Category Green Living

3 Eco-friendly Landscaping Tips

Tips for Eco-Friendly Landscaping – When we give to the earth, the earth gives back to us. We all know that it is very important to be ecologically conscious by not wasting resources and keeping our land clean. A positive way to give back to the earth and help yourself too is to have an eco-friendly plan in mind when you plan to do your landscaping.

3 Tips for Landscaping Eco-friendly Landscaping

#1. Compost!
Compost is a very good way to feed your plants and make sure they have all the necessary nutrients to grow, while responsibly disposing of certain materials from your home. Compost is a form of recycling that is very beneficial to plants...

Read more

22+ Tips for a Greener Life

It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to start living green, and with a few simple changes, you can start small and build new habits that will lead to a more eco-friendly life. In honor of Earth Month, here are a few easy and inexpensive ways to tread lightly on the earth this year.

Protect both the environment and your pocketbook with these 22+Tips for a greener life:

Inside the Home

1) Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat allows you to decrease run times when you are away or asleep. This way energy isn’t wasted.

2) Set the Thermostat Higher in Summer, Lower in Winter
When you are home, set your thermostat a little higher in summer or lower in winter. Lowering the thermostat in winter can reduce energy usage by 3 percent, for instance.
http://www.pnm...

Read more

Advantages to Community Gardening: With limited gardening space, consider a community garden.

You might live in a townhouse with a postage stamp-sized yard. Perhaps you live in an apartment building without a balcony or access to green space. Perhaps you have a large yard, but it is completely shaded by large trees, or the soil in your yard is not hospitable to growing edible plants such as tomatoes, herbs and peppers. If this is the case, a community garden plot may be just the solution.

Advantages of Community Gardening

Good Soil and Sun Exposure

Community gardening allows individuals and families to cultivate plants and grow food when otherwise they may not be able to due to conditions at their own home. Many community gardens are located in areas with mostly sunny exposure, perfect for growing vegetables and many varieties of perennial and annual flowers.

Tools and Storage are ...

Read more

Buying a Freezer Is an Economical Investment

A freezer is a sensible investment for many households. Money saved in the family budget is one of the primary reasons most consumers opt to buy a freezer. Energy savings rank as another deciding factor.

Living green and practicing a healthy lifestyle have prompted many residents to grow vegetable gardens, plus more people than ever are making meals from scratch. Freezing provides a splendid way to store surplus vegetables and save dinner leftovers. Before buying a freezer for the home, consider first how one can get the most savings.

A Few Quick Facts about Home Freezers

Consumers need to know what’s available when searching for a freezer. Some models require manual defrosting, for example, while others are self-defrosting. Chest freezer sizes vary greatly, ranging from tiny 2...

Read more

10 Ways You Can Change the World!

So you want to help the planet but swimming in the ocean after an oil spill just isn’t your thing? Well, start saving the planet one less carbon footprint at a time. There are very simple, easy, cost effective ways to reduce your personal impact on the world. You can also help force others to reduce theirs by changing your habits.

Here are some Green tips that will help you reduce your carbon footprint.

1. Go solar in every way you can and you will reduce your energy based carbon footprint in an amazing ways. It may cost a bit more in start up costs but over all you will be saving money as well. The sun’s energy is free and does not hurt the environment when used. If you do a massive system, you may even earn money from the utility company in your area.

There are many types of solar produc...

Read more

Energy-saving Weather stripping and Window Coverings

You probably have temperature-controlling appliances within your home. Such equipment are like investments that ensure that you will be comfortable within your home whether the temperature is scorching outside during summer or extremely freezing during winter.

But you must also have an idea of how much electricity is being consumed by such temperature controlling appliances. Homeowners who have and use them at home will readily attest that their monthly electric bills are way too high because of the usage of such appliances.

While it is true that you can live at home without cooling and heating system, it would make your stay inside your own home extremely miserable. Homes are built to serve as your place of refuge where you can rest and relax after a long day’s work...

Read more

The Future of Solar

The Future of Solar PV (Photovoltaic) Energy
1. The Problem
2. The Solution
3. The Results
4. The Benefits
5. An Investment in the Future

1. The Problem:

Traditional sources of electrical power generation are running out as production will peak in the next decade but demand will continue to rise. Energy prices will continue to rise at a higher rate as well as the number of outages during peak hours.  There is the obvious problem of the pollution we are causing to our environment.

From my perspective, the world’s energy needs vary greatly; there is no clear single solution to the problem of supplying the world’s energy.

All forms of energy production have issues associated with them, i. e. –

1. Coal – Pollution/Strip Mining
2. Natural Gas – Cost and Lack of Infrastructure
3...

Read more

Positive Steps That You Can Take Now to Reduce Heating Costs

The current high prices of heating fuel and electrical energy are making the cost staying warm in the cold weather unbearable. Energy department officials estimate the average family in the United States spends $1,600 on energy a year and the cost can’t help but increase with crude oil always threatening to climb to $100 per barrel. There are many things a homeowner can do to reduce energy waste and save money. Many projects cost little or will payback their cost quickly.

Energy Reduction Hints for Homeowners

  • Make sure attic and wall spaces are well insulated. Most insulation projects are suitable for many do it yourselfers and there many qualified contractors that specialize in insulation work.
  • Wash laundry and clothes only when you have a full load ready to go...
Read more

Battery Selection for Alternative Energy Electricity Generation

Designing a residential wind or solar power system requires many engineering considerations. One of the biggest decisions is whether to design a grid-tied (GT) or off-the-grid (OTG) system. This decision is a prime motivator in design of the battery storage system. A professional can design and install an appropriate system for each unique situation.

A typical GT system feeds excess electricity back into the power grid, running the consumer’s meter backwards. If the grid is available, it is also used to supply power to the home if necessary. OTG systems rely totally on themselves and backup generators to supply electricity needs. Either system may use batteries to store energy, but going OTG requires battery storage.

Sizing the Battery Bank

There are several technical issues to be consid...

Read more

Biochar – Promising Way to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Imagine this: You have a garden or yard full of trees. Each year you prune and cut dying branches to make room for new growth. Each autumn you rake in several pounds of dead leaves, fallen fruits and other garden “leftovers.” What are you going to do? Ordinarily, you would just leave them alone scattered on your yard, where they would just decay or be buried in winter frost. You probably would clear out a fallen branch or two as well.

How to make Biochar

  1. Clear your garden of all living, organic material.
  2. Dig a trench approx 12 inches deep.
  3. Use a fork to loosen and turn the soil at the bottom.
  4. Pile brush in the bottom of the trench, approx 8 inches deep.
  5. Light the brush on fire, and allow it to smolder until the smoke thins and turns bluish-gray.
  6. Cover lightly with an inch of dirt and le...
Read more