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Living Green

A three-pronged approach to saving energy, the environment and money at a go

Over the last three decades, one of the most notable topics on global forums has been energy use. With effects of insatiable demand for energy becoming apparent through adverse climatic changes, the need to save energy has become even more urgent. As a home owner, the first step in making your contribution is getting the right information. The Rationale behind Saving Energy You might be surprised by the number of people who actually don’t understand the hullabaloo about energy efficiency. In a way, it is understand...

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Why drinking ionized water is good for both you and the environment

The quality of tap water flowing into our homes may be quite high. However, did you know that it could contain some unwanted particles? Tap water is treated using chlorine to kill harmful bacteria, but this is not always 100% effective. Tests run on tap water have found that it may contain varying amounts of chlorine, solids in suspension, trihalomethanes, parasites, waterborne viruses, heavy metals, E. coli and other bacteria, organic compounds among others. The constitution and degrees of concentration will depend on the source and...

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Seven tips to keep cozy and warm while keeping energy use low

People will always have the impulse to be comfortable and will spend to do so, rather than save and compromise. City living in the U.S. would require the use of both heaters and air conditioners to make life more comfortable. With just a couple of clicks, you can easily control the temperature and be cozy in your home without the weather bothering you. However, most people miss that excessive use of energy will result to drained energy resources. The U.S. Energy Information Administration has shown that the energy consumption of petroleum and...

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Ten ways you can make your condo an earth saver

As toxins threaten Mother Earth, people are encouraged to do their share in saving her by keeping their environments green-friendly. It’s easy to do your part to save Mother Earth as long as you put your mind into it and your home is one of the first places to being your campaign to live a more sustainable life. Delivering your earth saving promises easier if you're residing in a tiny living space, like a condo. Here are a few green-friendly habits and tips that can make your condo more earth-friendly instantly. 1. If Possible, Re...

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Tips for recycling and reusing asphalt shingles

If you're in the market for a new roof, you probably already know that it will cost a pretty penny: a minimum of $5,000, in most cases, depending on the size of your roof and if you do it yourself or hire a professional. You might also know that there are lots of options when it comes to shingles. When replacing your old roof, there are so many choices to make. What color will you choose? Will you use traditional asphalt shingles or will you go with rubber, metal, tile or perhaps cedar shakes? So many choices and decisi...

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Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Nearly 125 years after the invention of the light bulb – technology that revolutionized the world’s way of life and living – the phased ban on sale of incandescent bulbs is underway in most nations of the European Union (EU) following the body’s directive to reduce the amount of energy used in lighting. In many European countries, you can now no longer buy an incandescent bulb in the shops. Availability has steadily declined since the introduction of a phased program completed around 1st of September 2011. The EU predicted that the ban on 25W, 40W,...

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Sense and Sustainability: Joining the Chicken Raising Revolution

Many people imagine that raising chickens in the backyard is a rural practice that's irrelevant to city dwellers. This isn't true, though. Even today, in urban areas in northwestern states such as Washington, Oregon and California, keeping a few chickens for eggs and meat is as common as keeping pet dogs is in the rest of the country. Neighbors give one another fresh eggs all the time. As long as your town permits the raising of chickens at home, it can be a great idea to try out. The benefits are undeniable Free-range meat...

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What to know before you start a green restaurant

Most restaurants fail during their first year in business because they do not develop proper plans. To ensure your success, you must follow several important research and development steps. Target Markets Many restaurant owners try to appeal to everyone. However, this is an inefficient marketing method because a restaurant can never conquer 100 percent of the market. So, focus on capturing five percent of the market. Restaurant Style. There are three basic restaurant categories, which are upscale, quick-service, and mid-scale....

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How to reduce your pooch’s carbon paw print

With an increasing number of people becoming environmentally conscious, there is little wonder that several measures are being taken to bring down the global pollution levels. From making changes in our homes to modifying our lifestyle to better suit the planet, we are slowly but surely going all out to do what needs to be done to support our environment. However, in trying to save the environment and reducing our own carbon footprint, we forget that our pets generate it too. That’s right, even your cute little pooch is contri...

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Nine great ways to make your dorm room eco friendly

For college students, their dorm room acts as their home while they study and work on their school projects. That is why from time to time, they redesign their dorm room to make it as attractive and comfortable as possible. But along with these renovations are tons of garbage from old wallpapers, furniture and appliance. To add, students buy new items that are not energy efficient and environmental friendly. As fun as it is to redesign your dorm rooms, it is not beneficial to Mother Earth. For sure, no one wants to make your...

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