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'Community Solar:' A New Option For Greener Apartment Life
The world is seeing a rise in interest in alternative energy, especially solar. Today around 1.6 million solar installations exist in the U.S. alone, and projected growth shows that number reaching 4 million by 2022. American homeowners have had a few options for incorporating solar energy into their property for a while now -- emphasis on "homeowners". One obstacle of...
Dandelion, a spin-off company of Google, is working to use your lawn to cool your home. Though geothermal technologies are nothing new, the widespread application from this project can cut down final costs and reduce our impact on the environment. This eco-friendly form of heating and cooling relies on geothermal heat from the ground -- geothermal emissions can regulate the...
Vattenfall, the Swedish energy giant, announced in early April that it had successfully installed an 8.8-megawatt capacity offshore wind turbine from Vestas off the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center (EOWDC) in Aberdeen, Scotland. This powerful wind turbine is one of 11 turbines planned for this project, and it's the first installation of a model that is large enough for commercial...
Eco Friendly Bubble Recipes
Children love bubbles. I love bubbles. They're fun to try and catch, a challenge to blow really large without popping and the shapes and colors are so beautiful to watch. I've learned over the years that bubbles make a great bath time activity, outdoor activity and yes even in the car on a long road trip (put wand up...
Unfortunately, if you own a home, have driven down a road, or have simply walked down a street -- then you've most likely seen some type of garbage that was tossed onto the ground. Litter is costly, damaging, and expensive, and it's a much bigger problem than most people believe. Each year, up to $11 billion is spent to clean...
If you think about how much water you use on a regular basis to shower, cook, clean, drink, etc., the numbers really add up. And if you're using that much water, you want to make sure that water is as clean and healthy as can be. Unfortunately, there are roughly 2.5 billion people throughout the world who do not...
In the 1800's, immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought the beloved holiday of Halloween to the United States. But they also brought another widely-celebrated tradition: St. Patrick's Day. Each year, millions of people around the United States get dressed up, go out, and celebrate their Irish heritage (or pretend they're Irish). There are tons of St. Patrick's Day traditions....
9 Coffee Filter Hacks
Many of us have either updated our coffee maker or received a newer coffer maker over the years. In some cases, we are left with unused paper coffee filters that we either have to throw out or find other uses for them. Here are 9 Coffee Filter Hacks that you may find useful. Either use your unused coffee filters...
As the new year begins, many people will be making New Year's resolutions. Common goals may include weight loss, dieting, and saving money. However, the beginning of this year is the perfect time to begin living a more environmentally-friendly life as well. With so much harm being done to the Earth every day, it's important that everyone tries their best...
U.S. e-commerce revenue is about $423.3 billion and is steadily climbing. That's largely due to the fact that current statistics show that more than half of Americans -- 51% -- are now choosing to shop at online retailers as opposed to their brick-and-mortar counterparts. What's more is that shoppers are becoming more conscious of eco-friendly business practices, with one-third...
During the frigid winter months, many homeowners struggle to strike that seemingly impossible balance between staying warm without seeing a spike in utility costs. However, there are a number of effective ways to feel cozy in your home this winter while investing in its future value as well. Here are just a few ways to save money on utility...
Healthy Crockpot Dinners
Weeknight dinners can be hectic. My husband is coming home from work, I’m finishing up emails, the kids are getting home from school and we’re heading off to our nightly activities of gymnastics, skiing, scouting and who knows what else. It’s busy. Most parents can probably relate to this. I've written about how to simplify the weeknight dinner chaos...
Maintaining an organized life at home, on top of work and taking care of kids, can be time consuming and difficult. Sometimes, it can be impossible to even know where to start. One aspect of your home that you can easily get under control is your paperwork. How many piles of paper do you have lying around the house?...
When it comes to updating your home decor, many homeowners feel as though it's impossible to achieve the look they desire for their home. In fact, according to a HomeGoods survey, only one out of five Americans feel happy with their home decor. And if you're a Green and Clean homeowner, it can be even harder to find the...
When your little ones come home from a long day of school, activities, and playing with friends, they are likely ready for a bath. Whether your child prefers soaking in bubbles or standing under the shower, personal hygiene is an extremely important lesson to pass onto our kids. But all too often, the products that we use to help...
Stainless steel is a great finish to have in our kitchens, but it sure doesn't seem stainless. This material sure shows a lot of wear and tear, and it seems that those little fingerprints and food smears show up within a blink of an eye. But unfortunately, like many other industrial options, stainless steel cleaners are usually filled with plenty...
Shipping Container Villages - Recycling to a New Level
The best thing about recycling is that it just requires a little bit of creativity to be successful. From small items used daily around the home to larger scale objects such as shipping containers, upcycling has officially gone mainstream. You may be questioning exactly what shipping containers have to do with recycling. It turns out quite a lot: these huge...
For decades, leather has been deemed one of the classiest and most durable materials for clothing and furniture. And it's true -- leather dress shoes, for example, can accommodate tens of thousands of flexes. Not only that, but it's easy to care for, as well, requiring simple conditioning every six to 12 months. However, not many people realize that there...
Have you ever packed your child's lunch and wondered how much of it will get thrown away? No, we're not talking about excess food, but rather the food packaging that will just end up in the garbage once the food is scarfed down. Those cookie pouches, yogurt containers, sandwich baggies and plastic water bottles usually never get recycled, and most...
All across the country, honeybees are disappearing. Campaigns to plant native wildflowers and refrain from the use of harmful pesticides are all well and good, but some are taking a more technological approach: using solar energy to help these little buzzing creatures thrive. The popularity of solar panels continues to rise throughout the U.S. for a number of reasons. Not...