Category Green Living

Rain Gardens: Save our environment with landscaping

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There’s a new garden in town. It is (mostly) easy to install, looks good year-round, requires almost no maintenance and has a terrifically upbeat impact on the environment. No wonder rain gardens are such a great new gardening trend!

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment plants often can’t handle the deluge of water, and in many locations the untreated water ends up in natural waterways. The EPA estimates as much as 70 percent of the pollution in our streams, rivers, and lakes is carried there by storm water! By taking responsibility for the rainwater that falls on your own roof and driveway, you’ll be helping to protect our rivers,...

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Landscaping for an Energy Efficient Home

Landscaping for an Energy Efficient Home

There are two main things that will be considered in this article to help you create an energy efficient home through landscaping.

Choosing the correct landscaping can save you money year round. According to the US Department of Energy, a tree planted in the right place can save you up to 25% of the cost of cooling your home. Two or three well placed trees can save the average home $100-$250 per year in energy costs. So, grab your shovel and let’s get started!

Landscaping: Building Shaded Areas

First, consider shading. In the summer a shaded area can be up to nine degrees cooler that a sunny area. You’ve undoubtedly noticed this if you have ever taken a walk in the middle of a hot summer day. As the sweat pours off of your face, you spot a tree ahead. You might walk a little faster...

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Understanding Gray Water Around Your Home

In this day of energy conservation and listening to the pleas of our dying, very damaged environment, we are all in need of tips on how we can live better without depleting our natural resources. One such tip involves planting more trees and living in a greener world, where plants can use their natural ability to turn carbon dioxide in the air into oxygen. Another tip involves conserving water and making sure that one of our most precious commodities is abundant enough to sustain life for all animals, plants, and humans.

Thus exists a paradox: how can plants live on very little water if we must conserve it; and conversely, how can we conserve water well enough so that we can still allow plants to grow? Scientists are now hard at work trying to genetically engineer plants to grow with very ...

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3 Ways to Get Free Water for Your Yard and Garden

3 Ways to Get Free Water for Your Yard and Garden

Every year in the spring, avid gardeners around the country start doing major maintenance to make their yards and gardens look lush and beautiful. And part of that maintenance involves watering the yard and garden more fully and heavily than they did during the cold winter months.

Unfortunately using so much water for the yard and garden can rack up some hefty bills, and in some parts of the country there are actually restrictions on how much you can use because of water shortages.

There are 3 ways to get free water for use in the yard and garden though, so we’ll look at those here.

  1. Water From Your Roof. Even if it does not rain in your area often, when it does you might be surprised to find out just how much water can be captured for later use...
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Energy Efficient Home Guide

Are you ready to find out if in fact your home is as energy efficient as it can be?

Most of us have some big and many small things that we can do to better the energy efficiency of our home.  Whether you just want to drop a few dollars off of your gas bill or you are looking for a better way to fuel your home altogether, doing just a few things can make a tremendous amount of difference in your homes energy efficiency and monthly bills.

Why bother with energy efficiency?

You don’t feel like your home is energy inefficient and you can afford the bills so why bother?  Many people will be shocked to learn that they can lose up to 25% or more of the energy in their home without the need to.  You could literally be throwing your money out the window.

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Urban Sustainable Living Tips

Living in an apartment or a house in the city, it can seem hard to live a sustainable lifestyle. Do not fall for that lie, it is completely possible to embark on a journey of urban sustainable living.

A sustainable lifestyle is one where a person attempts to reduce their impact on the world, where they try to reduce their use of natural resources, and leave a minimal carbon footprint.

Living in the city it might seem harder to lead this sort of sustainable urban lifestyle, but in reality, no matter where you live, you can have a positive difference. Honestly in an urban environment it is easy to have a positive impact on the world, because your daily habits can be positive without even thinking about it...

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