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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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Truck Troubled: 3 Ways to Drive Green When a Large Vehicle Is Required

Modern cars are greener than ever before, and drivers have a wide array of great cars that sip fuel compared to their older counterparts. For some tasks, however, nothing can beat a truck. There’s no need to give up on reducing your impact on the environment just because you depend on a truck, though. Here are a few ways you can be eco-conscious when you need a truck.   Watch Your Speed Large engines can give trucks surprising speed, especially when driven unloaded. However, exces

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3 Common Causes for an Out-Of-Control Electric Bill

No homeowner likes to see an unexpected spike in his or her electric bill, especially those on tight budgets. According to a survey conducted by the Department of Energy, nearly one-third of all households in 2015 had some insecurity with their electric costs.   In some cases, other necessities were cut back to pay the electric bill. Other received disconnection notices if the bill was not paid timely. For those with tight budgets, efficiently running appliances can make a great de

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Energy Alternatives: 3 Different Ways Your Business Can Generate Power

The cumulative environmental costs of human activities are becoming better understood. In the wake of that understanding, many businesses are looking to limit their own environmental footprint. Some try to do it with improved efficiency. Others are looking to energy production alternatives.   Solar The most mainstream of the energy alternatives is solar. It’s also probably one of the most actively researched alternatives. The steadily increasing efficiency of solar panels is

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Say No to Inversion: 3 Ways to Keep Polluted Air out of Your Home

When you take a deep breath, you understandably expect the air to be fresh and healthy. However, air pollution is a growing problem in many areas. When the air you breathe is polluted, you bring toxins into your body. These harmful toxins can increase the risk of respiratory conditions, including asthma, chronic bronchitis, and even lung cancer. Unfortunately, outdoor air contaminants can enter your home, and this means that there may be no place for you to enjoy breathing fresh air. However, th

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3 Ways to Cut down on Pollution from Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

Burning a wood fire in your fireplace on chilly winter days can add a touch of coziness to your home, and it can also bring much-needed warmth to your space. However, a wood-burning fire in your fireplace can increase indoor air pollution. The air pollution can be so significant at times that it creates a true health hazard that puts you and your loved ones inside the home at immediate risk. With proper usage and maintenance of your fireplace, you can reduce the risk of indoor air pollution gene

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Green Thumb: 3 Tips For Growing Organic For The First Time

Growing an organic garden is not as arduous as some people think it is. Indeed, it may be easier than growing one that depends on lots of commercial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides in an attempt to wrestle nature into producing perfect fruit and veggies. Organic gardeners believe that their garden can be healthy and grow abundantly with some guided help from nature. With this in mind, here are three tips for growing organic for the first time: Cultivate the Earthworms The si

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Why Organics? 3 Ways Organic Crops Are Better for the Environment

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

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Keeping It In: How Your Roof Traps Heat and How It Could Be Better

You want your home to be a comfortable place, and the temperature of it plays a large role in keeping it as cozy and refreshing as possible. While you may not realize it, your roof plays a large role in the temperature of your home. In fact, there are many different characteristics to consider when choosing a roof for your home that will provide you with the best temperature all year long. Here are four main characteristics that affect the temperature of your home.   Color I

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Remodeling? 3 Ways To Be Environmentally Conscious

Remodeling a home is a great way to shake things up. If you care about the environment, one of the major shakeups you can make deals with environmental friendliness. As you change things up in your home, you can make sure your new space is a bit greener. Here are a few tips to make your remodeling more environmentally conscious.   Reuse What You Can The remodeling process involves a great deal of destruction but it can also involve quite a bit of creation. Instead of get

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Heat Loss: 3 Solutions For Energy Waste In Your Home This Winter

Staying warm and cozy throughout the winter months is important, but many homeowners will deal with unpleasant drafts, high energy bills and other unpleasant issues. Your instinct may be to run the furnace more frequently to make your home warmer, but this is expensive and not necessary. There are many factors that can affect your comfort level in the home as well as your energy costs throughout the winter months, and tackling them head-on may help you to save money and avoid energy waste. These

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Domestic Warming: a Short Guide to Conserving Energy in the Cold Months

As winter rolls in, many people find their energy bills rising quickly. While it may be difficult to warm your home throughout the winter without seeing some increase in your energy bill, there are several things you can do to conserve energy throughout the winter.   Remove Phantom Power Users Phantom power users are devices and appliances that use small amounts of power whenever they’re plugged in, even when they’re not in use. To prevent this, attach your gaming systems, t

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3 Eco-Friendly Home Backup Plans for Power Outages

Severe storms are one of the more common reasons why you may lose electrical power in your home, but other factors can also create this problem. Many electrical service providers will restore electricity within hours, but there may be other instances when you are without electrical power for days. Keep in mind that your ability to control your home’s climate, to keep your refrigerated foods fresh and more are eliminated when you have no electrical power in your home. If you want to be fully prep

