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7 Advantages of Solar Power

Solar energy has been around for a while, yet it is still not as widely used in homes as it could be. The large start-up cost can be a setback to many people who would otherwise consider it. Despite this,  solar energy can be a wise investment, and worth the initial costs and labor. Here are some of the reasons you should consider solar energy.

1.  It Can Generate Electricity and Heat Water

Solar panels are an amazing way to harness the power of the sun and turn it into usable energy. Solar power can be used for electricity, which can power and heat homes and others buildings. It can also heat water to an extent, making it a multipurpose energy source.

2.  No Mechanical Parts That Will Fail

One of the huge benefits of solar energy is the fact that unlike other methods of energy use, it does not use machines in its creation or delivery. Because of this, there is no risk of mechanical failure. This fact alone can mean that an individual who has chosen this form of energy will not waste time…

6 Ways to Save Electricity at Home

Are you concerned about your electricity bill?  Have no fear!  There are many things you can do to lower your electricity bill on a monthly basis. Here are six ideas:

1. Unplug Appliances That Are Not in Use

Many people do not realize this, but appliances of all sizes continue using energy as long as they are plugged in, even when they are turned off. To stop this from happening, simply be vigilant about unplugging all the appliances you possibly can when they are not in use. This includes everything from lamps and stereos, to blenders and toasters.

2. Use a Power Bar and Switch It Off at Night

If you are not yet ready to unplug each and every appliance you use when you are not using it, hook as many as possible up to one power bar at each plug or in each room. This way, you can easily switch it off at night-time. Do this regularly in order to notice changes in your electricity bill.

3. Turn Off Lights When You Leave the Room

My father was always vigilant about this and nagging my sister &a…

5 Ways Your Home is Losing Energy, and What to Do

Are you trying to save money on living costs?

One of the first things you should take a look at is your energy.  There are so many ways that you home could be losing energy that you wouldn't even know about.  Here are 5 places you could be losing energy and ways to start cutting your costs.

1. Air Leaks through Walls

Air leaks account for the majority of unintended energy loss in homes. The main culprit is generally loss through walls and gaps around doors and windows. If you are losing heat through your walls, consider insulating them. Cavity walls, which most homes after the 1930s are, can have insulating material put in between them fairly easily.

If your home has solid walls, it will be a little more difficult, but it can still be done. In this case, you can choose whether to insulate the walls internally or externally. Most windows do not lose heat to the extent that you would think, but it is still important in the overall picture.

2. Non insulated Roofs

Did you know that non insu…

What Can You Do For Mother Nature?

Global warming is the increase in temperature of the earth's surface. Because of the greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane, the earth is unable to release the heat on the earth's atmosphere. The heat would accumulate on the earth's atmosphere and eventually have an effect on men and life on earth.

The earth is already calling for our attention. If you haven't noticed the different environmental disasters and problems that we are having, then you are either blind or trying to be blind of the things happening around you. These disasters and problems that we are experiencing are all because of our own doing. We've been exploiting the earth for the longest time without thinking about the consequences of our actions. We are now seeing the ugly effects of our actions. 

There is still time to help change the condition of the earth. With enough awareness and actions, we'll be able to help preserve earth's beauty. 

Here are some tips you can f…

30 Ways to Stop Global Warming

1.Drive smart. Avoid abrupt acceleration and unnecessary braking. Drive at constant speed. These          do not only save gas, but also save your life.

2.Keep your car maintained. On-schedule tune-up, air filter cleaning, change oil, and keeping tire          inflated improve you fuel mileage and reduce carbon emission.

3.Avoid excessive idling. Zero miles per hour give you zero miles per gallon. 

4.Walk, bike, or carpool whenever possible. These do not only save you gas but keep you in good          shape.

5.Combine errands into one car trip. This saves time and gas.

6.Invest on a hybrid car. It consumes less fuel and release zero or less carbon

7.Invest on power saving devices for your home.

8.Switch to renewable energy. Encourage others to do the same.

9.Insulate your home properly. Leaks around the house increase your energy consumption, thus              consuming more fossil fuel.

10.Wash clothes only on full load.

11.Use less hot water. It will save you a lot on electric bill and reduce…

The Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

There is a good chance that you have seen an organic food aisle at one of your local grocery stores.  In fact, you may have even driven past a farmers market where organic food was sold.  Unfortunately, if you are like many other Americans, there is a good chance that you kept right on walking or driving by.  This is because many individuals do not eat organic foods.

Despite the fact that organic foods are not consumed by nearly all Americans, they still come highly rated and recommended.  In fact, many health conscious individuals swear by them.  Many claim that eating organic foods helps to promote lifelong health and happiness.  Organic food consumption has increased in popularity over the years and that increase continues to rise at a relatively steady pace.  If you are interested in eating organic foods, but if you have never done so before, you may be wondering what the benefits are.  If so, please continue reading on.

