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  2. Recycling and the Future of Our Planet

    Anyone that has been following news about the environment and reading up on environmental issues knows one thing; recycling is essential for the future of the Planet Earth. There are myriads of reasons why we should encourage recycling and partner with companies that are involved. Reasons for Recycling 1. Recycling Conserves the Natural Resources Recycling means converting used materials into new products. This aids in lessening the need to consume natural resources by extracting fresh raw materials from the earth via activities such as mining and forestry. You will find more information at MBP Solutions. When we recycle, we save these natural resources for future use and help in conserving natural habitats. In essence: · When we recycle paper and wood, we help to conserve forests. Planting of new trees cannot replace ancient trees and virgin rainforest. Once it is gone, that is it. · Recycled plastic means there is less need for new plastic. Plastic has been known to be detrimental to the environment; therefore, the less of it, the better. · We recycle metal to reduce the need to mine and extract more metal. This is a risky, expensive and damaging venture. · Recycled glass decreases the need to use new raw materials such as sand to create new glass. Reports indicate that supplies of certain types of sand are running dangerously low. 2. Recycling Conserves Energy The production of raw products from raw materials requires a lot of energy. Using recycled materials uses a lot less energy. This is due to the fact that more energy is needed to extract, refine, transport and process the raw materials in readiness for manufacturing. When you are working with industry ready materials, you do not have to go through all these processes. Hence, less energy is used. 3. Recycling Protects the Environment All the extracting, refining and processing of raw materials is not good for our environment. Recycling decreases the need for too much of these activities. Furthermore, with the conservation of energy, there is less emission of greenhouse gases which aids in tackling climate change. 4. Recycling Conserves Ecosystems and Wildlife Since used materials are converted into new products, there is less need to grow or extract new raw materials from the earth. This works to lessen disruptions and damage to the natural ecosystem as there is reduced deforestation and displacement of wild animals. In addition, rivers are not diverted and there is reduced pollution of water, air and soil. Recycling also takes care of the problem of waste. A lot of plastics and other harmful products have been known to end up in our seas causing untold distress therein. 5. Recycling Protects Humankind Many people live in forest communities and some have found themselves without homes because of rampant deforestation. When we cut down trees or even entire forests in search of cheap timber and fuel, we exploit the most vulnerable humans and rob them of their existence. That also goes for diverting and/or polluting rivers leaving them without water. Recycling helps to combat this problem as there is less need to deprive forest communities of their habitat as we search for raw materials. We can reuse what we have. Moreover, plastic waste has already been proven to be bad for the environment and by extension, bad for humans. 6. Recycling Reduces Carbon Emissions Conserving energy means lower carbon emissions. Sourcing and producing new raw materials causes carbon emissions especially because of the amount of energy used. Recycling helps to reduce the amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouses gases emitted into the atmosphere. These gases contribute to the climate problem. Finally, recycling creates jobs. The more people become aware and participate in recycling, the more jobs will be created. Raising the target recycling will therefore be a boost for the economy through creation of jobs. While we reduce the amount of waste we produce through recycling, it would be better if we could reduce the amount we use instead.
  3. About 20 percent of all energy used in the world is consumed by commercial industry. If you own a commercial building, it is vital to think about how to save on energy in order to lower your bills and save the world’s energy supply. Focusing on these areas will have a large impact on the amount of energy that your commercial building uses. Think about Lighting About 35 percent of all energy used in a commercial building is spent on lighting. Installing LED lighting can save lots of money because they operate more efficiently than other options. Since they do not get hot, they also can be a great way to cut down on your cooling costs. Consider installing high-quality fixtures as they allow for more of the light to get where it is needed. Make it easy to control what lights are on and off so that people are not turning on more lights than necessary. Consider the HVAC System Furnaces and commercial air conditioners consume about 40 percent of all energy in a commercial building. Make sure that you have the right size systems installed as too large a unit costs more money to operate while a unit that is too small will not keep people comfortable lowering productivity. New systems are often much more energy efficient than older systems, and you may discover that you spend less on trying to maintain them. Make sure that you use the right types of heating and cooling equipment such as chillers and towers. Create a Climate-responsive Design While many architects are creating climate-responsive designs today, it is possible to retrofit a building with many of these design elements. In particular, look at your windows to make sure that they are letting in as much light as possible without cooking people working near them inside. Think about the amount of insulation, vapor barriers and air barriers that are right based on your climate. Ponder Roofing Choosing the right roofing material can make a large difference in your commercial building’s energy efficiency. Installing a cool roof can save on your heating and cooling costs. You may not even need to remove the old roof to install the new one. Think about the different areas of your building to make sure that you are using the right type in each location. There are many different considerations in creating an energy efficient commercial building. Start with these ideas and use your ingenuity to apply them to your own unique circumstances. Saving energy not only lowers your bills but will help improve the world.
  4. We know that in order to receive our food, products, and for the equipment used for our home and offices, trucks are a necessity on our roads. It is true no one likes being stuck behind one, but we need them in order to continue with our day to day routines. The carbons that these truck let off is quite substantial when you add up the number of trucks on the road, and there a companies working on solutions to reduce the carbons trucks release. Loadscan, a global supplier of Volume Load Scanners for trucks has been operating out of New Zealand supplying numerous dump truck and other trucking companies that ship raw materials. Mobile load scan technology is currently helping to reduce the number of trucks on the roads by making sure load weights are deadly accurate. The problem in the past was that manual loading scales have meant incorrect load weights have been loaded onto the trucks. This has resulted in many of these trucks either moving with too much cargo onboard thus weighing down the truck and burning more fuel as well as redeliveries for loads that were underweight. However, thanks to the what is known as an LVS (Load Volume Scanner) or (Volume Load Scanner), trucking businesses that are using this tool reduce the number of times their vehicles run over the course of the year. Load scan devices take a 3D image of the materials that have been loaded onto a truck. It uses scanning technology to retrieve the 3D volumetric size and weight of the materials. Results are instantaneous, so there is no waiting time for the truck driver or foreman onsite responsible for the accurate delivery of the cargo. According to Loadscan, the Load Volume Scanner has an accuracy rate that is either -1% or +1% off on occasion. Now, this is a remarkably accurate measurement and leaves very little room for error. Therefore, if the load is underweight, immediately the truck can be topped up and scanned again. Scanning is quick, so truckers can rescan within seconds - unlike traditional truckload scales whereby the truck would need to be unloaded and the load remeasured’ a process that could potentially take hours. With the loads being so accurate, there is no need for redelivery of materials because undersupply is not an issue. This solves a huge issue with the release of carbon emissions because of the elimination of additional journeys made by trucks because the original truckload was underweight means that the trucking company’s trucks are in action far less than before. If you are an environmental officer, work within the supply chain industry, or if you have connections/influence over businesses that are using trucks to ship raw materials, then speak to them about using Load Volume Scanner systems. By adopting this system, they will be able to reduce their company’s carbon footprint and the company’s overall productivity. The system is lightweight, easy to use, and it requires very little calibration. With loading being made super fast with this device, the trucking company will also speed up their delivery times by cutting out the time needed to use manual truck loading methods.
