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

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5 Ways to Make Sure Your Heating System Is Energy Efficient

When you want to save money while using your home’s furnace this winter, you must make sure that the climate-control equipment is operating efficiently. In some cases, you can fix a heating system on your own with a do-it-yourself repair, but alternatively, there are times when you should contact a professional heating and cooling technician. Here are five ways to make sure that a building’s heating system is operating efficiently.     Learn More from a Professional Technician

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Stay Cool: 5 Ways to Enjoy Energy Efficiency This Summer

The heat of the summer can start to get you down. You may be relying on your air conditioning to see you through it. This can start to add up for your monthly expenses. Here are some ways that you can stay cool and minimize your electric bill.   Eliminate Unnecessary Heat Generation Cook your food during the cooler parts of the day. Running your oven can heat up your whole house. Either prepare your food ahead of time or invest in cool food options during those really hot d

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The Man Cave: How to Make Your Garage More Energy Efficient

Having a man cave is a great way to make your family life better. It gives you privacy and a place to be a guy without interruptions. However, it can also be an energy hog. From televisions to sound systems and more, you need a way to make your man cave more energy efficient so it doesn’t break the budget. Here are five great ideas to get your started.   Lighting Your man cave might have a variety of specialty lighting. Some of it is for mood, while some of it is for being

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The Power of the Sun: How to Take Charge of Your Electricity Usage

The price of electricity seems to be going up every year. Energy usage is a variable cost that the vast majority of Americans are responsible for. The cost of energy can vary by region, time of year, and how the electricity is generated. There are a few ways that homeowners and renters can take charge of their electricity use. We will go over some of the best ways to do so in this article. Reduce Your Total Energy Usage In order to reduce your monthly payments to the energ

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5 Things Threatening the Environment and How You Can Help

Earth Day is a reminder that our environment is threatened and we should get inspired to do something about it. There are still the over-optimistic types who insist that it’s a lot of fuss about nothing, or that science will find the answers. If you really care about the Earth, or people for that matter, you know we can’t afford to stand around and hope for the best. Here are five major environmental threats and what you do about them. Global Warming Overall temperatures around the

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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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The Green Business: How to Ensure Maximum Energy Savings

Thousands of hours are spent powering buildings day and night. Running a business includes running the building and paying attention to the energy bills. You will notice a big difference when you make a few minor changes in the way you handle electricity. Increase the amount of energy you save every day using these few tips. Retrofits and LED Lights Light-emitting diode (LED) technology is designed to use less energy to power the lights. The fixtures last for several decades with minimal maint

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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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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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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

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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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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 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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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 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 Sure Your Business Is Following Correct Environmental Practices

A sustainable venture has tremendous benefits, such as enhancing productivity and attracting more customers. For this reason, you can ensure that you adhere to the environmental law practice by safeguarding nature. This way, you will conserve and not waste resources in your business.   Recycle Products   It is prudent to recycle items such as electronics, paper products, fluorescent bulbs, and supplies to sustain the environment. If you can reuse some things, it will be the b

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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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Do Your Part: How Your Industrial Plant Can Incorporate Green Practices

There's been a big push in recent years to take a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) approach to energy conservation. Going green and onboarding sustainable practices has a number of tax benefits and can allow your organization to grow by helping you realize operational efficiencies in unexpected places.   Energy Audit   Industry plant experts say that energy is the number-one cost, so it makes sense to start there when you're talking about making a comprehe

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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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5 Things You Can Recycle With a Little Extra Effort

You already know that recycling is important because it reduces landfill waste, conserves resources and prevents pollution. However, some items are easier to recycle than others. Tossing your paper, plastic and glass into separate containers is no big deal, but what about other items that aren’t so simple? Read on to learn about five things you can recycle with just a little extra effort. Printer Cartridges Don’t toss that printer cartridge. Many retail stores accept ink and toner

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4 Inexpensive Ways to Make Green Updates to Your Business

Although we wish that large corporations would implement more green alternatives into their day to day, the fact is that because of their size; it simply may be impossible. However, one particular area of the business community does hold that power. The small business community is able to implement these features quicker and more efficient due to their smaller status. Not only is going green a great way to protect the environment, but it can also save a good amount of money on your yearly budget

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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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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 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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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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