When it comes to organic foods and their benefits, you will fi…

Being an Eco Conscious Consumer

As a single individual, you can make an impact on curbing the environmental pollution with the purchases that you make. The items that you do or don't purchase can create change in your local area and on a much larger scope, also.

Searching online, using google or yahoo will give you results about manufacturers who have the environment in mind when creating their products. Include the current name brands that you currently use to discover if that business is contributing solutions or harming the environment.

Some companies are employing techniques to handle the environment but are creating toxic products. There is one company that I know of that is utilizing the stuff in a garbage dump to create the energy to run the factories. This is certainly a step in the right direction but the products the company creates are toxic household cleaners that are packaged in plastic bottles. This is a company that is still not on the right track because the point is that you want to eliminate the …

Online Shopping: An Eco-Friendly Choice

The threat of global warming and the depletion of our natural resources have resulted in a world where conservation has become a necessary and important responsibility for everyone. Today, more consumers are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. One method of implementing environmentally friendly practices is to take advantage of the eco-friendly benefits of online shopping.

Other than its convenience, shopping online can help reduce the negative impact that we have on the environment. The environmental benefits of online shopping include: 

1. If you live a fair distance from a shopping mall or retail district, then you know how much fuel you burn when travelling back and forth. As well, your car will produce a lot of emissions which has a serious impact on global warming. Shopping online reduces the amount of driving you will do and as a result, there will be a lower amount of emissions being emitted into the air.

2. Many online stores now use eco-friendly packaging when th…

How to Reduce Food Waste in Your Home

When it comes to saving money, food consumption is one of the first areas you should consider. There are many ways you can cut down on food waste that happens in your home. Here are a few things to think about.

Think Twice about What You Buy

When you are at the grocery store, don’t just pick up whatever looks good. If something is jumping out at you, put it on your grocery list and decide whether you will actually buy it the next time you are in the store. This will save money immediately, and will be a good reminder that a person often doesn’t even really want or use many of the items they buy.

Make Meal Plans

At the beginning of each week, create meal plans for you and your family. Make a grocery list based off these meals plans. This will keep you focused on purchasing necessities rather than frivolous items.

Use a Shopping List

Make a shopping list and take it to the store with you. Stick to this list at all times. Do not deviate or be tempted by purchases that are last-minute temptatio…

How Does A Green Lifestyle Help You Contribute To The Welfare Of Mankind?

The trend of going green is gaining momentum in countries all over the world. However, most of the publicity about the going green initiative is primarily based on building and energy. With rise in concern for environmental degradation as well as the imbalances in the Eco-system, Eco-friendly products have become a useful alternative for majority of people. No doubt, Eco-friendly living has also taken a new turn.

We already have Eco-friendly clothing, organic food and Eco office supplies. Moreover, there are some products for which you would find it hard to believe that they are biodegradable. The growing environment consciousness has made green living a part of life for many people.

Environmentally friendly describes the services and goods, laws, policies and guidelines that cause minimum or no harm to the environment. In order to increase the awareness of consumers, Eco-friendly services and goods often carry the Eco-labels. However, the most important reason to pursue the manufacturi…

Organic Honey - The Sweetener You Deserve

The bee keepers, who produce organic honey, make sure it is really organic by following certain standards. The natural habitat and life cycle of the bees are protected. They don't expose the honey bees to any kind of synthetic chemicals or antibiotics to control diseases. The reason organic honey is excellent for your health is because it's made without anything artificial that could harm you.

Interestingly enough, several scientific studies have proven beyond all doubt that organic honey is good for you. Honey can for example be used to treat sore throats, common calls, and even bronchial problems. It can also be used to help treat a number of stomach related problems such as ulcers. Furthermore, honey contains certain enzymes which help you to digest food. Lastly but not least, honey can be used to treat wounds in order to speed up the healing process. This is of course because honey is rich in natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, and because of its thick constitu…

How Being an Eco Conscious Consumer Can Help Protect the Planet

One of the many factors that can affect the number of waste that are being piled up every single day is the way people purchase the things that they will use for their day to day activities. Discover how important it is to be wise when buying things and how it can help lessen the wastes that should be recycled.

The initial steps on the hierarchy of waste are to stay away from the need of collecting waste as well as to lessen the amount of waste being produced. Through the reduction of the waste amount, you will also be able to reduce the number of waste that will need to be disposed of or recycled.

