Thursday, August 21, 2014
Energy conservation is always important. Even when business owners recycle and use compost and renewable energy at home, oftentimes they miss out on the options for better environmental practices at work. The impact is much greater in a business of any size, but especially where there are several employees involved. Conservation in the workplace can be just as easy, and even as fun as it is at home.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
With more awareness promoted about the importance of recycling, an increasing number of people are looking to go green and minimize their consumption. To reduce each person's carbon footprint, it's important to purchase materials that have been recycled and avoid throwing out products that can be reused. To make it easier to recycle and reduce the cost that is often involved, there are a few steps involved to make the process more simple.
Use a Separate Bin for Paper
Most people are aware that bottles can be recycled, but it's less common to recycle paper that is often tossed out. To reduce your amount of waste, keep a separate bin for junk mail and old paperwork that you no longer need. The trash can be in a separate bin for an easy way to keep it grouped.
Keep a List of Items That are Recyclable
Between cardboard boxes to batteries, there are a long list of household items that can be recycled. To avoid confusion and make for a simple process, keep a list of items that are recyclable on the fridge. Seeing the list on a daily basis will make the info common knowledge for those in the home, as well as prevent tossing out items that can be reused. You'll be able to reduce waste before taking the items to a local plant that uses eco green equipment or eco-friendly tools.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Between doing laundry and keeping the dishes clean, there’s a lot in the home that depends on home appliances and fixtures. If you aren’t actively minding how much power and water, chances are that you are burning through a lot of cash. If you are looking to cut on the energy bill, consider the big spenders of your home:
1. HVAC System
Whether trying to stay cool in the summer heat or keeping the home cozy during the winter, the HVAC system is the worst offender when it comes to the energy bill. According to Energy Star, 46% of energy spent in the home is on heating and cooling the home. To drive that statistic home, nearly half of your energy bill is going to climate control!
Conserving energy was not a priority for past generations. Populations were smaller and more rural-based, water came from individual wells, wood was the most common heat source and air conditioning was for the extremely wealthy. It was commonly thought that our energy supplies would last forever. Fast-forward to the world of today, where producing and using nearly everything requires energy—we have only recently realized that our resources are at dangerously depleted levels. If you are one of the many people concerned over this, here are a few simple ideas for how you can do your part in the conservation effort:
What Does Green Mean?
While there are a variety of sub-sections under the green umbrella, everyone agrees that green means limiting the size of your carbon footprint. Recycling materials, generating sustainable energy, and putting an end to pollution are all green ideas that are equally important. In addition, being space-conscious and doing more with less is a common theme. Rooftop gardens are prime examples of green home living, which leaves more ground space for nature and water storage.
Notable Green Homes With Minimal Footprints
These two amazing homes lead the way toward public awareness of the ecological concerns facing our planet today:
• Zero House - This self-sufficient kit home is manufactured off-site, shipped to the consumer's property, and it costs less than $400,000. Homeowners revel because outside utilities are unnecessary thanks to solar power collection and storage. Furthermore, household waste is automatically converted to garden compost.
• Bellwether of Belvedere - This home uses solar cells, a high-tech boiler and hyper-insulated roofing to create more energy than it consumes. It makes generous use of repurposed and sustainable materials, but looks extremely contemporary instead of looking second-hand.
From Eco-roofs To Growing Food
Metal roofs are becoming more popular with the shift towards green home building. This choice is very durable, wholly recyclable, and comes in light reflective colors. However, for longevity, clay and slate tiles make superb green roofs. This type of roofing often lasts 100 years or longer. Some of the greenest homes on the planet are topped with salvaged tile roofing.
Today's greenest homes maximize the ecological value of their ground space by making sure outside space is not wasted. Many homeowners raise their own food on their property, and if space is at a premium, they grow crops on their roofs. Going green means saving money and natural resources as well as being good stewards of our earth.
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