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LizzieWeakley

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Nearly every homeowner loves to doll up their domicile to suit their specific tastes. Popular modifications include basement game rooms, new kitchens, redesigned bathrooms and offices. Many ambitious DIY home improvement enthusiasts are increasingly focused on energy-efficient upgrades that'll save money and help the environment. Here are a few choice options that can work in any scenario.

Upgrade Windows and Doors

The easiest way to prevent energy waste in the home is to ensure that the entryways and exits don't leak heat in either direction. Installing double-paned windows filled with argon is a great start. New high-tech doors with blown-in foam insulation placed between the frame and the studs is another step in the right direction.

Put In Superior Insulation

A typical 2x4 home features fiberglass R-11 insulation lining the exterior walls. You can sister 2x6 studs to the original 2x4 members so that thicker R-23 rockwool insulation can be installed. This will reduce heat loss during the winter and strain on your air conditioner during the summer. It'll also give you a chance to check the walls for mold or rot.

Attach Hyper-Efficient Siding

Traditional siding materials like OSB or T1-11 are pretty lousy when it comes to blocking heat transfer even when wrapped in Tyvek. Going with a next-generation siding system from an outfit like Lifetime Exteriors can greatly improve energy efficiency. Modern sheathing and siding products use advanced synthetic materials to create a fairly impermeable barrier.

Install Stingy HVAC Hardware

Furnaces and central air conditioners have come a long way in the past decade when it comes to energy efficiency. If you live in a cold climate, a natural gas furnace or pellet stove will deliver better heating while using less fuel. Homeowners in hot environments should ditch window-mounted AC units in favor of central air.

Opt for Tankless Water Heating

A run-of-the-mill electric water heater costs hundreds of dollars per year to run. What's more, there's a limit to how much hot water they can crank out within a given time period. Tankless water heaters require a little more work to install but can drastically reduce electricity usage and provide limitless hot water on demand.

Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck

While the long-term benefits of efficiency upgrades justify the costs, the initial investment can be daunting. It's best to proceed gradually by starting with exterior jobs and working your way in. Furthermore, there are many government tax credits and rebates available to homeowners that cushion the financial blow.

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Creating an eco-friendly home doesn't just mean switching off lights before heading out of the house or installing Energy Star appliances. Many families just need to change a few common habits in order to cut down on energy consumption. Before carrying out an expensive “green” overhaul of your home, take a look at these 5 mistakes that many families make during the summer without even realizing it.

 

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1. Using Insulation Rolls and Batts
Checking on insulation should be a yearly habit for everyone, but replacing old insulation with ineffective products is one common mistake that could cost you in the long run. Traditional insulation often comes in pre-fabricated shapes such as rolls and batts, but it is only blown-in and spray foam insulation that will get your attic's nooks and crannies.

2. Skipping an Energy Audit
Most families aren't going to hire professional home energy auditors every single year, but you should never skip it for more than a few years in a row. These technicians are trained to go through almost every component of your property to find any energy inefficiencies. Even if they find just a single problem, an audit will often pay for itself within a few months.

3. Forgetting the AC Tune-Up
An annual tune-up carried out by a company such as
Team Electric is not only going to increase the lifespan of your HVAC system, but it is also going to cut down on monthly utility bills. Just as with any other major component in your home, these systems go through an incredible amount of wear-and-tear and a tune-up often includes changing filters, topping off fluids, lubing moving parts, and checking the accuracy of the thermostat.

4. Allowing Phantom Power Loss
“Phantom” power loss is the name given to the small amount of electricity that devices and appliances consume when they are not actively being used. Everything from laptop chargers to coffee makers could be consuming enough electricity to increase your bills by hundreds every year. Attach these devices to a single power strip and turn them off before bed and when you are leaving for work.

5. Not Setting Your Programmable Thermostat Correctly
A programmable thermostat is one of the single best investments for saving energy around the house, but many families are not using them to their full potential. The ideal settings are 82 degrees Fahrenheit when no one is home and no lower than 78 degrees when family members are in the house. If you tend to forget about changing the settings, consider setting automatic timers on the thermostat.

When all of these common mistakes are remedied, your family could be looking at thousands of dollars in savings during the hottest months of the year.

LizzieWeakley

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Green and eco-friendly construction is the way of the future. Current homeowners are doing what they can to make their homes green through small (or large) remodeling projects. While some can get pricey, the long-term pay off for any green project is immeasurable.

Technology is being developed every day to advance
green building practices, maximize renewable resources, and reduce our carbon footprint. If you are looking to make your home more environmentally friendly, here are a few suggestions for your next remodel.

Cool Roofs

Cool roofs are quickly becoming the way of the future according to professionals at
Roland’s Roofing. The special tiles and reflective paint reflect sunlight and heat, keeping the home cooler in the summer. This reduces the need to use an HVAC system, saving the owners money but also reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission.

Reclaimed Floors

Reclaimed wood is being used more and more for flooring projects in homes. Reclaimed wood is durable, renewable, and recycled, meaning no new trees have to be cut down. Backing without harmful VOCs is also becoming more popular to create a truly green floor. Although not reclaimed, bamboo flooring is also on the rise since it is inexpensive, durable, and the plant matures quickly.

Solar Panels

More home owners are opting to go solar. Solar panels are fairly quick and easy to install, increase home value, and pay themselves off in 5 to 10 years depending on your energy use. They also require little long-term maintenance.

Direct Vent Fireplaces

Homeowners who want a fireplace without the hassle of a fire place are turning to direct vent fireplaces. Wood-burning fireplaces may be charming and romantic, but they require a lot of upkeep and the pollutants they produce can irritate your lungs. Direct vent gas fireplaces use air for combustion and can be vented vertically or horizontally, meaning you don’t need a chimney either.

Storm Water Management

When remodeling, don’t forget the outside. Landscaping the outside of your home to better manage large volumes of water will come in handy after a big storm. Not only can this help prevent flooding, plants in your yard will be able to absorb the water and purify it as it soaks into the soil. This also helps curb erosion in more rural areas.

Just because you are not in the market for a new home doesn’t mean you need to miss out on green home trends. Use the above ideas to improve your home as well as the environment around you.

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In these times of climate change and financial squeeze, many Americans are wondering how to economize while becoming more green and clean. Luckily, by making simple and convenient changes to how you manage your home waste, you can both save money and reduce your carbon footprint.

