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  1. Old electrical equipment can still have several different uses for you. The raw materials contained within the equipment may prove to be valuable in some form or another. Here are some options that are available for reusing your old electrical equipment. Donation Options Electronics are always in demand when it comes to donation centers and other types of charity organizations. This is because they can still be used for their intended purposes for the most part. The charity may also be able to use parts of the equipment in order to build something new that will prove to be useful for someone else. Another benefit is that you may be able to write your donation off on your taxes. Scraping Solutions Many of the components that are in your old electronics may contain a significant amount of value. This is because of the precious metals that tend to be comprised in these older electrical devices. Some recyclers will take the equipment off of your hands in order to collect the metals that make up the components. You may be able to make a little bit of cash depending on the quantity and types of materials that were used to construct your old equipment. Make it Retro Certain pieces of old electrical equipment may be in demand because of the fact that people want them now that they aren’t as readily available. For example, old TVs or old computers are making a comeback for those that are into retro gaming. You may be able to sell electrical equipment of yours online in order to make a profit. Knowing what you have is the first place to start so that you can decide on the best venue to sell your old equipment. Recycling Potential Recycling is always another option when it comes to disposing of your old electrical equipment. This way it will be put to good use and potentially be turned into another type of product. You could help benefit the environment by taking your old electrical equipment to a recycler that knows how to properly dispose of them. These items ending up in the landfill can prove to be hazardous and costly when it comes to disposing of them properly in the future. All of these solutions are practical in the sense that it’s better than just throwing it away. Use these ideas so that you can possibly make a little bit of money off of that old electrical equipment that you have sitting around your house.
  2. A heat pump works well if you live in a moderate climate. This is because it’s more efficient than other forms of heating and cooling. Here are some of the benefits that a heat pump can offer when it comes to saving money by conserving energy. Temperature Stability Setting your heat pump for a consistent temperature is the most efficient use of this type of system. This is because of the fact that it can run for a minimal amount of time and maintain the temperature of your home. With a standard HVAC system, there tend to be fluctuations that require more energy when the system kicks on and off. A heat pump has an electric motor that requires very little energy in order to reap a stable temperature for your whole home. Heat Conversion The action of a heat pump is that is doesn’t generate heating or cooling within the unit itself. It simply converts the heat that exists in the air and transfers it into your home by mechanical means. This method allows it to be the most efficient possible with the least amount of energy usage. The benefit of heat pump installation in your home is that you get instant heat for very little drain on your electric bill. Cooling Potential Another benefit of having a heat pump is that it can also cool your home. This is simply the heat pump removing the built-up heat from inside your house and transferring it to the outdoors. The amount of energy that’s required for this function is less than your standard air conditioning unit would require. This allows for you to have a cool home without having to worry about a spike in your electric bill during the summer months. Reduced Electric Consumption The amount of electricity that’s utilized with your heat pump will depend on your climate and the model that you select. There are models that will use significantly less energy than others. For the vast majority, the energy usage is less than you would observe with a standard HVAC system. This allows you to save on your electric bill and work to conserve energy. On average, a heat pump uses a quarter of the amount of energy as the more traditional HVAC units. There are lots of benefits that you can reap from having a heat pump in your home. The energy savings are just the beginning when it comes to the ways that it can improve the comfort and sustainability of your household.
