Green Living

3
Jun

Start a Community Garden

With so many benefits to starting a community garden, it’s amazing that you haven’t yet! Not only will you get to know your neighbors and feel great about working toward a common goal, but you’ll get to reap the benefits of what you sow (literally). Check out how to begin:   Organize members and pick a leader: You might want

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28
May

Tiny Houses with Big Sustainability

  A tiny house is one that is built on wheels. This differs from a small house, which is 250 to 1,000 square feet and meets building codes with running water, heating, and cooling. The sustainability benefits are substantial with a tiny house. Here are just a few pluses:   Less space, less waste. It’s difficult to own a lot

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20
May

Save Paper, Print Less, Scan, and Store More

It’s no surprise: it’s a digital world. But are you truly “digital”? It is a definitely a paradigm shift to be “paperless,” but it’s a reality for many and a wonderful possibility for the rest. Instead of supplying paper, we need trees to produce oxygen and shade, provide habitats for animals, and reduce greenhouse gases. So, why not go digital

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13
May

Ways to Save Energy at Home

  There are a lot of ways to save energy at home, including a few you might not have thought of. Here are a few energy saving tips that are different and doable:   Energy-efficient landscaping: Plan where you place shade trees around the house, and you could save between $100 and $250, annually. Duct check: To avoid wasting energy,

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6
May

Pros and Cons of Leasing Solar Panels

Residential rooftop solar panels are a great way to ensure you’re using clean energy. Going solar can be costly, though, but there are leasing agreements that usually involve no money down for installation and offer affordable payments. A solar lease agreement involves a payment schedule for 15 to 25 years, in exchange for the electricity produced. Here are some pros

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29
Apr

What if You Can’t Recycle It?

You may have all good intentions to recycle, but there are so many rules, regulations, and multi-material consumer items, it’s hard to keep up. Here are a few tips about what to do when some of those items come into question:   Glass kitchenware: If these items are in good condition, you can donate them. Otherwise, if they are broken,

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22
Apr

How to Save and Use Gray Water

  Living more sustainable includes the conservation of fresh water and reusing water wisely. Collecting rainwater and using water- and energy-efficient appliances are ways to conserve. You can further your conservation efforts by using gray water – the water that’s used for laundry, cleaning, and bathing, which would normally go down the drain. Here are some simple ways to start:

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15
Apr

Eat Your Vegetables!

  Did you know that adding a few vegetarian meals to your diet each week can help save energy and fuel and can even improve your health? Raising livestock increases greenhouse gases, uses a lot of water (cows can drink 50 gallons of water a day), and makes use of farmland that could be better used to plant crops.  

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8
Apr

Your Kitchen is So Smart

  Smart kitchens are smart because they work in connection with automated home technology (devices, apps, and the Internet) to help you manage energy and integrate your smart products. You can engage smart home assistants, such as Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, to help out too.   Smart lighting. No light switch needed. Turn on and off, dim, or automate

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1
Apr

Ways to Save Water

Saving water saves energy too. Of course, we need energy to heat our water, but it also requires a lot of additional energy to purify, pump, treat, and in some cases, transport water. When you save water, you save money and energy, and you help the planet. Water-saving habits can help reduce carbon emissions and divert less water from our

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