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Tips To Use Air Conditioners Efficiently To Reduce Global Warming

 Global warming is a very real concern for everyone on earth. Also, some people caution that the use of air conditioning can make global warming worse. However, use these tips to stay comfortable all year around, and be mindful of environmental sustainability, as well. 

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Air Conditioners To Be Purchased 

As a starting point, shop around and see the types of air conditioners that you could purchase that would fit most conveniently with your way of life. For example, some air-conditioners are tower units that fit within a corner of the room, while others are attached to a windowsill. ... read more

Heating and Cooling Systems : Are They Eco Friendly?

Heating and cooling systems are essential to everyday living as every homeowner wants to remain cool and warm during the appropriate seasons. However, as much as we want to stay comfortable, we also want to stay safe and certain people look to stay eco friendly. Heating and cooling systems are relatively safe but they can emit dangerous gases which can be harmful to one's health and even result in death. 

It is important to detect these gases right away when there is a problem. Heating systems which are run by gas can experience gas leaks which can cause fires as well as health related problems and even death. Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide are two chemicals that can be present as well as other chemicals leaking from your unit. It is important to find these leaks and have them repaired before the situation becomes extremely dangerous. All these dangerous gases are definitely not eco friendly. ... read more

Top ways to save money on gardening

gardening tipsGardening is considered to be one of the 'less expensive' hobbies. However, in reality there is a lot of expense incurred when you start gardening on a regular basis. Growing plants and greens in your backyard would include expenditure on seeds, soil, plants, tomato cages, pots, mulch and even lumber for raised beds.

Few ways to reduce gardening costs -

1. Plant seeds instead of buying seedlings - A packet of seed could help you grow about 100 plants for the cost of one plant or seedling that the nursery would sell you. Seeds require more work in the garden, but your savings would be worth the effort.... read more

Top 5 Eco Friendly Homes

There are an ever-increasing number of homes being built with the intention of preserving the world’s natural resources, reducing pollution and preventing global warming. New materials, procedures and equipment are being developed at an alarming rate to ensure this.

More and more eco-friendly systems are appearing in homes all over the world from solar panels to water filtration systems, as an increasing number of new-age engineers, architects and scientists, aim to build an eco-friendly society.

This list of the top 5 environmentally friendly houses has been put together by The Sash Window Workshop who are taking a keen interest in developments throughout the eco-industry.

1.       The Solar-Sector House

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 Image by inhabitat.com

An energy tower positioned in the centre of the house is the focal point of the eco system that is the solar–sector house. The house is divided into four different compartments that are linked together by air gaps with operable windows and doors that offer ventilation in the summer and pre-heat the air in the winter. Phase-altering materials let the house quickly pass warm or cold air to where it’s required most. The outer area is covered in solar panels; the fronts of which are covered by gold and bronze photovoltaic cells for aesthetic appeal and work as a conductor.  The house was designed for the Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition that measures the industrialisation, energy balance and sustainability of a house. The Stuttgart University, Applied Sciences Department’s objective was to build a house that is capable of producing more energy than it uses.... read more

5 Different Ways to Remodel with the Environment in Mind

Your home is considered your sanctuary, but have you ever thought about how your house impacts the environment? Many environment-conscious individuals are taking steps to reduce emissions, such as walking more and driving less. However, certain items in the home can actually impact the environment just as much as driving a car, if not more. Any home remodels should take the environment into mind, and here are five main ways you can accomplish this task.

Switch Your Appliances

If you are tired of your old dishwasher or washing machine, consider how getting a new one would also be a green move. Modern appliances use less energy and water, which saves on valuable resources. When it comes to refrigerators and ovens, newer versions don’t need the same amount of electricity to run as their older counterparts. This saves money on your electric bill, and it also reduces your family’s carbon footprints.... read more

Geothermal Heating – Success or Failure?