Recycle bottles, cans and plastics from home
Most Americans have access to curbside recycling through the garbage company or via other local services, such as
Lakeshore Recycling. Despite these conveniences, according to the EPA, Americans are recycling only about a third of their waste. Recycling can reduce the garbage bill, as well as significantly reduce the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

Recycle landscape waste
Recycling from home can also include landscape waste, such as grass clippings, branches, and shrubs. In some municipalities, law forbids landscape waste in landfills. Many companies that offer curbside pickup for recycling also collect landscape waste in a separate bin.

Recycle or compost food scraps
In some municipalities, food scraps can be discarded in the same bin as the landscape waste. But even without a curbside pickup, homeowners can reduce garbage bills by recycling food scraps in a compost heap in the backyard. According to the US Composting Council, keeping food scraps out of landfill is important because such organic waste contributes to the production of a greenhouse gas, methane.

Recycle gray water for irrigation
Much of the gently used gray water from homes, such as from taking showers, washing dishes or washing clothes, can be safely used for irrigating yards. In fact, such water can actually serve as valuable fertilizer, as long as “plant friendly” cleaning products are used. Inexpensive options such as buckets or a laundry drum can make it possible for anyone to collect gray water right away.

Become a low waste home
Every time you throw a paper towel or sandwich bag in the garbage, you are throwing away money and contributing to climate change. Swap out paper towels for rags, and use kitchen towels instead of sandwich baggies. Take a basket to shop at the farmer’s market, and pay only for the food you buy, rather than paying for the cartons and packaging that come with grocery store items.

With small changes to our daily routines, we can pay less for our garbage, water and food while making important reductions to the production of greenhouse gases. Being economical and being green can go hand in hand.

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These five energy efficient tips will keep your office warm and your bills low this winter. Most of these tips are incredibly simple to implement and should become annual best practices for your office.

Adjust the Thermostat

Keep the office cooler at night when no one is there working. Raise the temperature a few hours before people arrive so they are able to work in a pleasant environment straight away. Maintain the temperature at a comfortable level that is neither too hot nor too cold for most people.

Boiler and Heater Maintenance

One of the most energy efficient ways to keep the office warm is to provide routine maintenance on your boiler and heating systems. This will help ensure this equipment is operating efficiently and safely. If you find that you require a new system or an upgrade, many companies such as
Nationwide Boiler provide new and reconditioned equipment for any budget and an ideal solution to optimize energy efficiency.

Close Doors and Windows

It is important that you keep all windows and doors closed whenever possible. Front doors can often become a problem area as snow and debris becomes stuck in the entryway. Be sure to routinely remove snow and debris from the most commonly used doors to prevent this scenario. And, inform all employees that all windows and doors must remained closed.

Natural Sunlight

One of the least expensive and most effective energy efficient ways to keep your office warm this winter is to use natural sunlight to your advantage. You can start by opening all shades and curtains during daylight hours. Also, remove dark carpeting and paint the walls a light color that will more easily reflect natural light. If it is within you budget, you might also consider skylights and removing walls to create a more open floor plan so that both light and heat can more freely move about the office.

Seal Windows and Doors

It is also essential to ensure all your doors and windows are sealed properly. A significant percentage of heat is lost due to poorly insulated and sealed windows and doors. Be sure to check for leaks and consider adding more insulation. This will help to keep out harsh and bitterly cold winds and keep in the lovely comforting warm air.

Once you implement these energy efficient tips, your office will be a more pleasant environment and your company will
save a significant amount of money. And, by teaching these practices to your employees, they can implement the same practices at home to save money on their own.

LizzieWeakley

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The dog days of summer are almost upon you. This means that you need to find creative ways to survive those hot days and nights. Make your home your refuge by employing some of these strategies.

 

Invest in Fans

The whole purpose behind fans is to circulate the air around your home. You have two options when it comes to investing in fans for your home. Window fans are a good option for you to cool your home down over night. You can either vent out hot air or bring in cooler air. Another solution is to install ceiling fans around your home to make the room feel a little cooler.

 

Seal out Drafts

There are lots of ways that hot air settles in your home. Once it’s there, it can be difficult to remove. The best solution is to prevent as much hot air as possible from getting inside. Add insulation into areas of your home that are lacking. Upgrade your windows or at the very least, seal them up against the intrusion of the outside air.

 

Windows Provide Free Air Conditioning

Opening your windows up at night is another great way to bring down the temperature in your home. You may want to look into a locking mechanism that will allow you to leave your windows open all night safely. Close the windows in the morning so that you can trap the cooler air inside your home. Another way to block out the heat is to use your curtains to limit the amount of solar radiation that enters your home during the day.

 

Service Your AC Unit

An air conditioning unit that hasn’t been serviced in a while may not be operating at peak efficiency. This could be costing you a significant amount of money on your electric bill each month. Look into companies like HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric. They can make sure that your ac is up to par for the summer heat.

 

Get Ahead of the Heat

The cumulative effect of day after day of heat in your home makes it harder to keep cool. Program your thermostat at a moderate temperature so that you can avoid these spikes. Your unit only has to work harder when it needs to drastically cool your home down.

 

Sleeping in a hot house is uncomfortable. If you have kids, this may become impossible. Use these tips to help you have a cooler, more efficient home this summer.

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You have the opportunity to help the environment by upgrading your home and going green. Doing this will also make you feel like a better person and maybe save you money. Consider doing the right thing by conserving the environment and improving your home.

 

Insulate the House

 

Insulating your home doesn't have to be costly since there are plenty of options out there today. Besides this, reduce your carbon footprint and save up to 30% of energy per year. Weatherstripping doors and using eco-friendly caulk for air leaks in window panes, basements and attics are just a couple of simple solutions for greener living. Save money on energy bills by keeping air in.

 

Recycle Often

 

You can teach your family why recycling matters by placing bins in designated areas for a more sustainable home. In addition to this, your kids will learn the value of living by ethical standards. Learn more about which items can be recycled and how to do this by visiting educational websites like Recyclebank. You can also get crafty and repurpose clothing planting pots and more to keep them from filling up landfills. Finding creative solutions to problems can be a fun way to pass the time with family.

