Benefits of Trash Removal [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to researchers, 4.43 pounds of garbage is discarded by North Americans every day. Moreover, the total solid waste that is produced in the country is equal to the weight of over 247000 space shuttles, 5,600 Nimitz Class air craft carriers, 747 jumbo jets and 2.3 million Boeing.

If this entire solid waste accumulated in the U.S. is stored in average garbage trucks, the trucks can travel in and out of the country, from New York City to Los Angeles, for nearly 100 times. The point to be noted here is that, each ton of mixed recycled paper can consume the energy that is equal to 165 gallons of gasoline. Moreover, recycling around one ton of paper can consume between 7000 gallons of water, 15-17 trees, and almost half-a-year’s electricity for an average house in the North America.

Another data analyzes that North Americans actually consume more than 1 million plastic bags in a minute costing $30 per ton to recycle the trash, $50 to transfer it to the landfill, between $65 and $75 to incinerate it.

Benefits of trash removal

What are the preventive measures?

  • Recycling:   Businessmen can make use of discarded materials for manufacturing their new products.
  • Composting: Yard trimmings, food scraps, and other organic materials can be decomposed under controlled conditions into a soil-like, rich substance called compost.
  • Purchasing: Obtaining products that are manufactured using recycled materials that cause wastage after their useful life.

There are several benefits of trash removal but the three major ones are:

1. Health benefits: Piled up garbage at home or office is not good for business as flies, rats and roaches can flock to this garbage that carry harmful diseases.

2. Aesthetical benefits: The accumulated garbage is a real eye sore that ruins the aesthetics of a place.

3. Environmental benefits: Storing garbage certainly bring harmful effects on the environment as the harmful fumes and liquids emitted from garbage can pollute your surroundings, your community’s air, soil, and water quality.

Storing of garbage can also lead to development and financial benefits. Therefore, it is advisable to get rid of the garbage that you find or have in your home or office. If you are unable to do the job alone, you can also consult specialist junk removal service providers to do it for you. So, what are you waiting for? Remove all the trash and ensure clean and healthy surroundings.

This is a guest post written and contributed by James Scott. The author’s views above are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Why Go Green Today.

How Greenhouses Became Popular Over the Years

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A greenhouse is also known as a glasshouse. It is usually made from glass, aluminium, plastic or even a combination of any of these ‘roofing’ materials. These structures come in different sizes from small shacks to industrial-sized buildings. Initially, ‘Greenhouse technology’ can be traced from the ancient Romans. It was a simple concept whereby an enclosed structure was customarily built to provide the desired plants to grow in a special environment where its conditions are simulated in order to be like the plants natural environment.

According to an article featured on Dave’s Garden’s site (2013) “The Italians eventually followed suit, building their first modern “giardini botanici” or botanical gardens. During the Victorian age, Victorians saw the greenhouse as more than just a refuge for plants. It allowed industrial city dwellers the opportunity to reconnect with nature. It was probably the most iconic representation of the Victorian greenhouse which was situated in England known as ‘Palm House’ of Kew Gardens. It was constructed between the years 1844 and 1848 under the patronage of Queen Victoria. In America, it was Andrew Faneuil, who was recorded to be the first American greenhouse builder in 1737.

Greenhouses proliferated over the years in specific botanic origins. Greenhouse technology evolved and became popular in Europe, China and other parts of the globe because of the multiple benefits it generates to end-users or gardener-culturists. Generally, it is known to give health and financial benefits that can be derived. Among the beneficial effects of operating a greenhouse is the fact that it enables particular species of wanted plants to extend their growing season. Plants that cannot thrive outside their natural environment can now grow under simulated environmental conditions inside greenhouse structures.

Under this closed structure, greenhouse owners or horticulturists are able to: a) help nationwide green environments; b) control a year round harvest of certain crops; c) contain pests and predators as well as beneficial insects; d) protect grown plants from diseases, insects as well as birds; e) proceed with their gardening procedures despite inclement weather outside and f) provide financial value where growers can save money by growing the food they need such as organic natural vegetables and fruits.

