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HannahWhittenly

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People are constantly searching for ways to be sustainable and eco-friendly in the modern world. Their reasons for that are completely understandable as well. If you want to invest in electricity that can benefit the environment, you should put your focus on components that are renewable. Buying them doesn’t have to be a hassle.

Take Your Search to the Internet

Many companies that sell renewable electrical parts have a presence on the Internet. That’s good news for people who are conscious about maintaining the environment. That’s because it gives them the ability to complete their purchases online. If you’re keen on green power and its potential, you can use online retailers to shop for carbon offsets, lighting, and many other things that can help.

Look for Businesses in Your Area

People do not necessarily have to go online to manage renewable electrical product purchases. There are actually many brick-and-mortar businesses that sell items that are part of this category. Getting your hands on these products in person can help save you effort. It can give you the option to look at things with your own eyes as well. If you’re all about minimizing your carbon footprint, you should look for nearby stores that can accommodate your wishes.

Do Sufficient Research

If you want to have a well-rounded and logical eco-friendly electricity arrangement, then you need to take care and do research in advance. Figure out exactly what you need and don’t need. This can save you from a lot of frustration when searching for individual items. You may want to buy an AC current switch as well. These are popular items among many individuals these days who are passionate about renewable energy.

Get Good Recommendations

You probably know a few people who are just as committed to helping the environment as you are. Feel free to get renewable electrical component product suggestions from them. They may be able to point you to businesses that have large and varied product selections. They may be able to introduce you to books and magazines that can help you pick out the most trustworthy manufacturers out there as well. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who have experience and insight regarding renewable electrical components.

You should never be lazy about sustainability. If you can’t find the renewable products you need, take your search somewhere else. You’re bound to find what you need somewhere. You should always be devoted to doing positive things for this magnificent planet.

HannahWhittenly

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Old electrical components fill up entire portion of landfills. Many of these parts could be used to make new electrical components. Here are some of the ways that society should focus its efforts on recycling over disposing of electrical waste.

Create a Program

A program needs to be implemented in cities so that you’re aware of how to go about recycling electrical components. Some cities have taken the initiative on this step and have implemented a recycling depot. These depots collect all of the electrical waste that you discard. In some places, you’re asked to bring your old components to these drop-off sites for proper disposal. Once the material has been collected, it can be repurposed.

Reuse Parts

Many of the components contained within these electrical devices still have some value. This could be in the form of gold and copper that is used to aid the flow of electricity. You can do this step at home as well. Remove the portions that still have value and repurpose them into another form. Facilities can become a certified recycler for these types of components. This allows for the proper disposal and reuse of potentially toxic substances.

Focus on New Forms

Many of the components that have value can be used in order to create new products. This can be done in an industrial setting using an industrial transformer in order to aid with the correct voltage of electricity for the machinery. Another benefit of having a centralized area for generating new components is that less electricity is used for their creation. You can also reuse some computer and other electrical components making new items for around the house.

Advertise Your Efforts

Advertising the fact that these efforts are ongoing is important. You can assist with this process by letting others know about the importance of recycling electrical components. If they aren’t disposed of properly, many of these items can be detrimental to the environment. Melting the usable portions down and reusing them could help you to have a greener source of energy. It takes time to mine and refine the minerals that are used to make new components. You already have a source to help keep the environment a little cleaner in your own home.

There are lots of ways that recycling old electrical components can help efforts to make green electricity. Advocate your local community leaders to develop a recycling program if one doesn’t already exist in your area.

HannahWhittenly

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Having clean water is something that many people in the US take for granted. Wastewater treatment plants make sure that the water that comes out of your tap is clean and safe for you to drink. Here are some of the ways that wastewater treatment plants can make their processes greener.

Use Natural Slope Assistance

The lay of the land should be taken into consideration when it comes to treating sewage. Many plants will pump the sewage up and into the treatment facility. This can use a tremendous amount of energy just getting the water inside. The best way to reduce this waste is to position the treatment facility in such a way as to allow the natural slope of the land to direct the flow. A little bit of pumping assistance may be required, but it will use less energy overall.

Smaller Systems Create Less Waste

Many communities will have one large wastewater treatment facility. Some companies, like Econocycle, know that this then requires that all of the waste from the city is transported to one place. Having smaller treatment areas reduces the amount of waste that is traveling long distances. This uses less energy and causes less destruction to the local environment. These smaller systems can also use less chemicals to treat the water due to the smaller volume that needs to be processed.

Soil Filtration Methods

There are safer methods in which to treat sewage and waste. Soil filtration is one of the more environmentally safe wastewater treatment methods. The soil itself acts as a buffer to remove much of the contaminants that exist in the waste. This method has long been used when it comes to your home septic tank system. Community treatment facilities rely more on other methods of reducing the amount of contaminants that reenter the water supply.

Renewable Energy Sources

Even in the greenest wastewater treatment facility, some energy is required. Employing greener methods with renewable energy sources can ensure that the facility is as green as possible. Solar panels are easy to install on any building that gets a significant amount of sun. Wind turbines may also be another method to consider for treatment facilities that are outside of the city limits. All of these factors combined help to reduce the carbon footprint of the sewage and wastewater treatment process.

Treating raw sewage before it can contaminant streams and rivers is important. It’s also important to be mindful of doing so in the most efficient and eco-friendly manner possible.

HannahWhittenly

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Energy efficiency is one of the smartest contributions you can make to your household budget and to the future of our planet. If you adopt just one single eco-friendly strategy listed herein, Mother Nature and your wallet will certainly thank you. Some of the strategies may require you to make an initial investment that will eventually pay for itself in terms of savings. With this in mind, here are four strategies to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Switch to LED or CFL Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent lamps and LED light bulbs are between 35 to 65 percent more efficient than their traditional counterparts. Depending on your lighting usage patterns and the number of illuminated spaces in your house, you could save between $40 and $60 per year with LED bulbs. Keep in mind that keeping lights on during the daytime will result in higher electricity bills.

