Numerous detrimental influences on nature and human health have been linked to conventional construction methods. With growing concerns about climate change, an increasing number of people are taking steps in order to minimize their carbon footprint, as well as to invest in homes and structures that will be able to last and perform their function well into the future. From creating floating houses to homes that adapt to the weather, environmentally conscious architects are changing the way we build.
But green living doesn’t have to look (or cost) like something out of a sci-fi movie. Today, there is a vast availability of ecological materials that can keep inhabitants safe while contributing to minimized pollution. Combined with modern design solutions, they’re helping create aesthetically pleasing homes in which families can live comfortably and sustainably.
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The concept of throwaway culture belongs in the waste bin of history. No longer is it necessary to toss out every washer, A/C, vacuum, fridge, and other household appliance and electronic device. This guide is designed to help you decide whether to repair, discard, or replace those broken machines in your life, and which avenues to pursue when you make those choices.
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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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The environmental impact of vinyl on the planet is one of the music industry’s (many) dirty little secrets. Last year alone over 4 million new vinyl records were purchased, and considering the average LP weighs about 135g, that means that over 550 tonnes of our favourite black plastic – with all its associated energy and environmental costs entered into the market at a time when we should all be thinking about reducing our carbon (and plastic) footprints.
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Any homeowner knows that keeping your house up to standard takes a fair amount of work. However, despite people’s best intentions, it’s easy to overlook some of the essential checks that you must carry out to ensure your property remains in great shape.
So, when is the best time to carry out household maintenance tasks? Some issues present themselves seasonally while a variety of fixes are reliant on weather. This section runs you through each season and the optimum time to perform checks, fixes and general upkeep.
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