In addition to this it is also important for a greenhouse structure to be positioned in such a way that the maximum amount of sunlight can enter it and be controlled as needed. Take into consideration the changes in the seasons and the decrease in light intensity with the start of winter. Furthermore, the type of greenhouse structures and designs vary according to the owners’ requirements and purpose. Definitely, a greenhouse owner needs to take into account the available space, storage and the possibility of future expansions. If so, larger buildings will be able to maintain the temperatures in contrast to smaller greenhouses. The cost-benefit value can only be appreciated based on the cost and crop production ratios.

There are more benefits derived from running a greenhouse as more and more nations introduce and evolve its eventual modernization. These are the reasons as to how greenhouses continue to be known to several nations particularly those who are propagating their agriculture industry. Should you need any other information or need to learn more about greenhouses you can visit http://www.gabrielash.com/

This is a guest post written and contributed by Katie Day. The author’s views above are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Why Go Green Today.

 

5 Unique Ways to Ensure You’re Living in a Green Home

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If you want to make sure that your homes carbon footprint is as small as possible, it doesn’t mean having to resort to a simple and primitive existence in which you forgo electricity and get off the grid in every way. Luckily, technology is advancing every day and a lot of this is going toward powerful new environmental protection solutions for homeowners.

Here are five practical tips that let your house give nature a much needed break while still keeping you comfortable.

1. Recycle

Let’s start with the most basic thing of all, which is recycling. Simply by being sure to properly recycle all of your household waste in the best ways that are either obligatory in your area or recommended by environmental protection groups, you’ll be doing a big favor to your community in the form of smaller garbage dumps, cleaner streets and smaller carbon footprints.

The basics like separating paper, plastic and metal from organic trash are obvious choices to make, but you should also be sure to make sure that any potentially toxic waste you need to get rid of goes to the right disposal places. Another useful idea is to also take all of your completely organic, compost friendly trash and put it into a backyard compost heap that you can use to create excellent, nutrient rich soil for a home vegetable or flower garden.

2. Install Solar Panels

Solar panels have come a long way from the extremely expensive and extremely inefficient tools that environmentally conscious homeowners had to work with just a couple of decades ago. Where efficiency rates of only 5 to 15% were once the best you could hope for from a residential electrical generation setup, nowadays, 20 to 30% is a lot more common and some experimental systems are even reaching efficiency rates that go as high as 50% (though these are extremely expensive still).

However, even if you install a more basic solar array in your home, you’ll definitely be chipping a nice large chunk off your annual electrical grid bills and this can make a big difference as the years of use go on. Coupling a solar array with a small home wind energy pole will make an even bigger improvement but it’s probably best to start with solar first and see how it works based on your regions sunshine levels.  A great resource for the entire United States is www.findsolar.com, which can connect you to reputable sellers of solar arrays in your specific area.

3. Take advantage of Environmental Remediation

Environmental remediation is the engineering and scientific procedure around remediating any environmental damage to soil, land, surface water and ground water in a piece of property so that whichever of these environments is free of contaminants and completely safe for animal or plant life.

This might seem like a big mouthful of expensive science, but as a solution for completely cleaning up a piece of land you’re planning on building a home or expanded garden space on, it’s an absolutely great idea. In effect environmental remediation will not only help keep your family and pets healthier, it will also have an indirect benefit to your whole local community by ensuring that where you live isn’t contributing dangerous contaminants to the area.

Look up the services of companies such as www.RWCollins.com –to name just one good example of a service provider—to see what kind of services they offer. Obviously though, look for a provider of similar services in your specific region.

4. Install LED Lighting

There are few environmentally friendly home renovations you can do in your house than the replacement of all your old incandescent bulbs with more efficient alternatives. And if you want to see some truly serious green benefits from doing this, forget about replacing Edison’s bulb with fluorescent (CFL) lights and just go straight to the latest energy saving lighting solution: LED light bulbs.

While incandescent bulbs will last an average of 1000 hours while burning through more than 3000 kWh per year (per every 30 bulbs used), LED light bulbs will continue working even after a totally whopping 50 to 60,000 hours and do this while only consuming 320 kWh per year (also per 30 bulbs used). This is even better than the burn rate and lifespan of CFL lights, which last an average of 8,000 hours and use 3 times as much electricity as their LED counterparts.

