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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. × 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Living a green existence can make you feel like you’re doing something positive for the planet. It can actually lead to positive outcomes, too. If you want your consumption of energy to be as kind to the environment as possible, you should adopt any or of all of these strategies at your place of work or in your household right away. Switch Your HVAC Filters out on a Frequent Basis Heating and cooling a home can eat up a considerable amount of energy. If you want to minimize your energy use in a big way, you should switch out your heating and air conditioning system filters on a frequent basis. This will do more than conserve energy as well. That’s because it will also make your monthly energy bills a lot lower. Invest in LED Lighting The use of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights calls for markedly lower levels of energy. If you want to minimize your energy consumption greatly, you should switch all of your existing lightbulbs out with fresh LED ones. This may require an upfront investment of money. If you wait a little bit, however, you’ll save a lot on your energy bills each month. Reuse Energy-Efficient Industrial Transformers over and Over You can decrease your energy use by going for industrial transformers that are classified as being energy efficient. People who want to keep waste to a minimum should think about reusing any tools, like an industrial transformer, whenever possible. If you use industrial transformers in the workplace, you shouldn’t forget about them once they’re no longer brand new. Using them over and over can minimize waste greatly. Use Ceiling Fans Any Time You Can You should never assume that turning your air conditioning unit on is the only way to cool your property down well. If you want to cool an interior space without employing a lot of energy, you should try ceiling fans. Ceiling fan installation can be terrific for people who want to lower energy consumption. It can be fantastic for those who want to lower their energy bills as well. If you care deeply about the environment, the world and a brighter tomorrow, you need to take the appropriate actions day in and day out. This means that you should do whatever you can to restrict your use of energy. This is crucial regardless of your location. It can help to decrease energy use at home, at work and beyond.
  16. Renewable energy has many advantages. Getting your energy from the sun, wind or other renewable sources to power your business can be helpful for both your company and the planet. Here are some of the main benefits that you’re likely to see by switching to renewable energy solutions for your business. Lower Utility Costs Using a traditional energy source may not be financially sound for your business. Renewable energy is generally less expensive and more reliable. Oil, natural gas and other forms of traditional energy are in limited supply and costlier to harvest. The equipment that you use to generate your renewable energy can streamline the process and put less strain on the earth’s natural resources. You may have to invest a decent amount of money for your equipment, but you’ll probably end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Carbon Footprint Reduction The amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere can be reduced by switching to renewable energy. As the Union of Concerned Scientists states, by releasing less of these pollutants into the air, you’ll be contributing less to the problem of global warming. Renewable energy is often considered to be “clean” energy for its minimal production of global warming emissions. Hydro power and ocean energy emit the smallest amounts of greenhouse gases. Improved Air and Water Quality In addition to minimizing global warming, using renewable energy will make the air cleaner and better for breathing. The fewer pollutants that are emitted from renewable energy will also make water safer for drinking. After your professional electrical contractors finish installing your equipment, you’ll have access to renewable energy that’s known to reduce certain health risks. Respiratory difficulties, cardiovascular problems and certain forms of cancer have been linked to the high levels of pollutants that come from traditional power sources. A Better Image for Your Business People are often impressed by businesses that practice environmental responsibility. By advertising that your company uses renewable energy, you may attract more loyal customers. The fact that you use renewable energy might also convince other companies to follow suit. You’ll be setting a good example when you make the switch, and doing so can help your business establish itself as an industry leader. You’ll reap more rewards than you’ve likely imagined when you start using renewable energy. By making the commitment, you’ll be helping to sustain the planet for generations to come. Contact electrical contractors in your areas and see which green energy solutions they can offer your business.
