Sustainable Living

Explore Ways to Reduce Your Energy Consumption

July 8, 2022

Do you know how much your appliances are costing you? Most homeowners don’t, because, let’s face it, we’re all so busy that we don’t have time to tab up the dollars-and-cents amounts of the things we use every day—our TVs and fridges and dishwashers. But it’s a pertinent question, since energy prices in the US have climbed at a clip of 2.8% each year since 1960.

How to Build a Rainwater Collection System

March 28, 2022

If you are searching for a way to save money on your water bill, you may want to consider harvesting rainwater on your property. Rainwater catchment systems capture natural rainfall via freestanding structures like a rain barrel or through a more complex system attached to your house and integrated into the gutterwork.

Incandescent vs. LED Light Bulbs: What is the Difference?

December 16, 2021

You probably don’t think much about your light bulbs until you have to change them. With that said, it’s well worth your time figuring out what kind of bulbs power your lamps, task lighting, and other sources of luminescence in your home. After all, the quality of light makes a huge difference in how you see the world around you. We all know that feeling of “oh-no-do-I-really-look-like-that?” when you look at your reflection in a harshly lit mirror.

Reduce Your Home’s Carbon Impact

April 22, 2021

 

From unprecedented wildfires to a record-breaking hurricane season, climate change is increasing the intensity of weather events. The largest source of harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. comes from burning fossil fuels for heat, electricity, and transportation.

Xeriscape Landscaping: What is Xeriscaping?

March 3, 2021

If you’ve considered redoing your landscaping, you’ve probably come across the term xeriscaping. It’s a complicated word, but the concept behind it is pretty simple: xeros is a Greek root that just means dry. So, xeriscaping is a form of dry-plant landscaping. That usually means cacti, succulents, or Mediterranean plants like olive and lavender. 

How To Set Up A Home Office

October 16, 2020

As businesses shift to remote work setups and recruit more contract and freelance help, working from home is becoming more and more common. Today, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of employees around the world have quickly transitioned from in-person operations to isolated, at-home arrangements while grappling to maintain the same level of output and motivation. 

Man repairing leaking roof

How to Find & Repair a Roof Leak

July 29, 2020

If your roof is leaking, it’s not a problem you can ignore. Drafty windows? Those can be put off until next week. Front door in disrepair? You can wait until the next big door sale. Water dripping on you while you sleep? It’s time to leap into action

Luckily, repairing a roof leak is usually a minor issue that you can fix yourself. The hardest problem can be pinpointing the actual leak. Below, we’ll explore how to find a roof leak, how to repair it, and the tell-tale signs that it’s time for a brand new roof rather than a temporary fix.

8 Earth Day Tips & Facts in 2020

April 17, 2020

April 22nd, 2020 officially marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day. Even after a half-century of celebration, Earth Day has maintained the same purpose: embracing and encouraging social and political action by bringing attention to and promoting awareness of how we treat the world around us.

8 Simple DIY Home Projects & Repairs To Do While Quarantined at Home

April 3, 2020

Amid the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have been ordered to stay at home and practice physical distancing. During these unprecedented times—whether you’re alone or cooped up with loved ones—you may be looking for ways to make your daily routine more productive.  Why not use this quarantine time to tackle these easy DIY projects that will make your home healthier and more comfortable?

5 Different Types of Water Heaters

September 27, 2019

Picture this: it’s the dead of winter and you’ve just finished shoveling your driveway after a full hour of snow-slinging. Nothing sounds better than a warm shower to bring life back into your frozen body, but upon cranking the hot water, only cold water comes out. Your water heater has bit the dust and the timing couldn’t be worse.

10 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

September 13, 2019

Bills—everyone’s got ‘em! While you can anticipate consistency with your rent or mortgage, the unpredictability of your energy bill can be a nuisance to you and your wallet. In addition to paying for the roof over your head, you’ll pay for running water, gas to heat your home, internet connectivity, and so much more. But above all else, living in the digital age comes with a hefty electric bill responsibility.

Volunteers picking up bottles to recycle them on Earth Day.

Do Your Part with These 12 Earth Day Activities for Adults & Employees

March 22, 2019

Looking for some ideas on how to do your part with Earth Day activities for adults? We've put together a list of twelve ideas for ways you can celebrate Earth Day at work with other employees, volunteering in your community, and at home with an Earth Day party. But first, we thought you might appreciate a little background about Earth Day.