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  1. Being environmentally conscious is becoming an increasingly popular idea, and there are many steps that homeowners can take to aid in this objective. Homes are a major contributor concerning energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, and many other factors that have a direct effect on the environment. As a homeowner, there are a variety of actions that you can take to make your home have a positive impact on the environment, and here are four tips to do so. Conserve Water Water is a critical resource that is used for a variety of purposes, and conserving it is highly important. There are many steps that you can take to reduce your water usage, including taking shorter showers, installing more efficient nozzles, and eliminating excess water usage in your yard. Be Energy Efficient Homes consume a large amount of energy, but there are many simple steps to reducing your consumption. One of the biggest ways is to replace your lightbulbs with LEDs. These bulbs have a very long product life, reducing the need to purchase replacements. They also are highly efficient and reduce electricity usage. Another way to decrease energy consumption is to unplug items that aren’t in use because, even if they aren’t in use, the outlet is still pulling power and using electricity. Compost and Recycle Composting is a great way to reduce waste and reuse various products from in and around your home, including grass clippings, leaves, food products, and others. These items can be added to a composter, and after they break down, they can be used as fertilizer for your yard or garden. Recycling is another great way to reduce waste, and recycled items can often just be placed in a separate bin and can be picked up just like trash. Soil Stabilization Soil stabilization offered by businesses like T. Luckey Sons, Inc. and similar companies is often overlooked as a green option. If, however, the soil beneath the foundation under your house is damaged it can cause damage to your house and the environment through erosion and organic degradation. This issue is easy to get under control through the use of soil grouting and other stabilizing solutions, and addressing issues early can reduce larger problems in the future. As resources are becoming increasingly scarcer and more information is coming to light about the importance of protecting the environment, it is important for everyone to contribute however they are able to. As a homeowner, there are many different steps that can be taken to help reduce your environmental footprint.
  2. While we likely won’t see a world in which every home is solar powered, trash is turned into fertilizer, and everyone grows their own produce, there are a number of things that you do at home to be a little greener. Going green once meant you simply recycled all your trash bags and conserved water when brushing your teeth, but today there are so many more things you can do. If you want to do your part to make your home environment more green, check out these environmentally friendly living tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint from the inside out. Conserve Energy Energy conservation is one of the first steps you can take toward going green, and today it’s easier than ever to implement these energy-saving practices. Here are just a few ways you can start reducing your energy consumption. • Switch your light bulbs. – Incandescent lightbulbs use up to 75 percent more electricity than compact fluorescent bulbs. Switch all of your existing bulbs to fluorescent bulbs and save energy (and money). • Turn the lights off. – Another great way to save energy is making sure lights get turned off when not in use. If you and your family forget to do this, then consider either installing automatic light sensors or timers on your lights to regulate when lights are turned off. • Unplug unused appliances. – Even when not in use, your appliances and other electronics are using electricity. Conserve energy by unplugging unused appliances and electronics, including your television, computer, lights, toaster, and other items. • Install an alarm system with energy efficiency options. – We have all left a light on at home, or even left the heat running when we were going to be gone for the day or even for several days. This is one of the biggest drains on energy, so help yourself and the environment out by installing an alarm system that will help you manage your energy. NorthStar alarm reviews show great options that allow you remotely power off appliances, control your lighting, and monitor and manage your home energy usage. Improve the Air Quality Another way you can go green at home is by improving the air quality around you. This measure is one few people think about, but is just as effective as other options. • Grow indoor plants. – Plants function as natural filters for the air, removing harmful pollutants and even odors. Fill your home with natural air cleaners including spider plants, palm trees, and Boston ferns. • Install a carbon monoxide detector. – If you heating unit is emitting carbon monoxide, it is polluting your home and the environment, which can even be deadly. Prevent this type of pollution by installing a carbon monoxide detector available from your local hardware store. Reduce Toxins Make an effort to reduce the toxins you use and bring into your home. While this effort isn’t always easy, there are many more options today than ever before. • Get rid of toxic chemical cleaners. – Start with the cleaners you use throughout your home. Ditch toxic chemical cleaners, and choose more natural options instead. There are many varieties available today, but you can also make your own with regular household products like vinegar and baking soda. • Reuse cleaning cloths. – Instead of using paper towels and other disposable items to clean, opt for reusable cloths you can toss in the wash. You’ll cut down on waste and save some money at the same time. Doing your part to go green at home makes a big difference, and it’s not that hard to do. Start on your path today to a greener home environment with these simple tips.
  3. More companies are moving towards the green movement. It’s good for the environment, and it can help you save some money for your business. Here are some ways that you can make your company greener: Invest in Paperless Technology In the digital age, you can save a lot of money by using your technology to your advantage. Instead of printing out presentations, purchase tablets for your employees. Encourage them to not print out emails and other things that can be viewed online. You can reduce the amount of paper that you consume each year. This way you can decrease the amount of paper waste that you generate. By taking this step, you can save yourself a substantial amount of money. With less waste being generated by your company, you can save some green on your garbage and recycling bill. Purchase Reusable Products Consider options where you can purchase reusable products. This can be to promote your business or just for your employees. Have reusable bags made that display your company name. You can give them out to customers as promotional items. Buy reusable water bottles for your employees. This can reduce the amount of plastics that enter the landfill from disposable water bottles. Keep extra on hand to give to customers instead of cups for water. Use a Water Dispensing System Install a filtered water system on your break room faucet. You can also purchase a refrigerator that has a water dispenser. Then your employees can fill their reusable water bottles from this system. Your employees will feel better about their contribution to the green movement. You also save money not purchasing bottled water. For industrial environments, you can purchase a wastewater recycling system. This will reduce the amount of waste that enters the environment. Reduce Energy Consumption A study found that reducing your energy consumption had the potential to save $15 billion over ten years. Some of the ways that you can reduce your usage include switching to LED light bulbs. These types of bulbs use less energy and last for years. Another thing you can do is install motion detectors on your light switches. The lights will automatically turn off when no one is in the room. Some businesses install solar panels on their roofs. This can reduce your energy consumption in half. There are also tax rebates for these solar panels. By going green, you can save your business thousands of dollars each year. Then you can advertise that you are working towards reducing your carbon footprint.
