Comprehensive View of Green Living

September 25th, 2011 by Branden Keebruck 4 comments »
Comprehensive View of Green Living

Comprehensive View of Green Living

Green living has become a way of life for millions of people for a number of reasons. While one of the benefits that comes from this lifestyle is protecting the planet by making environmentally friendly decisions, the main reason people go green is to live clean. This means eating foods grown organically without the use of harmful chemicals, driving automobiles that get better gas mileage but without emitting pollutants, and embracing alternative energy sources for home and transportation, plus more.

Because this is such a vital way of living, one that improves a person’s health but also ensures a healthy planet for generations to come, we felt it important to provide some key information specific to green living. Although many people have a general idea of what this involves, we believe the information provided in this article will open eyes to a much broader way of adopting green living.

History of Green Living

By having an understanding of green living history it becomes much easier to appreciate the changes that need to be made. Sometimes referred to as “sustainable living”, this lifestyle has been adopted by people around the world interested in using natural resources opposed to conventional solutions that wreak havoc on the environment and cause devastation to humans. With green living, people have a unique opportunity to make changes regarding transportation, diet, energy consumption, and more, all reducing carbon footprints.

Although much of the green living experience has been in the past decade, historically, the concept dates back to 1954 when Helen and Scott Nearing published “Living the Good Life.” While this was the beginning of change, the back to the land movement introduced in the publication did not come to fruition until the late 1960s and early 1970s. By 1962, “Silent Spring”, another publication was released, this time written by Rachel Carson in support of the movement for sustainability.

Ten years later, a book that would become a bestseller around the globe was published by Donella Meadows.  Called “The Limits to Growth”, this was unique in that information associated with a study that had been conducted over a long period about population, environment, and economic trends was provided. The following year a collection of essays in “Small is Beautiful” was published by E. F. Schumacher regarding changes made toward achieving a sustainable lifestyle,

With so much attention being given to green living, Earth Summit conferences were held by the United Nations from 1992 to 2002. Realizing vast interest by the public, it became clear the only viable means of conserving natural resources was with improving on existing efforts and increasing sustainability. Just five years down the road, the “Sustainable Consumption and Production, Promoting Climate Friendly Household Consumption Patterns” was published by the United Nations, with the focus on promoting both home and community lifestyles based on sustainability.

Green Living Technology

With the development of the World Wide Web (www), people around the globe began adopting the concept of sustainability, followed by making significant changes. The internet is a one-stop-shop that provides a wealth of information while being a platform on which people throughout the world can gather to learn and share. Because of the power of the World Wide Web, having access to green living technology has never been easier.

Thanks to thousands of websites being dedicated to green living, information on every possible technology that supports sustainability can found. Because of this, commercial and residential changes can be made to water systems, heating and cooling systems, electricity, roofs, construction, air quality, and more. In addition to people having access to helpful information about new building and modification aligned with green living, these sites provide lists of natural or sustainable materials that could be used, as well as resources if needed.

Transportation Embracing Technology

Climate warming and the depleting ozone layer have been issues for some time but with carbon emissions exacerbating these problems, levels of concerns have increased. This coupled with the high cost of fuel and unrest regarding overseas oil and gas production, one of the areas that has seen great change specific to green living is transportation.

Although vehicles have been developed to run on electricity, grease, and water, making change to the transportation industry creates serious challenge due to massive expense and some resistance. However, transportation experts have taken the green living concept seriously, resulting in urban transport systems being revised, which ultimately has made transportation more affordable and the environment healthier while still providing necessary mobility.

Not only do these systems include large systems such as bus and rail, change has also involved walkways for pedestrians and pathways for bikes. By promoting use of public transport systems and human mobility, fewer vehicles are on the road emitting pollutants. Along with green living transportation being better for the planet, there are health benefits as well.

For instance, getting people to walk or bike to more destinations promotes good health and well-being, which in turn reduces the need to rely on conventional medication or undergo expensive and potentially dangerous surgeries and medical procedures that only add to the rising cost of insurance. Even carpooling helps the environment while giving people the chance to spend quality time with friends, also providing a dual benefit.

Alternative Fuel Sources

In addition to alternative fuel sources being developed for automobiles, we have seen massive change pertaining to the airlines, rail systems, and even shipping. Just as stated above, the high price of fuel has hit hard, pushing more and more people to make choices that consist of alternative fuel. As a result, people have the chance to save money but still do their part to help improve the environment.

The primary alternative fuel source is electricity. Again, new automobile designs have been introduced that run on electricity opposed to gasoline or diesel fuel. Even standard fuel has been changed so it burns cleaner and provides more miles per gallon. However, there is much more to understand when it comes to alternative fuel sources for personal and commercial use. The following are some of the more popular alternative fuel sources, along with a brief description of each.

