Composting in the Garden? Don’t Forget Your Trowel
Composting is an easy and affordable way to strengthen the health of your soil in your garden. The easiest way to compost in your home is to break the process up into two categories; your kitchen compost and your yard compost. The kitchen compost is where you can toss scraps of food that didn’t quite make the cut on yesterday’s dinner plate or in the refrigerator drawers.
The yard compost has more heavy duty components, such as yard waste and other miscellany from the back- or front-yard, such as small tree branches, deadheaded roses, or weeds from the lawn.
The compost pile will need to be turned every once in a while to promote growth, but besides that, one can expect to do a lot of nothing, except adding more to the pile while waiting for the process to take shape. After approximately 6 months of diligent scrap accumulation, your compost pile will be ready to nourish your soil and become mulch for your trees and plants.
Are Solar Shingles Right for Your Home?
Solar shingles are the one of the newest solar power technologies on the market. In professional solar circles and among solar installers, they are typically called photovoltaic shingles. They are comparable to complete solar power systems in that both convert solar power to electricity that can be used in the home. Further, they can be installed right on the shingles of one’s roof by stapling them directly to the roofing cloth.
The folks at Total Roofing & Reconstruction hypothesize that solar shingles have risen in popularity because they tend to be more “aesthetically pleasing” than solar panels installed on one’s roof. They are a bit more expensive than solar panels, and they do take longer to install. In terms of their aesthetics, solar shingles are typically dark blue/purple and add a sheen to your house tiles.
Going Green May Be Worth Its Weight in Gold
Living an environmentally friendly life can seem like a daunting task, especially when faced with the potentially extreme option to live a no-waste life—where your entire trash output for a year can fit into a single mason jar. But those changes aren’t always easy and can require extreme diligence and planning.
Instead, there are numerous easy ways to go green that you can adopt in your day-to-day life. Here are 10 easy ways to befriend the environment, without making the act of going green a full time job. Continue reading
How Businesses Can Go Green
Greener homes are in the spotlight these days, but what about the other places where many of us spend huge chunks of our time–our offices? Some simple changes of habit can save energy and resources at work, and these small steps can be multiplied by persuading the powers-that-be at your workplace to adopt environmentally friendly (and often cost-effective) policies.
1. Be Bright About Light
Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of the electricity use in office buildings.
Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you’re leaving any room for 15 minutes or more and utilize natural light when you can.
Make it a policy to buy Energy Star-rated lightbulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting, and install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they’re not needed. Continue reading
Adding Solar Panels — Is It Worth the Investment?
Adding Solar Panels to your home’s energy system is the sustainable improvement that everyone is talking about. Personal, decentralized electricity generation is a controversial topic for the power companies, but for the homeowner adding Photovoltaic (PV) panels is a huge cost reducing investment.
With interest in this earth saving technology at an all time high, a lot of information, and misinformation abounds. As you consider going green with PV panels, keep a few important pieces of information in mind. Continue reading