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Factors Affecting Solar Panel Efficiency

One unfortunate downside to the creation of solar energy using photovoltaic panels is simply how many variables there are which can affect the overall output. This is why alongside designers and installers of solar panels there are even companies offering an O&M service to photovoltaic projects. In essence, this “operation and maintenace” service aims to […]

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4 Simple And Painless Ways To Green Your Electricity Supply

As green consumers we often find ourselves trapped between “a rock and a hard place”; namely being as eco-friendly as possible without actually extricating ourselves from modern consumer society. Imagine, for example, trying to live a “normal” Western life without the use of electricity. While that would arguably be the optimum solution, for most people […]

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Five Vegetable Crops That Slugs And Snails Ignore

Last year marked the start of my journey into growing my own food at home. Sadly, here in the UK, it also marked the wettest year on record – something which exploded the local populations of snails and slugs rendering entire crops ruined in a matter of days. My spinach was decimated. My lettuces vanished. […]

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Five Surprising Facts About LED Lights (And How They Can Improve Your Home)

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LED lights have multiple benefits, being found in everything from colored Christmas lights, traffic lights and even aircraft illumination. They boast many advantages over their traditional incandescent equivalents, and their positive effects can span into your home. Here are five facts that prove LED lights are a better alternative to light up your living space. […]

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Upcycling For Beginners

In war time Britain, the government issued a pamphlet about how to save money, it was called Make do and Mend. While it’s nostalgia from a bygone era of austerity, it’s also phrase that’s becoming more popular as Britain’s recession continues as reported recently in an article by the Daily Mail. Whether due to tightening […]

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5 Eco-Friendly Mattress Materials

Today, there are a lot of products that are being labeled as eco-friendly; unfortunately, most of these claims are nothing more than marketing hype that have very little to do with reality. This can also be true when it comes to eco-friendly mattresses. However learning what to look for and how to evaluate mattresses will […]

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Wind Energy: The Top Five Wind Farms In The USA

The use of wind power to generate electricity has a long history. However, the concept of building wind farms is a newer phenomenon that developed as a cheap and sustainable alternative to the use of fossil fuels. Large wind farms consist of hundred of giant turbines located on an area of land or offshore combined […]

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How To Save Water In The Workplace

In the past, people tended to think of water as free. Now it’s being seen as the valuable resource it is. Your office likely uses more water than you realize, and this could be affecting your bottom line. Here are a few tips to reduce your workplace’s water use: Get A Water Audit Your utility […]

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Unusual Ways To Make Your Home Energy Efficient

We have all heard of the more common ways of becoming more eco-friendly such as switching to energy saving light bulbs, reduce the amount of electricity you use, sealing windows and even fitting more installation to the home. However, if you want to go a step further then here are some less common suggestions for […]

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Frugal Tip: Why You Should Review Your Home Insurance Policy Regularly

As a property owner it’s natural that you want to find the best home insurance. However once the initial deal is sealed it’s normal to forget all about your policy in order to concentrate on “more important” matters in your life. However as it turns out this “set and forget” policy might not be the […]

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Your Garden’s Health: The Green Alternatives To Pesticides

When your garden is being destroyed by insects the first thing that comes to mind is getting rid of them quickly with the help of chemically based products. However, using such products may just make matters worse and not only will you kill the insects, but all your garden plants as well. Aside from the […]

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The Green Way To Care For Plants Using Epsom Salt

Today people are becoming more and more concerned about using chemicals in their daily lives. In fact even farmers and gardening enthusiasts have begun to embrace “green” methods in caring for an array of plants for their growth and when protecting them from pests. One common “green” method of treating and protecting indoor and outdoor […]

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5 Beneficial Insects That Can Keep Pests Out Of Your Garden

Your garden can attract a number of bugs and insects, both harmful and beneficial. One of the best methods of controlling unwanted pests in your garden is to invite beneficial insects. For instance, you can consider planting flowers with pollen and nectar since these plants can provide protection and food for beneficial insects. In addition, […]

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Is It Possible To Be Frugal And Green?

One of the common misnomers is that being green can be more expensive than a non-sustainable way of life. All those organic foods, investing in solar panels and other renewable energy sources, not to mention paying a premium for FairTrade products. It’s enough to make you wince. And yet the truth is that in many […]

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Growing Cucumbers In The Greenhouse

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On a hot summers day nothing tastes more refreshing than a sweet, juicy cucumber. However despite being an integral part of many salads, it seems that very few people actually try growing cucumbers when compared to other popular salad crops like tomatoes, lettuces or radishes. Growing cucumbers can arguably be a little more troublesome than […]

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Dishwasher Maintenance: How To Wash Your Dishes The Eco Friendly Way

Washing the dishes after a good meal with fraught with potential problems for the eco-warrior. While most environmentalists now agree that using a dishwasher can be more eco-friendly than washing dishes by hand, the environmental benefits are minor unless if you go about things in the right way. So how do you manage to balance your […]

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9 Ways To Make Your Music Collection More Eco Friendly

Did you know that over 5 millions CDs are thrown away each year and that each one can take over 200 years to decompose? Music is truly one of life’s great pleasures; but clearly it can also represent an environmental catastrophe if we go about things in the wrong way. Fortunately, there are all sorts […]

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The Art of Green Gift-Buying

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As environmentally-conscious consumers, we’re used to making green decisions. Whether it’s investing in solar panels or opting for an electric car, we’ve trained ourselves to think about making the best choices to suit an eco-friendly lifestyle. But what about our friends and family; what about when we’re buying stuff for them? Suddenly the priorities change, and in the […]

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Incentives To Make Renewable Energy More Cost Effective

Would you rather save the earth or your bank balance? It’s a question that many of us would struggle to answer, as it is fair to say that even those of us that are the most money conscious are finding it tough in the current economic climate. Purse strings are drawing tighter and tighter as […]

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Peer To Peer Rental: How You Can Save Money And Help The Environment

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We all know that our consumer society is having a damaging effect on the environment. Every product that we buy has been produced, packaged and shipped and  every step in this chain uses up resources and leads to waste. The problem is that while we know consumerism is typically bad for the environment it’s also […]