 

Add Native Plants

 

Native plants can add natural beauty and value to your home. These also attract butterflies, birds, bees and others. You'll be giving animals nesting areas, shelter, food and a safe place to escape predators. Do your part in saving the earth by making positive contributions to the ecosystem and animal welfare. You might want to consider septic treatment systems that save you money and time, and are more economical to maintain. In fact, you can feel proud of yourself for investing in a genuinely beautiful home and environmental conservation.

 

Natural Paint and Wallpaper

 

Conventional wallpaper and ordinary paint contain synthetic materials and harmful chemicals. Keep your family healthy by choosing products made from natural ingredients. You can even purchase wallpaper made of seagrass. Consider painting the walls with certified eco-friendly or recycled paint for your safety and as a wise sustainability choice. The Global Paint for Charity will use any leftover paint donations you may want to give away for global housing rehabilitation projects.

 

By protecting the earth's natural resources, you'll be protecting yourself, your family and your future. Besides this, feel less guilty for utilizing energy and other valuable resources excessively. Sleep with peace of mind and enjoy your home the right way.

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If you have recently decided to build a home and want to be as eco-friendly as possible, then you should consider using recyclable materials. Many people are surprised to hear that most homes can be built from the ground up with nothing but recyclables, and that practice is great for the environment. Here is a look at four ways that you can use recyclable materials during your home construction. 

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Glass Tile 
Even though porcelain is a popular building material, the tiles can give off VOCs when they are being cut to size. Glass tiles, on the other hand, are made from old pieces of glass that don’t contain any dangerous toxins or chemicals. Many companies now make these tiles out of old solar panels and windows that have been removed from skyscrapers. 

Ash Concrete 
There are a few different reasons why some constructions companies only use concrete that has been made with fly ash. In addition to being completely recyclable, ash concrete is also very easy to work with. This type of concrete is a great option for buildings that are going to be exposed to extreme temperatures as well. When the temperatures rise and drop throughout the year, traditional concrete could potentially crack. After recycled ash is added to concrete, the final material is much denser and stronger. 

Cypress Pine Flooring 
Investing in second-hand flooring is another great way to adopt recyclable materials into your home construction project. Used cypress pine is sought after by many people because it resists rot and doesn’t harm the environment. Some other good flooring options that you might want to consider include Baltic pine, bamboo, and Oregon timber. All woods used in second-hand flooring are made more durable by the recycling process, making it overall an excellent option for those who want wooden floors that last long and are environmentally sustainable.

Bark Siding 
For many years, tree bark was an unwanted byproduct created by the lumber industry, but that has recently changed. Recycled tree bark is now being used as siding because it is eye-catching, durable, and sustainable. As an added bonus, tree bark is also a great form of insulation. When bark siding is backed by a vapor barrier, it will limit heat transfer throughout your home, and that is going to lower your monthly energy bills. 

Sustainable construction materials are more affordable than ever, and using those materials to build your home is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment. With a little bit of research and some planning, you might be able to design the home of your dreams with nothing more than recyclable building supplies.

LizzieWeakley

If you feel that your company is losing energy, then it may be because your processes are no longer efficient. Fixing this issue may seem daunting, but we have four ideas that you may find attractive. Check out some excellent ways to cut energy consumption.

Invest in renewable energy

Industrial production accounts for over 30 percent of the energy America uses. Expert predictions say this number will rise by 11 percent in the next quarter of a century. By changing power sources to incorporate wind farms, solar panels, or biomasses, these companies can reduce power usage over 20 percent.

Upgrade old equipment

Worn out machinery is inefficient. Old equipment tends to break down more often. Maintenance crews lose precious work hours when machinery moves from helpful to sucking energy. Pulleys, brakes, wiring, and hydraulic equipment wears over time. There is a tipping point when equipment is past its life cycle. It is at this point the machinery stops being profitable.

With newer machines, a simple part change is effective. For example, buying new rotary shaft seals for various industries will keep the system running smoothly. There is no drag or hesitation in the equipment. When machines operate at an even keel, they use less energy.

Get an energy audit to find more efficient wiring methods

Energy audits discover places where businesses are losing energy. When electricity rates are high, the wiring or the machinery could be to blame. These inspections offer tips on ways to cut down lengthy stretches of wire. How to route tight areas, which wires are too small or large, and loose connections are a few things the inspector checks. Adding additional outlets or breakers can lower demand.

Cut down on duplicate functions

Sometimes, the simplest way to cut back on energy loss is by getting rid of doubles. For example, if you have two grinders, but people only use one, then shut the second one down until you need it. Automation is one of the most efficient ways to manage duplicates.

With regular inspections and a keen eye for detail, your business can save money on energy costs. Keeping machinery in tip-top shape, getting rid of worn items, and using automation can reduce utility usage. By simplifying production, you save time on processing adding more benefits. When you constantly evaluate the need for multiple machines, you will find more ways to save costs and consumption.

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Some business owners don’t recycle because they’re more focused on using their time to run their businesses and make revenues. They see the process of recycling as a waste of time. Their dumpsters overflow with items that should never go into landfills, including highly recyclable paper products and electronics that contain toxic components that can damage the environment and harm all forms of life. Some business owners do recycle, but they only recycle bulk items like used office paper, old newspapers and cardboard boxes, or they give these and other unwanted items away to recycling firms or junk haulers who provide free disposal.

These business owners fail to realize that almost every broken or used item in a business is a potential money maker:

 

Printer Cartridges

 

Whether you own printers that contain ink or toner, you don’t need to give the cartridges away to keep them out of landfills. Printer and cartridge manufacturers and computer and office supply retailers typically offer businesses a discount or credit toward future cartridge or other purchases in exchange for used ones. The process to acquire raw materials to make cartridges actually costs manufacturers more than recycling empty cartridges for the same purpose. If you want cash for your cartridges, you can also find plenty of refilled cartridge sellers online who buy empty cartridges. They usually offer free shipping as well.

 

Office Tech

 

Ink and toner cartridges aren’t the only office technology that you can recycle for money. You can also find both offline and online buyers through classified ads and local office equipment repair shops who purchase phones, computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners and all other electronics found in an office. If the equipment isn’t too old, they might buy the tech to use in their own offices or for parts. They might resell the equipment or parts to other people, including used equipment resellers and manufacturers. They might also buy the equipment to gain access to precious metals and other materials that they can upcycle into new parts or sell to scrap metal dealers.

