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  1. Is your community a little bit of a mess and want to give back by cleaning it up? Fortunately, there are a wide variety of ways you can work to make your neighborhood green again. Here are a few ways you can clean up your local community, from picking up litter to cleaning up after pets. Pick up Litter One of the best ways you can make your neighborhood green again is to pick up litter. Over time, litter tends to start growing on the sidewalks and pathways of your town. However, you can take some time to pick up litter on the weekends to clean up your community. Consider assembling a small team to pick up litter during the weekend to clean up your community more efficiently. Start a Community Garden Another way you can make your neighborhood green again is to start a community garden. Talk to your friends and family about planting fresh vegetables and fruits in a garden in your community. Plus, this community will help build lasting friendships, while contributing to a greener community. Recycle If you don’t want to pick up litter or start a community garden, consider starting to recycle trash in your home. By using skips, you can ensure that your trash gets reused through recycling. Although recycling might seem like a hassle, recycling waste in your home can lower your carbon emissions and promote a healthier way of tossing trash out. Not to mention, it will help your community as well. Talk to Your Neighbors You should talk to your neighbors to keep your neighborhood green. By conversing with your neighbors, you can promote living healthier among your community. Hopefully, with their help, your neighborhood can stay healthier and live greener as a community. Clean up after Pets Another way you can keep your community clean is to clean up after pets. Not only does this mean your pets, but others as well. Animal feces can be dangerous to the environment, and other animals as well. By cleaning up pet feces in your community, you can ensure it says green and healthy for everyone in it. There are a number of ways you can work to make your community green again. From picking up litter to cleaning up after pets, here are just a few ways you can clean up your community. Hopefully, with the help of the tips above, you can work to keep your community clean, once and for all.
  2. Once upon a time in America, products were produced and discarded thoughtlessly. But slowly and gradually, people became aware of the metro tons of waste that these items were adding to the planet. Recycling uses a variety of processes to break down the materials in these products, so they can be used again, thereby using fewer of the planet’s resources and using less land for waste storage. Here are some items you probably didn’t know could be recycled for another use. Metal Items Various types of metal objects that are used around the home can be recycled into usable metal for a variety of industries. Not only aluminum cans can be recycled, but also appliances, radiators, old fencing, wire, stainless steel parts, and sheet iron can be brought to a local scrap metal services center for processing and resale. Reuse of metal products can help to reduce the impact on the environment for a cleaner and healthier planet. Phones If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that old phone, you can send it in to a number of organizations that help individuals, such as battered women, who need to have a ways to communicate for safety, but don’t need the latest phone model to do so. These agencies find a beneficial way to utilize the cellphones that would otherwise end up as plastic parts and toxic materials in landfills. Old CDs CDs were once all the rage in music enjoyment, but they are now obsolete. If you find a box of old CDs in your basement or closet, you may wonder what to do with these round discs of plastic that also contain contaminants like polycarbonate and aluminum. These items can be taken to an e-waste site in your community to be processed and recycled into usable products. Porcelain Fixtures Although you may not think about what happens to old porcelain toilets and sinks, the fact is, they have to go somewhere when they break or are replaced. Instead of filling up the local landfill, these items can be pulverized down for use in sidewalk and road materials. It’s a great way to re-use materials instead of have them hanging around as waste. Companies use a vast amount of the Earth’s resources to make the products we use every day. By recycling these products when they are no longer useful, we can preserve the resources future generations will need. If you are one of the many people concerned about the health of the planet and the use of natural resources, you can help to reduce the impact of human habitation on the Earth by recycling these common items.