  4. While people may have once taken the environment and the earth’s natural resources for granted, those attitudes need to change. Thanks to growing world populations and increased human activity, a noticeable negative impact on the globe is certainly beginning to manifest. If these challenges are to be met and overcome, it will require action from business owners. Below are four ways businesses can help the environment. Switch to a Paperless Office One resource that is certainly finite is wood. For paper to be produced, trees must be chopped down and processed into pulp. Trees are an important part of the natural landscape and provide the world with breathable oxygen. The paper milling process also creates a lot of pollution. One way to remove these negative impacts created by your business is by eliminating paper entirely and relying instead on things like email and PDF files. Start a Company Carpool Program One of the largest sources of pollution is the automobile. In regards to cars, most vehicles on the road are commuting to and from the workplace. This aspect of work releases massive amounts of carbon based pollution into the atmosphere every single day. Someday, this problem may be solved by electric vehicles. However, currently, a more efficient way of curbing this source of pollution is by creating a carpool program for your employees. Clean up after Construction Something that can certainly have a negative impact on the environment is construction. If construction materials are left behind after a project has been completed, they can have negative effects on plants, animals, waterways and air quality for years afterwards. They can also pose dangers to human beings. Make sure to always perform a proper clean-up after a construction project. If the construction company doesn’t do a good enough job, seek the assistance of another outside firm like Alliance Demolition Services Inc. or someone similar to handle your clean up. Upgrade Your Lighting Incandescent light fixtures use a lot of electricity. They also have a habit of burning out quickly. One simple way to make your business greener is to invest in more efficient compact fluorescent light fixtures. CFL bulbs use far less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and last much longer as well. You’ll save money and lessen your carbon footprint simultaneously. Transforming your company into a green business requires a lot of effort. However, that effort is well worth it. If the planet and environment is protected, businesses will also certainly benefit. Do what you can to curb your company’s impact on the environment.
  5. The world is changing and becoming aware of toxins and chemicals that are harmful to their health. This is one reason the health revolution seems to be sticking. People are opting for natural or homemade cleaning solutions that contain ingredients they can read. This change is not only happening at home because businesses are now opting for green cleaning solutions for some of the following reasons. For Those with Chemical Sensitivity Some people are allergic to certain chemicals and break out in hives or experience other uncomfortable symptoms when toxic chemicals are used around them. Employers are doing their best to accommodate these people. Customers will be more inclined to go to a establishment that cares about their customers. Employees will also feel the same, which will help with employee retention. Boost Public Image More people are caring about the environment, and many know that toxic, man-made chemicals can harm the environment. Letting customers know that you use a janitorial service like Peerless Building Maintenance that uses products with the green seal will help boost your credibility in the community and with potential patrons. The green seal ensures that the products used to clean up your space do not harm the environment, which can also boost word-of-mouth. Can Be an Affordable Option Many business owners might assume that opting for green cleaning solutions means they will have to spend a lot of money, but that may not be the case. Since the products are made with natural ingredients, it is possible that some of the cleaning solutions will be relatively cheap. For example, the cleaning power behind plain old vinegar is well-known, and it is a cheap solution that won’t take a huge bite out of your budget. Boost Productivity Many are discovering that scents like lavender and peppermint have a calming effect on people. The essential oils commonly used in natural cleaning products are known to help people clear their minds, which will allow your employees and yourself to work in a healthful environment. There is no doubt that this natural boost will likely improve productivity. This is good for workers, but it is also good for customers as they will be greeted by and helped by happier employees. These reasons should help encourage you to move toward greener cleaning options. You will be helping the environment and future generations, but you will also be helping customers and employees. This step may even boost revenue. Talk to a cleaning specialist to see what natural options are available to you.
  6. When looking to add value to a home, many people immediately think of remodeling the kitchen, installing new flooring, or adding a fresh coat of paint throughout the interior. Outdoor spaces are often neglected, even though they are an important part of any home. However, with a little TLC and some easy-to-execute projects, you can vamp up your patio and make it a place people want to hang out. Scientists agree that everyone could benefit from spending more time outside, and updating your patio and backyard space just might be what the doctor ordered. Add New Pavers A common reason people don’t like spending time in their patio is because of the pavement. Old pavement can be cracked and uneven, allowing water, dirt, and other materials to pool up. Adding permeable pavers, stone pavement that helps absorb puddles, ice, and snow from a place like M.P.S Paving Systems Australia, can help you solve this problem. They are available in a variety of materials to help you achieve the smooth, even ground you’ve been desiring. They even come in a wide array of colors, allowing you to match your pavement with the rest of your outdoor decor. Create a Lounge Space Update your plastic chairs and rusty metal table with a chic new outdoor furniture set. Couches, chairs, and gliders can turn a drab patio into a comfortable retreat in no time. Add cushions and pillows in bold colors to make even more of a design statement. Not only will this give your space a refreshed look, but it’ll also be the best new hangout spot on the block! By choosing durable, comfortable pieces, you’re sure to add value to your home. Install a Fire Pit Few things are as magical as sitting by the fire on a clear night. Bring that experience to your home by installing a fire pit into your patio space. You can choose from temporary options, like a small, movable pit you can put away when not in use, or you could build something more permanent. Depended on your space, you could even build a large outdoor fireplace as a focal piece. Either way, fire pits are a great addition to any patio and can make your space more welcoming, and as a result, more valuable. Create an Outdoor Theater Nothing says indoor-outdoor living like installing an outdoor projector for your patio. Whether you use the side of your house or a pop-up screen to watch your favorite TV shows and movies, a projector will take your patio to the next level. Think of how much fun kids will have at summer sleepovers and how much adults will enjoy catching the big game on a huge screen. An outdoor theater will be a huge selling point, and it will make your home party central for years to come. With a little planning and TLC, your patio can become a huge focal point of your house. By creating a relaxing and entertaining outdoor retreat, you’ll be adding value to your home and increasing the quality of life you and your family enjoy.