Choose Smart Ways to Conserve Water

Municipal utilities are forced to apply a substantial amount of energy to pump drinking water to your house. At a time when major cities such as Cape Town in South Africa are suffering major water shortages, you should do your best to conserve water at home. Three tips to get started: install low-flow shower heads and faucets, wash only full loads of laundry, and turn off water that you’re not using when you shower or brush your teeth.

Bury Your Electric Cables

Exposed and aerial electrical cables are at a higher risk of becoming damaged. A smarter and more energy-efficient way of organizing electrical wires and cables is to bury them. Underground wiring installation minimize the risk of power failure due to damage to electrical cables during extreme weather conditions. This is something to be done by a trained professional, however, like those from Motor Shop Electrical Construction Co.

Modernize Your HVAC System

If you live in a warm region, chances are that your air conditioning unit is the most expensive line item in your monthly electricity bill. For this reason, you should invest in a smart thermostat and an overall upgrade. This does not mean that you will have to replace your compressor. Depending on the age and condition of your A/C unit, a seasonal tune-up may be all you need to make it energy-efficient.

In the end, you should strive to adopt the four strategies listed above and conduct further research on household energy efficiency. Learning more about this subject may prompt to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle that can holistically improve your health.

HannahWhittenly

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Water pollution has many negative effects on the planet. This problem impacts us in more ways than you may have realized and has led to many devastating long-term consequences. Here are some of the main ways that water pollution affects us all.

Soil Contamination

Water that’s filled with pollutants can saturate soil and cause many problems. Grass, trees and crops are often not able to grow when the soil is heavily contaminated from water pollution. Contaminants from water may also cause the soil to erode faster and pose landslide and flood risks. Soil that has been affected by water pollution is often less stable and unsafe for building houses. Furthermore, contaminated soil can run off into other bodies of water and taint those water sources as well.

Unsafe Drinking Water

Many agents can be found in polluted drinking water that are hazardous for humans to consume. Even though most municipalities in the U.S. carefully monitor their drinking water for contaminants, water pollution is still a major problem in some communities. Polluted water may contain contaminants like arsenic, lead and petrochemicals, which may increase cancer and other health risks. Drinking polluted water can also cause dental problems such as teeth yellowing and cavities. A water filtration system is often effective in filtering out many contaminants from drinking water.

Food Chain Disruption

Water pollution can greatly disrupt the food chain and affect the food supply for societies around the world. Many animals that serve as the food sources for other species have died from the effects of water pollution. Fish that ingest pollutants and then are eaten by humans and other marine life can also cause serious health problems. Smaller fish are known to ingest lead and cadmium and can end up killing larger aquatic species that feed on them. Farm animals that get contaminated water into their systems can also disrupt the food chain.

The Spread of Diseases

Drinking, bathing with or swimming in polluted water can put you in contact with germs and viruses that are linked to certain diseases. Typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A are just a few of the diseases that are linked to contaminated water. Bacteria in polluted water that enters the mouth and nose can also cause dysentery. The EPA states that swimming in water contaminated with sewage can cause stomach aches, vomiting and other problems associated with gastroenteritis. Disease transmission can be even easier through open wounds.

People, animals and the environment all bear the brunt of water pollution. It’s important that you take the right precautions and get your community involved to combat this problem

HannahWhittenly

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A lot of the ways that you can save energy this summer can also help keep your home cooler. Keep an eye of the weather forecast so that you can plan ahead appropriately to save the most energy. Here are just a few tricks that you can use to save some energy this summer.

Invest in Outdoor Cooking Options

Running your oven causes heat to become trapped in your home. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to live on raw or cold food all summer. Look into outdoor cooking options like a barbecue. This will allow you to make all of those fun summer foods without having to heat up your home. It also uses less energy to use other methods for cooking. Crock pots and toaster ovens are another solution to simple cooking that uses less electricity.

Upgrade Your HVAC System

An older HVAC system requires more energy to maintain the temperature in your home. If your HVAC system is older than 20 years, it’s time to get a replacement anyway. There are even tax rebates for certain types of ac replacement options. For newer HVAC systems, consider having it serviced to help to improve its efficiency. Change out the filter so that you can get the maximum amount of benefit from your unit. Shop around so that you can found the right solution for you.

Use Natural Cooling Sources

Your windows are a great way to cool your home down for free. Open them up at night when the outside air is cooler than the inside air. You may want to invest in window locking features so that you can protect your home and your kids. When the sun comes up in the morning, close your windows to trap the cool air inside. Close your curtains to block out some of the solar radiation from entering your home during the day.

Replace Outdated Lighting

Older light bulbs put out a little bit of heat. The bigger concern with older lightbulbs is that they consume larger quantities of energy over their newer counterparts. LED bulbs are designed to use a fraction of the energy and will last years longer. Another thing that you can do to reduce your energy consumption is to use natural light to your advantage. Open up your curtains when the sun isn’t streaming into the window.

Saving energy this summer is as hard or as easy as you make it. Take a look around your home so that you can determine the best way to do so.

HannahWhittenly

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No one wants to consider themselves as wasteful. While you might know you’re not perfect, you try your best. At least, that’s what you think. It turns out being wasteful can be a cumulative action that adds up through much passivity. In order to be environmentally-conscious, you need to be conscious of your relationship with the environment. These are four ways you might be contributing to the world’s waste without realizing it.

Plastic Bags

You might have a whole houseful of plastic bags that you don’t know what to do with. All those trips to the grocery can add up. However, it’s not just your wallet that can take a hit. Plastic takes a substantial amount of time to break down. A great solution is to purchase a few reusable grocery bags made of sturdy material like canvas. These bags can also save you from making multiple trips to your car, based on how much they hold.

Disposable Razors

Are you running through razors like crazy? As we said previously, all that plastic can really contribute to landfills. Thankfully, you can nix the disposable razors and have a much better experience. A high-quality electric razor can be one of your best purchases. Instead of having an average shave with a razor you’ll quickly throw away, you can have a great shave with one that you’ll hold onto.

