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  1. Keeping an older car for many years can be great for your budget. As your car ages, you'll be able to pay it off, leaving you with less debt. The problem, though, is that old cars tend to be a little harder on the environment than newer vehicles. By taking a few smart steps, though, you can make your vehicle more environmentally friendly. To help you save the planet, here are a few tips on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your older car. Maintain Your Tires Since your tires are constantly moving, any changes in your tires can have a big effect on your car's fuel economy. By properly maintaining your tires, you can help shrink your vehicle's carbon footprint. One important step is to make sure that your tires are properly inflated at all times. This will help to prevent excess friction that can decrease your fuel economy. Maintain Your Air Conditioner During the summer, there is no larger user of fuel in your vehicle than the air conditioner. It's vital, then, that you keep it properly maintained. If the refrigerant levels are too low, it will cause your air conditioner to work harder, resulting in higher fuel use. When your air conditioner has reached the end of its life, it's important to make plans for a new AC system installation so that you can keep your vehicle cool without having to open your windows, which can increase drag. Change the Oil Your vehicle depends on clean oil to keep all of its internal components properly lubricated. As your engine oil ages, it will begin to lose its effectiveness as it collects microscopic byproducts of combustion. This causes the engine to have to work harder to produce the same amount of power, which causes your fuel consumption to increase. By regularly checking and replacing your oil, you can help your car last longer and ensure it's easy on the environment. Reduce the Weight One simple step you can take to improve your car's fuel economy is to reduce the excess weight that you carry around. If your vehicle has a lot of trash in it or if you're constantly hauling around clothes, toys, or other items, you can make surprising gains in fuel economy by simply leaving these items at home. Just be sure not to remove any essential safety items that you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road. Even cars that are well-maintained eventually expire. If your vehicle is becoming less and less efficient, it's important to know when to put it out of its misery so that your carbon footprint isn't unnecessarily large. Though it can be hard to say goodbye to an older vehicle, it's also exciting to experience the thrill of all the features that a new vehicle has to offer.
  2. Technology has changed the way of doing things in this modern age. The conventional way of doing things was very tiring and full of inconveniences. Over the years, technology has been able to facilitate business transactions, and it is possible to transact online without paperwork. In this piece, we have outlined several ways a business can be able to transact without going through endless paper works. Electronic Payments Electronic payments have made it easier to do business transactions. At the same time, the electronic mode of payment has proven to be more efficient than the conventional way of making payments. For instance, Paypal has made it easier to buy goods that are sold online, without having to be physically present in the store. The platform has incredibly increased the number of sales for businesses. It is because of how convenient buyers find payments to be and how easy it is to make payments. Moreover, the online payment method makes it easy for a business to make payments because of its exceptional payment tracking system. Also, a business can pay its employees directly through their Paypal accounts if they want to avoid paperwork that are associated with bank payments. Furthermore, businesses can also be able to transact through the business to business system where businesses can be able to do b2b payments without involving any paperwork. E-Signing Solutions E-signing solutions, enable you to sign legal payment documents without having to go through the processes of dealing with papers. You can send your documents securely, and get the appropriate signatures quickly and efficiently using the system. It is very efficient because it saves businesses from going to unnecessary meetings to sign off documents. Blockchain Technology Blockchain for business is an efficient way of making business payments because it has a distributed ledger technology. The ledger allows both parties involved in the transaction to view the information simultaneously, which builds trust. Today, businesses also allow their customers to make payments through blockchain technology. The technology uses digital coins such as bitcoins, for instance, in making the transactions. Blockchain has revolutionized how business is done today by eliminating all the paperwork done during transactions. Every person using blockchain has a cryptocurrency wallet. When making payments, all they do is transfer funds from their wallet to the recipient's wallet. It is a fast and convenient way of transacting in business today. Generally, technology has simplified transactions in business today by providing efficient ways of transacting without paper works. Paperless transactions are a growing trend that has facilitated the growth of businesses. Follow this link to learn more about electronic commerce, and how to go paperless doing business transactions.