  7. There is consistently growing evidence that organic foods are most definitely healthier for humans than crops grown commercially, but the benefits of organic foods actually extend even further than just how they affect our bodies. Organic foods also have a significantly better impact on the environment as well. The term “organic” doesn’t just refer to what is or isn’t put in the food when it is processed, but also how the food is grown in the first place. Here are 3 ways organic crops are better for the environment. The Types of Pesticides Used Are Tightly Controlled One of the biggest problems with commercially grown foods is the types and amounts of pesticides allowed to be used. Some foods even have pesticides genetically embedded in the food itself, which means every time you eat a product made from that original material, you are ingesting pesticide. Even when commercial farmers spray pesticides, however, those chemicals end up in water sources, which contaminates and pollutes the water. Organic farmers are required to use natural pesticides which are better for your body and better for the environment. Creates a Better Food Chain Animals raised on organic grains are not only better for you but better for the environment. Remember that animals create a great deal of waste. When animals are fed an organic diet, that waste can be used to fertilize organic crops, which preserves the purity of the food chain. When animals are fed commercial grains, which contain commercial pesticides and are often genetically modified, then those ingredients end up in the animal waste, which once again ends up in the dirt, soil and water supplies. Animals that are fed organic grains made by companies like Grainpro Australia Pty Ltd are not only better for them, but for the environment as well. Better for Wildlife One thing that is important to remember is that animals share the same food and water sources that we do. While our bodies may be able to handle the trace amounts of pesticides found in commercially grown food, that doesn’t mean that animals can. Keep in mind that wildlife is a vital part of the food chain. From bees that pollinate crops like cucumbers, pumpkins, cherries and apples to microbial organisms that tend soil and create a more hospitable atmosphere for crops to grow, organic farming is friendlier to wildlife, which in turn is more environmentally friendly on the whole. While there are certainly modern farming practices that commercial farmers can employ which can lessen the environmental impact of commercial farming, they are not required to the way organic farmers are. The rules and regulations guiding organic farming are far more stringent, which means—for the moment at least—organic farming is by far the most beneficial to the environment.
  8. Recycling is good for the environment. Getting your family on board may take a little bit of finesse. Here are some of the ways to encourage the whole family to recycle. Discuss the Importance Starting recycling can be a challenge for some people. Many people may not have stopped to consider where all the trash ends up. This can be an eye opening experience. Explain how recycling benefits the environment. There are also monetary benefits to recycling. Kids are especially receptive when you teach them at a young age. Encourage the whole family to get involved with the process. Make handy cheat sheets so that everything is clearly labeled. It may be confusing in the beginning. Allow for lots of opportunities to learn about the new method. Make Recycling Easy Have bins in an area that is easily accessible to all members of the family. Label the bins with pictures as well as words. This will make it easier for young children to be able to distinguish what goes in which bin. Recycle as you go through the day. Make it a game for your kids. Explain it as a matching game. Start out by giving small prizes when they get the items in the right bin. This will ensure that they keep trying. After a few weeks, it will become a habit. For adults, breaking the trash habit may take a little longer. Decorate Your Bins Let your kids decorate the bins. This is a good way to get them excited about recycling. Every time that they put an item into the bin that they helped create will make them feel good. This can also be a good bonding experience for the whole family. Make it a family activity. Consider making it a competition for who can make the most elaborate bin. Have the decoration have something to do with the recycling theme. Use some of your recycling items as the foundation for your decorations. Have fun with it so that everyone is excited about starting recycling. Take a Field Trip Make a trip down to the local center, like Ware Disposal. Of course, make sure to call ahead and see if the center would allow your family to do this. This is a good opportunity for the whole family to see how the process works. Explain what happens to the materials that can’t be recycled. Discuss the importance of being good stewards to the planet to your kids. Having a visual of where the materials is going may make it more relatable to your family. Some kids may be excited to see the large sorting equipment. People learn best by seeing how things work. This may even work for those family members that are resistant to the recycling process. Over time, recycling will become second nature. Use these tips to get your family excited about recycling.
  9. Making your home more energy efficient can reduce your carbon footprint. There are some simple changes that you can make to be more efficient in your home. For a larger impact, use these solutions to make your home more green. Energy Star Appliances Appliances are scored on their annual anticipated energy usage. The Energy Star Program is run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA looks at all models that are on the market and determines their total energy consumption. It is a completely unbiased analysis designed to aid the consumer in making a purchasing decision. Consider replacing your older appliances with ones that have a higher rating. Not only will you be helping to reduce carbon emissions, but you will be saving money on your electric bill. New Windows Older windows allow more air leakage than newer models. This is especially true if your home has single pane windows. Even windows that have aluminum frames and older vinyl windows can become less efficient over time. This is due to the seals on the windows breaking down with exposure to the elements. Not all windows are created equal. New windows are rated for certain climates. There are even varieties available that offer triple pane windows. This reduces the amount of air lost and helps with noise control. Upgrade Your Heating or Cooling System Even with routine maintenance on your AC or furnace, the parts can break with the passage of time. It may be time to consider upgrading to a more energy efficient model, like those you might get from a provider such as Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc. Something to take into consideration is the amount of usage of your system. You need to size your unit correctly based on the amount of square footage in your home. Sometimes it may even be prudent to oversize your unit if it sees heavy usage. This will allow the unit to run less while maintaining the desired temperature. Install Solar Panels For the most extreme solution for going green, solar panels are it. This is not a solution for everyone. It can be costly. There are government rebates that can be utilized to help offset the expense. Your home also needs to have a certain amount of roof square footage and sunlight exposure. With the installation of solar panels, your home can generate its own electricity. The surplus can then be sold back to the power company. This can also help to offset the major upfront expense for the installation of the solar panels. Energy efficiency in your home can be a huge expense. There are programs that can help with mitigating the cost. Consider these solutions for making your home more environmentally friendly.