Clothes

It can be easy to take your clothes for granted. You wear them, but you might not consider them past how they look. Take a look to see where they’re from and how they’re made. Are they made locally and sourced from sustainable materials? If not, you should definitely consider purchasing clothes that can have a better impact on the environment.

Not Disposing of Garbage Properly

You shouldn’t just see your garbage as one set thing. Instead, you should understand how complex it is. Make sure you have things properly sorted in recycling. You should also consider how much waste is piling up around you. A dumpster rental can be great for getting rid of lots of excess materials. It also helps to be mindful of how much you spend on non-biodegradable goods.

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you realize you’ve been wasteful. It’s understandable and adjustable. Instead, you should commend yourself for having the foresight to address it. With these tips, you can help yourself be much more mindful of waste.

HannahWhittenly

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If your family is like many, there is a good chance that you waste a lot of electricity in your home. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to reduce your energy consumption. Follow these steps if you’re interested in doing so.

Turn Your Home into a Smart Home

First of all, if you haven’t yet implemented smart home automation in your home, then now is a good time to do so. Along with making your home more comfortable and intuitive for your family, this can help you conserve energy.

For example, a programmable thermostat can help you avoid wasting energy with your HVAC system, and being able to turn off lights that were left on from a touch of your smartphone can help you conserve energy as well.

Plus, as an added bonus, adding smart home components to your home can help you increase its value and make it much more appealing to potential buyers if you choose to put your home on the market later on.

Invest in the Best Window Coverings

One simple and affordable change that you can make is to invest in the best window coverings possible for your home. Look for those that are designed to filter out sunlight, since this can help you dramatically reduce your heating bills. It can also help you make your home more comfortable, prevent glares and protect your furnishings and flooring from fading.

Plus, there are tons of modern and attractive styles, so buying new window coverings is a great way to update your home’s decor at the same time.

Change out Your Light Bulbs

If you haven’t yet switched out all of your household light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, now is the time to do so. This is an affordable project to tackle, and it’s something you can do yourself.

Swap out Household Appliances

If you’re ready to make an investment, consider swapping out your household appliances. Older refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances use a lot more energy than newer models. Some, like washing machines and dishwashers, also waste water. Buying new, eco-friendly appliances can help you save on energy and help the environment.

As you can see, there are a few things that you can do if you would like to control how much energy you use at home. Then, you can lower the amount that you pay for your electricity bill each month, and you can feel good in knowing that your family has taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment

HannahWhittenly

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Minimizing your energy bills doesn’t need to be a time-consuming or expensive process. For many homeowners, a few simple upgrades and add-ons will make a huge difference. Here is a look at four easy projects that are going to reduce your carbon footprint and save you a little bit of money over the years.

Insulate Your Pipes and Ducts                          

Insulating your pipes and ducts is one of the easiest home improvement projects that you can carry out, and it might lower your monthly energy bills by as much as four percent. All of the exposed pipes and ducts in your home should be covered with either polyethylene or neoprene foam. This project requires nothing more than a few basic tools, and you should be able to complete it in a single afternoon. Once those passageways are insulated, you can then adjust the settings on your HVAC system and water heater.

Replace Your Old Appliances

Older dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, heaters, air conditioners, and refrigerators use an incredible amount of energy. If you have a little extra money to invest in your home, then you might want to replace at least a few of those appliances. Many states even offer tax credits to residents who replace their old appliances with devices that have been approved by the Energy Star program. Once your new appliances are installed, you should make sure that everyone in your family knows how to use them correctly to prevent unnecessary damage and overuse.

Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat

Your thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, and that is why you want to be sure that it is as efficient as possible. Programmable “smart” thermostats allow you to adjust the temperature and monitor your home from anywhere in the world. Instead of leaving the air conditioner or furnace running all day, you can turn the system on just before you get home. Programmable thermostats are extremely cheap and can be installed in a matter of minutes.

Install Energy Efficient Windows

Replacing all of the older windows throughout your home might save you thousands of dollars in the coming decades. A company like Valley Glass Utility can install new residential windows in a matter of days, and you will notice improvements to your utility bills almost immediately. Modern high-efficiency windows are designed to let in plenty of sunlight while reducing heat transfer. They also come in countless styles, and you are sure to find a product that perfectly matches the rest of your home.

As a homeowner, energy efficiency should be one of your biggest concerns. Making your home as green as possible is going to improve your family’s comfort, lower your energy bills, and reduce your impact on the environment.

HannahWhittenly

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You may have already taken numerous steps to improve how green your home and lifestyle are, but summer brings its own activities that could have an impact on the environment as well. For example, the summer months are a time when you may typically take a vacation with family or friends. It is also a time when many people will relocate to a new home and when yard chores are necessary. Each of these summer activities can have a negative impact on the environment, but there are a few steps that you can take to reduce the impact that they have on the environment.

Spend Your Vacation Outdoors

Vacations can be unnecessarily wasteful in numerous ways. For example, plane or cruise ship travel can use an exceptional amount of fossil fuels. Hotels are also wasteful and may use polluting chemicals for cleaning and doing the laundry. Many people also buy unnecessary souvenirs that they quickly forget about. An alternative to these types of wasteful vacations is to spend your vacation outdoors, such as on a camping trip. You can reuse all of your camping equipment and avoid the unnecessary waste of fossil fuels. With this type of trip, your daily activities can also be eco-friendly. For example, you can spend the day hiking and enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds of nature.

Get Help Moving

Moving is common during the summer months. If you have plans to relocate to a new home this season, be aware of the tremendous amount of waste that can be generated through the process. Hiring professional movers may help you to eliminate unnecessary trips back and forth between your old and new homes. They can also help you to pack efficiently so that minimal supplies are used.