Don’t let the price of an LED bulb set put you off, they will save you hundreds of dollars over the long run, and nicely lower your home’s carbon footprint.

5. Install an Intelligent Thermostat

First, bear in mind that your home’s conventional thermostat is probably responsible for almost half your annual electrical bill. Now, knowing that, understand that the typical thermostat most homes have is grossly inefficient at regulating temperature in a way that doesn’t involve lot’s of pointless waste.

So, if you want to really cut down a large chunk of that 50% of your annual heating/cooling bill, your best bet is to replace your conventional thermostat with something much, much more efficient and environmentally friendly.

This is where the Learning thermostat comes into the picture. These devices are basically designed in such a way that they learn from the settings you give them over time and use this information to strategically regulate your home temperature in a way that always leaves you feeling comfortable while never using excess power needlessly. You can also program them to highly specific settings or even from a remote location through your smart phone!

Smart thermostats come from a number of different manufacturers but one particularly powerful solution is called the Nest Learning Thermostat, which is available from www.Nest.com.  They are an elegant, simple but very powerful step towards creating a green home through very clever technology.

This is a guest post written and contributed by Stephan Jukic who is a freelance writer generally covers a variety of subjects relating to the latest changes in white hat SEO, marketing, marketing tech and brand promotion. He also loves to read and write about subjects as varied as the idea of a location-free business, portable business management, and strategic marketing and advertising tactics. When he’s not busy writing or consulting, he spends his days enjoying life’s adventures either in Canada or Mexico. Connect with Stephan on LinkedIn. The author’s views above are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Why Go Green Today.

6 Unusual Green Gadgets for the Office

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1. LED Light Bulbs

Forget about incandescent light bulbs and forget even about the typical CFL (fluorescent) bulbs that get pushed as a “green” alternative to the classical light bulb. If you really want to see massive long term energy savings on your electrical bill, at least for lighting needs, then go for the incredible power of LED bulbs.

The typical incandescent bulb will last about 1000 hours and 30 of them will burn through more than 3000 kWh per year of use. A fair bit better can be achieved with a CFL bulb in the form of an 8000 hour lifespan and annual electrical burn of 80 kWh per 30 bulbs. But, and this is a big but, neither of these come even close to the efficiency of LED lights, which will last from between 50 and 60,000 hours and consume only 33 kWh in a year for every 30 of them that you install.

Sure, each bulb costs between 15 and 30 dollars but you’ll be saving hundreds per year in lighting costs if you use them. This means a distinctly small footprint from these very simple green gadgets.

2. Eco-friendly TV Screens

Most of us don’t associate TV screens with energy savings, but they too can have their impact, or reduce it if you pick the right type of “green” screen model for your office needs. Brand names such as Panasonic, Vizio and Aquos are designing the newest generation of high efficiency LCD flat screens that use as much as 50% less electricity than your typical screen for those all-important office display needs you’re going to have. In essence, from the more typical 500 watts used by your typical 4o to 50 inch TV screen, you can crunch things down to 250 watts.

This might not be the biggest earth saver option in your office but every little bit counts and green screens are a nice eco-friendly bonus.

3. Green Speakers

Since you’re now probably thinking of buying some environmentally friendly speakers, you might as well also consider an accompanying set of green speakers for your office multimedia needs.

In this case, we’re literally talking green in the form of small potted plant holders atop each speaker. Electronics manufacturer JVC, under the brand name‘Kirikabu’, has created a line of small modular speakers that deliver excellent sound power, an awesome design style and manufacturing from so called “eco-plastic”, which is made from recyclable materials and using environmentally friendly means. And yes, the Kirikabu speakers also feature little plant holders atop each unit, letting you literally add a touch of green to this interesting little effort at making your sound system more eco-friendly.

4. Toilet Paper Maker

If you’ve got somewhere in the neighborhood of $90,000 on one heck of a major paper waste saver, then invest in a toilet paper machine such as the one manufactured and sold by Japanese tech company Nakabayashi. At 1,300 pounds, it’s one really big “gadget” to lug into your office, but what it promises to do really is an interesting method of keeping your office waste production down to a minimum: since most office garbage comes from paper, then the Nakabayashi becomes very useful and green friendly thanks to its ability to turn any of your paper trash into toilet rolls that are ready in no time for rear end use.