  10. Organic waste refers to those waste materials that can decompose. It usually comes from either plants or animals. When disposed of, it will naturally decompose through bacterial activity. Therefore, it is a better form of waste compared to other non-biodegradable forms such as plastics. Because of its degradable nature, organic waste leads to a greener environment through several ways: Reduce Water Pollution When well-composted, organic waste reduces the need to use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides on the soil when farming. Using those fertilizers and chemicals normally leads to contamination of underground water when chemicals seep deep into the underground water levels. Flowing water also carries these chemicals into water bodies such as rivers which ends up causing pollution to our water bodies. Reduce the Effects of Global Warming When organic waste is put in landfills, it produces methane gas which is 21 times worse than carbon dioxide in its contribution to global warming. Since organic waste is not normally disposed in landfills, less methane gas is produced and this has a reduced impact on global warming. SF Gate Home Guides insists that organic waste must never be dumped in the landfills but must be composted, which not only reduces global warming but also is a big nutritional benefit to the soil. Improves Aesthetic Value When the organic waste is put in the appropriately marked green trash cans, such as those provided by Ware Disposal, it improves the aesthetic value of the environment. It makes it look neat and clean. It also reduces the probability of the waste getting into contact with, for example, children, which prevents potential infections. Improves Soil Structure Compost manure, which is formed by organic waste, helps to improve the soil structure and composition in a great way. It increases the ability of the soil to hold water in a way where it can be easily accessed by the roots of plants which as a result reduces the need for irrigation. It also adds microbial organisms to the soil such as insects and earthworms. Better soil leads to healthy plants which are important in the environmental cycles such as the nitrogen cycle. Organic waste, therefore, has a big benefit to the environment. It is always important to separate the organic from the inorganic waste when disposing and ensure that as you take the inorganic to the landfill, the organic waste should form compost manure. In this way, you will be able to realize the full impact organic waste has to the environment. It is also very economical to dispose and will, therefore, save you some money.
  11. When you look at the windows in your home, you might see everything from streaks to fingerprints. You can get window cleaners at retail stores that will clean the glass. Another option is to make your own cleaner with products that you probably already have in your home to clean your windows without spending a lot of money. Vinegar and Water A simple DIY cleaner uses white vinegar and water. Combine two cups of water with half a cup of vinegar in a bucket. You can add a squeeze or two of lemon if you want the mixture scented. Use a sponge or cloth to wipe the cleaner on the windows. Rinse with water, and wipe the windows dry with a clean cloth. Apple cider vinegar can also be used and offers a better smell than white vinegar. Rubbing Alcohol If you want to remove a large number of streaks of prints from the windows, then combine rubbing alcohol with warm water. A cup of each liquid is enough to clean the windows. You can use a cloth or even newspaper that you roll into a ball to clean the windows. Sometimes your windows can get so badly stained that seemingly no amount of effort will clean them, or the glass may have scrapes or cracks that are unfixable. In these cases, Valley Glass Utility or a similar provider in your particular locale can help you install completely new windows. Baking Soda Combine about three teaspoons of baking soda with a cup of water and a cup of vinegar in a bucket. The baking soda will offer an added component that will help to lift the dirt from the windows. It’s important to clean the windows with the solution as soon as you add the baking soda so that it works on the surface instead of letting it linger in the bucket. Corn Starch If you don’t want to use products that have a strong scent, then combine cornstarch with about a teaspoon of vinegar instead of a larger amount and two cups of water. This will create a paste that you rub on the windows. Let the paste sit for about 10 minutes before wiping the windows clean with water and a cloth. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to clean your home. Use a few products from your cabinets to make glass cleaner that will leave your windows sparkling. Large amounts can be made at one time and kept in a spray bottle to use later.
  12. Getting your family and home ready for an emergency doesn’t need to be bad for the environment. In fact, many homeowners are surprised to hear that “prepping” can actually reduce their carbon footprint when done correctly. Here are some eco-friendly tips that will help you get your family ready for emergencies such as storms, floods, and power outages. Buy Supplies That You Are Going To Use Anyways Many of the food products that are put in survival kits aren’t designed to be very tasty. The point of an emergency ration is to be as lightweight as possible while still providing you with enough calories to survive. Instead of buying bland survival food, you can stock up on nonperishables that your family will end up eating anyways. Most experts agree that families should have a good mixture of canned and dried foods that will last for at least a year. That includes dehydrated fruit, cereal, canned vegetables, canned meats, nuts, rice, and pasta. Invest In Second-Hand Gear Even though emergency gear can be expensive, there is a large second-hand market for most of these items. Those who spend a little extra time searching for supplies might be able to stock their entire home with second-hand items that have never even been taken out of their packages. In addition to scouring the internet for deals, you can also take a look at local military surplus stores in your town. Buying brand new flashlights, first aid kits, and other emergency supplies is only going to send more unused items to the dump. Make Your Home Self-Sufficient Making your home as self-sufficient as possible is good for the environment and a great way to prepare for emergencies. The first step in this process is to make sure that your home has an alternate source of energy, like a standby generator from Anderson Water Systems. If a natural catastrophe causes rolling blackouts, then you will be able to take your entire home off the grid so that electricity can get to hospitals and other emergency organizations. Those who live in a colder climate should also consider investing in a secondary heating source such as a wood furnace. Having a well-stocked home and comprehensive plan for emergencies will keep your family safe during these terrible events. With some research and a little bit of planning, you can make sure that your emergency preparations have almost no impact on your neighbors and the environment around you.
  13. More and more people are worried about the planet, which is probably why many are making eco-friendly choices when making purchases. For one, more people are hunting for eco-friendly cars that they can feel good about. The only problem is that trying to get a car that won't kill the planet can be a little overwhelming, but the following tips may help. 1. Consider Fuel Switching to an eco-friendly car could mean switching to more eco-friendly fuel. The options that you have include biodiesel, diesel, and electric. You want to make sure you know where your charging or fueling stations are before you choose a car that runs on either of these fuels. You do not want to find out that your nearest charging station is an hour away. 2. Focus on Needs You cannot forget your needs when purchasing an eco-friendly vehicle. More car manufacturers are creating eco-friendly cars, so there are several options for you. You need to think about cargo space, towing capabilities, passenger space, and even off-road capabilities. In essence, you need to make sure that your eco-friendly car fits your lifestyle. 3. A Good Selection It is easy to focus on the details of the car and overlook the importance of the dealership. You need to find a car dealership such as Young Automotive Group that has enough cars for you to choose from. A large selection is definitely a good sign, but you should also meet with some of the salespeople to ensure that they are knowledgeable about eco-friendly cars. 4. Look for Certification The next thing you might want to do is check the EPA certification on the car. The EPA grades eco-friendly cars using the SmartWay Certification program, which should allow you to choose the most eco-friendly car that you can buy. You can go to the EPA's site directly to see the vehicles that are currently graded, or you can talk to your car dealership salesperson about the choices that are available in their car lot. These are just some tips that could help you find a car that will make your life easier without killing the planet. Remember, several vehicles do not run on eco-friendly fuels but are still eco-friendly because they give you more miles per gallon than ever before. These types of vehicles should also be a possibility just in case you live in an area without many eco-friendly re-fueling or charging options.
