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Green Bathroom Remodeling Guide

Table of Contents: Toilets Faucets Showers and Tubs Cabinetry Countertops Lighting Flooring Reducing Water Use & Water Heater Costs Toilets Toilets account for nearly 30% of indoor water consumption, thanks to water leaks and inefficient flushing. Save water (and your wallet) with these tips: Replace old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models. According to the…

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Off-the-grid capitals of America (according to Instagram)

More and more Americans are living off-grid. Energized by the climate crisis, increasing surveillance or idealism for a better way of life, they’re throwing off the shackles of mainstream society. And they’re each doing it in their own way. Here’s a look at the major trends within the movement: Homesteading is mainly about self-sufficiency. You’ll…

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Plant Trees at Home for the Planet

It’s easy to take trees for granted, but trees add essential elements that humans and animals need to live. Not only do humans get oxygen and food from trees, but trees also play an important role as providers of wood, shelter, shade, aesthetic beauty, and ecological contributions such as climate amelioration, water conservation, and soil…

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Tax Credits & Solar Shingles: Is It Finally Time to Swap to Solar Power?

If you’re considering rooftop solar for your home, there’s no time like the present! Because the most generous government incentive, a federal tax credit covering 30 percent of the project, will start to be phased out at the end of 2019. Given the national average solar panel installation cost of $23,000, that’s $7,000 in savings…

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Sustainable Home Improvements that Help Save the Planet

Green building and sustainable homes are quickly growing industries. Green home renovations conserve natural resources by using sustainable materials and making your home energy efficient and water conserving. They can also save you a lot of money. From lowered costs on utilities to income tax credits, sustainable renovations are better for the Earth and good…

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Water Conservation Throughout the Home

Today’s modern household uses water for numerous purposes. Everyday tasks like cleaning dishes, taking showers, doing laundry and washing the car can add up to several or even hundreds of gallons of water used every month. Conserving the amount of water used at home will not only keep your water bill lower; it’s also better…

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Home Science: Backyard Conservation

Environmental conservation is an important issue in today’s world, and there are lots of ways to help in your own backyard. Now more than ever, it is vital to preserve our planet and its natural resources, like water, soil, plants and wildlife. Everyone can help out by recycling, using less water, and making the community…

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Gardening Hacks to Protect and Nourish Your Plants

Updated October 2017 Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. It can be a beautiful lawn, spread across a few thousand square feet or a small one in your backyard or even a vertical garden (backlink to vertical garden article). But they all have a common enemy: pests and weeds. These can reduce your beautiful…

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What to Know Before Installing an E-Vehicle Charger at Home

So, you have made the switch to an electric vehicle and have environmentally friendly transportation. The next step is to install a charger port so that your vehicle is ready to go when you are. The main things to know before having an electronic vehicle (EV) charging station installed are: Permits The electrical capacity of…

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8 Water-Saving Home Renovations

Garden Landscape by Conserva Irrigation of Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, VA Water saving renovations are money saving renovations. Leaky pipes, outdated appliances, and poor irrigation practices hike up your water and energy bills and wreak havoc on your septic system. And, in drought-ridden states, water wasting can be subject to hefty fines and usage…

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