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  6. Not only do new windows make your home look and feel updated, they can also do a lot for the energy efficiency of your home. If you upgrade your windows, your home could become more efficient and your bills could get lower. They Reduce Drafts Old windows can be drafty especially if they are not installed correctly. New windows reduce the draft and can make it easier for you to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s important to recognize that drafty windows can cause huge changes in your electric bills. Double Panes Are More Efficient When companies like Valley Glass Utility install new windows, they do so with double panes. This is the standard for replacement windows and new-build windows now. Double panes are more energy efficient because of the way they trap heat inside or cool air inside. They can help reduce your energy bill. Old Glass Isn’t Insulating There are not any insulating properties in old glass windows. Along with it being single-paned most of the time, there might also be issues with the way the glass was put into the windows. Even if you have a home that wasn’t built too long ago, the windows may not have all the insulating properties new windows do. It’s important to get new windows so they can act as another barrier against the outside. They need to be able to help your home stay warm or cool while also providing protection from the elements. Your Home Will Be Easier to Heat Heating a home with old windows might seem impossible. Since they don’t trap heat like they should and they’re not efficient, you might not be able to have the best heating system in your house. For this reason, many older homes feel like they’re cold all the time. Getting new windows might make it easier for you to heat your home. The right windows will allow your home to heat up and can make it easier for you to take advantage of a great heating system when you were unable to do so in the past because of drafts or other issues in your home. Not only are window replacements a good idea to change the aesthetics of your home but they’re also great for increasing the efficiency. If you want to see drastic changes in your energy bills, upgrading to new windows is the way to go.
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  8. The amount you pay for energy can directly affect your profits. This is especially true if you own a small or medium-sized business because of the way the profit structures work. If you want to lower your energy bills, you can start out with focusing on the efficiency of your business. There are different things you can do to protect your business from huge spikes in energy usage! Fix Your Lighting Lights can be one of the biggest draws on energy. Harsh fluorescent lighting isn’t just hated by employees all around the country, it’s also expensive to use! You can switch your lights out for LEDs that are just as illuminating as their fluorescent counterparts. You will get more life from the LED bulbs too. Consider Your Climate Control Whether you have air conditioning in your office or not, it’s important to make sure the climate control works the right way. Using a system like a ducted reverse cycle air conditioning is a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of the energy you use. Find a system that’s energy efficient and use it the correct way to get the most out of it. Use the Right Equipment Computers, printers and other office tools can use a lot of energy. You may want to switch your computers out for ones that are energy efficient. There are other things you can do to ensure you are saving energy with your computers and other equipment. It might be a good idea to make these changes so you don’t have to worry about the issues that come from having energy-draining computers and other equipment. Encourage Employees Get all your employees involved with energy efficiency. Encourage your employees to make small steps with you so they can help make the office more energy efficient. It may be a good idea to create small rewards so employees have something to work for when they’re taking steps toward a more efficient office. Make Small Upgrades Making huge changes all at one time will have a big impact on your office, but it can be costly and complicated. If you want to make sure you’re doing the best job possible at making your office more energy efficient, make small changes. By making your office more efficient, you’re setting yourself up for a better profit margin. The more energy efficient your office is, the more you’ll save on energy bills.
  9. For the last several years, the idea of building a tiny home and having a scaled-down living experience has been increasing in popularity across the country. While it may have started out as a unique housing option that inspired curiosity, it now has gained traction and is the preferred way of life for many people regardless of age and other demographic factors. If you have been thinking about taking the plunge and building a tiny home, there has never been a better time than now to get started. Interest Rates Interest rates have slowly been rising, and this affects the cost of a new mortgage as well as the cost of credit card debt, car loans and more. Many people choose to live in a tiny home to reduce their debt balances and to save money. The affordability of a tiny home makes it easier to pay off debts and to maintain a debt-free status. While there is never certainty with regards to economic conditions, interest rates may continue to trend upward and make debt an even more burdensome problem. Creative Options The most common and traditional tiny home option is to build your own home using lumber, drywall, and other basic housing materials. The result is a tiny home with the façade of a standard home, and this option remains for tiny home enthusiasts. However, creative options are increasingly embraced in the tiny home community. For example, many people have chosen to live in renovated shipping containers to save money, to reduce waste and to enjoy other exceptional benefits. Friendly Communities When you build a tiny home, you must decide where to place the home. These homes are somewhat mobile, but they generally should find a permanent place to sit. The primary option years ago was to purchase a piece of land or to place the home on a large estate that a family member owned. Today, there is an increasing number of tiny home communities. If you choose to live in one of these communities, you have the ability to enjoy the neighborhood lifestyle that many people prefer. Living in a tiny house is not ideal or comfortable for everyone, but it is a growing trend that offers incredible benefits. Regardless of whether you are inspired to live a simpler life, to save money or to reduce your footprint, you can see that now is the ideal time to begin seriously exploring the options and making plans to build your tiny home.
  10. Due to the stress that using oil, coal, and other resources has on the environment, finding ways to incorporate renewable energy solutions is very important. Today, there are many great renewable energy options, including solar and wind technology. Overall, there are five states in the United States that are continuing to make renewable energy investments a priority. Maine The state of Maine continues to be a leader when it comes to renewable energy. A very impressive 75% of the state's energy comes from some form of renewable energy. The state has a strong mix of hydroelectricity plants, biomass uses, and wind energy plants. All of these help to contribute towards the overall strong levels of renewable energy, which continues to make Maine one of the greenest states in the country. Montana Traditionally, Montana has been very well known for its high level of coal production. While five percent of the country's coal comes from this state, Montana has continued to invest in other renewal energy solutions as well. Today, the state continues to invest in hydroelectric plants that are able to use water to produce electricity. Nebraska While it is not normally considered an environmentally-friendly state, Nebraska has taken many steps to improve its reliance on renewable energy. Overall, more than 20% of the total energy used in Nebraska comes from renewable sources. This state has a huge amount of wind-energy production and also is a leading producer of ethanol. Washington Located in the northwest, the state of Washington is the national leader in hydroelectricity. Overall, more than 2 million households across the state are connected to energy produced by a few different dams. Even more impressive is that the state actually creates a surplus of energy, which they then sell to some neighboring states and even some parts of Canada. Oregon Oregon continues to be a leader when it comes to renewable energy production. This state does produce some hydroelectricity, but is also well known for producing a lot of wind energy. Overall, Oregon has more than 2,000 turbines that produce the most wind energy in the country. Oregon is also continuing to look for additional ways to invest in renewal and solar energy projects. Overall, all of these states are looking for ways to use more and more renewable energy. With help from technologically sound companies, like douglaselectrical.com, many other states can make headway on this hot-button issue. If more states are willing to make these types of investments, it could help to solve many current and future environmental challenges that we are having.