  3. When you want to cut your heating and cooling bills, selecting high-efficiency HVAC equipment makes a big difference. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sets efficiency standards for HVAC systems because they’re the most energy-hungry of all home appliances. Better efficiency translates to lower demand for electricity and fuel and reduced energy bills for you. HVAC Efficiency Ratings When choosing central HVAC systems, look for high ratings. The DOE requires efficiency ratings on the equipment itself and its packaging. Higher is always better regardless of whether you’re buying a furnace or an air conditioner. The Energy Star and Most Efficient labels indicate products that use the least amount of energy for the best results. For example, a high-efficiency furnace uses measurably less fuel each time and requires less heating services because it runs better than regular models. Lower fuel usage helps preserve natural resources and saves you money. Making Energy Energy production exacts a toll on the planet, especially when the fuels to generate electricity include fossil fuels and nuclear power. While renewable resources like solar, wind and hydro have environmental impacts up front, the resources they use to produce electricity are clean. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, contribute to atmospheric warming on a continuous basis because of their byproducts. Nuclear is a clean source of energy but the nuclear waste it produces is one of the most dangerous substances on the planet. Power Production Efficiency If energy production were 100 percent efficient, using less efficient HVAC systems wouldn’t have the impact it does. However, power plants are not very efficient themselves. For example, coal-fired plants waste over 60 percent of the coal they consume. Nuclear and natural gas are slightly more efficient, while electricity produced by hydroelectric plants is nearly 100 percent efficient. The phrase experts use to describe this power plant efficiency is the heat rate. It describes how much of the fuel that’s used goes toward producing electricity as opposed to being wasted. The efficiency of furnaces and air conditioners follows the same principle. The most efficient systems waste less energy. Atmospheric Warming If the fuels used to produce electricity didn’t have waste products like carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide that warm the atmosphere, it wouldn’t be so important to use high-efficiency HVAC equipment. But when equipment needs more fuel and energy, the volume of gases going into the atmosphere increases. Since the heat they hold warms the planet, using more efficient HVAC systems helps reduce harmful greenhouse gases. Until all power plants are 100 percent efficient or use clean, renewable fuels, it will be important to conserve energy usage. HVAC systems are front and center for conservation efforts since they use the most energy of all home appliances. More efficient systems help you save energy without sacrificing your comfort.
  4. Although the problem of protecting the environment may seem like an insurmountable one, there are many simple steps that every person can take to make a small positive impact. If everyone begins to take measures to reduce carbon use and waste, saving the planet will become a much easier proposition. Here are four simple things you can do to help save the environment in your own small way. Walk and Bike More Driving is one of the most common ways in which practically everyone releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. By walking or riding your bike for short trips, you can considerably reduce the amount of carbon dioxide produced as a result of your transportation needs. As an added benefit, walking and biking are excellent forms of exercise, meaning you’ll get some great physical activity as well. Plant Trees on Your Property If you have a large enough piece of property, consider planting a few trees to help absorb carbon dioxide. A single tree can sequester a full ton of carbon over the first 40 years of its life. By planting several trees on your property, you can create a passive form of carbon sequestration that will continue for decades to come. Get into the Habit of Recycling One of the best ways to prevent unneeded waste from polluting land and water is to recycle as much of your garbage as you can. Plastics, glass and paper can easily be recycled by most municipal governments, meaning that you just have to sort them appropriately. Iron, steel, copper, and aluminum scrap metal recycling are usually handled by specialized processing centers, but it isn’t too difficult to find these facilities in most cities. By recycling more of what you use, you can prevent waste from ending up in landfills and keep extra energy from being expended in extracting new natural resources. Grow Some of Your Own Food One of the more difficult environmental problems to address is the fact that the agricultural techniques needed to supply food for more than 7 billion humans are extremely harmful to the planet. Forests are often destroyed to clear land, while herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers pollute groundwater reserves on massive farms. One thing you can do to partially reduce your impact in this area is to start an organic garden at home. Growing your own food with environmentally friendly methods will lower your carbon footprint and give you access to plenty of fresh, healthy produce. These are just a few of the many small actions you can take to play a role in saving the planet. You should also try to encourage friends and family members to do the same, as the effect of these small steps will grow as more and more people begin to take them.
