Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Green Homes: How your Flooring can Make your Home More Energy Efficient

Whether to reduce energy costs or minimize one's carbon footprint, there are a multitude of reasons to go green with flooring. Flooring can make a huge difference in your heating and cooling bills while also giving your home a more modern and attractive look. Here are three simple ways to make the floors in your home greener and more efficient.
1. Choose a naturally insulating material.
While many people assume carpet is the only choice for energy efficient flooring, there are several types of hardwood floor that are naturally insulating, especially when professionally installed so they are 'floating', with air space between floors and foundation. In addition, ceramic is an energy-saving option in many areas. There are affordable green versions of many hard flooring types, including low maintenance laminate and vinyl floors. Companies like Certified Flooring Installation Inc. can advise you on the best hard floor option for your home.
2. Add extra insulation to your floors.
If your floors feel cold in winter, adding insulation may be the answer. Sometimes cold seeps up through the ground and flooring. Not only is it uncomfortable on bare feet, but it adds to your heating bill. If your plumbing runs under your floors, this can also lead to frozen pipes. There are several types of affordable insulation for floors that can reduce or eliminate this common issue, lowering your energy bill and making your home greener.
3. Choose professional, expert installation.

Installation is a very important part of green flooring. A professional can cut and lay flooring so there are no spaces for drafts or temperature exchange. This alone can reduce energy costs by a sizable amount. Solid materials actually conduct temperature more efficiently than gases, which means that the ground beneath your home is more likely to warm or cool your house than the cold air outside your windows. Professional flooring experts know how to lay a floor so that your home is protected from the elements.

Many people don't consider the impact of their flooring when planning a new home or making improvements to an existing one. However, flooring can have a huge impact on your electric bill. Consider upgrading your flooring today to a greener,
more energy efficient version. There is a good chance that this beautiful addition to your home will actually pay for itself in reduced energy costs. 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Multiple Births: Should You Go Natural?

Finding out you are expecting more than one baby from a single pregnancy can be an emotional roller coaster for parents. Twins occur at a rate of 33 per 1000 live births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and high-order multiples comprise a tiny fraction of all live births. Whether you're having twins, triplets, or more, talking about your birth plan with your maternal-fetal specialist is integral to your sense of well-being.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

6 Green Home Upgrades to Maximize Energy Efficiency

If you're trying to decide where to spend your money on your home upgrades, realize that some of the most cost-effective upgrades are those that make your home more energy-efficient. If you are upgrading your home to lower your utility bills, enhance its appearance and to make it more comfortable for your family, there are numerous upgrades that will help you achieve that goal. Many of those same upgrades are changes that would impress a potential buyer and increase the value of your home if you should decide to sell it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Roads towards a More Sustainable Fashion Industry

Lately, as people are getting more aware of the importance of environment-friendly products that awareness has expanded to the field of fashion too. Stepping up to the level of fashion sustainability means creating fabrics in a way that will not impoverish Earth for future generations. The whole idea of sustainable fashion is about using and producing sustainable materials which are less damaging for the environment, creating less air, land and water pollution and consuming fewer natural resources. It is a bumpy road towards the goal of sustainability, so we’ll try to shed some light on it.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Getaround: Your Portal for an Oakland Car Rental

Need a quick car rental in Oakland? Getaround makes it super-easy to rent a car in Oakland, and I’ve got the perfect suggestion for you: rent my brand-new, 2015 Prius C. If you live in the Lake Merrit, Grand Lake or Lakeshore districts (or even, for that matter, Rockridge, Piedmont, Downtown, Glenview or Dimond), my car is just waiting for you! Parked conveniently near the intersection of Lakeshore and Macarthur (near the Grand Lake Farmers Market), my brand-new 2015 Prius C is the perfect car for hourly, daily or weekly rentals. Whether you’re running errands, going for a road-trip or visiting the Bay Area, all you need is the Getaround app to rent my car!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Simple Changes You Can Make At Home To Save Money On Your Energy Bills

Energy bills can be one of a family's biggest monthly expenses, and many feel as if there is very little they can do to change that. While renewable energy has come far in recent years, many families are not quite ready to install an entire home solar panel array. For these people, here is a closer look at some relatively simple adjustments and additions they can make to their own home in order to cut down on energy bills throughout the year.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jon Stewart Wants to Preserve Traditional Sea-Levels

Republicans, the Pope, Climate Change, Science and Religion in Politics. What could possibly go wrong for the ill-informed party of nonsense?

Conscious Commuting: The Greenest New Cars

Some of the greenest new cars also offer excellent driving experiences. If you appreciate automotive technology with an environmentally conscious flare, you may find some of these vehicles compelling.

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