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Gravity Filters
Green consumers are moving away from using bottled water because of the waste it generates. In its place, many are turning to home filtration systems. These are more cost effective than drinking bottled water and less stress on the ecosystem in the long term. One of the popular systems is the gravity-feed filter.
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Furniture Made From Recycled Goods
In the quest to be sustainable, we usually begin in the home. It begins with simple things such as decorating with sustainable goods. It can evolve into turning the home into a very efficient, green place. The purchase of recyclable furniture is a perfect start to this process.
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Funtional Windows and Energy
Windows play more of a part in energy use than initially perceived. They are ways in which heat is lost and gained. We may be familiar with energy efficient windows, but now there are even more possibilities with windows. There are windows that function as windows and more.
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Fungal Insulation
Does it sound surreal to imagine a home with mushrooms growing inside the walls to keep it insulated? It is quite a reality. We all know that homes are more energy efficient when they have good insulation. Making use of a process that occurs all the time in the natural world is a new innovation in green building.
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Flourescent Lighting
Compact fluorescent lighting is a fixture for sustainable living. It is an easy way to reduce energy costs, but mercury content in the lighting, has some consumers concerned that the risks may outweigh the benefits.
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Energy Smart TVs and Computers
We are a very technological society. Our electronic use rate is one of the highest in the world. However, we are aware that electronics use lots of energy. Fortunately, our technology has allowed us to be innovative and invent new devices that work very well and use less energy.
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Energy saving that can be done in any home
According to the US federal government, the average U.S. family spends about $1,300 a year on home utility bills. We also consume roughly 75% more energy per family than the developed countries of Europe. Families in Australia and Japan also use less energy than we do. In the US, we often live in large and extremely inefficient homes. Even if you don't live in a large home, due to a lack of proper insulation or weatherizing there is still is a large amount of money wasted on inefficient energy
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Energy Efficient Windows
Energy use is important to those who are seeking to make their lifestyles more sustainable. It has been proven that implementing some minor improvements in a home, such as using better insulation, are very effective. Installing energy efficient windows is another improvement that can be done so that a home can be more environmentally friendly.
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Energy Efficient Office Equipment
It is always a great decision for a business to implement green habits. If the office needs new equipment then there are ways that they can maximize their energy efficiency. There are several products that have earned ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR certification means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Office Equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR certification helps save energy through sp
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Energy efficient fixtures
Energy is one of the resources we try to save the most. It is one of the easiest to manage as well. We know how to turn off appliances and lights that are not in use. There are now options in fixtures that are Energy Star certified that anyone can put in their home.
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Ecofriendly wallpaper
Wallpaper is another part of home decorating that can be done eco-friendly. Wallpaper lasts up to 10 years. If eco-friendly wallpaper is purchased, there are 10 less years of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) in a home. VOC’s are the chemicals we smell when wallpaper is applied. The treated wallpaper prevents mildew but adds to indoor air pollution. This indoor air pollution has a direct link to human health problems like asthma. But wallpaper is a home product that is making its way to b
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Eco Friendly Food Storage
When it comes to food, most of us are too busy to go shopping for it all the time. This is why we use food storage in foil, plastic containers, and plastic bags. However, most of our plastics are made from petroleum which can transfer chemicals to our food during heating. These chemicals take thousands of years to break down. Reusable kitchenware is less harmful and reduces the amount of packaging that needs to be disposed of. There are reusable, ecologically sound options out there for foo
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Eco Blinds
Cooling costs the average homeowner about $1,000 a year. This cost can be curbed by installing more energy efficient items in the home. The federal government may help with some upgrades. There is a Federal program called Weatherization Assistance. The program is run by the states and each state has slight differences in eligibility. You can check your state’s eligibility by calling your state’s Department of Energy. Compensation is available to homeowners who do energy efficient upgrades.
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Eco Sound proofing
We all value our privacy and peace and quiet after being in a place with “thin walls”. Usually sound proofing is done using fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass is a material that cannot be easily recycled, isn’t biodegradable, and requires a lot of energy to produce. New environmentally friendly solutions are available.
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Eco Lamps
We use indoor lighting to do our daily nighttime tasks. Lamps fit the bill for most of us. Lamps also double as a decoration. It is no surprise that lamps are one the easiest ways to be eco-friendly in decoration and lighting.
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Eco Friendly Dry Cleaners
We all like to have nice clothes and want them to be fresh as long as possible. That is why we use dry cleaning. The problem with dry cleaning fluid is that the active ingredient, Tetrachloroethylene, abbreviated as PERC, is a major environmental contaminant that is difficult to break down in water treatment plants and can also cause cancer. PERC has an easily recognizable smell. Up to half of the aquifers in the U.S. are contaminated with PERC. The government is trying to eliminate PERC,
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Eco Decor
We all like change, especially when it comes to our home surroundings. Home décor is one of the easiest places to begin making a home more green. It can also be one of the most enjoyable to personalize for any taste and budget.
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Eco beds
It is well known that good sleep is essential to good health. Sleep repairs your cells and improves your mental health. Synthetic bedding products are common, from polyester sheets to polyurethane foam mattresses. They’re made from nonrenewable chemicals that are derived from petroleum rather than renewable agricultural fibers. Some people may be affected by formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted from synthetic products. If you are sensitive to certain che
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Eco BBQ
Summer is barbecue season. We use them to entertain large groups, celebrate holidays, and to enjoy the outdoors. A barbecue is a perfect event to green up. Here are some suggestions to make your barbeques eco-friendly.
