11 Ways to Minimize the Environmental Impact of Home Renovation Projects

Over the past couple of decades, environmentally-friendly construction has grown from a fringe movement to being the mainstream status. The major forces driving green building are market and client demands, but also state and local governments which are adopting regulations and proposing initiatives focused on sustainable housing. This is all happening because reducing energy and water usage have become the top humanity issues, and no one can look away now that these problems and years of reckless use of Earth’s resources have come back to haunt us. If you are planning a renovation project, you should know that it will impact not only your house and your community but also our planet. If you want to minimize that influence, here are some tips that could help you.

The trends that are paving the way for a better future

In the last couple of years, climate changes have affected everything, even the construction business, causing property owners to take a significant financial hit. According to Fema, every dollar invested in resiliency saves four dollars in recovery, which means that resources should be invested in constructing buildings that can withstand natural disasters. Furthermore, construction is leaving a huge amount of waste every year, so experts have finally found ways to recycle and use that waste for further projects. All of this is a part of a large-scale movement of building properties that reduce gas emissions, save water and rely on renewable energy. This movement refers to both private and commercial buildings.

How do private homeowners fit into the picture?

Each remodeling project, regardless of how large or small, leaves a trace on the planet. While commercial and public construction is responsible for most of that impact, homeowners need to join the fight as well. For example, if you are building your home from scratch, you should invest in sustainable materials, encourage minimal use of energy during the works, and, if possible, build tiny. If you don’t want to skimp on square footage, it would be useful to build upwards and take up less soil space. The trend of building upwards to go green is very popular in Australia, which makes reliable crane hire in Sydney and other Aussie cities a very in-demand service for even the tiniest renovation tasks. As for remodeling, the first things to think about are lowering your home’s energy use and preventing energy leaks. You’ll do that with insulation and energy-saving features, such as triple-glazed windows.

Specific things you can do to green up your remodeling

Sure, all of this is nice and well, but what exactly can you do to make your remodeling more sustainable and energy-efficient? Prepare to find out.

  1. Caulk, seal, and weatherstrip. Proper insulation puts focus on sealing up every potential point of heat and cooling loss so that the energy waste would be minimized, energy consumption lowered and energy savings maximized.
  2. Install energy-efficient windows. Low-e, multiple-glazed windows with vinyl or wood frames are among the best ways to reduce energy costs and improve your property’s energy-efficiency.
  3. Position the windows in a way that they receive the biggest amount of natural light possible and provide adequate ventilation by opening up your rooms.
  4. Get a whole-house fan to minimize the use of air-conditioner or completely eliminate the need for it.
  5. Install clerestory windows, solar tubes, light shelves, and skylights to minimize the use of artificial lighting.
  6. Switch from incandescent light bulbs to LED lights or compact fluorescent bulbs.
  7. Use structural insulated panels (SIPs) to drastically increase the energy efficiency of your property and reduce noise pollution.
  8. Go low flow in your bathroom. By installing a low-flow showerhead and faucet and a low-flush toilet, you can cut your water use by 60 percent.
  9. Get an Energy Star-rated HVAC system.
  10. Replace your old appliances with energy-efficient models, as the dated ones tend to require more energy to perform the most ordinary tasks.
  11. Use sustainable construction materials for both the interior and the exterior. Some of the excellent options are bamboo, cork, recycled plastic, reclaimed wood, sheep’s wool (e.g. for insulation), etc.

Your home may be a mere drop of water in the sea, but what else is the sea made of, if not billions of drops of water? If you can make your home renovation green, someone else can too, and this already makes a movement that can change things.