 

Scrap Metal

 

Most business sites contain metals in one form or another that can be sold to scrap metal buyers for cash. Beyond office equipment that contains copper, gold, aluminum, steel and other recyclable metals, you can find a wide range of additional objects made with metals. For example, always collect aluminum cans around the office and at any special events that feature beverages in cans. Before you throw out broken chairs or tables that feature steel legs or other metal components, remove the metal and take it to the scrap dealer. If you’re planning a building renovation project, keep in mind that you can also sell old aluminum gutters and roof flashing, copper electrical wires and pipes and stainless steel sinks.

 

Wood Pallets

 

Instead of giving away wood shipping pallets to recyclers or the public, sell them to local manufacturers, pallet brokers and pallet recyclers who pay cash. Manufacturers reuse the pallets for shipments. Pallet brokers resell the pallets or wood. Pallet recyclers recondition the wood and then re-manufacture pallets from it, grind it into mulch, reuse it in other products or sell it to third parties. You might also try selling your wood pallets to members of the public who want to use them in craft projects, but wood pallets are often treated with harsh chemicals to prevent insect damage, disease and mold growth. Don’t sell any pallets this way unless you know that they are untreated and specifically produced with home recycling and safety in mind.

 

There is absolutely no reason that you should ever throw away free money. This is only a small sample of items around your business that you can recycle for cash. There are always people willing to purchase almost anything that a business might sell to them, including furniture, retail product shelves and building materials. You can even find people who buy old cracked or broken planters and pots, sections of sod, cut flowers and other unwanted outdoor items often thrown away after landscape maintenance or renovation. It’s time to add recycling to your revenue stream.

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More people are becoming more environmentally friendly. More of us are realizing how important it is to use various measures for a cleaner, healthier air for our families. And while many eco-friendly measures have been adopted in our homes, we can also implement these practices in our businesses.

Sustainability is often ignored in businesses, and as a result, there are more toxins released in the air which can cause different health ailments, ranging from allergies to even cancer. Because of this, it is vital to implement the sustainability of resources in your business, and the following includes four ways to implement sustainable usage of resources in your business:

Change Your Light Bulbs

 

Changing to LED lighting is great. These lightings utilize much lower energy than regular light bulbs. Also, these bulbs don’t have toxic gases, like mercury, that are contained by fluorescent and incandescent lights. And even though they are more expensive than other bulbs, they last five times longer than other bulbs as well.

Stop Using Plastic Bottles

 

There are millions of plastic waste bottle generated in the US every year even though some of these bottles were recycled. To reduce this ecosystem burden, installing a water filtration system is a good idea for your office. The water will be clean and fresh, and you will save money and time by eliminating the package water buying routine.

Use Green Vendors

 

From septic tanks to recycled paper for your printer, you can do business with reputable companies. Perform your due diligence in researching which companies are serious about their sustainability efforts. Doing this is key to finding the right vendors. Search for businesses that use energy-efficient manufacturing plants and vehicles.

Conserving Human Energy

 

An energetic, healthy staff is more productive and creative. To help keep your team healthy, you can serve healthy snacks at meetings, such as nuts, dark chocolate, and organic fruits and vegetables. You should also maintain a safe, non-toxic environment.

There are more toxins released in the air which can cause different health issues. In some cases, health issues can be dangerous. Nevertheless, we all can join the movement to sustain a healthier environment even at our companies.

Using these sustainable ways will help businesses significantly in this movement. Not only are more homes participating, but businesses are doing their part as well to make a difference.

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On average, American families use about 320 gallons of water daily; moreover, about 30 percent of that amount goes to outdoor purposes during summer months such as filling swimming pools or wading pools, watering the yard, washing the car and taking more showers.

As the southwest and other regions approach another year of drought or near drought conditions, it falls on Las Vegas homeowners and business owners to think of ways to conserve water.

Water is not an unlimited resource on planet earth; moreover, more water is consumed during the summer months than other times during the year. That said, according to some industry experts, such as
Rakeman Plumbing, it's recommended that the following seven ways be used to help conserve water during the hot summer season.

1- Setting Your Appliances Right

If you don't already have any in your household, then perhaps it's time to be thinking of gradually getting rid of your old appliances and replacing them with Energy Star efficient clothes washer and dishwasher appliances. Taking it even further, getting a low-flush, energy-efficient toilet alone shaves up to 40 to 50 percent off your water use.

2- Other Appliance Hacks

Using aerators or water flow-reducer attachments on your tap, faucets and shower-heads are other practical means to save on water as well. Also, running your clothes and dishwasher on a full load and on the shortest possible cycle goes a long way in conserving water as well.

3- Running Water

Never run water continuously when hand-washing dishes, brushing your teeth or even taking a shower. When washing dishes, partially fill a container or the sink with water and then use a spray attachment to rinse off the residue.

Brushing your teeth with the water shut off and using short bursts of water to rinse saves up to 60 percent of normal water use. That being said, if you have a house full of small children, then try putting them in all at the same time in the shower or the tub.

4- Using shut-off timers

When possible, and not turning on the sprinklers while you're at work, will further add to significant energy savings.
 

Saving water is not rocket science, but it does take discipline. However, by using the above mentioned top seven ways to conserve water, we'll all be off to a more water-sufficient summer. Choose wisely.

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Carbon emissions are a significant threat because they contribute to climate change. Climate change causes rising sea levels, extreme weather, and other problems that are currently facing our society. Many governments recognize this impact and are combating carbon emissions as a result. Here are just a few ways that world governments are taking a stand to reduce global emissions.

The Paris Agreement

This landmark decision was organized by the United Nations. It came into effect in December 2015. Simply put, this was a decision to hold governments responsible for reducing climate change. The goal is to keep the global temperature from rising to 2 degrees Celsius (35 degrees Farenheit) during this century. Ideally, it would even be below 1.5 Celsius (34 degrees Farenheit). This would be achieved through pooling together resources and improving technology to reduce industrial emissions. The Agreement will be revisited and updated every 5 years. While the United States has since pulled out of the agreement, other countries continue to stay in and work hard to lower their emissions for the safety of the planet.

