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home : life : green living May 26, 2016

The electric revolution happening in your yard
(BPT) - On March 31, 2016, millions of people from around the world watched Elon Musk unveil the Tesla Model 3. Touted as the first consumer-grade electric car, the Model 3 represents significant advances in battery-powered technology that allows drivers to both recharge their battery faster and go... Read More


Is your high-efficiency water heater going to lead to heartache later on?
(BPT) - It’s time to replace your old, energy-guzzling water heater, boiler, dehumidifier or furnace and you’ve done your homework. You’re going to save energy and money in the long run by switching to a high-efficiency condensing heater or boiler. It’s important to know the... Read More


The edible backyard: A source for family meals - and fun
(BPT) - Have your kids ever asked you where the food they're eating comes from? It's a question many parents are answering right from their backyard and porches.To create a hands-on educational experience, many families are transforming their usable spaces into fruit and vegetable gardens that feed... Read More


Trashing is a waste of money [Infographic]
(BPT) - A staggering 70 percent of what Americans trash is actually recyclable. This infographic shows how we end up paying $6.8 billion each year in landfill dumping fees; but we don’t need to. If we just recycled more often, our towns and cities could save a whopping $4.6 billion each year!... Read More


Tiny-home trend models sustainability to all homeowners
(BPT) - Imagine selling your 2,700 square-foot home - the average size American house - and moving to a modest 400 square-foot home that substantially reduces your environmental footprint.Sound radical? Yes, but many people actually are making this decision, which is why the tiny house movement is ... Read More


A blanket for your home: Choose the right insulation to save money
(BPT) - With memories of winter fading fast, you might not be thinking about your home’s insulation, but the warm months are the ideal time for some simple DIY insulation projects with huge paybacks. Proper insulation — from roof to foundation — helps keep your home cool in the su... Read More


5 essential spring home improvement projects
(BPT) - The arrival of spring means new beginnings and a fresh chance to tackle those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off for the last several months. Get your home ready for summer and make it more beautiful, efficient and functional than ever with these five seasonal projects.... Read More


4 simple ways you can save the Earth
(BPT) - While you're probably familiar with common ways to help the environment, you could be doing so much more year-round. Not only should you become more aware of how your daily habits affect climate change, but you can take action at the click of a button to be part of the solution and communit... Read More


Top tips for recycling tossed-aside tech
(BPT) - Do you know what to do with that old computer monitor sitting in storage? What should you do with a retired PC or tablet? If the items cluttering your home were newsprint, plastic bottles or aluminum cans, you would know exactly what to do with them - recycle! But if you're unsure how to re... Read More


4 ways to make every day Earth Day
(BPT) - On Friday, April 22, millions across the globe celebrate Earth Day by participating in eco-friendly activities in order to make a positive impact on the world we live in. This special day is also the perfect opportunity to start thinking about how you can add small, environmentally-based ac... Read More


7 simple steps for summer lawn prep
(BPT) - If you’re a part of the nearly 90 percent of Americans who believe it’s important to have a well-maintained yard, you and your backyard will appreciate these seven simple steps for tending to your natural turf lawn with minimal effort.According to Grass Seed USA, a coalition of ... Read More


Improve your home's energy efficiency with these tips
(BPT) - With spring upon us and the emphasis on home energy efficiency continuing to grow, building industry experts say now is the best time for homeowners considering a home improvement project to look at how energy efficient their home truly is. Homeowners should ask themselves, "How much energy... Read More


40 years of urban forests making cities healthier, safer, happier
(BPT) - Apple computers, the rock band U2, “Rocky” and two national football teams — of all the things that turn 40 in 2016, none have transformed the American landscape as definitively and beautifully as the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. Since its ... Read More


Save big on home heating, cooling costs with this building method
(BPT) - If you are planning to build a new home or add on to your existing home, you likely take for granted that it will be constructed with “sticks.” For more than 100 years, homes in North America have been built using hundreds of individual pieces of lumber, wall studs, floor joists... Read More


5 ways businesses can cut energy, save money
(BPT) - Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance — up 14 percent from the previous year, according t... Read More


6 ways to give your home a breath of fresh air
(BPT) - It is time to tackle home improvement projects you’ve been putting off. As you plan for these projects over the warmer months, include steps to improve your family’s home environment, both inside and outside. Your house will be a better, more comfortable place to live.Conserve w... Read More


Spring cleaning: 8 areas you can't overlook
(BPT) - Spring is here, which means it’s time to start cleaning. While a good wipe down can leave your home feeling clean, there are several overlooked items that could be hosting germs, dirt and dust. So when you’re ready to get out the broom, mop and rags, don’t forget to tidy u... Read More


Backyard bounty: Vegetables are nature's original nutritional powerhouses
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the chatter around how a handful of unusual foods are must-eat nutritional powerhouses — and wondered how you’ll ever get your kids to try kale or chia seeds. But you don’t have to stress over how to incorporate the latest health food fads into ... Read More


World Water Day brings awareness to the Global Water Crisis
(BPT) - More than 663 million people around the world, nearly twice the population of the United States, lack access to clean and safe drinking water. The majority of those affected live in isolated, rural areas in developing countries. Women and children are especially burdened with the task of wa... Read More


5 tips for a greener, more enjoyable office experience
(BPT) - From the smell of lilacs in spring, to the relief of jumping into a lake on a hot summer’s day, to all the fun that comes with winter snow, there’s no end to the memories we have of playing outside. It’s no wonder then, people want to know what they can do to help take car... Read More


Go green to save green: 6 earth-friendly home improvement ideas
(BPT) - From cleaning out the garage to upgrading your floors and windows, it often seems like home improvement projects will never end. While you may be dedicated to making your home a better place, it’s also important to consider how it affects your carbon footprint. Are you doing everythin... Read More


Raising backyard chickens: Egging on the farm-to-table movement at home
(BPT) - As more Americans choose restaurants that take pride in buying from local farms and cooking in season, many families have brought these farm-to-table values home with them. That may feel like the latest trend to emerge from the culinary world, but its roots run deep on family farms; the ben... Read More


Making a healthy change for you, your community and the environment
(BPT) - Just because New Year’s Day has come and gone, your chance for making a change for the better hasn’t. Whether looking to give a boost to your health, your fellow man or even the environment, there’s no deadline on picking up positive habits.Make easy nutritional choicesIf ... Read More


5 ways to open a world of flavors in a small space
(BPT) - If a big part of your weekend is dedicated to experimenting with recipes and combining ingredients to create new flavors, you just might be a foodie. If you have a checklist of restaurants you’ve been meaning to try but haven’t had a chance to because you’ve been busy eati... Read More


Stack the deck in Mother Nature's favor with these green deck-building tips
(BPT) - Communing with the bounty of nature in your own backyard is one of the many advantages of having a deck. Not only does it boost home value, a deck gives you a comfortable venue for enjoying the outdoors — and what could be more environmentally friendly than spending some time with Mot... Read More


Tips for going green, saving green, with greywater recycling
(BPT) - Water conservation isn’t just for Californians and others who live in dry climates. Although the Golden State’s water woes grabbed headlines last summer, it’s not the only state potentially facing water shortages. Nor is it the only one where conservation-minded homeowners... Read More



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