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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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