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3 Preventable Ways Winter Can Damage Your Home and Waste Resources

Winter can be a brutal time for your family as well as your pets, and your whole crew may spend much of your time indoors where it is safe, warm and cozy. However, winter weather can be harsh on your home in different ways as well. Some of the more common types of winter damage that homeowners may have to deal with actually can be prevented when you take a few steps to prepare for the weather conditions to come.   Ice Dams on Your Roof Heavy snow and ice on your roof can be

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Three Things to Fix Before You Put Solar Panels on Your Roof

There is no question that the world is ready for solar energy. In the United States, the Office of Energy Efficiency estimates that the growth of major solar energy installations has grown by more than 1,700 percent since 2008. While most installations have been of the utility, industrial and commercial kinds, residential systems are expected to grow exponentially through the end of this decade.   In 2017, electrical vehicle manufacturer Tesla announced its intention to start takin

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3 Green Building Policies That Benefit Both People And Governments

At first glance, it may seem like the struggle to protect the environment is counter to the government’s goal to boost GDP and to provide the highest quality of life to its many citizens. However, the reality is that many green initiatives also benefit the government in various ways. With a closer look at how green building policies are impacting the environment and the government, you can see how beneficial these programs truly are when you incorporate them into your next projects.  

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Tech Talk: 3 Ways Solar Power Is An Emergency Essential

Solar energy has never been more popular, and in the United States alone, the number of solar installations is 17 times greater than it was less than 10 years ago. Still, the vast majority of solar installations are used to power homes and businesses or provide additional energy into the electricity grid. However, the fact is that solar power actually has a great number of uses—especially in times of an emergency or natural disaster. When disaster strikes, solar can quickly become your best frie

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Better Build: How Your New Home Can Be Green Before It’s Even Finished

Going green has become increasingly popular in many families. If you’re building a new home, creating eco-friendly opportunities doesn’t have to wait until you’ve already moved in! There are several methods that will allow you to keep your building project more ecologically friendly, making your home green even before your move-in date.   Think It All The Way Through In many cases, the biggest waste on construction projects occurs when new homeowners make substantial change

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Home Improvement: 3 Ways to Prevent Sky-High Utility Costs This Winter

We are still a few months away, but the earlier you start preparing for the cold season, the better. Winter seasons are often characterized by high energy consumption, and now is probably the best time to start thinking about ways to cut down the cold weather utility costs.   According to the United States Energy Information Administration, about 50 percent of homes in the US use natural gas for heating during cold seasons. One of the biggest challenges for these homes is the sky

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4 Ways To Simplify Your Green Energy Conversion

Transitioning your home's electrical system to include solar power can provide a huge number of financial and environmental benefits. Installing a solar power generating system on your roof or in your yard has the potential to greatly reduce your electricity bill while also reducing your carbon footprint and helping to protect the planet. In this way, going green with solar power is truly a great thing to do.   Unfortunately, making the transition isn't always as simple or straigh

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Green Plumb: 3 Ways To Make Your Waste Water Easier On The Earth

Pollution is a serious problem that is having a major impact on the world. While the pollution problems in places like China tend to get more publicity, the truth is that the United States is also facing major pollution problems. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that at least 40% of American rivers and streams are in poor biological condition due to pollution, which makes it necessary that everyone does their part to reduce their environmental impact.   One of

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4 Ways To Make Your Business Look As Green As It Is

Making your business more environmentally friendly has the potential to help lower operating costs over the long term, while also ensuring that you and your employees are doing your part in order to protect the planet for future generations. However, going green can also benefit your business in another major way by allowing you to attract new environmentally-conscious customers.   Unfortunately, many of the most common green business practices take place behind the scenes—meaning

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3 Reasons Planning is the Greenest Part of Construction

Many people are now realizing the need to go green and remain environmentally friendly with their construction efforts. There are plenty of ways to make that happen: using green building materials, opting for energy-efficient options in your home, and even considering energy-producing options like solar panels. One of the most critical parts of the construction process, however, is the planning period.   Less Waste Planning ahead will help reduce material waste. Constructio

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5 Worthwhile Ways To Green-Flip A House

The process of flipping a home is increasingly common, and it involves fixing up an older, outdated home for the purpose of turning a profit. Flipping can be lucrative, but it can also be wasteful. Some people are looking for green ways to flip homes. These may be ways that limit waste or that make the future owner’s use of the home more environmentally-friendly. If you are thinking about green-flipping a home, these are some excellent project ideas to consider.   Install Solar Pa

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Water Worries: 3 Ways To Combat Waterborne Contaminants This Summer

Between the increased heat and the extra freedom that kids get from being out of school, summer is the season where water usage is most likely to increase. Because increased use of anything can result in an equal increase in the chance of contracting an illness, among other hazards and issues, we present a trio of safeguards against the potential contamination of your water supply.   Be Environmentally Aware Be mindful of what you use when washing things like your house or y

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