  3. Green living is a trend in 2020. However, parts of your home might be holding you back from this goal. Let us take a very close look at four ways your roof can be preventing your home from being eco-friendly. Clogged gutter To start things off, a clogged gutter is not good for the environment. This will accumulate leaves, bird droppings, and other debris and create a mess. Fortunately, it's very easy to unclog a gutter and restore the ecosystem. Moreover, it simply leads to better drainage on top of and around your home. No solar panels Next in line, your roof might not be suitable for solar panels. Roofs that are situated at steep angles can't really feature solar panels that collect the rays of the sun. Alternatively, you may have simply never gotten around to going solar. Either way, it's an obstacle to becoming completely eco-friendly. Aging roof In the grand scheme of things, an aging roof isn't friendly to the environment either. Older roofs are made of hazardous materials that don't mesh well with the greenery around your home. Consider a roof replacement service to switch to a greener roof. They can swap out your old roof for one that is sustainable for years to come. Not only will this be better for the environment, but a new roof looks amazing as well. Eroding tiles Last but not least, eroding tiles are not eco-friendly. Certain tiles don't disintegrate into the ground, and instead you're left with a pile of rubble. It's all about reducing your carbon footprint, and these tiles certainly don't help. Look to replace the tiles in some shape or form. When all is said and done, these are a couple of ways your roof can be preventing your home from being eco-friendly. The roof is often an unlikely place that should not be overlooked. By addressing your roof, you can finally achieve green living.
  4. Farming is one of the oldest human pursuits. The ability to produce food at home instead of having to stay on the move to find it has enabled the development of human civilization. If you have some land that you want to start using for this time-honored purpose, here are five things that you’ll need. Basic Fencing Whether you have livestock on your farm or not, you will probably need some fencing. Crops of all kinds attract wildlife and the occasional escaped animal from other farms. That’s reason enough to build a fence at least around the boundary of your property. If you have cattle, horses, or other animals of your own, you will also need to subdivide their grazing areas for maximum efficiency. Farming Implements Unless you expect to plant and care for all your crops by hand, you’ll need some mechanical equipment. Of course, this will start with a tractor of adequate size and horsepower to operate the other things you will use like hay balers, seeding machines, and plows. Use online resources to find used equipment to get you started at a lower cost. Connect with a handy neighbor who can teach you basic maintenance and repair. Appropriate Clothing Dressing for the farm isn’t just about looking the part. Heavy boots are to protect your feet and ankles from everything from cow hooves to dropped buckets of feed. Wide-brimmed hats minimize strain on your eyes and protect you from excess UV exposure. Sturdy leather gloves prevent injuries and blisters, and no farmer’s pocket should be without a good knife. You’ll use it more than you ever imagined. Storage Space Whether it’s a barn, a shed, or a shop, you need some type of structure to house your equipment, tools, and implements. You may also need additional space to store large amounts of harvested crops like hay. Keeping these valuable assets indoors will improve crop values, extend the useful life of equipment, and reduce the risk of theft. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but you do need a building. Good Management The last thing to put in place is a good business system. Tracking your expenses and revenues is vital to any business, even if it’s a farm that you’re just operating for fun. Would it be cheaper to buy grain for your cattle or grow it yourself? The only way to know is to document your finances. You’ll also need this information at tax time. Farming is a respected and important profession. You can be a part of that, even if you are just dabbling. For it to be a positive experience, though, you’ll need these basic things in place.