  11. Having a man cave is a great way to make your family life better. It gives you privacy and a place to be a guy without interruptions. However, it can also be an energy hog. From televisions to sound systems and more, you need a way to make your man cave more energy efficient so it doesn’t break the budget. Here are five great ideas to get your started. Lighting Your man cave might have a variety of specialty lighting. Some of it is for mood, while some of it is for being able to see well. This is true whether you plan on gaming with the guys, doing your own projects, or simply wanting a bright space. However, you should consider switching to more energy efficient bulbs that output the same amount of light without using up all of your electricity. Sound You don’t need to break the bank to get a better sound system. When you invest a little more, you are buying a better efficiency ratio while not sacrificing the sound quality. This means you can enjoy surround sound and integration of your phone, computer, and tv while loving the whole experience and especially the reduction of electricity costs that it brings. Doors and Windows Doors and windows are one of the main parts of your home that leak energy like crazy. Something from a provider that offers better sealing and energy efficiency like Edelen Door can do the trick of giving a beautiful entry without the leakage that occurs in most doors and windows in homes all around the country. Solar Power Installing solar panels on your roof is not for everybody. However, it can be a great way to make things more efficient. Not only are they green technology, but they pay you back year over year. Insulation Your walls in your garage are not very energy efficient. This is, unless of course, you have the proper insulation. Investing a little more in insulation now will save you a lot in the long run. When it comes to having your man cave in the garage, it is something that you can cherish for a long time to come. However, you don’t want to make the mistake of paying for more energy than you need to. Then, your getaway simply becomes another huge bill to pay at the end of the month. So save your wallet by using the simple tips above to get more energy efficiency out of your manly space.
  12. Corporate environmental responsibility is a unique business strategy, and it is increasingly gaining popularity in the United Kingdom and other countries of the world. Business organizations have the responsibility to cater to the needs of their stakeholders in the way they do their business, the same way they provide to the needs of their shareholders. Corporate Environmental Responsibility is equally referred to as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and it prompts business owners not to limit their purposes to commerce alone, but to also give a thought to their environment. CSR can be defined as the continuous commitment of business owners to ethics and their contribution to economic development and improvement in the quality of life of their workforce and their family members, not forgetting the welfare of the society and the community where they do business. Studies have shown that the economic performance of a company can depend on its attention to CSR. An organization that gives attention to its Corporate Environmental Responsibility will undoubtedly experience an improvement in the following: · Risk management · Recruiting process · Investor relations · Market positioning · Competitiveness Many investors will like to know how committed a business owner is to corporate environmental responsibility before investing their money in that business. So, how can a business organization promote its corporate environmental responsibility actions? Some of the tips to consider will be discussed below Have a clear focus First and foremost, you must define your corporate environmental responsibility for your industry or company and bring every member of staff up to speed about the development. Bear in mind that your CSR depends on your niche and it can differ from that of a company in a different niche. Consequently, what works for a furniture manufacturer may differ from what works for a bank, a grocery store chain or a bottling company. Make it known to everyone in the company and paste the information everywhere to ensure easy adaptation. You can even print the CSR focus of your company on popup tower stands and place them in strategic locations in the business outlet. Research essential You can further promote your organization's environmental responsibility action by carrying out continual and extensive research on what the concepts of CSR are. Two great places you can consult for research on the subject matter are the Global Reporting Initiative and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. You can then compile the research reports and scrutinize them to arrive at a lasting conclusion regarding your corporate environmental responsibility. Measure your progress Listing your corporate environmental responsibility actions on popup stands UK can make the word to go round and bring all the intended people aware of the company's CSR. However, the work does not end there; it is essential to measure the impact of the effort and access any opportunity for improvement. The company should establish certain metrics that can be used in measuring the progress achieved in the CSR practices of the company. Find out the percentage of company income expended on supporting or promoting the CSR after tax. You can reduce the cost of a great deal by using popup stands. It is affordable but highly impactful. How does your effort compare to other companies in the same niche? How many hours are dedicated to the CSR effort periodically? You can either adopt qualitative or quantitative metrics, but your company will find it easier to defend quantitative metrics than qualitative metrics. Involve your employees All hands must be on deck if you are to promote your corporate environmental responsibility action at the workplace successfully. You must be ready to conscript your members of staff and make it mandatory for all to quicken the promotional progress. The employees can help in defining your company's CSR and advancing the effort. Why not form an ad-hoc committee consisting of some member of staff? They can be saddled with the responsibility of deciding how best the company can be appropriately responsible socially within the limits of the resources available. However, the use of popup stands UK can reduce how much the committee has to spend to promote your company's CSR. If given the required authority, you will be surprised at how much progress the ad-hoc committee can make in figuring out the best way to make it happen. These individuals can even do the work faster than some corporate committee. Keep an eye on the cost While it is a great idea to promote your corporate environmental responsibility actions, it is equally important to do that within your limited budget. First of all, determine how much your company can afford to spend on this project. Then, search for ways to cut cost as much as possible so that you will not hurt the company's finance or hamper profitability while promoting your responsibility to the society or your business community. The use of popup tower stands can go a long way in reducing how much your company will have to spend on this project.
