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home : life : green living April 29, 2016

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. Good for you! But as with any home improvement pro... 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... 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.... More >>


4 simple ways you can save the Earth
(BPT) - Every year in April, Earth Day encourages people around the world to think about how they can better support the environment. While this is a great reminder to live sustainably, the lessons surrounding Earth Day shouldn't be limited to just one day. In fact, world leaders and A-list celebri... 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... 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... 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... 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 American gra... More >>


Still green and still great: National tree program marks 40 years of greening U.S. streets
(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 inception ... 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!... 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... 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... More >>


6 ways to give your home a breath of fresh air
(BPT) - Spring is in the air, and that means tackling home improvement projects you've been putting off all winter long. 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 comfort... 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... 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 ... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 ... 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... 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... 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... More >>


American companies embrace a sustainable future
(BPT) - Meeting in Paris, delegates from 195 nations ended 2015 by reaching a landmark agreement to make significant efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The historic pact represents a global effort to curb climate change and a move toward widespread investment in zero-carbon energy sources ... More >>


Getting an early start on spring
(BPT) - As soon as the first morning frost appears and the first snowflakes start to pile up, many begin looking forward to spring. Images of green leaves, red and orange blossoms, fresh vegetables and herbs help keep the cold winter days manageable as you wait for the ground to thaw so you can sta... More >>


Make your bathroom a retreat for holistic living
(BPT) - In holistic living, all things are interconnected, which means home design has a big influence on health and wellness. One room where every household member can benefit from the art of holistic living is the bathroom. With some strategic upgrades to the decor, fixtures and appliances, it&rs... More >>


A new car vs. your used car: What's the greener option?
(BPT) - Buying a new car to reduce your carbon footprint seems logical. But surprisingly, keeping the vehicle already in your garage, or replacing it with a more fuel efficient used car may be a greener choice. That’s because it takes a lot of energy and raw materials to manufacture a new veh... More >>








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