  5. The world's natural resources are quickly depleting at an alarming rate, and we are challenged to find ways to do our part to help the environment by reducing our energy consumption. Perhaps you are wondering how you can do your part to help save the environment by reducing energy use and to save money. Here are four repairs to make around your home to reduce energy use. Leaky Pipe A leaky pipe in your home can cause devastating damages and is one of the main culprits in high energy consumption. As the water drips or leaks through your plumbing, your water heater is also constantly operating. This means energy is being wasted, and you are paying for it. Repairing the leaky pipe as soon as possible is a must to help reduce energy use. AC Unit When it comes to your HVAC system, you probably maintain it by routinely replacing the filters around your home. While this is good practice to help save on costs and energy consumption, a full AC service will further your savings. Consider repairing your AC or HVAC system by replacing the insulation around the coolant pipes. This repair is beneficial as it will absorb a significant amount of heat from the outside air, reducing power consumption while saving you money. Cracked or Broken Window Just like a leaky pipe, a cracked or broken window can waste tons of energy which will ultimately affect your energy bill. Even a small crack can allow warm or cold air into your home, causing your AC unit to use more energy. For this reason, repairing any damaged windows around your home is essential to save energy and to save on costs. Insulating Your Home Another repair to make around your home is replacing the old and worn out insulation with new insulating material around your doors and windows. Just like repairing damaged windows, this is also a necessary repair to perform in order to keep the air your HVAC system is producing inside your home. Use less energy and save money by keeping inside air in your home while preventing outside air from entering. These are only to name four essential repairs to make around your home to help reduce your energy use. Remember, repairing leaky pipes, replacing your AC unit's coolant pipe insulation, fixing any damaged windows, and using new insulating material around your doors and windows will help save the environment while saving you money by reducing your energy consumption.
  6. You likely spend a lot of time in your bedroom. It can be difficult to keep your bedroom comfortable. However, there are some things that you can do in order to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature without straining the HVAC. Invest in House Plants There are several ways that house plants can keep your bedroom comfortable. The plants help purify the air, reducing the amount of loose carbon dioxide in your room. Placing plants outside your bedroom window can shade your window from the sun and thereby help in cooling the room itself. Because plants soak in the energy of the sun to use themselves, they provide excellent shade both from heat and UV rays. Install a Ceiling Fan Ceiling fans are effective for keeping your home cool. They do not lower the temperature of the room. However, they will make your room more comfortable, which will reduce the need to use a HVAC system. However, it is important to make sure that the blades are turning the right direction. The blades will need to turn counterclockwise. They will disperse cool air. When circulating clockwise, they disperse warm air, which can be helpful in the winter but awful if you’re avoiding summer heat. Upgrade Your Windows Older windows have a tendency to let cool air escape. That is why if you have the windows for several years, then it is time for you to get them replaced. It can be expensive to upgrade your windows. However, you will be able to save a lot of money over time. If getting new windows is out of your budget, then you will need to make sure that your windows are sealed. Sealing the windows will prevent the cold air from escaping. Keep the Doors Open One of the best things that you can do if you are trying to keep your home cool without a HVAC is to keep the doors open. This will increase the ventilation in the room and allow the HVAC to properly circulate air throughout the house. It will also prevent your home from getting too hot. The closer to your central heating, the more important it is to keep your door open. Upgrade Your Lightbulbs The lightbulbs that you use may be keeping your home hotter than it should be. If you have incandescent lightbulbs, then you will need to upgrade them. You can replace them with compact fluorescent lightbulbs or LED lightbulbs. Those lights are not only cooler, but they also use less energy. You do not have to put a strain on your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable. You can use house plants to keep it comfortable. You can also use a ceiling fan and upgrade or seal your windows. It is also a good idea to keep the doors open. Furthermore, you can upgrade your lighting.
  7. The most common material in your home is wood. Your patio chairs, bed, or even flooring is made up of wood. Like every other industry today, the wood construction industry is shifting towards ethical furniture and the use of sustainable timber. Today, preserving the world’s trees and forests is essential for the survival of the human race. Therefore, buying wood is a bit challenging since you have to know where it is coming from and how it was harvested. What is sustainable timber? Many homeowners do not want to take part in deforestation; hence, they want to avoid the ‘bad’ wood. Sustainable wood is timber from sustainably managed forests. Sustainable wood is renewable as it is grown to prevent damage to wildlife or the ecosystem. Controlled forests last for the long term, meaning they will control carbon emissions for generations to come. On the other hand, unsustainable sources just cut down the trees leaving bare land, thus leading to full destruction. Why buy sustainable timber? Buying timber from unsustainable sources has some severe effects on their places of origin. Without their knowledge, homeowners who purchase unsustainable timber may promote the hunting of endangered species and abuse human rights in those places. Ninety two percent of the earth’s forests are not adequately protected from destruction. Thus, buying sustainable timber is a way of preserving the future earth’s forests and the coming generations. Which timbers are more sustainable? Timber is usually classified as either softwood or hardwood. Simply because softwoods like pine and fir grow fast, they are sustainable. Buying European timber is a safe choice for homeowners as the EU introduced measures to protect its forests. Today more trees are planted than felled therefore European forests are growing instead of diminishing Here are exotic timbers that you should avoid: • Ebony • Teak • Wenge • Sapelle • Murbau How to identify sustainable wood Here is what homeowners need to do to ensure they spend their money on sustainable timber: Buy reclaimed timber: This is the best way of ensuring you are using responsibly sourced wood as no tree is cut down when homeowners buy reclaimed wood. Buying reclaimed wood prevents unnecessary logging. Look for the FSC logo: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent non-governmental organization that promotes responsible management of the earth’s forests. Their certification method provides internationally recognized standards and trademark assurance to homeowners who support responsible forestry. No FSC logo? Inquire more: When homeowners are interested in timber, which is not FSC certified, they should ask questions like the country and region it originated from and the lumber company that harvested it. If the retailers don’t have the answers, they should go ahead and ask their suppliers. This will enable them to know the history of the timber. For your home renovations and upgrades, visit a supply company like Old World Lumber Company, for a large selection of reclaimed wood perfect for the environmentally aware homeowner.