  17. People are constantly searching for ways to be sustainable and eco-friendly in the modern world. Their reasons for that are completely understandable as well. If you want to invest in electricity that can benefit the environment, you should put your focus on components that are renewable. Buying them doesn’t have to be a hassle. Take Your Search to the Internet Many companies that sell renewable electrical parts have a presence on the Internet. That’s good news for people who are conscious about maintaining the environment. That’s because it gives them the ability to complete their purchases online. If you’re keen on green power and its potential, you can use online retailers to shop for carbon offsets, lighting, and many other things that can help. Look for Businesses in Your Area People do not necessarily have to go online to manage renewable electrical product purchases. There are actually many brick-and-mortar businesses that sell items that are part of this category. Getting your hands on these products in person can help save you effort. It can give you the option to look at things with your own eyes as well. If you’re all about minimizing your carbon footprint, you should look for nearby stores that can accommodate your wishes. Do Sufficient Research If you want to have a well-rounded and logical eco-friendly electricity arrangement, then you need to take care and do research in advance. Figure out exactly what you need and don’t need. This can save you from a lot of frustration when searching for individual items. You may want to buy an AC current switch as well. These are popular items among many individuals these days who are passionate about renewable energy. Get Good Recommendations You probably know a few people who are just as committed to helping the environment as you are. Feel free to get renewable electrical component product suggestions from them. They may be able to point you to businesses that have large and varied product selections. They may be able to introduce you to books and magazines that can help you pick out the most trustworthy manufacturers out there as well. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people who have experience and insight regarding renewable electrical components. You should never be lazy about sustainability. If you can’t find the renewable products you need, take your search somewhere else. You’re bound to find what you need somewhere. You should always be devoted to doing positive things for this magnificent planet.
  18. Old electrical components fill up entire portion of landfills. Many of these parts could be used to make new electrical components. Here are some of the ways that society should focus its efforts on recycling over disposing of electrical waste. Create a Program A program needs to be implemented in cities so that you’re aware of how to go about recycling electrical components. Some cities have taken the initiative on this step and have implemented a recycling depot. These depots collect all of the electrical waste that you discard. In some places, you’re asked to bring your old components to these drop-off sites for proper disposal. Once the material has been collected, it can be repurposed. Reuse Parts Many of the components contained within these electrical devices still have some value. This could be in the form of gold and copper that is used to aid the flow of electricity. You can do this step at home as well. Remove the portions that still have value and repurpose them into another form. Facilities can become a certified recycler for these types of components. This allows for the proper disposal and reuse of potentially toxic substances. Focus on New Forms Many of the components that have value can be used in order to create new products. This can be done in an industrial setting using an industrial transformer in order to aid with the correct voltage of electricity for the machinery. Another benefit of having a centralized area for generating new components is that less electricity is used for their creation. You can also reuse some computer and other electrical components making new items for around the house. Advertise Your Efforts Advertising the fact that these efforts are ongoing is important. You can assist with this process by letting others know about the importance of recycling electrical components. If they aren’t disposed of properly, many of these items can be detrimental to the environment. Melting the usable portions down and reusing them could help you to have a greener source of energy. It takes time to mine and refine the minerals that are used to make new components. You already have a source to help keep the environment a little cleaner in your own home. There are lots of ways that recycling old electrical components can help efforts to make green electricity. Advocate your local community leaders to develop a recycling program if one doesn’t already exist in your area.