When it comes to a heating and cooling system for your home, there are many different choices. The popular choice is a central air conditioning unit but in the past few years, Geothermal Heating and Cooling systems are making a strong run for first place. This system uses unique technology and is an eco friendly solution for heating and cooling needs. 

This type of heating and cooling system is placed in the ground and uses the temperatures beneath the earth's surface to heat and cool the home. This type of system is very efficient and can be used just about anywhere. The Geothermal heat pump will take advantage of the below surface temperatures to exchange heat with the earth via a heat exchanger. 

There are many advantages to using this type of system which we will list below: ... read more

Keep Your House Warm in the Winter

Keep your house warm in the winterI know it's still autumn, but I saw Halloween stuff at the store yesterday, which can only mean that autumn is right around the corner, which means winter isn't too far behind!  It got me thinking...how do you keep your house warmer without harming the environment and racking up a huge heat bill?

There are lots of ways!

-  The first and most obvious way is to lower the heat and put on an extra layer.  Sweaters, socks, and slippers...they all go a long way on a chilly evening!

- Don't keep your house warmer than you need to. According to EnergyAustralia,  a one degree increase in temperature can increase your heating costs by up to 10%.  That's pretty substantial!... read more

Information about sustainable homes

Sustainable homesUnless you’ve been living under a rock (in which case you are to be congratulated for your minimal carbon footprint), you’ll be aware of the concept of environmental sustainability. Perhaps the most important thing we as individuals can do to promote a healthy environment and contribute to the wellbeing of our planet is to build or modify our homes so that they run in a sustainable manner. The benefits are far reaching. Not only can you be confident you’re doing the right thing by the environment, it’s likely also that you’ll be saving packets of money.

One of the simplest measures you can undertake to create an environmentally sustainable home  is reducing your energy consumption. Switching off lights when you leave the room, installing energy efficient globes, and properly insulating your home can have surprisingly dramatic effects. In the summer months, blocking out sunlight with UV blocking sheeting on windows, and drawing the blinds before the morning sun hits can help reduce the need for air conditioning- notorious for consuming vast amounts of energy. In winter, energy consumption can be greatly reduced by ensuring your windows are properly sealed. The average home loses more than 25% of it’s heat through windows. ... read more

Greening the Dorm Room This Year

Green dorm roomsWith the new academic year just about to begin it’s time to start thinking about how college and university students can make a greater difference when it comes to improving the environment and one place they can all start with together is in the dorm. 

After all, some dorms have so many students the amount of waste produced by those buildings alone is tremendous and it’s not only physical trash that’s the problem. The waste includes utilities and how they are used inefficiently.

That being the case, the following are a few suggestions for greening dorm life up a notch.


1.    Recycle: Whether it’s snack time, meals, or just needing a refreshing drink the things we consume generally come with some type of packaging. For this reason each dorm floor should have its own recycling station so everything that applies can be sorted and disposed of appropriately. 

2.    Conserve water: A major drought has taken hold of part of the U.S. in recent years which means water conservation is extremely important. Dorm residents should be encouraged to take shorter showers and close the faucet between brushing teeth and rinsing when water isn’t necessary.... read more

Smart Waste—Disposing of Chemicals the "Green" Way

Disposing of medicineFor the average consumer, when we think about "going green", we think about recycling, wasting less, and using green products. These are all helpful steps towards living a more sustainable and environmentally friendly life. Of course, as we all know that truly going green entails many more steps than recycling your milk jugs and egg cartons. Researching energy efficient appliances, buying locally grown and organically processed food, wasting less water—all of these things are wonderful steps towards becoming a better citizen of the planet. That being said, there are many areas of going green that eco-conscious individuals often overlook. 

While cutting waste and recycling items that can be recycled is a wonderful start, we should carefully consider the way in which we dispose of other products as well. Things like cleaners, medications, and other substances with potentially dangerous chemicals must be disposed of or recycled in careful ways. These things, when improperly removed from a home, can pose a serious threat to the water supply and, therefore, all living organisms in an area. ... read more

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