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All things green, eco-friendly, and seriously sustainable

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5 Things to Know about Tankless Water Heaters

How big is your water heater? Twenty? Thirty? Fifty gallons? How many times have you run out of hot water before your hair was rinsed? Every time you take a shower or bath, your tank has to refill. It also has to kick on throughout the day to keep the water inside hot. If you're looking for ways to cut back on your utility bills, losing the tank is a good place to start. How do Tankless Water Heaters Work? Tankless water heaters are manufactured in both gas and electric options, ea

Dixie Somers

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

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

5 Reasons Why Steel Construction is the Eco-Friendly Choice

Steel as a building material is growing in popularity, even for residential structures. It’s actually become trendy for its variety of options, speed and ease of construction, durability, and a number of environmental benefits. If you’re an eco-friendly buyer looking to build a new home, here are five good reasons why steel is the best ecological choice in green building design. Lower Energy Costs As one of the strongest construction materials, steel homes can support much denser l

Dixie Somers

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

Dixie Somers

Dixie Somers

Green Vehicle: 5 Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

You don’t have to invest in a hybrid or electric car to make your vehicle greener. Certain driving habits, proper vehicle maintenance and a few small changes or accessories can go a long way to improving a car’s efficiency and reducing its overall carbon footprint. The best news of all is that these green car tips are likely to save you money in the long run by reducing your need for fuel or expensive repairs.   Control Speed About 75 percent of a vehicle’s carbon emissions

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Dixie Somers

5 Eco-friendly Dental Products

Most people are always on the hunt for green food or ecologically friendly cars to save money, but there are some people who are truly passionate about Earth enough to want to be as respectful as they can be. Being respectful to nature does not always have to be a sacrifice to the wallet either. You can even promote environmental values in things like dental products. Below are five economically and ecologically friendly products for dental hygiene. Some of them have recycled packaging, o

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Dixie Somers

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

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Dixie Somers

Go Green: What You Should Know about Recycling E-Waste

As the problem of e-waste looms ever larger in the consciousness of the American public, understanding what to do with those unwanted electronics can still be a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of reputable electronics recyclers where you can take your e-junk. At the same time, there are some important things you should know about recycling your electronics to ensure they end up in the right hands. Not All Electronics Recyclers Are Created Equal There are plenty of

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Dixie Somers

4 Ways to Keep Your Company's Machinery Eco-friendly

In case your company has not taken the necessary steps to become eco-friendly, you need to take the challenge head-on. Taking the initiative to reduce waste and going green is a great way to becoming efficient and saving money for your business. A lot needs to be done to ensuring our working environments are sustainable for the future generations. Below are four eco-friendly practices that will help you reduce your company’s machinery carbon footprint, and save money for your business.

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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

Mulching or Bagging? The Right Choice for Mowing Lawns

Bag or mulch? If you care for a lawn, undoubtedly you’ve wondered what to do with clippings. Should you collect them in a bag attached to your lawnmower or allow them to fall back on to the lawn, providing mulch for the growing grass?   Best to leave clippings For lots of reasons that are good for your turf and the environment, experts say to leave the clippings. This will have the same value as one or two applications of fertilizer each year. Your lawn management practices w

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Dixie Somers

5 Keys to Having an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

Plenty of people have taken steps to create a more energy efficient and healthier home by switching out their light bulbs and replacing energy-hungry appliances and devices with energy sippers. It’s possible to do the same in the bathroom by selecting products that lighten the load on the environment using these tips.   1. Heat the Space It may seem counterintuitive, but using a space heater in the bathroom if your home is too chilly for bathing will save energy. By themsel

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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

How to Tell if a Business Is Eco-Friendly

Every time you do business with a company, you’re indirectly supporting them. If you purchase from a company that’s committed to environmental issues, you’re helping to protect the environment. But if you’re providing profits to a company that’s heedless of green practices, you’re working against the environment. In many cases, the difference is not so obvious. Here are some ways to tell whether a business is eco-friendly. Internet Searches The easiest way to check on a company’s r

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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 Keys to Having Clean Water on Your Farm

One of the keys to operating a successful farm is to maintain the integrity of your water sources and irrigation systems. With levels of pollution on the rise—even in isolated, rural areas—accessing clean water is more important than ever. Below are five tips you can use to protect your farm’s water sources and plumbing lines. City and County Water Lines Most local water utilities are strictly regulated to provide clean water to the communities they serve, both in the cities and ou

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Dixie Somers

How to Live Off the Grid in Texas

Everyone who lives off the grid has their own reasons for doing so. It might be political, economical, environmental or some other reason. But whatever your motivation for choosing this lifestyle, there are a few basic ideas that you need to get straight in order to make this successful for you and your family. Texas is a great place to live off the grid. Below are four things you must have to live comfortably in this way. Food For many people, living off the grid and homesteading

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Dixie Somers

How Are Waste Management Companies Beneficial to the Environment

According to research conducted by Stanford University, only about 60% to 80% of all eligible garbage is actually recycled. Why, though? Recycling is the process by which certain reusable materials are sorted from general garbage, reduced to their basic components, and then re-manufactured into a new product thus preventing unnecessary waste. Recycling is important because many of the materials that can be re-purposed through this process would otherwise become dangerous contaminants if t

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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

Eco-Arenas: How Sports Stadiums Are Becoming Greener

Environmentally conscious individuals are taking the time to reduce their carbon footprint on a daily basis by making better and greener decisions. Adopting more eco-friendly habits is something that will develop over time, but it can start with something as little as using water filtration bottles or reusable grocery bags. These little efforts make a big difference. Every person that's living a greener life is making a long-term difference in the world, but the changes need to be made at

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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

5 Simple Ways to Help Your Company Go Green

More and more companies, from the largest to the smallest, are concerned with “going green.” Some of this is in response to worker and consumer pressure and the desirability of marketing to environmentally concerned customers and attracting educated innovative workers who tend to be concerned about the environment. In some countries, carbon pricing affects the bottom line and there are increasingly strict regulations concerning everything from emissions to use of potentially toxic chemicals. Per

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Dixie Somers

5 Tricks to Making Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

Let's be honest, we spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It's our first stop in the morning and our last stop before bed. It is the room in which we perform all of our self-care routines and maintain our health and cleanliness. But, it is also the room in which we produce the most waste. From excessive water usage to immense paper waste and chemical cleaners, the refuse never seems to end. Luckily, transforming your bathroom into an eco-friendly paradise is easy. Once you decide to make the chan

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Dixie Somers

How to Comply with Hazardous Material Regulations

Hazardous material (hazmat) refers to everything from household chemicals to fuel or potentially infectious biological substances like medical waste. All hazardous materials must be handled with extra care to ensure the safety of workers and the public. Special regulations have been put in place by state and federal authorities, particularly the DOT and OSHA. Here are some tips to make compliance easier. Reference for Regulations These regulations must be followed by manufacturer

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Dixie Somers

5 New Fuel Economy Technologies to Watch For

The desire for better fuel economy is not a new trend. For decades, automotive manufacturers and designers have been coming up with ways to help the consumer in getting more miles out of their gas tanks. The latest technologies in the fuel economy arena show a lot of promise in taking fuel economy to a new level. Let’s take a look as some of the most interesting advancements to keep your eyes on.   Advanced Cylinder Deactivation While cylinder deactivation was originally introduce

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