  3. If you are renovating your house, getting rid of an appliance or otherwise have come into possession of scrap metal, it is important to dispose of it safely. It is also important that you know how to store it safely to reduce the odds of anyone getting hurt while it is in your possession. What are some tips to follow when recycling scrap metal? Wear Safety Equipment When Carrying It Copper wire, metal from a gutter or any other type of scrap metal could come with sharp edges. Should those edges come into contact with bare skin, it could result in a significant laceration. Therefore, be sure to wear gloves, clothing that doesn’t leave exposed skin and goggles. Make Sure It Isn’t Electrically Charged Certain types of metal can retain an electric charge, which could lead to anything from a minor electric shock to complete electrocution. Therefore, check to see that any metal coming off of a house or that is located near a power line does not have a charge prior to picking it up. This can be done by using a voltmeter or similar tool that you may have in your garage. Store It in a Bin that Children Can’t Climb Into Scrap metal should always be stored in a secure location before sending it to the junkyard. In addition to keeping the metal out of the reach of pets and children, it also makes it easier to keep your yard clear of junk. Depending on where you live, you could be the victim of scrap metal theft if it is left in the open. Call a Professional to Have the Metal Hauled Away Visiting websites such as http://www.bigdaddyscrap.com can put you in touch with a professional who can haul way your copper, aluminum or other scrap metal. This may be ideal for those who don’t have access to a truck or who otherwise can’t bring it to a junkyard themselves. Those who opt to go this route can get still get paid for the material that they give to a scrap metal collecting company. In large enough quantities, scrap metal can be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars. Furthermore, homeowners or other property owners can clear away material that they can’t otherwise use. This helps the community because it means that homes or buildings in the area are less of an eyesore, which can improve property values in a given neighborhood or business district.
  4. Being conscious of the environment is an important responsibility that everyone shares. Those that are looking to be greener and more conscious of their impact on the environment should start their efforts at home. There are four important tips that someone could follow that would help anyone to be more environmentally friendly at home and reduce their carbon footprint. Recycle One great way to be greener at home is to set up a regular wastewater filtration system. All families and homeowners can make a big difference if they make even simple changes to their recycling habits. As opposed to throwing all of your waste into the garbage, taking time to separate and organize the recyclables and putting them into the appropriate bins will be helpful. Furthermore, people should always look to use reusable bottles and plates as opposed to using items that will be thrown away after one use. Water Usage When you are looking to be more green and efficient at home, it is also important that you watch your water usage. Access to clean drinking water is quickly becoming problematic for people all over the world. All people, regardless of where they live, need to find ways to reduce water usage. Some of the best ways to do this can include taking shorter showers, being more efficient when watering the lawn, and simply being conscientious of water use. Home Automation and Smart Technology Another way that you can help to reduce your carbon footprint at home is by using smart appliances and home automation systems. Smart thermostats, smart power strips, and smart light switches can all be used to learn your behaviors and change settings when a certain room is not in use. Through a home automation system, you will also be able to change the thermostat in your home, turn lights and appliances on and off, and control other parts of your home that can help to reduce your overall energy usage. Purchase Efficient Appliances One of the most effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to purchase more efficient appliances. Energy efficient refrigerators, air conditioners, furnaces, hot water heaters, and other appliances can all be used to drastically reduce your energy and water usage. While taking steps to help improve the environment is important, there are additional benefits that come with making greener decisions. Those that make certain investments and upgrades to their home could qualify for federal tax credits and will also see a reduction in their energy bills.
