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  1. AnitaGinsburg
    Unfortunately, the future of the planet is in question. Problems like pollution, global warming, and the destruction of natural ecosystems present serious threats to the environment. Staving off these threats and preserving the earth for future generations requires substantive action by businesses and individuals alike. One strategy for becoming greener is to choose more eco-friendly building materials. Below are a few materials that you may be surprised to learn are low-impact on the environment.
    Engineered Wood
    When you think of wood as a building material, you may assume that it is significantly wasteful. This is not necessarily the case for a form of wood known as engineered wood. This form of wood includes multiple layers. Some of these layers are composed of things like wood scraps that would have been disposed of otherwise. Reusing these wood scraps in engineered wood allows fewer trees to be cut down. You can use engineered wood for flooring, doors, and many other components of a building project.
    Structural Steel
    Something else that you may assume can't be eco-friendly is steel. However, this is not true when it comes to structural steel. Prefabricated steel helps to streamline the construction process. As such, a structural steel erection can be performed quicker, producing less waste and lowering the energy requirements for the work. 
    Steel is, of course, very strong and can support more energy saving insulation in a building. It is also very durable, meaning it won’t need to be replaced any time soon. When it is time to replace the steel frame, steel is easy to recycle.
    Wool Insulation
    When you think of building materials, sheep probably don't come to mind. However, wool is now being used as a greener choice for insulation in buildings and homes. It actually produces stronger insulation than other choices and does a better job of dealing with moisture as well. Wool, of course, is also a sustainable resource. A sheep can always grow more of it.
    Fiber Cement
    Lastly, fiber cement can be a more eco-friendly choice for your building project. The production of fiber cement involves recycled materials and far less water than regular cement, making it a much more sustainable option. It's a great choice to use for siding for a home or other building. Fiber cement does not contain toxic materials like other siding choices such as vinyl. It will also be stronger, longer lasting, and more resistant to the elements than other choices as well.
    Choosing more eco-friendly building materials can help to lessen your construction project's effect on the environment. Doing so can help to preserve precious natural resources and can help to slash your expenses at the same time. The list above is only a starting point for the different environmentally friendly building materials you can choose from.
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    waste, waste removal, rubbish removal, industrial waste, green
    Factories and other facilities dispose of tons of industrial solid waste every year. As the government makes environmental regulations stricter, your company needs to understand safe ways of disposing of industrial waste.
    Improper handling and disposing of industrial waste can have a detrimental impact on the environment. If harmful waste finds its way into water, soil, or air, it will have devastating effects on living creatures in the region.
    In addition to harming the environment, improper industrial waste handling damages your company's reputation.
    What Counts As Industrial Waste?
    Industrial waste covers any remains of industrial operations. Here are types of industrial waste.
    Solid Waste
    This is the most common type of industrial waste. It includes non-recyclable glass, animal and food remains, and electrical components, to mention a few categories. In most cases, this waste is disposed of in landfills.
    Chemical Waste
    A significant number of plants, factories, and other types of processing-based centers generate chemical waste. While many of these chemicals are fairly innocuous, others can be incredibly harmful to plants and animals exposed to them through improper disposal. Additionally, if not disposed of carefully, these chemicals can mix poorly, creating more dangerous substances.
    Keep in mind that even residue chemical waste, such as that left on the inside of a container, can be hazardous. Containers and other items that might have had contact with certain chemicals should be carefully disposed of as well.
    Hazardous or Toxic Waste
    Toxic waste is potentially harmful to animals, humans, and the entire environment. Hazardous waste can contaminate water sources such as rivers and lakes, causing immense damage if not attended to on time.
    There are various ways of disposing of industrial waste in an environmentally friendly way. You can check with a local facility to confirm whether they will accept the type of waste generated by your company.
    Rubbish Removal Services
    There are myriad benefits of hiring specialists to handle industrial waste. Hazardous waste poses a serious health risk to company employees. Specialists from rubbish removal services have the necessary skills and knowledge to handle hazardous waste and use the latest technology and machines to dispose of it. Also, a waste removal company will dispose of waste in the recommended way to help your business comply with the law.
    Why Should You Choose a Licensed Rubbish Removal Service?
    Industries generate a large volume of waste. When working with a licensed waste removal company, you will be assured that the waste will be disposed of in the right way. Also, a licensed waste company will usually be insured. Therefore you won't be held liable in case of an accident during the removal process. In addition, staff from a licensed company are trained in handling emergencies that may emerge during the industrial waste removal process.
    Where Is Industrial Waste Taken?
    Reputable rubbish removal services prioritize disposing of the waste in an eco-friendly way. The first option is recycling the waste. If the waste is not recyclable, junk removal services ensure they dispose of the garbage in a manner that doesn't harm the environment.
    No matter the size of your company, a rubbish removal company will clear waste from your premises. They have a workforce to get the job done.
  3. AnitaGinsburg
    Many homeowners are surprised to hear that they can actually make quite a bit of money from some of the materials that are already laying around their houses. Copper is especially valuable, and you could have more than you think. If you would like to make some extra cash, then it might be worth it to spend a little bit of time searching your home for recyclable copper.
    Old Electronics
    Many old electronic devices are very difficult to recycle because they take quite a bit of time to break down and are often filled with some toxic materials. That being said, getting the copper out yourself could be relatively easy. Older TVs and computer displays generally have copper spools and wires that can quickly be taken out with nothing more than some basic tools. If you can’t find any pieces that are obviously copper right away, then the wires could be insulated. To remove the insulation, you will need to use a wire stripper or another similar tool.
    Large Appliances
    You probably shouldn't rip out your new appliances for a little bit of wire. However, when you’ve got old appliances to replace, you might want to open them up before throwing them out. Much like TVs and monitors, appliances often have long strands of copper wire that are used to transfer power to all of the various components. In addition to copper wires, you might also be able to find some copper pipes in your refrigerator or washing machine. If you notice copper pipes in your appliances, then you will probably need a wrench to loosen or remove the brackets.
    Your Plumbing
    When it comes to copper recycling, your plumbing could be a goldmine. For many years, copper was the preferred material for residential plumbing systems because it was very easy to work with and resistant to bacterial growth. Recently, many homeowners have switched over to PEX and other polymer pipes because of their durability. Those individuals should consider keeping all of the old pipes so that they can be recycled. Recycling the old copper pipes could help you cover some or all of the costs of your new PEX pipes depending on how much metal can be salvaged.
    In addition to copper, you might also want to consider recycling some of the other unused metal items around your home. Two of the best options are iron and aluminum, and those materials can be found in a wide variety of products.
  4. AnitaGinsburg
    Pests invading your homestead garden can ruin not only entire crops but also your plans to live off-grid. Managing garden pests is especially frustrating when you don’t know what type of pest is eating up your garden. Identifying your pests is an important first step, before you can take action to protect your crops.
    Large Animals
    Animals such as deer, raccoons, rabbits, and birds will all find the vegetables growing in your garden irresistible. The good news is, these larger animals can be easier to control than insects. A 6-foot tall fence should keep out deer and even raccoons. Digging a trench a few feet deep around the garden, and embedding chicken wire can also help discourage burrowing animals, such as rabbits, from getting into your veggies. Finally, adopting an outdoor cat will help keep rodents under control.
    Insect Pests
    On the other hand, insects are nearly impossible to keep out with a simple barrier. Identifying the culprits is the first step. First, take note of the type of damage. If there are holes chewed through the leaves, you have some type of chewing insects, such as caterpillars or locusts. Sickly, yellow leaves could indicate aphids; look under the leaves for this sap-sucking pest. If you see squiggly lines on the leaves, you have leaf miners, which are likely the larvae of many different types of flies, beetles, and moths.
    Natural Pest Control
    Natural pest control methods include fostering beneficial insects to eat the bad insects munching your veggies. For example, ladybugs love to eat aphids, and praying mantises will capture and eat all sorts of pests, such as grasshoppers. Nematodes are another type of insect that kills other insects.