About the author: Mike Johnston is a home improvement blogger, DIY enthusiast and sustainability buff from Sydney. He is a regular writer at Smooth Decorator and a contributor on several interior design and eco blogs, always on the lookout for new ideas and latest trends in the field.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 27, 2018 at 8:21 am

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Electric Car Myths Debunked

With their low running costs and increasingly long ranges, more and more people are starting to seriously consider buying electric cars. But whether your motivation is to save the planet or save a few quid, there are a number of myths out there that are still deterring prospective buyers.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at a few of the myths that abound and explore just how much truth there is to them…

Myth 1 – Electric cars create more particulates than conventional cars

Let’s start things off with a little bit of science. The theory is that the heavier the vehicle, the quicker it wears away the roads and the more particles are released into the atmosphere. Electric cars have heavy batteries, so it seems plausible that their use could create more particulates than conventional cars.

However, the truth is that virtually all of the small particulates in the atmosphere (those less than 2.5 microns in size) are created by internal combustion engines. The extra weight associated with electric cars (around 500 lbs) is negligible so they do not do significantly more damage to the road surface.

In regard to larger particulates (those up to 10 microns in size), they are primarily caused by brake dust. Electric cars use mechanical brakes much less frequency than conventional cars. Instead, they use regenerative braking, which recharges the battery as the vehicle slows and creates much less brake dust.

Myth – debunked

Myth 2 – The range is restrictive

In the early days, when even the best electric cars only had a range of 50 miles or so, this was difficult to argue with. However, these days, it’s just not true. The UK’s most popular electric car, the Nissan Leaf, can now travel 200 miles on a single charge. Over time, battery capacity will continue to grow, prices will come down and any concern about range will become a thing of the past.

If you’re planning a long journey then after 200 miles you’ll certainly be ready for a refresh. In just 45-minutes, a rapid charge point at a service station will refill your battery to 80 percent capacity so you can hit the road again.

Myth – debunked

Myth 3 – Electric cars still cause pollution, just in a different way.

Electric cars use electricity – no surprises there – some of which is generated by burning coals. By burning fossil fuels, critics argue that all electric cars do is move pollution from the cities, which petrol and diesel cars pollute, out to the suburbs, where the power stations are.

However, this assumption overlooks the fact that renewable energy sources are currently in the process of making coal-fired plants obsolete. In fact, more electricity was produced by wind and solar in the UK than any other source last year, with renewables’ share of electricity generation shooting up to 29 percent. Overall, that means the total emissions produced by electric cars are between 25 and 65 percent lower than rival vehicles.

Myth – partly true

Myth 4 – Electric cars are expensive

It’s true that at the moment, the upfront cost of new electric vehicles is more than that of equivalent petrol or diesel cars. However, second-hand electric and hybrid cars are much more reasonable. There’s also much more to consider than just the price you pay in the showroom. Vehicle tax, fuel and servicing costs all need to be taken into account, and in all of these areas, significant savings can be made.

Myth – partly true

Ready to switch to electric?

Many of the myths that make people reluctant to buy electric cars have been oversimplified or are just plain wrong. And, as the energy grid gets cleaner and battery recycling improves, the benefits of electric cars will continue to grow.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

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Plastic Fashion

Luckily, most of us live someplace where products and experiences are tailored to our needs and we can fulfil our desires in a split moment. We can buy and throw away things just as we please and can easily turn a blind eye to what is going to happen with them afterwards. While this almost implausible comfort could be seen positively, the amount of plastic waste we have produced as a result has seriously interfered with the planet’s eco-system. Thus, before reading any further, I would like to thank you for being here and indicating interest in creating a better and healthier future.

What is plastic exactly?

The general definition for plastic is a “material consisting any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and so can be melded into solid objects”. While it does not sound especially harmful, the lovely colourful straws, convenient take-away cutleries and grocery shopping bags are as useful as they are non-biodegradable. Meaning that they cannot be broken down to a harmless natural state, plastic quickly escalates into something awfully damaging. The realisation of this resulted in many independent movements and governmental interventions which are concerning the use of single use plastic and have already taken place all over the world. I am thrilled to see the amount of people and businesses who are willing to give them up to reduce environmental impact.