  5. The four most basic necessities of sustaining human life are clean air, water and food, sunlight, and shelter. While, here in the highly-developed United States, people use many more things on a regular basis, these four necessities are always present. Fortunately, the United States is known as having generally clean air, with most cities having objectively clean air, ranked as “Good” by the Real-Time Air Quality Index. In and around workplaces, particularly indoor workplaces, air quality typically isn’t as clean. Here are a few ways to improve and maintain air quality in your warehouse environment. Implementing a Sally Port near Loading Docks Exhaust fumes from vehicles, especially big, powerful vehicles like 18-wheelers, are undeniably harmful to the human body. Even though most loading docks are open to the outdoors, fumes wafting inside dirty air quality. Sally ports, a term most commonly associated with rooms used to inboard criminals from police vehicles, are intermediaries that cut out practically all vehicle exhaust from entering warehouses. Although constructing them might be expensive and time-consuming, not to mention disruptive to business, using sally ports when loading and unloading shipments can effectively maintain high air quality. Forklifts Are to Blame for Bad Air Quality Virtually every warehouse on planet Earth is home to at least one forklift. However, due to businesses’ inherent desire to cut costs, forklifts typically feature poor or no exhaust filters. Besides, forklifts are notoriously non-green, anyways. Many air filters for forklifts are available. Considering that being friendly towards the environment is “in,” and more popular than ever before, businesses like Kruman Equipment Company have filtration systems to help with the exhaust. Manufacturing Sometimes Is Associated with Dust Whenever objects are cut, sawed, or otherwise split into pieces, tiny particles are prone to dispersing throughout the air. Most often, such objects are cut indoors. Ceramic, when its tiny airborne particles are breathed, can cause serious damage to human lungs. That’s why tile saws utilize water—to prevent the spread of such particles. Consider containing your warehouse’s particular byproducts in a similar fashion. Filters, vacuums, and closed-off cutting areas are each effective means of promoting clean air quality. Modular factory offices are widely available, and are unarguably the most effective means of keeping particles out of the air. Ultimately, employees power businesses. Without being able to hire others, businesses’ output levels would be notoriously small. Keeping employees healthy should, and generally is, high on organizations’ list of priorities.
  6. Ever since the Internet was commercialized back in 1990, organizations began to grow rapidly and they started to move their businesses online. However, the rise of technology has also brought enormous energy consumption and slowly but surely, large organizations started causing significant damage to the environment. Nowadays, both small and large organizations are getting more eco-friendly and are putting further effort into keeping the environment safe by utilizing green technology and green hosting solutions for their business operations. Here are a few benefits that eco-friendly hosting solutions can offer to your business. Benefits for your business Going green with technology can greatly benefit your business, regardless of whether you run a small or large business. Reduce energy costs – Green technology offers you the opportunity to reduce energy consumption and also reduce the costs on your energy bills. For instance, energy-efficient lighting such as CFLs and LEDs use 25-80% less energy than standard light bulbs and they can last 3-25 times longer. More customers – Today, consumers are more environmentally aware and they favor businesses that are green over those that aren't. In fact, businesses that utilize green technology will attract more customers. Socially responsible – Business that take care of the environment and are eco-friendly enjoy a good reputation. For example, millennials who are the largest group of consumers nowadays prefer to do business with eco-friendly brands. Green hosting benefits Green cloud services are concerned about the environment and they utilize energy-efficient methods and natural resources to maintain their servers. That's why large organizations such as Google, Microsoft and Apple are opting for green cloud computing and green hosting services. Even smaller business can switch to more green solutions such as cPanel hosting and benefit from eco-friendly cloud computing. Cloud services offer businesses a way of centralizing their servers, which eliminates the need for local data centers that consume a lot of energy. Moreover, cloud-based services offer a lot of benefits to businesses, the only difference is that green cloud computing is done in a more eco-friendly fashion. Benefits for the environment Eco-friendly hosting services not only benefit businesses, but the environment as well. By implementing the energy efficient methods for maintaining servers, green hosting solutions reduce the carbon footprint that companies leave behind and reduce both the energy and resources required to stay operational. Furthermore, green solutions also take care of proper disposal of electronic waste and proper recycling of electronics. Also, green hosting services implement renewable energy and natural resources such as solar power, wind and water to power the servers, which leads to significant decrease in carbon emissions. Eco-friendly hosting solutions enable businesses to operate at lower energy consumptions and reduce the amount of waste they leave behind. In addition, green solutions have a positive impact on businesses by improving their reputation and making them more socially responsible.
