Solar Thermal System Buying Guide

Posted on 08. Oct, 2012 by in Articles

solar hot water system - green house plansWhen it comes to cutting down on your energy use, the benefits are clear – you save money and decrease your negative impact on planet Earth. Those who want to get serious about home energy use will look at options for generating their own power at home. Options here include harnessing the energy in wind, water, geothermal, or sunlight.

Given that one big source of energy use in the home is hot water, and that traditional electric hot water tank use a lot of electricity to keep upwards of 40 gallons of water hot for when you need it, solar thermal water heaters are often a good investment. In fact, of all the renewable energy options, solar thermal will probably give you the greatest return on investment. So, here’s your buying guide for home solar hot water heaters.

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How to Recycle and Upcycle Waste from Home Renovation Projects

Posted on 01. Oct, 2012 by in Articles

green home renovation dumpster - green house plansIf you’ve ever watched one of the many home renovation shows on television, then you’re familiar with one of the most exciting aspects of those programs – the moment when the sledge hammers come out to demolish the area to be renovated. There’s clearly something very therapeutic about this process as it is the first physical step in a significant house project.

Sometimes the cameras even show the destroyed pieces being tossed into a large dumpster outside the home. What they never show, however, is what happens to that construction waste from there. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that 2008 alone saw 136 million tons of construction waste, accounting for at least a third of the solid waste stream. Besides taking up precious landfill space, the home renovation materials could also contain chemicals that pollute soil and water. But there are proactive waste diversion actions you can take to make your trash someone else’s treasure.

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Sustainable Design: Green Homes Inspired by Mother Nature

Posted on 24. Sep, 2012 by in Articles

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Biomimicry seen in a nasturtium leaf – tiny surface structures allow it to be water resistant naturally.

The Earth has been around for 3.8 billion years (give or take a billion depending on who you ask) and has managed to evolve something like 8.7 million different species (again, give or take a million depending on who you ask) that can survive and thrive in environments of all kinds. That’s a pretty solid track record of research and development that can be applied to anything and everything.

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Safe, Effective, Eco-Friendly Adhesives and Sealants for Green House Planning

Posted on 17. Sep, 2012 by in Articles

indoor air pollutants - green house plansEveryone’s getting into the DIY approach when it comes to sustainable house projects, green remodeling, weatherizing, and even crafting. This almost always leads to the use of various kinds of adhesives, sealants, glues, and other substances to get things to stick and stay put. You bring these products into your home and when you open the container the smell can be so powerful that it makes your eyes water. You suddenly have the sinking feeling that this product is probably quite toxic, slowing diminishing your indoor air quality.

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Must See Green Certified Countertops for Your Kitchen Reno

Posted on 10. Sep, 2012 by in Articles

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IceStone Recycled Glass Countertops

The kitchen is one of the most renovated spaces in homes today, and offers plenty of options for choosing greener materials for greater sustainability and better indoor air quality. Perhaps one of the biggest opportunities to introduce eye-catching features into your kitchen is the countertop surface where you can customize colour, texture, edgings, and shapes. If you haven’t yet considered the eco-countertop options on the market today, you may very well be missing out on some of the most stunning options around.

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