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How to Cut down on Waste in a Historic Home

Living in a beautiful historic home may be a dream come true, but this type of living experience can be stressful, expensive and inconvenient in specific ways. For example, unless the home has been recently and thoroughly renovated, it may be generating waste in various ways. This waste may result in higher expenses, environmental concerns and other issues that you understandably want to avoid as much as possible. These are some of the many steps that you may take to reduce waste in your histori

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Do Your Part: How to Be Responsible with Your Electronic Waste

Throughout a typical day, you may use several different types of electronic devices regularly. These devices will eventually wear out or break with heavy use, or they may become obsolete as new technology is introduced. While you could toss old electronics into the trash, they would sit in the landfill for centuries because of a slow rate of decomposition. With some devices, harmful pollutants may enter the environment if they are not disposed of properly. With this in mind, you need to find res

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Green Living: What You Should Know about Waste Water

When you think about green home living, things, like reducing energy consumption, recycling and conserving water, may come to mind. However, you cannot overlook the importance of your impact on wastewater as well. While wastewater can be treated, the treatment capabilities in different areas varies. In many cases, phosphorous, nitrates and other pollutants may remain in the treated water in small amounts. This means that the fresh water that enters your home may not be as pure and clean as you m

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Breathing Bad: How to Effectively Combat Poor Outdoor Air Quality

Poor outdoor air quality is a serious concern because it can have both immediate and long-term effects on your health. It is easy to assume that outdoor air quality would not affect you while indoors, but this is not the case. Outdoor pollutants may enter the home through open doors and windows, smaller or larger gaps in the exterior of the home and more. These pollutants can combine with indoor pollutants to create truly unhealthy air quality in your home. By following these essential tips, you

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How to Preserve Natural Beauty When Building a New Home

Now that you have decided to build your dream home, you may have taken bold steps to locate the ideal lot or acreage site to build on. The impressive natural beauty of the land may have drawn you to it and instilled a sense of peace as you walked the lot. Understandably, you want to retain these same natural features that drew you to the land. Each lot and building project are unique, but these are some of the strategies that can be used to preserve the natural features that you have fallen in l

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3 Ways Your City Is Getting Greener and So Should You

In cities across the country and beyond, there is an increasing push to protect the planet from additional harm and hope that some damage can be reversed. Many cities are taking bold steps to be more environmentally-friendly in various ways, and these efforts may inspire you to make positive changes as well. These are some of the more common ways cities are becoming greener. Water Conservation There have been several recent news stories about smaller and larger cities around the wo

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How Your Heating System Is Negating Your Green Living Practices

No matter your stance on global warming, everyone can agree that living “green” is a good idea. After all, it’s always good to take care of the environment and save a lot of money in the process. If you’ve gone down the green living path, you may think you’re living just about as efficiently as you can. However, if you haven’t considered your heating system, all those other green living practices could end up negated. Here are a few ways to ensure your heating system is matching the green goals

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BrookeChaplan

How Running a Green Business Goes Beyond Solar Panels

Many businesses today tout themselves as being green, but they are not always as eco-friendly as they could be. Green businesses have a positive edge in marketing and public relations. Some green efforts, such as installing solar panels on an office building, may offset expenses. However, there is much more involved in going green from a commercial perspective than using solar energy. Active management and regular improvements are required to run a business that is truly eco-friendly, and specia

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How to Make Home Energy Efficiency Costs into Net Gains

If you are like most people, your annual home energy cost amounts to a small fortune. However, this is seemingly a necessary expense that you have minimal control over. By taking a closer look at how you use energy at home and how this energy is generated, you may dramatically reduce energy costs on a regular basis. In fact, you may even be able to generate a profit from home energy generation rather than continue to pay expensive utility bills. Reduce Energy Consumption Dramatically

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Ways to Save Money on Heating without Freezing to Death

Cranking up the thermostat is one of the most common ways for people to stay warm indoors throughout the winter, but this is also one of the most expensive methods. You may not be able to afford to use your heating system as much as you would like to this winter, or you may not want to spend a fortune unnecessarily. The good news is that there are several effective ways for you to stay warmer at home without relying heavily on your furnace. Keep Your Heater Well-Maintained Your hea

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Efficiency Tips for Cutting down Heating Costs this Winter

Staying warm throughout the cold winter months would be a serious challenge without the function of your home’s heater. As beneficial as your furnace may be at keeping the chill out of your indoor air, relying heavily on your furnace as a source of heat can create outrageous energy bills throughout the season. The good news is that there are several essential steps that you can take to reduce heating costs while still staying warm and cozy indoors. Schedule Preventive Maintenance I

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Why Local Infrastructure Is Important to Global Conservation Efforts

Many people are increasingly concerned about the environment, and they have already taken substantial efforts to change their own lifestyle. For example, many drivers have traded in gas-guzzlers for more fuel-efficient vehicles, and buying organic, locally-sourced foods is increasingly common. You may not realize it, but the local infrastructure in your area also plays a major role in global conservation efforts. These are some of the many ways that your local infrastructure is essential to a he

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Why Green Home Improvements Are Worthwhile Investments

Making green home improvements makes a lot of sense from a health, comfort and financial perspective. With an increasing emphasis on minimizing the climate crisis and making homes as healthy as possible, homeowners and builders are focusing on increasing the number of features that save energy and promote healthier living. They Appreciate Faster While the rate of appreciation for a home’s highly variable, all other things being equal, a green home will appreciate faster than a less