The makers of this enormous gadget claim that it can create two soft tissue rolls per hour from roughly 10 pounds of used office paper.

5. Learning Thermostat

The thermostats that you’ll find for most office spaces, even digital devices that exist in more modern offices, are simply not that efficient in many ways. Either their settings can’t be fine-tuned too precisely or if they can, you have to remember to keep reprogramming so you don’t waste energy on heating and cooling. The bottom line is that many office HVAC control systems waste a lot of energy.

This is where the Smart thermostat or Nest “Learning” thermostat comes into the picture. What this device, produced by the designers at www.Nest.com, does is allow you to carefully set your heating or cooling preferences based on a certain schedule or varying needs, and while you do all this over time, the thermostat itself learns your habits and starts auto programming itself to follow them for maximal energy savings that don’t leave you uncomfortable in your office (or home office). It can also be programmed remotely through a downloadable mobile app.

6. Space Heaters

Heating, as we’d already described above, can be a messy and inefficient process. If you live in a part of the world where at least 2 or three months of the year get cold enough without office heating, you’re going to be spending a lot of money on electrical bills. The worst thing about this is that a lot of that energy spent is inefficiently delivered and keeps a lot of unoccupied space warm.

This is where the space heaters designed and built by www.cozyproducts.com come in very handy. These awesome little devices can be plugged in at your office and provide you with highly adjustable heating for your specific work area or body without warming any additional space. Best of all, as shown in this chart,they can help you cut as much as 90+% from your heating bill if you compare them with ordinary space heating technology. According to the manufacturer, this is an innovative internal heating system design.

This is a guest post written and contributed by Stephan Jukic who is a freelance writer generally covers a variety of subjects relating to the latest changes in white hat SEO, marketing, marketing tech and brand promotion. He also loves to read and write about subjects as varied as the idea of a location-free business, portable business management, and strategic marketing and advertising tactics. When he’s not busy writing or consulting, he spends his days enjoying life’s adventures either in Canada or Mexico. Connect with Stephan on LinkedIn. The author’s views above are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Why Go Green Today.

Can You Switch to an Electric Car for a Greener Lifestyle?

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For many people aspiring to go green, their car is a source of worry. It’s a big pollutant but for most of us, it’s a necessary evil – public transportation does not always fulfil your needs, and if you have children, it is hard to escape the need for a car.

Electric and hybrid vehicles should be the solution to this problem, allowing people to enjoy the convenience of their own car without worrying about harmful emissions from fuel.

However, uptake of this new technology has been fairly slow, primarily because electric cars are more expensive than traditional models, and they also cannot travel very long distances on a single charge. With charge points still few and far between, this is an issue for a lot of drivers.

Range is improving though as manufacturers bring upgrades and new models to market, so is it possible for you to make the switch? Here are some tips that could help you.

Look into incentives and cashback schemes

Many governments are trying to promote electric cars, and offer incentives such as cashback or tax reductions to make it cheaper and more attractive. For example, in the UK you can claim £5000 back when you purchase a new electric vehicle. Taking advantage of these offers can make it a lot more affordable.

Install a charge point

Having a charge point at home will be necessary. Electricity tends to be cheaper at night, so charge it overnight whenever you can.

Go solar

Installing solar panels on your roof means you generate your own electricity. You can even make money on it by selling it back to the grid sometimes. This means that when you charge your car, you’re not paying for the electricity. Obviously, installing solar panels does cost money but again, it is often possible to claim some money back as part of green schemes.

Plan journeys

If you generally travel locally, for example commuting across town to work and going to the shops, the range of a solar vehicle will be more than adequate and you will not need to stop and charge. In such cases, running the solar car is significantly cheaper than running a gas car. For longer journeys, a second or even a third charge might be needed, especially if the car is loaded with passengers and luggage.

