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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.
  16. Nearly everybody knows and practices good habits when it comes to household recycling, but scrap metal recycling is the exception. Unless it’s in the form of electronics and beverage cans, many people simply don’t have much waste metal to throw away. Household Scrap Metal Sources If you have a failed appliance or a junk car with no value, the energy you put into finding a recycling center for disposal will have an enormously positive effect on the earth. You may even earn enough cash to make it worthwhile. Preserves Resources Regardless of where it comes from, recycling metal saves countless natural resources. It reduces the demand for raw materials from the metal mines, which are environmentally destructive. Open pit mines for copper create vast piles of pilings on which very little will grow. The mines use tremendous amounts of water and fuel. Recycled metal is one of the few materials that can be used over and over with no reduction in the quality of the material. The energy it saves adds up. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a television for three hours. Reduces Emissions Mining for metals uses tremendous amounts energy from mining it out of the ground, to extracting it from the ore. The industry uses heavy equipment to dig the metals out of the ground. These huge machines are true gas guzzlers. If the power plant that fuels the mine and the smelter burns coal, the creation of new metal creates even more climate-changing emissions. Recycling scrap metal also uses resources, but it’s nowhere near the fuel or electricity that mining requires. Every can or piece of scrap metal you keep out of the dumpster keeps the planet and the atmosphere cleaner. Reduces Related Pollution Building new mines and supplying them with the equipment they require and the power plants they need costs a tremendous amount of money and natural resources. The heavy equipment alone runs in the tens of millions of dollars and power plants aren’t cheap, either. Manufacturing heavy equipment itself uses tremendous amounts of natural resources, as does power plant production. By recycling all metals, you keep the prices lower because it increases the supply of materials that are cheaper to produce than the virgin material. If you’re looking for ways to lower your environmental footprint, look no further than taking your scrap metal to a suitable recycling center. Doing so protects the earth and the air and will put some money in your pocket.
  17. When heating or cooling a home, it can be easy to rack up a considerable electric bill without intending to, especially when excessively hot or cold months hit their peak. Fortunately, there are many ways to create a home environment that is comfortable to live in but doesn't break the bank each month. Here are just a few ways to ensure that your home won't create an intimidating electricity expense for your budget. Make Sure Windows and Doors are Sealed In ensuring that a house is energy efficient, it's important to consider whether windows and doors are accurate sealed so that heat loss during winter or loss of cool air in summer aren't issues. When a house is losing unnecessary amounts of heat or cold air, an electric bill can really get out of hand fast! Low-E glass can also be installed in windows to prevent heat transfer to the outdoors when the blinds and curtains are pulled back. Invest in Warm Clothing for Winter While it might be tempting to keep a thermostat on high during colder months, the truth is that good clothing such as fleece jackets or wool sweaters can often keep us just as warm as good heating. While you don’t want to leave your house in freezing temperatures, having balmy weather inside when it’s freezing outside is inefficient and will just result in you having to take off that sweater every time you come in the house. Find a happy medium and take the thermostat down a few notches in the winter so you can get some use out of those Christmas sweaters and save on the energy bill at the same time. Invest in a Roof That Won't Trap Heat If you've ever seen the effect of excess air-conditioning on a home's electric bill, you've probably wondered about the best ways to keep your house cool when the sun is beating down on your home. Just as important as keeping the heat inside during the winter is keeping it outside in the summer. Make sure that your roof is properly insulated and incorporates energy-efficient material. Metal roofs have less seams by which heat can leak in or out, and it can deflect the sun away from your home. If you already have one, make sure that it is properly repaired should there be any cracks or outlets that might allow the heat to creep in. Metal roof repair is relatively cheap and easy compared to shingles, and proper insulation underneath mitigates heat transfer in any season. Check Your Chimney If you live in a home with a fireplace, you might want to make sure that your flu is in good shape and that your home isn't losing much-needed heat during wintertime and cold air during summer. Without a proper ventilation that can be covered when the fireplace isn’t in use, hot air from your home will easily escape out the chimney, and hot air will swiftly mingle with cold when given an opening. There's nothing quite like a good fireplace to make a home cozy, but it's important that a chimney isn't creating unnecessary costs in terms of heating and cooling. Remember to Turn Off Lights When it's dark outside, turning on the lights is a necessity for most activities. However, if we're accustomed to leaving lights on in rooms we're not using, the effect on our electric bills can be devastating. Be sure that you aren't using unnecessary lights, and you might find that you'll be saving more each month. Also be sure to use any natural lighting available during the day to prevent unnecessary energy use. Finding a balance between our summer or wintertime needs and our electric bill doesn't have to be a difficult process. Investing in proper housing materials and insulation, as well as demonstrating practical energy use, will save money every day in the way our energy in consumed. Ensure that your home is prepared for any season, and your energy budget will be, too.