  5. The items you throw away every day don’t have to serve just one purpose before they’re considered trash. Many of your common household items can be used again for a variety of purposes. Below, you will find four common items that you throw away that can be reused instead. Food Jars Your food product waste can enjoy many lives once it’s served its original purpose of storing and preserving your food in the grocery store. Glass jars and plastic jars can be used for a variety of household functions instead of being tossed into the garbage. Baby food jars can be transformed into spice holders. A plastic peanut butter jar can be repurposed to serve as a bird feeder. Spaghetti sauce jars can be used to store leftovers, to create on-the-go breakfasts, or as organizers for small household items. Electronics Once an electronic device can no longer handle the current hardware requirements of programs and games, these devices are usually left to linger in limbo somewhere in your home. Instead of disregarding these electronics due to their age and limited hardware capabilities, use them for other things. For instance, laptop recycling can help you utilize your outdated computer when you get a new one. Old laptops can be recycled into home entertainment centers, dedicated to playing movies while you cook in the kitchen or lie in bed. Old cell phones can be used as portable radios and music players. Old computers can be used to store pictures, documents, and other data. Towels No matter how expensive your bath towels are, they’ll eventually succumb to repeated use by tearing and fraying. Once your bath towels are too torn to be used any longer, don’t discard them. Instead, give them a second life by converting them into rags or washcloths. Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the towel into smaller squares. These squares can be used as washcloths for washing dishes, showering, or general household cleaning chores. Dryer Sheets Believe it or not, these fibrous scented sheets can do more for your home than remove static from your clothes. Dryer sheets are actually very useful for dusting your home. The fibrous texture picks up dust and pet hair superbly. Their fibrous texture is also perfect for polishing chrome surfaces and removing soap scum. Recycling is the due diligence required to balance out your consumption of goods and natural resources. It is vital to the health of the planet and the stress on natural resources, so always recycle or reuse your items when you can.
  6. 4 Ways A Green Office Leads To Green Profits By now, the idea of going green in the business world is probably thought of as an overused cliché. However, you don’t have to live in Southern California and drive a Prius to reap the benefits of green business practices. In actuality, many of these business strategies save money in addition to lowering your company’s impact on the environment. Below are four examples you should seriously consider adopting. Go Paperless One definite way to slash costs is to abandon printing. You should be aware that the average printing cost per employee in an office is $725 per year. If you have a lot of employees, that’s a lot of money. Thankfully, nearly everything you can do with paper documents can be replicated and even improved upon with digital files. There’s really no reason to continue using paper at all. Update Your Lighting Lighting is something else that can save you money when you go green. Compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs, energy efficient lights can use anywhere from 25 to 80 percent less energy to provide the same amount of light. They also last a lot longer as well. This includes CFL, LED and halogen incandescent lighting. Upgrading to energy efficient lighting is one easy way to go green and save money at the same time. Update Your Plumbing Similarly, energy efficient plumbing fixtures can save you a decent amount of money. They use less water to operate. Since you are likely using city water, they can certainly save money in the long run. Installing a solar water heater from companies like Clearwater Plumbing can also help to lower your reliance on other much more expensive heating options like a traditional furnace that uses either electricity or natural gas to heat a home. Obtain Energy Audits Lastly, you should consider getting energy audits every year or every other year. This audit performed by a third party can tell you all the ways you are wasting energy and electricity in your office and the rest of your business as well. After making adjustments, you’ll have a much more efficient operation that wastes far less energy. Overhead such as your utility bills will shrink as a result. Overall, while going green may be a cliché, that doesn’t mean the trend is ever going away. Energy efficiency can do far more than help the environment. It’s also a cost cutting measure that increases efficiency and lowers overhead expense. Consider different ways your company can go green and save money at the same time.