    Another way to help control insect pests is to plant bug-repelling plants, such as marigolds, geraniums, or chrysanthemums. You can also plant herbs like basil, garlic, onion, parsley, and peppermint to repel insect pests. Plant these among your vegetables.
    Finally, insecticides can be used. For example, you can mix one part garlic juice with four parts water, and spray it onto your plants. You can also dust your plants with diatomaceous earth. This a fine, white powder made of fossilized phytoplankton. It’s harmless to people and animals, but will cause insects to dry out and die.
    If your garden is infested with snails and slugs, place a few shallow bowls of beer around the garden; snails love beer, and they’ll crawl in, get drunk, and drown.
    If these natural solutions aren’t working, you’ll want to contact a pest control service. They can help you identify your pests and understand why your solutions haven’t worked yet. They can also recommend alternative pesticide solutions.
    Pests are a pain, and they can do a lot of damage to your food supply if they’re not caught and removed quickly. Do some research to learn what kind of pests you’re dealing with and how to keep them out.
  5. AnitaGinsburg
    In the past few decades, home improvement has taken on more and more of an emphasis on green remodeling. To help protect the environment, these remodeling strategies are focused on lowering energy consumption and improving resource management. Here are four of the most popular green home updates and how they benefit the environment.
    Purchased Reclaimed Supplies
    The materials that you need for your home improvement project, such as wood and  tiles,  are likely available as reclaimed components of previous construction projects. Even your countertops and insulation can be made from recycled materials.
    Reclaimed materials are becoming all the rage with homeowners who want to minimize their environmental footprint. In addition to being a healthier alternative from an environmental perspective, these reclaimed materials are often more affordable than new ones.
    Plug the Leaks With Better Insulation
    One of the biggest environmental burdens that American homes pose is the energy that is lost around poorly insulated windows and doorways. In the summertime, too much precious air-conditioned air can escape through cracks around the windows and doors, and in the wintertime, warm air can seep out.
    You can cut down on your energy consumption and save substantial money on your heating and cooling bills by filling the cracks around windows and doors and by checking the insulation in these areas.
    Update Your Windows
    In addition to the heat lost through worn or poorly sealed door and window frames, you may also be losing warmth through your old windows. Traditional windows are single-paned, which provides very little insulation against summer’s heat or winter’s cold. When it’s time to update your home, choosing replacement windows with two panes of glass can go a long way in helping you lower your energy usage.
    Use Eco-Friendly Paint
    Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are fumes that are commonly found in commercial paints. They can be dangerous for humans as they can cause nausea and difficulty breathing as well as many other health problems. They can also cause ozone pollution as well as other environmental hazards.
    However, the trend is reversing as many manufacturers now produce low or no-VOC paints for the environmentally-conscious consumer. Low and no-VOC paints represent a superior alternative to paints containing VOCs because the compounds can leak into the nearby soil and water supplies, endangering both human and animal life alike.
    Solar Energy
    The sun is indisputably the greatest source of energy that we have. Until now, though, harnessing the power of the sun to power our homes was overly expensive and just not feasible for most homeowners.
    However, that is rapidly changing as more and more tech companies pour money into developing solar technologies into viable consumer products. Now, more solar-powered home appliances are available than ever before, at prices that can fit even a modest budget.
    You don’t have to do a complete overhaul of your home all at once to make it more eco-friendly. However, when it comes time to make normal repairs or renovations, consider choosing the greener option. The great thing about making these changes is that, in addition to doing your part to conserve resources, they also come with significant cost-savings that make good economic sense as well.
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    When it comes to protecting your home, your roof is the true hero. But if your roof is over 20 years old, it might not be as eco-friendly as you'd like. Thankfully, many roofing materials are now designed to be better for you and the environment. If you're trying to go green, here are four different roofing materials you should consider.
    Wooden Shingles
    If you want to make your roof more eco-friendly, there’s no better place to start than by adding wooden shingles. Shingles are the material that covers the exterior of the roof and prevents things from infiltrating the interior. The most common type of shingles you see are asphalt. While these are primarily eco-friendly, asphalt shingles may give off toxic fumes should they be heated.
    Alternatively, wooden shingles are very durable and can even be any color you want. However, wooden shingles are a bit on the pricey side and require ongoing maintenance.
    A Metal Roof
    Metal roofs may be something you’d least expect to be on this list, but the truth is that they are a very eco-friendly roofing option. Metal roofs are incredibly low maintenance and can last as long as 70 years. Additionally, because they reflect sun’s rays instead of absorbing them, you lower your energy usages for heating and cooling. Metal roofs can also come in many different styles, so you can find one to match your home.
    Keep in mind that metal roofs are one of the most expensive options at your disposal. Metal roofs may also be more susceptible to hail damage as hail can leave it dented.
    Tile Roofing
    Tile roofing is another eco-friendly, versatile roofing option. There are many types of tiles to choose from including:
    Copper Concrete Ceramic Stone Composite Clay Polymer-Sand Metal Each of these tiles come with their own benefits. For example, clay tiles are energy efficient, which means that it’s easier to insulate your home. Depending on the type of tile you choose, you may need to add support to your home. Tiles can weigh more, so you need to have adequate support if you choose to install tile roofing.
    Solar Panels
    Lastly, consider solar panels. While they won’t cover the entirety of your roof and you will need a traditional roofing option under the panels, they are a great investment for eco-conscious homeowners. Solar panels absorb sunlight and use it to power your home. Solar panels are one of the most energy efficient materials you can add. However, like everything else that's listed here, they can be expensive.
    When it comes to making your home eco-friendly, you should never leave your roof out of the equation. It could end up playing the biggest role when it comes to being more eco-friendly. Remember these roofing materials in mind if you decide to replace your roof.
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    There are many reasons to make a home more energy efficient. It is the socially responsible thing to do, as scientists across the world continue to warn of the dangers of unfettered energy use. It is also financially responsible, since energy bills can constitute a large hit to a monthly budget, especially during the height of either winter or summer. Taking even small steps to curb that energy usage can have a big impact. Below are some of the updates that will provide the most savings.
    Double Pane Windows
    Old windows leak both heat and air conditioning, essentially leaking money. While an upgrade is a fairly large initial investment, it is one that will pay for itself many times over. Not only that, but double pane windows more effectively block traffic noise and raise the overall value of the home, making it a smart long-term investment. For homeowners on a tighter budget, energy efficient window treatments can also provide some of the same benefits at a reduced cost.
    Roof Replacement
    Another huge source of temperature leakage is an older roof. In summer, roofs can soak up heat and radiate it down towards the home, and in winter the heat you want can escape through any cracks or faults. If your roof is older, roof replacement can help reduce your overall energy usage. 
    When selecting roofing material, asphalt shingles often do not rate well in regards to energy efficiency. Tiles, metal roofs, and materials treated with special reflective coating all perform better. Insulation is also key, providing savings from the inside out.
    Energy Efficient Light Bulbs
    One of the least costly upgrades, new light bulbs, is also one of the most immediately effective. LED bulbs are the clear winner in the energy wars. While a little more expensive than their less efficient cousins, the incandescent bulb, they very quickly result in lowered monthly bills. Moreover, not only do LEDs consume less electricity, but they also last years longer than incandescents, making that investment more than worth it.
    New Air Conditioner
    An energy-efficient air conditioner is particularly necessary in warm climates, but will result in savings just about anywhere in the country. This is an upgrade that can save you money at tax time as well—certain units qualify for a federal HVAC tax credit, which starts the savings in April before the really hot weather even rolls around.
    Choosing to do an energy makeover has long lasting benefits to the wallet, the home's value, and the planet. Nor is it difficult to do. Light bulbs, roofs, AC units, and windows all need replacing eventually anyway—choosing energy efficient replacements is just common sense.