Carbon Taxes

A carbon tax brings climate change responsibility closer to home. Carbon tax benefits include involving ordinary citizens in the effort against global warming. Each citizen (and, on a broader scale, industry) would be taxed according to the amount of carbon they produce on a regular basis. New York City is getting in on the game by imposing a "congestion pricing" plan. Taxi rates would go up the longer they sit in traffic. The money would then be returned equally among citizens through dividends, meaning that those who produced the least amount of carbon emissions would profit the greatest in the end. While there are concerns on how this would affect lower-income demographics, those working on the plan continue to change their approach to better suit the needs of modern citizens.

Rewards for Clean Energy Efforts

This financial benefit goes hand-in-hand with carbon taxes. In the United States, as well as other westernized countries, businesses can offset their carbon emissions by purchasing clean energy credits. Incentives include greater reliance on solar energy or wind power. Many rewards can come down on the local level as well. Some states provide tax reductions for installing solar panels. People who use solar panels can "sell" the electricity they generate back to the grid. Doing this gives profit to those individuals and companies who invest in renewable energy sources and works as a strong incentive toward more responsible business practices.

Public Transportation Initiatives

Not all cities are well known for having a good public transportation infrastructure. There are a few that are working to change that. For example, Indianapolis has instituted their Red Line Bus Service. It is a rapid-transit line that runs entirely on electricity. Other initiatives include making Denver, Colorado, a more walkable city by putting in parks. The city also wants to ensure a majority of residents live closer to public transportation in order to cut down on automobile emissions.

Individuals can support their governments in these efforts as well. Installing solar panels in your home and using carbon calculators are great ways to inspire grassroots-level change. Recycling and supporting environmentally-conscious companies can also be a major step in the right direction. Climate change affects us all and it's important to get involved in whatever way we can.

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People are rapidly becoming more environmentally conscious, and most want to see that reflected in the businesses with which they choose to work. If you run a construction business, it's wise from both an environmental and business standpoint to look into ways to become more eco-friendly. Below are a handful of changes you can make that will have a positive impact on the environment. 

Recycle Your Materials

Your first step in becoming eco-friendly has to do not with what you will use, but with what you've already used. Take a look at what you've got left after a job and then determine the best way to deal with that material. In some cases, you can hold onto it and use it for another job. In others, a trip down to the scrap yard or recycling center might be more environmentally friendly. The goal is to avoid throwing away anything that can be reused. 

Use Recycled Products

There are plenty of other companies that are working just as hard as you to be eco-friendly, so why not contribute by using their recycled products? Reclaimed wood, recycled construction materials, and even second-hand materials can be just as good as buying new but they have far less of an environmental impact. Whenever safety and budget allow, make sure that you use recycled materials in your projects. 

Go Energy Efficient

The equipment you use can be a major cause of environmental damage, so take some time to figure out how to reduce that impact. Using equipment that is more energy friendly is great for the environment and it can actually save you money over the course of several jobs. While you might need to make an investment in new, more efficient tools, you'll end up saving money once you look at how much your fuel costs have dropped.

Consult an Expert

Environmental engineers will not only be able to give you a better idea of the environmental impact of your current projects, but they can also help you to figure out ways to be more eco-friendly with future builds. Taking some time to look for environmental consulting can help you to ensure that your plans for environmental responsibility get a professional seal of approval. 

Becoming more ecologically friendly means taking some time to examine your current practices and to figure out what needs to be changed. Adapt where you can, but don't be afraid to try something entirely new if that will make an impact. If you're willing to make radical changes, you can do your part to help the environment.

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When it comes to environmental responsibility, Australians are among the leading citizens who are striving to do their part. Many Australians understand the importance of global conservation and have made efforts to protect the planet’s vital ecosystems. This includes personal life choices as well as enacting eco-friendly governmental policies to protect their local environment. Here are some of the main ways that many Australians are protecting the planet. 

Implementing Strict Pet Travel Laws 

Australia has some of the strictest laws in the world that govern how pets are allowed to travel and which types of species are allowed to enter the country. Many of these laws are intended to prevent foreign species migration that has historically been known to wreak widespread havoc on the country’s crops and ecosystems. Australia even requires all cats and dogs that are brought into the country to have special microchips implanted to show that each pet meets strict health standards. This prevents the spread of parasites and diseases that could be transmitted to their own wild and domestic animals.

Eliminating Plastic Bags 

Numerous Australian companies have worked to eliminate plastic bag usage to help the environment. Unlike other materials, plastic isn’t biodegradable and remains in existence indefinitely. Discarded plastic bags that end up on roadways, in oceans or in other areas where they don’t belong can be deadly for animals that unknowingly ingest them. To try to solve this problem, nationwide efforts in Australia have been made to encourage shoppers to use reusable bags made of cloth and other material so that plastic bags no longer need to be used. Shoppers who opt for single-use plastic bags are often charged an additional fee by stores. 

Switching to Septic Systems 

Instead of using standard sewer lines that contribute to water pollution from human waste, many Australians are having domestic septic tanks installed on their properties. These special tanks are able to clean and conserve water instead of sending it out to the ocean. Once these tanks are full, they can be emptied by professionals with little hassle. This prevents a lot of the problems that come from the traditional sewage systems that dump wastewater into local lakes, rivers, and oceans. This introduces contaminants to different ecosystems, whereas domestic septic tanks treat the water on site and allow for much of the wastewater to even be recycled back into the home for use in lawn sprinklers and toilets.

Installing Solar Panels 

Solar panels offer a great way to get energy from the renewable sources, and large numbers of Australians have had these panels installed on their properties. Solar panels offer a better, greener alternative to getting power from more environmentally hazardous sources such as gas, coal or electricity. People living in the country have also come to love solar energy because of its cost-effectiveness and ability to lower utility bills. Entire communities in Australia have been constructed surrounding the ideals of renewable living, and solar panels play a significant role in powering these communities.

Australians take pride in their efforts to protect the environment. While they, like the rest of the world, aren’t perfect yet, they strive to improve their policies and protect their local and global environment. Other countries can learn from Australia’s conservation efforts and follow suit to make the planet safer for all people, animals and ecosystems.

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There are a few tips that you can use for making recycling easier in your office.

 

Situation

 

The first tip is to survey the current waste management situation of your company. Before you add any additional recycling measures, then you want to assess the situation. This is the best way that you are going to be able to create a plan of action for executing the recycling initiatives into your company. Therefore, you are going to need to try to understand how much waste your company is going to go through during the week. This will allow you to see how much of the waste can be recycled.

