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LizzieWeakley

Installing solar panels is one of the best ways homeowners can live more sustainably. While there are several upfront costs with switching to solar energy, the ROI for solar panels makes this investment well worth it. Read on to learn how installing solar panels can save money as you help to take down big oil companies.

Cut Down on Electrical Bills

One of the most significant ways you'll benefit from installing solar powers is by reducing your electric bill. These panels make it possible for homeowners to stop relying on utility companies as this switch to solar power will ultimately save 50% a month on electricity. With solar panels on your home, you’ll be able to harness the sun’s energy to power your house, as long as the sun is out.

In the event that the sun isn’t present, you’ll be able to use electricity from your utility company. While this backup electricity comes at a cost, using the sun to power your home is free.

Save on Maintenance

Many homeowners are frequently charged by their utility company for maintenance fees or costly repairs. Relying on the sun as a power source makes it easy to skip out on these expenses. Once your panels are installed, you’re much less likely to encounter maintenance issues. With this in mind, you can easily consider the cost of installing your panels as a one-time fee for free power.

Enjoy Steady Electric Costs

It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to pay more during peak seasons like summer and winter. Whenever you’re using more electricity to heat or cool your home, relying on a utility company will cause your electric bill to skyrocket. Similarly, the utility companies themselves are vulnerable to the fluctuating natural gas, oil, and coal markets, leading to even more unpredictable pricing.

If you’d prefer to deal with steady electric costs, consider investing in panels. By using the sun as your power source, you'll protect yourself from being susceptible to fluctuating electricity costs.

Take Advantage of Tax Credits

Tax credits are another way many homeowners benefit from using solar energy. Many states offer individuals that rely on sustainable energy sources clean energy grants and SRECs or Solar Renewable Energy Credits. These credits are an incentive for homeowners to install panels as they will cover up to 30% of the installation costs.

Solar energy is a great way for homeowners to live sustainably as they avoid contributing to the wasteful practices of big oil companies. As you learn more about solar panels, keep these four benefits in mind.

LizzieWeakley

Overfishing has become a major concern among environmentalists. All fisheries are aware of illegal, wasteful fishing practices that are putting the local fish populations at the risk of being depleted. Alaska is one of many regions that has strict fishing regulations. People who consume fish should do their part to eat more sustainably.

Don’t Eat Endangered Fish

Do not eat fish species that are on the endangered list. It’s easy to find this list by doing a simple search online or visiting the Marine Conservation Society’s website. Environmental organizations provide lists of fish to avoid and to eat on a regular basis.

Eat More Sustainable Fish

Eat more fish that are sustainable, meaning they are in abundant supply. Sardines are a plentiful, fast-growing species that are found in many locations in Europe and North America. Alaskan salmon, clams, oysters, tuna, mussels and mackerel are caught responsibly by modern fishermen. Prepare meals that are more sustainable like a salmon or tuna recipe, and save the rare, exotic fish for special occasions.

Buy Local or Seasonal Fish

Buy fish that is caught and sold by local fishermen. They are more likely to use smaller nets and use less destructive fishing techniques. Buy less of the kind that is overfished in the oceans, caught in large nets and shipped over long distances. Also, buy fish that are available only during certain times of the year.

Buy Organic Fish

Organic fish is grown, caught and sold in its natural state without pesticides or harmful chemicals. Organic fish products have a long list of stringent requirements that they must pass before being labeled as organic. Organic fishing is not as common as traditional fishing that includes the use of longline nets. Buying organic fish is another conscious method of preserving different fish species.

Read the Label

Know the origins of your fish by reading the label. Some fish have sustainable labels. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has blue labels that indicate which wild fish and seafood products are certified to meet their standards of sustainability.

Everyone enjoys seafood from tuna to Alaskan salmon. However, not everyone practices safe, environmentally conservative fishing techniques. When they go out into the ocean, they take out more than they can put back into the water. Many fishermen and fisheries are taking up the practice of eco-fishing. People who love seafood are encouraged to eat sustainably to protect the wildlife in the oceans, rivers and lakes.

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LizzieWeakley

Pollution and waste have bombarded the planet. We are now tasked with finding effective solutions to help reduce their effects without sacrificing comfort. You are probably at home thinking about how you can help the environment while also lowering your energy bills. Here are 5 repairs to make in your home to help you save money, reduce your environmental impact, and live a greener life.

Insulation

Weather stripping, caulking, and sealing your home's openings can help you save money and reduce your environmental impact. How? Repairing your home's insulation will maintain the home's temperature. This means less energy consumption, which translates to saving money while reducing your environmental impact.

Windows

Just like insulation, repairing your home's windows can also help you lower your energy bills while reducing your environmental impact. Cracks and chips on your windows can leak out cool or warm air, causing your HVAC system to continuously operate. This means consuming more energy, which leads to a higher energy bill.

Plumbing

Water is a natural resource that is quickly depleting. Making necessary maintenance repairs to your plumbing like pump repairs can help reduce your water consumption while also lowering your environmental impact. For instance, a broken water pump can leak significant amounts of valuable water in and around your property, causing both damage and waste. So, to help reduce your environmental impact, consider preventive maintenance repairs to your home's plumbing.

Lighting

Look up. Do you see that light above you? Is it emitting a lot of heat? If it is, then it may perhaps be an incandescent bulb. Another way to reduce your environmental impact and lower your energy bill is by repairing or replacing the incandescent bulbs around your home with LED lighting. LED bulbs or lighting are more efficient and cost-effective than incandescent bulbs. So, use LED lighting to save money and to save the environment.

Appliances

Maybe there are a few appliances in your home that are beginning to show their age. Perhaps your washer or dishwasher seems to use more water during a cycle. Maybe your dryer is taking a little longer to dry your clothes. If your appliances are no longer operating efficiently, then having them repaired would be beneficial to help you reduce your energy bills and energy consumption while also lowering your environmental impact.

These are only to name 5 repairs to make in your home to help you save money and reduce your environmental impact. Along with these, reuse, recycle, upcycle, and use sustainable materials to do your part in saving the environment.

LizzieWeakley

A sustainable venture has tremendous benefits, such as enhancing productivity and attracting more customers. For this reason, you can ensure that you adhere to the environmental law practice by safeguarding nature. This way, you will conserve and not waste resources in your business.

 

Recycle Products

 

It is prudent to recycle items such as electronics, paper products, fluorescent bulbs, and supplies to sustain the environment. If you can reuse some things, it will be the best approach to minimize wastage. You need to analyze the items fists so that you can decide if they are fit for recycling.