  7. Waste is not pretty, and some of it is beginning to hurt the environment in more ways than one. This is the reason you need to take steps to reduce the waste you produce. The following are four ways you can do that for the good of the planet. House Inspection A good house inspection can help reduce waste in various ways; for example, you can seal up holes or cracks. These imperfections could be forcing you to use more energy than needed by forcing your AC to work harder to keep your home comfortable. You will not only be reducing energy waste, but you'll end up saving money. Upgrading your home to a smart digital thermometer may give you a tax cut, but also decrease the utilities that you waste. This is great because you can save on utilities consumed while saving money. Composting Forward Composting may sound a little strange at first, but it can go a long way towards reducing waste. A lot of what you throw away can be composted naturally without going to landfills. All you need is a composting bin, the sun, and the willingness to feed your garden or a local garden your compost when you are done. Try to get everyone in your home used to the idea of composting so that it becomes easier for you to do it. Water Purification Water purification and filtration intricate systems it requires not only fabric wire cloth parts like those found at newarkwire.com, but also a number of other complex systems to create certain chemical reactions to remove particles that could lead to hard water. Hard water is bad for the environment because it can make it harder to dissolve soap, which can clog up your plumbing or the sewer system in your city. Hard water can also degrade your clothes faster, forcing you to buy more prematurely. Businesses, apartment complexes and even residential areas can all have different water filtration and purification systems put in place that will help recycle water and reduce the amount of water waste. Going Paperless It is important that you start making your way towards a paperless existence. There are a lot of things you can do like canceling paper statements from your bank and relying on digital statements. You can also ask loved ones to send you digital postcards or mail rather than regular mail. It may be impossible to get rid of all mail, but that doesn't mean you cannot reduce it. You should also consider avoiding the use of paper plates or cups at home. Going digital is also convenient for archiving information as you can search your online database instead of a garage full of boxes. These are just some of the eco-friendly steps you can take to lessen the amount of waste your home creates. Sure, it is going to be tough to get used to some of these changes, but it will be worth it in the end.
  8. There are benefits when it comes to the use of alternative forms of energy. Many of these benefits aren’t just limited to the increased availability of energy and the public health implications. Here are some of the ways that green electricity can work to protect the Earth. Reduction in Emissions The amount of gases that are emitted with traditional forms of electricity are contributing to climate change. Alternative forms of energy don’t release harmful gases into the atmosphere while generating electricity for your home. This makes them the better alternative because they are more environmentally friendly. If enough people were to switch to renewable energy sources, this could help to reduce the amount of pollution that’s in the air. Sustainable Options Coal and oil are a finite source of energy. This means that once they’re gone, those forms of energy will become obsolete. Alternative forms of energy are sustainable because they are powered by things like the sun and wind. Getting solar panels installed is one way that you can help to protect the environment and ensure that your home continues to have a reliable power source. Solar panel installation and wind farms can also be used to generate a sustainable form of energy for you. Improved Water Quality Water pollution is another concern when it comes to generating power from traditional methods. Oil spills can occur which is another concern when it comes to water pollution and damage to the environment. Another concern is the amount of water that’s required for the process. Using alternative forms of energy ensures that there’s enough water available for those that need it. There’s also the benefit of not having to worry about the amount of pollution that’s entering your water system. Less Habitat Loss The act of searching for more sources of finite energy often leads animals to lose their habitats. Another common cause of habitat loss is due to climate change. As the weather patterns shift, certain areas of the world will start to loss their ability to sustain life in the same manner. By stopping this cycle, you can generate power without having to encroach on established areas of habitat. In most cases, you can generate power at your home without the need to construct large facilities to get the job done. There are lots of reasons that going with green electricity will help to protect the planet. You can do your part by promoting its use and advocating for others to do the same.
  9. There are benefits when it comes to the use of alternative forms of energy. Many of these benefits aren’t just limited to the increased availability of energy and the public health implications. Here are some of the ways that green electricity can work to protect the Earth. Reduction in Emissions The amount of gases that are emitted with traditional forms of electricity are contributing to climate change. Alternative forms of energy don’t release harmful gases into the atmosphere while generating electricity for your home. This makes them the better alternative because they are more environmentally friendly. If enough people were to switch to renewable energy sources, this could help to reduce the amount of pollution that’s in the air. Sustainable Options Coal and oil are a finite source of energy. This means that once they’re gone, those forms of energy will become obsolete. Alternative forms of energy are sustainable because they are powered by things like the sun and wind. Getting solar panels installed is one way that you can help to protect the environment and ensure that your home continues to have a reliable power source. Solar panel installation and wind farms can also be used to generate a sustainable form of energy for you. Improved Water Quality Water pollution is another concern when it comes to generating power from traditional methods. Oil spills can occur which is another concern when it comes to water pollution and damage to the environment. Another concern is the amount of water that’s required for the process. Using alternative forms of energy ensures that there’s enough water available for those that need it. There’s also the benefit of not having to worry about the amount of pollution that’s entering your water system. Less Habitat Loss The act of searching for more sources of finite energy often leads animals to lose their habitats. Another common cause of habitat loss is due to climate change. As the weather patterns shift, certain areas of the world will start to loss their ability to sustain life in the same manner. By stopping this cycle, you can generate power without having to encroach on established areas of habitat. In most cases, you can generate power at your home without the need to construct large facilities to get the job done. There are lots of reasons that going with green electricity will help to protect the planet. You can do your part by promoting its use and advocating for others to do the same.
