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Lizzie Weakley's Green Blog

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

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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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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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4 Repairs to Make Around Your Home To Reduce Energy Use

The world's natural resources are quickly depleting at an alarming rate, and we are challenged to find ways to do our part to help the environment by reducing our energy consumption. Perhaps you are wondering how you can do your part to help save the environment by reducing energy use and to save money. Here are four repairs to make around your home to reduce energy use. Leaky Pipe A leaky pipe in your home can cause devastating damages and is one of the main culprits in high energy co

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How to Make Sure You're Using Responsibly Sourced Materials in Your Home

The most common material in your home is wood. Your patio chairs, bed, or even flooring is made up of wood. Like every other industry today, the wood construction industry is shifting towards ethical furniture and the use of sustainable timber. Today, preserving the world’s trees and forests is essential for the survival of the human race. Therefore, buying wood is a bit challenging since you have to know where it is coming from and how it was harvested.   What is sustainable timber?

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How Industrial Companies Can Make Their Boilers More Eco-Friendly

Industrial companies have a responsibility to make sure that they do everything that they can to protect the environment. Your boiler can contribute to greenhouse gases. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to make your boiler more eco-friendly. Insulate the Valves There are many places that will remove the insulation when they perform maintenance and never put it back. However, you can increase the efficiency of your boiler by insulating the valves. Insulating the

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How To Make Your Home Eco-Friendly While Staying Stylish

A home is a special place for everyone after retiring from the troubles of the outside world. Waste production, deforestation, and illegal dumping are the significant causes of pollution in our environments. According to the World Health Organization, some global deaths are as a result of pollutants. Naturally, every human being desires a clean environment. However, the environmental challenges have left many wondering how they can have an eco-friendly and stylish home at this age. Below are tip

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4 Eco-Friendly Updates You Can Add With Your Next Roof Repair

Is your home ready for a new roof? Replacing your worn or damaged roof not only keeps your head dry but also presents an opportunity to make your home a little greener. Making sustainable and energy efficient decisions for your new roof can lower your carbon footprint and keep a little more money in your wallet. Here are four eco-friendly roof upgrades to consider for your next roof renovation. Choose a Cooler Color If you live in a hot, sunny climate, cooling down your roof can ma

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How Septic Tanks Help the Environment

As long as it's working properly, you probably never give your septic tank much thought. After all, it doesn't exactly have a glamorous job. What it lacks in glamour, though, it makes up for in importance, silently working to remove the waste from your home. What you may not realize is that, in addition to performing a vital task, your septic tank is actually quite environmentally friendly. To help give you a greater appreciation for your septic tank, here are a few ways that septic tanks help t

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Work in Industry? 4 Ways to Make Your Workspace Greener

The Earth can be harmed the by the actions of people. Human civilization has created pollution and destroyed natural ecosystems and wildlife habitats. It may even lead to worse problems like global warming that could threaten everyone. The one sector of human civilization that contributes the most to this destruction is industry. Thankfully, you can take steps to lower your company’s impact on the planet. Here are some ideas for making your workspace greener. Implement Renewable Energy

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4 Items You Might Have Overlooked in Your Office that Can Be Recycled

Is your office cluttered with several items that hinder your productivity? Are you looking for ways to do your part in saving the environment by starting a recycling program at the office? If you answered yes, then you are probably thinking about other items that can be recycled outside of aluminum cans, paper waste, magazines, newspapers, shipping supplies, file folders, and cardboard. Here are 4 overlooked items found in your office that can also be recycled to help you boost productivity whil

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LizzieWeakley

4 Things You Didn't Know Your Solar Roof Could Power

Residential solar panels are more popular than ever, and that type of energy source could save you quite a bit of money in the coming years. If you are still on the fence about having solar panels installed, then you might want to take a look at these four unique things that your new panels will be able to power. A Residential Well Those who truly want to live off the grid will need to consider drilling their own residential well. That type of resource might be able to provide your fam

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4 Recyclable Materials to Make Your Home Stronger

Did you know that the amount of waste generated from construction and demolition is more than double that of household garbage collection? However, you can significantly reduce your next project's carbon footprint by using recyclable materials. Many eco-friendly materials also offer other advantages like exceptional strength and durability. If you're planning to build or remodel, consider these four recyclable materials that can make both your home and the environment stronger. Bamboo Flo

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Have a Large Garden? 5 Ways to Keep It Under Control

Maintaining a large garden is a great way to supply yourself with fresh vegetables and spend plenty of time outdoors. The one problem is that large gardens can get out of control easily if not tended properly. It might take extra effort, or even specialized outside help, but you can make your large garden as beautiful as you dreamed. Here are five ways to make keeping your garden under control simple. Mulch All Unoccupied Spaces Weeding is the single most labor-intensive aspect of

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5 Ways to Save Energy in Your Urban Apartment

Apartment living can give you a unique and convenient way of life. Rather than commuting miles out to the suburbs just to get some extra space, living in an urban apartment can keep you close to work, shopping, and recreation. Of course, downtown living carries a lot of the same overhead as its more distant counterpart, with energy costs at the top of the list. Here are some simple ways to reduce your energy expense in an apartment. Draw the Blinds In larger apartment buildings, in

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4 Ways Natural Stone Can Beautify Your Kitchen

Travertine, quartz, and limestone are some of the stunning natural elements you can use to provide texture and depth to your home design. Placing these materials in the kitchen can make the space more gorgeous. It can also add value to your home. Here are four ways you can incorporate natural stone in your kitchen. Floor Designs Using natural tiles on the floor is an excellent way to restyle your home. These materials come in a wide range of designs, colors, and prices. If you are

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How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient Without Replacing all Your Appliances

Making your home more energy efficient is important for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it significantly reduces your utility bills, and all those monthly savings will be a major boost to your budget. Also, with environmental catastrophe predicted by most climatologists, you can feel good about doing your part to stave off disaster and improve the health of the planet. With so much to gain, striving for energy efficiency is a no-brainer. But how does one go about it? Energy-efficient applian

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Your Guide to Recycling Old Computer Parts

A computer doesn’t last forever. Even if your computer still technically works many years later, you may want to get rid of it anyways. Newer computers are faster, store far more data and are more capable of better running programs, games, and videos. However, after you have decided to upgrade, what should you do with your old computer parts? Instead of just chucking them in the trash, you can recycle them. Here are some tips that can show you how. Selling Your Old Parts One option

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