  14. If you’re like most people, you want to live and work in the cleanest, healthiest environment possible. One of the most significant factors in maintaining a comfortable space is by improving your indoor air quality.To help everyone fine-tune their indoor air conditions here are five tips for you. Follow Your HVAC Maintenance Schedule—Your HVAC System is essentially the Control Center for your comfort. Air Conditioning Units last from 10 to 15 years, so getting regular maintenance helps assure that it operates at peak performance when the heat and humidity rises. Additionally, scheduled maintenance helps with early detection of operational issues so you can avoid expensive repairs later. Ductless or Mini-Split AC Units—Ductless and Mini-Split Air Conditioning Units are a convenient and cost-effective way to add cooling capabilities to older homes without traditional ductwork, as well as apartments and workspaces with little or no access to air conditioning. The absence of access to ducts no longer has to be a reason to be uncomfortable and suffer in the sweltering heat. Ductless AC Units from companies like All American Air & Electric, Inc. are affordable, flexible, and can be customized to maximize the air comfort and quality in your home or office. Duct Cleaning—in homes and buildings that use Forced Air Heating and Cooling, ducts play a significant factor in determining overall air quality. Ducts are notorious for collecting dirt, dust, and dander, allergens, and irritants which degrade indoor air quality. Reduce the accumulation all of these contaminants to breathe easier. A UV Light System—for those who are serious about optimizing their indoor air quality, a Continuous Air Purification System (CAPS) offers an ongoing mechanism for air purification using UV light treatment technology. All air gets filtered. Microscopic contaminants including spores, viruses, and other bacteria are trapped, so they don’t get circulated. Portable Air Treatment Systems Investing in a high-quality area air treatment system is an affordable option. They offer an alternative for cleansing the air without making a significant investment. These systems remove odors, bacteria, dust, and dander in the immediate area they’re used. Air quality is something that everyone should be concerned with since it directly affects your health and wellbeing. Regardless of your budget, there are steps you can take to decrease the dust, dander, germs, and irritants that get dispersed throughout your home or office, which result in improved air quality.
  15. Energy conservation has become an essential part of doing business. The American Council for Energy Efficiency states that office equipment has some of the highest electricity consumption rates at 7% of the total commercial electric power. Businesses must, therefore, find ways to minimize the amount of energy utilized to not only save money but also reduce carbon footprint. Many opportunities exist for entrepreneurs to drive their companies towards green business. Equipment Use Your enterprise can save energy by switching to laptops instead of desktops. Computers are necessary in every office building, but that doesn’t mean you can’t minimize the amount of power they use. Laptops consume less power than desktops plus they don’t have to be plugged in all the time. For other office equipment like photocopiers, printers and POS systems, always buy energy-rated products. Provide proper maintenance to ensure that all devices are running optimally for maximum efficiency. Installing energy efficient lighting fixtures is effective as well. Occupant sensors can help turn lights off and on, which eliminates wastage. Green Company Culture It’s not enough to have energy efficient light bulbs and proper insulation in your commercial premises, the people who work there must do more to build an eco-friendly business. Adopt a corporate culture that encourages energy conservation in every form like going paperless. Employees can use emails, phones plus other messaging apps for communication and apply electronic signature for important documents. Workers should take advantage of the power management settings on computers to save power when machines are idle. Reducing office waste is another concept that can help your enterprise develop a more eco-friendly culture. Energy Efficient Buildings For a company that owns a building, LEED certification is one way to turn the entity eco-friendly. Commercial property owners are steadily moving towards green construction by using materials, designs, and operations that are sustainable. A good number of business premises are now LEED certified, and your enterprise can rent space in one. The Green Globes rating system is another recognized standard that you can use to gauge the sustainability of your commercial building. Industrial businesses can also do their part by implementing environmentally friendly solutions in their operations such as green transformers from a provider like Solomon Corporation. From offices to factories to hotels, business owners can earn Energy Star status and ensure that their premises conserve energy as much as possible. Everyone has a responsibility to save energy and company management can implement various ways for individuals to pitch in. Simple actions like unplugging laptops and phones once they charge can help your company with its energy efficiency efforts.
  16. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average American spends almost 90 percent of their life indoors, and most of that time is spent in the living room. People don’t often perceive this as a problem, since they consider their homes to be safe and healthy. The truth is that indoor pollutants are just as dangerous as the outdoor ones (if not more). Luckily, there are ways to make the spaces we live in healthier. Here are some things you can change in your living room that will drastically improve its influence on your health. Check your paint Did you know that the paint on your walls can emit harmful gasses that can find a way into your lungs and eventually harm your health? Before painting your home, you should check whether the paint you want to use contains VOCs (volatile organic compounds). There are some paint colors that have low levels of VOCs, but it is always better to go with the ones that are completely free of these toxins. Clean house equals healthy house Dust on the bookshelves surely looks bad, but there is much more to it. Dust mites are one of the most frequent indoor air-pollutants, and they can trigger allergic reactions or cause even more harm. Regular dusting will keep you and your family safe. Vacuuming (twice a week) is also an important part of the cleaning process, and to avoid just spreading the dust around, it is best to use a steam-based vacuum cleaner. Choose cleaning products carefully Cleaning is important, but if it is done with products that contain chemicals and toxins that can harm you, you are not really doing yourself a favor by using them. With that in mind, you should turn to organic cleaning products or make your own cleaning mixtures by using simple ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Clear the air Most indoor pollutants settle in the air. Besides addressing the problem at its roots, you should also try to purify the air inside your house. This can be done by introducing houseplants ‒ which are natural air purifiers ‒ and using air-purifying machines with HEPA filters capable of minimizing the harmful particles in the air. Change the lighting Do you feel unhappy and fatigued when spending a lot of time in your living room? Poor lighting might be the reason. Lighting can not only affect your mood but also cause headaches, eyestrain, emotional stress and sometimes even physical illness. If you notice that lighting in your living room is too bright, too low, or too cool, any reliable Sydney electrician can change it completely and adapt it to your space and needs. “Lower” your rugs High pile rugs can do wonders for the décor and introduce a warm texture. However, they are also a perfect habitat for allergens and dust. This issue can’t be resolved even with regular vacuuming. That’s why it is better to compromise and opt for low pile rugs, such as flatweave, which will make it difficult for tiny particles to settle and are also easier to clean. No shoes inside, please The bottom of your outdoor shoes might be the dirtiest and the most germ-affected spot in your home. It is never a good idea to leave them on when entering your living room, unless you want to take all the germs with you. Instead, get a pair of indoor slippers and make a switch between the two at the entryway. By following these tips, you can make your living room much healthier for you and your household members and finally turn it into the safe haven it should be.