  • Ethanol – Corn is used to create ethanol, which is being slated as a key component of the nation’s future energy. Using 13 million bushels of corn, 35 million gallons of ethanol can be produced annually, enough to replace 55,000 barrels of high quality petroleum imported from other countries.
  • Ethanol/E85 – Ethanol is formally known as Ethyl Alcohol but in this case, a blend of fuel is created using 85% ethanol and 15% conventional gasoline, something now being sold at gas stations around the country. With regular gasoline, the BTU level is 124,800 but with Ethanol/E85, BTU is 80,000, which means using this unique blend, a person would use 1.56 gallons opposed to 1 gallon of regular gasoline to drive the same distance in exchange for a clean burn and better vehicle performance.
  • Methanol/M85 – Methanol is a type of wood alcohol, or formally Methyl Alcohol. Produced with a special process consisting of a catalyst and steam, rather than coming from natural gas, in support of green living, it is now made from a variety of organic matter to include manure and sewage waste. In this case, 85% of fuel would be methanol and 15% standard gasoline, which dramatically improves gasoline efficiency. The only downside is that methanol is corrosive so it must be used in association with special materials.
  • Compressed Natural Gas – While this is another alternative fuel source, it is very limited at present time. Because a vehicle would need to use significantly more compressed natural gas to travel the same distance using conventional gasoline, a compressor/refueler would be required for compression but this is only available in nine states and for Civic GX car owners.
  • Biodiesel – Specific to diesel engines, biodiesel uses grease and oil that would otherwise be tossed out by fast food and regular restaurants for frying foods. In this case, rendered chicken fat, used fry oil, and vegetable oil are processed so glycerin and other contaminants are extracted. As a result, more energy is provided per gallon and less energy lost through exhaust.
  • Natural Gas – Many people are unaware that this type of gas can actually be used in internal combustion engines. With the correct blend and used in the correct way, natural gas would actually optimize thermodynamic efficiency and make exhaust cleaner.
  • Hydrogen – Simply put, this alternative fuel source comes from water. Today, some vehicles are designed to run on hydrogen power while others can be adapted using special kits. However, hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles will not actually be available until around 2020 but present technology works well and the future for this alternative fuel source is bright.
  • Future Hopefuls – While not yet viable options, there are several alternative energy sources being developed. For instance, algae fuel, which is derived from algae, biomass briquettes made from plant matter, biogas digestion in which methane gas is harnessed and biological hydrogen production are just a few examples.

Green Living at Home

In addition to people building new homes that are environmentally friendly, there are multiple ways to make changes to existing homes in support of green living. By using energy efficient materials, processes, practices, and technologies, people have the ability to save a tremendous amount of money but also reduce negative effects on the environment.

For someone interested in building a sustainable home, the first consideration would be location. The goal would be choosing a site on which to build within close proximity to businesses frequented most. That way, trips to the grocery store, doctor’s office, schools, libraries, and so on could be made by walking or biking, or driving as a means of using less fuel. The next decision would be choosing an on or off-grid home.

For an on-grid home, a person would need to depend on electricity, water, and gas from public utilities whereas with an off-grid home, energy in some or all forms would be produced using a variety of natural resources, such as those listed below. Although a person would experience the greatest savings and do the most in promoting a healthy planet by being off-grid, there is an advantage in some on-grid homes in that any surplus energy produced naturally could be sold to a local utility company, providing a person with a unique source of income.

  • Solar – This would involve energy being produced naturally by the sun
  • Wind – In this case, energy would be generated from wind
  • Geothermal – Using steam or hot water from the interior of the Earth would produce both electricity and heat
  • Hydrogen – Using water, energy could be generated

When looking at homes that support green living, there are specific design elements involved. Obviously, the goal would be to have each of these elements included in the overall design but even adding a few would prove beneficial. The factors deemed most critical include using passive solar, wind, or hydrogen energy for lighting and heating, creating buffer zones to maintain a comfortable temperature, using construction designs to make positive microclimates, and using recycled, composted, renewable, and reclaimed materials that are low-impact and non-toxic.

The list below are the most popular materials used to build green living homes or make modifications to existing homes.

  • Adobe
  • Bamboo
  • Cob
  • Composite Wood
  • Cordwood
  • Cork
  • Hemp
  • Insulation made from Cellulose, Concrete Forms, Organic Cotton, Soil, and Structural Panels
  • Lime Render
  • Linoleum
  • Lumber from Approved Sources
  • Natural Rubber
  • Natural Fiber to include Coir, Jute, and Wool
  • Papercrete
  • Rammed Earth
  • Reclaimed Materials to include Brick, Concrete, Metal, Stone
  • Recycled Paper
  • Soy-Based Adhesive
  • Straw

Finishes would need to be organic or water-based, windows should be insulated with Low-E gas, appliances should boast an Energy Star label, and nothing should go to waste. For instance, old bath or washing machine water could be reused for garden water or irrigation. In fact, for someone to build or modify a home to support green living to the maximum, processes used should also be environmentally friendly.

