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Brooke Chaplan's Green Blog

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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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3 Home Improvements that Improve Your Energy Efficiency

If you’re looking to save money and energy, small home improvements can help a lot. Choosing to upgrade your home to make it more energy efficient can help you save on your heating and cooling costs. It may even increase the value of your home. Here are the three most important updates to make to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible. Replace Your Appliances This is probably a more expensive route, but ensuring your home has energy efficient appliances is a good first

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BrookeChaplan

How to Rehabilitate Your Struggling Lawn This Spring

When spring arrives, a new growing season begins. This is a time when you expect your yard’s dormant vegetation to become rejuvenated. Unfortunately, many people are dismayed to realize that their lawn is not as green and healthy as they hoped. If your lawn is patchy, has brown spots or is showing other signs of trouble, you may use some of these tips to revive your lawn and to get the curb appeal that you desire. Kill the Weeds With warm spring temperatures and hydrating rain show

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Going Green? Common Problems that Stop Solar Panel Installations

Installing solar panels and enjoying the benefit of free green energy is a common goal shared by many homeowners. Now that you have decided to finally move forward with this project, you may be eager to get the ball rolling. Some homeowners in your shoes have been dismayed to run into issues when installing solar panels that may have otherwise been prevented with forethought and planning. These are some of the more common solar panel installation problems that may affect your upcoming project.

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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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BrookeChaplan

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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BrookeChaplan

3 Ways to Prevent Spring and Summer Water Waste around Your Home

As temperatures warm up in the spring, you can typically expect to see your water bill creep higher. One of the most significant reasons for this is because of extra water usage for lawn care and other exterior purposes. However, there are other reasons why your water bill may be higher during these seasons. Water waste is significant and problematic in many homes in the spring and summer. A closer look reveals how you may be able to rein in your water bills and save a substantial amount of mone

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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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BrookeChaplan

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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BrookeChaplan

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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BrookeChaplan

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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BrookeChaplan

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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BrookeChaplan

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

4 Ways Americans Can Help Make Lakes Cleaner

Almost half of the lakes in the United States are polluted to the point that they are considered unsafe for swimming, fishing and supporting marine life. Keeping the lakes clean is a great way to help the planet. Use these tips to help clean up local lakes around the country. Use Less Salt in the Winter While salting sidewalks and roadways helps melt snow that can cause icy accidents to occur, it is also becoming a big problem in lakes. The chloride from the salt eventually makes i

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BrookeChaplan

4 Small Changes That Can Massively Improve Water Conservation

It can be difficult for individuals and communities to know what they can do to lessen environmental impact, especially when the biggest polluters tend to be the biggest corporations. However, there are ways to make small, concentrated differences in consumption, and one of these is improving water conservation. The importance of water conservation goes far beyond saving money, although that is certainly a perk. When you conserve water, you help protect this precious natural resource so that fut

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