  7. Issues like pollution and global warming are serious challenges. If we are to protect the earth for future generations, we need to take action now. That certainly includes action from businesses both large and small. Make sure you are doing your part by instituting green policies into your company where you can. Below are four such strategies you should give serious consideration. Make Your Office Paperless One thing offices do is waste a lot of paper. The average US office employee uses about 10,000 pieces of paper a year. All this waste leads to the clearing of forests. That means fewer trees to transform harmful carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen. However, thanks to things like email and PDF files, there really is no longer a need for paper in the modern office. Do your part and go paperless. Start a Carpool Program One of the biggest sources of pollution created by businesses doesn’t come directly from the business itself. Instead, it’s all the gasoline that must be burned to allow employees to drive to and from work. Thankfully, there is a way to change this and curb your workforce’s carbon footprint. You should consider starting a company carpool program. Employees will benefit as well since they will have to spend less on gas each year. Waste Less Water Most states in the US expect significant water shortages in the future. We will have to start treating more wastewater to make up the difference. You can do your part by using less water in your facilities. Consider installing low-flow plumbing fixtures like toilets, faucets and more that use a lot less water so more of this valuable resource can be saved for the greater community. Perform an Energy Audit Many businesses are completely oblivious to the ways they are wasting energy. Your factory, store, warehouse or other facility may be needlessly wasting energy and electricity in ways you are not even aware of. Perform an energy audit through the use of a third party. The results of the audit can then be used to lower the amount of energy your facilities are using. This increased efficiency will also do the job of helping to slash your overhead expenses. Businesses are not free of moral and ethical obligations. One of these obligations is doing what you can to lower pollution and protect your community as well as the earth in general. Hiring someone with a civil engineering degree to help analyze your companies influence can help you with this. The four strategies above should only be a starting point for going green with your company.
  8. If you are concerned about the environment, then it is essential to understand how to recycle various items. In the past, recycling was easier because the items were sorted by the employees at a recycling center, but today, you must know how to navigate the complicated world of recycling on your own. Have a Recycling Center at Your Home When you want to recycle effectively, you will need to have a recycling center in your own home. First, you must choose a space such as a closet, utility room or garage where you can have containers for different types of materials. The basic types of materials include glass, paper, metal and plastic. Within these categories, there are additional types of materials such as clear or colored glass and plastics. Most items are made from multiple materials, so you must learn how to tear each thing apart correctly. Contact a Recycling Center It is important to contact a local recycling center like Ranch Town Recycling Center Inc. or someone similar to learn what its guidelines are. Some recycling centers won’t accept anything that looks contaminated with food particles, paint or other debris, so this means that you must wash and dry most items before bringing it to the recycling center. This is often time-consuming, but you can become organized by learning how to sanitize and separate items correctly to prevent any contamination. Don’t Toss Batteries into the Trash Batteries contain a lot of chemicals, and if you throw these items into the trash, then the batteries will degrade in a landfill, contaminating the soil and groundwater. Keep used batteries separated from other trash so that you can bring the items to a store or recycling center that accepts the batteries for proper disposal. Before placing batteries in a container for disposal, place masking tape over the tips to prevent a spark that can cause a fire. Learn How to Recycle Electronics Your local recycling center might accept electronics such as old smartphones, televisions or computers. When the recycling centers near you won’t accept electronics, there are several well-known electronic stores that will take the items from you to recycle the items correctly. Old electronics contain a lot of materials that experts know how to use in new items to avoid creating additional trash in a landfill. Environmentalists are learning about new ways to recycle things all of the time. If you don’t know how to recycle something, then call a nearby recycling center to learn how to get rid of old vehicle tires or building materials.