  13. All of us want to live in a clean, safe, and attractive community. However, we all need to do our part to provide a wholesome environment for work and play. If you are tired of seeing trash-strewn parks and littered playgrounds, here are a few tips that could help to form a collaborative approach to cleaning local public spaces. Do Your Part Be vigilant about throwing trash in public containers and not on the ground or out the car window. If you see trash in your path, put it in the closest receptacle. Teach your children how to pick up after themselves and not to litter. Gather your dog’s droppings while walking outdoors. Not only will you be doing your part, but you can also set the example for others who are watching. Organize a Community Cleanup Day Contact the town’s city council, the chamber of commerce, or another civic business group to suggest designating a community cleanup day. Make it festive at the rally point, possibly a local park or cordoned-off downtown area, with colorful balloons to indicate boundaries. Recruit volunteers to bring treats like cookies and punch for everyone who comes out to help. Make sure there are waiting trash receptacles and garbage bags, if needed. For extra messy areas, a dumpster rental can help when removing tree limbs, housing debris, or non-toxic dumpsite waste. Encourage Schools to Involve Students Teaching children to honor their civic duty is a valuable task. An appreciation for tidy areas and clean walkways is also important. Work with teachers and school administrators to possibly award students merit points for volunteering to help clean up a community area. It can be fun as well as educational as a type of field trip experience. Get Local Businesses Involved Companies and organizations in the area may want to get involved. Playing a visible role in a community initiative is a great way to market their business. Some may wish to donate funds for needed supplies like a dumpster or tools for weeding overgrown parklands, for example. Companies that play a significant role or help to lead the project might merit a news shout-out or a civic improvement award. Keeping your town clean and neat is a desirable goal in its own right. Working with others to accomplish the goal is an added bonus. Everyone will love the new, fresh look of the cleanup area and possibly be motivated to tackle adjacent neighborhoods.
  14. There are advantages and disadvantages to having a tankless water heater. The main advantage is that your home can be more energy efficient. There are also other benefits that you might want to consider. Here are some of the reasons that investing in a tankless water heater is better for your home. Less Overall Waste A water heater that has to hold your hot water in reserve is wasting a lot of energy in doing so. This is because it has to run frequently in order to maintain the temperature of the water, even when you aren’t using it. When you stop to consider the environmental impact that having an appliance constantly running has, the overall waste is significant. No Tepid Water You may have a problem in your home with running out of hot water on those busy mornings. This is because once you’ve depleted your supply of hot water in the tank, it takes time to reheat the water that’s refilling the tank. A tankless water heater is more of an on-demand type of system. What this means is that it heats the water as you’re using it. This makes it more efficient, and therefore, less wasteful. Lower Energy Bills By far, one of the greatest benefits to a tankless water heater is that your energy bills can be reduced. On the flip side, there is a larger upfront invest in the purchase and installation of the tankless system. Many homeowners find that the initial costs will pay for themselves with lower energy bills and the longer lasting lifespan of the tankless water heater itself. If you’re interested in installing a tankless water heater in your home, look into using a company like Ez Flow Plumbing to help you with this project. Reduced Floor Space Another benefit is that you can reduce the amount of floor space that’s required by using a tankless water heater. This can prove to be beneficial if you’re short of extra space in your home. A tankless water heater also tends to be safer. This is because there’s less of a chance of the tank becoming damaged or degraded. In some instances, a damaged water heater could present a safety hazard for your home and your family. Increased energy efficiency is only one aspect of a tankless water heater. There are numerous other benefits that you may not have taken into account. Consider these reasons when deciding if this is the right choice for you.
  15. Wastewater treatment is without a doubt a wonderful thing for the environment. If you’re keen to save the world, you should try it out. It doesn’t squander any waste, first of all. It safeguards humans from diseases. It even gives them access to fresh H20. If you’re looking for wastewater treatment solutions that are eco-friendly, these routes can help you greatly. Install a Wastewater System for Yourself Getting a wastewater treatment system for your residence can be great for your ecological aims. Installation of this kind of system can see to it that water is suitable for reuse in the future. Some companies, like Econocycle, know that in-depth filtration can do a lot for people who want to get rid of problematic particles that may be lurking inside of water. Understand Greywater and Blackwater If you want your wastewater treatment approach to be particularly effective and ecological, you need to first comprehend the things that make greywater and blackwater different. They’re not at all one and the same. Greywater, in a nutshell, originates in tubs, washers and sinks. It doesn’t have as many contaminants as blackwater does. Since blackwater has higher levels of contaminants in it, treating it is markedly more difficult. Blackwater is extracted from toilets. It harbors bacteria that can bring on disease. Try Rainwater Harvesting You can make your personal approach to wastewater treatment ecological by focusing on the conservation of rainwater. Once you gather rainwater, it can get on the path to reuse. The assistance of sturdy rain barrels can do a lot for individuals who want to save essential water. Rainwater harvesting can be help people who wish to conserve water for gardening, laundry, and beyond. Purify Your Water The purification and cleansing of water can be a smart approach for any household. The purification of this resource empowers human beings as it enables them for all intents and purposes to “recycle” the water that enters their lives. If you want to stop fretting over shortages, possible droughts, and even perilous and unsafe origins, purification can aid you in a big way. It can strengthen your peace of mind. The treatment of wastewater can be terrific for people who want the confidence of knowing that they’re doing anything and everything they can to assist the environment and planet. If you want wastewater treatment that’s particularly effective, you need to concentrate on eco-friendly practices. These things can all help people who love prioritizing the environment.
  16. If you have bugs in your home, you can get rid of them without harming the environment. There are many green pest control methods that are both simple and effective. Here are a few great ways to protect yourself from bugs and save the earth at the same time. Make a Garlic and Mint Insect Spray If bugs are invading your garden, you can try making a garlic and mint spray to repel these pests. HuffPost suggests blending some mint leaves and garlic cloves in a food processor and then adding some cayenne pepper and a drop of dishwashing soap to your concoction. After boiling this mixture and letting it sit overnight, you can strain it into a spray bottle and use it to spray your plants and flowers. Set out Some Eucalyptus Leaves Simply placing some eucalyptus leaves around your home may be enough to keep bugs at bay. Lemon eucalyptus scents are particularly effective at repelling many types of pests. This is one of the simplest pest control methods and doesn’t involve the use of extermination to make your home a bug-free environment. Hire Specialists There are certain ecological pest management companies that employ professionals who know all the best ways to get rid of bugs without harming the planet. The methods that they use are highly effective and can eliminate pests once and for all. The best part of hiring these specialists is that you won’t have to do the work yourself. Get Some Pest-Eating Animals Certain animals are known to feed on insects and other pests and will handle the task of getting rid of your bugs for you. Chasing Green states that ducks and chickens can eat some of your slugs and earwigs. Some cats are also known to feast on bugs. Ladybugs can eat the aphids that are wreaking havoc in your garden. Having a birdhouse and birdbath along with some birdseed in your yard can attract birds that will happily eat many of your bugs. Sprinkle Coffee Grounds Coffee grounds can be sprinkled around entranceways to your home and garden to repel pests. Many bugs find the smell of coffee grounds unpleasant and will likely stay out of your space if the aroma is potent enough. Coffee grounds are also deadly to ants and can keep large ant colonies from forming inside your home or yard. These green pest control methods are some of the simplest ways to eliminate bugs without damaging the ecosystem. You’ll be doing your part to protect your home and the planet when you get rid of your pests in an environmentally responsible manner.
