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Ways to Reduce Energy Demand in Your Home

Using the "How You Waste Energy in Your Home" as your guide. These are some of the ways you can reduce your energy demand at home. Some of these energy-saving actions require certified professional help and can be expensive to perform, while other actions can easily be done by you for under $100, and depending on where you live some of these actions can be completed for free or put money back in your pocket instantly. High-Performance Building Envelope: The envelope of our home is the largest building system with the most impact on how much energy is used. When the envelope is properly designed and tightly constructed it prevents outside air from getting in and slows conditioned air leaking out,...

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How You Waste Energy in Your Home

The average home, in the United States, is approximately 37 years old. To put this in perspective Ronald Regan was President, Apple released the Macintosh, The Terminator, Beverly Hills Cop, and Gremlins all premiered in 1984, and 1 gallon of gas cost $1.10. That was a long time ago, longer than some of the people reading this blog have been alive. This means that most of our homes were built before energy efficiency was considered important. But don’t worry, you can still make an older home extremely energy efficient. But before you can make your home more energy-efficient you must first understand why it is not. Poorly Performing Building Envelopes The building envelope consists of the foundation, exterior walls, roof,...

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Green Champion: Sindhuja Pandi

Every once in a while, at WeWentGreen.com and Resurge Industries Inc,  we come across someone doing something green to better their own lives and the World’s, and we like to share their stories with you. The Green Champion’s story we’d like to share with you today is about Sindhuja Pandi, a sustainable gardener who has mastered the art of growing vegetables in a small space. WeWentGreen: What persuaded you to start organic gardening?  Sindhuja: My toddler persuaded me. I didn’t want any unwanted chemicals in his food so I opted for organic and sustainable gardening. WeWentGreen: What do you have to say to people who say “I don't have enough space for a vegetable garden”? Sindhuja: Vegetables are so versatile....

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What is Composting?

You may have been thinking about composting for some time now and may have even looked at getting yourself a composting bin. But wait! Have you asked yourself what is composting? You’d be surprised that there is more to composting than just throwing yard waste and kitchen scraps into a pile and letting nature take its course. Although this is a method of composting, this may not be the right method for you, and the only way to know is to learn what is composting. So what is composting? Basically, everything that grows will decompose, and composting just speeds up the process by creating the optimal environment for organic matter to breakdown into what some call “Black Gold.” A nutrient-rich...

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How to Collect and Use Rainwater

If you are not collecting rainwater to use at your home, you are seriously missing out. Rainwater harvesting is easy to do, a great way to add an alternative water source to your home, and can be fairly inexpensive to accomplish as well. Rainwater can be collected in buckets, from roofs, and by other means, and reused for non-potable needs, such as irrigation, or laundry. Unfortunately, due to water rights issues, rainwater harvesting may not be legal in your area. So be sure to check with your local government before installing a rainwater harvesting system. (Click here to see if your state has restrictions https://worldpopulationreview.com/state-rankings/states-where-it-is-illegal-to-collect-rainwater) The easiest way to collect, or harvest, rainwater, is with a bucket. But putting a...

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