Take a breath, thank a rainforest. This World Rainforest Day, take a moment to think about the many ways in which rainforests positively affect our lives. They provide us with food, medicine, climate regulation, and so much more. The benefits of rainforests are innumerable.
Essential to our survival, rainforests are responsible for more than 25% of all Western medicine and house more than 50% of the world’s plant and animal species. Only covering 2 percent of the planet’s surface area, rainforests are dense and concentrated; however, they directly provide for indigenous populations who live off the land and work to protect this precious resource.
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As solar technology improves with years, more homeowners are interested in harnessing the power of the Sun. Nowadays, solar energy is getting more affordable, which means more households can benefit from free energy generated with the help of their solar panels. If you are like most homeowners, you want to make the most of the solar system you installed. Fortunately, there are a plethora of ways to do so, and they range from investing in a couple of upgrades to scheduling regular cleaning and maintenance. Whether you’re looking to green your home or simply want to save some money on your monthly utility bills (or both!), here are some of the best ways to maximize the efficiency of a solar panel.
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With growing concerns about the environmental impacts of using gasoline and diesel — including the automotive industry’s carbon dioxide emissions, massive petroleum leaks and destructive mining practices — many drivers, companies and scientists are looking for alternative energy sources to power their personal cars and automotive fleets.
Whether you’re considering buying an alternatively powered car or want to decrease your carbon footprint by renting a hybrid for your next road trip, this will give you an idea of what’s already out there and what’s coming further down the pipeline in terms of green or alternative automotive energy.
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Aside from avoiding plastic, opting for public transportation, and going for more organic food choices, one significant factor in defining a person’s carbon footprint is energy consumption. Fossil fuels remain to be the most common energy source; but thanks to innovations in technology, people are now able to harness the power of the environment without doing any harm.
Switching to renewable sources can be one of your best investments. Wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, and solar panels are all eco-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels. Opting for them won’t only minimize your impact on the environment, but it would also allow you to enjoy several practical benefits as well.
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We’re constantly thinking of new and creative ways to save money, from clothing swaps to no-spend days to making your coffee instead of buying it. Often times, coming up with inventive ways to save money takes time and effort, and often leaves us feeling like we’re missing out — but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Making eco-friendly changes, whether big or small, to your home can have a huge impact on both the planet and your wallet. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, making your home greener can save anywhere from $723–$1182 annually. Whether you’re looking to build, remodel, or simply spruce up your home, there are opportunities in every room to make more sustainable choices.
If you’ve never looked into eco-friendly home improvements, you may not even know where to start. The animation below outlines the anatomy of a green home and gives 24 suggestions on how to go green and save green.
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