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3 Great Looking Landscaping Options For Reducing Water Waste

Some people don't see the value of conserving water unless they live in a desert or drought zone. They fail to recognize that fresh water resources can dry up at any time or become polluted by nearby agricultural and industrial processes. No matter where you live, reducing water waste when landscaping is critical to protecting this life-saving resource and the environment. You can decrease the amount of fresh water used for your landscaping by following these three simple tips:   B

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Material Matters: How Wood Can Still Be An Eco-Conscious Choice

In an increasingly environmentally aware world, much debate has been raised about what the most eco-conscious materials are. While natural materials are the most eco-friendly over the long haul, there is also great concern about the stripping of natural resources with which to make those products. Wood can be and is, however, still the most eco-conscious choice, when used responsibility. Here are 4 reasons why wood is still the best eco-conscious choice for home building projects.  

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Solar Energy 101: Everything You Need to Know

Solar power is the fastest-growing renewable energy source in the U.S., increasing more than 23 times in the last eight years, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. As demand has grown and the technology has improved, the price of solar power has fallen. Are you uncertain about how solar power works? Here's a quick guide to the basics.   Solar Panels When sunlight hits certain materials known as semiconductors, the materials convert the light energy to an electrical cu

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Summer Swelter: How Keeping Cool Can Be Eco-Conscious

Staying cool in the summer doesn't mean that you have to waste electricity. Most people in the neighborhood and in the city will have an air conditioner of some kind on when it's hot, draining power from the grid that could cause a blackout if there is too much energy being used. There are a few tips to keep in mind to keep from sweltering while staying comfortable at the same time.   Keeping The Unit Off It might seem futile, but keeping the air conditioner off can sometim

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Sun Set: How You Can Get As Much Solar Power As You Need

If you are looking to save money by generating your own power at home, solar is the way to go. To completely wipe out your utility bills, you have to get a system that is big enough to generate all the power that you need. Once you have your materials, you can maximize energy production by putting them in the right places and keeping them maintained.   Calculate Your Needs Before You Buy Before you shop for solar panels, you should know how much electricity your home needs.

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Drip Drop: How To Reduce Water Waste At Home This Spring

Many homeowners notice that their water consumption escalates each spring as the outdoor temperatures increase. This extra water consumption can be a drain on your budget, and it also indicates that you may be unnecessarily contributing more than your share to a water shortage issue. By taking a few steps around the house, you can reduce water waste this spring, save money in the process and promote the health of the environment.   Watch for Signs of a Hidden Water Leak Some homeo

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4 Green Home Improvements You Can Do Yourself

Going completely green is a feat that few people can actually accomplish - especially those with busy lives and/ or families. But there are always smaller steps that anyone can take to live a greener lifestyle. While you may not be ready to live in a 300 square foot tiny home, there are a number of relatively simple and steps you can take to leave a lower carbon footprint - and sometimes even save some money in the process. Here are 4 green home improvements you can do yourself.  

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3 Home Energy Wasters And How To Fix Them

As a savvy homeowner, you do your part to save energy. You turn off lights when leaving a room and turn back the thermostat when you go to work. Yet, if you're scratching your head wondering why your energy bills are still too high, don't fret. Tighten up your home efficiency strategy with these solutions to 3 big home energy wasters.   Window Pains Glass isn’t a very good thermal insulator. In fact, chances are your windows are the Achilles' heel of your home’s shell — leaking ai

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Helpful Home: How Your House Can Protect The Environment

In our modern day and age, people are more and more concerned about preserving the environment, and rightly so. There are plenty of scientific studies that suggest the planet is facing environmental challenges the likes of which it has never faced before. It has gotten to the point that going green is no longer seen as making a personal statement. It is now more about simply being a responsible person. Luckily, with the advance of technology, it has never been easier to be an environmentally fri

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3 Green Features That Can Save You Money During Home Financing

Real estate investment can cost a modest fortune for many people, and because of this, you understandably want to save money in every way possible. The U.S. government has created numerous tax breaks and other financial benefits for those who own green homes or who make green improvements to their homes within a specified tax year. Such benefits can help you to save a sizable chunk of change within the next year. If you are looking for ways to save on your home ownership expenses, consider these

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Conscious Comfort: Green Home Climate Control On A Budget

Today, more people than ever are concerned with things like global warming, climate change and pollution’s effect on the environment. One thing that can contribute to a family’s carbon footprint is how much energy is required to run a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. However, there are strategies you can use to make the climate control in your home more energy efficient and less expensive at the same time.   Use Your Windows Strategically One way to save mo

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3 New Home Features That Make Being Eco-Conscious Easy

If you are purchasing a new home, there are several eco-friendly features that you should consider investigating. Transforming your home into something that is both environmentally friendly and comfortable can be easy if you consider incorporating these features.   Consider eco-conscious landscaping Landscaping is one part of a home that is almost always possible to change. However, when looking for a new home, it’s good to look for eco-friendly landscaping that is both aest

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Long Road To Work: 3 Ways To Make Your Commute Eco-Conscious

Car manufacturers, auto repair shops and drivers take major steps to protect the environment. Commuters realize that they can do more by being more conscious about driving. The first step is to find out at least a few ways to improve the daily commute to work.   Carpool Carpooling is the most effective way to remain conscious of the environment. The reality is that many people need to get to work, but few people want to give up their vehicles for good. Instead of selling you

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3 Green Materials That Help Your Landscape Thrive

The right landscape can greatly improve both the curb appeal and market value of a home. From landscaping arrangements that feature native plants or sophisticated irrigation systems that may reduce upkeep and maintenance costs to outdoor lighting options that may improve the appearance of an outdoor area after dark, there are numerous ways to improve the look and feel of an outdoor space. The following three resources can make a welcome addition to any lawn or landscape.   Xerisca

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3 Ways Companies Are Reducing Their Environmental Impact

A new UN study concludes that the future of companies around the globe will depend on their ability to cope with the coming consequences of climate change. Food, mining, transport, finance, and tourism industries especially will be impacted by extreme weather, the rising cost of natural resources, and a reduction in biodiversity. Companies that haven't put emphasis on reducing their environmental impact should do so now. Here are three important ways companies can get started.   Sm

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Winter Weather: How To Be Warm, Not Wasteful

As the seasons change from fall to winter, temperatures turn from comfortable to chilly. Depending on your location, temperatures can drop down drastically and create one frigid situation. So, how do you beat the cold? Most people would reach to turn on space heaters or dial up that thermostat. But, chances are good that your heating sources are consuming astonishing amounts of energy. Before heading over to the thermostat, there are several ways to tame the cold weather without wasting all that

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