  17. Image Source: Pexels According to The US Census Bureau, the current population in the United States includes more than 323 million people, with over 70% of those people living in dense urban environments. As the US population is steadily growing at a rate of about 0.7% annually, it is expected that our society will increasingly rely on population-dense cities to continue providing a quality standard of living. To accommodate this changing future, it is crucial that our society adequately plan to accommodate this ever-growing population, and prepare to integrate that growing population into our existing cities. There are three key areas of focus that, if improved today, will facilitate this critical integration in the future. Infrastructure Development and Investment Developing urban infrastructure is the single most valuable investment that can be made for future generations. To accommodate growing populations, high-density housing buildings can be constructed, which allow increasing numbers of people to live in the same geographic footprint of an existing city. However, increasing numbers of people living in one area demands advanced water treatment solutions to manage increasing quantities of wastewater. There are many people exploring the disadvantages of current wastewater treatment options and proposes new possible solutions for future exploration. Finally, improving mass transportation choices to serve the growing population will enable cities to keep high numbers of people moving without choking surface streets in an endless gridlock of personal vehicles. Integration of Emerging Technologies If population growth is trend that is viewed as unending, so too is advancing technology. As our technology continues to improve, it is important that we begin integrating smart devices into the daily management of our society. One of the most critical areas where technology can improve efficiency is in the field of food production. Already, shrinking numbers of farmers are responsible for producing increasing quantities of food to support our expanding population, and the continual integration of new technologies into their daily work can ensure that their harvest is able to keep pace with the population growth rate in coming years. Education of Future Generations While our reliance on sound infrastructure and advancing technology is a critical factor in our ability to adapt to population growth, it is impossible to understate the importance of human intelligence in that struggle. Specifically, future growing generations will need to have the education and skills to meet the increasing need for data analytics, health care delivery, and ethical business management. There are many educational programs, like this mba online no gmat, This type of education program is a perfect example of how investing in the critical thinking skills of the future generation of leaders will foster the human intelligence needed to manage our growing population. As our population continues to grow and is expected to continue doing so, our ability to integrate those increasing numbers of people into our society will be dependent upon the investment we make in the future. Investing in infrastructure development and advanced technology integration can provide the tangible resources needed to house and feed increasingly dense population centers. Most importantly, investing in the education of our future leaders will ensure that critical thinking and human intelligence will always be available to solve the future problems those growing populations will encounter. By recognizing the trend in population growth and properly planning to integrate larger numbers of people into our society we can maintain a quality standard of living and give our future generations the tools they need adapt to their changing world.
  18. Image Source: Pexels Decluttering your home can be a cathartic process, but many people don’t notice just how much waste they really have until they start going through each of their rooms. You could end up dealing with dozens of bags of electronics, batteries, lawn chemicals, cleaning supplies, and other items that are hazardous to the environment. As you are planning this project, you should think about some ways that you can clean up and straighten your home without sending too many items to the landfill. Search For Valuables Before you consider any other options, you might first want to sift through all of your items and see if there is anything worth selling. Even if you donate or recycle most of your belongings, there could be a few pieces that are actually quite valuable. Old smartphones, consoles, video games, movies, books, and computers can easily be sold online or to local dealers. Some companies even send you prepaid packages to ship your electronics to them. Donate Another great option is to offer your unused belongings to a local donation center, like Action Donation Services. In addition to household items, many of these organizations accept cars, motorcycles, RVs, boats, and other vehicles. Depending on where you live and which organizations you go through, you might even be able to use your donations as a tax write-off. Some companies also allow you to choose which non-profit is going to benefit from your donations. Find A Hazardous Disposal Center Many homeowners don’t realize that it is actually illegal to throw away certain household items. Even though most trash companies carefully inspect and sort all of the refuse that they receive, you could be fined if they notice any dangerous or toxic materials. Some of the materials that need to be kept out of the trash include batteries, prescription drugs, certain electronics, paint, motor oil, tires, and lawn chemicals. Plan A Garage Sale A large percentage of your items won’t be worth much money, but that doesn’t mean they need to go to the landfill. Scheduling a garage sale is a simple way to get rid of quite a few things in a short period of time. If you want to attract more visitors to your yard sale, then you should consider having a multi-family sale with some of your friends and neighbors. Most local magazines and newspapers offer free or affordable ad space as well. Cleaning your home doesn’t need to be an exhausting project that results in hundreds of pounds of waste being sent to your landfill. You most likely live near dozens of different organizations that will help you get rid of your possessions in an eco-friendly manner. At the very least, you must make sure that all of the hazardous materials in your home are disposed of in a safe and legal manner.