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The Green and Clean Office: How Your AC Unit Can Impact Your Air Quality

Your AC unit could have a big impact on the quality of air in your office. If you have an AC unit that works properly, it could positively impact your air quality. A system that is faulty or hasn’t been properly maintained might have a negative impact on air quality. Your AC System Needs to Work If your AC system is working properly, it should handle the air pollution the right way. The system needs to work to make sure it’s effective and that’s an important part of the way it con

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What Your Business May Need to Finally Go Green

Many businesses have already adopted green business practices, and some are completely self-sustaining. These businesses may benefit by saving a substantial amount of money regularly. In addition, green practices may have excellent public relations benefits, and they may even bolster your employee retention rate. If you are thinking about making green improvements in your business soon, there are a few of the essential things required to achieve your goal. A Reasonable Budget There

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Why Now Is the Time to Build Your Own Tiny House

For the last several years, the idea of building a tiny home and having a scaled-down living experience has been increasing in popularity across the country. While it may have started out as a unique housing option that inspired curiosity, it now has gained traction and is the preferred way of life for many people regardless of age and other demographic factors. If you have been thinking about taking the plunge and building a tiny home, there has never been a better time than now to get started.

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BrookeChaplan

Better Planning: Improvements that Reduce Waste in Every Industry

Waste is a serious issue in our industrialized world. The more convenient we make our every day lives, the more waste we seem to produce. There are better ways to achieve convenience while reducing the amount of waste produced. Renting Small Equipment Every industry relies on the use of small equipment. Dollies are used to haul large shipments of boxes or heavy materials. Electronic scales are required to measure the weight of products and materials in several industries. Portable

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Climate Change: How to Help an Inconsistent Thermostat Conserve Energy

When you program your thermostat, you reasonably expect the thermostat to maintain the entire home at the desired temperature without hassle at all times. In many homes, however, there may be a significant temperature differential from room to room. This can cause a thermostat to work overtime, which can result in skyrocketing energy bills. If you are having trouble with your home’s thermostat, the problem may not actually be related to this device. Instead, it may be related to various other fe

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BrookeChaplan

3 Wasteful Practices to Avoid When Heating Your Home

If you’re not careful, you can end up wasting a lot of money each day on heating your home. On average, most households in the United States spend roughly $2,200 per year on utility bills. You could reduce your costs by ensuring that you avoid certain wasteful practices that are probably causing your heating bill to skyrocket. Setting Your Thermostat Wrong Many people set their thermostat for a bit higher than they really need to. Decreasing the temperature in your home by a couple

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BrookeChaplan

3 Ways Our Food Industry Could Change to Protect the Environment

In the last decade or so, much of the business world has made a massive shift to a triple bottom line. This means that companies don’t simply view their profits as evidence of success, but also look at the well-being of their employees and the impact their business has on the environment. Businesses as diverse as Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company to DHL shipping have all successfully made the shift to a triple bottom line model. Here are 3 ways the food industry can also make the shift to help p

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BrookeChaplan

Waste Not: 3 Ways Your Company Can Conserve Both Environment and Budget

Saving money is a primary goal for many business owners, but there is also a considerable need to make smart decisions that promote a healthy environment. It may often seem like these two goals are opposing forces, but this does not have to be the case. There are several steps that you can take to improve your company’s bottom line while also helping the environment in different ways. Take Advantage of Workspace Mobility Workspace mobility is a term that describes improving machine

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More Green Less Grass: 3 Things You’ll Need to Start Xeriscaping

A xeriscape yard can be just as lush and beautiful as one with colorful flowers and a deep-green lawn. The word “xeriscape” comes from the Greek and means “dry.” It’s possible to achieve a rich and varied landscape without relying on water-hungry turf or plants by following these three basic steps. Choosing Plants The rule of thumb for establishing a xeriscape in your yard is to look for plants that are native to the area. When you go to the nursery, choose plants that will thrive

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BrookeChaplan

3 Ways a Home Inspection Can Help You Help the Environment

One of the more common reasons why individuals order a home inspection is to identify minor and significant repair issues that require their attention. Many people order a property inspection during the real estate purchase process so that they can learn more about the true condition of the home, but homeowners may also order an inspection periodically for this same purpose. You may not realize it, but a home inspection report may help you to identify ways to help the environment through various

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3 Ways Professional Drivers Will Have to Adapt to Green Vehicles

Cars, trucks and other vehicles have traditionally used unleaded fuel or diesel for at least the last few decades, but this is changing. The push to reduce carbon footprints and to minimize negative effects on the environment is reaching into the auto industry. There are now more electric, hybrid and natural gas vehicles on the road than ever before. These are private-use vehicles as well as commercial delivery vehicles, city buses and more. At first glance, the green vehicle initiative seemingl

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BrookeChaplan

Green House: 3 Ways to Reduce Household Energy Waste

Energy costs make up a significant portion of household costs in the US. In fact, some households spend as much as 7% of their annual income on energy costs. These trends aren’t helped by the ever-growing number of electronic devices we all use daily. In light of that, there’s a growing interest in ways to reduce household energy waste. Repairs If your house isn’t brand new, it’s probably already started settling. That settling process creates numerous gaps and cracks around your h

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