Going Green

Solar Energy: The Green Alternative

Solar energy provides an environmentally friendly alternative to other energy sources, and it is also relatively inexpensive. Although it works better in areas that have a lot of sunlight, including southern California, it has the potential to be utilized across the world for a wide number of different applications. For example, many of the electronic signs that are utilized in construction zones in Michigan are powered by solar energy. Although most people think that solar energy is a newer concept, mankind has been harnessing the power of the sun for centuries.

A No-smoke Alternative to Traditional Fireplaces

Traditional fireplaces are cozy and wonderful; however it is no secret that they are not so great for the environment. Their smoke can pollute the air both inside and out, and lead to respiratory problems. According to the EPA, the smoke that fireplaces generate carries harmful particles, including volatile organic compounds and even benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogen. So, should you close up your fireplace once and for all? Not necessarily, as there is a greener option available – the bio ethanol fireplace.

Energy Management Technology: Is it Really Worth the Investment?

With energy costs on the rise and energy crises becoming a more threatening possibility, we are all looking for ways to lower our energy consumption. Energy management and efficiency have become buzz words in the media recently. There are many new affordable technologies that require very little effort to incorporate in the home. Other gadgets and systems can seem like a pricey investment, but are the savings they provide really worth it? I think so and here is why.

Most energy management systems work to reduce your home's energy consumption in the following ways:

Benefits of Installing Solar panels in the Home

Solar panels have proven the ideal solution to the increasing demand for household electricity. As indicated by many sources, solar energy is already challenging the conventional sources of non-renewable energy. Solar panel installation within the home offers you a good chance to play a role in the efforts to save energy.

Benefits of Installing Solar panels in the Home

Smart Energy Monitoring Tools Changing the Face of Home Energy Management

Home energy management is a big issue when it comes to how individuals can lend value to the overall energy efficiency of communities. This is especially so because houses (and buildings in general) have been identified as being particularly big culprits in terms of energy inefficiency. So much so that a whole industry has come up on just how to make buildings more energy efficient.

Selling your home? Go green!

In the housing market these days, buyers have a wide variety of homes to choose from, so sellers are often competing for buyers’ attention. Real estate agents will tell you that you need to impress buyers right away. Keep the house clean, remove all of your personal items, like pictures, and keep just enough furniture on display that buyers can envision living in your home. While all of those things are extremely important, there are a few other steps you can take to make your home more attractive to buyers.

Bamboo Fabric: The New Age of Bed Sheet

Cotton sheets are out, bamboo fabrics are in.

We have come to the time where people are seeking more comfort than ever, and they would pay a good price for that one. Many innovations in the articles we use for sleep have been established, and most of them offered great comfort to us. But bamboo fabric seems like to come in a much more pleasant light. With its ultra softness and high breathability, there is no wonder that more and more people prefer this new kind of bed sheet among its contemporaries.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Filtered Water

I moved into a new house recently and being that I'm all excited about moving in, I immediately started thinking about making all those improvements I had in mind – new carpet, new drapes, setting up surround sound in the living room – you name it. Of course, that was before I got thirsty after a long spell of hauling furniture and boxes out of the moving van and realized the water out of the tap tasted really...off.

Reuse and Repurpose Plastic for a Healthier World

In the hustle and bustle of today’s society, convenience trumps many things. One unfortunate reality is the fact that plastic disposable items come in so many forms that most people are oblivious about how much plastic they add to landfills, not just each year, but each week. Disposable cutlery, cups, lunchbox food containers, plastic bags, margarine tubs, water bottles, medicine bottles, shampoo bottles, milk jugs, plus countless other products encased in plastic, enter our homes each week.

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