Basic Architectural Designs

A person could go all out if wanted when building a new home or modifying an existing home in connection with green living but overall, there are some basic architectural features that should be included. In addition to using materials and systems such as those mentioned above, a person should consider other options for creating an amazing green living home.

This might include collecting rainwater, using photovoltaic cells to collect surplus energy, adding a heat pump that would make it and inexpensive but also efficient means of keeping the home warm during cold winter months, choosing a waste management system whereby things that would otherwise go to waste are used in one way or another, and even creating a garden for growing organic foods.

Although a volume of information is available online, anyone who needs help in choosing appropriate architectural designs that fully support sustainability, there are many experts who are dedicated to helping others make a smooth transition to the green living lifestyle.

Green Nutrition for Better Health

Green living is not only about choosing the right materials, systems, and technologies for vehicles and homes, it is also about adopting a healthier diet. Some people with limited time and/or space will choose to purchase organic foods at a local whole or natural foods store but if possible, the better option would be in creating an incredible garden whereby organic foods are grown.

Along with growing foods the entire family would love, it would be important to grow foods to can. For instance, tomatoes are great for soups, sauces, and salads but they are also excellent for making and canning homemade sauces for future use. With a garden of this type, only natural pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides would be used opposed to commercial products that contain harmful chemicals. Additionally, supporting vegetables and fruits would be planted in a systematic way as natural protectors against bugs and wild animals.

In addition to creating an organic garden, there are other ways to enjoy better nutrition but without going against the concept and belief of green living. Some of these alternative options include the following:

  • Eating Red Meat – Instead of eating a lot of red meat, it would be helpful to reduce the amount consumed. For one thing, this would be healthier but with livestock accounting for about 18% of global warming issues, this would encourage a healthier environment.
  • Buying Red Meat – Another important change would be to purchase only red meat that had been raised organically. By choosing meat that comes from a farm certified as organic, a person would not be consuming growth hormones and antibiotics, or being exposed to other contaminants that can be passed down through cattle.
  • Buy Locally – Purchasing locally grown food of any type would help reduce the need for long distance transportation, thus reducing consumption of fuel and lowering dangerous emissions. This would also support local farmers, and yield foods with higher nutritional value.
  • Buy in Bulk – Making food purchases in bulk is a great cost saver and if there is more food than what a family could consume, extra could be used for making meals ahead of time, which could then be frozen.
  • Fair Trade Certified – Whenever possible, buying Fair Trade certified foods would ensure fair pricing for all farmers in developing countries, which means that sustainable farms are being provided with needed support.
  • Best Seafood – Buying seafood from fisheries or other habitats that are professionally managed allows fish in the ocean the chance to spawn so even ocean friendly choices are possible with green living
  • Free-Range Poultry – Finally, if buying chicken, turkey, duck, eggs, and other poultry or poultry products, always look for free-range, which means the animals were raised in humane conditions and cared for naturally

Green Commerce, Industry, and Economy

Along with green living practices for people in their personal lives, this environmentally friendly concept also impacts commerce, industry, and economy. Today, more and more companies have turned to changes in the workforce, some having to do with architectural design and others pertaining to the way in which the business operates. For example, many companies have installed purified water systems, hold clean-up days whereby employees can bring in clothing or household items for recycling, and set up carpooling groups to save money but also help the environment.

It has been recognized that for green living to work, companies and the government have to work together as a team. This involves continued conversations about things that are and are not working, potential problems, and revolutionary breakthroughs. Sights have been set on the future and the value that green living offers. Having a shared responsibility makes both parties responsible and accountable for getting things done.

Today, the government is using a number of policy tools to make the transition to a green economy smoother and a number of new opportunities have been created to make this all possible. The bottom line is that green living would provide a huge economic boost, something desperately needed especially after the recent financial crisis. Because green living would also save businesses around the world tons of money, as well as create collaborations, there is no doubt this is the future.

Future of Green Living Technology

In looking at the information provided in this article, it become clear that green living has come a long way but it is also here to stay, impacting people and businesses around the globe. Although current green living technologies are impressive, many innovative things are on the near horizon. The list of things to come is quite lengthy so we pulled together a few samples of what green living technology will soon look like.