Four time used plastic

This definition lacks another significant aspect however; plastic is essentially made from coal and oil, or as experts call them: fossil fuels. We already know how harmful fossil fuels are, both for people and for the environment, but little is known about their relationship with plastic. Not only straws and bags but 2/3 of all fast-fashion items are made from synthetic fibres too.  These involve polyester, spandex, acrylic, PVC and nylon. The only difference is that synthetics are considered to be four-times used. Why four-time? Easy. On average, one wears a garment as little as four times. Either because of their low-quality or because we can afford to buy something new, people will generally get rid of the products after the fourth use. And even if one uses clothes for a longer period, the problem is not eliminated. The more one wears something, the more one washes it. By doing so, clothes release microfibers which cannot be caught by the filter of the washing machine and will end up in our waterways. Here, fish can easily mistake them for food, consume and store the microfibers in their system until these fish end up on your plate. While it does sound delicious, believe me, food without microfibres is healthier.

What can we do?

It is not to say that you must keep your clothes until they can no longer hold their threads together. Eventually, all clothes are going to be wasted. If they are made from synthetics, well, they are going to stay with us for hundreds of years, if not forever. But just as there are metal straws and biodegradable bags there are alternatives to plastic fashion items too. Clothing made from organic materials such as organic cotton, linen or hemp are not only naturally biodegradable but softer, more durable and beautiful. Although, knowing where to buy these materials from can be exhausting. Many businesses offer seemingly environmentally friendly alternatives but unfortunately most of them are simply trying to harness more profit for their businesses. In order to avoid fake proclamations, transparency and evidence is key. Look for worldwide known certifications such as GOTS, Fairtrade International or Responsible Wool Standard to ensure that not only the end-products but the entire production process is free from harmful chemicals, unethical methods and fossil fuels.

In my search for something more worthwhile I have luckily come across Amberoot, a blog and multi-retailer company which has got me from the very first moment. Their collection of brands is entirely safe to shop and there is an impressive variety of materials, such as tencel, organic cotton, linen and peace silk to choose from. They also provide a transparency map for all of their products; therefore I know exactly where the clothes were designed, manufactured and where the materials came from. While I do enjoy shopping there, I have also learned amazing facts on their blog about upcoming future materials such as pineapple or mushroom leather. Something I have never thought of before! Looking at these possibilities the future is looking brighter every day. I am convinced that we are still in time to reverse the damage and stop the production of single and four-time used plastic once and for all.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 27, 2018 at 8:07 am

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How ancient farming communities made the Amazon what it is today

It looks like the Amazon rainforest we know and love today isn't pure and pristine at all. Research by the University of Exeter has revealed how it is far from untouched, thanks to ancient farmers who transformed the region in dramatic ways. Apparently the farmers introduced crops to new areas, boosted the number of tree species that generated food, and even used fires to improve the soil.

The study was undertaken by archaeologists, palaeoecologists, botanists and ecologists, and reveals the way early Amazon residents farmed intensively without having to continually clear fresh areas of woodland. They made their discoveries by analysing charcoal, pollen, plant remains and lake sediments.

Ancient people were wiser than us – They knew how to farm without ruining the soil

The forest's ancient residents grew maize, sweet potato, manioc and squash, and the remains date back an impressive 4,500 years. They apparently improved the soil by burning vegetation, adding manure and digging in waste food, and as well as the products they grew they also ate river fish and turtles. The discoveries explain why areas of forest surrounding archaeological sites tend to feature more edible plants than average.

Dr Yoshi Maezumi led the team. He says that ancient humans found a way to create a nutrient rich soil called Amazonian Dark Earths by farming in much more sustainable way, a way that continually enriched the soil rather than contstantly depleting it. The amazing soil they created let the people grow nutrient-hungry crops like maize in more places, even in regions the soil was very poor. And that in turn fed a growing Amazon population.

There really is a better way to grow crops

The ancient farming method involved clearing some low trees and weeds while keeping the closed canopy above. It's dramatically different from today's brutal methods, which simply involve clearing more and more land for industrial scale grain, soya bean, and cattle production. It reveals there really is a better way, a more efficient way to farm without destroying precious forests.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - August 2, 2018 at 7:10 am

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What’s new about electric vehicles?