  19. Improving your home’s energy efficiency not only saves you money, it increases your comfort year-round. These five tips offer durable ways to lower the amount of energy it takes to cool and heat it. Some are do-it-yourself projects, while others require the help of a specialized contractor. Energy Recovery Ventilator These affordable HVAC appliances exchange stale indoor air with fresh outdoor air without increasing energy costs. The energy recovery ventilator (ERV) traps the energy in the outgoing air and puts it into the incoming air. ERVs also remove humidity from the incoming air, which lightens the cooling load in the summer. Window Sealing Kits Unless you have thermal or Energy Star windows, you could be losing a good deal of heat to the outdoors during the winter. Clear plastic window sealing kits are available from home centers and online stores. They don’t interfere with the view and block air leaks and thermal transfer to the outdoors. Air Leaks and Ice Dams The air leaks from the ceilings into the attic reduce energy efficiency, and for the most part, they’re easy to seal with caulk and expanding foam. Besides the heated air that escapes into the attic into the winter, air leaks from the ceilings cause ice dams in the winter. Once you’ve sealed the air leakage, check over the integrity of the gutters. If they’re clogged or broken, rain or snowmelt won’t be able to drain quickly, which could also trigger ice dams. Companies like Innovations Siding & Windows can inspect your gutters and siding to make sure your home will withstand the damage that moisture causes to the attic or the envelope. Shade Screens Popular in the southern states for their ability to block solar heat on south- and west-facing windows, shade screens are effective in any climate. Screening materials are available online or at home centers. Some eliminate 90 percent of the heat entering through the glass. They don’t block the view and most homeowners take them down in the fall to take advantage of solar passive heating. Solar Cooking Cooking outdoors with a solar cooker on a hot sunny day requires no fuel. Solar cooking is an inexpensive and effective way to harness the power of the sun to cut energy consumption and produce delicious food. Bottom Line These suggestions will help you deal with the climate unique to this area. They won’t break the bank, and even if you need an expert, are easy to execute and will last for years.
  20. When you think of green energy your mind probably jumps to solar, wind or emerging hydrogen power, but you may not have considered that propane and its cousin natural gas, are also among of the greenest energy sources available to homeowners. Clean Burning While propane is essentially a fossil fuel, derived from natural gas or petroleum, it burns much cleaner than other fossil fuels. It emits roughly half the greenhouse gases compared to coal or oil and it doesn’t emit as many harmful compounds or toxins, such as sulfur dioxide and CO2. This reduces the prevalence of smog and the occurrence of environmental problems such as acid rain, which is caused by high concentrations of pollutants from gas and coal. May Be Cleaner and Cheaper Than Electricity There is some research to support the argument that natural gas is actually cheaper and more efficient alternative to electricity for some applications. This is one reason that many homes have mostly gas-powered appliances if possible. Having more homes with gas powered appliances reduces electric bills and helps to ease the strain on the power grid. While many people consider electricity to be clean, that really depends on how the electricity is generated. Electricity produced by a coal power plant, for example, is going to be exceptionally dirty and inefficient. Electricity produced from solar, wind or hydroelectric is going to be cleaner than any other source of power, including natural gas or propane. That said, power from truly clean sources accounts for a very small percentage of the electricity generated in the United States. Even in pioneering states like California, renewable energy sources account for only about 25 percent of total energy generation. In most areas of the country, that number is far lower. Taking United States energy production as a whole, 30 percent of electricity is generated by dirty coal, 20 percent generated by nuclear and only 15 percent generated by renewables. Interestingly enough, natural gas accounts for the largest share of electricity production in the US, at 34 percent. Using natural gas directly can help shift the focus away from dirty sources like coal and questionable sources like nuclear. It is worthwhile for you to consider where your power comes from to decide if using natural gas or propane in your home will be a greener choice. Off the Grid One tremendous advantage of propane is that it can be used off the grid. In areas where electricity is difficult, expensive or just plain impossible to supply, propane can serve as an excellent substitute. Propane tank installation in Mason is relatively simple and gives you a reliable supply of propane for your use without reliance on the municipal grid or supply. Even if you don’t use propane consistently, it is an excellent emergency power source for cooking, water heating or even to power a home-based generator. Propane is Efficient Efficiency is a key element of the environmental friendliness of any fuel. In this case, using propane directly is very efficient compared to most other types of power. For example, a coal power plant converts only about 38 percent of the energy found in coal to electricity. This means that not only is coal exceptionally dirty to begin with, it is also extremely inefficient. When propane is used directly, basically 100 percent of the energy goes toward the intended use because there is no conversion of energy. Natural Gas May Become Renewable While natural gas used currently in the United States is not renewable and is derived from fossil fuel, there is the possibility that natural gas and propane could be harvested from renewable sources in the near future. Likely candidates are landfills and water treatment plants. Decomposing organic matter releases tremendous amounts of natural gas, which is released into the atmosphere. If this natural gas could successfully contained and harvested, it would present an excellent source of renewable fuel. The natural gas could then be used directly or refined into other fuels like propane and hydrogen. Demand will primarily affect how much attention this technology receives. As more homeowners switch to propane or natural gas, the demand will increase and entice more companies to invest in the technology and infrastructure to harvest it from renewable sources. As a homeowner, you have an important part to play in the green energy future and the infrastructure that will support it.
  21. If you're constantly surrounded by clutter in your life, you're bound to be stressed and anxious. Believe it or not, but the best way to get a personal jump start in your life is to clean up and declutter. Getting rid of the old to make way for the new, revamping a space in your room, and picking a new healthy habit to adopt can help you cleanse your life so that you're happier and healthier. Amazingly enough, your mission to improve you can help the environment in the process. Here are 3 ways to clean up your life all while helping reduce your carbon footprint: Reduce Your Reliance on Cars Do you jump in the car to go around the block to pick up milk? One way to cleanse your life is to start adopting healthier habits. Instead of getting in a car and contributing to greenhouse emissions problems, you can start cycling or walking more. You don't have to be reliant on a car every time you need to leave your home. By getting physical, you can improve your physical and emotional well-being and exude energy all while you minimize your environmental impact. Donate Your Car to Help Others and the Environment If you don't need your car any longer, donating your car, to businesses like Action Donation Services, could make a huge impact. As a donor, you can help a family in need or help the environment in the process. By giving a foundation with a cause your old car, you can get environmentally unfriendly cars off the road and turn the old steel body into steel that's used in the production of new cars, buildings, elevators, airport hangars, and more. Who knew that car donation made such an impact? Grow Your Own Green Thumb Did you know that American food travels an average of 1500 to 2500 miles from farm to table? Transporting meats and other farm goods to local grocery stores aren't cheap. It required packaging and fuel that can all damage the environment. If you want to help cleanse your body and reduce your carbon footprint, grow a green thumb. By growing your own produce, you can benefit from a body cleanse. You don't have to worry about what pesticides are used at local produce farms and you can reduce worldwide pollution. Not only can you grow delicious greens, you can even sit outside and enjoy your backyard garden when you need to de-stress. Cleansing your life now can certainly help lead to a cleaner environment in the future. If just a fraction of Americans adopt the same small habits that you're adopting, it can make a major difference. Make these changes for a positive impact on your well-being and a positive impact on the globe.