 

Utilize Green Energy

 

Sometimes it is better to harness other sources of energy such as solar to minimize electricity bills. What’s more, you need energy-efficient bulbs that will conserve the power as well. This way, you can cut down on the excessive use of energy at work. Ensure that you switch off lights that are not essential at night.

 

Repair Water Leakages

 

When water leaks from pipes in your business, it causes both health and financial harm. On that account, you need to look for a plumber who can repair faucets, sewer lines, and water lines as well. The expert should also assess running toilets and remedy the situation as quickly as possible.

 

Dispose of Hazardous Waste Properly

 

If your organization deals with toxic substances, you need to follow the right safety standard while getting rid of the waste. Alternatively, you can contact a disposal company that knows how to handle the unwanted stuff. This way, everyone will be safe, and your employees will not get exposed to harmful items.

 

Train Employees

 

Your employees are the best people who should know about protecting the environment at all costs. On that account, you need to equip them with skills and knowledge on how they can practice sustainability. You can also ask for some ideas from them as they have concepts on how to go about it. It should be a collaborative effort so that everyone can play their part in maintaining eco-friendly standards. Your business will thrive, and you will cut on bills that come at the end of the month.


 

Ultimately, it is prudent to manage resources so that natural phenomena can be at peace. Resources will not strain or suffer from depletion since your venture is striving to protect them. For this reason, you can reduce wastage by switching to green power and fixing water leakages. The other approach is recycling and discarding waste using the correct means.

LizzieWeakley

 

It's finally time for that home renovation that you've been dreaming about for a while. There are many exciting things that are about to happen, but planning ahead of time for every aspect of the journey is a necessity. If you’re already doing your renovation with sustainable materials, you may be wondering how else you can be environmentally friendly and eco-conscious for this project. When it comes to getting rid of the old stuff that you’re going to be tearing out, there are five ways you can recycle and do your part during your re-build.

Donate Old Appliances

 

If you're doing a kitchen or a laundry room renovation, then you're likely going to be updating your appliances. If you're not interested in trying to go through the process of selling them, you should consider donating them. There are many second-hand stores that would greatly appreciate your donation. Additionally, many charitable organizations focus on providing housing for people in desperate situations, like refugees, victims of domestic abuse, and people transitioning from homelessness. Realize that these donations can actually be tax-deductible if you get a receipt from the nonprofit organization you donate them to.

 

Keep Your Building Waste Materials In Separate Piles

 

Before you can really go about recycling your waste building materials, you need to have them organized. These materials can include the old materials that you removed during your renovation and the excess of new materials that were used to build. Sort out your items into piles such as metals, ceramics, pipes, drywall, and textiles.

 

Get On-Site Dumpers Or Pickup Service

 

There's a couple of options when it comes to disposing of your recyclables. You can opt for transporting them to your local recycling center yourself. You can have your building contractor take care of the recycling. Or, if you are doing the renovation yourself and don’t have the means for transporting the recycling, you can get a dumpster rental delivered to your home that is specifically designed just for recyclable products. Either way, it's best to have your method of recycling sorted out ahead of time.

 

Contact Local Organizations Ahead Of Time

 

There are countless local organizations that deal with recycling residential building materials. Some of the most common are the Freecycle Network and Habitat For Humanity. It's best to contact some of your local organizations before undergoing your renovation to determine what recyclables they'll take and if they can pick them up or not.

 

Consider Using The Materials In Other Areas Of Your Home

 

The final tip is to consider if any of the waste materials from your home renovation can be used in other areas of your home. Many homeowners right now are using old materials from their home to integrate a beautifully unique landscape. Things like old tires and old tubes are being converted into potting areas for flowers. This requires a bit of creativity and a knack for design, but the possibilities are endless when you look around you.

 

A home renovation can produce lots of waste materials. Many of these materials can be easily recycled by you or a neighboring organization. It's best to consider the five tips above to ensure that you do your part to reduce your carbon footprint.

LizzieWeakley

If you’re like most business owners, you’re always on the lookout for ways to save your business money. Maybe you’ve even wondered if there is a way to reduce your company’s carbon footprint. Fortunately, there are materials that allow you to meet both your savings and your environmental goals. They are recycled materials. Here’s a look at four of them.

Recycled Timber

Recycled timber usually comes from sources, like factories, bridges, demolished buildings and so forth. Companies use this material to make flooring, decking, benches, shutters and more. However, construction companies can also use them to building frames for homes, staircases or retaining walls. This is a very versatile material that looks beautiful.

Bionic Yarn

Bionic Yarn is a material that’s made from plastic waste materials from the world’s oceans. It has been woven into a sturdy yet lightweight yarn that can be used for a number of purposes. Businesses that manufacture automobile interiors, clothing, footwear, housewares, (including decorative objects, like pillows or curtains) and luggage and bags have used this yarn to create some stunning pieces. In all actuality, the list of Bionic Yarn’s uses extends even beyond what’s touched on here.

Recycled Plastics

According to Readers Digest, the uses for recycled plastic run the gamut. Companies use recycled plastics to make beauty product containers or plant holders. Other companies use it to create decking materials. Still other manufacturers create toys made from 100% recycled plastics.

Recycled Metal

The construction industry utilizes scrap metal quite a lot for projects, like bridges and roads. It also plays a big role in transportation and automobile manufacturing. Some appliances makers turn to recycled metal as well to create their wares. These and other types of businesses use this resource because it’s cheaper than most “new” metal. In fact, it’s so useful and economical that some people in the industry have suggested that all metal products should be designed so that they can be recycled easily.

Using recycled material is a cheap and efficient way that many businesses save money on their manufacturing costs. It’s clear that just about anything you need to manufacture can be made from materials found in the scrap yard so to speak. It has also been shown that the recycling industry creates more than 1.25 million jobs. All in all, using recycled materials in your manufacturing allows you to meet your business and environmental goals in one fell swoop.

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LizzieWeakley

Solar energy solutions aren’t a brand-new technology, but they have become much more refined, versatile and accessible in recent years. As homes and businesses around the world start incorporating these systems more frequently, many people outside of the industry struggle to separate fact from fiction. Solar power isn’t a perfect solution, but many of reasons that stop people from exploring the technology are little more than myths.

The Costs are Too High

Minimizing environmental impact is an important factor for many people, but homeowners often have to prioritize the financial impact when making a decision. Unfortunately, there are still many people who believe that any kind of solar solution is going to be too expensive or won’t yield a return on investment quick enough. While every situation and home has different factors that influence overall affordability, solar technology can help homeowners start cutting monthly costs almost immediately.