  17. Keeping your neighborhood clean can be good for aesthetic purposes. It can also be good for keeping the planet happy and safe for all for generations and generations to come. If you want to do your part in helping the planet, you should think about setting up a trash cleanup project in your community. Set a Great Example If you want your neighbors to follow suit, you should begin by setting a great example. Pick up trash around your neighborhood in the middle of the day when other people can easily see you. You may just motivate others to do the same exact thing. If people ask you what you’re doing, tell them proudly. Reach out to Your Neighbors Don’t hesitate to reach out to neighbors who are friendly and cooperative. You may want to call or email them to ask them if they’d be interested in joining forces with you in your cleanup effort. They may not be able to resist taking part. If you make your cleanup project sound fun and interesting, it may encourage more and more people to team up with you. Post a Listing on the Internet Word gets around rapidly on the Internet. If you want to spread the word about your neighborhood cleanup effort, you can choose to post a free listing on a classified website. Look for a classified website that caters to your specific neighborhood. It’s critical to mention your community name in the header for the listing, too. If people learn about your project on the Internet, it may persuade them to reach out to you to lend a helping hand. Rent a Dumpster You can simplify your neighborhood garbage cleanup project by getting your hands on a sizable dumpster for disposal purposes. There are trustworthy companies that offer durable skips for rent. If you rent a roomy dumpster or two, you can get rid of significant levels of garbage. This can spare you a lot of frustration. Dumpsters can make doing away with trash straightforward and speedy. Trash and a gorgeous planet simply do not go hand in hand. If you want your neighborhood to be immaculate and lovely, then you need to prioritize cleanup work. You can make prioritizing a clean community a lot easier by getting help from other people who live near you. Remember, doing things in groups can be fun. It can also be a lot more efficient.
  18. Waste is a serious issue in our industrialized world. The more convenient we make our every day lives, the more waste we seem to produce. There are better ways to achieve convenience while reducing the amount of waste produced. Renting Small Equipment Every industry relies on the use of small equipment. Dollies are used to haul large shipments of boxes or heavy materials. Electronic scales are required to measure the weight of products and materials in several industries. Portable wireless radios help staff members or construction workers communicate quickly and easily to coordinate efforts. When you begin to look for ways to improve your industry by reducing the amount of waste your business produces, consider renting your small equipment in place of purchasing it. Using rental companies, such as radio equipment rental companies like altechradio.com, allows you to use the equipment required for your business while reducing the amount of waste produced. Since you don’t own the equipment, you’re not responsible for its disposal. Finding rentals is as simple as searching Google for something like “radio equipment rentals in NYC” and looking through the results. Donate or Compost Old Food Whether you work in the restaurant industry or you run a construction company with hungry construction workers, you’re going to encounter instances where you’ll be dealing with unsold food or partially eaten leftovers. This will be more prevalent in the restaurant industry, the supermarket industry, and the food processing industry. Thanks to the efforts in France, it is now legal precedent to donate old or unsold food to local food banks to reduce a growing global issue of excessive food waste. Within the restaurant industry, popular coffee shops have taken the initiative to donate their unsold food to local food banks to reduce the amount of food waste that’s tossed into landfills every day. For food that’s been partially eaten, a compost pile can be started to turn organic food waste into fertile compost for gardens and flower pots. This is a way to return those wasted vitamins and nutrients to the soil in order to grow new food and continue the cycle of life. Biodegradable Products To help reduce the amount of waste in landfills and the environmental impact plastic and styrofoam have on the environment, scientists have created a line of biodegradable products that can be used in various industries. These products, once thrown away, will naturally erode from exposure to the elements to leave no toxic residue behind. If you’re looking to make your business more eco-friendly, start by implementing these forward-thinking improvements. Not only are these improvements friendly to the environment, but they’re also friendly towards your community.
  19. Recycling scrap metal shouldn’t have to be a fulltime job. There are lots of different resources available in which you can dispose of unwanted metal. Here are some of the best practices that you can use in order to recycling your scrap metal and be kind to the environment. Understand Metal Types The type of metal that you’re looking to recycle will dictate the means in which you can recycle it. Ferrous and nonferrous materials are sometimes required to be recycled by a different means. You can check the type of metal that you have by using a magnet to see if it sticks to them. Nonferrous metals are more likely to generate a profit since they tend to be rarer and in higher demand. Use Curbside Where Possible Some communities offer curbside recycling programs. This is one way that you can get rid of those smaller items that would fit into a bin. In some cities, you can dispose of old appliances in a similar manner. Call your local recycling collection agency to determine the best means of recycling your old scrap metal. This may help to alleviate some of the metal that you have lying around. Look into a Scrapyard For larger items or even large quantities of scrap metal, you may need to look into using a scrapyard. Scrap metal services are a good way in which to unburden yourself of that extra scrap metal lying around your home or the job site. Many of these sites will sort out the different types of metal for you to ensure that it can be properly recycled. This not only benefits you, but it also benefits the environment. Generate Some Revenue In some areas, you can sell your old scrap metal to a resale lot. Some of the more valuable types of metals will include copper and aluminum. These types of materials can often be found in plumbing fixtures, old electronics, and gutters. You can have your old scrap metal generate a little bit of profit for you by taking it somewhere that accepts this type of material. The area in which you live will dictate the best method of recycling your scrap metal. You may have to think outside of the box a little bit in order to get rid of some of your larger pieces of metal in the most eco-friendly manner possible. Use these tips to get you started recycling your scrap metal around the house.