  • Enhanced Geothermal Systems – With this, heat that is naturally generated by the Earth would be captured as a means of producing electricity. By drilling down into the Earth’s high temperature basement, a reservoir would be created into which cold water would be pumped to absorb heat.
  • Nanosolar – Another green living technology being worked on involves solar power that would be generated for less money using nanosolar. The cost savings is significant, making this a tremendous development.
  • Orbiting Arrays – Another technology involving solar power consists of using various solar panels that would actually be constructed in space to beam power back to a receptor on Earth to help with electricity conversion. Although this technology is still being investigated, experts have been in serious discussions.
  • Concentrated Solar Power – In this case, solar farms would develop rows of mirrors as a means of concentrating rays from the sun onto a fluid-filled vessel that works to steam turbines or power generators.
  • Smart Grids – These grids have been a major project in which $16 trillion has already been spent. With these grids, energy would be more efficient but also more cost efficient, eliminating current problems associated with grid systems.
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Discover the Benefits of Adding a Green Drink To Your Diet

February 2nd, 2014 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
Discover the Benefits of Adding a Green Drink To Your Diet

Discover the Benefits of Adding a Green Drink To Your Diet

The discovery of how green drinks can help us maintain the proper pH balance in our bodies is recent. Do you understand the importance of a properly balanced pH diet and role green drinks play in your dietary plan? A diet that raises your alkaline level to battle illness is a new idea for people in the Western world. The idea is based on the belief that a body with high acid levels is most susceptible to illness and lethargic. This leads to illness and gaining weight. Eating a diet with higher alkaline levels can help restore the body’s proper pH balance resulting in higher energy levels and a more effective immune system. Adding green drinks to your diet is not a replacement for eating green vegetables, but is a powerful supplement to increase your intake of high alkaline foods without eating more. Many green drinks are available in powder form making them very easy to prepare and use.

Few people understand how their body works and how an alkaline diet can help improve their health. Here are a few facts you need to understand. All foods have a pH level. Some foods are more alkaline. Other foods are acidic. A few foods have a natural pH balance. Your body attempts to regulate your pH level by storing acid in your fat cells. If you eat too much acidic food, you body may adapt by growing more fat cells to help in storing this excess acid. You can prevent this from occurring by monitoring your pH level and eating more high alkaline foods to offset a pH level that is too acidic. Green drinks are an excellent choice for adjusting your pH level.

The proper pH balance creates a calming effect on the enter body. The body functions smoothly since all of the body’s biochemical processes require the correct pH level to function optimally. Green drinks are naturally high in alkaline so they assist the body in reducing the high acidity levels caused by poor eating habits. You will find green drinks made from a variety of natural ingredients including a variety of edible grasses, grain sprouts, and green vegetables. Your green drinks do not only help with pH levels. They provide massive amounts of vitamins and minerals your body requires. They even include amino acids necessary for proper muscle repair and growth.

There are many different kinds of green drinks on the market. You can find them listed on the internet and in health food centers. Powdered versions are the easiest kind to use. You just add water and they are ready to drink. You probably will need to sample a few different green drinks before you find one you like. The tastes range from very earthy to a pleasant vegetable taste. You can even combine different kinds of green drinks to make drinks that are higher in amino acids, proteins, or other nutrients you want. Watch for green drinks that include broccoli, alfalfa sprouts, dandelion greens, kale, and other high nutrient greens that boost your immune system and can even help fight cancer. You can even mix your green drink with fruits and other ingredients to improve the flavor and add more vitamins to you drink.

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Do You Believe Wind Turbines Are Safe or Dangerous?

January 26th, 2014 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
Do You Believe Wind Turbines Are Safe or Dangerous?

Do You Believe Wind Turbines Are Safe or Dangerous?

Do you understand how a wind turbine produces energy? Have you seen a field filled with super windmills turning lazily in the wind used to generate electricity for power companies? Smaller wind turbines dot the country producing electricity for homes, many times ignored by people driving by.

These power generating wind machines are work on the same basic principle. When the wind blows, the blades of the turbine catch the wind, turning an internal rotor that causes the generator to produce electricity. Inside the generator, you find coiled copper wires and magnets that produce the electricity. Is this all safe?

First, let us examine further what is required to make the electricity. Wind is the power that is harnessed to create the electricity. Most turbines are mounted on tall towers to capture greater amounts of wind. This reduces the slowing of wind caused by ground drag and by obstacles on the ground. Industrial and home turbines are commonly mounted 30 meters in the air.

Wind turbines are mounted on rotating blocks to allow them to turn to capture wind from any direction. They rotate as the wind shifts in direction to face into the wind constantly. Manufacturers rate turbines to work in varying amounts of wind starting with very low wind speeds extending to high wind conditions. High wind speeds present a risk to wind turbines. You will discover engineers design most turbines to lock when wind speeds are too high.

Wind turbines can produce massive amounts of energy in some parts of the country. Ideal locations include states along the seaboard and central plains states. These areas have consistent wind speeds year round that can be used to power wind turbines and produce electricity. Wind turbines have one distinct advantage over solar powered systems. Solar systems are only effective when the sun is out. The means solar power is not producing energy during night hours or on cloudy days. Wind power can produce energy around the clock, as long as you have wind.

Wind power is the cleanest source of energy we have. It produces no chemical waste. It requires no fossil fuels. It is eco-friendly. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, the slowly turning turbines have little negative effect on wildlife in the area. The only negative aspect to solar energy is the need for lead based batteries to store excess production.