  18. × Increasingly, we are hearing more complaints about how planet Earth is being destroyed by careless human behavior. Our air, water, and soil are being polluted to the point where future existence may be in danger. Before it is too late, we should all become responsible citizens to save our planet. There are many simple, low-cost or free ways to daily keep our natural surroundings clean and attractive. Don’t Litter Avoid the temptation to throw empty food or tobacco containers or wrappers out the car window or on the sidewalk. Keep a trash bag in the car for the purpose. Make sure your trashcans that are put out to the curb for garbage collection are tightly closed and cannot be easily opened by delinquents or wild animals. Keep your property free of litter or loose trash, and you might be able to set an example for the neighbors. Recycle Eligible Materials Find out if your area has a recycling program. Many neighborhoods are now provided with free recycling receptacles and scheduled pickups, along with information on what can be recycled, as well as items that cannot. If there is no pickup program in place, look for the nearest drop-off center for recyclable items like paper, cardboard boxes, metals, and tires, among other things. Organize a Community Clean-Up Get together with neighbors or coworkers to arrange a clean-up day for a messy neighborhood area. It might be a school playground, a local park, or empty lots in need of a thorough cleaning. You can rent skip bins to safely and conveniently hold all the rubbish and litter that will be gathered. You can even make it a celebration by having snacks and beverages available. Children can work alongside their parents to learn the value of teamwork and community service. Plant New or Replacement Greenery At home on land you own or rent, you may be able to plant new plants, shrubs, or trees to help protect the ecosystem and prevent soil erosion. In public areas, you can organize a team or arrange a family day to plant seedlings on bare lots or places void of greenspace. Greenery helps to purify the air of toxic substances as well as beautifying the area for enjoyment by all. Keeping our natural surroundings looking good and free of litter can actually ease stress and enhance a community’s value. Take small steps like these to make your neighborhood more appealing and enjoyable.
  19. You may have heard about the growing trend in construction toward “going green” and the benefits that it can offer the environment. This extends beyond the industrial fields, however, allowing even home builders to be more environmentally friendly in their construction. There are certain things that can be done when building a house that will reduce the carbon footprint of the household initially and going into the future. Here are some of the ways that construction can be sustainable and environmentally friendly. Consider Environmental Concerns Installing sources of renewable energy and incorporating them into the needs of the house will help to make the project greener. This could include items like solar panels or even solar shingles on your house. For larger-scale construction projects, another thing to consider is waste water runoff. You should have some way for water to drain or invest in soft-scaping in your yard and driveway. This includes using paver stones instead of the traditional concrete driveway. Invest in Energy Conservation The types of appliances that you install in your home will make a difference when it comes to your energy needs. Take time to carefully consider your heating and cooling methods. The majority of your energy bill comes from heating and cooling your home and therefore should be as energy efficient as possible. Installing a modern heat pump and having the right level of insulation will help to eliminate wasted energy in the colder seasons. Talk to sellers and installers in your area to ensure that all systems installed match the needs of a home the size you are building and talk to them about energy efficiency options. Foam insulation will also help to seal out more drafts, and getting Low-E window glass will maintain heat conservation, as well, without having to keep your blinds or curtains closed. Use Natural Elements Natural features of the site itself should also be taken into consideration for green construction methods. Using a civil engineering firm may help you to incorporate some of the landscape into your construction project. For example, preserving trees and using the natural slope of the land will reduce the amount of destruction that will need to occur in order to prepare the site for construction of your home. With civil engineers, you can discuss various benefits of the current lay of the land and figure out what needs to be removed and what can be preserved. Select Low VOC Finishes The type of finishes that you select in your home also makes a difference when it comes to green construction methods. For example, some types of carpeting and sheathing release chemicals into the atmosphere. These are called volatile organic compounds (VOCs.) Going with more natural products helps to eliminate the amount of gases that are released into your home and the atmosphere. Hardwood flooring, natural stone, and using paints that have no VOCs are some of the finishes that are available. Talk to your contractor about what materials are most environmentally safe and feel free to check labeling on paints if you are picking them out yourself. It can be a bit of a challenge to factor in green construction methods that are sustainable and earth-worthy, but well worth the effort. Being environmentally friendly is beneficial both for the earth and for saving money in energy efficiency in the long run. Use these tips so that you can get started on your green construction project in a way that helps everyone.