  20. When you program your thermostat, you reasonably expect the thermostat to maintain the entire home at the desired temperature without hassle at all times. In many homes, however, there may be a significant temperature differential from room to room. This can cause a thermostat to work overtime, which can result in skyrocketing energy bills. If you are having trouble with your home’s thermostat, the problem may not actually be related to this device. Instead, it may be related to various other features throughout the home. Upgrade Your Home’s Windows Residential windows are no longer made out of a single thin pane of glass. Instead, they are usually at least double-paned with an insulating gas layer between the panes. They also may have an additional coating to further promote energy efficiency. If you notice draughts in your home, it may be a sign that your windows need to be replaced. Through professional window and glass service from a company like Valley Glass Utility, you can upgrade to new higher-quality windows that offer improved insulating benefits. Seal Doors and Windows Annually The type of windows that are installed in your home is not the only factor that can cause draughts and uneven temperatures in the home. When doors and windows are not well-sealed, they can allow external air to flow into the home. The thermostat may seemingly not work efficiently when this happens because it will struggle to maintain the desired temperature while the window and door seals work against it. Resealing the doors and windows is a smart way to save money on electricity related to heating and cooling the home. Improve Insulation External air can also penetrate into the home through the walls. Insulation is typically installed between the exterior walls to act as a buffer, but fiberglass insulation can deteriorate, be damaged by pests or simply slouch down in the wall. Fiberglass insulation may need to be replaced periodically. You may also consider using spray-in foam insulation. This type of insulation is more resistant to some types of damage that fiberglass insulation is prone to. It is easy to assume that climate control issues in the home are caused by a faulty thermostat, but you can see that there are many other factors that play a role in how effectively the thermostat can do its job. A smart idea is to inspect each of these factors closely and consider getting a professional opinion to determine if upgrades or replacements would help you to save money on energy costs going forward.
  21. If you’re not careful, you can end up wasting a lot of money each day on heating your home. On average, most households in the United States spend roughly $2,200 per year on utility bills. You could reduce your costs by ensuring that you avoid certain wasteful practices that are probably causing your heating bill to skyrocket. Setting Your Thermostat Wrong Many people set their thermostat for a bit higher than they really need to. Decreasing the temperature in your home by a couple degrees won’t be that noticeable and it will save you a tremendous amount of money. You should also be sure to program your thermostat so you’re not heating your home excessively when there’s nobody home. Many newer models even go a step further by learning your preferred temperature and defaulting into an energy saving mode during certain times. Changing Air Filters Infrequently It’s important to remember to change the air filters in your HVAC system regularly. When your heater runs, the air filter’s job is to pick up particles that flow through it. As time goes on, these particles will begin to build up and clog the air filter. When this happens, the unit has to use a lot more energy to heat your home. A clean air filter ensures that your HVAC system is functioning properly and running efficiently. It’s best to clean air filters regularly and replace them every three months. If you feel like you might forget, be sure to set a reminder to help yourself remember to call a heating repair service. Poorly Preparing Your Home for Colder Weather Having a great heating system is one thing, but ensuring the heat stays in your home is another. Before the cold weather hits, you should check for drafts and other problems within your home that might cause heat to escape. For instance, insulating your ceiling can ensure that no heat escapes. This alone will pay for itself in no time, especially if your roof is poorly insulated to begin with. You should also check your windows and doors to ensure all cracks are sealed and no air is leaking through. Heat will escape through these cracks and cause you to use more heat. Additionally, you should ensure that your chimney is sealed appropriately if you aren’t going to be using it. This is another area that heat often escapes from. Heating your home can be an expensive endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be so costly. Doing these three things during the winter months can lower your heating costs tremendously. If you’re doing these things and your heating system still doesn’t seem to be heating your home efficiently, be sure to contact a heating repair service. They will help you determine whether or not your heater needs to be fixed or replaced completely.
  22. Being a green office is more than just good for the environment. You can save your business some money be investing in these green and clean solutions. Here are some tips to get you started on making a greener workplace. Limit Your Paper Consumption Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to print out your emails. This practice is not only wasteful, but time consuming. The whole point of moving to an electronic, paperless system is supposed to be that you use less resources. This means that there’s less overall waste in the workplace. This is good because you have to purchase less paper as well as being a greener and cleaner solution for your workplace. Invest in Recycling Encourage your employer to invest in a recycling program at your company. The only difference is the type of can that items are discarded into by employees. This has the benefit of being better for the environment and making everyone feel good at the company. When you stop to consider the costs of disposing of all the waste that’s generated at a business, recycling just makes economic as well as ecological sense. You may be able to reduce the monthly cost on your garbage bill. Promote Green Solutions Start up a program in which employees use reusable cups for both water and coffee while at the office. This will also reduce the amount of waste that’s generated in the workplace. Another solution is to invest in greener cleaning products. These types of cleaners generally produce less air pollution and residual chemicals on surfaces. This is a good thing if you have employees that suffer from asthma and other types of lung conditions. Install Proper Filtration The second part of developing a cleaner work environment is to have proper air filtration that removes or eliminates the amount of contaminants in the environment. There are a variety of kinds of products that can be used to achieve cleaner air in the workplace. Employees that work in a healthier environment are less likely to take as many sick days during the year. This can start to add up to a real savings for the company. There are lots of ways that you can promote a cleaner and greener workplace. Look around you so that you can decide the best course of action when it comes to becoming more eco-friendly. There may even be tax incentives that you can take advantage of in your endeavors.