 

Simple

 

The second tip is to make the process of recycling as simple as possible. This is one of the best ways that you are going to be able to encourage recycling inside of the workplace. Therefore, you will need to make the recycling places convenient for the employees along with being accessible. The bins are going to need to be located throughout the workplace. Consider talking to a dumpster rental company to make sure you have all the bins you will need. It is also important to label the recycling bins so that the employees are going to know exactly what they are supposed to be putting inside of the bins. When they don't know, there is a good chance that it will just go in the trash.

 

Reminders

 

The third tip is to make sure that you post regular reminders for the employees about the recycling. There are some people who are going to have a passion for recycling, so they are going to go out of their way to recycle items. But there are some people are going to feel indifferent about the recycling, then they are probably not going to think about recycling. These are the people who are going to need the reminders more than others. They need to be aware of that recycling is a part of the business.

 

Competition

 

The fourth tip is to foster some competition among the employees when it comes to the recycling inside of the workplace. Competition is one of the best ways to get your employees to do things. It is important to remember that people don't like being told what you want them to do but they are going to love to win. The competition will need to be an interactive experience for the employees. You should keep constant updates on the competition so that you can alert the employees of who is actually winning the recycling competition.

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If you run a business that needs a new location built or own a company that manages commercial construction projects, there are some ways that you can help ensure the work is done in the most ethical way possible. Sticking to a strong code of ethics throughout the construction project can be good for both you and the world around you. Here are four tips for ethical management of new company construction projects.

Recycle Materials

Many of the materials that are used in construction projects can be recycled. All too often, leftover materials that could have been recycled end up in the trash that goes to landfills and creates additional environmental hazards. Most types of plastics and metals are recyclable. Glass and wood can also be repurposed for future use. Another great way to show environmental responsibility is by purchasing construction materials that are made from recycled products.

Hire Local-Based Labor

Hiring locally instead of bringing in staff members from other cities, states or countries can be better for the local economy and provide more people with jobs. Hiring locally also makes it easier for you to find the most qualified and ethical staff members and run the appropriate background checks on them. Labor Works is just one of many staffing companies that can supply you with the employees you need to complete your construction project.

Go Above and Beyond Safety Measures

In addition to meeting the standard safety measures, you can put in more effort to ensure that everyone at the construction site stays safe. This includes providing extra safety for your construction workers along with any other employees who might be working at the site. A great way to learn about the proper safety measures that you should be taking and the extra things that you can do to keep everyone safe is to read the guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

Use High-Quality, Low-Emission Machinery

There are many types of construction machinery that emit low amounts of pollutants while still being excellent in quality. Other types of machinery often emit more pollutants that can diminish air quality and contribute to more harmful effects of greenhouse gases. Making sure that high-quality, low-emission machinery is used in your construction can help your business reduce its carbon footprint. Tractors, forklifts and generators are just a few types of construction machinery that come in low-emission models.

Ethical construction management is possible with the right planning, equipment and staff. You’re sure to see many benefits when you maintain an ethical commercial construction project.

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There are lots of perks to installing more energy efficient windows in your home. Some of the benefits provide more of a cost incentive than others. Here are just a few of the reasons that having more energy efficient windows will be good for your home.

 

Lower Heating and Cooling Bills

One of the best benefits that you can receive from a monetary standpoint from new windows is that your heating and cooling bills can be lower. New windows tend to be more energy efficient. This means that you’ll most likely notice less drafts around your house. Older windows often allowed air to enter and exit your home freely. This meant that it was costing you more to maintain the temperature in your home.

 

Maintained Home Comfort

Newer windows are better at warding off temperature fluctuations in your home. What this means for you is that you can more easily maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home. A comfortable home is more of a luxury when it comes to the costs associated with installing more energy efficient windows. Look into using a company like Edelen Door and Window to help you through the process.

 

Decreased Sound Pollution

You may be surprised to learn that energy efficient windows can also make your home quieter. This is because they’re better sealed and tend to be better at dampening the sound. That means that not only does less sound enter your home, but less sounds will leave your home as well. You don’t have to worry about the neighbors complaining about your loud movie night with the family.

 

Protected Home Finishes

One of the new features on energy efficient windows is that they provide better shielding from solar radiation. You can even add an extra layer of shielding to reduce solar radiation from entering your home. It’s the solar radiation that can cause your flooring to become discolored over time. This is even more apparent if you have wood flooring in your home. Areas that are protected from the sun tend to be lighter in color than those that are exposed to the sun.

 

There are of course the better known reasons that installing energy efficient windows is the right choice for your home. Consider some of these lesser known perks if you’re torn about whether to spend the money on new windows right now. Your home is an investment, but you should also enjoy living in your home for years to come.

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You already know the importance of recycling paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other common household items. However, you might not be aware of the many other materials that might be around your home that can be recycled. Here are four surprising household items that you can recycle.

Plant Pots

If you’re tempted to discard old plant pots that you no longer need in the trash, you should think again. Most plant pots are made from plastic and other recyclable materials that can be used to make new pots or other items. Many municipal curbside recycling programs allow plant pots to be included in recycle bins for pickup. Another option is to take old pots to a hardware store that accepts them for recycling.

Mattresses

The mattresses that you use on the beds in your home can also be recycled when you’re ready to replace them. Some mattresses contain chemicals that are potentially harmful to the environment, so giving them to a recycler that accepts old mattresses will be a good idea. The springs in mattresses along with old bed frames can be recycled as well.

Refrigerators

Even though it may initially seem easier to have an old refrigerator hauled away to the dump, you should be aware of the chemicals that are found in refrigerators that can negatively impact delicate ecosystems if they’re released into the environment. Many of the metals that refrigerators contain can be given to scrap metal services for recycling. Other components of a refrigerator can be recycled at a recycling center. You’ll want to make sure that any recycler you’re thinking of giving your old refrigerator to removes Freon. If they don’t remove Freon, you’ll need to have a professional remove it first before your refrigerator can be recycled.

Crayons

Coloring crayons that children often use can be recycled by either giving them away to other children who are in need or using old bits to make new crayons. In certain recycling facilities, old crayon bits are divided into smaller pieces and placed in an oven with high heat. The heat from the oven melts the wax into a liquid substance, which is then poured into molds to make new crayons.