  10. Civil engineers design many structures that help to improve your life. Taking on the task of improving wastewater management in order to make it more green is a newer concept. Here are some of the ways that civil engineers are tackling the wastewater management revolution. Run-off Alternatives You may have noticed that there are more ways that water run-off is being handled. In some areas, a greener approach is being taken by using landscaping alternatives to handling water run-off from parking lots and streets. These green “ditches” are helping to limit the amount of water that needs to be processed by a wastewater treatment plant. Your home may also be helping by using soft-scaping in order to combat some of your run-off issues. Use of Wetland Systems Another similar idea is through the use of engineered wetland systems that help with the treatment of certain types of wastewater. The plants and the bacteria are the filtering system that complete the treatment process. There are a couple of types of wetland treatment systems that you may have seen. These include an open wetland system and more of a closed system in which the top layer is covered with mulch. The benefit of these engineered systems is that they are more cost effective. Improved Delivery System The piping is a large component of any wastewater treatment facility. There are thousands of miles of pipes underneath your city that deliver the water to it. Much of this piping is aging because it was installed decades ago. This has lead engineers to find new means of delivery that are green and won’t corrode with age. Recycled metals and types of plastic are more commonly being installed when corrosion is observed in the sewage delivery system in your neighborhood. Green Construction Methods The wastewater treatment facility itself may even by using green construction methods in order to reduce its carbon footprint. This may mean that your wastewater treatment facility is installing alternative forms of energy in order to perform its tasks. There are any number of greener construction methods that are becoming popular in which newer facilities can be constructed. Civil engineers are responsible for the planning and development of these newer installations so that they can better serve you and help to protect the environment. A variety of methods can be used to make wastewater management a little greener. You may have seen these methods in action in and around your community over the years.
  11. Life can be extremely busy. That’s why it’s not unusual for people to never think twice about the undeniable value of metal recycling. If you want to make the world a better place, then you should learn the ins and outs of metal recycling. You should learn about all of the things that make it so essential. Recycling Metal Can Conserve Natural Resources Natural resource conservation is a big deal. If you want to conserve major resources, then recycling metal can help you achieve your aim. Steel recycling can safeguard substantial amounts of limestone, coal and iron ore. It can even decrease H20 use. Substantial water levels are necessary for an abundance of metal production projects. Recycling Metal Can Conserve Vital Energy People don’t like to admit that natural resources simply aren’t accessible endlessly. The terrific news is that recycling metal can help hold on to natural resources. If you want to decrease any and all waste that’s associated with steel, copper, aluminum, and other materials, then regular recycling efforts are the way to go. Industrial scrap recycling can be terrific for lowering greenhouse gas discharges that are part of numerous metal production smelting practices. Recycling Metal Can Lower Air Pollution Greatly Metal production is a pretty complex and intricate thing. It entails the discharge of many hazardous gases. Recycling is often considered to be superior due to the fact that it doesn’t give off as many problematic gases. That’s exactly how it can dramatically decrease the planet’s air pollution levels. Recycling Metal Can Introduce New Job Opportunities The key to attaining a healthy planet is having human beings who are both happy and productive. Happy humans require jobs that enable them to have rewarding and well-rounded existences. Metal recycling can promote a healthy planet by introducing new jobs to it. Burning metal doesn’t call for a lot of manpower. Scrap metal recycling, on the other hand, is a whole other ballgame. Recycling metal is in many cases a project that calls for hundreds of individuals. Human beings need the planet in order to thrive. That’s why it makes sense that the planet needs cooperation from humans, too. If you want to ensure a planet that has a fantastic future, then you should think about all of the positives of recycling metal. Ignoring the planet and its needs can be detrimental to the people of tomorrow. It can be detrimental to landscapes everywhere as well.
