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Living a more sustainable lifestyle and doing all you can to minimize the impact you may be having on the environment or natural world is an important concern for many home and property owners. Finding and selecting more environmentally friendly building and construction materials may play an important role in ensuring that your new construction, repair work or upcoming renovation project will not result in greater harm being done to the surrounding environment. Having access Read the rest of this entry »

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If you are looking to hire a contractor at your home or place of business in the near future, then you may be wondering where to look in order to find the best people for the job. This can be especially complicated if you are looking for a contractor who is eco-friendly in his or her work. However, if you truly care about the planet, then it will be more than worth the time and effort it takes for you to find a truly eco-friendly contractor to get the work done at your home in Read the rest of this entry »

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People are changing the way they live each day. They are growing their own foods, recycling and reusing items and reducing energy use in the homes. Your day-to-day living activities can help the environment when you use eco-friendly ways.

You can start by getting rid of your toxic cleaning chemicals. You can use natural cleaners to cut down on the toxins in your home and environment. The air quality will be better, and you will be making a positive impact on living a more eco-friendly way.I was Read the rest of this entry »

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Making use of renewable energy can be an important part of any effort to create a more eco-friendly home, business or lifestyle. Finding a better deal on solar energy will ensure that you can lessen the environmental impact of your household or property without breaking the bank. From finding a utility provider who offers cost-effective deals on renewable solar energy to investing in the equipment needed to provide power on-site, there are many options available for greening your home or business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Saving money and saving energy go hand in hand. If you haven’t made these changes already, here are some simple steps that you can take to reduce your home energy consumption and save some money each month.
Turn off the lights. We are all guilty of leaving a light on by mistake now and again. Lights burning in empty rooms are a waste of energy and money. When you think of it in terms of finance, it’s easier to get in the habit of turning off the lights when you leave a room.
Switch to LED or CFL lights. Incandescent lights use up to 10 times as much energy as an LED light and up to 5 times as much energy as a CFL light. By switching your bulbs and fixtures to more energy efficient alternatives, you can save 75-90 off your home’s lighting costs.
Get a programmable thermostat. You may have a mind like a steel trap and never forget to adjust your thermostat before heading off to work. For those of us with minds like sieves, however, a programmable thermostat comes in handy. Set it to run your HVAC less when you are out of the home for extended periods of time. Set it to run your HVAC at a more comfortable interval when you’re at home. Save money by not using energy to regulate the temperature of an empty home.
Save even more money on energy when you shop for the best rates in a deregulated energy market. For example, certain regions of Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas have deregulated energy markets where you can actually CHOOSE your energy supplier. Texas Energy Providers and other deregulated cities. Find the best rate on energy where you live.

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If you want to start lessening your dependence on the power grid, eliminating problems like blackouts that can be a real problem during inclement weather and mechanical issues, then solar energy is one option that you have available to you. However, if you want to find the best solar energy panels, then you’re going to have to do some research to answer just what is “best” in your particular situation.

First, you need to look at how much space you have available where you can collect solar energy. If you have a Read the rest of this entry »

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More and more people in the United States are turning to solar power to run their homes on a continuous basis. There are two types of solar power. One type is passive and it is primarily based on climate conditions. Active solar systems make use of pumps that are electrically powered. Fans are also installed to help circulate solar heat. The system converts the sun’s energy into electrical energy to fuel all of the home’s electrical needs.

Even if you opt for the active solar system there are still measures that Read the rest of this entry »

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When you choose to reduce the amount of energy your household uses, everyone in the area benefits. The reduction in energy consumption directly affects the power companies supplying the energy to area homes and businesses. Not only can reduced energy usage lower your utility bills it helps save energy reserves for use in the future. There are a number of easy steps anyone can take to reduce the energy their household uses. To save on electricity, you can turn off lights in rooms which Read the rest of this entry »

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Building an Eco friendly home can be a rather expensive endeavor if you do not know how to go about doing it. This is why you have to carefully consider things when you are deciding on what you need to do.

However, here is one of the methods that you can use to build an Eco friendly home at a completely inexpensive cost.

To start out, you are going to need to buy a storage shipping Read the rest of this entry »

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Living off of your backyard is fun as well as educational for the entire family. When the back yard is planted with food bearing plants everyone in the family will learn something. This plan takes the backyard out of a grass cutting and grass fertilizing center and makes it into a useful food growing spot.

Start with asking if your county has an agriculture service that will test the soil to determine what products can be grown in Read the rest of this entry »

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