  23. People are used to believing that an eco-friendly lifestyle is monotonous and very restricted. That is actually not true. Eco-friendly habits may seem too expensive and pointless. But it is the other way around. This article offers you some habits and tips on how to be thrifty and eco-friendly at the same time. After using these, not only you will feel better, but your wallet will do so. 1. Use cash. You probably use the credit card for paying the purchases. And sometimes turn to the plastic too often. Thus, you waste money on unnecessary goods. When you use money in cash, they seem to be “real”, and you exactly know how much to spend. Using cash only will make you think about each purchase wisely. In such a way you will stop misusing the resources. 2. Choose correct investments. Taking a loan for a new house, car or education is okay. Best installment loans also work when you need to pay bills or seek for an emergent medical help. But have you ever think about investing money into eco-friendly equipment? Solar panels or wind turbines are the most effective decision for the household. The money you will save from renewable energy will compensate for the initial credit amount. 3. Mind your spending. Every day you drink coffee and eat snacks. These small usual things may cost you big money in total. The first reason to stop consuming them is to become healthier. If you stop drinking coffee and eating trash every day – your body will become stronger. The second reason is to stop utilizing packaging. All of the junk food is usually wrapped into a plastic or cardboard. If you eat healthy meals, prepared at home, you will cut the expenses and also save the planet from harmful wastes. 4. Control money leaks. Look around attentively and try to notice how much of your money is wasted every day. You may not see it because it seems like a utility from the first sight, but it is actually a useless detail. Let’s take a full cable package as an example. Do you watch all of these channels? Should you pay so much money for it? Next one is your modern air conditioner. How long should it work to cool the whole house? Maybe you would better open the window? Using the domestic appliances prudently will keep safe both your wallet and the environment. 5. Choose eco-friendly transport. Spending money on petrol is one of the most essential points in our lives. Driving takes less time than walking or riding a bicycle. But it also takes more money. Curiously that sitting in traffic is also bad for the health. Noxious toxic fumes trap into the car even while it stays on the road. So, do not be lazy and take up some new sports, bicycle or jogging, for instance. Consider walking or riding a bicycle to school or work, if you live not far from it. These were some tips, which require a significant reconsideration of lifestyle. But we also offer some hints to make them a habit. They are easier to carry out but do the same effect. 1. Use less water – this rule is banal. Do not leave the water running when not using it. Spend less time in the shower. These simple tips will lead to saving costs of your bills. 2. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. It may cost you a bit more initially, but, in the long run, they are a great idea not only out of concern for reusability. Cloth napkins can be a beautiful dressing for your kitchen table. 3. Break the habit to buy a bottle of water every day. Buy a reusable water bottle and fill it with fresh water whenever you need. 4. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are one more decision for your wallet and environment. They use less energy than traditional bulbs, thus you can save the costs on the energy. 5. Hanging the toilet paper over the roll may appear a silly life hack. But it works. When you place the toilet paper in such a way, you can see more sheets, and that is why you pull less paper. These simplest tips are available for everyone. As you see, they do not demand any money wasting, but they do save your funds. There are still many changes to adapt, which can make the Earth healthier, and make your financial situation more successful in the process.
  24. Though there is a continuing argument surrounding global warning, many people understand that it is a very real issue. As a result, they’re doing what they can to save the environment. Even though you might not feel like what you can do matters in the grand scheme of things, it really does. Consider these four ways you can change your home habits for the sake of the environment. Purify the Air According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is one of the main environmental dangers in the world. This is why air purification is so important. You can take small steps towards purifying the air within your home. Start by purchasing a few plants. Develop a green thumb, and place plants in every thousand square feet of the home as plants are natural air purifiers. Open the windows of your home each day for 15 minutes at a time. This allows air to circulate throughout the entire home. It’s also a great idea to purchase an air purifier. Use Homemade or Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products You can easily switch all of your current cleaning products for each eco-friendly products. Sure, there might be a cost difference. However, your health and the environment are worth it. If you’re not ready to make that jump and purchase higher-priced cleaning products, you can make them yourself. Lemons, baking soda and other natural ingredients are excellent for cleaning different household items. In fact, many of these natural ingredients are more effective than the ones with tons of toxins in them. Go Paperless It’s safe to say that most billing companies will allow you the option to go paperless. Utilize that option. Get rid of junk mail, bills and other papers that pile up in your home. With the usage of your smartphones, tablets and laptops, you really don’t need to use paper. Plus, too many trees get cut down to provide the paper that’ll be used and thrown away within days. Consider How You’re Dumping When it’s time to relocate, it’s customary for most people to do garage sales to get rid of as many items as possible. It’s a time of decluttering. When you’re doing spring cleaning haul in your home, it’s also easy to dump things arbitrarily. However, it might be better to utilize the services of a company that can pick up whatever you’re getting rid of. Instead of dumping everything in the garbage, companies that make skip bins will pick up the waste and discard it in an eco-friendly fashion. As you can see, it’s pretty easy to get started with changing your home habits for the sake of the environment. As you remain committed to the process, it’ll eventually feel like second nature. Plus, you’ll be helping Mother Nature as well.
  25. In the last decade or so, much of the business world has made a massive shift to a triple bottom line. This means that companies don’t simply view their profits as evidence of success, but also look at the well-being of their employees and the impact their business has on the environment. Businesses as diverse as Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company to DHL shipping have all successfully made the shift to a triple bottom line model. Here are 3 ways the food industry can also make the shift to help protect the environment. Less Waste While food is theoretically biodegradable, the truth is that excess food waste generally ends up in landfills where it actually accounts for 25% of all methane gas emissions. In addition to the methane that food waste creates, food production also accounts for 25% of all freshwater consumption in the US. That’s not including all the fuel that is used to produce and transport the food and the other resources that growing food eats up. When food is wasted, it also wastes all the resources spent to produce it in the first place. Less Meat Almost one-third of the earth’s surface is used to raise animals for meat production, not to mention nearly 1/3 of the world’s fresh water sources. One of the critical dietary components that meat provides is protein. The importance of protein is the amino acids that it contains and not all sources of protein contain the same amino acids. While plant sources like the powders you can see at sanosphere.com can provide the same nutrients and proteins as meat, it is important to ensure that any plant-based diet actually contains all the necessary nutrients. One way to help boost the protein content of almost any dish is through the use of vegan protein powder. Revive Forgotten Foods While plant sources have the potential to offer all of the same protein sources as meat, that doesn’t mean that the most prevalent crops we are producing do. 75% of the world’s food supply is currently supplied by just twelve crops and five animal species. Conversely, there are an estimated 940 different cultivated plant species available on the planet. In order for humans to actually get all the nutrients we need from plant sources, we will need to start farming and cultivating foods with more robust nutritional profiles. The truth is that food production is a business and like all businesses, demand drives production. In order for the food industry to change, consumers have to change. When people begin to actually demand responsible use of resources and buy from ethically motivated businesses like a plant based protein company, the industry will change accordingly.