  12. More businesses are taking an active role to protect the environment. Although this may seem like a daunting task requiring extensive amounts of time or money, it really is fairly easy to make your company eco-friendly. Here are some basic tips for going green at your business. Reduce Utility Usage Wasting electric, gas, and water not only runs up the monthly utility costs, but it can also strain and waste our natural resources. Switch off lights in areas that are not currently being used. Turn down the thermostat to lower levels that protect people’s health and the company assets while lowering the use of heating sources, such as gas, propane, or electric. Check the hot water tank and consider lowering the temperature to a usable but not wasteful temperature. Any electrical equipment not being at night or over the weekends can be turned off or shut down to save power. Reuse Equipment and Supplies If your computer begins to act up or the printer is not working quite right, think about buying a used replacement or a rebuilt model. When you buy new equipment, it costs more and also uses more new materials. Buying a used or recycled brand gives older equipment a second life to avoid wasting new materials and products that will eventually add to the growing trash collection that leads to soil and water pollution. Shop for paper supplies that are recycled, along with other office products that have been refurbished or made from eco-friendly substances that won’t harm the planet. Clear Unneeded Debris If your office is harboring broken machinery or equipment, don’t leave it sitting around to use valuable space and utilities. Rent a dumpster when cleaning out a new business space to get trash where it belongs. You may be able to recycle certain types of fixtures and equipment so that others can get additional use from them in other forms. Dispose of toxic products appropriately to prevent local contamination. Buy Eco-Friendly Products Look for environmentally-friendly cleaning products, computer supplies, and virtual storage to reduce paper use. Ask about biodegradable materials that can gradually disintegrate into the soil, air, or water. Even décor like draperies or carpets can be made from eco-friendly materials. It doesn’t take much time or effort to operate your office efficiently while protecting the earth and our environment. Start switching to eco-friendly practices and products to keep our world green for generations to come.
  13. If you have any interest at all in saving the environment or even in saving money, repurposing old or useless possessions should hold a certain interest for you. With a bit of creativity and a quick peek at the Internet, you can find hundreds of ideas on how you can put old possessions to new uses. Here are just a few tips to get you started. Consider a Fresh Design Getting tired of looking at old furniture is a common concern among many homeowners. After all, having something fresh and clean to look at can enhance one’s mood and can even give the home a new feel. Instead of trashing a piece of furniture, consider whether a fresh coat of paint, a new texture or a small change, such as a new lampshade or different knobs, could give the piece new life. Get Professional Help If you feel that you do not have a single creative bone in your body or simply do not have the time to repurpose your belongings yourself, you can count on professionals to get the job done for you. Look for a junk removal company, like AAA Rousse, that recycles old items from your home. They can help you clean out boxes of unwanted possessions from your home, and you can be relieved to know that your possessions will be put to good use elsewhere. Improve Your Organization One of the easiest ways to repurpose a variety of belongings is to use them for storage and organization. This is a simple way to put such items as vases, bowls, old drawers, pots and similar items to use. Also, consider putting larger items to organizational uses, such as by using an old ladder for a bookshelf. Use Items as Decor Not everything has to be used for its original purpose. As you saw when using items old items for organizational purposes, you can use your creativity to use items for interesting decor as well. For example, consider hanging plates on your walls, framing jewelry, or turning an old sweater into a cover for a throw pillow. Repurposing your old possessions means that you no longer waste space storing them and do not have to add to the already-crowded nature of landfills. Plus, you can save money when you realize that you do not have to buy a new piece of furniture or decor because you have repurposed something you already have. Of course, when you absolutely cannot find any way to put some of your belongings to use, you can count on professionals to recycle or upcycle your belongings well.