This means you will need to plan longer journeys to make sure you can charge en route. If you travel for longer hours or go somewhere far (for example visiting relatives), investigate whether there are charge points in place before you buy your car. Different models have different ranges, so this could influence what you buy. Charge points are becoming increasingly common so you should find this is much less of an issue than it was a couple of years ago.

Other than these tips, it’s important to remember that going green is a fun and positive lifestyle choice, and in the long term, an electric car can cost you a lot less than a traditional gas model. Once you’ve made the switch, your life will be cleaner and cheaper for many years to come.

This is a guest post written and contributed by Kat Morris. She is a green living and motoring enthusiast, who is keen to share knowledge and tips on various lifestyle and life improvement. She blogs often about the environment, cars, finance and money saving. The author’s views above are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Why Go Green Today.

6 Smart Ways to Go Green in 2013

eco friendly go greenYou have probably heard the same eco-friendly tips and advice over and over again. Reduce waste production. Install energy-saving bulbs. Plant trees. All of these are good stuff, and you have probably tried all of them. You are probably thinking and feeling right now that you’ve done all that can be done in helping save the environment. The thing is, there’s simply no limit to what you can do to help contribute to the care of the planet. Here I am listing six things/ways you can further contribute to the environment and I bet you have never thought of it.

Love the Bees - You’ve probably heard the saying “Bees make the world go round.” In reality, there is just so much truth in that. You see, three-fourths of the planet’s plant species rely on insect pollinators, and you guessed it right – bees are the most important insect pollinators around. The earth depends on plants to produce oxygen, filter carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and regulate rainfall. Without bees, there will be no plants, and the world will fall apart. Do your part by not using pesticides on your lawn and garden. Pesticides are the biggest threats to bees and other insect pollinators.

Save the Phytoplankton - “What do phytoplankton has to do with saving the environment?” you may ask. First off, microscopic phytoplankton are considered the foundation of the entire aquatic food web. They feed almost everything in the sea, and perform 50 percent of the Earth’s photosynthesis. The bad news – global warming is causing a drop in the productivity of phytoplankton, which is translating to lesser food for fish and less oxygen for humans to breathe. To help save these microscopic creatures, limit your carbon footprint to reduce global warming.

Buy Organic Cotton – The traditional way of farming cotton produces a huge devastation to the environment as it utilizes almost a huge percentage of a country’s chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Pesticides don’t just kill beneficial microorganisms and insect, but contaminate water sources as well. Help save the environment by buying organic cotton. This sends a signal that consumers like you want healthier cotton farming.

Plan What You Eat – Wasted food is equal to wasted resources. The food that you waste usually go to landfills which make up almost 50 percent of it. Careful planning will help you solve this problem. Instead of buying too many groceries ahead of time, only buy what you can consume in a given period.

Plant More Trees – This is not so new, but if there is one thing you can do this year that will have a long-term effect on the environment, it’s planting more trees. Trees in urban areas can sequester more than a hundred pounds of carbon dioxide each year, and even help regulate temperature. Plant high-performance trees in your lot and join organizations that hold tree-planting activities regularly.

Switch Energy Providers – There are many ways to produce gas which electricity consumers use at home. Sad to say, most of the methods aren’t eco-friendly at all. But, it’s a good thing that more and more energy companies today are committing to go green and use eco-friendly methods in producing gas and electricity. Go natural by switching to an energy supplier that provides clean and green energy.

This is a guest post written and contributed by Gene Armstrong who is an energy expert based in Australia. He specializes in knowledge about switching, energy efficiency, and green energy. The author’s views above are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Why Go Green Today.

3 Reasons why we need more Solar Powered Alarm Systems

solar powered alarm systemThere’s no denying of the benefits of solar power. It’s more affordable and offers a cleaner source of energy—and it’s more readily available than the usual energy we get from power plants. The only downside to solar power is the price of its parts, particularly the solar panels. But recent developments like the imposition of tariffs on Chinese solar import has resulted in a surprising price decline for solar components. Various experts say that this lowering of prices will still continue, which is very good news for the renewable energy sector as a whole.

With prices declining, more solar products are being made available in the market. But while there are solar powered LED lights, solar powered air conditioners, solar powered cars, and even solar powered refrigerators, there seems to be a shortage in solar powered home security devices.