It wasn’t long ago that electric vehicles (EVs) were almost derided for their unreliability in a world of powerful diesel motors. Today, the EV market is exceeding everyone’s expectations, with an average of more than 4,000 new registrations per month in 2017 compared to just 3,500 for all of 2013.

But why the growth in demand for electric vehicles? Alongside Vindis — which offers VW services — we’ll explore the advantages of EVs and what the UK government is doing to further this eco-friendly trend.

Benefits of EVs

There are many benefits of EVs despite the initial setbacks. Firstly, an EV does not generate emissions. Consequently, drivers can slash their carbon footprint and help the UK achieve its aim of reducing emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Secondly, an electric vehicle does not need petrol or diesel — which means no checking for the cheapest rates or queuing at the pumps. And thirdly, an EV is almost silent when being driven — a great way to lower noise pollution.

Considering the above advantages, it’s little surprise that demand for EVs is rocketing in the UK.

What are motor brands and the UK government doing to boost EV numbers?

EVs are an effective way to tackle the UK’s pollution and carbon emissions problems. Typically, a passenger vehicle gives out 4.6 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Considering that this pollution is reported to accelerate climate change, cause breathing difficulties and more, it’s key that eco-friendly products, like EVs, are encouraged and supported.

Fortunately, the UK is working to offer more charging points across the nation. In sync, motoring manufacturers are constantly creating motors with better battery lives and mileage ranges in order to finally put to bed the argument that EVs can’t be trusted — especially on long journeys. Japanese vehicle brand, Nissan, recently launched the Nissan Leaf, which features a long range and a one-pedal driving system, allowing it to go about 50% further on a single charge than the EVs before it. As one of the most sought-after electric cars, the Nissan Leaf has hit sales of 283,000 since 2010 — this is second only to Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV. Could Nissan claim the top spot if it keeps innovating?

What else is the EV car industry doing to make its vehicles more palatable to the UK driver? A one-pedal driving system, like Nissan’s, is another bonus of electric vehicles. By simply pressing a button, you can turn the motor’s accelerator into an e-Pedal, start the vehicle, accelerate and stop. Although you have the option of controlling the start and stop functions separately, the one-pedal system is just another feature that makes this EV simpler to drive. Plus, the system makes the car even more energy-efficient to lower your carbon footprint even further.

The problem of recharging your EV

Unfortunately, being kinder to the environment and negating the need of petrol stations is sometimes not enough for drivers. Some won’t drive a car if they have even a slight fear that it will run out of power. As of May 2017, around 4,300 charging locations — with 6,700 charging devices and 12,500 connectors — were available in the UK. However, to counter the issue of needing eight hours to fully charge a battery, a surge in public charging points that can recharge at least 80% of EV batteries in half an hour is necessary.

Thankfully, an answer is imminent; with ChargePoint and InstaVolt planning to install at least 3,000 rapid-charging points on forecourts all over the UK. What’s more, there’s a Europe-wide EV charging network on the horizon, too. Launched by a collaboration between BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the VW Group with Audi and Porsche, the network will feature 20 ultra-rapid charging points with an aim of creating 400 points across the continent by 2020. The network is expected to cover around 100 locations by the end of 2018, which will hopefully mean that traveling free of carbon emissions will be a lot easier.

Of course, from an energy point of view, this installation of charging locations raises some concerns. The National Grid claims that a demand of 50% more electricity will occur if the UK moves to EVs — is this worth it considering the tonnes of carbon emissions that will be reduced?

EV battery life of the future

30 minutes is the amount of time a battery generally takes to recharge at a rapid charging point. However, a recent study suggests that there has been a development of an ‘instantly rechargeable’ method that brings full-life back to an electric battery in just a few minutes. Could the motorists who won’t buy an EV due to the time it takes to recharge finally be swayed? If this method becomes available, we anticipate that the EV industry will only get stronger, which means cleaner air and roads for all the UK and its residents. Electrolytes are employed in this method to re-power battery fluids, which makes it so efficient.