  19. Having clean water is something that many people in the US take for granted. Wastewater treatment plants make sure that the water that comes out of your tap is clean and safe for you to drink. Here are some of the ways that wastewater treatment plants can make their processes greener. Use Natural Slope Assistance The lay of the land should be taken into consideration when it comes to treating sewage. Many plants will pump the sewage up and into the treatment facility. This can use a tremendous amount of energy just getting the water inside. The best way to reduce this waste is to position the treatment facility in such a way as to allow the natural slope of the land to direct the flow. A little bit of pumping assistance may be required, but it will use less energy overall. Smaller Systems Create Less Waste Many communities will have one large wastewater treatment facility. Some companies, like Econocycle, know that this then requires that all of the waste from the city is transported to one place. Having smaller treatment areas reduces the amount of waste that is traveling long distances. This uses less energy and causes less destruction to the local environment. These smaller systems can also use less chemicals to treat the water due to the smaller volume that needs to be processed. Soil Filtration Methods There are safer methods in which to treat sewage and waste. Soil filtration is one of the more environmentally safe wastewater treatment methods. The soil itself acts as a buffer to remove much of the contaminants that exist in the waste. This method has long been used when it comes to your home septic tank system. Community treatment facilities rely more on other methods of reducing the amount of contaminants that reenter the water supply. Renewable Energy Sources Even in the greenest wastewater treatment facility, some energy is required. Employing greener methods with renewable energy sources can ensure that the facility is as green as possible. Solar panels are easy to install on any building that gets a significant amount of sun. Wind turbines may also be another method to consider for treatment facilities that are outside of the city limits. All of these factors combined help to reduce the carbon footprint of the sewage and wastewater treatment process. Treating raw sewage before it can contaminant streams and rivers is important. It’s also important to be mindful of doing so in the most efficient and eco-friendly manner possible.
  20. Energy efficiency is one of the smartest contributions you can make to your household budget and to the future of our planet. If you adopt just one single eco-friendly strategy listed herein, Mother Nature and your wallet will certainly thank you. Some of the strategies may require you to make an initial investment that will eventually pay for itself in terms of savings. With this in mind, here are four strategies to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Switch to LED or CFL Light Bulbs Compact fluorescent lamps and LED light bulbs are between 35 to 65 percent more efficient than their traditional counterparts. Depending on your lighting usage patterns and the number of illuminated spaces in your house, you could save between $40 and $60 per year with LED bulbs. Keep in mind that keeping lights on during the daytime will result in higher electricity bills. Choose Smart Ways to Conserve Water Municipal utilities are forced to apply a substantial amount of energy to pump drinking water to your house. At a time when major cities such as Cape Town in South Africa are suffering major water shortages, you should do your best to conserve water at home. Three tips to get started: install low-flow shower heads and faucets, wash only full loads of laundry, and turn off water that you’re not using when you shower or brush your teeth. Bury Your Electric Cables Exposed and aerial electrical cables are at a higher risk of becoming damaged. A smarter and more energy-efficient way of organizing electrical wires and cables is to bury them. Underground wiring installation minimize the risk of power failure due to damage to electrical cables during extreme weather conditions. This is something to be done by a trained professional, however, like those from Motor Shop Electrical Construction Co. Modernize Your HVAC System If you live in a warm region, chances are that your air conditioning unit is the most expensive line item in your monthly electricity bill. For this reason, you should invest in a smart thermostat and an overall upgrade. This does not mean that you will have to replace your compressor. Depending on the age and condition of your A/C unit, a seasonal tune-up may be all you need to make it energy-efficient. In the end, you should strive to adopt the four strategies listed above and conduct further research on household energy efficiency. Learning more about this subject may prompt to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle that can holistically improve your health.