  9. In the summer, air conditioning is essential in creating a comfortable indoor environment for you and your family. When it’s hot and humid outside, you can crank up your home’s air conditioning to stay cool. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), however, heating and cooling accounts for nearly half of the average U.S. Home’s energy usage. Thankfully, you can stay cool this summer without spending a fortune on energy bills by following some simple steps. Change the Air Filter One of the easiest ways to keep your home’s air conditioning working efficiently is to change the filter every 60 to 90 days. The filter is designed to catch dust and dirt while still allowing air to pass through. As this debris accumulates, however, it can restrict the flow of air and force your system to work harder. Check Condenser Coil The condenser coil is responsible for extracting heat from inside your home. When it’s clogged, the system won’t be able to run efficiently, thus raising your home’s energy usage. While you can often remove superficial dirt and debris by spraying your system’s condenser coil with a garden hose, you’ll need the services of a professional HVAC company like Alabama Climate Control to clean a severely clogged coil. Inspect Ducts When was the last time that you inspected the ducts in your air conditioning system? If they are damaged with visible holes or tears, cooled air will escape and reduce the overall efficiency of your system. Another problem with ducts is a lack of insulation. A healthy air conditioning system should have well-insulated ducts to minimize loss of thermal energy. Programming Your Thermostat You can also save money on cooling costs this summer by programming your thermostat. If there’s no one occupying your home during the day, for example, you can set the temperature higher to save energy. And when family members return in the evening, you can set the temperature lower to create a comfortable environment. Don’t Block Vents Finally, check the air vents in your home to ensure they aren’t blocked. A large sofa or dresser can restrict airflow and reduce your system’s efficiency. All vents should be accessible and unobstructed for maximum performance. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort for low utility bills this summer. The five tips described here can improve the efficiency of your home’s air conditioning.
  10. Sustainability starts in the home. But are you doing everything you can to create an eco-friendly house? There are many ways you can make your house greener and more energy efficient. Use these tips to learn how to save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time. Insulate Your Home How well insulated is your home? Many homes do not have insulation in the basement or attic. This is where most of the unwanted air flow enters your home. Because of this, cold air will enter your home in the winter and warm air in the summer. This means your heating and air conditioning will need to work twice as hard to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. To lower your heating and cooling costs and stop wasting energy, install additional insulation in your home. Make Sure Everything Is Running at High Efficiency Check your appliances and ensure they are working as efficiently as they can. If your appliances and home fixtures are not working as efficiently as they should, you will be spending more on your energy bills. For example, a low-efficiency furnace will require more energy to heat your home. Call a professional furnace repair company, like Logan A/C & Heat Services Inc., to inspect your furnace and fix anything that needs to be fixed. The same goes for all of your large appliances like your refrigerator and washing machine. Additionally, when it comes time to replace any appliances, make sure you choose ones that are energy efficient. You can tell because they will have the Energy Star logo on the tags. Turn off the Lights Your parents might have been onto something whenever they yelled at you to turn off the lights. Anytime you leave a room, remember to turn off the lights. Doing so can save a lot of electricity and thus lower your bills. The last thing you want is to waste energy on things that nobody is even using. Switch to Green Energy Sources There’s never been a better time to upgrade your home to green sources of energy. Consider installing solar panels on your roof to power the house. This is a fantastic way to make your house eco-friendlier and save on energy costs. Plus, you may even be able to get a tax break after installing the solar panels. There are tons of ways you can make your home greener. In doing so, you can save yourself some cash and save the environment, too.