  8. Industrial companies have a responsibility to make sure that they do everything that they can to protect the environment. Your boiler can contribute to greenhouse gases. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to make your boiler more eco-friendly. Insulate the Valves There are many places that will remove the insulation when they perform maintenance and never put it back. However, you can increase the efficiency of your boiler by insulating the valves. Insulating the valves will reduce heat loss. It will also reduce the risk of burns and increase comfort. Make Sure That Your Boiler Receives Maintenance Your boiler requires maintenance just like every other appliance that you have. You will need to have a professional perform maintenance at least once a year. Professionals can ensure that your boiler is working properly. They will also be able to perform a tune-up, which will help your boiler work at its peak. Use SCRS You will need to purchase SCRS for water tube boilers. SCRS is short for selective catalytic reduction system. If you use SCRS, then you will be able to control the flow of energy in the boiler. You will also be able to control the way that the energy is dispensed. There are several other benefits that you can reap from using SCRS. You will be able to reduce carbon emissions. You may also be able to save a lot of money on your utility bill. Furthermore, your boiler may last longer. Clean the Water Side If your boiler is leaking, then it will waste a lot of water. That is why you will need to inspect your water heater on a regular basis. You will also need to clean the water side on a regular basis. Hardened water can turn into scale. If scale builds alongside your boiler, then it can cause your boiler to overheat. This can cause your boiler to start leaking. You may end up needing to get expensive repairs. Boilers can contribute to many of the environmental issues that we have today. However, you can still do your part to make your boiler more eco-friendly. You will need to insulate the valves. You will also need to make sure that your boiler receives regular maintenance. Furthermore, it is a good idea for you to use SCRS and clean the water side on a regular basis.
  9. You can contribute to environmental conservation through the upgrades you install in your home. Eco-friendly installations can also save you a lot of money even though initial costs may be high in some cases. Here are some tips for going green in your home exterior. Install Solar Panels With solar panels you can generate enough energy to use at home, and in some cases even surplus to sell to the grid. Initial installation is high because it takes a few kilowatts before it can generate significant power levels. Solar panels would be economical to install if you are living in your permanent residence. It takes ages for them to show significant returns. Solar option is probably the greenest and safest you can ever go in energy consumption. Adopt Green Roofing Technology The idea here is to have a roof that optimizes sunlight, depending on the climate of your location and climate. In hot places, you can adopt a roofing system that reflects away sunlight and cools faster when there is no sunlight. Installing this technology is costly, but it will help you save so much in terms of energy costs, especially with the air conditioning system. Roof repair will also help you make sure you are reducing your energy use and you may even use different materials in your repair. Some materials for green roofing include: • White tiles • Using metals as roofing materials • A living roof, which uses plants that grow on the roof to help in saving water Consider Using a Natural Fence Do not use lumber in fencing when you can have a line of live trees around your homestead. This live fence can act as a home for fauna and will add to the fresh air supply in your home. It is also less costly than constructing a wall. Besides, you can decide to be more creative and use deciduous trees that shed during winter and flourish in summer. These trees have broad leaves that can act as a shield against sunlight during summer, hence providing a green cooling system. Examples of deciduous trees are: • Oak • Hickory • Maple Adopt Drip Irrigation Drip irrigation is better than sprinklers since water goes into the soil directly. If you use it together with mulching, you achieve a high water-retention rate as opposed to using sprinklers where most of the water goes to waste. There are many other ways of getting a green exterior in your home. The bottom line is that all of them are a futuristic and prudent saving option. Also, contact home improvement experts for more solutions.