  21. Water pollution has many negative effects on the planet. This problem impacts us in more ways than you may have realized and has led to many devastating long-term consequences. Here are some of the main ways that water pollution affects us all. Soil Contamination Water that’s filled with pollutants can saturate soil and cause many problems. Grass, trees and crops are often not able to grow when the soil is heavily contaminated from water pollution. Contaminants from water may also cause the soil to erode faster and pose landslide and flood risks. Soil that has been affected by water pollution is often less stable and unsafe for building houses. Furthermore, contaminated soil can run off into other bodies of water and taint those water sources as well. Unsafe Drinking Water Many agents can be found in polluted drinking water that are hazardous for humans to consume. Even though most municipalities in the U.S. carefully monitor their drinking water for contaminants, water pollution is still a major problem in some communities. Polluted water may contain contaminants like arsenic, lead and petrochemicals, which may increase cancer and other health risks. Drinking polluted water can also cause dental problems such as teeth yellowing and cavities. A water filtration system is often effective in filtering out many contaminants from drinking water. Food Chain Disruption Water pollution can greatly disrupt the food chain and affect the food supply for societies around the world. Many animals that serve as the food sources for other species have died from the effects of water pollution. Fish that ingest pollutants and then are eaten by humans and other marine life can also cause serious health problems. Smaller fish are known to ingest lead and cadmium and can end up killing larger aquatic species that feed on them. Farm animals that get contaminated water into their systems can also disrupt the food chain. The Spread of Diseases Drinking, bathing with or swimming in polluted water can put you in contact with germs and viruses that are linked to certain diseases. Typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A are just a few of the diseases that are linked to contaminated water. Bacteria in polluted water that enters the mouth and nose can also cause dysentery. The EPA states that swimming in water contaminated with sewage can cause stomach aches, vomiting and other problems associated with gastroenteritis. Disease transmission can be even easier through open wounds. People, animals and the environment all bear the brunt of water pollution. It’s important that you take the right precautions and get your community involved to combat this problem
  22. A lot of the ways that you can save energy this summer can also help keep your home cooler. Keep an eye of the weather forecast so that you can plan ahead appropriately to save the most energy. Here are just a few tricks that you can use to save some energy this summer. Invest in Outdoor Cooking Options Running your oven causes heat to become trapped in your home. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to live on raw or cold food all summer. Look into outdoor cooking options like a barbecue. This will allow you to make all of those fun summer foods without having to heat up your home. It also uses less energy to use other methods for cooking. Crock pots and toaster ovens are another solution to simple cooking that uses less electricity. Upgrade Your HVAC System An older HVAC system requires more energy to maintain the temperature in your home. If your HVAC system is older than 20 years, it’s time to get a replacement anyway. There are even tax rebates for certain types of ac replacement options. For newer HVAC systems, consider having it serviced to help to improve its efficiency. Change out the filter so that you can get the maximum amount of benefit from your unit. Shop around so that you can found the right solution for you. Use Natural Cooling Sources Your windows are a great way to cool your home down for free. Open them up at night when the outside air is cooler than the inside air. You may want to invest in window locking features so that you can protect your home and your kids. When the sun comes up in the morning, close your windows to trap the cool air inside. Close your curtains to block out some of the solar radiation from entering your home during the day. Replace Outdated Lighting Older light bulbs put out a little bit of heat. The bigger concern with older lightbulbs is that they consume larger quantities of energy over their newer counterparts. LED bulbs are designed to use a fraction of the energy and will last years longer. Another thing that you can do to reduce your energy consumption is to use natural light to your advantage. Open up your curtains when the sun isn’t streaming into the window. Saving energy this summer is as hard or as easy as you make it. Take a look around your home so that you can determine the best way to do so.
  23. No one wants to consider themselves as wasteful. While you might know you’re not perfect, you try your best. At least, that’s what you think. It turns out being wasteful can be a cumulative action that adds up through much passivity. In order to be environmentally-conscious, you need to be conscious of your relationship with the environment. These are four ways you might be contributing to the world’s waste without realizing it. Plastic Bags You might have a whole houseful of plastic bags that you don’t know what to do with. All those trips to the grocery can add up. However, it’s not just your wallet that can take a hit. Plastic takes a substantial amount of time to break down. A great solution is to purchase a few reusable grocery bags made of sturdy material like canvas. These bags can also save you from making multiple trips to your car, based on how much they hold. Disposable Razors Are you running through razors like crazy? As we said previously, all that plastic can really contribute to landfills. Thankfully, you can nix the disposable razors and have a much better experience. A high-quality electric razor can be one of your best purchases. Instead of having an average shave with a razor you’ll quickly throw away, you can have a great shave with one that you’ll hold onto. Clothes It can be easy to take your clothes for granted. You wear them, but you might not consider them past how they look. Take a look to see where they’re from and how they’re made. Are they made locally and sourced from sustainable materials? If not, you should definitely consider purchasing clothes that can have a better impact on the environment. Not Disposing of Garbage Properly You shouldn’t just see your garbage as one set thing. Instead, you should understand how complex it is. Make sure you have things properly sorted in recycling. You should also consider how much waste is piling up around you. A dumpster rental can be great for getting rid of lots of excess materials. It also helps to be mindful of how much you spend on non-biodegradable goods. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you realize you’ve been wasteful. It’s understandable and adjustable. Instead, you should commend yourself for having the foresight to address it. With these tips, you can help yourself be much more mindful of waste.