  26. Raising the awareness for a clean community is extremely important in order to create and maintain a healthy environment, with fresh air, and green areas that make living there more enjoyable than in a busy area of the city where the traffic and the noise produces a lot of pollution. Moreover, a cleaning day in your community can have many other advantages such as helping the people bond while cleaning together and have a lot of fun. All you have to do is to make sure that you involve as many as possible of your neighborhoods so that the event has a bigger impact and it will become an example for other communities as well. However, when you are planning such a big event that has a meaningful purpose, a lot of responsibility is on your shoulders. Read below the essential steps you need to follow in order to create a successful event that will be an amazing experience for all of the participants. Create a plan There are many details that you need to consider when you are organizing such an event. Which is why you need to create a plan so that you do not miss any essential task that you need to complete. First of all, you need to decide what kind of project do you want to base your event on. Whether it is just trash collection, beach and river cleanup, flower planting or even all of them, you have to know exactly what are the goals of the event so that you can plan everything accordingly. Secondly, after checking the weather prognosis you need to choose a date so that everyone will know when to avoid making other plans so that they participate in the cleaning day. Create a budget Even if it is an event that will be completed with the help of the volunteers. There are still some things that are going to cost some money. Whether you ask for the local council to support your event financially or you find some sponsors that want to support your initiative in the exchange of advertising their business, you need to look for all the opportunities to obtain a budget suitable for all the necessary tools for such an event. Advertise the event to find volunteers The most important part of such an event are the volunteers that are motivated and enthusiastic to work together to reach the final goals of having a beautiful and clean neighborhood. So, you have to make sure that everyone will find out about the event you are organizing so that as many volunteers as possible will come and join your cause. When advertising the event, you can use online and offline marketing venues such as Social Media, flyers, local media so that your message reaches everyone. Also, it is really important to make sure that you invite the local media to be part of your event so that other communities will see the success of your initiative and will start fighting next to you for a cleaner and healthier environment. Choose the right organization team Organizing such an event means a lot of tasks that need to be completed in time and many essential aspects that cannot be neglected in order to successfully achieve the final goals of the initiative. So, no matter how motivated and enthusiastic you are about taking care of everything on your own, it is going to be incredibly difficult. Moreover, it is not an individual but a social event, so the more people get involved the better it is for the success of the event. Which is why you need to create an organizing team that has people who are also willing to invest time and passion for such a beautiful purpose. Choose people that have all the necessary skills and knowledge to give you a real help in the process of planning everything and more important people that you can trust with completing their tasks in time, before the day of the event. Prepare all the necessary tools Once you have decided about which type of project you want to base your event on, you need to start preparing all the necessary tools for cleaning and beautifying your neighborhood and its surroundings. for cleaning the trash, you are going to have to provide the volunteers with tools such as trash bags to put the collected garbage, gloves to protect their hands, and metal detectors for the kids involved in the initiative to look for treasures while helping the adults collecting the trash. Also, for beautifying the area and flower planting there will be needed shovels, gardening materials such as plants and mulch, and paint and paintbrushes to repaint the outdoor of the buildings that have not been renovated in some time and take all the modern look from your area. Create groups and assign specific tasks Once all the volunteers have signed for taking part on the event, it is a good idea to stay organized in order to avoid creating a chaos when everybody will be confused about their task and assigned area of the neighborhood. In order to make sure that everybody understands their tasks entirely, organize a meeting with all the volunteers one day before the event, divide them into groups and assign them specific tasks. This way all of the volunteers will know exactly what they have to do and there will be no confusion that can ruin the event. Have a party at the end to reward the volunteers Once the job is all done and now you can all enjoy the new look and beauty of your neighborhood, a party should definitely take place in order to thank everybody for their hard work while taking place in this initiative. Provide foods and beverages and turn the music up for everybody to have fun and celebrate together how they successfully reached the goals of the event while working together as a team. This type of event will also make the relationships and friendships between your neighbors become more bonded.
  27. Solar energy has become more popular in recent years because of its many advantages. Instead of getting power from electricity or gas, solar energy comes directly from the sun and can provide your home with adequate power. Here are five of the main reasons why you should consider switching to solar energy. Less Expensive Even though you’ll probably need to invest a large amount of money to have your solar equipment installed, solar energy will likely end up saving you a lot of money in the long run. Gas and electricity are more expensive power sources, and switching to solar energy can reduce your utility bills dramatically. Since the power comes from the sun, no additional expense is needed to harvest the energy other than the money that you put into your own equipment. Incentives and Tax Breaks Some states also offer incentives and tax breaks to people who choose solar power. This is done as a way to encourage and reward people for using renewable energy. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, a policy known as the solar investment tax credit (ITC) allows you to claim a deduction on your federal taxes. Better for the Environment Solar energy is considered to be a much cleaner power source because it doesn’t harm air quality or emit other pollutants that can harm the land and water. You won’t be releasing carbon emissions into the air and increasing your carbon footprint when you switch to solar energy. Since solar energy is renewable, you’ll be putting less strain on the planet’s resources when you use it. Increased Home Value The resale value of your home will likely increase significantly when you use solar energy. Your solar panels will give your home a more modern look and make your property an attractive investment for potential buyers who want to save money on energy costs. A solar panel installation company can install equipment in a way that will look aesthetically appealing for your home and possibly attract more prospective buyers. Job Creation You can even do your part to help your local economy by creating more jobs when you use solar energy. Other people in your community may be enticed to switch to solar energy, and this may increase the number of jobs by putting more demand on the industry. Many solar energy positions are highly specialized and can’t be outsourced, which can also help the American economy. You’ll be doing something good for yourself and the world around you when you choose solar energy. Switching to solar energy will be one of the wisest investments that you’ll make for your home.
  28. The earth is currently going through a lot of challenges. This includes global warming, extreme weather, pollution and more. If these challenges are to be overcome, it’s going to require action from everyone. This certainly includes homeowners. There are steps you can take as a homeowner to lessen your impact on the environment. Below are four strategies for making your home more energy efficient. Upgrade Your HVAC System One of the biggest drains on your energy efficiency is your heating, ventilation and cooling system, also known as an HVAC system for short. According to Derek Sawyers Smart Energy Heating & Air, your system should probably be upgraded if it’s older than 15 years. Newer HVAC systems run much more efficiently. This means increased energy efficiency and lower utility bills every month. Upgrade Your Light Bulbs Another idea you should consider to increase your home’s energy efficiency is upgrading your light bulbs. Traditional incandescent light bulbs run very hot. This means they use a lot of energy and also wear out much faster as well. Newer compact fluorescent bulbs, on the other hand, run much cooler when producing the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs. According to the US Department of Energy, compact fluorescent lights use 25 to 35 percent of the energy that incandescent lights do. They last significantly longer as well. Upgrade Your Windows Another source of energy inefficiency in your house could be your windows. Older windows especially tend to leak a lot of air. This means that your furnace will have run much harder to keep your home heated during the winter. It also means your air conditioner will have to work much harder to keep your home cool during the summer. If your windows are significantly old, consider upgrading them to more energy efficient windows. Program Your Thermostat Many people run their HVAC system too often. This wastes energy and results in high utility bills. Instead of running your system all the time, program your thermostat so the heat or air only runs when it’s needed. You, for example, don’t need to run your air conditioner as much when you’re at work and your kids are at school. The carbon footprint of homes certainly has an adverse effect on the environment. If everyone took the steps outlined above, however, some of that negative impact could be curbed. Don’t stop here. There are plenty of more strategies you can use to increase your home’s energy efficiency.
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