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    One of the biggest challenges facing mankind is the threat posed by pollution and global warming. If this challenge is to be overcome, the biggest contributors to these problems must change course. This certainly includes industry which accounts for a very big portion of the pollution released into the atmosphere. Thankfully, industrial processes can be altered so they are more eco-friendly and sustainable. One way to do this is by retrofitting your company's equipment. Here are a few examples of how to accomplish this.
    Data Analytics
    One way you can retrofit your industrial equipment with the environment in mind is to integrate data analytics into its operation. This would involve installing sensors on equipment that transmit data regarding its operation in real time via Wi-Fi or some other kind of internet connection. Powerful data analytics software can then be used to crunch this data so you can have direct insight into how much energy your equipment is using and how much pollution or other negative byproducts are being produced. You can then use this information to make adjustments and increase both the efficiency and sustainability of those industrial processes.
    SCR Systems
    SCR is a technical term that stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction. This a system that can be used in equipment and industrial systems to reduce harmful nitrogen oxide, also known as NOx for short. It accomplishes this by creating a chemical reaction known as reduction that transforms NOx into water and tiny amounts of CO₂. It, in essence, removes pollution through this chemical process. An SCR system can be installed on different kinds of equipment, such as SCRs for water tube boilers.
    Sustainable Energy Sources
    Another option you could choose to implement is to retrofit your equipment to run on more sustainable energy sources. Options you should give serious consideration include solar energy, ethanol gas, biomass, hydrogen fuel cells and wind power. Determine what options are feasible for your own equipment.
    Variable Frequency Drives
    Retrofitting your equipment with variable frequency drives, VFDs for short, is another option that can make your industrial operations more environmentally friendly. A VFD works by varying the level of voltage and frequency supplied to an engine depending on different circumstances. It can help to lower an engine's energy consumption, increase the efficiency of equipment and extend the equipment's lifespan as well.
    Companies have a responsibility to do what they can to lower their carbon footprint. This is required to fight pollution and preserve the planet for future generations. One way you can do this is by retrofitting your equipment. Consider the four options above as well as others for making your equipment more environmentally friendly.
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    Something not many people probably have a great fondness for are landfills. However, landfills are actually an important component of human civilization. They give mankind a place to dispose of trash where it will do least harm to the environment, wildlife and people. Certain facts regarding the benefits of landfills may surprise you.
    Landfills Are a Safer Option
    In regards to the many different waste management systems that have been implemented by people over the course of human history, the use of landfills is one of the safest in regards to its impact on people and the environment. It is, for one, much safer than incinerating or burning trash. Doing so can release harmful toxins and pollution into the atmosphere. The risks of landfills are comparatively much smaller in magnitude.
    Landfills Protect People
    Landfills allow trash to be collected and buried away from places where people live. They help to make communities cleaner and healthier in general. Many of the items found buried in landfills would be harmful if improperly disposed near residential communities. This is especially the case for landfills that have been designated as a superfund site that store harmful industrial waste. If disposed of closer to people instead of in the landfill, these materials would certainly lead to death and disease.
    Landfills Can Produce Renewable Gas Energy
    One benefit of landfills you may not be aware of is the fact they can be used to produce gas energy. This is one strategy for transforming trash into something useful. It’s a form of recycling in a way. The kind of gas produced by landfills is primarily composed of methane. This gas can then be burned to produce electricity and power nearby communities. It can also be collected and sold as fuel offsite or even transported by pipe to other areas. This approach is particularly beneficial since methane can become a harmful greenhouse gas if released into the atmosphere. The use of it as a fuel source is an eco-friendly solution.
    Landfills Don’t Waste Energy
    Certain methods of disposing of waste require expending a lot of energy. Landfills typically do not. They are located close enough to the communities they service that they do not require a lot of gas to be used to ship the trash there. This is not the case for trash that may need to be transported to far off locations. Even recycling requires a good amount of energy to perform.
    Overall, landfills perform a very important service for endless communities. They allow trash to be disposed of in a way that greatly lessens its negative impact on people and the environment. In certain cases, landfills can even be used to create renewable energy. They play an important role in modern society.
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    Many homeowners dread the sweltering summer months because they know that they will have to deal with a huge spike in their energy bills as soon as they turn on their air conditioners. If that sounds like your own situation, then you might want to come up with a comprehensive plan for making your home as energy-efficient as possible.
    Use Ceiling Fans to Your Advantage
    Properly using your ceiling fans could have a huge impact on your energy bills as well as your family’s overall comfort. During the summer months, all of your ceiling fans should be spinning counterclockwise at a relatively high speed when someone is in the room. That moving air could make each room feel much cooler, and that means you won’t have to turn your air conditioner as low.
    Replace Your Insulation
    Even though modern insulation is designed to last for decades, that material will eventually become damaged. If you have recently checked your home’s insulation and it is torn or matted, then it might be time to add some cellulose to the top or replace it entirely. Blowing in cellulose insulation is a relatively simple upgrade that should take a contractor no more than a few hours to complete.
    Seal Around Doors and Windows
    As the seasons change and humidity levels and temperatures fluctuate, your home’s walls and flooring could begin to shift. Over the course of a few seasons, those shifting materials will result in small openings around your windows, vents, and doorways. To seal up the openings, all you are going to need is a caulk gun, a few bottles of all-purpose caulk, and an inexpensive infrared gun or a thermal leak detector. Check around your home for areas that are losing heat, and fill in those holes and cracks.
    Service or Replace the AC
    Contacting an air conditioning installation and repair contractor is another simple step that you can take to lower your energy bills during the hottest months of the year. One of those contractors will be able to service your AC so that it continues to run smoothly and efficiently. They can also help you keep an eye out for any signs that your air conditioner might be nearing the end of its lifespan or in need of repairs.
    Improving your home’s efficiency can be time-consuming, but that hard work is going to pay off. With a few simple changes to your home, you could end up lowering your family’s energy usage. This can also save hundreds a year on your heating and cooling bills.
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    The summer season is upon us, and it's time to make a plan for cutting back on your energy usage. The average household can spend hundreds of dollars extra each month during the warmer months. There are some easy tips you can incorporate to keep your hard-earned cash in your wallet.
    Use a Programmable Thermostat
    A programmable thermostat, or sometimes called a smart thermostat, is a fantastic and energy-efficient tool. You'll be able to program the thermostat to when the house is empty or during sleeping hours. Without the hassle of manually adjusting the thermostat, your home will run more efficiently.
    Check for Complete Insulation
    Air that escapes through cracks and other openings in your home makes it more challenging to ventilate. Caulk and weather-stripping are simple and effective to reduce your energy bill during the summer drastically. Check your doors and window frames to fill any holes. You can also have a wall insulation service check out the interiors of your home for the greatest efficiency.
    Use Your Blinds or Drapes
    Using blinds or drapes will put a lot less strain on your air conditioner. A good idea is to start to open them up once the sun begins to set. This way, you'll be able to take advantage of the natural sunlight and save money at the same time.
    Remember the Refrigerator
    With the warmer temperatures, your refrigerator will need to work harder to cool your food. Dirty refrigerator coils will not allow your refrigerator to diffuse heat properly or run effectively. Give them a thorough cleaning with a stiff brush and a vacuum in the late spring. Also, keep your fridge stocked with food because there will be less space to cool.
    Use Cold Water for the Laundry
    Since your kids will be outside playing, you're likely to do a lot more loads of laundry when it is hot out. Wash your clothes on the coldest setting to save a lot of money on your energy bills. A more lukewarm shower is not only refreshing, but it can save money during the hot and humid summer days.
    Start Unplugging
    Phone chargers, televisions, and other small electronics use more energy than you think. Unplug them before you hit the hay, and you will be surprised how much lower your energy usage will be.
    Challenge yourself to lower your energy usage this summer. As the dollars begin to pile up, think about putting that money towards your next summer vacation.
