Archives for Green

‘Come meet your planet’ and discover the secrets of the natural world

(BPT) – Have you ever watched an amazing nature documentary and wondered how filmmakers captured such incredible scenes and compelling stories? Have you ever wished you could visit some of those same places yourself, to truly experience the wonders of the natural world with all five senses? If you answered “yes,” you’ll be excited to know that one of the world’s top travel companies is partnering with the world’s leading producer of award-winning natural history documentaries to make those wishes a reality. Tauck, the world-leader in guided, premium-quality land journeys and cruises, has entered into an exclusive, multi-year partnership with
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Easy season: Fall gardening spells success

(BPT) – Scrumptious, healthy veggies, hefty harvests and a break on your grocery bill – many appealing advantages draw people to growing their own vegetables. If you’ve never gardened before or you’re a green thumbed, garden-guru, you’ll soon figure out that fall’s a great time to get growing your own produce. Cooler temperatures and milder sun can spell success for any gardener who takes up the trowel as autumn approaches. Favorable fall conditions mean growing cool weather crops is comparatively easy, with less watering and care needed for a successful garden. Cool crops will start out strong, growing quickly and
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Greener decorating for your deck and patio

(BPT) – Outdoor living spaces cry out for an eco-friendly touch. Whether you’re adding a patio, updating a deck or livening up your landscaping, the last thing you want to do is harm the environment. Greener decorating and building practices can help you protect and pay homage to Mother Nature while creating a space where you’ll enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. If you’re planning some outdoor decorating or renovating this summer, here are some tips to make your exterior living spaces green and inviting: Eco-friendly construction materials For many homeowners, decks and patios are key elements of outdoor living
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Save money and do a world of good with reusable containers

(BPT) – Even as the country moves out of the great recession, many Americans are still in a money-saving mode – looking to conserve wherever possible. Good news. There are simple ways to save money especially if you go back to the time-honored concept of BYO – “bringing your own” container of coffee, lunch or water as part of your daily routine. This can do a world of good not only for your pocketbook, but also for the environment, and even your health. Here are some tips to get you started: * Bring your own coffee or tea According to
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Take advantage of tax credits to stretch home improvement dollars

(BPT) – Warm weather heralds home improvement season. It’s also the season of high electric bills as air conditioners hum to life in response to rising temperatures across the country. When you’re making summer upgrades to your home, improvements that make your house more livable and attractive are even more rewarding when they also help put money back in your pocket. What better way to get money back than to save on your taxes? A host of energy-efficient home improvements are eligible for federal tax breaks. You may also find your state or local government, or local utility company, has
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Think outside the fuse box: Unique energy-saving home improvements

(BPT) – You’ve replaced your home’s 20-year-old windows with new, Energy Star-rated models, upgraded to electricity-sipping appliances and there’s not a single incandescent light bulb to be found anywhere in your house. You may be wondering what more you can do to further reduce your home energy bills. When you’ve covered the basic and obvious ways to trim energy use at home, it’s time to start thinking outside the fuse box. Here are three unique home improvements that can help make your house even more energy-efficient. 1. Put a stake through the heart of vampire power – Even when they’re
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Washing your car at home can do more harm than good

(BPT) – Whether a Saturday morning ritual or a charity fundraiser, washing vehicles on driveways, parking lots and streets can do far more harm than good. That’s because the dirty water entering storm drains from pavement washing does not undergo treatment before it is discharged. A study by the city of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car washing led to numerous pollutants being released each year into the city’s storm sewer system, including 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil; 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen; and 60 pounds of ammonia. These numbers are startling for a community
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Greenest of the green: Top efficiency-boosting home improvements

(BPT) – Forget wondering who’s the fairest; when it comes to choosing home improvements that make your home look good – from the curb and to potential buyers – it may make more sense to ask “Who’s the greenest of them all.” Sustainable home improvements not only help reduce utility costs and boost owner satisfaction with their homes, they also make a house more appealing to potential buyers. In fact, buyers are willing to shell out up to 10 percent more for new homes certified green, according to a January real estate report by Harvard University. Return on investment for
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Simple ways to save water, money and your landscaping this summer

(BPT) – With many states facing drought this summer, homeowners across the country will be looking for ways to save their landscaping while conserving water at the same time. Even if you’re not in a drought-affected area, it pays to keep conservation in mind when it comes to watering outdoors. Using less water is good for the environment and your wallet. Fortunately, maximizing the efficiency of your watering efforts and taking steps to conserve water outdoors can help trim your water bill this summer, even if you live in a severe drought area, such as in the western regions of
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Give your home a true green cleaning

(BPT) – When you clean your house, you really want it to be clean. Dirt, dust and germs are banned, and all appliances, floors and walls are scrubbed clean. But is your house really clean, or have you traded dirt and germs for caustic and toxic chemicals found in most conventional cleaning products? Even some so-called natural cleansers can contain these same or similar nasty ingredients. And you would know this only if the manufacturer practices full disclosure of ingredients on their labels, which is not required on home care products. Think about it – when was the last time
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