Guest Post: Why You Need A Solar Water Heater

When it comes to burden on the environment, traditional water heaters could have the biggest impact among sources that no one ever thinks about. Water heaters (gas, electric and tankless) actually produce as much, if not more, CO2 than your typical automobile. At nearly 6,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the water heater produces about eight tons of carbon dioxide annually, which doubles that of the standard automobile.

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Guest Post: Guide to Picking the Best Solar System Components

The choice of components is a critical one. If you pick the wrong pieces of equipment, you may encounter unexpected problems, such as premature failure of the components or a low efficiency of the panels themselves. A reliable system will lower your energy bills for years to come, even to the extent that you might make money selling the surplus power. A poorly constructed system will cost a small fortune, as you need constant repairs and replacements.

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Guest Post: Four Environmental Innovations That Have Revolutionized Architecture

The green revolution has impacted almost every sector of the economy. Now, eco-friendly technology is revolutionizing the way we think about architecture. Every part of the architectural process is undergoing huge changes. When people think of green architecture, they often picture simple modifications, such as the substitution of environmentally friendly materials for less sustainable ones. While this can certainly be a viable means of reducing a project’s carbon footprint, it is by no means the only way to make a…

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Three Affordable Energy Management Apps Your Business Should Know About Now

Ashley Halligan, an Austin-based analyst, shared another commercial sustainability piece with me this week outlining three energy management applications that are inexpensive and accessible by any organization. New technologies are being designed to meet the increased demands stemming from new benchmark reporting laws, organizational efforts to reduce consumption, and an overall emphasis on meeting ambitious environmental performance goals.

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Guest Post: Fiber Cement Siding for a Greener Home

Fiber cement siding is a practical, eco-friendly exterior addition you can add to your home. It is functional but also meant to be pleasing to the eye. Siding is meant to insulate your home, making it easier to hold in heat during the colder months as well as to keep it cool during the summer.

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Guest Post: How to Get a Clean, Sparkling Bathroom Avoiding Unnecessary Chemicals

Many toilet cleaners, antibacterial sprays, and drain cleaners contain harmful chemicals that if inhaled, can lead to breathing problems, irritation, and more serious health problems. At the same time, air fresheners and other cleaners can contain DEA and TEA chemicals that can lead to serious health problems. It is possible, however, to still be able to maintain a clean and sparkly bathroom, while avoiding unnecessary chemicals. This can be achieved through using alternative, eco-friendly cleaners, which can be applied to particular jobs.

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4 Charts Provide Distributed Solar Lessons from California

John Farrell provides this information on solar performance in California. Source: Clean Technica [repostus] 4 Charts Provide Distributed Solar Lessons from California (via Clean Technica)   A new study for the California Public Utilities Commission explores the “Technical Potential for Local Distributed Photovoltaics in California.” Basically, it’s one of the more in-depth analyses of local solar power in the country, suggesting that California has the capacity to add 15 gigawatts…

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Guest Post: How To Make Your House Greener

It’s becoming increasingly important to make your house greener. Benefits include helping the environment by cutting down on the amount of CO2 emissions released from your home, as well as committing to recyclable materials. At the same time, it’s possible to make your house greener by cutting back on bad habits when it comes to using power, while keeping an eye on the kind of products that you use. By doing so, you can make a contribution to environmental health. These approaches, and more, are detailed below:

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Want to Encourage Eco-Friendly Behavior? Give Consumers a Nudge (Don’t Tell Them What to Do)

Influencing sustainable behavior is an ongoing challenge in today’s world. Hotels often ask consumers to “do their part” for the environment by reusing towels, but this approach has limited success. Appeals to adhere to social norms (i.e., informing guests that the majority of guests in a hotel reuse their towels) have been shown to be more effective, yet leave an estimated 50% of hotel patrons unresponsive.

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SunWize Partners with Clean Power Finance to Expand Portfolio of Residential Solar Financing Solutions

Solar finance products such as leases and power purchase agreements (PPAs) are crucial tools for solar professionals who want to expand their business. Clean Power Finance’s financing solutions offer solar professionals and distributors a variety of solar leases and PPAs, driving competitive prices and allowing installers to tailor options to homeowner preferences.

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Guest Post: Explore the Benefits of Used Appliances

Buying used appliances can be a very cost-effective method to get the most out of a household budget. Today’s consumers are a different breed of those from years past. It used to be that the only time someone sold an appliance was because it no longer had any useful life left in it. Most old appliances were sold for scrap and the money gained went towards the purchase of a replacement item.

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Guest Post: Green Changes For Infrastructure Evolution

It would seem like an inopportune time to go green. In reality, however, the opposite is true: by making your business more environment-friendly, you can succeed in saving money and appealing to potential consumers – outcomes both of which are especially alluring during a time of economic stagnation. Here are a couple ways to go about making this happen:

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Guest Post: Go Green with Easy Things for Making Eco-Friendly Kitchens

However, when faced with the steps that are hyped in the media, it’s all too easy to feel inadequate in terms of what you’re doing. After all, there are a lot of eco-friendly tips out there, many of which require time and money. Don’t get discouraged! First, always remember that no gesture is too small when it comes to protecting the environment; second, there are plenty of easy things you can do to bring some green into your home.

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Guest Post: Effective Measures to Consider in Choosing an Electrical Contractor

There are certain things that one needs to keep in mind while availing the service of an electrical contractor, the prime reason of this being the fact that there are several electrical contractors in the league today and they all provide a competitive service. In order to get the best service by choosing the best contractor, you need to keep in mind a few things that would ensure a smooth competition of your project.

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Guest Post: How Green is Your Office?

Companies are catching onto the fact that going green makes them more popular, and it is something worthy of talking about in various forms such as press releases. It adds to the company image and can now be a big deal breaker when people are considering purchases and hiring for services. So the question is; what can you do to make your office more environmentally friendly?

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Guest Post: Funding a Greener Home

Improving a home’s energy efficiency or adding alternative green energy sources is a smart way to help the environment, reduce monthly utility expenses and enhance occupant health and comfort. However, the initial cost of “going green” can put a financial strain on the homeowner, especially in a down economy. How can individuals fund their “green” home improvement projects? Consider the following tips.

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