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    Hardscaping refers to the hard landscaping materials around your yard. These can include your patio, walkways, retaining walls, or any other structure made of wood, stone, or concrete. If you live in a desert environment, maximizing your hardscaping can significantly decrease your water usage. This will not only save you money, but it will also be beneficial to the environment.
    Save Water and Increase Usability
    Maximizing your hardscaping will not only reduce your water usage, but it will also increase the usable space you have to enjoy your backyard. For example, an attractive and stylish flagstone patio with a matching stone outdoor kitchen will quickly become one of your family’s favorite places. Best of all, hardscape can create a place for outdoor entertaining, and it serves as an extension of your home’s interior living space.
    Raised Beds for Better Gardening
    You can also build raised beds from brick, wood, or concrete. Raised beds are great if you have a bad back or mobility issues, and they’re also great if your yard has poor soil. Many gardeners swear by raised beds, estimating you can double your yield of vegetables. You can also reduce your water use by embedding a drip watering system into the raised beds.
    Imitation Materials
    There are a lot of different materials you can use to hardscape, and natural stone and brick are among the most attractive and enduring. However, while concrete may seem boring next to them, you can hire a creative concrete company to add some pizzazz to your backyard. The fact is, concrete can be tinted to nearly any color you like, and it can be stamped with a multitude of patterns. Tinted and stamped concrete can imitate brick, slate, flagstone, and even wood.
    Boulders and Gravel
    A Japanese zen garden is a stylized landscape carefully composed of rocks, water features, and gravel along with precisely pruned bushes, moss, and small trees. If you like a modern, minimalist, and sophisticated style, a Japanese-style rock garden could be the hardscape for you.
    If you’ve ever been to the Southwest, you may have noticed a different style of rock garden. Rock and cactus gardens have long been a staple in places like Arizona, and this idea is adaptable to many regions of the country. Simply arrange boulders and rocks in a natural style, and plant with cactus, succulents and native wildflowers. Fill in between the rocks with gravel.
    Creative and stylish hardscaping will not only save water, but it will also make your yard a more beautiful and comfortable place for both you and your family.
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    As you plan your off-grid homestead, recycling wastewater into usable reclaimed water is something to consider. Doing so will save thousands of gallons of well or rainwater, and reclaimed water can easily be used to irrigate your garden. Steps to reclaim wastewater could include filtering, primary settling, biological treatment, and finally, tertiary treatment. Let’s look at how recycling your wastewater can be accomplished.
    Primary Settling
    Your gray water that goes down the drain in the kitchen sink and shower has small particles of food, hair soap, and other contaminants. A primary settling tank is the first place the wastewater goes. Here, those solid contaminants will settle to the bottom. Once settled, the water can be gently siphoned off the top into the next phase of reclamation, a biological treatment tank.
    Biological Treatment
    Biological wastewater treatments rely on bacteria and other microorganisms to break down organic waste, such as food particles, hair, and soap. The goal is to create a system in which these microorganisms eat up the pollutants.
    Biological treatment is divided into aerobic and anaerobic; aerobic is a process using oxygen loving bacteria, while anaerobic uses bacteria that do not need oxygen. Aerobic wastewater treatment is the preferred option, as it works quickly and produces better water quality. However, this method requires a wastewater aerator to make sure there is enough oxygen for the bacteria to thrive. A diffused aeration system, like those offered by VaraCorp, can be used to maximize oxygen while minimizing odors during the treatment process.
    Tertiary Treatment
    This is the final step in reclaiming your wastewater for use in your garden, or even as drinking water. Tertiary treatment is done to ensure the water is hygienically safe and free from viruses and bacteria.
    Ozonation uses ozone (03) to disinfect the water. Then reverse osmosis pushes the water through a semi-permeable membrane, which traps any contaminants and chemicals.
    Dual media filtration uses two different types of filters, usually sand and very fine granules of anthracite. Finally, advanced oxidation uses hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet light to create an oxidant that not only disinfects the water, but also breaks down any remaining microorganisms and chemicals.
    Often, the cost and time required to reclaim wastewater are prohibitive. There are alternatives; for example, if you use biodegradable soaps, gray water from the kitchen and shower can be drained directly into the garden. However, if your homestead is in a very dry area, reclaiming your wastewater is something you should look into.
  14. AnitaGinsburg
    Living a more eco-friendly lifestyle not only helps you do your part when it comes to sustainability but it can also save you money. Everyone wins when we take care of our local and global ecosystems. Let’s look at seven ways to remodel your home as more eco-friendly.
    Water Use
    While the term eco-friendly usually brings to mind your home’s energy consumption, it also means saving water. First of all, fix any plumbing leaks. Don’t let the faucet run while you brush your teeth or shave. Also, install low-flow faucets, toilets, and shower-heads; these can save tens of thousands gallons of water every year for a family of four. Tankless water heaters also can conserve a great deal of energy, as it heats water as needed rather than maintaining a heated tankful of water.
    Switch to LED Light Bulbs
    Not only are LED bulbs energy-efficient, but they also last longer. This means that on top of protecting nature, you’re saving money from the energy bill and the cost of frequently replacing bulbs. They’re also less likely to cause a headache or eye strain compared to fluorescent bulbs, which makes your home more enjoyable to be in. This is one of the easiest things you can do around the house. If you’ve been using fluorescents in the kitchen, get rid of those first thing and consider hanging pendant lights instead for more even lighting and a better overall aesthetic.
    Install a Solar System
    A solar roof installation, while expensive upfront, can save you a lot of money in the long run. However, many states and local energy companies have rebate programs to defray the cost. On top of that, once enough people in your neighborhood go solar, you can generate so much energy that you’ll be selling it back to the energy companies. Furthermore, a solar system with a home battery bank can keep your home up and running even when the grid goes down. Solar systems are also used by many who want to make their homes self sustainable and therefore emergency-ready at all times.
    Consider Wind Power
    If you live in a very windy area, a wind generator could be a good back-up for your solar system. It can supply your home with the power you need at night or when the skies are overcast. This can be especially effective for those living in areas with high winds, such as those near a coast, in high elevation, or areas with few forests to break up the wind. Wind power is yet another useful energy source for those seeking to get their home off the grid in a sustainable way, creating great energy independence.
    Implement Organic Gardening Practices
    Your landscaping is the main feature of your home’s curb appeal. Plant your yard with native plants, adapted to the local environment. They’ll need less water and soil amendments. Use natural and organic products to keep your landscaping vibrant and healthy. Not only is this healthier for the local ecosystems, but it also will allow your plants to grow mor vibrantly and easily than foreign plant types.
    Use Recycled Products for Remodeling
    You can use recycled metal, stone, brick, plastic, glass, and wood to remodel your home, inside and out. You can even find insulation made from recycled material, such as old cotton clothing. Recycled materials are not only eco-friendly, but they also add tons of character to your home. Other benefits include sturdier material, as recycled material goes through a compacting system that makes it naturally moisture resistant and strong. 
    Using recycled material can be a serious money-saver as well, especially on big projects. If your roof is in need of replacement, or you’re having a home built house, then using recycled materials for your roof installation can seriously bring down the overall costs. Talk to your local contractors about recycled materials that they might have available or if they’d be willing to order out for them.
    Look to Hemp and Bamboo
    Hemp and bamboo products are the latest things for an eco-friendly home. These are organic and sustainably produced, and can be transformed into flooring, wall coverings, fabrics, and a lot more. For example, one of the hottest building materials right now is “hempcrete”. It’s good for non-weight bearing walls, it’s easier to work with compared to traditional concrete and it also has insulating properties.
    There are a variety of materials that nature provides for us to make our homes beautiful without being a danger to the ecosystem. Aim for more natural themes in your home and do some research to find what materials work best for your home projects. With a little effort and some creative thinking, you can find ways to make every part of your home more eco-friendly and sustainable for the environment
  15. AnitaGinsburg
    Going green is becoming more of a priority for many companies around the world. While it might seem like a hassle, making your business as eco-friendly as possible is also going to improve the efficiency of your day-to-day operations and potentially save you a quite bit of money. While you probably won’t be able to completely eradicate your company’s carbon footprint, there are a few simple steps that you can take to reduce your business’s impact on the environment.