What are the negative aspects of using turbines for energy? Some people find them obtrusive and ugly. They do consume large areas of land to produce massive amounts of energy. The rotors can be noisy, especially when you have multiple wind turbines spinning side-by-side. In rare cases, wind turbines have caused problems for bats living near them. Their disruption of the air is similar to what bats detect for insects they eat.

No source of energy is perfect, but wind turbines come very close. They provide safe, economical, and clean energy. It may take a few years to recover the cost of your investment, but after that, you are getting almost 100% free power from the wind.

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The Different Types of Environmentally Friendly Cars

May 19th, 2013 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
The Different Types of Environmentally Friendly Cars

The Different Types of Environmentally Friendly Cars

Pollution caused by the continued use of fossil fuels for cause is a fact. It damages our environment and creates untold risks for our future. Taking control of the amount of pollution created by cars is an important step to reducing pollution. The amount of pollution produced by cars and trucks is estimated to be more than any other source. It is no surprise that manufacturers have started producing eco-friendly cars. Of course, that may not just be market driven reasons; they are trying to satisfy government regulations at the same time.

There are several different types of environmentally friendly cars on the market. The friendliest type is the cars powered by battery power only. These cars are becoming more plentiful from a variety of manufacturers but there are some massive limitations. Your driving range is usually limited to 100 miles before you must recharge. It is difficult to find recharging locations. Those two factors make other types of cars preferred by most individuals.

Hybrids are our next type of eco-friendly car. They run on a combination of electricity and gasoline. The car uses electricity at certain speed levels and if there is inadequate battery power. While the car runs on gasoline, it recharges the batteries. This allows you to have a car that can go anytime and not wait for it to recharge in the garage. This type of eco-friendly car has become the most sought after on the market today.

Another form of hybrid is the “plug-in” hybrid. These cars still use petroleum fuels and electricity, but they require you recharge the batteries using an external source. They are more efficient than petroleum only cars, but have greater limitations than a hybrid that recharges while you drive.

An example of an efficient commercially produced hybrid is the Toyota Prius. The Prius can drive approximately 50 miles on each gallon of gas. It is the best selling hybrid on the market and one of the best selling cars in the world, proving people are interested in more efficient eco-friendly cars. The car sells for approximately $22,000. Honda’s Insight is a similar hybrid that has captured the attention of buyers. Other hybrids on the market include the Ford Fusion, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and the Chevrolet Malibu Eco. Both USA-based manufacturers and foreign manufacturers are racing forwards with new models of hybrid cars. We expect Hyundai and Kia to start shipping cars shortly.

This race to create hybrid cars is accelerating. Government mandates for higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions forces manufacturers to move to hybrid ideas. The public’s acceptance of the vehicles and desire to get higher gas mileage is fueling the race, too. Universities and science researchers are actively pursuing innovative new ideas with annual competitions to see who can create the most efficient vehicles.

These levels of innovation are leading to exciting new cars on the horizon with ever increasing range, efficiency, and reduced emissions. At the moment, the best buys are for hybrid cars that use gasoline and electricity, especially the self-recharging variety. As you shop for a new car, take time to look at the hot new hybrids from Toyota, Honda, Ford, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai. You will be surprised by the prices, luxury, performance, and economy of these cars.

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The Best Method for Building Your Own Solar Panels?

April 10th, 2013 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
The Best Method for Building Your Own Solar Panels?

The Best Method for Building Your Own Solar Panels?

Why does it seem like energy prices are always one of our biggest expenses? Think about all of your costs for energy. You have electricity to power the lights, appliances, heating, cooling, and to charge all of our small electronics. Then you add in the cost to heat water for showers, the dishwasher, and washing your clothes. We are still not done. You have the expenses of fuel for transportation and many other small items. By the time you add it all up, it becomes one of your top household expenses on a monthly basis. It does not need to be that way. Earth4Energy has plans that can put you in control.

What does Earth4Energy recommend? They suggest eliminating as many energy expenses as possible using green energy methods. You have probably seen advertisements for producing heat and electricity using solar panels. You may have even asked for pricing. When you saw the estimates starting at over $10,000, you ran the other way. Earth4Energy does not sell solar panels. They provide you with the education and resources to build your own solar energy solutions at a fraction of those costs. Some of their plans cost under $200 to build and can be even less if you use items lying around in your garage or workshop.

Imagine, you can reduce your energy costs dramatically by using a few tools, your own building skills, and the plans from Earth4Energy. Building solar panels to heat water, provide heat to your home, and electric generation, can almost eliminate your electric bill completely. Sit down and do a little figuring. If you can buy the plans for under $50 and only spend $200 on materials to cut your energy bill in half, would it be a good deal?

You know it would be a great deal. You would save more money that you invested to build your solar panel in just a couple of months. By adding one or two more solar panels you could wipe out an even bigger portion of your electric and gas bills. Instead of sending the utility company hundreds of dollars per month, you get to keep it.