  20. When you want to reduce your carbon footprint, the best place to start at home is with the HVAC equipment and your water heater. These two use the most energy in the typical home and with maintenance, can use measurably less. You can also make a lasting improvement by air sealing your home and increasing its insulation. Maintain Your HVAC System Chances are, your furnace and air conditioner are the most energy-hungry appliances in your home. You can easily reduce how much energy they use by keeping the air filter clean on a regular basis. A dirty filter slows the air flowing through the air handler and increases your bills. Professional maintenance also helps. As your HVAC system run, it creates vibrations that loosen some of the parts. Dust also collects inside, especially if you don’t change the filter. An HVAC pro will clean and adjust all the parts and make sure everything is working as it should. Not only will it cut your power and fuel bills, your system will last longer. Don’t Forget the Water Heater A lot of homeowners aren’t aware that they need to maintain the water heater by flushing a few gallons from the bottom of the tank twice a year. If it’s equipped, you also need to monitor the sacrificial anode rod inside the tank. The rod attracts the same substances that eat away the metal in your tank, protecting it from corrosion. If yours has such a rod, you’ll see a nut at the top of the tank that you can loosen. When you pull up the rod, you’ll see how much is left. If it’s short and thin, it’s time for you or your plumber to replace it. Upgrading to a tankless water heater may also allow for greater energy efficiency as newer appliances are more up to date on latest technology. Seal the Air Leaks and Add Insulation Until you make your home draft-free, you’ll be spending more necessary to keep it comfortable year-round. Look for cracks around the window frames and daylight between your exterior doors. Acrylic caulk and weather-stripping will stop the air infiltration. Expanding foam will seal larger holes around pipes and wires. Additional attic insulation prevents heat from leaving your home in the winter and entering in the summer. Homes in this region should have at least 10 inches in the attic. Some do-it-yourselfers are comfortable working in the attic to add more. But even if you have to pay a contractor, both air sealing and enhanced insulation have high paybacks and last for years. Bottom Line Paying attention to the condition of these major appliances will cut your ecological footprint and keep money in your pocket. Each of these tips also helps you save money and energy on a continuous basis. Make sure to recycle and keep the Earth clean. This is the only planet we have, and we must take care of it if we want to survive as a species.
  21. There are lots of ways that your business can help to reduce the amount of waste that it generates. Office recycling and becoming more electronically based are just a few of the steps that you can take to minimize waste. Here are some of the other steps that you can take to ensure that your packaging is recycled. Encourage Customer Returns Some states have deposits placed on certain items in order to encourage recycling. This includes things like soda containers and paint cans. The customer will have their deposit returned if they take the item to an approved recycling facility. You may want to implement a similar system in which customers can ship back their old packaging to you. This would cut down on the amount of packaging that you'd have to make, and would reduce your waste. Consider Your Packing Fill Many businesses will use packing peanuts or air filled plastic bags in order to protect their products during shipment. The large majority of this fill is discarded directly into the trash. Look into other ways that you can protect your products in transit that aren't as harmful to the environment. For example, shredding important papers may be one solution to look into because these items can easily be recycled by your consumers. Look for Alternatives Another alternative is to outsource your packaging needs to a packaging service so that you don't have to come up with your own ideas on how to reduce waste at your business. This type of business is used to dealing with these concerns and can do so more efficiently. In the gaming industry, computer games used to be sold in the form of a disc and the packaging material. The industry has switched over to downloading things directly to their consumers' systems. You may be able to implement a similar solution. Invest in Biodegradable Solutions You may remember the packing peanuts that dissolved in water that were popular for a while. They were made out of rice flour and provided the same level of protection for your products, but reduced the amount of waste that was discarded. Coming up with ideas like this helps to reduce waste globally. Another solution is to use only recycled products in your packaging so that you can eliminate the creation of new products for at least one cycle. Minimizing the amount of waste that's generated is a global effort. Seek out other ideas from other businesses so that you can all work together.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.