Unreliable Performance Based Weather

Another common myth about this technology is that it only works in warm climates or areas with clear skies. Weather patterns can influence the efficiency of solar panels, but you can leverage the technology even in areas prone to cold temperatures and overcast skies. Panels are often a much more reliable power source than modern myth suggests.

Panels Reduce Home Value

Worrying about the impact of panels on your home’s aesthetic or resale value is a reasonable concern, but it’s ultimately an unfounded one. Modern panels and related technology are a lot more flexible and minimal than older equipment, which gives homeowners more options when it comes to location and presentation. Installed panels can make a home more attractive to buyers and are generally easy to remove if the new owners don’t want them.

Installation is Disruptive

There’s nothing wrong with embracing a “do it yourself” attitude towards your home’s energy supply system, but there are also plenty of specialized professionals who provide complete installation services. Planning and preparing a home for panels can take some time, but there’s little risk that the actual installation and initialization will be a serious inconvenience for residents.

Despite the many myths surrounding domestic solar energy systems, they are becoming a common sight across the United States. Even a minimal system that only provides partial power to the home can yield significant savings in the years ahead. Anyone who takes the time to consult with experts and research their options can find plenty of compelling reasons to incorporate this technology into their home or business.

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LizzieWeakley

Since World War II ended, agriculture has dramatically changed. New technologies have caused food productivity to soar. Mechanization, specialization, and increased chemical use hinder farmers from producing lower-priced foods and fiber. Government policies that favor maximized production is a key factor.

 

These developments have many positive effects and reduce the risks associated with farming. But they also have significant costs. Topsoil depletion, air pollution, groundwater contamination, and greenhouse gas emissions only scratch the surface. Also, there is the decline of family farms, neglect of farm laborers' living conditions, and human health threats due to new pathogens. As well, rural communities are being disintegrated due to the concentration of economics in the agricultural and food industries.

 

Over the last four decades, a growing movement has come forth that questions the need for high costs. This movement offers more innovative and reasonable alternatives. This movement is toward sustainable agriculture. It continues to garner increasing acceptance and support in the food production sector. The three main goals of sustainable agriculture are social equity, environmental health, and economic profitability. Although the concept is made up of a wide range of practices, policies, and philosophies, there are a few common principles that define sustainable agriculture.

 

Throughout this movement, practice and science have led to many key farming techniques aimed at sustainability.

 

Crop Rotation and Diversity

 

Maintaining plant variety can be very beneficial. It results in improved pest control and healthier soil. Incorporating intercropping and complex crop rotations are ways of implementing crop diversity.

 

Irrigation

 

Rainwater can be collected or harvested with the use of gravity feed water tanks. Harvesting rainwater helps the environment and saves money. Water from wells, lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and other sources can also be stored.

 

Cover Crops

 

Clover and hairy vetch are two types of cover crops. Cover crops are planted off-season when an area would be left bare. Planting cover crops allows the soil to be protected and builds soil health by replenishing nutrients, lowering the need to use herbicides, preventing erosion, and keeping weeds at bay.

 

Reduced or No-Till Methods

 

To prevent weed problems and to prepare fields for planting, traditional plowing known as tillage has been used. However, this generally causes massive soil loss. Reduced or no-till methods allow seeds to be directly inserted into undisturbed soil. This reduces erosion and improves soil health.

 

Overall, more diverse and complex agricultural practices have proven to be the most productive and sustainable.

LizzieWeakley


After living in your house for some time, you may realize it looks old and tired. Ideally, this does not mean you move into another new home if you can't. Thus, it needs some little refreshing to look more updated. So, if you have opted to renovate the room, don't perk it up only with modern lifestyle and expensive facilities but eco-friendly ones. Make sure the materials have a unique style but harmless to the environment. Recently thousands of homeowners are going with homes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but with low environmental impact.

 

How do you renovate your house in a stylish and environmentally friendly way?

 

Use bamboo floors

 

You might be wondering what makes bamboo distinguishable from other wood. Well, bamboo is a unique wood on itself that grows faster than other woods, durable and moisture resistant. The percentage of the bamboo population is higher compared to other wood that takes time to grow. To have a bamboo floor, you only need to hire someone with high expertise on how to install it.

 

Use of discarded metal or reclaimed woods

 

Copper recycling and use of salvaged wood for house renovation is one of the most prevalent techniques used by homeowners today. They have been giving homes stylish and contemporary looking. You don't have to worry about durability. Rarely do they rust to hold house beauty for a long time. Recycled woods are becoming popular in home renovations as they are sublimely handsome and environmental sound.

 

Go for solar energy

 

Nowadays, use of the sun has become predominant in most households. This is one of the most potent and renewable sources of energy. Use of the sun as energy will satisfy your heart with guilt-free contentment as collecting power through solar powers is environmentally friendly. So, as little as less than 250$, you can build your home solar power system, which is less expensive compared to electricity bills.

 

Recycled glass

 

Today there is new cell bio glass that looks new, but they are eco friendly. If you want your house to have a new look you can add the recycled glasses in the kitchen and bedroom. They will enhance lighting and vibrant brightness under morning sunshine.

 

Having a green home is one of the most lucrative things to owe in this era. To renovate your house with environmentally friendly materials isn't as difficult as you may think. Try these ideas while renovating your home to have a comfortable life!

LizzieWeakley

 

Owning a piece of history in the form of a 19th-century home is an incredible way to make history come alive every day. Though the beauty of the architecture of these classic homes can't be matched, that beauty often comes at the price of high utility bills.

 

Though these homes were efficient in their time, the effects of aging have rendered them fairly energy-inefficient. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve the energy-efficiency of your 19th-century home, thus lowering your energy costs.

 

Seal the Gaps

One of the biggest areas of energy loss from older homes occurs through the cracks and gaps that form in the home as it settles over the decades. Though this is something you have to deal with in a home of any age, it's especially pronounced in historic homes.

 

It's a good idea to conduct an energy audit of your home to find specific areas where the air inside your home is leaking outside and the air outside your home is leaking in. Filling these gaps and cracks with appropriate materials will greatly increase your home's energy-efficiency.

 

Replace the Windows

Though older homes were built with many energy-efficient features that were often better-planned than today's homes, one feature that has vastly improved on today's homes is the windows. Many older homes have single-glazed windows, meaning just one pane of glass stands between the interior of your home and the unconditioned air outside.