Here is another interesting benefit. Your friends and family are going to notice those solar panels at your home. When they hear how much money you are saving they will be jealous. That leads to an intriguing opportunity. You could build solar panels for them and make a good profit. They have been hearing those same prices of $10,000 to $20,000. What are they going to say when you mention you can build their solar panels for less than one tenth of that price? You would still make a great profit for a little bit of your time. Do not overlook one other powerful benefit, too. Solar power is earth friendly. You are reducing your negative effect on the environment by using a renewable energy source.

Earth4Energy does not limit you to using solar power, either. They provide written and video tutorials and plans for building solar panels, wind turbines, and other natural energy production methods. Are you ready to stop sending your money to the utility companies and keeping it in your own pocket? The plans from Earth4Energy can help you do it.

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Is Baking Soda Crucial for Living Green?

March 17th, 2013 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
Is Baking Soda Crucial for Living Green?

Is Baking Soda Crucial for Living Green?

Have you made the decision to have a Green Household? You can find harsh chemicals and pollutants in alarming amounts in most households worldwide. Alarmingly, residents of these homes wash those chemicals down their drains, into storm sewers, and toss them in the grass. The chemicals seep into our waterways killing plants and animals along the way. One of the simplest ways for you to join the green movement and reduce your contribution to pollution is to start using more baking soda.

Sodium Bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is a miraculous natural compound. Baking soda is an impressive cleaning agent with a wide variety of uses. You can use sodium bicarbonate for scrubbing pots and pans to remove stubborn dirt and grease. It is an effective cleaner for bathtubs, tile floors, stainless steel sinks, and the concrete floor in your garage.

Baking soda is a good personal cleanser, too. It makes very effective toothpaste cleaning your teeth thoroughly and removing odors from your mouth. You can mix baking soda with water to make a high quality shampoo to wash your hair.

An incredible benefit of using baking soda is its ability to remove odors. Think about all of the areas in your home that have terrible smells. Your bathroom toilet and shower can become pungent. Your refrigerator becomes appalling when food spoils inside. Trashcans develop smells that can curl your toes, especially on hot summer days. Sodium bicarbonates ability to absorb smells makes it a top choice for cleaning these odorous items. You can mix baking soda with water to make an effective cleaning fluid to use with a rag or sponge. For stubborn areas, you can mix baking soda with less water to make a slightly abrasive paste.

Keep in mind, with baking soda’s amazing ability to soak up odors, you can add a small container of sodium bicarbonate powder to your refrigerator, in the corner of your bathroom, or hidden at the bottom of your clothes hamper to reduce smells released into the home. This reduces the need for using perfumed aerosol sprays and other air fresheners that contribute to pollution.

Sodium bicarbonate has another important role in your home. It contributes to better health. We mentioned using baking soda as toothpaste. Did you know, it is an effective tooth whitener and kills bacteria at the same time? Do you suffer from bouts with heartburn and indigestion? Baking soda is an effective antacid to help eliminate pain quickly. This same antacid effect plays another role in keeping your body healthy. Sodium bicarbonate can assist you in maintaining an optimal pH balance.

Think about the amazing benefits of using more baking soda to create a greener home. You reduce pollutants and chemicals in your home, water, and yard. You can use sodium bicarbonate to eliminate odors to make your home more pleasant. Finally, you can use baking soda to improve your health by killing bacteria in your mouth, reducing heartburn, and maintaining a healthy pH.  What other inexpensive compound can claim this many benefits?  Baking soda is a real miracle for green living.

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Is Your House Ready For Green Living?

January 19th, 2013 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
Is Your House Ready For Green Living?

Is Your House Ready For Green Living?

When you consider adopting an eco-friendly way of life, what about your dwelling? Are you thinking of building a home applying green principles, or changing your present home to an environmentally friendly one? Going green doesn’t mean that you have to your home with green paint. Not too many people still don’t know what you mean when you mention that your home is green. While it can be quite expensive to go green, there are a lot of simple things that the typical family can do to move in that general direction. People switch over to living green for a number of reasons; in some cases, it may be because they see it as a means to improve allergy problems.

What is the reason why other people opt to go through all of the hassles of turning their home into green? Since it ordinarily ends up costing more when you adopt a green lifestyle, people can’t be doing it to save money. Lots of individuals do it because they’re worried about the multitude of chemical substances in their home. Aside from all those harmful chemicals, the homeowner has to pay for having them in their house. Before you brush this off as not true, think about the vinyl linoleum you have in your bathroom or kitchen floor and the poisonous gas that it gives off. It is perhaps a lot harder to find, but true linoleum doesn’t release the gases. Most of the more recent products that replace old products are even more toxic.