  11. In this day and age, the demand for nutritious, wholesome food has never been greater. Organic farms are sprouting across the globe, providing their families and communities with a constant supply of fresh produce. The export market potential is high as well, which means organic farmers have a chance to own a thriving business that transcends the borders of a local community. Starting and running an organic farm business is not a walk in the park, though: one has to grasp many factors such as a business plan, funding, machinery, soil, storage space, etc. This is to say that it is best to plan ahead, tread carefully, and go one step at a time. Identify your goals First off, you need to set emotions aside and get your priorities straight. Do you want to contribute to the environmental movement, launch a highly-profitable business, help the community, or just earn enough money to live on? Define organic farm goals and let them serve as your guiding light. Establish values you are going to uphold, as well as personal objectives. The next, more concrete step is assembling a business along with a first-year plan. These documents will steer your day-to-day hustle and long-term aspirations. Test the waters It all starts with the process of obtaining the land and getting to know it: how big and fertile is it? Bear in mind that in order to receive USDA organic certification, for instance, the land has to be free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers for a period of three years. Factor in elements such as water availability and access because you need good drainage and good-quality water for irrigation. Make sure you can source the livestock and locate organic seeds and starts. The abundance of small game encourages farmers to raise free-range chicken, cattle, sheep, and pigs. Find your target market Do the market research and identify your target customers. People interested in organic products tend to be more educated, affluent, and environmentally conscious. That is why many organic farms gravitate towards areas around urban centers. In any regard, the proximity of buyers is of the utmost importance. Therefore, see if they are in your neighborhood or whether you would have to dispatch your products miles away? Whatever the answer is, you have to ensure that there is a real need for your products, and ideally, a limited competition. Build storage space Ample storage space plays a vital role as you have to preserve food until the moment it is sold. It also enables you to easily load, unload, and dispatch products. So, assess your storage needs, decide whether you want bulk or bag storage, and build a facility. Be clear on what the exposed peripheral structure area per unit is. Pick building materials carefully and see if you can integrate flexible and innovative solutions. For instance, structural steel dairy sheds are designed to ensure adequate ventilation, efficient management and maximised cow comfort for optimal milk yields. Settle financing To get operations off the ground, one has to address the financial side of things. The investment needed here is higher than with non-organic farms, but if you can help it, avoid borrowing money. In recent years, debt has laid waste to numerous organic farms. It is preferable to start small, but with your own savings piled up. Of course, the decision in this department ultimately depends on your ambitions and whether you aspire to run a family farm, a small-scale operation, or a huge farm that caters to national or international market. Choose your produce Last, but definitely not least, you must decide on what to grow. At this point, you have freedom, but only to an extent. Never lose sight of the feasibility of certain products that you evaluated in the market research stage. Also, remember that farming is hard work. What makes your life easier is growing what you like. Filled with passion, you can get through the toughest of days and overcome any challenges on the road to success. It pays off to invest in marketing your products as well, so don’t skimp on this activity once you set the wheels into motion. Sow the seeds of success Organic farming is a gratifying career choice that holds much promise in today’s market. At the same time, this endeavor is not something you can afford to take lightly. You need to plan for a successful business from the ground up. So, make certain it is realistic and viable, and not just something you dearly dream of. Set your financial house in order. Get the necessary licenses and permits. Design and build your compound. Come up with a continuous flow of goods in the market and reap your rewards.
  12. The benefits of going solar are pretty incredible. You can make your home a lot more energy efficient by simply making use of solar panels. Here’s how it works, and why you’ll want to consider getting them put up on your own house. How They Work First, the solar panels will need to be placed over your roof. Then, you can sit back and expect them to do all of the work for you. It’s that simple. The sun will provide the panels with the light they need. This will be the same light that you and your family make use of daily inside of your home. Solar panels do a remarkable job of acquiring sunlight, even on overcast days when the sky is full of clouds. As a matter of fact, the sun’s rays don’t have to directly rest over the panels. The light will still be absorbed by them. This is another great aspect of solar power that’s of considerable interest to websites like SolarPanelStore.com. You Can Save Money Going solar is inevitably going to save you a lot of your hard-earned money in the long run. Why’s that? You’ll no longer be relying on your old energy for light. That’s right. This means your energy bills will be a thing of the past. Maybe you want to have your friends over to watch an important football or