Keep Your Yard Green

Summer is a season when yardwork is common and even essential. Many people use lawn equipment that is harsh on the environment, but there are green alternatives. For example, you can get a push mower rather than a gas-powered mower. You can also use a rake rather than a leaf blower to deal with grass trimmings. Fertilizer can be avoided, and you can use your own composting mulch made at home from your kitchen waste.

Remember that these are only a few of the many types of summer activities that could have a negative impact on the environment. Be aware of the impact of your actions at all times, and always look for eco-friendly alternatives that may be a better option.

HannahWhittenly

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Many businesses are generating waste, and don’t even realize that there is a better way of handling it. Becoming more environmentally conscious is the first step to making your business more green. Here are some ways that you can work to resolve your unnecessary business waste.

Excess Energy Consumption

Energy consumption is a hot topic when it comes to making your business more eco-friendly. You’ve probably heard all about changing out your light bulbs for more energy efficient models. Another step that you can take is to make your business more self-reliant when it comes to your electricity usage. Install solar panels on the roof so that you can generate some extra power. Switch your servers to a cloud based system. Older servers use a lot of power to run. By taking them offline, you could dramatically cut your energy consumption.

Recycle Old Electronics

Recycling is a big part of becoming more eco-friendly. You probably already have a recycling program in place to deal with paper waste and other items. Consider expanding your recycling program to include your old electronic equipment. There are programs that want your old electronics. Many of these organizations are charities that give them to those that are less fortunate. You can also sell your old electronics, and donate the money to a charity of your choice.

Create a Reclaimed Water Program

Waste water can be a problem in many manufacturing environments. Purchasing a wastewater filtration system can help to alleviate some of your concerns. This water can then be used where it’s safe to use other reclaimed water. An example of this would include the water needed to flush your toilets. This water would in no way be drinkable, but it can go to other uses. The waste portion could be disposed of in the proper manner, while saving you some money.

Convenience Items Over Reusable

Many businesses don’t even think twice about purchasing disposable items. This trash is then deposited into the landfill. Creating more garbage isn’t very environmentally friendly. Replace these disposable items with reusable ones. Purchase reusable water bottles for all of your employees. Stock your break room with real plates and utensils. This will cut down on the amount of items that you need to purchase. It will also prevent more trash from entering the landfill.

Focusing on reducing business waste is not only good for your bottom line. It’s also good for the environment and the image that your business projects.

HannahWhittenly

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Sustainability starts in the home. But are you doing everything you can to create an eco-friendly house? There are many ways you can make your house greener and more energy efficient. Use these tips to learn how to save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

Insulate Your Home

How well insulated is your home? Many homes do not have insulation in the basement or attic. This is where most of the unwanted air flow enters your home. Because of this, cold air will enter your home in the winter and warm air in the summer. This means your heating and air conditioning will need to work twice as hard to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. To lower your heating and cooling costs and stop wasting energy, install additional insulation in your home.

Make Sure Everything Is Running at High Efficiency

Check your appliances and ensure they are working as efficiently as they can. If your appliances and home fixtures are not working as efficiently as they should, you will be spending more on your energy bills. For example, a low-efficiency furnace will require more energy to heat your home. Call a professional furnace repair company, like Logan A/C & Heat Services Inc., to inspect your furnace and fix anything that needs to be fixed. The same goes for all of your large appliances like your refrigerator and washing machine. Additionally, when it comes time to replace any appliances, make sure you choose ones that are energy efficient. You can tell because they will have the Energy Star logo on the tags.

Turn off the Lights

Your parents might have been onto something whenever they yelled at you to turn off the lights. Anytime you leave a room, remember to turn off the lights. Doing so can save a lot of electricity and thus lower your bills. The last thing you want is to waste energy on things that nobody is even using.

Switch to Green Energy Sources

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your home to green sources of energy. Consider installing solar panels on your roof to power the house. This is a fantastic way to make your house eco-friendlier and save on energy costs. Plus, you may even be able to get a tax break after installing the solar panels.

There are tons of ways you can make your home greener. In doing so, you can save yourself some cash and save the environment, too.

HannahWhittenly

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You purchase organic fruits and vegetables, you use energy efficient appliances, what else can you do to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle? Environmentally friendly lawn care is crucial to keeping your yard safe and limit your environmental impact. Use these tips to learn how to care for your yard in a green way.

Mow Your Grass High

When it comes to mowing your lawn, higher is usually better. Leave your grass at a height of three inches or higher. This will promote a healthier and denser root system. It will also make your lawn more resistant to drought, weeds, and erosion. Additionally, longer grass traps pollutants and prevents them from flowing into storm drains.

Don’t Remove the Clippings

While on the subject of mowing, be sure to leave your grass clippings on your yard. The clippings offer essential nutrients to your lawn, the same as one round of fertilizer. The same can be said for fallen leaves, which can be used as mulch. Perhaps more importantly, when grass clippings are blown into the roads, they wind up in storm drains which flow into main waterways. This is similar to pouring fertilizer into a river, which is bad for the native creatures and humans, too. Make it easier for yourself and leave your grass clippings on your lawn.

Work with Eco-Friendly Companies

If you are hiring a professional to perform any services at your home, make sure they use eco-friendly techniques and have environmental policies. This goes for everything from landscapers to pest control companies like those from EMCO Pest Control. This way, you can be sure that your lawn is being managed responsibly, even if you are not the one doing it.

Water Efficiently

If you water your lawn too frequently, it encourages the grass roots to stay close to the surface of your lawn. This makes them more susceptible to disease and drought. Instead, water your yard less often, but deeply so the roots can thrive. Ideally, you should only water your grass once a week. To determine if you need to water, feel about six inches into the soil. If it is moist, you don’t need to water your lawn.