Taking care of the environment can also be accomplished by following the recycling policies mandated by your municipalities. Where the government leaves out is usually where private recyclers will keep on. This works really well when you have different containers at the home base that are very accessible. When it’s time to repaint your home, it’s easy to be green. It’s simply a matter of choosing to use paint that has low volatile organic compounds. Using latex paint to reseal wooden doors or hardwood floorings is a way to cut back on pollution too.

Although you may not wish to entirely remodel your house, you can always replace your older appliances with newer ones that are energy efficient. Normally you will be able to locate at least one green appliance alternative for each company. You can get washing machines and dishwashers that come with cycles that require less water. Furthermore, you will be able to save a lot of money on your water bill by replacing all of your privies with low flush ones. Updating your kitchen by buying new Energy Star appliances is a good way to give your kitchen a new appearance. Designed with the healthy environment in mind and the stainless steel appearance will leave your kitchen with an updated, brand-new appearance.

Going green helps you develop a new mindset, and this lets you make many more green living changes. Pretty soon, you will find yourself getting more and more green products, such as environmentally friendly bath soap.

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Useful Home Improvement Tips That Are Environmentally Friendly

January 19th, 2013 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
Useful Home Improvement Tips That Are Environmentally Friendly

Useful Home Improvement Tips That Are Environmentally Friendly

Whilst you may think of being green and helping the environment as some sort of trend it’s really just you having to use your brain. When you are looking for ways to make your home more inviting, it makes sense to attempt to find ways of using less energy. Going green is worth it for everyone, especially since the price of electricity keeps going up, so we’ll be looking at and sharing ways of making the most of being environmentally friendly.

Years before it was the in thing to be “green”, many people realized that insulating your residence was important to holding in the warmth and be efficient with the energy. That hasn’t changed, although now the rising cost of oil and electricity has made it even more urgent for us to pay attention to this. It is possible to lose 50% of the heat in your home if the ceiling and walls aren’t insulated enough. R value is how insulation is measured so being sure you understand this before insulation is important. It’s also imperative that you keep attentive to locations such as below your doors where gaps can cause the cold to enter into the house and the heat leave. Draft excluders which are used to seal off drafts, can be extremely helpful and designed with essentially anything that holds warmth, including those old pieces of cloth you planned on putting in the trash bin. Used for cushioning and containing the heat, windows are also useful for decorating and allowing the light to shine into your house. As a matter of fact, your heating bills are greatly affected by the type of windows you have. Possessing triple paned or double paned windows could create a more energy efficient house. Reduction of heat loss could be obtained by up to fifty percent with a coat of Low-E (low emissivity). Although it is expensive in the beginning to replace your existing windows with ones that are more energy efficient, this will save you money over time. It will also make you more comfortable in the winter.

You ought to be aware of some cheap ways of making sure your house stays cool during the summer months if you live in a hot place. Air conditioning units are rather costly and they aren’t green, however many people choose them. There are other alternatives though. Fans, such as ceiling fans, are a good way to cool a room.

During the day you can keep heat out by just using your curtains or blinds, which is known as passive cooling. You can also create more shade by planting certain types of trees or shrubs in strategic places. If you think about it you can discover many other cheap ways of cooling down your home so that you only have to use the air conditioner on days when it’s sweltering.

Accomplishing a makeover in your house that is green can be good for energy conservation as well as being fun. The financial worth is greater if selling it is something you are looking at. There are so many strategies to make your home more eco-friendly that we’ve only had space to mention a few, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing further research and deciding which ideas are right for you.

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When Is The Best Time To Start Recycling?

January 7th, 2013 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
When Is The Best Time To Start Recycling?

When Is The Best Time To Start Recycling?

If you would like to help our planet, start by recycling. It is likely the most painless and also the most effective way to get started on your journey in green living. At home, there are numerous different ways for separating your rubbish. You will probably need no fewer than three different containers for different materials. One you should label plastics, one designated for glass, and the third for cardboard. If you often use aluminum cans, you can get another one for them. There are many places in your community where you can bring your recyclable trash. You will see large receptacles where you can empty your recyclables.

You will likely see some of these collection spots in your local school’s parking lot. These huge containers are emptied almost daily. This approach makes it uncomplicated for numerous people to recycle and it helps the community. If your town does not offer any type of program for recycling, get in touch with your local politician to see if something can be created. Inform them how crucial recycling is, and your concerns that without the big receptacles, the people won’t be encouraged to recycle. One more great place to begin a recycling program is in your school or place of work.

Without being irritating, try to educate people on the advantages of recycling, because it is an important issue. You’ll discover that lots of people will be very open to your idea of starting a recycling program. You’ll see lots of individuals who are more than happy to help with your recycling efforts. Having children involved with the recycling program will also be a huge help because they are our future. Using youngsters can be extremely effective in your campaign to start a recycling program.

