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Picking Fixtures To Reduce Water Consumption

Anyone who is concerned about water consumption will want to replace fixtures in the home with ones that conserve water. The four areas to look at are the kitchen faucet, the bathroom faucet, the showerhead and the toilet. Faucets and showerheads can use just over two gallons of water every minute when active. Using fixtures that lower these flow rates could reduce water usage in an average home by thousands of gallons every year when combined with responsible water usage habits.

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Reuse It! Water Consumption And Quality In Building Planning

Over the course of the past several years, there has been a growing concern for our planet’s well being in terms of its atmosphere and overall environment. Pollutants and a general disregard for natural resources has led to the Earth becoming essentially depleted of its vital components. Water is a resource that, while not infinite, many people do not feel the need to conserve. After all, it is relatively inexpensive and we seem to have plenty of it.

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What To Expect From An Energy Efficiency Audit

Several states offer incentives to homeowners who take steps to reduce their home energy usage. In order to qualify for these programs, a home energy audit is usually required. During an energy efficiency audit, a technician will assess your entire home to determine how and where you are wasting energy.

Auditors use tools such as infrared technology to determine whether your insulation is efficient. They also use door blowers to determine is air is leaking from your entry doors. The blower test will tell you if you need (More…)

Ducts In A Row: Sealing Ducts For Energy Efficiency

In most homes, air is circulated through a system of air ducts. This can either be cooled or heated air. With that being said, these duct systems are often not as efficient as they should be, and much of the air that passes through them is lost through cracks and holes.

It is this problem that makes sealing ducts a very important thing for homeowners. The good thing about this is that the process does not need to be overly complicated, and is something that most people can handle on their own as a do-it-yourself project.The (More…)

Green From The Ground Up: Clean Energy and Construction

Clean energy and new construction should go hand in hand. A home is one of the most important purchases in a person’s life. The safety and quality of that home is paramount. While its important to think of the planet and consider products that are sustainable, it is equally important to consider the health and welfare of your immediate family. Some might consider the initial costs of green technology in building materials to be prohibitive. This is naturally a consideration but construction and finish materials developed from sustainable processing (More…)

Beyond Bills: Saving Money Can Save The Planet

Saving money is something that benefits everyone; however, there are several ways everyone can save loads of money and the planet at the same time.
Carpooling on long distance trips reduces the use of fossils fuels used to make gas, reduces pollution from gas fumes, and saves on the high cost of gas prices. For short trips, walking also reduces the cost of gas and is a great exercise. Why pay to walk on a treadmill, when you can take a (More…)

Five Tips On Using Less Energy At Home

Saving energy at home sounds more complicated than it is. There are some simple changes you can make to save energy, and these five tips explain some ways to do that.

1) Use Cold Water. Washing your clothes in hot water not only uses the energy required to run the washing machine and dryer, but also the energy required to heat the water .

2) Unplug electrical appliances and turn off all lights when not in use.

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Great Green Flooring Options

There are a lot of green flooring options out there and whether the room you-re redoing is going to be used for basketball practice or to watch Direct TV in there-s an option for you. Here are a few of our favorite renewable flooring options
Bamboo Flooring: Bamboo is one of the toughest woods in the world and it makes for a mighty attractive flooring option as well. Make sure you choose a renewable (More…)

Shrink Your Bills And Your Carbon Footprint

Much emphasis has been placed on the combination of lowering our expenses, while remaining as green as possible. Walking this line is not as hard as you might think.

Using less energy is one of the best ways to save money, while helping our planet at the same time. This can easily be achieved by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

The easiest change of all is turning off, and/or unplugging the electronics in your home that are not currently being used. This step alone can bring about a large amount of energy savings.

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: The First Steps

The decision to become more environmentally friendly might be easy in theory, but actually putting it into practice might take a bit of getting used to. Once you get started you will find that it becomes a habit, but until that point you may need to consciously think of what you are doing to the environment.

There are many ways to “Go Green”, and some are easier than you may think. Recycle! This may seem like an obvious solution, but many things are recyclable. Look (More…)