Alarm systems, as we know, need to be on 24/7 for them to function as they are supposed to. Turning them off would make them useless and would make households prone to burglaries. With property crimes in the U.S. the most prevalent (accounting for more than 2 million in 2011), the need for home security systems is growing. But while there are developments in security technologies, such as wireless availability and mobile app integration, no one seems to think of having solar powered alarm systems. But why? Ann David, a technical security specialist from Alarm System Store, says home security manufacturers have considered the idea but are still testing the waters to see if systems powered by renewable energy would have a good market response. She adds that it may still take time before the technology eventually becomes available in the market. While commercialized solar powered alarm systems might still have a long way to go, others have resorted to DIY, which is a good idea for now since most models can be converted to hybrid solar powered systems or solely solar.

But why exactly is there a need for solar powered alarm systems? Here are three simple reasons:

1. It helps in reducing the energy bill

The latest alarm systems don’t exactly use a lot of energy as much as TVs, refrigerators, and air conditioners do, but they still use up energy. Older models take up more power and having them running for days on would greatly affect the electric bill. But with alarm systems that use energy from the sun, they basically pay for themselves.

2. A back-up power supply when the power is out

Alarm systems have batteries as back-ups in an event of a power outage. But the battery life is limited and would not suffice for particular emergencies. The beauty of having a solar powered system is that there will be better back-up option or better yet, if the alarm system is retrofitted to be entirely solar, there’s no need to rely on the grid to power the home security. This is very handy in the event of the collapse of the power grid.

3. A good step in reducing carbon footprint

It’s basically one of the top reasons why going green is important. In the state of the world today, even the littlest action can have tremendous effects in the long run. And while other people are not even bothering, why not be that someone who’s actually making a difference? It’s always good to start at home.
The shift towards greener living in general is a step-by-step process. When considering this change in lifestyle, start with something small then gradually build it up.

While renewable household technologies like solar powered alarm systems are currently having trouble with economy-related worries, there’s always the option of a DIY retrofitting. The importance of shifting to solar energy or acquiring the greener lifestyle is not just about what it can do for a household, but it’s also about what a household can do for the environment.

This is a guest post written and contributed by Emily Harper who is a housewife and an active member of the neighborhood watch. She worked in marketing but is now keeping her readers up-to-date with the latest security technology through writing. For more information, visit her site at Security Ocean. The author’s views above are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Why Go Green Today.

The Benefits of Going Green – Why You Should Do It

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Caring for the planet is not a difficult thing to do. In fact, these things are just simple things yet they can be of huge impact to the world. “Going green” has been practiced all around the world and is slowly making an impact in making our planet a much better place to live in. Although the number of people who believe in helping the world heal is increasing, help is always needed and is always welcome. That’s why we need you to help us heal the world too!

Going green” or “Living Green” is a very effective way of making a positive impact to the environment. Aside from its amazing effects to the environment, it also has a lot of benefits not only health-wise but financially as well. There are many benefits that you will get if you start caring for the environment. If you want to know more about it, here are some examples of the positive things that it can do to our planet:

Reasons for Going Green

  • Preserving the environment is the most important benefit of going green. It helps reduce all the negative effects that our Earth is receiving every single day. Imagine what would happen if all the people in the world would go green—the air will be fresher, the environment will be cleaner, plants and animals will bloom and live healthier, and there will be plenty of resources readily available for anyone. The Earth would be a cleaner, healthier, and much better place to live in.
  • Another benefit that you will get if you go green is that it will improve your health, your family’s health, and the environment at large. In terms of construction materials, the materials that are being used in our homes and buildings today generate a negative impact to our environment and to our health compared to using green-building materials or earthen materials. The way these materials are being made (pollution and toxic wastes from factories), to the chemicals that are being added to them, they can be hazardous to both our planet and the people who are living in it.
  • Going green” saves a lot of money. How? For example, if you use energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances, you will be able to save more money in the long run compared to using ordinary ones. It will not only help you save money but it will also help reduce the negative impact in the environment. Also, if you make use of Earth’s natural energy such as sunlight, wind, and rain, you will be able to save a lot more. Solar panels and energy-efficient products help minimize your energy usage and help keep your monthly bills low.
  • Who doesn’t like fresh air and clean water? This is also a very good reason why we need to be conscious with the way we treat the planet that we are living in. Why not try growing your own garden in your backyard or joining programs or activities that will benefit our planet such as planting trees, and others? Earth will surely smile everyday if its children; that is us, give a little of our time and love to our mother nature.

