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All things green, eco-friendly, and seriously sustainable

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Learn Why Renewable Energy is becoming an Even Bigger Deal in 2015

Renewable energy has a long history. Since the mid-1950s, it has been a boiler plate for future energy initiatives. Designs for wind, geothermal and solar energy can be traced back to scientific concepts of men like Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison. As it continues to gain supporters and traction, the quest for renewable energy sources isn’t slowing down any time soon. In 2015, renewable energy will become an even bigger deal for several reasons. Reduction in Costs of Renewable Energy Former

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Green Realty: How Solar Power Factors into a Home Sale or Purchase

An increasing number of homeowners are turning to solar power to save on their energy costs and to make less of an impact on the environment. Many times, solar panels can generate enough energy to power as much as 50 percent of the average home’s energy leading to significant savings on electric. Solar power installation companies also often state that adding solar power to your home increases its resale value. In actuality, solar panels can complicate your home sale or purchase. Do Solar P

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Dixie Somers

What to Know about Eco-Friendly Pest Control Methods

Most people are aware of the impact commercial farms have on the impact with their use of pesticides. What many do not realize, however, is regular home and garden use of pesticides adds up to 160 million pounds of chemical use every year, which is more than the government and businesses combined. Want to do something to help the environment while keeping pests away from your home? Green pest control methods can be just as effective as chemicals or even work better without the use of che

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Dixie Somers

How a Public Administration Degree Can Help You Save the Environment

A public administration degree includes a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree awarded by an accredited university, college or business school. These programs prepare a person to work for a non-profit organization or in government at the local, state or national level. Earning one of these degrees involves building skills in politics, management, accounting, urban planning and environmental sciences. With a public administration masters, you may be able to put your skills to use for saving t

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Dixie Somers

5 Ways to Save Electricity at Home

You and your family might be wasting an exorbitant amount of electricity without even realizing it. Inefficient appliances and unwise habits could be costing you thousands of dollars a year, and that is why homeowners should constantly be looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint. These five tips will help you bring your electric bills down without making any major lifestyle changes. Weatherize Your House In the average home, the HVAC system is responsible for around 48

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Dixie Somers

5 Reasons Why the Recycling Industry is a Multi-billion Dollar Industry (and will Only Keep Growing)

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Timothy Takemoto Recycling. It's often a controversial topic, but regardless of anyone's stance on it, there is proof that recycling makes good business sense. Reusing waste is a logical way to 'kill many birds with one stone'. Most materials, when recycled, can save time and energy that would otherwise be expended in freshly manufacturing the same type of material. This, combined with the drive to preserve our ecosystems, helps make modern recycling

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Dixie Somers

The New Industrial Revolution: A Look at the Rebirth of Industrial Production in America Right Now

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Georgie Pauwels There is a boom happening in America, one that rivals the Industrial Revolution of the 1800's. It is quiet, but the American manufacturing sector is making a comeback in a huge way. The reasons for this can be debated, but several factors appear to be self-evident. No matter the 'primary' causes, it can't be denied that manufacturing in America is on its way back up. Energy Cheap energy is now and always has been the key to indu

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Dixie Somers

On the Road to Sustainability: How (and why) the Transportation Industry is Slowly Getting More Eco-Friendly

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Mackenzie Anyone who lives in a city is aware of the negative environmental impacts of the transportation industry. Most cars on the road today still have internal combustion engines that emit large amounts of carbon and other pollutants. Even seemingly clean alternatives, such as electric subways and trains, still release tons of carbon annually. In all, according to the EPA, transportation was responsible for emission of just under two thousand mill

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Dixie Somers

Better Safe than Sorry: How New Technology is Making Our Buildings and Structures Safer than Ever Before

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Hernan Pinera Our world is more prone to both man-made and natural disasters than any time in history, but technology is moving forward even faster. New materials and methods of testing allow us to build buildings which are modern, safe, and environmentally friendly. Here are four ways that new technology is making our buildings and structures safer and better protected than ever before. Metamaterials Earthquakes are destructive because of the w

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Dixie Somers

4 Ways Civil Engineers Help Build Sustainability In Our Communities

There is a growing desire to move toward a more sustainable lifestyle. This is evident not only in the way people live or do business but also in the way communities are designed. Civil engineers are interested in stepping in a more eco-friendly direction, and the following are a few ways they help build sustainability. Walking Rediscovered Communities throughout the United States are hungry for changes in the way their cities are built. Civil engineers lead the way by helping design a

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Dixie Somers

Stop Energy Leaks! Four Simple Changes You Can Make to Help Keep Energy in the Home

Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons via Halfrain When a home leaks energy, the result is typically higher energy costs and causing your central heat and air to work harder than it should. For this reason, many homeowners actively seek for practical ways to improve the energy efficiency of their home. Keeping more of your home's heat and air inside will lead to lower energy costs. In the interest of helping homeowners make their home more energy efficient, here are four excellent tips on how

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Dixie Somers

How Eco-friendly Technologies Affect Wastewater

Many are commonly unaware of how easily our water sources and surrounding environments can become contaminated by dirty water. Humans survive through the consumption and use of fresh clean water on a daily basis. Without properly filtered water to drink and bathe with, everyday life would be completely altered, if it continued to exist at all. Below are some ways that eco-friendly technologies like Econocycle affect wastewater for the better. What Is Wastewater? Any water that has