    Keep Your Building Well-Maintained

    Commercial buildings require quite a bit of maintenance. Often, managers want to minimize the maintenance, but that can end up causing more harm than good in the long run. Machinery, equipment, and systems that aren’t running at peak efficiency can end up requiring more power to do the same amount of work, costing both you and the environment.

    The occasional service call is going to help you catch any potential problems early so that you can avoid some expensive problems down the road. If you have a boiler room, then you should schedule a burner service call at least once every year. As for the HVAC system, you will need to schedule two service calls a year if you want to steer clear of catastrophic breakdowns and skyrocketing energy bills.

    Implement a Recycling Policy

    Many of the materials that your business uses can be recycled multiple times before they are no longer usable. Implementing a strict recycling policy will help you minimize how much waste your company produces each day. At the very least, you should set up recycling bins throughout your business and ask all of your employees to use them. You can also hold recycling days once every few months so that your employees can properly dispose of old office supplies and electronics.

    Go Paperless

    In the average office, each worker produces just over two pounds worth of paper and paperboard every single day. Over the course of a year, that adds up to be nearly 10,000 sheets of paper per employee, and most of that material goes straight to the landfill. To reduce those numbers, you can switch over to digital documents whenever possible. That includes options such as digital receipts, paystubs, employee paperwork, and faxes.

    Reduce Commuting Miles

    Your employees could be driving hundreds of miles a week to get to work, and that is going to wreak havoc on the environment. That is why many companies are now offering incentives to employees who carpool to work. You can also give some of your employees the option of working from home a few days a week if their jobs can be done remotely.

    In addition to reducing your overhead costs and improving the efficiency of your company, going green could also boost your brand image. Many consumers love to spend their money at eco-friendly businesses that are attempting to improve the world around them.

  16. AnitaGinsburg
    Electronics, although useful, don’t last forever. In fact, you’re more likely to replace your electronics than your car. As time goes on, it’s not uncommon for electronics start to lose efficiency until they become useless.

    Once your electronics start to go up, you may opt to recycle them. However, there are a few things you need to do before you recycle them. Here are three things to do with aging electronics before you recycle them.

    Wipe the Memory

    Before even thinking of electronics recycling, the first thing you need to do is erase the memory. Unfortunately, some people often get rid of their old electronics without formatting the system first. If you’re recycling something like an MP3 player, then there’s really no need to wipe the system.

    However, if the electronic you’re recycling is a phone or a computer, then it’s an absolute must. Phones and computers save every piece of personal and sensitive information through cookies. Recycling one of these devices without wiping the memory clean opens the door for many problems.