 

By replacing your windows with new energy-efficient windows, therefore, you're likely to see a big drop in energy consumption. Plus, many new windows come with UV protection built-in, which can protect the historic furniture and finishes in your home.

 

Replace the Doors

Though there's nothing quite like the beauty of an antique door, that doesn't mean it's the best option to keep your energy costs under control. Especially if one or more doors in your home are suffering from rot or some type of termite damage, replacing your doors with new Andersen doors is a great way to save some cash. In addition to being more energy-efficient, new doors tend to be more secure, as their frames are better-reinforced and their construction more focused on potential points of entry.

 

Wrap the Pipes

If you've ever been into the basement of your 19th-century home only to be amazed at the network of pipes carrying water throughout your home, it's important to know that these exposed pipes are costing you money. Exposed pipes sitting in uninsulated spaces, especially those carrying hot water, are quick to lose their temperature as they travel through a cold basement.

 

On the other hand, cold water pipes are at risk of freezing if you don't have some form of heat in your basement. Do yourself a favor, then, and wrap all your pipes. This will lessen the work your water heater has to do and prevent any messy burst pipes in your basement.

 

Whether you've lived in your 19th-century home for some time or if you're new to historic-home living, it can seem as though your to-do list is never-ending as you seek to make improvements to your home. By understanding which changes will have the biggest return on investment, though, you can begin to do the work that will transform your home into what you always envisioned. Then, though it may still be far off, the finish line will draw that much closer.

LizzieWeakley

We all come across objects that we have saved, many for years, that we just haven't wanted to throw away. But sometimes the day comes when we look at those things and say to ourselves, “These just have to go. I will never use them again, and I should not hold on to them just because they have fond memories.” If you have to move, that is an optimum time to face this fact as you are trying to downsize what you have to cart to a new location.

Why not line your pockets with some unexpected dollars by recycling and letting someone else have the use of those things that are still useable and sought after? Those people searching for such items have some creative ideas for them or have a collection that will be enhanced by the addition of what you have to offer. Some of the categories of possible recycled “clutter” are the following.

Electronics Recycling

There are R2-certified electronics recycling services who use state-of-the-art equipment to take the proper care of the recycling in an environmentally friendly and secure way while making sure that your data on any electronics is destroyed. That assures you that when you bring old electronics in for recycling, you don't have to worry about your sensitive information getting into the wrong hands.

Some of the electronics included are cell phones, computers, tablets, complete laptops, circuit boards, motherboards, TV and monitor boards, CD and DVD and VCR boards, hard drives, processors, CD and floppy drives, CPUs, power supply units, CRT and LCD televisions, CRT and LCD monitors, whole PC towers, copiers, printers, fax machines, and more.

Toys

We keep seeing articles that ask if we have retained certain toys from our childhoods and, if so, many of them are worth a lot of money. So dig through those old stored boxes of “memories.” Collectors are anxious to find additions to the many different and unusual toys that have come out over the years, and there is an endless search for many of them.

Clothing

Vintage clothing and items from decades past are all the rage, and many have come back in style. Consignment shops are always on the lookout for clothing in good condition, and you can make yourself some extra dollars by either selling to them outright or putting the items on consignment to reap a portion of the sale prices.

Collectibles

Multiple items, some unique, are always being sought by collectors, and they will pay a “pretty penny” when they find something to add to their “stash.” Research online for particular objects and see if you want to try to sell your “discoveries” directly to the consumer or go through a middle man who will do the set-up, advertising, and shipping for their part of the purchase price.

There are endless possibilities of what is being collected, so if anything is in good condition, it will probably find a new home whether it is jewelry, old records that are now called “vinyls” and are highly searched for and collected, handcrafts, quilts, paintings, beautiful pens, stuffed animals, wooden and metal toys, old dishes and platters, cookie jars, ceramic pieces, figurines and other knickknacks, watches, antique postcards and greeting cards – and the list goes on and on.

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With the cost of power continuing to climb, it’s important to find ways to reduce your home’s energy consumption. You should also consider the impact on the environment. Here are four proven ways to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

Make Use of Your Ceiling Fans

Many people use ceiling fans to enhance the appearance of their home’s interior. However, ceiling fans are more than just decorative pieces. They can also reduce energy costs. During the winter, be sure to run your ceilings fans in a clockwise direction. This will help circulate warm air, thus allowing your heating system to operate more efficiently. Meanwhile, reversing the direction of your fans will help blow down cool air in the summer.

Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Your old windows could be quietly draining your bank account. If you want to save more money in the long run, consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows. This among the best home improvements you can make. These windows are designed with low-E glass, which actually helps reduce frost build up on the outside. Because your rooms will feel much warmer during the winter, you won’t need to dial up the thermostat. Consult with professionals who do Cincinnati window installations or perform similar services in your area.

Smart Lighting System

Leaving the lights on can definitely lead to a sky-high electrical bill. If you want to curb your energy consumption, upgrade to a smart light switch. This innovative feature links to your smartphone via an app. Whether you’re in your bedroom watching television or out of town for the weekend, you turn the lights on and off with a simple swipe. A smart lighting system is especially ideal for parents who have forgetful kids.

Eco-Friendly Showering

Long, hot showers can waste a lot of energy. You can save a boatload of cash by simply reducing your shower time to five minutes. It’s also a good idea to get low-flow showerheads, which are affordable and easy to install. Furthermore, be sure to check your hot water heater’s thermostat. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it should be set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the optimum temperature for energy savings.

As you can see, creating a more energy-efficient household doesn’t take a lot of effort. Just a few changes can make a world of difference. Not only can you look forward to a lower monthly energy bill, but you’ll also be doing the planet a big favor.

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The costs related to running and maintaining an industrial plant tend to rise every year and even sometimes every quarter. Energy costs are one of the top areas to see the most increases. Simple inflation and business growth are factors. Of course, regulatory and other changes in industrial practices and changes in energy creation can skyrocket energy costs as well. Follow these tips for lowering your industrial plant's energy consumption this year:

 

Improve the Lighting

 

It's time to rethink how light is distributed and handled in the plant. Employees often leave lights on in unused areas. Some plants have older lighting systems that waste power. Wherever possible, bring in natural light, such as via indirect light window shades and overhead skylights. Inspect the lighting systems and replace outdated, low-efficiency parts. For example, install natural light LED bulbs. Also, invest in motion-detection systems that automatically turn off indoor and outdoor lights in empty areas and after hours.

