Green living: Save Our Earth By Living Green

4 Ways to Be Environmentally Friendly When Upgrading Your Home

Making your home energy efficient not only helps you to save the environment, it also helps you to save money. Many people avoid taking this step because they’re not sure if making these changes will be worth the cost. If you’re in this camp, then take heart. Doing any of the following four things by themselves can create a great environmental impact and save you money to boot. And doing them in tandem increases the effect manifold.

Home Making - 4 Ways to Be Environmentally Friendly When Upgrading Your Home

Insulate the Roof

It may not be the most interesting-sounding solution, but adding insulation to your roof can save you a ton of money. Installing roof insulation will run you about $1300. However, once you have it, you could save several hundred dollars over the course of the winter every winter for years to come. More »

Planting Trees in Your Yard? Watch Out for These Complications

Homeowners hoping to amp up their landscaping often consider planting trees in their front or back yard. Though planting trees may seem like a fairly simple process, it can become quite complicated once all the factors are considered. Keep the following potential complications in mind when planting trees at home.

Planting - Planting Trees in Your Yard? Watch Out for These Complications

Shady Areas vs. Sunny Areas

Like any other plant, trees require an ample amount of sunlight to grow. Fruit trees, for example, need six hours or more of daily sunlight to grow. To ensure that these trees have a long and fruitful life ahead of them, homeowners must scout out the perfect sunny areas to start growing their trees. Depending on the species of tree, these homeowners may find that certain kinds require more or less sunlight and should plant these various types accordingly. More »

4 Ways Your Household Can Waste Less Energy This Summer

Just like the song goes: it’s summertime and the living is easy. The living can also be cost-effective when you upgrade your household to become more energy efficient.

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Install “Smart” Technology

A smart thermostat can actually detect when you’re home. It eliminates the worry of wondering whether you left your air conditioning or heating on. Some models figure out your temperature preferences over time. You can control these devices from your phone or computer. An app shows you what settings you’ve used. That tells you where you might be wasting energy (and money). Smart lights work similarly and have comparable benefits. They allow you to dim the lights without leaving the couch. You can also install smart lights equipped with motion sensors so you’re not wasting electricity by lighting rooms without people in them.

Insulate Your Home

Improving home insulation is particularly important if you live in an older house. Even some newer homes need better insulation as well. Start by measuring how thick your existing insulation is. You can do this easily using an electrical outlet box. Shine a flashlight around the area. This shows you if there even is insulation there. If so, carefully pull out some insulation to assess its type. Your whole house needs to be insulated. Common areas without insulation include attics and crawlspaces. Some air can also escape around windows and doors. You could even get a tax break for insulating your home.

Improve Your Air Conditioning

A ducted air conditioning system works by distributing hot or cold air through ducts inside your home’s walls. It improves air circulation around your home. This type of air conditioning tends to be centrally located. Its technology has improved from its first uses in the 1970s. Today’s models use between 30% to 50% less energy and produce the same amount of cooling benefits.

Double-Check Your Appliances for Energy Waste

Energy efficiency also extends to the appliances you use. The most common of these tend to be washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Making the switch can reduce your electric bills because these are such large appliances. Make sure to only run washing machines and dishwashers on a full load to reduce water waste as well.

If you haven’t yet made these adjustments towards a greener home it is never too late to start. Introduce these changes, like a ducted air conditioning system or better insulation, and soon your home will become a haven of efficiency and savings.

Types of vacuum cleaner for house cleaning: characteristics and advantages

If you already have to replace your old vacuum cleaner or simply want to acquire a new one, you should know the different types of vacuum cleaner that you can find today in the market and what are its main advantages compared to other models.

Vacuum Cleaner - Types of vacuum cleaner for house cleaning: characteristics and advantages

As you will see, although traditional vacuum cleaner models continue to be marketed, new technologies have improved the performance of this appliance that allows us to save time and effort in cleaning the home. More »

Composting Your Garden in Spring

Now that spring is here, we can finally break out the yard tools and start working on landscaping projects around our home. This also means that we can start diving into garden projects, which generally should start with getting soil ready. That means it’s time to start composting! Composting is a great way to make sure you have healthy and happy plants. Learn more about composting and getting your garden ready for the warmer months down below…

Compost - Composting Your Garden in Spring

What Is Compost

Compost is organic material such as leaves, lawn clippings, fruit, vegetables, twigs, kitchen scraps (plants only) and paper that is heaped and left to decompose. With enough time and patience, the organic matter turns into very rich soil. Adding compost to clay soils makes them easier to work and plant. In sandy soils, the addition of compost improves the water holding capacity of the soil. Adding organic matter to the soil, such as compost, can help improve plant growth and health. More »

Can You Afford to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly?

Making your home eco-friendly might be more affordable than you realize, and this process could have a major impact on your utility bills for years to come. As an added bonus, many eco-friendly upgrades are also going to increase the value of your home and make your property more attractive to certain buyers. Here are just a few of the ways so many homeowners are now going green.

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High-Efficiency Appliances

In the average home, appliances account for a significant portion of your overall energy bill. If your energy bills have begun to skyrocket, then you should consider switching over to high-efficiency appliances. At the very least, you might want upgrade to an HE dryer and refrigerator. Investing in new appliances could end up saving you hundreds a year, and those devices often last for decades with the proper maintenance. Even just getting newer appliances can give you energy savings, as the regulations surrounding the efficiency of most appliances have risen over the past decade. More »

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