As a consumer, see to it that purchase products from enterprises that use recycled materials. There are many manufacturers that make things like greeting cards or table napkins from recycled materials. One more way to help with recycling is to bring your own reusable bag when you go grocery shopping. Just think of how many grocery bags that are saved if everyone did this. Get several strong bags that you can reuse numerous times.

Recycling is just a place to get started on a green lifestyle. When you become accustomed to recycling your trash and using recycled products, you’ll be motivated to do more to help the environment. You will be able to find numerous things that are beneficial for the environment, and a positive mentality will uplift your life, and those around you.

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A Small Number Of Ways Folks Can Start Conserving Water

December 12th, 2012 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
A Small Number Of Ways Folks Can Start Conserving Water

A Small Number Of Ways Folks Can Start Conserving Water

With regards to living green you will see that many men and women have a lot of different ideas about what is involved in this type of lifestyle. There are several men and women who are doing their part by cutting back on the volume of fuel they use every single day by riding bicycles and walking more instead of driving. Obviously this isn’t an option for some folks, which is fine simply because there are other options available that individuals can do to start living green. Below we’re going to be covering one other way men and women can start living green and that is by conserving the quantity of water that they use every day.

You are going to find that conserving water isn’t as difficult as some folks think; actually this can be done very simply by reducing the amount of time you spend in the shower every morning. There’s a lot of folks out there today who wind up spending anywhere from half an hour to an hour in the shower cleaning themselves. You are additionally going to find that there are a lot of other folks who will end up taking two or even three showers every single day, which really ends up wasting a lot of water. By cutting back on the amount of showers you take and also reducing the time that you spend in the shower you are able to wind up saving plenty of water which will be very advantageous to the planet.

An additional way that loads of folks can end up conserving water is by simply recycling of water that comes out of their gutters. Once you collect all the water in barrels you’ll find that you’ll be able to use this water in order to water your lawn or garden or even just to wash up when you’re working outside. You’re additionally going to find that if you have a farm with plenty of animals, using rain water to be able to water these animals could end up saving hundreds of gallons of water every single day. Even if you only wind up saving 10 gallons of water each day by utilizing this strategy that’s still a savings of over 3500 gallons of water for every single home, and you ought to be able to see how this can make a difference.

You should be aware that washing dishes can also be a way people are wasting water simply because they’re going to leave the water running throughout the dish-washing process. It will be very easy to scale back on the amount of water used when washing dishes if you simply wash all of the dishes first and set them aside to be rinsed after. By following this one little thing you should also be aware that a massive amount of water can be conserved each and every year by all of the homes throughout America.

I am certain you’ll be able to find other techniques for you to conserve water in your house the idea is that this is something which can help the planet and should be done. It is up to every person to do their part in order to help our planet and keep it livable for years to come.

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Utilizing Solar Power To Be Able To Reduce Your Heating Bill

December 12th, 2012 by Branden Keebruck No comments »
Utilizing Solar Power To Be Able To Reduce Your Heating Bill

Utilizing Solar Power To Be Able To Reduce Your Heating Bill

With the price of heating fuel and electricity going up every single year people are looking for ways to cut their costs when it comes to heating their homes. You should be aware that even though there are extremely few options for reducing your heating costs some of these will have the ability to save you more cash than others. The economy and mainly because men and women have lost their jobs is just one of the main reasons men and women need to lower their heating costs. In this post we are going to be explaining to you one of the easiest ways which you can cut your heating costs to almost nothing.

I know I do not have to tell many of you that you may have to shell out $1000 simply to have your fuel tank filled once. I’m certain a lot of you already know that it can take two or three full tanks of oil to get you through the winter. Something you need to already realize by this point also is that it could cost $3000 just to purchase the heating oil in order to heat your home in the winter months. You need to also keep in mind that this is something we need to do every single year and the increasing cost of heating oil makes it more expensive each and every year.

Men and women who heat their home with electricity also have it no better simply because it can cost them up to $500 every single month to be able to keep their home warm in the winter. At this stage you need to recognize that this can actually end up costing more cash than using heating oil, making either one of these options incredibly expensive. And again energy prices additionally seem to be on the rise every year, so each year you are going to end up spending a lot more.

You will discover that the smartest option that remains is to use the sun in order to heat your home and this can be achieved rather easily. If you construct yourself a simple solar panel system for your backyard or your roof you will see that you will be able to produce enough electricity to be able to run a small number of those electric fireplaces which are energy efficient throughout the wintertime. You need to also remember that you ought to only use this solar panel system for running the energy efficient heaters to be able to ensure you have enough power to run them. The truth is that this can be very expensive if you end up hiring somebody to come and install this for you, but there are programs on the web which can actually show you how to set this up yourself and save a huge number of dollars.

Even with the initial cost of setting this up you could end up saving cash your very first year and end up saving far more cash every year following. I’m certain that everybody in your family would like to set something like this up and if you get all the guys together and do one house at a time, you can have all the homes setup in no time at all.

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