There are many ways to do your part for the planet by recycling. Making yourself aware of all the items and other materials around your home that are recyclable can help you adopt better green living habits.

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Many homeowners believe that they have little choice about how much money they must spend on their electric bills. They think that they have limited options because of various common factors that influence energy usage, such as the size of their homes and seasonal temperatures in their geographic locations. Yet, you don’t have to settle for the amount that you see on your average bill every month. A wide variety of technologies exist that can help lower energy costs. Consider the following easy changes that you can make around your home:

Lights

A home’s lights are typically a huge source of power consumption. People often buy light bulbs that use too much energy and forget to shut off lights when they go to bed or away for work or vacation. You can fix both of these problems with two simple swaps: Invest in energy-efficient LED light bulbs that use less energy than CFLs. Additionally, invest in light dimmers, timer switches and sunlight sensors. Dimmers can reduce the energy needed to run LED bulbs when you turn down the lights. Timers turn off the lights at a specific preset time. Sunlight sensors automatically switch off bulbs during the day.

Outlets

A lot of appliances and electronics consume power even when you’re not using them because they’re designed to remain in standby mode. Some devices also have internal clocks backed up by batteries that recharge while in standby. This type of power usage is referred to as a vampire power drain or an electricity leak. To save energy and money, swap out regular surge protectors that you’ve attached to these devices with timer-style ones. Surge protectors that feature timers block access to power after so much time of non-use has passed or at a preset time of day or night.

HVAC

Some people change thermostat settings based on how they feel at any particular moment. Unnecessary power usage occurs when they forget to re-adjust the settings later. Multiple people in a home manually controlling the thermostat compound the problem. Also, some people use temperature estimates to set their thermostats before leaving home and later discover that the estimates were wrong. To reduce these incidents, swap out your existing thermostat with a smart home temperature-monitoring one that adjusts heating and cooling systems automatically based on both your settings and real-time outdoor temperatures. Pick a thermostat that also offers remote app access so you can make additional adjustments as needed even when you’re not at home.

Windows

Homeowners often waste energy on cooling costs because they invest in the wrong types of window coverings. To decrease the amount of sunlight and associated heat that enters their homes from windows, many people use curtains. Fabric can absorb heat. It can also block cool air from entering your home. Invest in better options to reflect heat away and maintain air flow. Swap out your existing window coverings with shutters that you can adjust manually or automatically with a timer. Shutters also make it possible for you to reduce electric light usage by illuminating the interior of your home with indirect sunlight.

Of course, there are plenty of other less simple swaps you can make in your home to lower energy beyond the four mentioned here. For example, you might replace older appliances in the kitchen or old wiring in the walls with newer, energy-efficient options. Make a list of your ideas and start with the simple ones today. As time and your budget allows, move on to the less simple ones that can provide you with long-term energy savings.

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The world is changing and becoming aware of toxins and chemicals that are harmful to their health. This is one reason the health revolution seems to be sticking. People are opting for natural or homemade cleaning solutions that contain ingredients they can read. This change is not only happening at home because businesses are now opting for green cleaning solutions for some of the following reasons.

 

For Those with Chemical Sensitivity

Some people are allergic to certain chemicals and break out in hives or experience other uncomfortable symptoms when toxic chemicals are used around them. Employers are doing their best to accommodate these people. Customers will be more inclined to go to a establishment that cares about their customers. Employees will also feel the same, which will help with employee retention.

 

Boost Public Image

More people are caring about the environment, and many know that toxic, man-made chemicals can harm the environment. Letting customers know that you use a janitorial service like Peerless Building Maintenance that uses products with the green seal will help boost your credibility in the community and with potential patrons. The green seal ensures that the products used to clean up your space do not harm the environment, which can also boost word-of-mouth.

 

Can Be an Affordable Option

Many business owners might assume that opting for green cleaning solutions means they will have to spend a lot of money, but that may not be the case. Since the products are made with natural ingredients, it is possible that some of the cleaning solutions will be relatively cheap. For example, the cleaning power behind plain old vinegar is well-known, and it is a cheap solution that won’t take a huge bite out of your budget.

 

Boost Productivity

Many are discovering that scents like lavender and peppermint have a calming effect on people. The essential oils commonly used in natural cleaning products are known to help people clear their minds, which will allow your employees and yourself to work in a healthful environment. There is no doubt that this natural boost will likely improve productivity. This is good for workers, but it is also good for customers as they will be greeted by and helped by happier employees.

 

These reasons should help encourage you to move toward greener cleaning options. You will be helping the environment and future generations, but you will also be helping customers and employees. This step may even boost revenue. Talk to a cleaning specialist to see what natural options are available to you.

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Making burial arrangements for a loved one is incredibly overwhelming. If a traditional burial isn’t an option, there are several other alternatives to choose from. Consider the following options.

Biodegradable Burial Pods

Ecologically-conscious friends and family members often hope to fulfill their loved one’s last wishes with the burial. Biodegradable burial pods give family and friends the option to honor their loved one’s life by transforming their body into the gift of life. This organic capsule is biodegradable, allowing plant life to flourish above ground.

This option is recommended for anyone that has spent the majority of their life in service to the environment. As traditional burials utilize materials that aren't biodegradable, the option of using an eco-friendly pod will give your loved one the chance to promote sustainability, even in the afterlife.

Flame Cremation

50% of Americans use flame cremation as opposed to traditional burial options. Many people consider cremation as an option as it is an instantaneous process that will transform their loved one into ashes that they can keep with them at all times. Cremation gives family and friends the chance to keep their ashes in keepsakes like a bullet necklace for ashes or an urn. This way, their loved one will always be close to them.

Sea Burial

A burial at sea is a common choice for veterans of the military but can be an option for anyone. Sea burials typically are typically performed with the scattering of cremated ashes but this option is also possible for those interested in a full-body burial. As this form of burial is regulated by the EPA, a specialized burial cloth and casket are required for full-body burials at sea.

Aquamation

Though cremation is another option for loved ones seeking an alternative to traditional burials, the process can seem environmentally destructive and unethical to some. With aquamation or alkaline hydrolysis, the body is gently transformed into dust and ash. In this process, the water and alkali are heated to return the body to the most natural element. After it is dissolved by water, the ash and dust can then return to the earth.