  10. A home is a special place for everyone after retiring from the troubles of the outside world. Waste production, deforestation, and illegal dumping are the significant causes of pollution in our environments. According to the World Health Organization, some global deaths are as a result of pollutants. Naturally, every human being desires a clean environment. However, the environmental challenges have left many wondering how they can have an eco-friendly and stylish home at this age. Below are tips on how your home can be a haven: Use non-toxic materials Home decoration materials must be critically selected. We have things like paints, carpets, or even blankets that have been known to contain toxic and allergic toxins. These toxins are harmful to humans. Therefore, it is vital to make inquiries before the purchase of any item coming to your home. Growing of House–plants House plants have been known to offer several benefits. They import the natural world into the house and brighten up space. They are a significant enhancement to every photographic opportunity within the home. One can also grow useful plants that are naturally suitable for natural remedies as well as beauty purposes. These houseplants can be placed at either the bookshelves or picture ledges or wall hangings. Use of natural cleaning products Harmful chemicals are the biggest threat to any environment. This is because even after washing them, they go down with water. Later on, this water takes a very long time to be purified before it's safe for consumption. However, the good news is that there are several natural cleaning products. They include citric acid, vinegar, and bicarbonate of soda. These natural products also leave the air fresh. Embrace vintage or retro furniture New furniture contains chemicals that are slowly released to the air for years, leaving toxins in your space. Contrarily, recycled furniture or vintage rarely gives out compounds. The reasons are that vintage items don’t have chemicals while the retro furniture had already emitted the chemicals years ago. Many shops sell these types of furniture. Ventilate Many homes have windows that are energy-efficient, sealing the house well. Sadly, most people rarely open their windows. This means that indoor toxins and chemicals remain trapped inside the house. Lack of fresh air inside the home makes it stinky and uncomfortable. In addition to these tips, one can buy luxaflex blinds from a blind and shade company. The blinds will give your rooms a perfect balance of light filterings, privacy, and heat control. Once you employ these tips, you will be assured of a toxic-free environment.
  11. There's little doubt that humanity is adversely affecting the environment with trash. Home remodeling projects produce a lot of old materials that can find their way into landfills and waterways unless homeowners try to recycle or repurpose them. When you're responsible with these materials, you keep harmful chemicals and debris out of the environment. If you've ever wondered how easy it is to extend the life of old materials like bricks, cardboard, concrete, glass, green waste, metal, plastic and timber after you tear them out of your home, consider the following three ways you can quickly make a difference during your next remodel: Make a Donation Plenty of non-profit organizations need construction materials. Talk to representatives at a local school, community center, fire station or church about making a donation of your supplies. Another option: Post online ads on a free recycling network, classified ads site, or free, thrifty or community group on a social networking platform. Always make certain that you're as detailed as possible about the state of the materials to guarantee that recipients understand that there might be broken or irregular pieces. Explore DIY Projects Many homeowners and renters decide to upcycle materials from remodeling projects. Old floorboards that are in good shape can become a patio table or plant stand. Use old windows to build a greenhouse or solar dehydrator. If you have a lot of old tiny tiles, you can find a lot of online guides about using them to create mosaics for wall art, stepping stones and even patio floors. To find a project that matches your materials, perform a keyword search on an online search engine, craft-based app or handmade craft market site. Use a Service When you don't have the time to make a donation or explore your DIY craft dreams, the next option is to simply toss the materials. Yet, you don't have to send them off to a landfill. Hire a company to provide you with skip bins for responsible recycling. Many companies recycle and/or resell old materials that they receive in their skip bins. These firms build relationships with other companies that recycle and reuse these materials as well. Although you pay to rent the bin, you're paying for more than the company hauling away old debris and trash. You're paying for the guarantee that most of the materials will be reused so that they don't become part of the growing global trash problem. At the end of the day, you can be a part of the environmental waste problem or seeking solutions. Many old materials from remodels can even be torn apart and remade into new aggregate materials. For example, old bricks, stones, mortar and concrete can be turned into new construction and even home decor products. The process starts with a homeowner who takes extra steps to protect the environment. By trying one or more of these ideas today, you can get rid of old remodeling waste and help improve the world.
