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Three bad-mouthed building materials you won't believe are really eco-friendly
(BPT) - More homeowners are keeping Mother Nature in mind when undertaking a renovation, addition or new construction. They're seeking building practices and materials that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you're among these groups, you may choose to avoid construction materials you've come to think ...
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6 ways to turn (less) water into wine
(BPT) - When it comes to making wine, water is the most crucial element second only to the grapes. In the heart of Sonoma County a team of experts at Frei Brothers Reserve, a sustainable vineyard and winery, has challenged themselves to ask the question: How can we do more to use less water? With a mix of state-of-the-art technology and a commitment to preserving the surrounding delicate ecosystems, the winery is pushing itself to reduce its water use, while creating award-winning wines and p...
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Four eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road
(BPT) - You put your vehicle through a lot this winter, but spring is finally here and that means you can enjoy driving once again. If you're ready to get out on the road, these environmentally friendly tips can make sure your car is ready for that first trip. * Wash your car at a professional car wash. Winter months can...
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Stopping the drain: Innovative technology helps conserve water throughout the house
(BPT) - Four hundred gallons - that's how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool, or let the shower pour until the water is hot enough. The toilet or irrigation system ...
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Go green with eco-friendly outdoor living spaces
(BPT) - Warmer weather means days spent in the backyard with barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space that you'll feel extra good about by going 'green.' With some expert advice, it's easier than you think. Here are four easy tips from t...
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Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons to be excited that winter is finally over. Among them: no more slick roads, heavy jackets, freezing temperatures or dry skin. Spring's arrival also means an end to those expensive heating bills you paid all season. But just because warmer weather is here doesn't mean your bills are gon...
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Stay cool by going green this summer
(BPT) - If the thought of a scorching summer without adequate cooling sounds tough, think about the strain an overworked air conditioner unit places on both your household budget and the environment. Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to a cost of more than $11 billion annuall...
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Greener grilling: Good for you and for Mother Nature, too
(BPT) - You already know grilling is a healthful, flavorful and fun way to cook while enjoying the great outdoors. But did you know it can also be a 'green' activity? By choosing earth-friendly fuel options, better ingredients and sustainably sourced seasonings , you can satisfy your family's taste buds and Mother Nature...
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10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you're probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable - while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a...
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Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your ...
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Why invest in insulation during a renovation?
(BPT) - When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it's often the things that homeowners don't consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home. Across the country, the cost of h...
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Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature
(BPT) - It's not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy: * Begin by decluttering, which requires ...
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Eight ways to get the most out of your trip to the farmers market
(BPT) - When spring arrives, leaves, flowers and robins aren't the only signs of warm weather to ...
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New home innovations help consumers weather the storm
(BPT) - Storms and wet weather not only impact our life's activities they can also have a disastr...
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Great-looking, flavorful veggies are also good for your eyes
(BPT) - After a long, cold winter, it's time to celebrate the start of summer with outdoor picnic...
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