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4 Reasons You Should Feed Your Yard With Organic Fertilizers

You may not be aware just how many different types of fertilizers there are. Ranging from chemical fertilizers to natural fertilizers and organic fertilizers. The choice you make can have a significant effect in a number of different ways. Of all fertilizer options, going organic will not only benefit your yard but it will have lasting effects on the betterment of the environment. Organic fertilizer is basically a carbon-based compound that increases the growth quality and productivity of p

Meghan Belnap

Meghan Belnap

5 Eco-friendly Uses for Waste Water

According to the UN News Center, one of the world's most pressing issues is meeting water needs. Without changes in water consumption and conservation, the world will find it challenging to meet the water needs of the world's 2050 projected population of 9.6 billion. With extreme drought threatening areas including metropolitan California and southern Somalia, conserving water and reusing water will make what we have go further. Try these tips to make a difference. Use a Shower Bucket

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Meghan Belnap

The Healthy Benefits of Organic Fertilizer for Your Yard

A lush, green yard starts with healthy soil, and that usually means using soil amendments to make sure that it's as nutrient-rich as it needs to be. With all of the different types of fertilizer on the market, it can be tough to make the best choice for you, your plants, and the surrounding environment. When it comes to organic fertilizer, there are some key advantages that shouldn't be overlooked. Long-term Improvement Most people don't really look past the nutrient boost that fertili

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Meghan Belnap

Household Solutions That Keep Both Your Budget and Mother Earth Happy

With so many cars, machines, and chemicals involved in our everyday lives it's no wonder that the earth is starting to show signs of distress. And not only is Earth sending up red flags, but our wallets are weeping in despair because our mechanized, chemical rich lifestyles are expensive. But what can be done about it? Here are some great tips to keep both your budget, and Mother Earth happy. Tip #1: Distilled Vinegar Common household cleaners are expensive and chocked full of harsh ch

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Meghan Belnap

4 Simple Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Between global warming, pollution, and many other issues, our planet is in a state of crisis. Like most people, you're probably wondering what you can do to help. Not everyone can afford to purchase a hybrid vehicle or solar panels, but there are still inexpensive and effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint. 1. Buy Organic and Local Foods In America, the average meal travels nearly 1,500 from its source to your plate. Carbon footprint-wise, that's the equivalent of traveling 4,

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Meghan Belnap

Green Business Practice - 5 Ways Companies are Making a Difference

If you are a concerned eco-friendly entrepreneur, there are many inspiring and creative ways to make and keep your business “green” and help the environment in safe ways at the same time. Feel good about helping Mother Nature to maintain our natural resources for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. There is an extra benefit because it helps your reputation that consumers want to support a green business, and you can thus show customers that you care about the environment and

Meghan Belnap

Meghan Belnap

Green-Friendly Landscapes - How to Make Your Yard Eco-Friendly

Most people don't take the time to consider how their front or back yards are affecting the environment. While many property owners make investments in energy efficient products like solar panels or LED light bulbs, they hardly think of how the property beyond the walls of their home is being wasted when it could promote an efficient and sustainable environment. It's time to think beyond the staples of what we consider green living and maximize what the right type of landscaping can do for your

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Meghan Belnap

Water Conservation and Cleanliness - Why it Matters...

Water seems like it is the one thing that we humans will never run out of but don't be so sure. With modernization of morer and more of the world, this precious resource is being polluted and used at an alarming rate. With water being one of the most necessary resources for the survival of all plants and animals it’s a very precious resource that needs to be preserved and protected from pollution. Thankfully, you can take steps to improve the quality of your water and conserve it at home. Wh

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Meghan Belnap

Energy Efficient Home Upgrades: What Can I Do to Save Money?

Making energy efficient upgrades to your home not only is good for the environment, it also can save you lots of money when your bills are due. The only issue is that you might not know where to start. There are so many options to just throw money into but not all of them are as good as you would like to think. Here are some of the best energy efficient improvements to make. New Windows and Doors If you live in an older house with windows and doors that haven't been replaced in years, it's

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Meghan Belnap

Green Home Locations: 4 of the Best Places to Live Right Now

One of the most desirable attributes that many real estate shoppers are looking for these days is a neighborhood that is green. This includes neighborhoods that have a lot of green buildings as well as places that have a lot of green amenities that make living an eco-friendly lifestyle easier. If you are looking for a green place to call your home, here is a look at four of the greenest locations that you should consider. Mueller, Texas It probably comes as no surprise to most folks that one

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Meghan Belnap

How Can I Be More Eco-Responsible in My Daily Life?

Everyone wants to breathe clean air, drink clean water and protect the environment. Doing this does not require massive changes to your life. There are actually small things that you can do every day to make a difference. You should know about a few ways to be more eco-responsible in your daily life. Drive Less Driving in a typical car sends a significant amount of pollution into the air every day. Even highly efficient cars are releasing emissions every minute they run. Do what you can to

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Meghan Belnap

4 Green Alternatives to Common Household Systems

Energy consumption is a constant state of existence for all living beings. From the leaves of a tree converting sunlight into chemical fuel to human super cities consuming coal, hydroelectric discharge, or nuclear power to fuel their massive electrical grids – energy consumption happens as a day to day process in all walks of life. There are green alternatives available, however, that can greatly reduce the impact this consumption has on the environment - especially on a per home basis. Here ar

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Meghan Belnap

Green Landscaping - How to Make Your Renovations More Eco-Friendly

It isn't really necessary to have a green thumb to create green landscaping or to make your renovations more eco-friendly. Landscaping is partly an art and a science. The basic steps to green landscaping are to plan ahead and choose landscapes that endure and also add an eco-friendly element to the final result. Green Landscaping The fundamentals of green landscaping are fairly simple. Start with a complete review of the existing soil, soil moisture, climate and types of plants preferred. If

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Meghan Belnap

Good Green Earth: Proper Disposal of Toxic Materials

Toxic waste consists of products that can cause illness or death to humans, animals or plants. Proper disposal of household toxic waste can prevent that waste from entering our air, soil and water. It also helps protect waste workers from illness and/or injury from toxic materials. Here's what you can do around your house to properly dispose of toxic substances. Liquid Toxic Household Waste There are a wide variety items that can be classified as liquid toxic hazardous household waste (HHW).

