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Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternatives available, you will be able to choose the cleaner, greener solution that works best for you. Before shopping, make sure that your home is as energy efficient as possible, with leaks sealed in the walls, floors, ceilings, windows, and doors. Once that step has been completed, start shopping for green heating possibilities. Following are seven of the best eco-friendly home...

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Seven tips for winterizing your sliding glass doors

Here in Michigan, winter has arrived, and it came in with a bang! If you're from the Midwest, you're probably accustomed to cold and snowy winters. You're also probably familiar with trying to cut your heating bill to save money. With the cost of propane, on average, at over $2.00 a gallon, a home is not cheap to heat during a long winter. Unless you're using alternative methods of heating such as wood, solar panels, pellet stoves or electric heat to offset the cost, your monthly bill during the frigid months can be brutal. My home is large and...

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Green energy in business – Five tips for the office

Make your office and employees eco-friendly with simple-to-implement advice on creating a green workplace from the energy experts at Project Lower. As many businesses become aware of their responsibility to the environment, it is vital that this message is communicated throughout the workplace. In order to make your office space as eco friendly as possible it is important that all employees, as well as owners, understand how they can contribute. Energy efficiency policies should become as integral to the running of your business as your...

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The Water Heater Dilemma: Should you go tankless?

Heating water accounts for around 18% of the average US household's energy use. After climate control, pumping hot water into a home to clean our clothes, our dishes and ourselves is the largest energy expense of running a modern house, costing a homeowner about $600 annually, and the planet much more. When pursuing eco-friendly living, replacing your water heater is easily the best energy-saving move you can make, especially if your current model is over 10 years old. Step...

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Energy efficiency market worth hundreds of billions – I.E.A. report

The global energy efficiency market is worth $310 billion yearly and still growing, finds a report released by the International Energy Agency. According to the report, Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014, investments in energy efficiency are helping to improve energy productivity – the amount of energy needed to produce a unit of gross domestic product. “Energy efficiency is the invisible powerhouse in I.E.A. countries and beyond, working behind...

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Data boom pressures operators to speed up deployment of new data centers

The seemingly insatiable demand by users for more data has taken many players in the telecom and communications sector by surprise. To keep up with demand, new infrastructure is often needed and particularly data centers – the heart and brain of any network. With speed to operations being essential, prefabricated and highly energy efficient data centers that can be deployed in mere days have become all the rage...

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World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

The World Bank has approved a $31 million-project for Kosovo and a $21.7 million-grant for Kazakhstan that will both be increasing the countries’ energy efficiency. When it comes to Kosovo, the World Bank has approved the $31 million Kosovo Energy Efficiency and Renewable Project that aims to reduce energy consumption and fossil fuel use in public buildings. “Kosovo has considerable potential to increase the efficiency of...

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Can you dry your clothes without drying out the planet?

Samsung's DV457 is the first clothes dryer to be recognized by Energy Star, it can also be completely controlled from your smartphone. With all the strides the Energy Star movement has made in helping households cut down on their energy use, there is one area that has remained surprisingly static: clothes dryers. With 87 million residential clothes dryers in the U.S. accounting for 4 ...

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Mexico looks to cool roofs to bring in energy savings

Cool roofs – designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat - could help commercial and residential buildings in Mexico realize energy savings of 7 and 18 percent.Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering or highly reflective tiles or shingles – or simply be painted white. Light colors reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than dark colors and cool roofs...

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Easy ways to make your office greener, leaner and more energy efficient

As is the case with virtually any business environment, offices inevitably consume a high amount of energy during the typical working day. It takes a considerable amount of electricity to power the computers, printers, telephones and other equipment your employees use every day to do their jobs, the costs from which will have a noticeable impact on your business’s monthly expenses and, ultimately, bottom line profits. In the...

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