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January 11, 2017

Our Guide to Sustainable Meal Planning in the New Year

Amp up your pledge to sustainable living by committing to environmentally conscious meal plans. In 2017, make an impact through sustainable meal planning.
 
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January 6, 2017

What New Homeowners Should Know About Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is on the rise, and 2017 is the year to get in on the action. Solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydropower can all be used to generate power at home and will save you money on your utility payments. They will also have a much smaller impact on the environment than nonrenewable energy sources.

Solar

Photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly known as solar panels, use sunlight to generate power. Multiple solar cells make up a panel, which can produce anywhere from 10 to 300 watts of electricity.

They’re usually installed on rooftops or on a rack on the ground. They can withstand the elements and require little upkeep. Solar systems usually cost about $10 [...]

 
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November 25, 2016

How to Save Up to 25% on Your Heating Bills – Follow These Easy Methods

Heating bills in your home do not have to be a big stress if you know how to accurately reduce your energy expenses. Here are 10 useful methods that you can follow to save on heating bills, especially if you live in a very cold region or get chilly Winters.
 
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November 23, 2016

Green Living: Which Cities Are Lowering their Carbon Footprint

Some cities have lower carbon footprints than others. Find out which cities in the United States are leading the pack when it comes to green living.
 
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September 26, 2016

The Basics of Window Energy Ratings

If you’ve never purchased a window for your home before, you may think that they’re all the same. But the energy efficiency of the glass, frame, insulation, and glazing can vastly affect the interior temperatures of your home. That’s why the window ratings system was designed.

But not every region has the same requirements. Climate plays a big part in dictating the minimums required to achieve energy efficiency. It makes sense when you think about it: the ideal windows for hotter areas have different design features than those that do well in colder spots, and vice versa. To categorize those differences, the National Fenestration Ratings Council created several measurements, [...]

 
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August 3, 2016

Green Mini Makeovers That Will Transform Your Space

Every once and awhile, you look around your kitchen or living room and realize you could really use a home makeover—especially in the green department. If your home was a rom com, then this would be the moment it whipped off the nerdy glasses, shook out its hair and allowed its true environmental beauty to shine through.

Luckily, you don’t need any movie magic to makeover your home—all you need is a little inspiration. These ideas are eco-friendly—and fabulous—and won’t take much more than a day to complete. Let’s take a look at a couple of super-quick fixes that will dial up the green throughout your home.

Choose zero-VOC paints

This one gets you double green [...]

 
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July 20, 2016

Infuse Your Home with Natural Light with These Tips

Some people may love dim, dark interiors, but it’s definitely not a look that suits most homeowners. Studies have shown that exposure to natural light can bolster productivity, and even improve mental health and reduce stress. In fact, scientists are currently studying its curative properties to see if it could be used in medical facilities and hospitals as a healing agent.

With all of that on its resume, it’s safe to say that light plays an essential part in a healthy and happy home—but not every household gets its fair share. Purchasing, installing, and sealing windows in a new home is expensive and labor-intensive, and that can lead many homebuilders to skimp on these [...]

 
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July 19, 2016

6 Energy Saving Air Conditioners That Will Go Easy On The Wallet

It’s summer time: the perfect season for BBQs, swimsuits, and frosty AC. Here are 6 energy-saving air conditioners that will help you stay cool and save money.
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