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5 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Vehicle Owner

If you own a car or truck, you might be surprised to learn how many ways there are to reduce its environmental impact. Photo: Acurit Auto Repair (2016)

If you own a car or truck, you might be surprised to learn how many ways there are to reduce its environmental impact. Photo: Acurit Auto Repair (2016)

Let’s face it: If you drive a gasoline-powered car or truck, you’re not doing the environment any favors. Even as auto manufacturers design modern engines to run cleaner and with greater fuel efficiency, more cars on the road still means more pollution. However, the good news is there are still plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint behind the wheel. To tread further upon this topic, we spoke to Larry Moore of Larry’s AutoWorks, who gave five tips for being a more eco-conscious vehicle owner. Continue reading “5 Ways to Be a More Eco-Conscious Vehicle Owner” »

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Choosing Appliances for a Kitchen Remodel

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When it comes to kitchen remodeling, one aspect that’s sometimes overlooked is the energy efficiency of kitchen appliances. Photo: MSK Design Build (2015)

When planning to remodel their kitchens, many homeowners focus on improving aspects such as visual aesthetics and functional utility. However, a kitchen remodel also provides a great opportunity to improve energy efficiency, primarily through updating appliances like refrigerators and ovens with new, environmentally-friendly models. By minimizing energy consumption, updating your kitchen appliances will reduce both your carbon footprint and monthly power bills, which is a true win-win situation. Here are some things to look for when selecting new appliances:
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Going Off-Grid with Solar Power

With the right application, going off-grid with solar power can be an advantageous option. Photo: Freedom Solar (2014)

With the right application, going off-grid with solar power can be an advantageous option. Photo: Freedom Solar (2014)

With the growing popularity of solar power, more and more homeowners are making the switch to this affordable, environmentally-friendly energy source. However, many are unaware of the scope of their options, particularly in regard to on- and off-grid systems. While the majority of solar power systems are connected to the main utility grid, off-grid installations remain independent of central power, which can be a beneficial option under the right circumstances. Continue reading “Going Off-Grid with Solar Power” »

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The Benefits of Adding Insulation to Interior Walls

Adding insulation to interior walls can go a long way toward improving in-home comfort and energy efficiency. Photo: Rogers Remodel Inc. (2014).

Adding insulation to interior walls can go a long way toward improving in-home comfort and energy efficiency. Photo: Rogers Remodel Inc. (2014).

While insulating exterior walls is standard procedure in residential construction, this isn’t always the case with a home’s interior walls. Actually, many homebuilders neglect to insulate interior walls altogether, which often results in second-rate efficiency and poor soundproofing. For this reason, adding insulation to interior walls can be an inexpensive yet effective way to improve both the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Continue reading “The Benefits of Adding Insulation to Interior Walls” »

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The Benefits of Green Flooring

Green flooring can be a great option for your home, but before you make a final decision, you should evaluate if you really need new flooring in the first place. Generally, the most sustainable approach to flooring is to use what you already have. Removing and throwing away old flooring creates more landfill waste, and the manufacturing process of new flooring creates greenhouse gasses. Find out if your flooring can be renewed with a deep cleaning, sanding or polishing. If not, see if the wood flooring underneath can be sanded and polished.

If you decide to purchase Green flooring, be sure to choose a product that best fits your lifestyle and budget. Here are the most common types of sustainable flooring:

Concrete
Concrete can be stained, patterned and colored to create a unique, custom look. It’s durable, easy to clean and can be easily integrated into homes with radiant heating systems.

Stone
Stone flooring is processed less than other types of flooring, but some types of stone are quarried in other countries and shipped to retailers, which can increase their carbon footprints. Stone floors will last for generations if properly cared for, so they may be a Greener option over time.

Terrazzo
Terrazzo is usually a mix of concrete and marble, stone or glass, but it can also be made out of recycled products. It’s one of the more expensive flooring options, but it’s resilient and stands up to years of use. Continue reading “The Benefits of Green Flooring” »

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