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Helping to make our society more green and energy independent one blog post at a time

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Helping at Home: 4 Eco-Friendly Things You and Your Family Can Do

Learning to take care of the environment outside is something that should be passed down to your children. There’s no one right way to institute this knowledge. Each family will be a bit different in how they show their love for the environment. If you’re not sure where to start, here are four eco-friendly activities that you can do with the family. Composting There are many guides out there on how to make compost bins at home. You can make this project as small as a Rubbermaid con

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Go Green: 4 Ways to Make Your Home Exterior Eco-Friendly

There has been a lot of discussion about the climate in recent years, and there is no doubt that doing everything you can to conserve the resources of the planet is the right move. Is it worth it to make the exterior of your home eco-friendly? Yes, it is. It will not only save you a lot of money but will also allow you to contribute towards making this world a better place. Moreover, you can take the opportunity to apply architectural designs that enhance the beauty of your home. The following f

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Seasonal Changes: How to Maintain Green Home Practices during Cold Weather

The planet needs our help, but we also need to manage to stay warm during the colder winter months. Staying green while staying warm this winter may be easier than you think. Here a few tips to help you get started.   Bring Mother Nature Indoors   A great to help combat multiple issues during the winter months is by having some indoor plants to keep you company. Not only can plants make living spaces more inviting and pleasant to the eye, but they also have the abili

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How to Host a Responsible Park Cleanup

Park cleanups are a helpful way to heal the environment and to beautify the community. When planning a successful park cleanup, organizers should consider all the necessary details in order to make the event a success. Hosts of local park cleanups should keep the following information in mind: Use Eco Trash Bags When cleaning the park up, it's important to avoid contributing further to polluting the environment with plastic trash bags. As regular trash bags take over 1,000 years t

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf vs. a Grass Lawn

There are many residential and commercial property owners who extol the virtues of either artificial turf with its complete landscape system or a real grass lawn, and they have good reasons for their strong opinions. However, which type of lawn is best for you? If you’ve got blank patches of yard yearning to breathe green, read on to learn which type of lawn best suits your needs and preferences. Artificial Turf Benefits Artificial turf is eco-friendly and has the feel and look of

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Environmental Awareness: 4 Ways to Be a Responsible and Green Homeowner

Going green has become a major focus for homeowners. Not only does going green decrease your carbon footprint, but it also saves you green (as in dollars). Below are four ways that today’s modern homeowner can help make their home more eco-friendly.   Get an Energy Audit   By now, nearly every energy provider offers a free home energy audit. If you haven’t had one yet, call your energy provider and they will send someone out to check your power use, AC service and ad

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4 Alternative Landscaping Materials for Less Water Use

Water is a scarce resource in many places around the country. A few cities in drought-stricken areas have implemented watering rations. They give fines to homeowners who violate these regulations, and this has caused many of these homeowners to search for alternative materials for landscaping, ones that help conserve water. You’ll find four of those materials below. Rocks and Gravel Rocks come in many sizes and types; you can even buy multi-ton boulders. Nothing drinks less water

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4 Ways to Implement Sustainable Use of Resources in Your Business

More people are becoming more environmentally friendly. More of us are realizing how important it is to use various measures for a cleaner, healthier air for our families. And while many eco-friendly measures have been adopted in our homes, we can also implement these practices in our businesses. Sustainability is often ignored in businesses, and as a result, there are more toxins released in the air which can cause different health ailments, ranging from allergies to even cancer. Because

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4 Surprising Household Items that You Can Recycle

You already know the importance of recycling paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other common household items. However, you might not be aware of the many other materials that might be around your home that can be recycled. Here are four surprising household items that you can recycle. Plant Pots If you’re tempted to discard old plant pots that you no longer need in the trash, you should think again. Most plant pots are made from plastic and other recyclable materials that ca

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4 Eco-Friendly Insulation Materials to Consider for Your Home

Perhaps the most important factor in choosing the insulation for your new home is its ability to reduce energy costs. In the winter, insulation should keep warm air in, and in the summer, it should keep hot air out. Choosing the right insulation can reduce your energy bill by as much as 30 percent. For decades, most homes were constructed using fiberglass insulation; however, fiberglass can cause many health issues. Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling, consider an eco-friendl

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4 Drains on Your Energy Bill This Fall and How to Prevent Them

While your energy usage should go down once the weather starts to cool off, your energy bills might still be much higher than necessary. With a few simple home upgrades and some basic maintenance, you should be able to improve the efficiency of your home while reducing your carbon footprint. Insufficient Insulation Many homeowners never even think about their insulation until their electric bills skyrocket. Most insulation should last for at least 15 years, but yours might become

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4 Ways to Recycle and Make Money for Your Business at the Same Time

Some business owners don’t recycle because they’re more focused on using their time to run their businesses and make revenues. They see the process of recycling as a waste of time. Their dumpsters overflow with items that should never go into landfills, including highly recyclable paper products and electronics that contain toxic components that can damage the environment and harm all forms of life. Some business owners do recycle, but they only recycle bulk items like used office paper, old new

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Why Businesses Need to Manage Their Impact on the Environment