The type of burial chosen for a loved one should be deeply personal to you and your family. Use these suggestions at this difficult time to choose the best way to honor the life of your loved one.

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Efficient energy is something that the world desperately needs now. Growing populations in many areas of the world have stretched the needs of energy suppliers who often need to struggle to keep up with the demand. For many populations in need, the existing infrastructure cannot keep up with the demands. In other cases, the supply of energy is too expensive for the community.

1. Much of the World Lives Without Electricity

Many find it hard to believe, but experts estimate that, by 2035, there will still be one or two billion people living without access to power. Most of these people live in developing countries where economic resources to get electricity are rare. Some of the solutions that people in this situation require use a lot of power making efficiency more important. Professionals need to find a careful balance between meeting demand while keeping the energy sources efficient.

2. Some Places Require Greatly Increased Capacity

Although power plants will expand by a relatively small margin, some areas will require a large installed capacity rate. For example, if Sub-Saharan Africa were to increase their capacity to match that of South Africa's, the increase would need to be by 33 percent. Many companies, such as
Opportune, work to explore economic solutions where places in need of more power can meet their demands.

3. Greater Efficiency Saves Money

Efficient energy has fewer costs for both suppliers and customers, which is a winning situation all around. It is easier to expand energy resources in growing areas when residents have economic choices. In areas where people are receiving electricity for the first time, economical options make the delivery easier. As these communities save money, they will have more to reinvest when they must upgrade their infrastructure.

4. Efficient Options Help the Economy

There are many ways in which efficient energy helps boost the economy. People who don't need to spend as much on energy costs can spend more in their local economy. Another advantage of efficient energy is the fact that it encourages further innovations and also encourages job growth to help deliver more energy. This combination is one that has the greatest overall benefit.

As the world's population grows, efficient sources will become more necessary. However, there are many power-related resources available to help make energy more efficient as the demand grows. Professionals in the industry are dedicated to working hard to ensure that the growth and efficiency can keep up with the demand.

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Although we wish that large corporations would implement more green alternatives into their day to day, the fact is that because of their size; it simply may be impossible. However, one particular area of the business community does hold that power. The small business community is able to implement these features quicker and more efficient due to their smaller status. Not only is going green a great way to protect the environment, but it can also save a good amount of money on your yearly budget. The following list entails four inexpensive ways your business can start being greener today.

 

Allow People to Go Paperless

 

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to update your company to go green is to offer your customers or clients the ability to receive everything electronic. Often when large deals are in play, clients and vendors tend to provide both electronic and paper copies of their orders. This, of course, can really accumulate very quickly. In fact, according to The Daily Green, over 25% of our nation's landfills consist of paper. One of the reasons more companies don't follow this is because they are told they should completely eliminate paper. This, of course, is an impossible thing to do within any business. However, by actively attempting to eliminate the use of paper as much as you can is a way better strategy than trying to run a business without it.

 

Office Lighting

 

Keeping an office lit up for eight-plus hours a day plus outdoor lights that may be on throughout the night can be both harmful to the environment and to your pockets. Therefore, our second tip to update your company to a greener alternative is to eliminate the traditional light bulb. You could either invest in longer-lasting light bulbs that, although cost more, will provide you with a longer-lasting energy source, or you can invest in motion lighting. Motion lighting will essentially turn off any lights within rooms not being used. This can really help you save on your electric bills as unnecessary lights will be automatically turned off.

 

Window Sealing

 

You might be thinking to yourself that your business is pretty well insulated. However, there are areas that are often overlooked and often the major cause of lost energy. The most common are poorly insulated windows. Older buildings tend to have this issue, but over time, even new buildings will experience it as well. The best way to protect your energy costs and reduce the amount you use is to seal your windows. These sealers are easy to use and find, or you can hire a professional such as a hermetic sealing solutions provider in order to get the job done well and right the first time.

 

Start a Recycling Program

 

Even when companies opt-in for greener alternatives such as energy-efficient light bulbs or going paperless, the fact is that you will still be throwing out the trash every day. Often this trash is compiled into a single can that goes into a single trash compactor at the end of the day. Therefore, a great and easy solution to implement into your company is to start adding recycling bins in your offices. Motivate your staff to throw their trash out accordingly so recyclable items can be processed and reused in your city's facility.

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As society becomes more environmentally aware, everyone should do their part to become more Eco-friendly. There are plenty of small steps that can make a big difference. Any type of business can help to protect the environment by following steps like these.4 Important Steps for Making Your Business More Eco-Friendly.PNG

Conserve Utilities

No matter a company’s size, it is a good idea to turn off unused utilities to reduce usage and cut costs. Empty offices and unscheduled conference rooms do not need lights or air conditioning. Energy-efficient lighting for security purposes can be utilized when the building is empty at night. Equipment that must be left on for occasional access like a printer or copier can be set to the “sleep” mode or a similar setting to limit usage.

Recycle When Possible

Set up one or more recycle bins. One can be for used paper that should be shredded first for confidentiality purposes. Another bin can collect bottles, cans, or other company waste that can be picked up by the local recycling company or sold as scrap for money to be added to the operating budget. Departments could run contests to see who can collect the most recyclables within a certain period, with the winners receiving a pizza lunch or other perk.

Adopt Eco-Friendly Policies

Develop an environment-oriented policy that can be added to employee handbooks. It should describe the ways in which everyone can make the business more environmentally responsible. The aforementioned energy usage reduction and recycling bins can be the first steps of the policy. Buying Eco-safe chemicals or products is another important step. Reusing or repurposing older equipment or furniture can help to prevent excessive waste.

Dispose of Eco-Hazards Responsibly

Companies that work with bio-hazards or any kind of Eco-hazards should find out how to use and dispose of them legally. It would be helpful to contact an environmental law practice for information about local environment protection laws and how to avoid violations. An attorney or an environmental specialist could make a presentation to company employees to explain how to dispose of toxic waste or products that could negatively impact the environment through airborne, ground water, or soil contamination.

Becoming aware of Eco-issues is the first step. Taking action to implement Eco-friendly practices and products is the second step. Training employees to be environmentally conscious can lead to a safer and healthier workplace and surrounding community. Make your business more environmentally aware and legally compliant.

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