    If the wrong people get ahold of this information, they can steal your identity or hack into your personal accounts. In most cases, formatting the system should be located in the settings or control panel of the device.

    Take Out the Battery

    Once you’re done formatting the system’s memory, the next thing you need to do is take out the battery. You may be wondering why removing the battery is relevant. It’s important because old batteries can be hazardous.

    Old batteries are more prone to damage, which can cause the fluid to leak out. The battery fluid is highly flammable and can also cause explosions. Even if it doesn’t cause those sorts of problems, battery fluid is harmful for the environment, so ensure that they’re disposed of responsibly.

    Review Your State Laws

    Last, but not least, make sure to check out the laws of your state. Some areas, like New York City and California, have a rule where it’s illegal to throw away electronics. If you are caught breaking this law, you might have to pay a massive fine.

    Furthermore, it’s important to stay attentive when disposing of your electronics. You don’t want to accidentally put them in the trash. Look carefully for places that have electronics recycling and dispose of your old electronics there.

    You can never be too careful when recycling electronics. If you do need to dispose of your electronics, make sure you do it the right way.

  17. AnitaGinsburg
    We’ve all heard that going solar can save you money by reducing, or eliminating your electric bill. Homeowners can sometimes get a rebate for installing a grid-tied solar system. However, how much do you know about the different types of home solar systems?

    Grid-tied Solar Systems

    A grid-tied solar system is tied to the electrical grid maintained by your local utility company. As your solar panels produce energy, it’s sent back to the grid. Your home may not necessarily use the electricity your solar panels produce. Instead, you would get credits for the amount of energy your home produces. A grid-tied solar system is what you’ll generally receive a rebate for installing. That’s because it directly benefits the utility company. It can reduce your electric bill to zero, as long as your panels keep putting out enough energy.

    The Shortcoming of Grid-tied Solar Systems

    You may have heard that during natural disasters, although people had solar panels, they still suffered from a power outage. Often, that’s because all of the electricity their solar panels produced was sent to the grid. When the grid went down, their power went out too, despite the panels on their roof.

    Solar-Plus-Storage System

    If you want your home to be energy-independent, you need a storage system. That means, you need solar batteries to store the energy your solar panels produce. You can still send power to the grid, and also, store electricity in your batteries in case of a grid-down disaster.

    A typical car battery won’t do, you’ll need what is called a deep-cycle battery. Deep cycle batteries are designed to be charged and recharged, over and over again. Deep cycle batteries can be lead-acid, like your car battery, or lithium-ion, like in your rechargeable electronics. Most home systems use lithium-ion batteries. They hold a charge longer than lead-acid, as well as a longer life span. However, they’re more expensive.

    Making Solar-Plus-Storage Work in Your Homeowner

    The first thing you’ll need to decide is how many solar batteries you will need. You’ll need to calculate the energy use of your home, and then purchase enough batteries to store that amount of energy. Next, you’ll need to decide where to put the batteries; solar batteries can take up quite a bit of room. The garage is a good place to place them.

    Please do your research, to calculate how much battery you will need, as well as the different types and brands available.

  18. AnitaGinsburg
    In this era of environmental crisis, we all must do our part to reduce waste. Reducing food waste is something everyone can do to benefit the environment.
    The sad fact is, more than one third of all the food produced in the word goes to waste, and one billion people could be fed by the food wasted in Western Countries alone.
    Many people, especially those in heavily urbanized areas, are extremely ignorant when it comes to knowing where their food comes from. In one survey, the majority of urban dwellers did not know that their meat and dairy products came from living animals. Unfortunately, the survey did not query the respondents as to where they did think meat and dairy foods came from, which could give valuable insight on how to improve public perception about food production and consumption.
    Reducing Retail Food Waste
    One area of concern with vast room for improvement is retail food waste; the amount of food thrown out by grocery stores and restaurants is tremendous. If you work in a grocery store, you could convince the management to donate unused or out of date food to a food bank.
    Likewise, if you own, or work in a restaurant, consider purchasing equipment that conserves resources, such as hamburger moulder equipment that measures precise amounts of food so that you don't use more or less than you need. Also, at the end of the day, you could offer prepared, perishable, unsold food to those in need.
    Eliminating Food Waste at Home
    There are many ways to reduce or completely eliminate your home food waste. First, don’t buy food you’re not going to eat. Sometimes, for our health, we think we should eat something we really don’t like. Be honest, even if you buy it, you probably won’t eat it.
    Second, if you have children, be mindful of their portions. Children probably waste more food than adults, simply because they can’t eat a large portion. Many children are also picky eaters, and will refuse to eat food they don’t like.
    Another way to reduce food waste is to compost; composting involves turning vegetable food waste into healthy garden soil. If you have a yard, consider starting a compost pile. It will not only help to reduce food waste, but it can also be used to grow your own organic vegetables.
    Another healthy strategy for reducing food waste is to make your own bone broth; rather than throwing out your chicken or beef bones, you can boil them down into an incredibly nutritious broth. This broth can be used in many different healthy recipes.
    It’s up to us all to take action, and reduce food waste in any way we can. The environment depends on it.
  19. AnitaGinsburg
    While many of us can easily recycle our paper, glass and plastic waste, recycling electronics and batteries is not as easy. However, recycling these items might be even more important than recycling more common household waste. You may not know this, but both old electronic items and batteries can leach harmful chemicals into the soil and groundwater.

    Recycling Electronics

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 2.84 million tons of electronics were thrown away in 2017, with little more than 1 million tons recycled. The rest mostly ended up in county landfills.

    Unfortunately, electronic devices often contain hazardous heavy metals, including barium, lead, silver, chromium, cadmium, and mercury. These can easily leech into the soil and groundwater, poisoning the environment.

    The good news is, recycled electronics can often be refurbished and resold or donated to people in need. Likewise, some of the valuable metals, such as copper, silver, and gold, can be recovered and reused.

    Battery Recycling

    Batteries contain large amounts of toxic heavy metals and chemicals and simply tossing batteries in the trash can easily contaminate the soil pollute the water. The good news is, the Environmental Protection Agency reports that 99.1% of lead-acid vehicle batteries are recycled. This is because when you get a new battery for your vehicle, the auto shop already has a line to recycle all of the old batteries.

    Unfortunately, batteries from our electronic devices are not responsibly recycled. More often than not, people don’t know how to recycle such batteries and simply toss them. However, many electronics retailers have battery recycling drop-offs, and there are battery recycling services that collect batteries from your business or office.

    Reclaiming Valuable Metals

    Both electronics and batteries contain valuable metals that can be recovered. Recovering these metals not only keeps them out of our landfills and our environment, but it also reduces the need for strip mining. It’s a sad fact, but many of the metals used in batteries, such as lithium, are mined in third-world countries, often using child labor.