There are plenty of ways you can lower your environmental impact, even in your own backyard. By using the tips above, you ensure your lawn gets the care it needs in the most natural way possible. Plus, you can make the world a better place in the process

HannahWhittenly

While people may have once taken the environment and the earth’s natural resources for granted, those attitudes need to change. Thanks to growing world populations and increased human activity, a noticeable negative impact on the globe is certainly beginning to manifest. If these challenges are to be met and overcome, it will require action from business owners. Below are four ways businesses can help the environment.One Step at a Time, 4 Ways Business Can Help the Environment.png

Switch to a Paperless Office

One resource that is certainly finite is wood. For paper to be produced, trees must be chopped down and processed into pulp. Trees are an important part of the natural landscape and provide the world with breathable oxygen. The paper milling process also creates a lot of pollution. One way to remove these negative impacts created by your business is by eliminating paper entirely and relying instead on things like email and PDF files.

Start a Company Carpool Program

One of the largest sources of pollution is the automobile. In regards to cars, most vehicles on the road are commuting to and from the workplace. This aspect of work releases massive amounts of carbon based pollution into the atmosphere every single day. Someday, this problem may be solved by electric vehicles. However, currently, a more efficient way of curbing this source of pollution is by creating a carpool program for your employees.

Clean up after Construction

Something that can certainly have a negative impact on the environment is construction. If construction materials are left behind after a project has been completed, they can have negative effects on plants, animals, waterways and air quality for years afterwards. They can also pose dangers to human beings. Make sure to always perform a proper clean-up after a construction project. If the construction company doesn’t do a good enough job, seek the assistance of another outside firm like Alliance Demolition Services Inc. or someone similar to handle your clean up.

Upgrade Your Lighting

Incandescent light fixtures use a lot of electricity. They also have a habit of burning out quickly. One simple way to make your business greener is to invest in more efficient compact fluorescent light fixtures. CFL bulbs use far less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and last much longer as well. You’ll save money and lessen your carbon footprint simultaneously.

Transforming your company into a green business requires a lot of effort. However, that effort is well worth it. If the planet and environment is protected, businesses will also certainly benefit. Do what you can to curb your company’s impact on the environment.

HannahWhittenly

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It Helps to Create Jobs

Recycling materials has led to an increase in job creation. More people are needed to sort through the recycled materials. The sorted materials can then be sold back to manufacturers. This in and of itself pays the wages of the workers that are employed at these recycling facilities. There is more than one job created per one thousand tons of recycled materials. The more that you recycle leads to more jobs being created. The more people that are employed generates more tax revenue for governments. This leads to more social services being available.

It Reduces the Price of Goods

It costs less to purchase recycled materials than it does to create new materials. This is because of the savings potential in obtaining, extracting, and refining new raw materials. Manufacturers can save up to ninety percent on their raw material budget just be using recycled goods. This savings can then be passed along to the consumer. Having more money in your pockets helps to keep the economy thriving. You have more expendable income and can purchase other items. This cycle is what keeps the economy running.

Results in Lower Garbage Bills

Recycled materials have an intrinsic value. Metals, plastics, and papers are valuable due to the cost of producing these items as new materials. Your garbage disposal company can sort these materials out and sell them back to the manufacturers. This has led to the reduction in your garbage bill. The waste disposal company is getting back some of the costs associated with operating their company. It can cost a lot to dispose of materials in a landfill. Lowering your monthly bills allows you to have more money in your budget to spend on other things.

Creates Less Landfill Waste

In many areas, space is limited. Landfills may be taking up prime real estate locations. Keeping materials out of the landfill reduces the amount of space that is needed for these landfills. Another benefit is that many of these recyclable materials aren’t biodegradable. Plastics in particular will likely be in the landfill forever. Removing these materials puts them to better use. They can be repurposed into other items. This reduces the amount of pollution that enters the environment due to the creation of new plastic materials.

Recycling provides the economy with many important benefits! The more people that participate in recycling, the stronger the economy grows.

HannahWhittenly

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It is the start of a new year, and that means making your company even better. There are a lot of ways to do this from improving your planning to grow profits. One way though to improve your company that you may not have considered is making it greener. After reading this article, you will have at least four ideas to make your company better while also helping the planet.

LED Lights

The first idea to make your company greener is by switching your lighting to LEDs. These use less energy than fluorescent bulbs or incandescent bulbs. They may cost more upfront, but this extra cost is spread out over years of use. This is because they can last five times longer than other bulb options. Which means you will be saving your company money and helping use less energy.

Install Solar Panels

Another great way to help the environment is by having solar panels installed. Solar panels are great because they provide clean and reusable energy. Even on cloudy days, you can gather some solar power, and you can have batteries installed so on good days the extra energy can be stored. Solar panels may be costly but having them allows you to produce some of your own energy. This means that you don’t have to pay the electric company as much. Also, you can get some tax benefits for having solar panels installed.

Recycle

An easy way to make your company greener is implementing recycling. All you have to do is invest in some bins and have your workers put glass, paper, plastic and metal into them. Then you just have a service come pick them up or drop them off at a recycling center. This can save you money because it means you will be using your dumpsters less, and also some areas they pay you for metals, so it might actually earn you a little money while helping the environment.

Do Business with Green Companies

One last idea is you can focus on doing business with other green companies. This means if you have options of suppliers for a resource that you need that you can pick the one that has less carbon footprint. By doing this you are encouraging green practices and helping other green companies to stay in business. You can also learn different green practices from other companies and can get more green ideas from Inc.

Being green isn’t really that hard, and while some things are costly at first to implement they can save your company money in the long run. On top of saving your company money though, being green helps the planet and makes it a great place for everyone to live.

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Recycling is good for the environment. Getting your family on board may take a little bit of finesse. Here are some of the ways to encourage the whole family to recycle.

Discuss the Importance

Starting recycling can be a challenge for some people. Many people may not have stopped to consider where all the trash ends up. This can be an eye opening experience. Explain how recycling benefits the environment. There are also monetary benefits to recycling. Kids are especially receptive when you teach them at a young age. Encourage the whole family to get involved with the process. Make handy cheat sheets so that everything is clearly labeled. It may be confusing in the beginning. Allow for lots of opportunities to learn about the new method.