 

Inspect Systems Regularly

 

Since unclean, old and broken systems run inefficiently, it's important to maintain them regularly. Motors and fans in some systems, such as HVAC systems, usually work harder because of overheating caused by debris buildup on parts and air flow issues. Some equipment, such as air compressors and pressure washers, are normal energy wasters and then cause a higher amount of energy loss when malfunctioning. For example, your employees waste energy if they have to work longer with these systems because air or water leaks destabilize needed pressure.

 

Use Energy-Efficient Devices

 

It might seem obvious that energy-efficient devices can help, but many plant administrators forget about or fail to see the long-term benefits of using these cost-saving options. For example, SCRs for water tube boilers not only reduce environmentally harmful NOx emissions, but also operate better and provide greater energy efficiency. Automated outlet devices and whole-system panels can turn off outlets and power to equipment that normally causes an energy drain in idling or standby mode. A programmable thermostat can detect via attached sensors changes in outdoor and indoor temperatures and adjust settings per your specifications.

 

Establish Direct Oversight

 

Continuous energy management is critical to maintaining control over energy usage. Review your current workforce or bring in outside help to administer an energy-efficiency program. Make certain that this program has more than one person working on it so that you have people with different viewpoints assessing the plant and researching and offering ideas. The team should also regularly provide cost-comparison reports that help you to understand short-term, upfront and long-term costs versus overall savings.

 

It's not difficult to use less energy at your industrial plant. The process merely requires creativity, time and patience. It's also important to motivate employees by showing them that energy-efficiency changes are beneficial to everyone. When plant workers are invested in energy loss reduction, these types of changes occur more smoothly. Additionally, invested employees typically offer ideas of their own without prompting through company-wide employee feedback tools.

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All your household waste doesn’t have to end up in a landfill. There are many means of managing household waste that are better for the environment and can also be good for your home’s functioning. Here are a few smart eco-friendly options for your household waste.

Make Money from Unwanted Items and Materials

It’s true that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and you may find people who are interested in buying some of your household waste for recycling purposes. Aluminum and other forms of scrap metal along with paper and plastic can earn you money if they’re recycled. You can also try selling old furniture and electronics that you wish to get rid of instead of disposing them in the trash.

Use Waste Items for Arts and Crafts Projects

If you have a knack for creating arts and crafts or have kids who need supplies for school projects, utilizing certain items from your household waste can be a smart decision. Empty soda cans and water bottles can be turned into creative planters that act as pots for growing flowers and other household plants. Plastic bottlecaps often work well as additions for handmade beaded curtains. Old newspaper and other wastepaper can also be used for a variety of projects.

Find Ways to Reuse Wastewater

You may be surprised when you realize exactly how much water for your home goes to waste that could have still gone to good use. A reliable wastewater treatment system can work well for reusing water for purposes of watering your lawn and plants. If you’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of wastewater that you generate, try taking shorter showers and installing water-efficient faucets, toilets and washers.

Turn Waste into Compost

Food scraps, coffee grounds and nutshells can all be used to make compost to fertilize your soil. You can purchase a composter and put your waste in it so that it can be turned into suitable compost material. Even shredded newspaper, tissues and lint that comes from all-natural material (such as cotton) can make great compost. It’s also possible to formulate compost out of dead leaves and other debris in your yard.

Finding ways to manage your household waste in a more environmentally responsible manner can pay dividends when it comes to helping the planet. These clever and simple methods for managing your household waste can also add more convenience to your life

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When choosing how to adorn the windows in your home, you may think the only differences between the various options are aesthetic differences. However, different window coverings make a big difference in your home's energy efficiency, as well. Since it's good to save energy however you can, both to save money and help protect the environment, careful consideration should be given to the energy-efficiency of the window coverings you choose. To help you decide, here are a few ways that the choice of window decor affects your home energy use.

Curtains

There are a wide variety of curtains available, some of which do very little to affect your home's energy use one way or the other. However, certain types of curtains are specifically made to help make your home more energy-efficient. These are sometimes called "thermal curtains" or "black-out curtains." Essentially, these curtains are made from heavier material that makes them nearly impervious to light. Between their light-blocking capabilities that help control sunlight and their heavier fabric that helps keep hot and cold air by the window instead of releasing it into the room, these types of curtains are quite effective at helping you use less energy in your home.

Roller Shutters

Unlike most types of window coverings, roller shutters are mounted on the exterior of your windows instead of the interior. As such, roller shutters provide an especially effective method of preventing outside air from entering your home. By creating a seal around the window opening, roller shutters essentially act as a third layer of glass, keeping your home nice and comfortable. An added bonus is that roller shutters provide a solid barrier against potential intruders, thus protecting your home from crime in addition to protecting you from discomfort.

Blinds

Though the nature of blinds, with their multiple slats, means that blinds aren't as effective at temperature control as other window coverings, they can still create a meaningful thermal barrier that helps to maintain the temperature in your home when they are closed. For maximum effectiveness, of course, it's important to shut the slats tightly to minimize the gaps between the slats and help trap the conditioned air inside your home.

Window Tinting

Window tinting is an especially intriguing window treatment option, as you can still add other layers of window decor on top of this option to create an especially efficient window. The main advantage of window tinting is that it cuts down on the amount of sunlight that can enter a specific room, meaning the sun's rays can't heat up the interior surfaces as quickly, thus keeping the room cooler. If you have windows that get direct sun at any point throughout the day, this can result in significant energy savings over the course of a summer.

Though various types of window coverings can help lower your home's energy use, there's no substitute for new windows when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. Therefore, if you can combine new windows with one or more of these other solutions, you'll end up with an especially efficient system that will make a noticeable difference in your energy bills.

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Setting up solar panels can often be a complicated process especially if you aren’t sure where to begin. However, with enough research and the right resources, you can make the process much simpler. Some things you will need include adequate sun exposure, a credible installer, a cost-benefit analysis, and knowledge about potential issues.

Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is incredibly important when it comes to solar panels. Essentially, the more sun exposure your panels receive, the more the batteries will charge. Therefore, you will need to take several factors into consideration. For example, is there a lot of shade in your yard from trees? If so, your solar panels may not perform well. Additionally, you will need to consider your environment. Snow cover and clouds can impact the panels because you will need to frequently remove snow from the panels in order for them to function, and clouds can reduce the amount of sun that reaches the panels.

Credible Installer

Since installing solar panels can often be a complicated process, an electrical installation company can make the process significantly easier for you. Look for a group that specializes in solar panel installation. Consult with them about your home’s unique qualities and challenges. They will be sure to help you utilize your home to save money and time in the future.