Waste Avoidance

It is very simple to avoid waste and never take those things which you do not need or will not use. Plastic bags are among the unnecessary wastes that are very common today. Every time you shop, you will notice that most shops are providing plastic bags to carry home what they purchased home. However, if you will only buy a few things, it can be a wiser idea to avoid using plas…

How To Make a Plan For Anything

There are two ways to achieve things - you can either make a proper plan and work according to it in order to achieve what you are looking for, or you can simply work without a plan and still try to achieve what you want. But, the former option has a potential to give you much better results. Y ou will know what to do at each given time and you will know what you should do to go about it.
But, how do you make an effective plan? You cannot go about it haphazardly, of course and all plans are not bound to work; if you want your plan to work, these are the most vital things you have to include in it.
Why Are You Making the Plan?
The first thing that you have to analyze is the reason why you are making the plan. What purpose is it going to achieve? When you are sure that your plan will do something positive for you, you see that its importance rises, and then you go about it in a more focused manner. You should start with a very clear-cut idea of why you are creating the plan if you wan…

Organic Ant Control For Your Home

Unless you live in Antarctica, it is a fact of life that pests will make themselves at home in your house or apartment at some point.  There are a variety of insect pests you need to think of and no two are alike.  They can show up in the air, your carpeting, your kitchen counter and other places you’d rather not find them.  However, deciding how to get rid of the pests can be a bit tricky.

Rather than spraying toxic chemicals in your home, consider using organic, non-toxic pest control.  It’s safer for you, your family and your pets.

Let’s take a look specifically at ant control for your home and outdoor spaces.  Remember that organic pest control varies somewhat with the pest you’re dealing with and that just like with inorganic chemical pest control, you don’t always use the same thing for ants as you do for other pests such as fleas.

Here’s a look at your organic options for ant infestation in your home.

For the organic treatment of ants, a common summertime pest, you need to mak…

5 Ways to Save Water in Your Home

There are many ways you can use less water in your home.  By saving water, you can cut down the amount of your water bill extensively while taking actions that have a positive impact on the Earth and its resources.

Here are a few ideas of what you can do personally that will make a difference.

1. Choose Showers instead of Baths 

Do you enjoy a long soak in the tub, and prefer getting clean this way instead of in the shower?  This could be adding up little by little.  The average bath uses 35 to 50 gallons of water, as opposed to the average shower, which uses about 25 gallons every ten minutes when using a water-saving shower head.  This means that after one week, you could save up to 175 gallons of water through this simple step alone!  It doesn’t take much effort to install the water-saving shower head, and the difference in water used certainly adds up over time.  Also be mindful of how long you spend in the shower - a few minutes less per shower can mean a notable difference in your …

How to Travel Green With Your Family

Although I do not have children of my own, I often travel with my family which includes my sister, her husband, and her 2 young children as well as my parents.  The thought of traveling with children can be frightening, but then add to that trying to be eco-friendly when you travel and the thought can be overwhelming. It can be done, though. Here are some tips for traveling green with your family.

1. Pack light.

Before you even go, your trip might seem doomed to fail when you feel you have to bring every single thing you own on your trip. Eco-travel 101 is pack light. But is that even possible with children? Sure, just take the absolute must-haves like clothes and wait until you get to your destination to figure out what you truly need, then buy it local.

2. Pack lunches.

Skip the drive-thru while traveling. Pack a lunch instead and have a picnic. You know what your kids like to eat anyways, so this will mean less waste. 

3. Stay in condos or rental homes with a kitchen and cook your own m…

Healthy Cookware

If you have been trying to lose weight, save the planet or simply want to eat healthier in the New Year, you may be looking for healthy cookware options. Each of the following types of cookware has their advantages but they may also have disadvantages. After reading about them, consider which one fits your needs most.

Cast Iron

This cookware is naturally non-stick. Using it also adds iron to your diet. You can find this cookware pre-seasoned and with an enamel coating. It is good to be aware, however, that enameled or glazed cookware that is made outside of the United States may not be made with the same safety standards as that made in this country.

Anodized Aluminum

Even though some reports state aluminum reacts with foods and is not healthy, there have been no scientific studies to prove this. However, if you do not want to take a chance, you can use anodized aluminum that is harder and will not react with foods.

Stainless Steel

Considered as being one of the safest of all cooking materi…

Green Grilling Tips

Grilling isn’t just a healthier way to cook these days. It can also be one of the greenest if you keep a few important considerations in mind.

The main concerns will be in relation to air pollution and our carbon footprint when we grill. By planning ahead, we can make our grilling more eco-friendly and eat better than ever before as well.

Steer Clear of Petroleum

Petroleum is often found in lighter fluid and easy to light charcoal. You can usually tell by the smell. Use an electric starter or natural lighter instead, such as a charcoal chimney, an electric charcoal starter, or "fat wood" - pine wood saturated with resin which is highly flammable. Light it and your grill will be ready in no time.

Choose a Quality Charcoal

Not all charcoals are created equal. Look for natural charcoals and lump charcoal made from furniture scraps and waste wood with no chemical additives. This will reduce your pollution and also improve the flavor of your food.

Try a Gas Grill

Gas grills are much mor…