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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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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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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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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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How To Fund A Greener House

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The drive for greener lifestyles has hit every consumer product. From clothing to organic food, consumers are trying to support a more ecologically friendly lifestyle. For individuals who are trying to update their home, there are several green funding options on the market that can assist in paying for home updates and energy efficient appliances. […]

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5 Home Insulation Tips To Reduce Your Heating Bills

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Most environmentalists agree that proper home insulation is one of the most productive ways to improve the sustainability of your home. While there are many things we can do to become more eco friendly, heating our homes is one of the biggest factors contributing to our carbon footprint. In addition, adding suitable insulation to your […]

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4 Tips For Bringing Cheap Solar Power Into Your Home

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If you care about the environment then I have no doubt that you’re aware of all the benefits surrounding solar power. However the major weakness surrounding installing solar panels in your home is principally the cost of a bespoke solar PV system. That said, even if you have minimal cash to invest in your environmentally […]

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9 Simple Ways To Reduce Your Electicity Bill Without Living Like A Hermit

Sometimes saving the planet and saving your money align perfectly and reducing the electricity you use around your home is a perfect example of this. Clearly the less power you use the less that your utility company is going to charge you. In addition when you reduce your energy needs you’ll also cut down on […]

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Solar Energy Advantages And Disadvantages

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Over the last decade or so solar energy has metamorphosed from the preserve of hippies and idealists to the realm of normality. More and more everyday people are seeing the benefits of solar energy and as a result finding ways to include it in their lives – whether that’s going all-out on a bespoke solar […]

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Turn Off The Air-Con: 6 Tips For Staying Cool This Summer

When the sunshine is beating down and the temperature is rising it’s understandable that many people flick on their air conditioning. But while your air conditioning might make you feel more comfortable in the short term there’s a gremlin you need to be aware of: one of the biggest contributors to most Westerner’s carbon footprint […]

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Cheap Solar Panels: Reducing The Cost Of Solar Panels

photo credit: Pink Dispatcher As anyone who has looked into the cost of solar panels will tell you: one of the greatest weaknesses of solar panels for your home is quite simply how expensive they are. I full-blown solar panel installation can set you back tens of thousands of dollars and while you should make […]

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8 Ways To Wash Your Clothes In A More Eco Friendly Way

photo credit: Magic Madzik Cleaning our clothes, while necessary, is a potential mine-field for the environmentally-aware individual. From the water and power that we use to the chemicals we flush into the water system there are a huge number of improvements that can be made to the “standard” way of washing your clothes to make […]

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4 Ways To Heat Your Home More Efficiently This Winter

photo credit: el diablo robotico As summer draws to a close it’s natural that we start to think of the cold weather coming our way over the next few months. Gone will be the flip flops and shorts and out will come the coats and jumpers. It’ll only be so long until you put your […]

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The Pros And Cons Of Organic Box Schemes

photo credit: AndyRobertsPhotos I’m always keen to find new ways to be more eco friendly but I’ve always struggled with the concept of organic box schemes. The premium price tag and the lack of flexibility have always been such a turn off that I’ve never really seriously considered them. Until last week. Reading [easyazon-link asin=”0340954671″]Confessions […]

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An Introduction To Air Source Heat Pumps

photo credit: James Jordan Air source heat pumps work by absorbing heat from outside to provide heat for underfloor heating systems, heat radiators, and even for providing hot water for your home. It uses the same principle as refrigerators that extract heat from inside to make it possible to achieve a colder temperature to preserve […]

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Houseplants That Purify The Air In Your Home

photo credit: chefranden We live in a world of pollution. From oil spills polluting the oceans to chemicals polluting our rivers and streams. And of course it goes without saying that the air we breathe is laced with a variety of potentially harmful chemicals as a result of industrial processes, burning fossil fuels and the […]

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4 Unusual Recycling Facilities You May Not Know About

photo credit: mugley We all know about using local recyclincarrierg facilities to recycle objects such as paper, cardboard and tin cans. But I recently got thinking about whether certain other, less common items, can be recycled (or reused), and if so where. So today I have tracked down four unusual ways to reduce the rubbish […]

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Useful Freecycling Websites To Give Away Unwanted Items You Own

photo credit: E. Bartholomew The concept of freecycling is a simple one. If you have something you no longer want – but you don’t want to throw it away – you simply place an advert on one of these websites. Other environmentally-conscious people can then go along and search for free goods. They get freebies […]

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6 Easy Ways To Reduce The Rubbish You Send To Landfill

photo credit: mugley We all know that sending household waste to landfill is a really bad idea and that in an ideal world we would manage to recycle or reuse everything taking our landfill down to zero. But in these days of highly-packaged products, our consumer culture and of non-stop junk mail, what practical steps […]

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