Livingroom

Can Air Conditioners Be Used to Help Clean Up Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air is unclean, stale and filled with pollutants. Compared to outdoor air, the air inside your home is ten times more contaminated. Many of the pollutants we inhale in our homes come from outdoors through windows, while others are from different sources inside our homes. Poor indoor air quality can be risky as it […]

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10 Best Ways to Build a Sustainable Park

Parks do more than beautify and enhance a community. They’re also vital for preserving and protecting natural areas and supporting a healthy ecosystem. However, not all green space is as beneficial as you might think. Although most green spaces are an improvement over parking lots or other development from an ecological perspective, they may not […]

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Good Food Gone Bad – Changing Our Appetite for Waste

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations currently estimates that around a third of all food produced in the world is either lost or disposed of. In total, that amounts to approximately 1.3 billion tons of organic waste produced every year—close to 100 billion dollars in monetary terms. The numbers are truly frightening, […]

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Passive Housing: A Greener Way of Living

We’re all looking for ways to cut back on our energy usage and, in turn, reduce our utility bills. Actions such as replacing old light bulbs with efficient LED models and using household appliances only when they’re full or almost full help to conserve energy, but if you truly want your home to be as […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Creating An Energy-Efficient Home

There have always been environmental reasons to “green” one’s home. By decreasing the amount of energy used, it’s possible to reduce your carbon footprint. This, in turn, helps to preserve Earth’s natural resources for future generations. But there are increasingly economic reasons for becoming more energy efficient as well. Nationwide, utility prices keep trending upward, […]

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Light Bulbs and Energy Saving: A Checklist for the Home and Office

We live at an amazing time in human history, and we’re lucky to be blessed with so much abundant technology to make our lives easier and more comfortable than our ancestors ever could have dreamed. Still, there’s a tendency to think that because this technology is almost always right there when we need it, it […]

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How To Conserve Water And Prevent Contamination At Home

All life depends on water. Unfortunately, contaminated water harms us and our environment. At the core of this contamination is human error; we disregard the effects of the toxins we’re exposed to every day. Industries pour poisons directly into drainage ditches, rivers and oceans without a thought, and wastewater ends up in our groundwater.  Why […]

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Indoor Air Quality: Update your Essentials for a Healthier Home

Throughout your home, there are many opportunities to update your essential items with more earth-friendly, sustainable and healthy options. What many homeowners and renters don’t realize is the impact the products they bring in can have on the indoor air quality and level of wellness inside your home. Here is a room by room guide […]

What the World’s Greenest Building Would Look Like

Seattle Bullitt Center image by Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wiki Creative Commons license The first thing you see when approaching my house is not the house.  It’s the twin solar panel arrays, pivoting toward the sun. You might momentarily be fooled into thinking that my century-old farm house is also a green house.  Sadly, […]