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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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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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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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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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4 Clever Uses for Recycled Marine Trash

Garbage littering the world's oceans is a serious problem. Some trash, such as plastic, will never decompose, posing a grave risk to all types of marine wildlife. The best solution to this problem is to collect as much marine trash as possible and then put it to good use. To give better insight into the possibilities for solving this issue, here are four clever uses for recycled marine trash. Eco-Friendly Packaging One of the most versatile uses for marine trash is to recycle it into p

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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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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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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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Starting to Farm on Your Property? Here's 5 Things You'll Need

Farming is one of the oldest human pursuits. The ability to produce food at home instead of having to stay on the move to find it has enabled the development of human civilization. If you have some land that you want to start using for this time-honored purpose, here are five things that you’ll need. Basic Fencing Whether you have livestock on your farm or not, you will probably need some fencing. Crops of all kinds attract wildlife and the occasional escaped animal from other farm

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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 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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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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A Starter's Guide to Recyling Metal

Did you know that many of the metals used to produce everyday objects are recycled rather than mined from the earth? Collecting and selling scrap metal for recycling is a great way to earn money for hobbyists and professionals alike. Whether you’re looking to make a little extra cash on the side or recycle scrap metal as a full-time job, here are some tips to help you get started. Know Your Metals When it comes to scrap metal, copper is the reigning king. The energy and expense require

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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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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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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 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 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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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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