  12. Is your home ready for a new roof? Replacing your worn or damaged roof not only keeps your head dry but also presents an opportunity to make your home a little greener. Making sustainable and energy efficient decisions for your new roof can lower your carbon footprint and keep a little more money in your wallet. Here are four eco-friendly roof upgrades to consider for your next roof renovation. Choose a Cooler Color If you live in a hot, sunny climate, cooling down your roof can make a big difference in your monthly energy bill. Picking a lighter color that reflects heat and light away from your home is a simple way to make your roof greener that doesn't add any cost to your project. You can also coat your roof in reflective paint or a sheet covering if you don't plan to replace your shingles. Get a Metal Roof Metal is another cool roofing option that's also lightweight and durable. Choosing metal can save a lot of money on roof repair because it lasts many times longer than a shingle roof and requires little to no maintenance. With a combination of energy efficiency, longevity, and an affordable initial cost, metal roofing is an all-around great option. Metal is also highly recyclable and sustainable. Go Natural Do you prefer a more traditional look? Consider a sustainable, natural material like wood, clay, or slate. For homeowners who prefer a classic cottage style, wood shingles are eco-friendly and last as long as their asphalt counterparts. Clay tiles are another natural option that keeps your home cool and provides a Spanish villa vibe. If it's durability you're seeking, you can't go wrong with long-lasting slate. Install Solar Panels One of the most eco-friendly upgrades you can add to your roof is a set of solar panels. Solar panels allow you to generate your own electricity, and some states even pay you for the energy that your panels put back into the grid. If you live in a climate with lots of sun, solar panels can potentially reduce your monthly electricity bill to zero. Is your budget tight? You can still have an eco-friendly roof on a shoestring by making a few simple upgrades. Adding some extra insulation or choosing light grey over black shingles can significantly lower your home's energy consumption at little to no cost. You can also look for grants and tax incentives to lower the cost of your new sustainable roof.
  13. Are you looking at your utility bill and are flabbergasted at the amount? Are you wondering what you can do to reduce energy costs without sacrificing comfort or convenience? If you answered yes, then you may need to upgrade your home appliances. Here is how upgrading your home appliances can reduce your energy consumption to save money. Refrigerator Every time you open your refrigerator, a light comes on so you can see the items stored in it. If you have had your refrigerator for more than ten years, then the bulb that is in there is likely contributing to your expensive energy cost. Newer makes and models of refrigerators now use LED lighting technology, providing bright light while reducing energy consumption. This is how upgrading your home appliances will reduce your energy consumption to save money by upgrading to appliances that utilize LED lighting systems. HVAC System One of the most used appliances in your home is your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. It is also one of the most expensive appliances to operate as it is used throughout the year, cooling your home during the summer and heating it during the winter season. Upgrading your HVAC system can reduce your energy consumption as newer systems were designed to operate efficiently and effectively. This means new techniques and technology are now being used in modern systems to help you reduce energy consumption without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Washer and Dryer Upgrading and replacing your washer and dryer is probably something that did not cross your mind, especially if they are still both in working order. However, just like your refrigerator and HVAC system, upgrading your washer and dryer would be advantageous to help you reduce energy consumption and to save money. As with many newer appliances, energy-saving features are now included to maximize and optimize the washing and drying processes. Stove Another home appliance that is often used and one that contributes to a high energy bill is your stove. Older stoves were built for only one purpose, and that is to produce heat for you to cook your meal. This means precious heat that your older stove is producing may be escaping because they were not designed with efficiency in mind. This is causing you to consume more energy. Upgrading your stove is how you can lower energy consumption as newer stoves are built and designed to focus heat where you need it the most, preventing it from escaping. These are only to mention how upgrading your home appliances can reduce your energy consumption. Remember, take advantage of all the benefits newer technology has to offer by upgrading your home appliances to not only reduce energy consumption but to also save you time and money.
