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How to Prevent Warm Air From Escaping Your Home This Winter

For most homeowners, finding ways of keeping the house warm during winter is attributed to the need to minimize costs. Energy bills always skyrocket, especially during winter, since it is the time where heat is required the most for warmth. However, keeping warm during winter also contributes to comfort one can experience in the house. The winter season is always associated with the holiday season, but what good is it if one is freezing and not in a joyous state? There are strategies a homeowner

Why You Should Recycle During Your Home Renovation Project

When you are completing projects in your home to update the kitchen, bathroom, or living room, you might find yourself with a big pile of trash. There are many reasons for you to keep recycling on your mind as you work to clear that trash out of your home. Recycle Materials to Give Them New Life There are certain materials that are going to be taken out of your home during a remodel that might be useful to you in new ways or that might be useful to someone else. You should consider the

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How Your Manufacturing Facility Can Make Greener Choices for the Environment

In a world of ever-increasing demand for quality products, there is a nearly unlimited potential for your manufacturing business to grow. In the midst of your growth, though, it's important to make sure that you're doing all you can to be kind to the environment so that future generations have the same opportunities that have led to your success. The good news is that there are plenty of initiatives you can launch that will help lead to lowering your facility's environmental impact. Utilize

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How to Prevent Cold Air from Entering Your Home During Winter

There is nothing more comfortable than staying in a warm house when it's freezing outside. But how can you win the battle of keeping your house warm when it's freezing outside? To keep your house warm during winter, it is imperative to insulate a new place with every degree drop. Here are hacks to keep cold outside during winter. Stop Drafts The gaps on exterior doors allow a lot of cold air to enter your house. If you want a temporary solution during winter, buy double draft stop

4 Professionals to Call to Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

Although your home should be designed to protect you and your family, it's great if it can help protect the environment, as well. While some eco-friendly repairs are easy to do yourself, other repairs and maintenance services need to be left to the professionals. If you know who to call to help take care of these repairs, you'll be well on your way to a more eco-friendly home. HVAC Technician Your HVAC system is one of your home's biggest energy users. It makes sense, then, that if you

4 Signs You Are Using More Energy Than Necessary in Your Home

Most people today want to be as energy efficient in their daily lives as possible. Not only is it good for the environment, but it also saves you money. However, there are many places where people use more energy than they need to, and one of those is in their homes. Here are four signs that you might be using more energy than necessary in your home. Your Energy Bills are Going Up One sure sign that you may be using more energy than you need to is higher energy bills. If your electric

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4 Better Ways to Handle Green Waste Than Sending It to the Dump

The world's dumps continue to fill up quickly. Although the importance of recycling has been touted for years, many people still see it as too inconvenient to actually do it. In many cases, this attitude applies even to valuable waste, such as green waste. If all that you're lacking, though, is some inspiration about what to do with your green waste, here are a few ideas to help you make the most of this valuable resource. Compost It One of the best things that you can do with gree

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How to Safely Discard of Your Old Laptops, Tablets, and Cell Phones

Most electronics can serve your needs even for years after their designs are outdated. However, some components in them may fail after long use, or you may need to update your equipment for personal and professional reasons. If you don't want excess machinery cluttering up your workspace, you can dispose of it. There are a few things you can do to ensure that you'll be able to discard everything safely. Wipe Personal Data Whether you're dealing with a cell phone, tablet, or laptop comp

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How to Prepare Your Roof for Solar Panel Installation

Adding solar panels to your home can be a great way to reduce your utility costs and make a positive impact on the environment. Of course, unless you have enough land to install a solar array, the most obvious place to install solar panels is on your roof. Before you take this step, though, it's important to ensure that your roof is up to the task so that you can enjoy reliable power from your solar array for years to come. Ensure Proper Drainage Although solar panels can handle al

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How to Improve Your Insulation This Winter to Be More Environmentally Conscious

One of the biggest burdens on the environment is the use of energy, and much of our energy consumption is directed at controlling indoor temperatures in the millions of homes, businesses, and other buildings that dot the landscape. Greater efficiency can be achieved with careful thermostat management, upgraded equipment, and good maintenance, but another big factor in energy efficiency is insulation. Here are four ways that you can help the environment by adding more insulation. Improve the

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4 Ways You Can Make Your Everyday Activities More Sustainable

When it comes to living a sustainable lifestyle, it's the activities you do every day that tend to be more important than the big and impressive things you do. That's why it's important to find ways to make your everyday activities more sustainable. The good news is that making your lifestyle more sustainable doesn't have to cause major inconveniences. In fact, there are many aspects of sustainable living that are more enjoyable than their non-sustainable counterparts. Compost If you h

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Plumbing Upgrades to Make in Your Home for Reducing Water Waste

Ways to reduce water waste is something that every homeowner should consider, to save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, and to maintain your property. Water waste is often something that goes unnoticed for a period of time because it happens in areas where we are not easily able to access. With just a couple adjustments and the help of a plumber, you can easily reduce the water waste in your home.   These are a few plumbing upgrades to make in your home for reducing water waste.