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Dixie Somers

How to Find an Eco-friendly Lawnmower

Lawnmowers may be a lot smaller than cars, but that doesn’t stop them from releasing noxious fumes into the environment and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, emissions from lawnmowers, leaf vacuums, snow blowers, and other outdoor power equipment are a significant source of air pollution. This is bad news for the eco-conscious homeowner, but there are eco-friendly lawnmower options available that aim to reduce fume emissions

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Dixie Somers

5 Smart Habits Most People Can Do Daily to Help Save the Planet

Saving the planet is usually something we can all get on board with. Unfortunately, many of us just simply don't know where to start. We're going to share with you five easy habits you can start doing today to do your part to help save the planet. Use Reusable Shopping Bags One trip to the store, and suddenly you have a bunch of plastic bags that typically get tossed in the garbage. You can completely eliminate your use of plastic bags by investing in some sturdy reusable shopping bags

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3 Modern Green Innovations for Your Home

Do you want your home to be environmentally-friendly? Not only is that better for the environment, but it can also save you a lot of money in terms of utilities. It may even improve your home values if you ever decide to sell or take out an equity line of credit—home buyers today are increasingly interested in green renovations. Here are a few of the best modern green renovations for homeowners. 1. Smart Energy Use New smart energy systems can monitor the amount of electricity you use

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Dixie Somers

5 Intriguing Advancements in Recycling Today

Innovations continue to emerge as business and governmental agencies step up to the challenge of reducing solid waste. From planning for the future to large-scale examples of best practices in waste-stream sorting, here are five intriguing advancements in recycling: 1. Design for Recycling The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries recognizes advancements in this area with an annual award. Samsung Electronics America won the award in 2016 for its design of a TV incorporating snap-toge

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Dixie Somers

5 Natural Cleaning Solutions You Can Make at Home

Whether you're concerned about the chemicals in cleaning products or you simply want to save money, natural cleaning solutions are a healthy, cost-effective way to ensure that your home sparkles. With a little research and a few common ingredients, you can make DIY cleaners for every crevice. Here are five recipes to get you started. 1. Lemons Yes, just lemons. Citrus fruit can clean everything from your garbage disposal to your countertops (provided they aren't marble or stainless

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Dixie Somers

Tips for Reducing Your Car’s Carbon Footprint

Driving can have a hugely negative impact on your carbon footprint, and while we all strive to reduce our personal drain on the environment, there are some things we struggle to do without. While you work toward a world that lives in harmony with earth, there are some things you can do to reduce your car’s carbon footprint. Share a Car Most families have more than one car, and more often than not, each car is intended for the transportation of one person at a time. Getting rid of one c

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Dixie Somers

5 Reasons Businesses Should Recycle Their Outdated Technology

Computers don't only depreciate in value, they become obsolete rather quickly. That's great for manufacturers in the computer industry but not so great for consumers and businesses who rely on having access to up-to-date and reliable technology. On average, a component in your PC is outdated every three years. From the video card to the processor, something is bound to be considered obsolete within a few years. While you can future-proof your devices by having your IT department upgrade

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Dixie Somers

The Importance of Clean Water in America's Cities

In America's cities, it is a necessity to have clean water for consumption, bathing, and everyday use in order to stay healthy. With so many people living in these areas, it can be hard to keep water safe and clean. There are things that you can do to make sure that your household use doesn't negatively affect the water supply in your area. From pollution runoff from agricultural facilities affecting the water table to toxic chemical dumping in rural areas and even littering, many people have no

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Dixie Somers

How to Prepare Your Roof for Solar Panels

Not only can solar panels increase the value of your home, but they might also reduce your electric bills by hundreds of dollars a year. Before having the solar panels installed, you must take a few steps to protect your home and the panels themselves. Here are some tips you can use to make sure that your next solar power project goes off without a hitch. Carefully Inspect the Roof You must have your roof repairs completed well before your solar array is installed. Issues such as

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Dixie Somers

Why Propane Is One of the Greenest Energy Sources for Homeowners

When you think of green energy your mind probably jumps to solar, wind or emerging hydrogen power, but you may not have considered that propane and its cousin natural gas, are also among of the greenest energy sources available to homeowners. Clean Burning While propane is essentially a fossil fuel, derived from natural gas or petroleum, it burns much cleaner than other fossil fuels. It emits roughly half the greenhouse gases compared to coal or oil and it doesn’t emit as many harmful

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Dixie Somers

5 Ways Plumbing Companies Are Becoming More Eco-Friendly

Environmentalism has moved well beyond being just a hot-button talking point during election cycles. Green initiatives and eco-friendly solutions are expected from seemingly unrelated industries and service providers across the board. While it may initially surprise you, plumbing companies are among those devising eco-friendly methods and solutions, a vital fact given that water is one of our most precious resources. Solar Powered Water Heating With temperature control accounting

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Dixie Somers

5 Eco-Friendly Gadgets for Your Business

Kudos to you for caring about our precious planet! As a business owner, you can protect our environment on a broad scale. One significant way is using eco-friendly equipment. By doing so, you'll reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption. You'll also save money. Here are five types of gadgets with Earth-saving features.   1. Recycled Calculators Equip your staff with calculators made of recycled plastic that run on solar power. Some devices are advertised as being free of lead

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Dixie Somers

Green Dentistry: 4 Ways Dentists Are Becoming More Eco-Frendly

Under both public and government pressure, more industries are adopting eco-friendly practices. Business owners are also looking for ways to incorporate green practices into their operations out of their own environmental concern. One of the industries that's increasingly focused on going green is dentistry. Here are just a few of the ways that dentists have become more eco-friendly. 1. Office environment More dentists are opting to use green materials in both the exterior and interior

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