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Meghan Belnap

Eco-Friendly Home Upgrades that Won't Break the Bank

There are many green ideas that will improve your home. There are several ways to make your home more eco-friendly and these can be done without breaking your bank too. There are some affordable and simple project ideas that may be of interest to you. If you are just choosing to make home improvements that will help the overall environment or if you simply have a desire to cut down on fuel costs and make your home more efficient there are definitely some ways that you can upgrade your home and m

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Meghan Belnap

Reduced Footprint: Make Your Home More Green With These Updates

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many private homes have reduced their carbon emissions, thereby eliminating the equivalent of emissions from more than 30 million cars each year. With a few home renovations, your home can be more comfortable as well as environmentally friendly and have lower utility bills. Find a Green Architect It is recommended to ask an architect who has green building credentials to help you renovate your home. They will have ideas and knowledge to

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Meghan Belnap

5 Best Practices For Building Inexpensive, Green Homes

Home builders need to save money, particularly those buying their home for the first time. Building green homes once was considered to be a luxury but now is affordable. Green home construction has some costs, but many of the green systems put in place save money in home maintenance. Communicating with Suppliers By working with suppliers, home builders will determine the best products obtainable from the manufacturers. This step will get the homes certified by the National Green Building St

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Meghan Belnap

Great Green Hope: 6 Positive Impacts of Green Technology

Green technology is becoming more on the forefront of everyone's minds as the worry of global warming increases. The many positive impacts of green technology are numerous and can be measured by the attention that green tech has garnered in the past decade. Below we will explore some of the specifics of why some types of tech are better than others. Solar Power Unlike non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels, the sun is a renewable energy source that should stick around another 6 bil

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Meghan Belnap

5 Eco-Friendly Changes Every Homeowner Can Make

You’ve heard it before: caring for the environment starts at home. No change is too small and it’s easier than you think to have a green-friendly home. Making changes for the betterment of the environment can help your wallet too. Follow these simple tips and become an eco-friendly homeowner today. 1. Keep an Eye on the Thermostat Year-Round According to MSN Real Estate, as much as half of your yearly energy use can be from your air conditioner and heating systems. Save power (and money) by

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Meghan Belnap

Recycling Basics for New Homeowners - What You Need to Know

Preservation of resources does more than simply ensure they are around for future generations. Recycling accomplishes more than simply finding a way to reuse an item. For instance, preserving resources can mean saving a household money, others money, develop responsibility in the younger generation and help to build ties in the community by supporting a common cause. It’s important to teach the younger generation how to recycle and there are a few methods for doing so. Outings There is an ac

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Meghan Belnap

How Much Can Energy Efficient Appliances Really Save You?

The past decade has seen an energy revolution. Everything is becoming more and more efficient, appliances included. That means they take less of your energy bill and are friendly to the environment. But do the savings behind this new efficiency justify the purchase of a new appliance? To tackle this question, we talked to appliance experts from Atlas Appliances Ltd. They had a few bits of valuable information regarding this topic: Take Inventory Consider replacing the appliances in your h

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Meghan Belnap

A Green Home is a Happy Home - Modern Upgrades

With the rising cost and limited supply of nonrenewable energy sources, many businesses are looking elsewhere to power their buildings. Some companies reduce their carbon footprint by using solar panels; others use windmills to provide their energy needs. Some are turning to more unique and modern energy savers. A busy train station in Stockholm, for example, converts body heat into warm water that is then used to heat a nearby building. This saves them 25 percent on energy costs. Going green, h

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Meghan Belnap

Kick These 6 Eco Un-Friendly Habits Right Now

Many people today are becoming more environmentally aware. While we may not be able to solve all of the world’s problems, we can make a difference in our everyday habits. One of the first things you can do to help the planet is to stop doing things that are polluting it. Here are six eco un-friendly habits you should give up right now. 1. Using Disposable Shopping Bags It’s an unnecessary waste to get a new paper or plastic grocery bag every time you go shopping. Both paper and plastic bag

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Meghan Belnap

How To Become More Self-Sufficient and Rely Less on City Power

In today's society many environmentally conscious and thrifty individuals seek the freedom that comes from living off the grid. Innovations in energy and water conservation have provided avenues for many to become less reliant on city resources. Here are some examples of alternative energy sources and conservation methods that ordinary home owners can use on their journey to sustainable living. Take Advantage of a Wind Energy Windfall Wind energy is one of the main alternative energy product

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Meghan Belnap

Ways to Travel That Reduce Your Environmental Impact

There are plenty of reasons why humans travel from one place to the other. When you travel, you get exposed to different places of the world and diverse cultures. While it is a nice and fun experience enjoyed by many, it has been realized that some modes of transportation have negative impacts on the climate and the environment at large. Whether you are using a car, train, ship, or plane, your movements will generate toxic gases and wastes that can be harmful to the environment. However, if you

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