As a working mother, I usually spend my rare moments of downtime daydreaming about what I'm going to do when I find myself blissfully alone. These fantasies often involve hopping on an airplane bound for tropical locales or the more realistic but equally enticing dream of taking a hot bath in a quiet room. The water is steaming hot, it's pin-drop silent and a soothing fragrance wraps itself around me. For 20 or 30 minutes -- 45 if I'm lucky -- I'm in a fancy spa without a care in the world. The secret to this transporting experience: a few drops of lavender essential oil, tipped strategically into my bathwater.
There are several factors to consider when defining a green driveway. Most often the factors depend heavily on the location, use and exposure of the site.
Here are some tenets which may individually or together define a driveway as green.
- Heat Island Effect
It's easy to forget that the components of the classic sustainability slogan "reduce, reuse, recycle" are actually listed in order of importance. Recycling is undeniably significant, but reducing and reusing -- using less and using something again -- have a greater impact. Enter "upcycling." It may sound like a tortuous spin class maneuver, but upcycling is nothing more than reusing with a twist.
Passive House and the Passive Solar houses of the 70's and 80's are not the same thing.
When I decided to make a huge change a few years ago and transition my life from New Mexico to California, I discovered that there was only one place in the world that I wanted to be: Santa Monica. Santa Monica is an incorporated city in its own right, but it is best known for being part of the greater Los Angeles area. I used to travel in and out of Los Angeles a lot for business, and I always knew that it was my destiny to eventually call the city my home. I had much to figure out before transitioning my entire family here, though (a family that included my two small children and my ex-husband). I knew that I would never want to divide our co-parenting arrangement – for the children's sake – between two states.
Twelve weeks remain on eligibility for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) so if you are in the market for a new hot water system, consider going tankless and you could be eligible for a 30% tax credit.
You want to be green, but it's hard to know the difference between reusing and recycling. Fortunately, it's not that complicated. Recycling and reusing have the same goal: to keep items out of overflowing landfills. The two tactics just go about it in very different ways.
Whether you live in an apartment, a condo, or a house, the kitchen can be an easy place to help trim your household’s water use.
Sinks, dishwashers, and garbage disposals give you plenty of options for how you can stop wasting one of our planet’s most valuable resources, whether you’re building new, renovating an old space, or just making do with what you’ve got.
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar has always advertised itself as good for the neighborhood, but now this particular Applebee's is good for the environment.
The Applebee's located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, owned by The Rose Group, who has overseen its complete LED lighting retrofit, replacing traditional halogen and fluorescent bulbs with new light emitting diodes (LEDS).
You may have heard that "greywater systems," which reuse water from sinks, showers, laundry, and other non-toilet drains, can help you reduce water use. It can also save money on water and sewer charges, improve landscape and garden irrigation, or prolong the life of your septic tank. But knowing where to start isn't easy. Here's our guide to "going grey" no matter what your budget.