Make Recycling Easy

Have bins in an area that is easily accessible to all members of the family. Label the bins with pictures as well as words. This will make it easier for young children to be able to distinguish what goes in which bin. Recycle as you go through the day. Make it a game for your kids. Explain it as a matching game. Start out by giving small prizes when they get the items in the right bin. This will ensure that they keep trying. After a few weeks, it will become a habit. For adults, breaking the trash habit may take a little longer.

Decorate Your Bins

Let your kids decorate the bins. This is a good way to get them excited about recycling. Every time that they put an item into the bin that they helped create will make them feel good. This can also be a good bonding experience for the whole family. Make it a family activity. Consider making it a competition for who can make the most elaborate bin. Have the decoration have something to do with the recycling theme. Use some of your recycling items as the foundation for your decorations. Have fun with it so that everyone is excited about starting recycling.

Take a Field Trip

Make a trip down to the local center, like Ware Disposal. Of course, make sure to call ahead and see if the center would allow your family to do this. This is a good opportunity for the whole family to see how the process works. Explain what happens to the materials that can’t be recycled. Discuss the importance of being good stewards to the planet to your kids. Having a visual of where the materials is going may make it more relatable to your family. Some kids may be excited to see the large sorting equipment. People learn best by seeing how things work. This may even work for those family members that are resistant to the recycling process.

Over time, recycling will become second nature. Use these tips to get your family excited about recycling.

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Organic waste refers to those waste materials that can decompose. It usually comes from either plants or animals. When disposed of, it will naturally decompose through bacterial activity. Therefore, it is a better form of waste compared to other non-biodegradable forms such as plastics. Because of its degradable nature, organic waste leads to a greener environment through several ways:

Reduce Water Pollution

When well-composted, organic waste reduces the need to use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides on the soil when farming. Using those fertilizers and chemicals normally leads to contamination of underground water when chemicals seep deep into the underground water levels. Flowing water also carries these chemicals into water bodies such as rivers which ends up causing pollution to our water bodies.

Reduce the Effects of Global Warming

When organic waste is put in landfills, it produces methane gas which is 21 times worse than carbon dioxide in its contribution to global warming. Since organic waste is not normally disposed in landfills, less methane gas is produced and this has a reduced impact on global warming. SF Gate Home Guides insists that organic waste must never be dumped in the landfills but must be composted, which not only reduces global warming but also is a big nutritional benefit to the soil.

Improves Aesthetic Value

When the organic waste is put in the appropriately marked green trash cans, such as those provided by Ware Disposal, it improves the aesthetic value of the environment. It makes it look neat and clean. It also reduces the probability of the waste getting into contact with, for example, children, which prevents potential infections.

Improves Soil Structure

Compost manure, which is formed by organic waste, helps to improve the soil structure and composition in a great way. It increases the ability of the soil to hold water in a way where it can be easily accessed by the roots of plants which as a result reduces the need for irrigation. It also adds microbial organisms to the soil such as insects and earthworms. Better soil leads to healthy plants which are important in the environmental cycles such as the nitrogen cycle.

Organic waste, therefore, has a big benefit to the environment. It is always important to separate the organic from the inorganic waste when disposing and ensure that as you take the inorganic to the landfill, the organic waste should form compost manure. In this way, you will be able to realize the full impact organic waste has to the environment. It is also very economical to dispose and will, therefore, save you some money.

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For many people today, green energy is a huge concern. We want it from our companies, but don’t often practice it ourselves. At home, solar panels are a great way to reduce the environmental impact your home has, with a host of other positives, like:

Lower Energy Bills

The most obvious boon of solar panels is reduced energy costs. Depending on the amount of sun in your area, the break-even point for solar panels can be as little as two years, though the average is six to eight. To maximize your savings, consider contacting a licensed electrician to complete the installation, as they can work to best optimize the placement and wiring to bring about the lowest costs and highest yields. Average savings number in the tens of thousands over twenty years, increasing for sunnier locations.

Secure, Reliable, Independent

Solar energy comes from the sun, which comes with a number of benefits besides being clean and free: it can’t be monopolized, we know when it’s coming, and no one can limit our access to it. When it comes to energy sources, it’s the only choice a homeowner can make that affords them control; once you own solar panels, you have access to energy, period.

Increase Home Value

Research has shown that market demand for solar panels is strong, with buyers willing to pay a premium for homes already outfitted with systems. The average increase in resale value is around $5,911 per kilowatt, putting the typical 3.1 kilowatt system at a nearly $18,000 jump. In addition, you can enjoy increased roof longevity, as solar panels provide some protection from the elements, and lowered cooling costs, as they reflect sunshine in the summer.

Tax Incentives

No matter where you live, there’s more than likely some sort of energy incentive. Federal tax credits are numerous and more localized government on the state, provincial, county, or municipal level. There’s also the rise of power purchase agreements to watch, as homeowners can enjoy solar panels for zero initial investment with these agreements wherein the solar company owns the panels while the purchaser pays them off monthly.

In today’s eco-friendly market, solar panels are an achievable reality for more and more homeowners. Beyond the lower energy bill, they provide numerous benefits like those listed. That’s not to mention their decreased carbon footprint, enabling you to help the environment from the comfort of your own home.

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Many homeowners pay a small fortune in utility bills each month. This can be financially burdensome, and it also may be a sign that your home or lifestyle is not as green as it could be. With a closer look at some of the top green tips you can follow around the house, you may be able to make your space more environmentally-friendly and save a significant amount of money in the process.

Use Low-Flow Water Features

The scarcity of fresh water is a top concern for many environmentally-conscious people. Low-flow water features, such as toilets, faucets and showerheads, can be installed in your home to help you conserve water. These are specially-designed features that use less water without requiring you to adjust your water usage behavior. For example, a low-flow toilet may use half the water or less with each flush that an older model may use.

