environment: Water Your Home Lawn the Green Way - 08/12/09 07:23 AM
Do you water your lawn ... and the sidewalks and street?  From Best Green Home Tips, here are some rules for eco-minded summer lawn watering:
Many lawns only need about one inch of water per week to thrive and, in areas that see more rain, your lawn may need even less. Timed sprinklers can help you water less and more efficiently. Water in the morning or in the evening. If you water midday, most of the water is evaporated by the hot sun and can't actually do its job. Set your sprinklers up to cover actual vegetation areas, not the sidewalk or … (1 comments)

environment: Take a Weekend to Make Simple Green Home Changes - 08/04/09 01:17 AM
If you've got a weekend, then you have enough time to green your home. According to Best Green Home Tips, here are some small changes you can make quickly:
Clean your refrigerator coils - Your fridge coils may be costing you in both energy and money. Dirty coils have to work harder to cool your fridge which pumps up your electricity use, and in turn your bill. You can easily clean off the dust and grime with a long brush and your fridge will run better.
Hang a clothes line - With warm summer air here, you've got no excuse not to hang a … (0 comments)

environment: Don't Be a Drip at Home - 07/08/09 03:20 AM
Many people believe that water will always be available, that there's a never-ending supply.  Not true!  We should all learn to conserve water now.  From Green Healthy Home, here are some tips that will help you conserve water, save you money, and help the environment:
Leaky Faucets - This is a common example of water waste. Fix these, even if you have to call a plumber. It will help your water bill and conserve water at the same time.
Low Flows - When you invest in shower heads with a lower flow or toilets with a low flush level, you're working to conserve water.
Running Water - When washing dishes, … (0 comments)

environment: 10 Reasons to Remodel Green - 06/03/09 06:25 AM
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, there are lots of reasons to go green when you remodel your home:
Lowers energy consumption Reduces operating costs in the home by increasing efficiency Conserves natural resources Increases the value of the home Improves indoor air quality and in turn, overall health Reduces waste and emissions Lowers pollution, causing less harm to the environment Increases productivity of occupants Improves quality of life and raises comfort Saves money Learn more, including ways you can implement green concepts into your home in small ways.

environment: Can Your Home Take the Heat? - 05/12/09 02:41 AM
As temperatures continue to rise, so will electricity consumption driven by the use of fans and air conditioners.  What can you do to stay cool and save money?  Thanks to Green Home for passing along these tips:
Close your drapes and blinds during the day. Set your air conditioner thermostat to 78 or higher when at home. Turn it to 85 degrees or off, when you leave. (Air conditioners make up as much as 60% of summer energy bills.) Clean or replace air conditioning filters. Use fans to circulate air (they can allow you to set the thermostat at least 4 degrees higher.) Turn … (0 comments)

environment: Best Home Products of the Past Decade - 04/22/09 04:00 AM
Many great products for people and the planet have emerged over the past 10 years.  Natural Home magazine picked the following 20 categories as their favorites in innovation.  You may want to consider putting some of these into your own home.
Natural LinoleumNatural CleanersLED LightsNatural MattressesFront-Loading WashersClay PlasterFSC-Certified WoodRecycled Paper SurfacesLow- and No-VOC Paints, Stains & FinishesLow-E WindowsHemp FabricStructural Insulated PanelsRecycled Cotton & Cellulose InsulationProgrammable "Smart" ThermostatsRecycled Glass Terrazzo & TilesFiberboardsDual-Flush ToiletsTankless & Solar Water HeatersLow-Flow Showerheads & FaucetsTubular Skylights
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environment: Earn Tax Credits for Home Energy Efficiency - 04/14/09 02:11 AM
The Energy Savers Blog wrote about energy tax incentives available in 2009, which were amended to provide even more incentives for you to make your home energy efficient:
The credits for items such as windows and doors, insulation, roofs, HVAC, and water heaters (non-solar) are now available for improvements made in 2009 and 2010 (previously they were only available for 2009). The credits have been raised from 10% to 30% of the cost. Those items that had a specific dollar amount have been changed to a 30% credit. The maximum credit over two years has been increased to $1,500 (up from $500). Improvements such as … (0 comments)

environment: Reduce Home Renovation Waste - 03/24/09 01:16 AM
According to the EPA, home construction and demolition projects annually produce 58 million tons of waste, 90 percent of which could be reused. 
Reducing and recycling these materials conserves landfill space, reduces the environmental impact of producing new materials, and can reduce a project's overall expenses through avoided purchase and disposal costs.
If you're looking to renovate, consider donating your discarded materials - from doors and sinks to light fixtures and tile - to a reuse center like Construction Junction, a non-profit building material reuse retailer located in the Point Breeze area of Pittsburgh.
To find a reuse center in other cities, visit the Reuse … (0 comments)

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