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Helping the environment during your remodeling process.

Remodeling a Bathroom

Bathrooms are a place where remodelers have plenty of opportunity to make wise choices. Eco-friendly ideas include:

The time to begin thinking about the environmental aspects of your remodel is during the planning phase. Consider the environment when you hire professionals, decide what to do with demolished materials, and choose materials.

Hire eco friendly professionals. If your remodel is a big job,  you most likely will hire a host of professionals, such as an architect,  an engineer,  and a general contractor.

Consider what to do with demolished materials. While you’re planning what has to be demolished, think about what you’re going to do with it. Find a way to create less waste. Someone may be looking for just those materials, and would be willing to come get them out of your way. Post them on freecycle, or craigslist. With just a little extra time you can carefully dissasemble items and keep them in tact for selling or donating to an organization like Habitat for Humanity.

 

Reuse what you can:

Consider whether you can reuse or repurpose old materials Repaint Cabinets, with a variety of selections in the low VOC paints, and all of the pintrest ideas you can make your cabinets look amazing. Resurface countertops with one of the many diy products on the market.

A huge savings of both money, and resources is hiring someone for Bathtub refinishing. If your bathtub or shower in in great shape, but the wrong color or looking faded and worn. Having your bathtub refinished saves an entire bathtub and/or shower from being placed in a landfill, all while producing some stunning results in the way of new apperances.

You can also consider reusing items in other areas. Maybe those cabinets you are taking down would be perfect in that work space you are creating in your garage, or the brick thats coming down from that wall would be perfect for a backyard walkway.

As with everything, even when remodeling, remember the golden rule of saving the planet. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

 

 

 

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Top Tips to Save the Earth: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Reduce your trash.  Keeping as much as possible out of the landfill.  Unless you live a zero waste lifestyle, there is always room for improvement when it comes to taking care of the planet. The idea of reducing one’s waste can be overwhelming, but so many of these steps are made easy today. The perfect place to start is in your own home.

Compost.  Turn your food scraps, eggshells, newspaper and coffee grounds into an earth-friendly compost. This along with yard cuttings and leaves provide a very rich soil for growing your own plants and veggies.

Reuse shopping bags. Get in the habit of keeping shopping bags with you, don’t leave home without them.

Recycle your electronics.  Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing forms of waste in the U.S.

Reusable Containers.  Buy a refillable water bottle and a cute coffee thermos so you can take your beverages wherever you please. Use jars for storage, and cloth bags for buying in bulk.

Cancel unwanted mail. Go paperless where you can.

 

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Top Tips to Save the Earth: Save Water

Fix that Leaky toilet.

Or, sink, or bathtub faucet. The point is that fixing a leak can save 200 gallons of water every day! Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth – this can save 6 litres of water per minute.

Cut your showers short.

Older shower heads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute. Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings. Or for fun and savings…Shower together!

Choose efficient fixtures.

Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and opting for a Water Sense rated dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings.

Go Vegetarian. 

Eating Vegetarian only once week can save 2500 gallons of water. It takes 2500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until it’s full. Those half-loads add up to gallons and gallons of wasted water.

Flush with less. Older toilets use a lot of water. You can reduce your usage by sinking a half gallon jug of water in the toilet tank. Do NOT use a brick, because it will break down and the sediment can damage your tank.

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Top Tips to save the Earth: Save Energy

Change your lightbulbs.

If every U.S. home swapped out just one incandescent bulb, with a compact flourescent one, it would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes each year. Talk about an simple and easy way to get started saveing energy.

Energy.gov says: By replacing your home’s five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year. Compared to traditional incandescents, energy efficient lightbulbs, such as halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs) have the following advantages:

-Typically use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents, saving you money

-Can last 3-25 times longer.

Today’s energy-efficient bulbs are available in the wide range of colors and light levels you’ve come to expect. While the initial price of energy-efficient bulbs is typically higher than traditional incandescents, newer bulbs cost less to operate, saving you money over the life of the bulb. Many of the newer bulbs last significantly longer than traditional bulbs, so you won’t need to replace them as often.

 

Adjust your thermostat.

Increasing your thermostat by 1degree in the summer and decreasing it by one degree in the winter can save as much as 10% on your energy consumption. Imagine the savings of energy if you can just turn it of for as many days possible!

Energy.gov says: You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you’re awake and setting it lower while you’re asleep or away from home.

Save in the summer, by keeping your house warmer than normal when you are away, and setting the thermostat to 78°F (26°C) only when you are at home and need cooling. Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible and ensure humidity control if needed. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Park the Car.

Leaving your car at home just twice a week can cut greenhouse emissions by 1600 lbs. each year.  So live where you work, carpool, try to plan your outtings so that you can do it all at once, and cut back on trips.

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Some Of The Best Ways Of Protecting The Environment.

As concerns of global warming are continuously on the rise and Donald Trump becoming the president of United States of America, it is a time we learned some of the basic ways of taking care of our environment. The green/ environment-friendly advice provided in this article can help everyone contribute to the fight against climate change. The following points can be put into consideration:

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    • Have you decided to paint your house? If your answer is yes then you can use latex paint. This is because oil based paints are known to release hydrocarbon fumes.
    • It is always necessary to maintain vehicles in a proper condition. Having a tuned up vehicle means that you get great mileage and release fewer pollutants.
    • Always remember that you should never fill your gas tank till the top. This is because overfilling can cause spills in addition to releasing hydrocarbons and other harmful chemicals to go along with it.
    • Never burn or incinerate the wastes present in the backyard. This causes the release of harmful gasses and also cause mild allergies.
    • Keep in mind to plant trees around your house. Trees can help in keeping the air near your house clean and green.
    • Try to use public transport to commute to your office. This means there is one less vehicle on the road and much lesser greenhouse gasses released.
    • Try and use as less fertilizer as possible in your lawns. This is because a huge amount of fertilizer can run off into streams during the monsoons and cause water pollution.
    • Try not to discard waste oil or chemicals into your drains because they will end up in the nearby streams.
    • Always water lawns during morning especially early mornings. This is because during this time the water soaks into the lawn and does not evaporate which may happen at some other time of the day.
    • Always use a bucket to wash a car instead of using a hose. This is because using a bucket means you are using much less water in the process of washing your car.
    • Try to wash your dishes only when you have a full load of dishes. This is another way of saving precious water. In addition to this, you can save a lot of water while showering.
    • Learn the steps of recycling various things around the way. If the community in which you are living, does not follow the principle of recycling things then it is time to teach them.
    • Make sure not to put hazardous substances in waste bins. This can mean batteries, paints, chemicals or waste oil.
    • Discard your thermometer which uses mercury and starts using a digital thermometer. This is because mercury is a hazardous pollutant and moves up the food chain with ease.

  • Another thing that can be done is using both sides of the paper. Whenever you are looking to print a document which is not for official purposes then make sure you use both sides of the paper.