Harvest Rain Water

Another great idea to consider is to use gutters, such as those from Unique Home Solutions, and a rain barrel to harvest rain water. This water can be stored and used for landscaping water. It can also be purified on-site and used inside your home. For example, you may use it to wash your clothes or for toilet purposes. You may notice a dramatic decrease in your water bill each month, and you can enjoy the benefit of knowing that you are not taking water away from the public water supply through your usage.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Maintaining an ideal climate inside the home can be an energy drain, and this is particularly true during peak summer and winter months when your HVAC system may function most frequently. Adjust your thermostat so that your home’s interior is cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. Use blankets, clothing, ceiling fans and more to control your comfort level without relying so heavily on your HVAC system.

Upgrade Your Windows

Another excellent step to take is to upgrade your windows. If you live in an older home, your windows may not be well-sealed, and they also may not be good insulators. Modern windows may be more energy efficient, and they can help you to maintain a comfortable climate inside the home without relying on regular use of your HVAC unit.

These are only a few of the green tips you can follow to save money on energy bills regularly. Now is a great time to begin implementing these and other ideas you may have to improve your home.

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More Than Just Vinegar Top Spring Cleaning Tips for the Eco-Friendly Naturalist.jpg

Spring weather has a tendency to motivate us to straighten our yards or do a major cleaning in the house. Not only are cobwebs noticeable in the corners but every speck of dirt in your home is visible In fact, now is the time to open the doors and windows, let the house air out and do some major spring cleaning.

If you are reluctant to bring out the harsh and toxic chemicals, there are more Eco friendly options. In addition, many of the green solutions actually do a great job disinfecting and cleaning. For instance, one of the best natural cleaners is vinegar. In truth, it is almost the only cleaner you really need. Vinegar is a multi-purpose product that can be used for laundry, getting rid of bugs, as a disinfectant, an antibacterial and as a cleaner.

As a Disinfectant

Most disinfectants are quite toxic such as bleach (chlorine), ammonia and hydrochloric acid. In truth, these cleaning agents are not the best to have around, especially if you have children.

Thankfully, vinegar is an excellent alternative as a disinfectant. Not only is it a safer but it is also much cheaper. Plus if the smell of vinegar bothers you, just add a little bit of your favorite essential oil to the mix. The ideal solution for a disinfectant is half water and half vinegar. Just remember, the more you dilute the solution the weaker disinfectant you will have. Add the mixture to a spray bottle to make cleaning easier.

For Cleaning Windows

Vinegar and water is one of best solutions for cleaning windows. Not only does the vinegar cut through dirt and grime but it leaves your glass shiny. A basic solution would be one part water and one part vinegar. The mixture can also be made ahead of time. If your windows are brand new, like those from Gilkey Windows, then it’s important to make sure that you clean your windows regularly to keep them looking new.

An All-Purpose Cleaner

The recipe for an all-purpose cleaner is similar to the disinfectant except it is diluted. Add 1 ½ cups water, ½ cup vinegar, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 3-5 drop of essential oils such as orange or lemon to a spray bottle. Use for cleaning around the house like the walls, counter-tops, blinds, door knobs and other surfaces.

Floor Cleaner

Vinegar is one of the best floor cleaners around. It disinfects, cleans and cuts through grime. In addition, vinegar leaves a nice shine to your floor without being slippery like some floor cleaners. In a large bucket, add ½ gallon of warm water and 1/3 to ½ cup of vinegar. Soak a sponge or mop with the solution making sure to wring out any excess water. Clean the floor and rinse the mop when needed. Allow to dry.

Vinegar has numerous other uses for the household like getting rid of stubborn odors in a room, , cleaning the toilet, removing stickers from the wall and for cleaning various metals such as copper, brass, silver and pewter.

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Becoming more energy efficient isn't just about preserving the environment. It can also provide substantial savings on your monthly power bills. You may have decided it's too much trouble, or costs money for greener technologies. There are really a number of simple, affordable things you can do. Here are four ways to start saving energy.

Efficient Kitchens

Kitchens are one of the most energy-intensive areas. You can save power by cooking more than one meal at the same time, so that tomorrow's dinner only has to be warmed up. When cooking meals or desserts in cold weather, let the heat circulate to the rest of the house to reduce the burden on home heating. Wash the dishes on warm instead of hot, and avoid pre-rinsing dishes that don't need it. Don't cook small pans on big burners, or vice-versa.

Heat and AC

HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems shouldn't be turned on if you don't need them. Even slight adjustments could be wasting money over the course of a day. Put on a sweatshirt instead of turning up the heat, or a pair of shorts instead of turning up the AC. It's also important to have your AC system checked by a professional, such as those from Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc. before peak summer temperatures. Inefficient operation or clogged ducts forces the AC to work harder and wastes electricity.

Efficient Cleaning

Saving energy with household chores just takes a little effort and common sense. Don't use warm water where cold will do, or hot water where warm will get the job done. Try to use appliances like washers, dryers, and dishwashers at full capacity in order to avoid wasted electricity. Consider hanging up your laundry rather than using the dryer, or removing it before it's fully dry. Use dust mops and brooms instead of dragging out the vacuum cleaner.

Energy-Efficient Homes

Fans and dehumidifiers can help to reduce AC costs. Letting in the sunshine will reduce heating and lighting expenses. Additional insulation and sealing of window or door gaps will help save money on both. Also add insulation around your hot water heater and hot water lines. Get everyone in the household into the habit of turning off anything that isn't being used. Consider solar-powered lights for the exterior.

Saving electricity is just a matter of a little proactive planning and developing good habits. Start with the easy and affordable solutions. In time, you might be ready to move up to solar panels or smart thermostats to save even more.