basketball game. You’ll be paying for the electricity that’s being used to broadcast the game on your television, and you’re planning to buy pizza and wings for the event, too. You’ll even have to spend extra gas money to pick up a friend, who lives a little too far away. Using solar power won’t cost you anything, so you can feel free to turn on your lights and leave them on all night if your party ends up lasting that long. Saving a little money here and there may not seem like a big deal now, but even small expenses truly do add up over time. Also, you’ll have the option to spend that money you saved on something a little more exciting than energy. These days, it can be particularly difficult to make enough money to provide for both your needs and your wants. That being said, you need to make sure that you aren’t paying for any expense that isn’t absolutely necessary. Energy is one of them, so you should consider switching over to solar power as soon as possible. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
  13. We too often think of the environment as someone else’s problem—automobile manufacturers, oil refineries, and power plants, for example. But we each have a personal responsibility to help keep Mother Nature healthy and happy. We as individuals can contribute to a green, clean environment in more ways than you might expect. The Last Straw Did you know plastic straws are one of the most widespread environmental hazards? According to the article “Straws: Why They Seriously Suck,” more than 500 million straws are used daily in the U.S. Alone. They’re not biodegradable, and they can’t be recycled. But you can stop using them at home and/or switch to reusable straws. Carry reusable straws in your glove compartment and forgo the plastic in your next chocolate shake! Stash Your Trash The fact that how and where you dispose of your trash matters is an environmental no-brainer. You no doubt dispose of everything from paper to yard waste to bald tires. Dispose of those items the right way, recycling any- and everything you can via environmentally aware service providers like Tri-State Disposal. Many of these vendors will even supply dumpsters to safely dispose of large hauls. Single out Single Use Single-use items like sandwich bags and disposable razors represent a huge problem for the environment. You can reduce that problem by a) reusing single-use items, or not using them at all. There are, after all, so many sustainable alternatives: cloth shopping bags, ceramic go cups. You can even buy reusable sandwich wraps. Douse the Old Wood Stove Wood stoves generate carcinogenic particulate matter that can harm not only your family, but the whole neighborhood. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services lists wood stove smoke as a public health hazard and significant pollutant. The solution? Replace your old stove with an EPA-certified, clean-burning, efficient wood stove designed for complete combustion. Add Your Plants On the positive side, you can add to the planet’s environmental health by plugging in trees and native plants. Not only are they pretty, but they help clean the air. Plus, native plants—i.e., those native to your particular area—conserve water and benefit local wildlife. The bottom line is that the environment in which we live is important. It is not just for the health of the area, but for our own personal health as well. We are all responsible to protect and keep the environment clean as much as possible.
  14. You purchase organic fruits and vegetables, you use energy efficient appliances, what else can you do to live an eco-friendlier lifestyle? Environmentally friendly lawn care is crucial to keeping your yard safe and limit your environmental impact. Use these tips to learn how to care for your yard in a green way. Mow Your Grass High When it comes to mowing your lawn, higher is usually better. Leave your grass at a height of three inches or higher. This will promote a healthier and denser root system. It will also make your lawn more resistant to drought, weeds, and erosion. Additionally, longer grass traps pollutants and prevents them from flowing into storm drains. Don’t Remove the Clippings While on the subject of mowing, be sure to leave your grass clippings on your yard. The clippings offer essential nutrients to your lawn, the same as one round of fertilizer. The same can be said for fallen leaves, which can be used as mulch. Perhaps more importantly, when grass clippings are blown into the roads, they wind up in storm drains which flow into main waterways. This is similar to pouring fertilizer into a river, which is bad for the native creatures and humans, too. Make it easier for yourself and leave your grass clippings on your lawn. Work with Eco-Friendly Companies If you are hiring a professional to perform any services at your home, make sure they use eco-friendly techniques and have environmental policies. This goes for everything from landscapers to pest control companies like those from EMCO Pest Control. This way, you can be sure that your lawn is being managed responsibly, even if you are not the one doing it. Water Efficiently If you water your lawn too frequently, it encourages the grass roots to stay close to the surface of your lawn. This makes them more susceptible to disease and drought. Instead, water your yard less often, but deeply so the roots can thrive. Ideally, you should only water your grass once a week. To determine if you need to water, feel about six inches into the soil. If it is moist, you don’t need to water your lawn. There are plenty of ways you can lower your environmental impact, even in your own backyard. By using the tips above, you ensure your lawn gets the care it needs in the most natural way possible. Plus, you can make the world a better place in the process
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.