If your house were on fire, what would you save?
Lawns have gotten a lot of bad press lately—and not undeservedly. They use a tremendous amount of water and gasoline, and they pollute streams and other water resources with herbicide- and pesticide-laced runoff. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you feel a shiver each time you open your utility bill, your house may be too cold. More likely, however, you're paying more than you should to heat it. In either case, you can make changes now that will make your home more comfortable and save you money.
The kitchen is the home’s work center and a top resource consumer. You can mitigate many of the kitchen’s environmental impacts—and provide a healthier environment for your household—by following these recommendations for the design, materials specification, construction process, and use of your kitchen.
DESIGN FOR REDUCED RESOURCE USE
The rest of the developed world has high-speed rail. We don't. That's finally about to change.
Energy Grants and Energy Rebate programs are often mired in complexities of paperwork that deter prospective beneficiaries from even starting down the path. If you are a business owner, property owner, or property manager, that does not have time for a lot of paperwork, then this program may be for you.
Question: I am looking for a reupholsterer who uses green products and processes, but no one that I've called has any idea what I'm talking about. Can you offer advice for reupholstering furniture in an environmentally sustainable way? And where I can find nontoxic "stuffing"?
For most of us, getting dressed is personal. We use clothes to convey a message about ourselves to the outside world and to express, perhaps outlandishly or subtly, our aesthetic sensibilities. As such, the questions we run up against in the closet range from the prosaic (“Do these jeans make my butt look big?”) to the theoretical (“Can I wear this on a job interview?”).
LEDs (light emitting diodes) are a hot topic as they are an energy efficient alternative to fluorescent and traditional lighting. However, since the cost of the technology is still relatively high, many commercial property owners and managers are looking for every possible financial edge - from rebates to grants - to make the switch.
Ditching bottled water is one of the easiest ways to protect the planet and slash your spending. Often sold at a 4,000 percent markup, bottled water accounts for about 2 million tons of landfill waste annually -- and its production and shipping guzzle enough fuel to power 250,000 homes for a year!