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Denim and Wool Insulation
Insulation is a well known way to improve energy use in a home. Fiberglass has been the traditional material that has been used for insulation. There have been new ways to insulate a home since then that are a bit safer than using fiberglass because they use natural materials, so natural, that they could have once come from your closet.
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Cork Floors
More and more consumers are seeking green, rather than conventional, solutions for their purchases. There are now ways to put flooring in a home that is eco-friendly, functional, and beautiful. Natural cork flooring is becoming a popular option for the green consumer who wants their flooring to have beauty and durability. Cork flooring is a versatile material for builders and homeowners.
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Cooking Methods to Save Energy
We all need to eat. It’s a fact. One of the concerns is over how much energy we use when we cook food. There are ways to minimize energy use for cooking. There are several appliances that are certified by ENERGY STAR to save money and energy. Gas units are preferable to electric when it comes to heating food, but if you don’t cook often, the savings may not be as much. As far as the types of gas burners, it doesn’t matter which you use. An energy efficient range hood is a good choice.
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Cleaner Indoor Air With Plants
Common indoor houseplants provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution. The plants in your office or home are not only easy on the eyes, but NASA scientists are finding them very useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside modern buildings. Plants scrub significant amounts of harmful gases out of the air, through the everyday processes of photosynthesis. Some pollutants are also absorbed and rendered harmless in the soil. It
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Certified Sustainable Wooden Furniture
Wood is one of the most used materials throughout human history. It offers both beauty and strength while remaining easy to manipulate. There are few purposes for which wood cannot be used. It's impossible to imagine a world without wood. Yet today's wood products, though useful and attractive, are largely obtained via unsustainable logging practices. If the current trend continues, these harvesting methods could result in our world being severely depleted of the forests we depend on for lum
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Ceiling Paint and Energy
Ceilings are one of the most ignored parts of a home because they are usually not the focus of a room. But they have an important role in how our homes utilize energy. Properly maintained ceilings help save energy and can provide an attractive atmosphere within the home. Painting and the ceiling can help make your home more efficient.
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Buying Local
When it comes to buying goods, most of us would try sustainable goods if possible. Many of us buy organics, or recycled goods. One thing that is catching on is the decision to buy local goods. What not everyone knows is that major retailers often have more effects than lowering prices. These stores move money out of the town that they are in.
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Buying in Bulk to Reduce Waste
Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to become more environmentally friendly. Not only does buying in bulk make life more convenient by saving trips to the store, it saves money and environmental resources as well. Bulk packaged goods are cheaper than individually packaged goods, and fewer trips to the store means less fossil fuel burned and more time for other things.
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Biodegradable Trash Bags
We all have probably seen the biodegradable dog waste bags and cat pan liners at stores and parks, but one thing that is becoming more common is applying the same principle to our own trash bags. After all, part of living green is to reduce our waste. These bags decompose over time, which means less waste in the landfill.
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Biodegradable Tableware
In the warmer months, we all enjoy having barbecues and picnics. We also try to be aware of our habits and make these events greener. The problem is, while we don’t want to carry around and wash all our dishes and cutlery, we also don’t want to have to leave with a garbage bag full of plastic. There is a solution for this: biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery.
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Bamboo and Hardwood Floors
Bamboo and hardwood flooring are beautiful and eco-friendly assets to every home. Contemporary floors and carpets can contain high amounts of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which contribute to indoor air pollution. It is easy to see why conscious consumers want flooring that is functional and safe.
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Bamboo and Hardwood Floors
Bamboo and hardwood flooring are beautiful and eco-friendly assets to every home. Contemporary floors and carpets can contain high amounts of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which contribute to indoor air pollution. It is easy to see why conscious consumers want flooring that is functional and safe.
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Bamboo and Hardwood Floors
Bamboo and hardwood flooring are beautiful and eco-friendly assets to every home. Contemporary floors and carpets can contain high amounts of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which contribute to indoor air pollution. It is easy to see why conscious consumers want flooring that is functional and safe.
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Bamboo and Hardwood Floors
Bamboo and hardwood flooring are beautiful and eco-friendly assets to every home. Contemporary floors and carpets can contain high amounts of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which contribute to indoor air pollution. It is easy to see why conscious consumers want flooring that is functional and safe.
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Avoiding "Sick Building Syndrome"
“Sick building syndrome” (SBS) is a term describing the situation in which a place has been found to cause various ailments and illnesses like headaches, respiratory problems and skin irritations. It is thought to be caused by indoor pollutants, microorganisms or inadequate ventilation. A 1984 World Health Organization report suggested up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be linked to symptoms of SBS. Sick building syndrome is predominantly due to poor indoor air quality.
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How Does Eco-Lighting Benefit the Environment
Eco-lighting benefits the environment in significant ways. Not only is energy use decreased, but the materials used for eco-lighting are better for the environment, emit fewer greenhouse gases, and the lights also work for 10,000 hours.
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CFL Lighting
CFL bulbs, also referred to as compact fluorescent light or energy saving light, are made to replace conventional incandescent bulbs. They differ from incandescents in that they come in a swirled bulb form instead of the traditional globular form. They fit into most light fixtures but are pin design in comparison to screw-in incandescent designs.
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Comparing Energy Ratings on Appliances
If you’re getting ready to buy a new appliance, consider buying an Energy Star rated appliance. Energy Star was created in 1992 and many countries have adopted the program that certifies energy-efficient models of appliances.
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