    To prevent future shortages of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and other rare earth metals, recycling for lithium batteries is essential. Recycling retrieves not only nickel, cobalt, copper, lithium, and aluminum from old batteries, but also valuable graphite and manganese. The good news is, recycling can recover anywhere from 25% to 95% of the materials from a lithium-ion battery.

    Putting paper, plastic, and glass out on the curb for recycling is easy. However, with a little bit of forethought, recycling electronics and batteries will take very little effort.

  20. AnitaGinsburg
    If you’ve invested in solar panels for your home, then you’ve made the first step toward reducing your energy bill. When your solar panels work effectively, they produce energy for your home to use throughout the day. To ensure that your panels are working at their optimum throughout the winter months, here are four common practices you’ll want to implement.

    Clear Off Excess Snow

    When you get a snowstorm, you should go out and clear off your panels. This will allow them to get direct sunlight sooner than waiting for the sun to melt the snow. There are various special squeegees out there that can assist you in removing the excess snow from your panels without damaging them. You must take precautions when using any tool to remove the snow from your solar panels as you don’t want to damage the panels while doing so.

    Mind Your Battery Bank

    Your solar energy system has a battery bank that must be maintained properly throughout the winter months to store your solar power. In most cases, you should have these batteries installed indoors to keep them free from the outdoor elements. However, some homeowners have their batteries installed outdoors. If this is your scenario, be sure that your batteries are properly insulated for the cold winter months.

    Assess Your Panel Angle

    During the winter months, the sun is at a lower angle than in the summer months. For your panels to be as effective as possible, they should be directly facing the sun. In the wintertime, this is going to be about 15 degrees. Many adjustable racks will easily allow you to alter the angling degree of your solar panels so that you can make them as efficient as possible depending on the path of the sun.

    Wash Them Regularly

    The winter snow can bring a lot of debris to your solar panels. That debris gets stuck on and creates a dirty layer that can hinder the performance of your panels. Do yourself a favor and wash your solar panels regularly throughout the winter months. This way, they stay free from debris and work effectively.

    Having solar panels installed at your home can be a great way to reduce your wintertime energy costs. However, you want to ensure that you’re getting the most of your solar system throughout the wintertime. The above are four practices that you should be implementing when winter rolls around.

  21. AnitaGinsburg
    Solar power is not a new concept. Ever since ancient times, people have used skylights and windows to light their homes, used passive solar collectors such as stone or cement to warm chilly nights, and located rain barrels in sunny areas to heat water for bathing. More recently, technology has produced new and efficient ways to collect, store, and use solar energy to power individual homes and businesses. Solar energy has many benefits. Here are five of the best.

    Lower Utility Bills

    A solar system can begin lowering your power bills the day it is installed. Even a small system will take a solid bite out of your electric bill, and a properly sized and installed system can provide nearly three quarters of your home’s power. That is free energy that no one can make you pay for. Solar photovoltaic systems can last as long as 30 years or more and typically pay for themselves within 5-10 years if you live in a state that offers rebates or credits for solar power installation. Even if your state does not participate, the federal government has generous programs that help offset the cost of a new solar power system.

    Increased Home Value

    Solar power is one of a small set of home improvements that can actually raise your home’s value by more than its own cost. Additionally, a solar system will make your home more attractive to potential home buyers, giving you a distinct advantage over other sellers even in a tight housing market. To sweeten the deal even further, most states will not increase your property taxes when you install a solar power system even though your home’s property valuation will almost certainly go up. Check out Legend Solar for more information about solar power in Utah.

    Clean, Effort-Free Energy

    Solar panels require little to no maintenance because they have no mechanical parts to break down. Once your system is installed, there is not much for you to do but sit back and enjoy the security of knowing that you will have environmentally responsible, quiet, free energy for many years to come.

    Independence from the Power Company

    For years, you have been at the mercy of the power company’s whims. If they decided to raise rates, you paid more of your hard-earned money. If they took days or weeks to restore power after an outage, you waited patiently for their employees to get around to your neighborhood. With solar power, your electric bill can be reduced to a fraction of what you pay now. Even better, many states now allow you to save the excess energy your system provides during peak hours and use that energy later. A large number of states even allow you to sell your extra power to the power company. These strategies can result in a zero balance on your utility bill month after month.


    Solar energy is an incredibly abundant resource. Solar does no damage to the earth or its inhabitants. It is the ultimate in renewable resources. When you choose solar power, you are not just providing a more solid financial future for you and your children, you are also preserving the earth and its limited resources for your children and grandchildren.

    Thanks to modern solar technology, you can now harness the sun’s power to an extent that was unimaginable throughout most of history. Installing a solar photovoltaic system is more than just a wise financial decision. It is also an investment in your own future and the future of all humans.

  22. AnitaGinsburg
    A good year to work on reducing your toxic gas and carbon dioxide emissions is this year. As a manufacturer, reducing your negative mark on the environment is good for the environment and good for business. You never know how much far your efforts will go if you do not try. Learn about at least five ways that manufacturers can reduce their emissions in 2016.

    Use of Energy-Efficient Products             

    Using energy-efficient products is the easiest way to cut back on emissions. Manufacturers start by listing the appliances that consume the largest amounts of energy, such as a boiler or engine. For every item listed, there is an energy-efficient alternative that exists.

    Energy Conservation

    Conservation is the use less of a product that consumes a lot of resources. One way that manufacturers conserve energy is to use less of their vehicles. Their employees rely less on vehicles that emit large amounts of toxic gases. They drive less, manufacture fewer products and use fewer factories. To create fewer products, manufacturers rely on recycling and reusing materials that have already been used, such as paper and metal.

    Use of Natural Energy

    Manufacturers use energy that is derived from natural sources and does not contribute significantly to pollution. This type of energy comes from the sun, the wind and the water. More manufacturers are using solar energy as the technologies become more advanced, such as solar panels. They are working in buildings that are rated according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

    Catalytic Reduction Systems

    Many manufacturers are using catalytic reduction systems that work with the use of chemistry. The process involves inserting urea into the exhaust gas and reducing the emissions of gases into the air.

    Find catalytic reduction technologies being used extensively in cars and ships. These systems are installed on commercial boilers and known to reduce most emissions. Many suppliers, like Nationwide Boiler, have both new and reconditioned efficient boilers available.

    Progress Monitoring

    There is no point in creating a plan if you do not know the results. All sensible manufacturers keep track of the progress they are doing to save the environment. If they buy one new energy-efficient appliance, they at least check the energy bill to see if there is any difference.

    Companies are investing in the future by investing in the environment. Manufacturers are building fewer factories, making fewer products and reducing their emissions by more than half. They know that without the environment there is no source of the products they sell in the stores. There are more than enough ways to start making these investments right away.