Todays' consumers champion business owners with environmentally-friendly practices. Business owners that haven't made an effort to manage their environmental impact stand to lose customers, fail to meet federal requirements and lose money. Considering making the move to become more eco-minded? Read on for four ways to do just that. Going Green Improves Sales With over $40 billion spent annually on green products, businesses that aren't cashing in on being environmentally-friendly

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4 Tips for Ethical Management of New Company Construction Projects

If you run a business that needs a new location built or own a company that manages commercial construction projects, there are some ways that you can help ensure the work is done in the most ethical way possible. Sticking to a strong code of ethics throughout the construction project can be good for both you and the world around you. Here are four tips for ethical management of new company construction projects. Recycle Materials Many of the materials that are used in construction

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4 Ways Construction Companies Can Be More Environmentally Responsible

People are rapidly becoming more environmentally conscious, and most want to see that reflected in the businesses with which they choose to work. If you run a construction business, it's wise from both an environmental and business standpoint to look into ways to become more eco-friendly. Below are a handful of changes you can make that will have a positive impact on the environment.  Recycle Your Materials Your first step in becoming eco-friendly has to do not with what you will u

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Doing Your Part: 3 Ways to Make Your Household More Eco-Friendly

Contrary to what many people believe, making a home eco-friendly doesn’t need to be a time-consuming or expensive process. The average homeowner could actually save quite a bit of money over the years by going green. Here is a look at three simple steps that you can take to make your household as eco-friendly as possible. Cut out the Single-Use Products Single-use plastic products are incredibly bad for the environment, and you might be using dozens of those items every single day

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4 Ways Governments are Working to Decrease Global Emissions

Carbon emissions are a significant threat because they contribute to climate change. Climate change causes rising sea levels, extreme weather, and other problems that are currently facing our society. Many governments recognize this impact and are combating carbon emissions as a result. Here are just a few ways that world governments are taking a stand to reduce global emissions. The Paris Agreement This landmark decision was organized by the United Nations. It came into effect in

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Is it Greener on Your Side of the Fence? How to Keep Your Yard Environmentally-Friendly

Everyone says that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but green doesn’t always mean environmentally friendly. Those homeowners who want to be conscious of their impact on the environment can start with their own yard care practices and what they grow. Doing so can ensure that both your yard and the natural landscape beyond stay green and healthy, and here are a few ways you can accomplish that. Use Native Plants When you use plant life that is common to the commun

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How Literally Anyone Can Profit from Going Green

While trying to be more environmentally friendly is a commendable goal, a lot of people are wary of making the lifestyle changes it requires. One of the more prominent concerns that people have is the cost required to “go green.” As it turns out, not only can it be affordable to go green, but you can actually profit off of many of the efforts involved. Here are just a few ways that anyone can cash in on environmentally friendly choices. Tax Incentives Any time you can write somethi

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4 Ways Australians are Protecting the Planet

When it comes to environmental responsibility, Australians are among the leading citizens who are striving to do their part. Many Australians understand the importance of global conservation and have made efforts to protect the planet’s vital ecosystems. This includes personal life choices as well as enacting eco-friendly governmental policies to protect their local environment. Here are some of the main ways that many Australians are protecting the planet.  Implementing Strict Pet Travel

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Recyclable Materials That Don't Go in the Recycling

Recycling is a key component of sustainability that allows you to do your part for the environment. It's also a great way to help green companies make more products or services that you like to use. However, not all recyclable materials should go in your standard recycling bins. You'll find a few examples of things that you can recycle in other ways below.  Cords This category really applies to any durable material that you can tie into a knot. If it meets these basic criteria, don't r

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4 Ways to Use Recyclable Materials in Your Home Construction

If you have recently decided to build a home and want to be as eco-friendly as possible, then you should consider using recyclable materials. Many people are surprised to hear that most homes can be built from the ground up with nothing but recyclables, and that practice is great for the environment. Here is a look at four ways that you can use recyclable materials during your home construction.  Glass Tile  Even though porcelain is a popular building material, the tiles can give off VO

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How to Make Your Home Safer for the Environment

Living greener can benefit both you and the environment. One of the best ways to adopt an eco-friendlier lifestyle is by making some modifications around your home that will be better for the ecosystem. Here are four tips to turn your home into a safer setting for the planet. Various appliance and utility options will save you long-run costs, make your home more sustainable to maintain, and help the environment. Here are just four options to get you started on improving your home. Switch to an

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Eco-Friendly Habits: Successfully Recycling at Home

Protecting the environment is a high priority for many people today, but a large portion just don’t know where to start. One of the easiest ways to go green is to start recycling at home. Here are a few tips to get you going on this path.  Learn the Rules and Get Organized First, look into some recycling centers nearby to see what kinds of materials they allow you to bring in. They might have specific rules about what items they will allow and what they will reject. Some facilities

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Home Energy Efficiency: How to Maximize Your Heating and Cooling Solutions

An efficient HVAC system in your home can help keep the temperature more consistent and save you some money. There are a variety of ways that you can go about ensuring its efficiency. Here are some of the tips that you can employ in order to maximize the efficiency of the heating and cooling system in your home.    Clear Out Debris  Changing out the air filter regularly will help to keep your unit operating at peak efficiency. More air exchange allows the unit to work more efficie

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