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H20 and Air Quality How Your Local Environment Affects Your Family's Health.jpeg

If you or your family members have trouble breathing when you're outside or even inside your home, then you might want to think about the local environment. The air that you breathe can affect almost every aspect of the body. It can even affect your moods and how you feel on a daily basis. Keep in mind that it's not just one thing in the environment that impacts the health. It's a culmination of variables that you need to be aware of so that you can take care of your family. Here are just a few things that you need to take into consideration:

Air Quality

When you go outside, you might sense a heavy feeling in the air. This is a sign of poor air quality for the day. Everything from high humidity to smog and pollution from local businesses and cars can create a poor air quality. One of the things that you can do to help this situation is to carpool or use public transportation instead of driving every day to work, especially in the summer when air alerts are higher.

Staying Hydrated

If you have water through a city or county supply, then you probably know that there are times when the water can taste more like chemicals than tap water. Some areas add chemicals to the supply to filter out bacteria and other items that might be unhealthy. A wastewater treatment plant often filters the supply before it's delivered to homes, but there are times that contaminations still get through. If you feel like any contamination is getting through, though, you should contact your city to make sure that the water source is going through proper and efficient waste and water treatment. Meanwhile, you can boil water that you think is unhealthy or contact your local government office to make a complaint. Don’t hesitate, however, to keep looking into the issue and researching more info about it.

What You Eat

Some people might not think that the food that you eat is a part of the environment, but where do you think that you get the meat, vegetables and fruits that you consume? If there are pesticides or bacteria or any other items that interfere with the food that you eat, it can make you sick. There are even times when these contaminants can cause death. This is why you want to clean the foods that you prepare and shop from local farmers as much as possible.

Trash Compacting

When you walk along the streets and sidewalks in your town, you can sometimes see litter along the way. Some towns have more trash on the ground than others. Living in a town that doesn't seem to care about the appearance can take its toll on your mental health and make you want to move if it gets too bad. Do your part by picking up trash that you see and putting it in a proper disposal.

The environment can do more harm than good for the body and mind if there are negative aspects. There are groups that you can join to positively change the environment so that it's healthier for you and the family. If necessary, stay inside as much as possible on days that just aren't ideal to be outside.

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Going green can seem a bit daunting, especially if you don’t know how to apply these principles at home. At first, it might seem like everything is trying to destroy the planet. However, these four tips will help you make the difference that you’re looking to make right from your own home.

Grill

One appliance that may use propane or other forms of energy is the grill, but that no longer has to be the case. It might be a good idea to consider a solar-powered grill that will not use up electricity or force you to purchase propane. These grills can fry, bake, boil, and grill by using the power of the sun. This is a tasty way to help the earth!

Generator

One way to power your small appliances is by using generators. Solar-powered generators will allow you to use your basic appliances without plugging them up to electricity. Generators do not last too long, but it should provide enough energy throughout the day. This is really what you want since most of the electricity produced by factories ends up releasing unnecessary carbon into the atmosphere.

Hot Water

Everyone knows that water heaters work with gas or electricity, but did you know that you can install a solar-powered hot water system? Yes, and it should work just as efficiently as any other hot water appliance would work. It is estimated that about 80 percent of the annual cost associated with hot water can be cut using a solar-powered hot water heater, like those you can get from Degree C Pty Ltd. This also means that electricity use will be down, reducing your carbon footprint.

Solar Panels

This is perhaps the most expensive option, but it is one worth mentioning. These panels are installed on the roof of your home by professionals and are meant to provide the house with a sufficient amount of energy. Think of it as installing a large-scale generator that will power up your entire house. The expense is one reason why some do not opt for this choice while others do not want to install these panels above their roof due to several reasons like aesthetics or the stability of the roof. Nevertheless, it is a good option for those who would not mind installing these panels.

These are just four ways that you can go green by using solar-powered appliances or making additions to your home. There are more ways that you can harness the power of the sun. Do not be afraid to make the switch that will help you save some cash and help the planet

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More often than not, pest control methods involve toxic chemicals and other substances harmful to people and the environment. However, this is not the only solution to keeping unwanted pests away from farms and gardens. With some ingenuity and exploitation of nature, there are safe ways to effectively remove pests, and they can actually be quite a bit cheaper as well. Here are four effective methods to try.

 

 

Prevention

One of the easiest ways to avoid pest damage to plants is to prevent them from coming in the first place. In order to create a strong, pest-repellent environment,

             Keep soil healthy and rich with nutrients. Try adding compost and mulch

             Remove infected, or weak plants. Pests target these plants more often

             Keep up with weeding. These are breeding grounds for many insects

             Interplant your crops. Pests generally are specific to a plant and this will lessen their impact

 

Traps

Another method to get rid of pests is to trap them in the same way you catch mice. For many insects, putting flypaper in your fields or garden is enough to catch a great deal of them. Other traps include using pheromones to attract insects to a sticky substance they get caught in. Barrier paper may also be used to protect seedlings from insects until they are strong enough to resist them.

 

Other Insects

Insects, not considered pests, can be introduced into fields and gardens as a natural way to combat these pests. Introducing natural predators can help control and possibly eliminate many garden pests. Ladybugs are a very common option. They attack aphids and mites. A praying mantis is another option, and they will eat most any pest.

 

Non-Toxic Remedies

Another safe pest control technique is to spray plants, as you would with pesticides. However, these recipes involve safe, natural ingredients that will not harm your plants or the environment. Depending on the pests, you will need to use different mixtures. Here are some examples:

             A mix of vegetable oil and mild soap will kill a variety of insects like aphids and mites

             Neem oil, extracted from the neem tree, is another option that kills a broad spectrum on pests

             A spray made from a tablespoon of chile powder in a quart of water with mild soap will also kill a broad range of pests

 

These are only a few of the ways to prevent and eliminate pests without using toxic chemicals and pesticides. Whether you have a small garden or a large farm, these techniques can help you control pests in a safe way. When you use quality products from places like Central Farm and Garden on your farm or lawn and garden, you have to protect them in the most safe and efficient ways. Just be sure to take the time to look into a lot of different products so that you can find the best possible options for you.

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