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How to Fight the Top 4 Problems Your Plumbing Causes the Ecosystem

You already do your part for the environment by choosing energy-efficient appliances and reusable household goods, but have you considered the environmental footprint of your home's plumbing system? The top four plumbing issues that can wreak havoc on the ecosystem include water wastage, overuse of water, chemical pollution and garbage accumulation from discarded plumbing materials. If you want to green up your pipes, here are four simple ways to counteract these problems. Lower Your Flow

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4 Tips for Finding the Greenest Used Vehicles

An environmentally friendly car is society’s attempt to reduce air pollution and decrease everyone’s dependence on gasoline. However, buying a brand-new hybrid or electric car is not an option for everyone. Sometimes, it works to compromise by looking at the features that make a car green and the features that don’t make it green. Here are 4 tips to consider as you look for green used vehicles. Compare the Gas Mileage Gas mileage, also known as fuel efficiency, determines how far t

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How to Get the Most Out of a Solar Power Installation

More people are opting to install a solar panel in their home. A solar panel can help you save a lot of money. However, there are several things that you need to do in order to ensure that you get the most out of your solar panel. Have Your Solar Panel Installed by a Professional You may be able to install your residential solar panel yourself. However, it is best for you to have it installed by a professional. They will be able to safely install your solar panel. Proper placement

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Repairs Around Your Home That Can Improve Energy Efficiency

The amount of energy used in your home can be reduced significantly through energy proofing. This process involves repairing and replacing broken components and sections in your home that cause energy wastage. It may sound easy for a technician, but it can be problematic for untrained homeowners. These are the main repairs around your home that can lead to efficient use of energy: HVAC System Repairs Heating and cooling your home may contribute to the high use of energy. The primary sy

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4 Steps to Make Your Home Plumbing More Eco-Friendly

When many people think about things that they can do to make their homes energy-efficient, they think about their appliances. You can also make your plumbing more energy-efficient. There are several things that you can do to increase the energy efficiency of plumbing. Energy-Saving Water Pipes The type of pipes that you have will determine how energy efficient they are. The right pipes will also improve water pressure, reduce leakage, and minimize heat loss. The best types of pipes

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How to Use Sustainable Materials in Your Home Decor

Home decor is the latest industry to include sustainable materials. When it comes to home decor, it is generally about aesthetics and less about whether a product or materials are sustainable. But, there are plenty of options that are both beautiful and functional as well as green.   Everything from the paint on your walls to the natural stone tiles on your floor can be sourced with sustainability in mind. The ease of finding these products means that you don't even need to make many c

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4 Things You Can Do With an Old Door

Everyone likes to see custom-made wood furniture. You may not realize that an aged door can be removed, taken apart and rebuilt into a brand-new piece of woodwork. You can decorate your entire home with customized pieces. The following are four popular ideas to consider for this craft. Coffee Table Turn your old door into a wooden coffee table. Replace an old coffee table or put it in a room that has no table at all. An old, unattractive door can look like an elegant, polis

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4 Tips for Conserving Water During the Hottest Months of the Year

Just because the weather is heating up doesn’t mean that you need to accept huge water bills. With a little bit of hard work and a few simple upgrades, you should be able to save a huge amount of water during the sweltering summer months. Adjust Your Irrigation Many people don’t realize just how much water is needed to keep their lawns and plants alive during the hottest months of the year. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, you will need to adjust your sprinkler system so that

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4 Ways to Incorporate Recycled Materials in Exterior Home Renovations

Exterior home renovations can be a great way to improve your home's curb appeal. While renovations are an important part of being a homeowner, it's vital to ensure that the renovations you do are completed in an environmentally friendly manner. One way to do this is to use recycled materials for your home exterior renovations instead of buying new materials that utilize natural resources. Mulch One of the easiest ways to incorporate recycled materials into your home's exterior is t

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4 Ways Businesses Should Evaluate Construction Projects Despite Regulation Rollbacks

As the world becomes more industrialized, empty lots are growing scarce. This leaves many businesses expanding into the countryside, which can take a toll on the surrounding ecosystem. Despite recent rollbacks of environmental regulations, it's still important to consider the implications of your construction project on nature when you build on undeveloped land. Here are four ways your business should evaluate new construction projects for environmental friendliness. Consider an Alternate

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Renovating Your Home? 4 Eco-Friendly Designs to Include

Renovating your home is often an invigorating experience. You get all the benefits of a move without having to actually change locations. New features and a fresh design give you a sense of rebirth, and you’ll likely look back at the renovation as a major milestone in your life. Beyond all the personal benefits, renovations are also a great way to make your home more eco-friendly, thereby shrinking your carbon footprint and making you a better global citizen. By incorporating these four “green”

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Want to Live a Sustainable Life? 4 Tips for Growing Your Own Food

Growing your food is enjoyable, rewarding, satisfying, and has many benefits. Besides getting fresh farm produce, growing your food also saves money and limits waste in the garden. Many people utilize the spaces in their homes to set up a garden no matter the size, and the results are breathtaking. However, it needs dedication and the right knowledge for a successful process.   Find the Space   Finding the perfect spot for gardening doesn’t have to make you sweat. Even with t

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How to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Older Car

Keeping an older car for many years can be great for your budget. As your car ages, you'll be able to pay it off, leaving you with less debt. The problem, though, is that old cars tend to be a little harder on the environment than newer vehicles. By taking a few smart steps, though, you can make your vehicle more environmentally friendly. To help you save the planet, here are a few tips on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your older car. Maintain Your Tires Since your tires ar

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