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

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Plumbing Blunders: How Bad Plumbing Can Affect Your Home Efficiency

Many homeowners are focused on improving home efficiency in various ways. Running an efficient home can ultimately save you money and even maintain or improve property value over time. You may think that you have thoroughly covered all of the bases through your property maintenance projects, but there may be one area that you have overlooked. Your home’s plumbing system impacts efficiency in several ways, and you cannot overlook this component if you want to enjoy a truly efficient, well-maintai

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Old Home Improvement: 4 Ways Installing New Windows Can Impact Your Energy Bills

Not only do new windows make your home look and feel updated, they can also do a lot for the energy efficiency of your home. If you upgrade your windows, your home could become more efficient and your bills could get lower. They Reduce Drafts Old windows can be drafty especially if they are not installed correctly. New windows reduce the draft and can make it easier for you to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s important to recognize that drafty windows

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Office Energy Efficiency: How Roof Maintenance Can Bring You up a Level

Keeping your office cool when it needs to be and hot, when it needs to be, is important. You might not know, but your roof can have a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your office. A properly maintained roof will help your office become more energy efficient. Maintenance Keeps Debris Away If there is any debris on your roof, it could be hurting the efficiency of your building. In addition to this issue, it could also cause your roof to be at risk of collapse. There are thing

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New Technology that will Make your Home More Energy Efficient

In the past few years, there have been advances in energy efficiency that make investing in efficient appliances and upgrades more cost-effective. The basic principles that help homeowners save energy have been known for a long time, but it is only recently that energy efficient tech has become cheap enough to make the investment worthwhile. This article will discuss some of the best ways to save energy in the home and discuss the recent advances that have made it worthwhile to upgrade the home.

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Natural Plants: 4 Tips for Starting an Organic Garden

If you’re looking to start your own garden, there’s a good chance that you want to grow your plants organically without using artificial pesticides or fertilizers. Organic gardening, however, comes with its own set of challenges that can make it a difficult task for beginners. Here are four expert tips to help you start your own organic garden. Start Small Many novice gardeners get ambitious and try to handle a large plot very early on, but it’s best to begin with a small area of

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Make Your Neighborhood Green Again: 5 Ways You Can Help Clean up Your Community

Is your community a little bit of a mess and want to give back by cleaning it up? Fortunately, there are a wide variety of ways you can work to make your neighborhood green again. Here are a few ways you can clean up your local community, from picking up litter to cleaning up after pets. Pick up Litter One of the best ways you can make your neighborhood green again is to pick up litter. Over time, litter tends to start growing on the sidewalks and pathways of your town. However, yo

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Junk Collectors: The Best Practices to Recycling Your Scrap Metal

Recycling scrap metal shouldn’t have to be a fulltime job. There are lots of different resources available in which you can dispose of unwanted metal. Here are some of the best practices that you can use in order to recycling your scrap metal and be kind to the environment. Understand Metal Types The type of metal that you’re looking to recycle will dictate the means in which you can recycle it. Ferrous and nonferrous materials are sometimes required to be recycled by a different

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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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Inside the Workplace: How to Keep Your Office Green and Clean

Being a green office is more than just good for the environment. You can save your business some money be investing in these green and clean solutions. Here are some tips to get you started on making a greener workplace.   Limit Your Paper Consumption Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to print out your emails. This practice is not only wasteful, but time consuming. The whole point of moving to an electronic, paperless system is supposed to be that you use less reso

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How Your Small Business Can Go Low-Waste This Year

The new year is finally here, making it the perfect time for a new resolution. For small business owners, a great resolution is to reduce unnecessary waste. Not only is eliminating excess waste beneficial for cutting costs, it also minimizes the impact on the environment. Since the average person creates four pounds of trash daily, imagine the amount of trash that accumulates from an entire staff? Practicing sustainability helps the environment and saves businesses money.   Double-Side

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How your Plumbing can Hurt your Home Energy Efficiency

One thing that affects many households is high energy bills. However, many people are left confused about what in their home could be causing their bills to skyrocket. While there are many possible causes, one thing most people don’t consider that often is their plumbing. However, issues relating to plumbing can certainly contribute to home’s energy inefficiency. Here are a few ways how. 1. It Is all About the Water Heater According to South West Plumbing, the number one source of plumbing e

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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 Your Heating and Air Conditioning Affect the Energy Efficiency of Your Home

When you are struggling with energy efficiency in your home, you need to make sure that you are managing your air conditioning and heating. These systems use a great deal of energy, and you need to be sure that they are not sapping all the energy in the house. Take the steps below to make sure that your home is as efficient as it can be. Servicing You need to have your HVAC system serviced every couple months. Your service technician is going to check all the parts of the system, and they

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How Upgrading Your Home Appliances Can Reduce Your Energy Consumption

Are you looking at your utility bill and are flabbergasted at the amount? Are you wondering what you can do to reduce energy costs without sacrificing comfort or convenience? If you answered yes, then you may need to upgrade your home appliances. Here is how upgrading your home appliances can reduce your energy consumption to save money. Refrigerator Every time you open your refrigerator, a light comes on so you can see the items stored in it. If you have had your refrigerator for more

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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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How to Use Less Energy in Your Old Home

Many modern homes offer energy-efficient features that make lowering your energy bill easy. But what about old homes that were built before energy-efficient features? Well, there’s hope for old homes, too. There are updates that can make your old home just as efficient as a modern home.   Updating an old home is often as simple or as complicated as you can afford to make it. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, then there are quick-fix changes that you can make. But if money is n

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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 Run an Energy-Efficient Warehouse Business

Simple cell phones and incandescent light bulbs are being replaced this century. If you run a warehouse business, keep track of the new energy-efficient trends that are appearing. Review several components that will help you to create a more energy-efficient warehouse. Led Lighting LED lighting is the most energy efficient type on the market. In the beginning, people used fluorescent lights to illuminate their buildings, but decades later, they found out that LED lights are cooler,

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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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How to Reduce Hot or Cold Air Loss for a Green Home

From reducing your carbon footprint to eliminating toxins, running an environmentally sound household is within easy reach. Just as recycling and other day-to-day actions impact us all, home improvements offer advantages to both your family and the earth. If your goal is to go green, the following tips will help you cut heating and cooling costs while lessening negative environmental effects. Inspect Your Home for Leaks Don’t let heated or cooled air escape. Inspect your home for areas

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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

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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

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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 Move Toward Sustainable Agriculture Practices

Since World War II ended, agriculture has dramatically changed. New technologies have caused food productivity to soar. Mechanization, specialization, and increased chemical use hinder farmers from producing lower-priced foods and fiber. Government policies that favor maximized production is a key factor.   These developments have many positive effects and reduce the risks associated with farming. But they also have significant costs. Topsoil depletion, air pollution, groundwater conta

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How to Manage Your Bedroom Temperature Without Straining Your HVAC

You likely spend a lot of time in your bedroom. It can be difficult to keep your bedroom comfortable. However, there are some things that you can do in order to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature without straining the HVAC. Invest in House Plants There are several ways that house plants can keep your bedroom comfortable. The plants help purify the air, reducing the amount of loose carbon dioxide in your room. Placing plants outside your bedroom window can shade your win

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