Cost-Benefit Analysis

It is important to do a cost-benefit analysis when considering solar panels. Installing the panels will require an initial investment, which can sometimes be expensive. However, it will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to pay an electricity bill each month. Additionally, you should carefully consider whether you will rent or purchase a solar panel system. When leasing, you may only be able to keep the system for a certain amount of time. Whereas, if you purchase the system outright, it could potentially last for many years to come if you properly maintenance it.

Potential Issues

It is important to be aware of various issues that could potentially impact your solar panels. For example, excessive heat can negatively impact solar panel performance. Additionally, excessive wind and rain can degrade the panels over time, and tree branches and leaves can sometimes scratch the surface of the panels, which can lower performance. Solar panel systems typically come with warranties; however, it is important to be mindful of these issues so you can get the most out of your system.

Overall, there are many things you will need to research before deciding to purchase solar panels. Typically, this is a great investment because solar panels generate renewable energy that doesn’t damage the environment like other power sources. If you are concerned about your carbon footprint and are able to conduct the proper research, you should be able to make a positive investment for your future and the future of the environment.

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Many people don’t realize that homes are becoming more efficient every year, and eco-friendly technology is now being adopted by countless architects, design teams, and contractors. That type of technology is the perfect option for anyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint while keeping their energy bills as low as possible.

Tankless Water Heaters

Traditional water heaters are incredibly inefficient because they must constantly keep a large volume of water at a very high temperature. It also takes quite a bit of time to heat up more water once you run out, and that can be problematic for larger families. With a tankless water heater, the water will only be brought up to temperature as it is being used, and that means you will never run out of hot water or waste excess energy.

Smart Home Tech

Smart home technology has exploded in popularity in recent years, and those gadgets can be used to control almost every facet of a house. Even if you don’t plan on adding smart devices all over your home, you should still consider installing a smart thermostat. That type of device will learn your family’s habits and preferences, and it is going to turn the system off or adjust the settings when no one is home or everyone is sleeping.

Solar Panels

If you really want to improve the efficiency of your home, then solar panels are going to be a great investment. Putting a solar panel array on your home’s roof could reduce your electrical bills by a significant amount or even allow you to sell some of that energy back to the city. Solar panels can often be installed within a matter of days, and that technology could potentially pay for itself within a few years.

High-Efficiency Appliances

While your HVAC system is probably responsible for most of your energy consumption, your other appliances are going to use up quite a bit of electricity as well. Household appliances have gotten incredibly efficient within the last decade, and most manufacturers are now designing them to be as eco-friendly as possible. Those who haven’t replaced their appliances in quite some time should at least consider upgrading their washers, dryers, and dishwashers.

Many of the construction materials that are used to build homes are changing as well, and some of those materials are extremely good at insulating and have a very small impact on the environment. That includes materials such as recycled steel, bamboo, cork, precast concrete, and plant-based polyurethane.

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A house is not just a building - it's a system with inputs and outputs. Maintaining a home takes work, and can generate significant environmental pollution. Environmentally conscious homeowners also face a mismatch between the technology available at the time of their house's construction and what's available now. Fortunately there are many home upgrades that can reduce your house's environmental impact.

 

Water Pollution

 

Water is one of your home's most important inputs and outputs. Whether your water comes from a well or a municipal water supply, you may be concerned with biological hazards, toxins, and excessive hardness in your water. Plus, there's a risk of these pollutants flowing through and affecting not just you but also your downstream environment. In both cases, installing home water treatment systems is a home upgrade that can protect your health, extend the life of your water-using appliances, and reduce the burden on septic systems or municipal water treatment systems. Another benefit is improved taste - staying hydrated with your own tasty tap water is more environmentally friendly than drinking bottled water. If your toilet, washing machine, or dishwasher is nearing the end of its life, choose a more water-efficient replacement. Consider installing low-flow nozzles on sinks and showers.

 

Air Pollution

 

Home heating and indoor air quality are issues whose importance to homeowners has risen in tandem with fuel prices and worries about climate change. There are two major home upgrades that can reduce your home's contribution to air pollution: first, insulating the walls, attic, and foundation of your house, and second, upgrading your heating appliance. Replacing combustion appliances (furnaces, boilers, wood stoves, kerosene heaters, etc.) with electrical heating appliances is ideal; replacing them with more efficient combustion appliances is a close second. But if you pursue these upgrades without first ensuring that your house is properly insulated and air-sealed, you may be throwing your money away.

 

Ground Pollution

 

If you have a yard or a community garden plot, you can use that land as part of your home's waste disposal systems. Upgrade your home by starting a compost pile - diverting your food waste will reduce the strain on our landfills, and by keeping grass clippings and other yard waste out of storm drains, you will also help protect groundwater quality.

 

There are many options for homeowners looking to reduce their environmental impact. To find more information, consult home improvement professionals, national standards organizations, and government resources.

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When you are trying to embrace a waste-free lifestyle, you can get overwhelmed by all the information and choices. Luckily, there are some simple tools that can make the transition easier.

 

Reusable Dishes

If you are like most people, you probably go through quite a few disposable containers, utensils, and even straws. Avoid that by finding a functional set of reusable plates and utensils that you can carry with you.

Look for dishes that are made from sustainably sourced materials like bamboo. Don't stop at your plates, either. Start packing glass containers to bring leftovers home when you eat out.

 

A Composter

A large part of what is thrown out can actually be composted safely at home if you know how to get started. Pick a composting system that fits your lifestyle, taking care to find out if there are any restrictions on outdoor compost bins or piles where you live.

You can build a nice sized kitchen composter that can even accommodate bones and dairy from a simple plastic bucket and spigot. It will work to start decomposition while giving you copious amounts of free compost tea. Just find a plastic bucket supplier and you are in business.

 

Dish Towels

Start paying attention to how many paper towels you toss every day and you will quickly see why reusable dish towels can help decrease your household's trash. There are several ways to go, depending on your personal preferences.

Crochet or knitted dishcloths are attractive and durable. They are great for scrubbing dishes, but, if you are going to be cleaning up wet spills or cleaning windows, you'll probably want terry or flannel dishcloths instead.

 

Bulk Soaps

This may seem like a silly thing, but just take a moment to think about how much waste is in every single bottle of body wash or cleanser that you use, and you'll see why it is actually important. You can find unwrapped bars of soap at many health and natural food stores and farmer's markets.

