How to Save Energy on Hot Water Heaters
To save energy and allow your hot water heater to last longer you should insulate any accessible hot water pipes, turn down the hot water heater to 120° F, and drain a bucket of water from the heater once or twice a year to remove sediment from the tank. Watch this video to find out more.
How to Reduce Waste from Plastic Coffee Stir Sticks
The waste associated with plastic coffee stir sticks may seem inconsequential until you consider that 138 billion are thrown away every year. For a greener cup of coffee, put the cream and sugar in your cup first, then pour in the coffee. If it still needs stirring, use a long piece of pasta instead.
Water Conservation: Stop Waste In These 5 Areas
Water conservation is fast becoming a priority for many homeowners. Adopt these simple water saving measures to cut your home’s water usage.
How to Build a Compost Bin (2 DIY Alternatives)
Composting lawn and garden waste is a great way to obtain organic material for your garden while reducing the environmentally negative aspects of trucking yard waste to the landfill. This DIY compost bin is easy to build and made from pressure treated wood so it will last for many years to come.
Small Town Green: Building an Energy Efficient Home
This home was awarded Gold Certification from the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program. It had to meet standards for water conservation, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainable and recycled materials.
Sponges vs. Paper Towels
Paper towels account for up to 3,000 tons of waste a day. Sponges are a more eco-friendly option for clean up, since one sponge is the equivalent of 17 rolls of paper towels. To kill the bacteria and mold that can grow on sponges, put a damp sponge in the microwave on high for two minutes.
Tip for Recycling Newspapers
To bundle newspapers for recycling, place two pieces of 4’ long twine at right angles in a wagon, then put the stack of newspapers on top of it. Tie the ends of the twine together tightly before transporting it to the curb on the wagon.
Greenbuild Expo 2008: Innovative Ideas for Your Home
The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo was held in Boston with over 28,000 eco-enthusiasts from 85 countries attending. Read on to find out about some great energy saving and environmentally friendly products for your home.
Going Green for Eternity
If you’re concerned about the environment and want to do your part to reduce the impact on the natural world, why stop when life ends? Green, or natural, burials and cemeteries are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional interment.