Enhance Sustainability of your Home with these Eco Upgrades

The green movement has taken the world by storm, which is no surprise if we just stop for a second and look at our environment. Our air is polluted with various toxins, our land is littered by every form of garbage we can think of and our oceans and other bodies of water almost contain more waste than they do aquatic creatures. So, it was high time we took action and started minding our actions if we want to have something to leave to future generations.

However, no matter how important accepting the green movement is, there is still a lot of negligence and even ignorance when it comes to our lifestyles. People are not too eager to change their habits, and even though a certain behavior might be harmful to the environment, people choose to follow it because it’s easy.

On the other hand, there are those who are aware of just how bad humanity is for the environment, and who want to make a change that will help them live with the environment, not against it, but they don’t know how. If you belong to this group, check out some of these tips and features you can implement in your home to start leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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LEED: The way to a Sustainable Future with Sustainable Building Design [Infographic]

For many businesses, going green is a matter of changing the way they work. By reducing waste in their operations or using sustainable materials in their production, these businesses lessen their impact on the environment. However, these are not the only means through which companies can become more eco-friendly. In fact, many businesses can shrink the size of their ecological footprints through the places in which they work.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program provides builders and property owners with standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Achieving LEED certification means a building exemplifies many of the principles behind sustainable building design. LEED-certified buildings are more environmentally friendly, which therefore helps the businesses inside of them reduce their overall impact on the planet. Even if they don’t employ other methods, sustainable building design helps businesses become greener.

Businesses in the green industry — or any that simply want to become more sustainable — need to understand LEED and what it means for their properties. There is a strict process through which buildings can become LEED-certified. Additionally, there are specific standards those properties must meet before they can be certified through the LEED program. Property owners and businesses also need to understand the different levels of LEED certification and what they mean.

The accompanying guide breaks down what LEED certification entails, and can serve as a helpful resource for any business working to go green.

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The Eco Guide to Bike-Sharing

We are tearing this planet apart – there’s too many of us, we’re practically walking (or, should we say, driving) pollution and the cause of global warming. Well, we’re trying to make up for it and make an everyday life a little bit more sustainable. One of the ways to do that is to share, but there is a question of a pretty bipolar economic and social impact of this strategy. Apparently, carbon emission is a less problem than the question who’s paying for the gas and who gets a free ride. It doesn’t mean that we don’t care about the planet, but we simply care much more about ourselves. That can be seen in the case of one of the most eco-friendly parts of sharing economy – the bike-sharing. Although the most eco-friendly places in the world (Denmark, Germany, Netherlands) have more than 70% cyclist out of the entire population, many countries still think that bike sharing services are important. Maybe the main reason for this lies in the fact that we are not sure about the size of the impact that bike sharing has on a climate change. Well, let’s take a look what every turn of the pedal brings.

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10 ways to go green this summer [Infographic]

Don’t think that one person can’t make a difference? If everybody thought like that nothing would ever get done. Protecting and preserving the environment is everybody’s responsibility and everything that we do or buy or consume has an impact on it, whether that’s positive or negative. By making some small changes, with minimal added effort, you can transform your lifestyle and make big difference to your impact on the environment.

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The 7 Best Energy Efficiency Apps for your Home [Infographic]

We all know that true sustainability comes from switching up our daily habits, yet for many this is a challenge. We all lead busy lives, so it’s not uncommon to feel like we simply don’t have the time or the energy to be green. As the saying goes, “it’s not easy being green.”

Sometimes all we need to stay on the green path is a helping hand – something to remind us why we need to change our behaviour and that offers guidance on how to continue being eco-friendly. This is where technology comes in. Whether you want to make big or small changes in your lifestyle, there is a mobile application to help you. However, with literally millions and millions of apps to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start.

A good starting point is to identify one area of your life you want to “green.” Real change begins at home, so there is no better place to start than with energy efficiency. With just a few changes around the house, you can dramatically reduce your energy usage and your overall carbon footprint.

By providing information, education and motivation, mobile apps can be a tremendous help when undertaking energy efficiency projects around the home. The team at Calgary Window & Door Guys have put together a highly informative infographic guide laying out the most useful energy efficiency apps for your home. Ranging from the practical to the playful, each of these apps offer unique ways of aiding you in your journey to become a better citizen of the earth. With handy information about features, benefits and user reviews; this guide has everything you need to make the right choice.

Check out the infographic below to learn how you can use apps to start saving energy today!

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