This guest post is contributed by Rena Nicole who has love for the planet and a strong commitment to share this passion with as many people as possible. She embodies her cause of preserving the life and beauty of our world through her web-based show entitled The Rena Nicole Show and her Mag-e-zine GreenRena.

7 Ways to Save Money by Going Green

going greenConserving energy, inhabiting going green or being green, doesn’t mean living a basic lifestyle or a radical environmentalist. In general living green means just a matter of common sense. You can save your money by taking the advantage of going green, incorporate certain changes in your lifestyle and be your best to limit the consumption of non-renewable resources. Living an energy frugal life is appreciable regardless your political hypothesis, economic stipulation. Rather being wasteful, saving is the best and right thing to do. Here are a few ways that you can save money by going green.

1. Unplug appliances

Make this a habit to turn off electric appliances whenever you leave your room. This can save energy and aid in reducing electric bill. When there is a possibility to explore natural light then try to turn off electric lights. You can even use compact fluorescent electric bulbs than incandescent bulbs, since compact fluorescent bulbs consume less energy and can save good amount of money on your electric bills.

2. Install thermostats

There are several benefits a programmable thermostat offers homeowners. The first reason, it is very easy to set up and cost very much less. The basic purpose of thermostats is to regulate room temperature throughout the day and ultimately save money. The following are a few benefits of installing thermostats.

  • Temperature control
  • Utilises less energy
  • Increased comfort
  • More savings

3. Eco-friendly products

To get best results try to look for the eco-friendly products to utilise. These products can be anything that you use in daily life such as coffee filters, faxes, refrigerator, printers, etc. Before you get any new appliances, check whether it is eco-friendly, energy efficient and durable. Going green can be acknowledged as a responsible thing and best lifestyle choice. The following are a few benefits of using eco-friendly products.

  • This proves you as an environmental consciousness person
  • Get some products at an extremely cheap rate
  • Do not need hefty investments
  • Offers several health benefits

4. Research

Study tools and products that motivate and create passion in you to go green. You can ask suggestions of the people in your society or network who have successfully turned to a green and healthy lifestyle. They can give advices on eco-friendly personal and cleaning products.

5. Vegetable garden

If you have some place in your backyard, try planting a small vegetable garden in the place. This is one of the inexpensive ways to grow own veggies, you can plant beans, tomatoes, lettuce and other vegetables that grow easily and the best part, they are healthy and organic.

6. Reduce paperwork

If you are looking to acquire credit from banks or from financial firms, try to apply it online. This can actually save you time and reduce paperwork. There are several such instances where you can eliminate the usage of paper by using technology. Paper comes from plants and in order to go green, we need to limit the usage of paper.

7. Collect rain water

You can collect rainwater and use them to water plants, flush and for cleaning. Rain water is natural. Although you don’t have to use it for drinking purpose, you can definitely use it for other household purpose.

I hope you found the tips useful. Let me know what you think in the comments below :)

This guest post is contributed by Maria from Manchester who is an ardent writer and a blogger.  She writes about everything in general but currently researching on PPI Claims.  Follow her at financeport

The Impact Of EV and Solar Charging Stations On Our Health

This is a great infographic on solar charging stations which I have recently received from Dorian Travers. Solar awareness is growing and more people are getting into buying green.Without any doubt, we know that electric vehicles will become popular in the next decade and with the rapid growing of solar charging stations, I thought you should learn more about the benefits of EVs on our environment and health.

The infographic shows the evolution of Ev stations in the US, their location, why they are awesome, how can they save you money and few other cool stuff. Check it out and let me know what you think.

The Impact Of EV and Solar Charging Stations On Our Health

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via Baker Electric Solar