plan ahead and choose landscapes that endure and also add an eco-friendly element to the final result.

Green Landscaping

The fundamentals of green landscaping are fairly simple. Start with a complete review of the existing soil, soil moisture, climate and types of plants preferred. If there are a lot of obstructions like tree stumps and large, exposed roots, consider a digging service like Kamloops Septic Service that specializes in hydro excavations. The use of pressurized water to remove roots and rocks is an eco-friendly way of outdoor renovating. The water is clean, safe and won't add chemicals to the local drainage systems. Once all of this debris is removed, review the design of the green landscape plan.

Protection from the Elements

If the home or building is located in a windy area, it may be necessary to create a wind break using a fence of evergreens, Russian olive shrubs or privet hedges. With this kind of natural wind break you can help reduce soil erosion and water loss as well as create a natural privacy barrier.

Consider the Foliage

Choose plants that are compatible with the soil. Not all plants like sandy soil, just as not all plants do well in dark loam. When planting wild flowers, trees or shrubs, check with the regulatory compliance authority before planting takes place. Certain types of wild plants may be protected from extinction. Others grow in their natural environment without much encouragement if the soil is compatible.

Making Interior Renovations More Eco-Friendly

When making renovations inside a home or building, check all of the tags and labels to insure they meet standard environmental compliance. This applies to roofing, flooring and insulating materials. Most paints and wallpapers today are manufactured according to eco-friendly regulations. When renovating or replacing fixtures and piping, check the ratings for these as well. Many of these can be recycled when it's time to replace them. Keep a careful watch on how to recycle older pipes, sheet rock and exterior shingles and roofing materials. When renovating an outdoor driveway, consult with installers to ask if materials like asphalt or cement can be replaced with natural, eco-friendly pavers or stones.

The secret to green landscaping is to understand the compatibility between nature's ecological balance and personal choice of plantings that marry perfectly. With the wealth of eco-friendly materials for renovations, it's now possible to go green indoors and out. Most homeowners and building owners enjoy less expense with green landscaping and eco-friendly renovations.

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One of the most desirable attributes that many real estate shoppers are looking for these days is a neighborhood that is green. This includes neighborhoods that have a lot of green buildings as well as places that have a lot of green amenities that make living an eco-friendly lifestyle easier. If you are looking for a green place to call your home, here is a look at four of the greenest locations that you should consider.

Mueller, Texas

It probably comes as no surprise to most folks that one of the greenest neighborhoods in the United States is located in Austin. This neighborhood has ample public transportation and loads of open green spaces. All the roads comes with bike lanes to make zero-carbon commuting in the gorgeous Austin weather a breeze. Austin also has tons of farmers markets and green grocery stores.

Madison Street, Tennessee

This used to be one of the most rundown neighborhoods in Chattanooga. This all changed when a green initiative was launched to transform Madison Street into the location of Tennessee’s first LEED-certified homes. All the new buildings in the neighborhood are made from locally manufactured and harvested materials. It is now a community of artists that has all the eco-friendly attributes that you could wish for.

Liberty Village, Ontario

This Toronto neighborhood is a great place for people who want to live a green lifestyle. It is located next to several public transportation options to make commuting greenly a breeze. It also has a lot of green spaces to enjoy. There is also a lovely farmers market that allows shoppers access to locally grown foods. Learn more about this lovely place at Renters Guide. You can find a place to live in this progressive and stylish area.

Northwest Crossing, Oregon

While Portland gets a lot of press when it comes to green communities, this Bend neighborhood is actually the greenest place to live in the state of Oregon. It is surrounded by 32 acres of parks that give residents ample green space to enjoy. The neighborhood was designed to make it easy to walk or bike to everything that residents need like stores and entertainment. All the homes in the neighborhood have been certified organic by the prestigious Earth Advantage program.

If you are looking to transform your lifestyle into an eco-friendly one, one of the most important steps to change it is to find someplace to live that offers green living. These four neighborhoods all allow residents to enjoy green living without sacrificing comfort. They are a great place to start for people looking for green spaces to live.