  22. Many homeowners pay a small fortune in utility bills each month. This can be financially burdensome, and it also may be a sign that your home or lifestyle is not as green as it could be. With a closer look at some of the top green tips you can follow around the house, you may be able to make your space more environmentally-friendly and save a significant amount of money in the process. Use Low-Flow Water Features The scarcity of fresh water is a top concern for many environmentally-conscious people. Low-flow water features, such as toilets, faucets and showerheads, can be installed in your home to help you conserve water. These are specially-designed features that use less water without requiring you to adjust your water usage behavior. For example, a low-flow toilet may use half the water or less with each flush that an older model may use. Harvest Rain Water Another great idea to consider is to use gutters, such as those from Unique Home Solutions, and a rain barrel to harvest rain water. This water can be stored and used for landscaping water. It can also be purified on-site and used inside your home. For example, you may use it to wash your clothes or for toilet purposes. You may notice a dramatic decrease in your water bill each month, and you can enjoy the benefit of knowing that you are not taking water away from the public water supply through your usage. Adjust Your Thermostat Maintaining an ideal climate inside the home can be an energy drain, and this is particularly true during peak summer and winter months when your HVAC system may function most frequently. Adjust your thermostat so that your home’s interior is cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer. Use blankets, clothing, ceiling fans and more to control your comfort level without relying so heavily on your HVAC system. Upgrade Your Windows Another excellent step to take is to upgrade your windows. If you live in an older home, your windows may not be well-sealed, and they also may not be good insulators. Modern windows may be more energy efficient, and they can help you to maintain a comfortable climate inside the home without relying on regular use of your HVAC unit. These are only a few of the green tips you can follow to save money on energy bills regularly. Now is a great time to begin implementing these and other ideas you may have to improve your home.
  23. Generating energy to power our homes and businesses, especially in the United States, is an expensive task, both economically and environmentally. The best way to produce that power is the topic of many research studies that seek to keep the process of energy production as efficient as possible. Solar power is quickly becoming a more reliable, affordable, and cleaner way to power your home. The Old Way of Generating Power Most energy produced in the US today is produced by coal- or natural gas-powered plants. These are fossil fuels, which emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when burned. This is the number one cause of climate change. Producing energy produced by fossil fuels is a dying industry. Jobs in this industry are historically some of the most dangerous jobs you can have. Each year it employs fewer and fewer people. The Greener Cleaner Way to Power Your Home Solar energy is at the beginning of a revolution. Just as coal powered the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th Centuries, solar along with other renewable sources will power the 21st Century. The price of making and installing solar panels drops 20% every time the world capacity for solar power doubles. This means that each year, more and more people can afford to install solar panels on their homes and end up selling energy back to the grid. Companies like Renogy are making solar power accessible and portable for more and more people all the time. The true cost to the environment of using solar power is more than you might think. Sure, when the panels are installed and energy is being produced, there is no carbon by-product. Creating the panels, transporting them, and installing them does generate carbon. Solar panels are made of silicone which has a high melting temperature. The power used to create the panels themselves immediately puts the solar panel into a "carbon debt". Presently, when a new solar panel is produced, it pays off its carbon debt in two years, then continues to produce completely clean energy for decades to come. The current manufacturer's warranty on solar panels is 25 years. After that time, the panels may produce energy less efficiently. Powering your home with solar energy is a responsible choice for the planet. It can also mean real savings on your utility bills. If you are thinking about making a difference, you should think again about solar.
  24. Nowadays with the ongoing concerns about our environment becoming more and more polluted from carbon dioxide emissions from cars, planes, and power plants and other human activities, it is more important than ever before that companies reduce their carbon footprint and actively do things to protect our climate. Courier companies are now stepping up to do something about this! This short article and guide will examine what exactly courier companies are doing to help the planet to be more sustainable for future generations. Specifically it will refer to DHL, UPS and FedEx. We often think in terms of cheapest this cheapest that, where can I get the best deal? Naturally then it would follow suit that the cheapest international courier service is a good fit. However I would like to point out that the cheapest service may not be the most environmentally friendly. So if climate change and a reduction of co2 emissions are things that are important to you and you value a sustainable future then perhaps it would be better to do some further research before selecting a domestic or international courier. Leading green courier services include, DHL worldwide, who are implementing more environmental technology to ensure a greener planet. In Manhattan DHL have released a ‘green fleet’ of delivery vehicles, this is a direct reflection of their environmental strategy and ultimately shows proper action being taken. DHL goal is to reduce their carbon efficiency worldwide by thirty percent by 2020. Their eighty vehicle green fleet is using fifty hybrid trucks, and thirty battery powered vans. I suggest that you specifically research the type of vehicles that will be used by a specific courier service like UPS, FedEx etc. for moving your shipment on a specific route for example sending a courier to Australia. FedEx state on their website, that they plan to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by twenty percent by 2020. They also mention that they are going to expand their on-site renewable energy usage, although they are not specific as to how this will be achieved. Regarding UPS, and their environmental protection; they have a shipping option called UPS carbon neutral shipping option which is a greater environmentally friendly option, UPS plan to also use more renewable fuels. In 2015 UPS added 1750 vehicles which has the newest technology to further reduce its carbon footprint. Aside from this UPS plan to plant 15 million trees by December 21st 2020. Hopefully as they all modernise their fleets they will be using more green vehicles to achieve their reduced emission targets.
  25. What Is Sustainable Building?

    The sustainable building trend is not just good for the planet, but for the economy — green construction is expected to account for 3.3 million jobs in the U.S. alone by 2018, a 143.5 percent increase over 2015. Green construction involves the design, construction and/or operation of buildings in ways that reduce any harmful impact on the environment and/or on human health. Some of these include reducing the carbon footprint of manufacture, preserving air and water quality, minimizing toxic emissions, and increasing energy efficiency in building operations. Sustainable building also can be economically beneficial. Using green materials and practices often benefits local economies, and the focus on energy efficiency frequently results in significant savings for property owners. The following infographic was created by Accurate Perforating Company and highlights 10 green building materials to consider for your next green building project. green-building-materials.pdf