Most of us know about the government’s 2040 aim of eradicating petrol and diesel cars. Granted that the momentum of this drive continues, the EV market and its eco-friendly motors should only grow in authority and numbers. Hopefully, innovations and developments will continue to resolve the issues that put people off buying an EV, including battery life and time taken to charge. If so, we could see the government achieve its target of lowering emissions by 80%.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 30, 2018 at 6:22 am

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Great news – The world’s newest and biggest protected rainforest

We don't often get good news. Our world is usually populated with stories about deforestation and disaster. So it's lovely to be able to talk about an incredibly important milestone for the Amazon itself and for rainforest conservatoin everywhere.

A region of outstanding universal value

The Serrania del Chiribiquete, in Colombia, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, who have recognised its outstanding universal value to nature and people. Now it's the world’s biggest tropical rainforest national park, a huge effort that has taken decades of hard work by environmentalists and conservationists to bring to fruition.

The protected area is home to an impressive 3000 or more types of animals and plants, and is now twice as large as it originally was. In a world where 33% of so-called protected areas remain threatened by human activities, it's a vital development.

Chiribiquete is incredibly remote. There have been many years of armed conflict in the area, which has made life tricky for scientists and conservationists. The sheer, remarkable biodiversity of the regon is down to its location, a magical place where four very different geographic regions – the Amazon, Andean, Orinoco and Guyanas – meet. All this makes the news a defining moment in the good fight.

A big step in the right direction

Chiribiquete is not only a biological, cultural, hydrological and archaeological treasure. It's also vitally important to the indigenous people – some still uncontacted – who live in the area. Colombia’s forests, like all rainforests, remain threatened by deforestation to make way for agriculture, industry and settlement, and climate change continues apace, but the news represents a considerable positive step in the right direction.

The new park includes areas with very highest deforestation rates, so it's hopeful that the news will help stop the timber and illegal crop trade in its tracks. It's wonderful to see the Colombian government taking such an important step towards protecting the region, against a landscape where, all too often, government inaction, corruption and short-term thinking are at the forefront of the destruction.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 6:13 am

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Holiday Carbon Footprint

In 2017, ABTA’s Holiday Habits Report declared that 87% of Britons have taken a holiday in the past year. This insight has been applauded with great enthusiasm by agencies and companies in the travel industry, but the consequences of this discovery still seem to be unknown to most people.

As a matter of fact, the recent increase in tourism goes hand in hand with a rise in carbon emissions. CO2 emissions are predicted to reach the level of 50 metric tons by 2050 for the United Kingdom only.

However, these results might still underestimate the impact that tourism has on the environment, as they don’t consider the impact of greenhouse gas emissions besides CO2, as well as all the usual activities that tourists perform when on holiday.

Fortunately, being eco-friendly is something that anybody can do. This infographic by Greenmatch.co.uk shows you how to have a more sustainable holiday by implementing some simple tips that can make a real difference for our planet.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 6:03 am

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Smart savings: Energy saving tips that may surprise you

Most people are already aware of the most common energy saving tips for the home; never leaving your gadgets on standby or only using as much water as you need for a bath. However, together with Northern Powergrid, who can help out with any electric connection around your property, we’ve put together this handy guide to energy saving tips that might just surprise you…

Invest in a smart thermostat

Did you know that if you turn your heating down by just one degree, you could shave up to £80 per year from your energy bill?

By investing in a smart thermostat, you can take the hassle out of monitoring all your household devices. While these handy gadgets can often come with a large price tag (some will set you back over a hundred pounds), they could take as much as a third off your heating bills long term. Smart thermostats are able to learn the required time that it takes to heat up your home and then adjust themselves accordingly so that the heating comes on at just the right time to bring your home to your desired temperature. This also means that you’ll never have to worry about coming in to a cold house – smart thermostats can be controlled using your mobile even when you’re out and about!