If you are feeling crafty, try your hand at a DIY soap recipe. There are plenty of choices to meet the condition of your skin and hair, and most use commonly available ingredients you might already have on hand.

 

Maximize Your Impact

When shopping for any products, look for durable items that will last in minimal packaging to really cut back on what is tossed out. Also, look to repurpose older items before you throw them away.

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The new year is finally here, making it the perfect time for a new resolution. For small business owners, a great resolution is to reduce unnecessary waste. Not only is eliminating excess waste beneficial for cutting costs, it also minimizes the impact on the environment. Since the average person creates four pounds of trash daily, imagine the amount of trash that accumulates from an entire staff? Practicing sustainability helps the environment and saves businesses money.

 

Double-Sided Printing

 

Believe it or not, there are businesses that still use printed sheets. Between constantly paying for paper and replacing ink cartridges, making copies can become extremely expensive. By printing on both sides, there are fewer sheets and materials that need to be purchased and recycled.

 

Donate Excess Goods

 

After realizing there are excess items that can be considered waste, it’s better to donate them rather than throw them away. For instance, if new inventory comes in or a product is discontinued, finding someone who can use those materials is a better way to repurpose them and cut garbage costs.

 

Frequently Train Employees

 

Understanding sustainability is only half the battle. It is important to inform employees of any changes that can make eliminating waste easier. It is important to inform employees on both how and why these precautions are being taken. For instance, if there is a new recycling policy, inform them on why it is beneficial for the business. It is also necessary to have regular meetings to share the triumphs and failures so the team can exchange feedback on how to improve on setbacks. Everyone staying on the same page is a key component of success.

 

Digital Tags

 

For retail businesses, paper tags can become expensive. Instead, using a digital price tag can save money on both paper tags and employees having to tag the items. Research shows that the initial investment in these digital tag machines pay themselves off within two and a half years, which eventually allows for the profits to be spent elsewhere. Digital price tag machines also can be instantly updated with a click of a button, which can display the original and sale price simultaneously.

 

The new year creates new opportunities for small businesses to make a profit. The best way to do so is recycling old products, communicating sustainability tips to employees, and cutting labor costs by using digital tags.

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Recycling is more than just a way to help the environment - it's also a fantastic business tool. If you own a business, you might want to look at recycling as a way to thrive in an increasing competitive market. Below are just four methods you can use to help your business through recycling and recycled materials.

Sell Scrap and Old Equipment for Recycling

If you're looking for a good way to turn your extra materials and old equipment into cash, you'll definitely want to take a look at recycling. While many businesses think that recycling is limited to some extra copper wiring or maybe even some old boxes, the truth is that there are buyers for virtually everything you use. If you want to sell electrical equipment that you no longer need, for example, you'll almost certainly be able to find a buyer who can meet your price.

Buy Discount Recycled Materials

Recycled materials are often a great alternative to buying new. Not only is doing so is a good way to reduce waste and to help out the environment, but recycled materials also tend to cost a great deal less. If you buy recycled, you'll get all the benefits that you would typically get from buying top-shelf materials without having to deal with the significantly higher price tag. Buying recycled is simply a smart move for any budget-conscious business.

Make a Great Public Impression

If you look at many of the major corporations around the world, you'll notice that they have very conspicuous green initiatives. While many might do this because they truly care about the planet, the truth is that doing so is just as much a public relations ploy as anything else. If you choose to use recycled materials, do so conspicuously. It will help to get an increasingly environmentally conscious public on your side.

Show Investors Resourcefulness

Finally, remember that all of these actions tend to look good to investors. Investors who know that you're dedicated to making a good public impression, cutting costs, and creating new revenue streams are also investors who are eager to buy into your business. If you're looking for new ways to bring in partners or to increase the size of your operation, using recycling as a point of pride can be a great choice.

Don't be afraid of recycled products or materials. They can save or make you money, but they can also become a cornerstone of your business' reputation. When you're ready to grow, start looking to recycled materials.

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Most European food production companies, fortunately, have strict regulatory requirements and specifications which make the foods safer and more eco-friendly. However, there is more that we can be doing than following the letter of the law. If food companies are interested in making a difference, here are a few ways to ensure their products are as eco and customer-friendly as possible.

Avoid toxic additives

Additives are added to food during production or preparation to improve the appetizing appearance and flavor of dishes, keep food edible for a longer time, and increase the shelf and storage life. Studies have found that more than 90% of the average American food budget is spent on over-processed foods, and more than 400 additives are used in various recipes.

There are three types of additives:

·        Natural ones extracted from natural food sources.

·        Synthesized copies of substances that occur naturally.

·        Artificial ones which are chemically synthesized.

Although not all of the additives are dangerous and can be consumed with possible minimal risk, some chemically synthesized ones can be harmful in various ways and cause adverse reactions such as allergies, digestive disorders, respiratory issues, skin problems, hyperactivity in children, a significant reduction in one's IQ level, and other ailments.

Artificial sweeteners in sugar-free foods particularly have a harmful carcinogenic effect and can reduce intelligence, affect short term memory, and can also result in brain or kidney tumors, diabetes, depression, anxiety attacks, migraines, and other disorders. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is used in savory dishes, canned soups, frozen dinners, and salty snacks. The substance excitotoxin can lead to obesity, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, depression, and more. Trans fat is formed by hydrogenation and is added to increase shelf life but can also increase a bad cholesterol level. A general tip would be to read ingredient labels, cut back on additives, and replace processed foods with fresh ingredients that do not contain such additives.

Improve sanitation techniques

If you are in the food production business, you should be concerned about the quality of the products and the cleanliness of the production facility. A great step towards better sanitation in your production is to use a complete line of industrial 3A sanitary filtration products that include certified strainers, replacement parts, assemblies, and filters that are suitable for a wide range of capacities and applications such as those manufactured by SaniClean Strainers, a Newark Wire brand, and similar companies with their products.

You can also use food-quality conveyor belting that is designed to be sanitary, safe, and easy to thoroughly clean. The maintenance of proper sanitation and cleanliness on a food production line is critical as well. Setting up a schedule of cleaning times is important whether it is every few hours or at the beginning or ending of shifts. Finally, give employees sanitation training and update refreshers from time to time so they will be aware of food handling and sanitation practices.

Use eco-friendly food packaging

Also called green packaging, sustainable packaging, and environmentally-friendly packaging, it should be non-toxic, biodegradable meaning it will break down in a landfill, compostable, reusable, recyclable, sustainable, and manufactured from natural products or recycled products or through low-impact means.