  14. As long as it's working properly, you probably never give your septic tank much thought. After all, it doesn't exactly have a glamorous job. What it lacks in glamour, though, it makes up for in importance, silently working to remove the waste from your home. What you may not realize is that, in addition to performing a vital task, your septic tank is actually quite environmentally friendly. To help give you a greater appreciation for your septic tank, here are a few ways that septic tanks help the environment. A Natural Process Unlike so much in today's world, a septic tank still relies on natural processes to do its job. Using naturally occurring bacteria, your septic tank works hard to break down the waste from your home. This prevents potentially harmful chemicals from being released into the environment, helping to protect the soil and water in your area. Reduces Pressure on Garbage Dumps Since it works independently of the city sewer system, your septic tank helps to reduce pressure on your local garbage dump. This is because many sewer-based systems are forced to dispose of the solid waste in the garbage dump because there is too much waste for bacteria to break down naturally. Given the already-crowded conditions at many dumps, anything that can be done to divert waste away from the dump is a welcome advancement for environmental protection. Diverts Pollution from Oceans Another advantage of being independent of a public sewer system is that there's no risk of anything you send down the drains in your home ending up in the ocean. City sewage treatment plants do what they can to remove potential pollutants from wastewater. However, most wastewater is only filtered to a certain point before it is sent to rivers and oceans. If you have a septic tank, though, your waste collects in the tank until the tank is full. When the tank is emptied, you can be sure that with your own wastewater treatment system, all of the waste products will be dealt with in an environmentally friendly manner. Less Electricity Usage Although it doesn't take any electricity to send wastewater down the drain, when that wastewater arrives at a treatment plant, a lot of electricity is used. When it comes to a septic tank, though, there is no electricity required since everything happens thanks to gravity and chemistry. This helps to reduce your carbon footprint even as you're contributing to the health of the ecosystem around you. Though septic tanks have considerable environmental benefits, they must be properly maintained in order for these benefits to be realized. That means maintaining the health of the bacteria population, avoiding pouring harmful substances down your drains, and having your tanks professionally cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. If you follow those simple steps, though, you will be able to rest easy knowing that your septic tank is helping the environment
  15. Drinkable water is the Earth’s most precious resource. It is essential to life, but often in short supply. And despite what the steady stream coming from our taps suggests, it is a finite resource. It is incumbent on all of us to do what we can to limit our water usage, allowing us to build a sustainable future together. But what can you do to help reduce your usage? What adjustments need to happen? What habits need to change? There are countless little things you can do that add up to make a major difference. These three ideas are a good place to start. Fix Leaks If you have leaky plumbing, then you could be wasting gallons and gallons of water every week without even noticing. A drip here and there might not seem like much, but if it’s constant it can add up to a major source of waste. If you can’t fix the leak yourself, contact a plumber to get the issue taken care of. Don’t Let Faucets Run It’s become perfectly normal behavior to let faucets emit a constant stream of water that we only use occasionally during the completion of a task. Take washing dishes, for example. You most likely leave the faucet running not just while you apply the water to the dish, but also while you scrub, while you dry, and while you place the dish on a drying rack. All that time, unused water is needlessly falling down the drain. If you respected water for the precious resource it is, you’d be a lot more careful. Only turn the faucet on for those moments when you actually need the water. This same mindset can be adopted for brushing teeth, washing your face, and so many other activities. Use an Energy-Star Washing Machine Doing laundry accounts for a huge proportion of a household’s water use. You can greatly diminish your usage just by switching to a more efficient machine. Energy efficient washers also use less energy, meaning they’re an overall slam dunk when it comes to environmental responsibility. You should also steer clear of top-loading washers, which tend to use much more water than their front-loading counterparts. Water gives us life, and we should respect it as a resource. If you want to do your part to avoid wasting water, take the aforementioned tips to heart. When it comes to conservation, a little effort goes a long way.