  23. AnitaGinsburg
    Our homes are expressions of our personalities and anchors of our place in the world. We innately strive to make them beautiful and fitting to our style. Remarkably though, many of us are so focused on cosmetic appearances, that we overlook things that make a home truly enjoyable. True comfort in a home is directly linked to its functionality. Making smart home improvement choices can reward us with more than surface pride but give us a deep sense of contentment.
    A Better View
    Consider choosing energy-efficient windows instead of single-paned, uninsulated windows. Environment control becomes much easier and cost-effective to maintain, no matter if in cold or warm climates. Since double and triple pane windows also require sturdier frames, designers are able to create larger areas of glass without compromising structural integrity. Outdoor visibility and natural light become major players in day-to-day life. A feeling of openness is achieved, while maintaining consistent, comfortable temperatures and even lessening the need to flip on a light switch. The right windows from Window Planet can make your home more beautiful and eco-friendly.
    Standing Strong
    Another element that plays a huge role in the aesthetics of a home is our choice in flooring. Because of its warming effect and hypoallergenic nature, wood is very popular. Among the seemingly endless varieties though, bamboo clearly stands above the rest when considering efficiency, durability and style. Because bamboo grows so quickly, up to three feet in a 24-hours, it is merited with being a top eco-friendly building material. It can tolerate a much broader span of environmental differences than most of it counterparts whether they be wood, stone or tile. Each of which is more sensitive to humidity and temperature changes. This adaptability and today's every increasing selection makes bamboo a winner.
    Wooly Warm
    As wonderful as bamboo flooring may be, there are those who simply prefer the soft and cushiony feeling of carpet. Instead of committing to installing wall-to-wall carpet, try large area rugs. Wool offers the warmest and most eco-friendly production process and is wonderfully sound reducing. It is a particularly good for those living in colder climates because a wool rug may make a room feel warmer.
    A Steady Stream
    One area that simply cannot be ignored when creating an efficient yet stylish home, is how we get water. Faucets and shower heads are the jewelry of our kitchens and bathroom, but are also the hardest working fixtures in a house. When the flow of water is inconstant or messy, it is not only annoying but also wasteful. Steady more even water steams that use less water can be achieved with low-flow fixtures that have aerator adapters.
    The Best Flow
    The mention of water usage automatically brings the massive amounts required for toilets to mind. This is one of the major areas that can be made more efficient. One of the easiest ways to do this is by installing a toilet with an eco-flush system. These use less water for liquid waste but allows for larger amounts when needed for solids. They have been mainstream in Europe for years and have become much more readily available with suppliers in the United States.
    Making a home both beautiful and efficient has many pay-offs. Not only will it be a joy to live in, but with just a bit of attention and forethought, it can be functionally and economically efficient as well as beautiful. Ultimately, it is well worth the conscious effort for a better more comfortable home.
  24. AnitaGinsburg
    Two problems the human race faces today are global warming and pollution. To ensure that the Earth remains habitable for people and animals, changes must occur. Thankfully, some people are taking the initiative to encourage a greener future. Below are six such examples.
    1. Farmers Starting Wind Farms
    In years past, farmers could only produce income by raising livestock and growing crops. Today, however, farmers all across the Midwest have been farming wind. This is done by giving permits to energy companies to install giant wind mills with high tech wind turbines on their land. This profits both the farmers as well as the environment through the production of clean energy.
    2. Environmental Groups Cleaning Up Contamination
    Pollution can ravage a local ecosystem and make the area unsafe for humans, plants and animals. Thankfully, pollution can also be reversed. One way to learn how to remove contamination and hazardous waste from a site is by taking a course from National Environmental Trainers. They can teach people how to safely remove contaminants from the environment. Taking this training can teach you how to safely make a site inhabitable again after it has been contaminated.
    3. The Auto Industry Moving Away from Carbon Fuel
    Currently, nearly all of the large automobile manufacturers are investing in research to make completely electric cars the standard of the future. While hybrid vehicles and electric cars are indeed currently available, they have yet to make a real impact on the market. However, with finer tuned technology and better infrastructure, that will soon change.
    4. Recycled Steel Framed Houses
    Recently, construction companies that build homes have begun moving away from using wood frames. The wood required to build the frame of a house can mean the loss of up to 50 trees. Instead, metal beams created from recycled steel are being used as a replacement. The steel is, of course, much stronger and sturdier as well.
    5. Energy Efficient Smart Appliances
    Appliances are becoming increasingly more efficient. Part of this is because of the implementation of smart technology that can allow a home owner to control and program appliances via a WiFi connection. They can be programmed to only run during certain parts of the day and to stop when energy consumption benchmarks have been passed.
    6. Fisheries Fighting Extinction
    In many areas of the world, certain species of fish are quickly reaching the endangered status. The traditional method of catching many species of fish is probably not sustainable. One way some in the food industry are counteracting this is by starting fisheries on land so that the fish in oceans and lakes can be preserved.
    To overcome the problems presented by global warming and pollution, everyone in every sector of society needs to make a change. Thankfully, changes that could lead us to a greener future are in the pipeline.
  25. AnitaGinsburg
    There has been so much advancement in the world of agriculture that the techniques of yesteryear have almost been put to shame. So many of these use the technology that has been advancing at a whirlwind pace.
    One such technology that is available are air and soil sensors. These allow an understanding of the air and soil conditions in a real time setting. Forest, farm, and water conditions would be among the conditions it could tell us as well.
    Vertical Farms
    Another technology that is being experimented with is the ability to grow vertical farms. These would be farms in skyscrapers or other urban settings, growing on the various levels and up instead of on the ground and out. In this kind of a farm, spacers (IE the little shims that are placed behind something to keep it off a surface) would be useful for keeping the sprinkler systems effective or for keeping a growing table level. Phoenix Specialty uses state-of-the-art technologies and Agriculture Manufacturing process to produce custom components for the industry.
    In-Vitro Meat
    While this one is being tested and played around with, it has yet to be approved for use in the market: in-vitro meat. This is meat that is essentially grown in a test tube, almost like they show in some science fiction movies. However, the meat is never part of a living animal. The concept might be mainstream and available for public use in the year 2027. It's still in the early stages of experimentation and being perfected.
    New Strains Of Plants And Animals
    Alongside this concept is the concept of new strains of plants and animals that have been genetically designed to better serve needs. However, this is not going to follow the pattern of GMOs (or genetically modified organisms). These plants and animals would be designed from the ground up. This would be a large advantage due to how much food is not kept intact during the manufacturing process that a lot of modern day food goes through.
    Smart Systems
    Smart systems for home gardens are another technological advancement that has recently taken place. These consist of stakes that are placed in the ground. They are solar powered. The stakes monitor a variety of different things in the garden like rainfall, ground state, plants, air temperature, and even soil temperature. All of the information is sent to the gardener's smart phone, and the updates allow problems to be addressed as soon as possibly feasible.
    However, there are so many other technologies that have been added to the agricultural world. It all varies, but it is all useful in today's world.
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