  14. If you want to do your part in helping the environment by conserving energy, there are some adjustments that you can make to your lifestyle. These changes will likely yield great results and will still allow you to enjoy the comforts of modern living without putting as much strain on the planet’s resources. Here are four great ways to save on your energy bill and help the environment. Unplug Electronic Devices You may be surprised to learn that many of your electronic devices and appliances could still be using power even when they’re not in use. Leaving certain electronics plugged into walls and power strips might be wasting energy and raising your utility bills without you realizing. Laptop computers and old cell phones are among the items that can use “phantom power” when they’re continuously plugged in even after they’ve finished charging. Switch to Solar Power Solar energy allows you to power your home without the use of electricity. Solar panel installation around your property will enable you to use the sun’s rays as a power source. Solar power is a much cleaner alternative to using gas, electricity, and other energy sources that are less clean and more harmful to the environment. Businesses that sell solar energy products have contractors on staff who can install all the necessary equipment and make sure that each piece functions properly. Use More Natural Light Along with solar power, you can brighten your home using the sun itself by simply increasing the amount of natural lighting in your home. Uncovering your windows to allow more sunlight to shine into your living space can make a huge difference. To maximize brightness, try using white or bright colors in your rooms that reflect the natural light that shines into your home. Installing more mirrors can also help. Using natural sunlight will save you from turning on as many lights during the day and can cut your energy costs. Try Energy-Efficient Lightbulbs Certain types of lightbulbs have been designed to use less energy while still emitting enough light. Halogen incandescent bulbs are among the best energy savers. LED and CFL bulbs also work well in many homes and still produce enough light for clear visibility. Many of these energy-efficient bulbs are also known to last longer than standard lightbulbs. It’s possible to save energy and keep more money in your wallet by making a few changes around your home. Many of these modifications don’t require a lot of effort and are some of the simplest ways that can help you live a greener lifestyle.
  15. Taking a road trip with your family gives you the incredible opportunity to make unforgettable memories together, to see the sights and to relax. If you are planning a road trip, you may be thinking about the impact that your trip will have on the environment. Many trips generate a substantial amount of waste and pollution, and the guilt associated with this can detract from your enjoyment of your vacation. The good news is that you can apply these tips to your travel plans for a green road trip. Prepare Your Own Meals Road trips and fast food go hand in hand, but fast food can be detrimental to the environment in many ways. Consider that each item is individually wrapped, and a bag of food may be accompanied by plastic forks, paper napkins, pouches of condiments and other items that create unnecessary waste. Many of these items cannot be recycled, and the food is not sourced locally. On the other hand, preparing your meals limits the amount of waste generated, and it gives you the chance to pick up locally-sourced foods as you travel. Use Solar Energy If you plan to travel in an RV, it makes sense to invest in a solar kit that can power your RV while you are parked. Rather than connect your RV to a park’s electrical system and pull energy from the grid, your RV can be self-sustaining in this way. The good news is that using one of many RV solar panel kits can also result in regular savings because you will not have to pay this extra connection fee at each park that you visit. Focus on Recycling Even when you prepare your own meals, you inevitably will generate some waste. Plan ahead for recycling by bringing a few containers with you. Use separate containers to keep plastics, paper, aluminum, and glass products separate. When you find recycling stations, simply empty your containers to dispose of your waste responsibly. Stay in One Place Longer Regardless of whether you are traveling in an RV, a family car or something else, miles traveled equate to the consumption of fossil fuels and the generation of carbon emissions and pollution. Some people try to rush through each destination that they visit so that they can see more of the world, but it may be best to stay in one place for at least a few days. You will reduce pollution, curb fuel consumption and be able to explore destinations more in-depth than you otherwise would. While road trips can unfortunately contribute to waste and pollution, you can see that there are many relatively easy steps that can reduce the environmental impact of your trips. As you plan ahead for your upcoming vacation, consider how you can incorporate these and other green ideas into your travel plans.