Safely dispose of wastes

Be sure that the process you use for food waste disposal is consistent with your food safety management system such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point HACCP), Environmental Health team of the local authority, or to the Food Standards Agency that governs your area. Make sure that your waste is taken by an authorized collector and that it goes to a legitimate treatment disposal site.

Countries around the globe have realized that we must all act to reduce the impact of trash on our planet. When trash doesn’t compost or biodegrade, it has already become a long-term problem to find space for it, plus it is an eyesore and a logistical nightmare. Being part of the solution will help to save the planet and demonstrate corporate responsibility and values.

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As more and more people become aware of the importance of a sustainable lifestyle, we are discovering new ways to reduce waste and pollution in every aspect of our lives. Increasingly, people want to feel good about the goods that they buy. Whether that means using a refillable travel mug to buy fair-trade coffee in the morning or shopping online for vegan footwear, people are waking up to the fact that sustainability is a must. Here are a few ways we can integrate eco-friendly solutions into the arts and entertainment?

Non-toxic Oil Paints

Unlike other forms of visual arts that can use reclaimed or sustainably harvested materials, oil painting seems to be unable to shed its toxic plumage. Even with eco-friendly brushes and canvases, the heart of the matter, the paints themselves, are an eco-nightmare. As an alternative to resigning yourself to working with toxic sludge, non-toxic paints have become available to the aspiring Picasso. These paints deliver the same quality without polluting our water and soil when you have to dispose of them.

Vegan Ballet Shoes

The ballet is a world built on tradition, hard work, and timeless beauty. Choosing a good ballet shoe, whether it's a point shoe or ballet flats, is an important and deeply personal issue. Even the constructions of a ballet shoe is an artform draped in tradition and centuries of craftsmanship. Unfortunately, not all of those traditions are eco-friendly. For those who are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, choosing ballet flats can be even more difficult. Luckily, several brands have come along to offer you vegan ballet flats that couple excellent performance with sustainable high-quality materials.

Natural Bamboo Reeds

Bamboo as a construction material is an eco-wonder. It's easy to farm and grows quickly. It's also incredibly strong and can be used in everything from scaffolding to home furnishings. Bamboo fibers are used to make paper, cloth, crafts, and even bicycles. The next time you are shopping for art supplies, choose supplies made from natural bamboo reeds.

Sustainable Yarn

Sustainable and ethically sourced yarn is not limited to yarn made from recycled fibers. Yarn from ethically sourced wool or other sustainable fibers is also an acceptable alternative to have a more sustainable craft. While availability might be a concern for some, the quality of these yarns is on par with their less ethically sourced competitors.

The desire to create beauty is one of the most basic of human instincts, but people are increasingly aware that there is no beauty in a thing that creates suffering. With a few changes in how we produce art and use resources, we can make our art not only beautiful but a source of greater good.

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The key to flipping a house successfully is to keep costs low while still creating a property attractive enough to fetch a high sales price. While you can't cut corners, you can reduce your prices by using recycled materials in many parts of the flipping process. Below are four areas in which recycled materials can make a huge difference.

Recycled Wood

Wood can be incredibly expensive, especially if you're looking at something that's more aesthetically appealing than what you can get at contractor-grade. Wood that's been recycled from other homes is not only far cheaper than what you could get from a lumber yard, but it may also be ready to be put in the home immediately. Certain types of recycled wood can also give a property a unique look, which in turn can raise its sale price.

Recycled Metals

Metal prices always seem to be on the rise. If you need metal for anything from decor to wiring, it's best to look at recycled options. Finding copper recycling vendors can be a great way to get access to a metal that's in high demand and still stay within your budget, while recycled steel might help you to undertake some great projects without having to sacrifice in other areas of your home. Always go with recycled metals when you can.

Recycled Glass

Yes, even glass can be recycled. While getting recycled windows might seem like a cost-saving choice, you may also want to choose these windows because of the character that they give your home. They may cost less than what's currently on the market now, but some recycled glass has a unique look that will bring in style-conscious buyers. Definitely consider recycled glass when you're on a budget but want to add some special to a home.

Mulch

Mulch can be surprisingly expensive when you get it from a supplier. While mulch has many practical and decorative purposes, realistic flippers know that it's essentially a replaceable resource that can eat up far too much of a landscaping budget. Given that there is virtually no difference between 'new' and recycled mulch, it simply makes more financial sense to go with the cheaper option. Not only that, but natural recycled wood mulch is much more eco-friendly than treated decorative mulches.

Choosing recycled options can keep the cost of flipping a house down while adding some unique touches to a property. Whether you're seeking a look that makes use of reclaimed materials or you're dealing with a tight financial situation, recycled materials make sense. If you can spend less money on these materials, you'll be able to splurge on special features without endangering your budget.

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It's always a good idea to be a conscientious consumer. If you know that companies are producing dangerous products, for example, you should hold them responsible for those actions. Doing so, though, can seem difficult. If you're looking for ways to make a difference, you may want to try undertaking the actions below.

Do Research on Toxic Materials

The best place to start is to know what's really causing harm. Don't just take the internet's word on what constitutes a harmful material - do some research on your own to figure out what's really dangerous and what's not. You might find that companies are using materials that can cause a great deal of harm, yet their actions fly under the radar. Arm your self with knowledge before you do anything else.

Buy Natural Products

Your next step is to avoid giving money to those companies that actually make harmful products. A good way to do this is to find natural alternatives that don't use toxic materials. While the cost can be a bit higher, you'll be sending a message to other companies that their practices aren't acceptable. The actions of a single person might not make a huge difference in a corporation's bottom line, but they'll start to listen when enough people make the switch.

Sue When They Cause You Harm

If you are harmed by a company's products, you need to hold them directly accountable. This means retaining personal injury attorney services and suing them for the damage that they've caused. Not only do you deserve restitution when you have been hurt, but the company deserves to be punished when it's taken actions that can hurt consumers. By bringing a suit, you'll be helping the rest of the market.

Spread the Word

If you really want to make a change, you can't be silent. Instead, make sure to both talk about what you've learned through research and about the alternatives that you have found. You certainly don't need to spend all of your time proselytizing, but you should speak up when you think doing so can make a difference. If you are willing to share what you've learned with others, you can turn a small act of defiance into a real movement.

Remember, holding companies responsible for their actions requires a real effort. Do the research, find alternatives, and hold them directly accountable when necessary. If you're able to spread your message, you can make a legitimate change in the world.

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