  24. If your family is like many, there is a good chance that you waste a lot of electricity in your home. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to reduce your energy consumption. Follow these steps if you’re interested in doing so. Turn Your Home into a Smart Home First of all, if you haven’t yet implemented smart home automation in your home, then now is a good time to do so. Along with making your home more comfortable and intuitive for your family, this can help you conserve energy. For example, a programmable thermostat can help you avoid wasting energy with your HVAC system, and being able to turn off lights that were left on from a touch of your smartphone can help you conserve energy as well. Plus, as an added bonus, adding smart home components to your home can help you increase its value and make it much more appealing to potential buyers if you choose to put your home on the market later on. Invest in the Best Window Coverings One simple and affordable change that you can make is to invest in the best window coverings possible for your home. Look for those that are designed to filter out sunlight, since this can help you dramatically reduce your heating bills. It can also help you make your home more comfortable, prevent glares and protect your furnishings and flooring from fading. Plus, there are tons of modern and attractive styles, so buying new window coverings is a great way to update your home’s decor at the same time. Change out Your Light Bulbs If you haven’t yet switched out all of your household light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs, now is the time to do so. This is an affordable project to tackle, and it’s something you can do yourself. Swap out Household Appliances If you’re ready to make an investment, consider swapping out your household appliances. Older refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances use a lot more energy than newer models. Some, like washing machines and dishwashers, also waste water. Buying new, eco-friendly appliances can help you save on energy and help the environment. As you can see, there are a few things that you can do if you would like to control how much energy you use at home. Then, you can lower the amount that you pay for your electricity bill each month, and you can feel good in knowing that your family has taken steps to reduce its impact on the environment
  25. Cutting your utility costs shouldn’t have to be hard work. If you’re at a loss of where to start, have an energy audit conducted. This will give you a jumping off point for how to become more energy efficient. Here are some methods that you can use to reduce your utility costs. Reduce Your Loss Factor Drafts are causing there to be a lot of air exchange in your home. Your HVAC unit has to work harder to maintain the temperature. Cut down on the amount of drafts in your home. Some of the ways that you can do this is to invest in caulking and weather-stripping. A more proactive approach is to replace old doors and windows. You can also add insulation into the areas of your home that you are lacking, such as the attic or your crawlspace. Service Your HVAC A HVAC that is functioning at peak capacity will save you money in the long run. This means that you should have your HVAC unit serviced at least once a year. You’ll also need to check and/or change your air filter on a monthly basis. If your HVAC is on the older side, it might be time for an upgrade. Get quotes from several companies, like A & E Heating and AC Inc., so that you can find the best solution for your budget. Invest in Efficient Lighting Solutions You may be spending more than is necessary lighting up your home. Look into changing out your old light bulbs with more energy efficient LED ones. They use approximately a quarter of the amount of energy as the fluorescent variety. Even fluorescents are better than the incandescent bulbs. Another solution is to install motion sensing light switches if your family can’t remember to turn off the lights in a room. The lights will automatically turn off when no one is there. Look Into Waste Reduction Energy efficient appliances have come a long way. The Energy Star program has even come out with ratings for appliances like the washing machine and the dish washer. These appliances not only use less water, but less energy overall. Changing out older appliances will save you money over the life of the appliance. Another place that you can reduce waste is to install a programmable thermostat. There are even varieties that have a self-learning feature. The first place to start when you want to become more energy efficient is to assess the areas of greatest use. Work your way backwards so that you can save money on your utility costs.