Water-efficient showering

You can easily save energy in the bathroom too, especially if you use a shower. You can start by investing in a water-efficient shower head if your shower uses hot water directly from a tank or boiler, as opposed to it being electric. Doing so will mean that you’ll still get to enjoy a powerful shower whilst reducing the amount of hot water that you use. In fact, it’s been calculated that this nifty gadget could save you up to £75 a year on your energy bills!

Another helpful device that you should consider investing in is a shower timer – these are relatively inexpensive, with some models costing under £10. By reducing the amount of time that you spend in the shower by just one minute per day, you could save £7 a year per person in your household.

Smart cooking

When it comes to cooking, it’s easy to use more energy than you need – the good news is that it’s also very easy to save energy with these tips! When cooking rice or vegetables on the hob, remember to only use enough water to keep them covered and ensure that you’re using the right sized pan. When you cook a small meal in a big pan, you waste energy as it takes longer to heat the contents – the same applies to using the correct sized ring on the hob.

If you love to bake, you can save time by baking more than one meal at once and saving some to heat up in the microwave later. After all, when you use the oven every shelf has to be heated up, so making the most of the free space helps you save energy.

If you cook chicken in the oven often, it may be wise to invest in a pressure cooker – after all, cooking chicken using a pressure cooker only takes about half the time that it would to cook it in an oven.

Smart washing

Your washing machine can also help you to save energy. Did you know that 90% of a washing machines energy expenditure comes from heating up the water? If you can turn down the temperature of your washes, for example from 60 degrees to 40 or 30 degrees, you can save up to a third of the cost of running the cycle. Remember to run a hot wash every now and again though, as this will help to keep your washing machine clean.

Ideally, you should try to fit a lot of clothes in your wash, as filling it only halfway or less wastes a lot of energy. Additionally, reducing the amount of washing cycles that you run by just one a week could see you saving £5 a year on your energy bills.

On the topic of laundry, try to refrain from drying clothes and garments on radiators. Doing so means that your home’s boiler will need to work harder than is necessary.

A well-stocked fridge is a good fridge!

Keeping your fridge and freezer as full as you can will mean that they won’t have to work as hard. If you always have empty shelves, downsizing may be a good option – just try to choose an A++ model when switching, as these can save an estimated £190 throughout their product lifetime.

Whatever you decide to do, be sure to defrost on a regular basis to prevent ice from building up – causing extra energy use. You shouldn’t neglect the area at the back of your fridge either, dust can build up around the condenser coils found at the back of the fridge and can lead to more unnecessary energy use.

Energy saving on the go

For around £20, you can now purchase plug sockets which have been designed to be switched on and off via your mobile.

This design will definitely come in handy if you’re out and about and suddenly remember that you forgot to turn off the TV at the wall. After all, by turning your gadgets off at the plug rather than leaving them on standby, you could save an average of £30 a year for your household.

Sources:

https://www.moneysupermarket.com/gas-and-electricity/energy-saving-tips/

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins

https://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/free-energy-saving-tips/

http://www.britishgas.co.uk/help-and-advice/save-energy-save-money/Energy-saving-tips/top-10-energy-saving-tips.html

https://britishgas.co.uk/energy/energy-saving/energy-saving-tips.html

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 5:56 am

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Eco-Gardening – Emerging and Significant Trend of This Year

We, humans, are selfish animals. We have used, reused and abused the Earth for generations. Just think about the plastic covers, factory wastes into the rivers, sewage and what not. We have been the culprits for the present state of the Earth, extinction of thousands of species of animals and plants, the death of hundreds of humans because of pollution, and the list goes on. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more eco-conscious and are looking to do their bit to contribute to Mother Earth. One of the emerging ideas is eco-gardening. This article tries to reason out why eco-gardening is one of this year's most significant trends.

What is Eco-Garden?        

 

“Eco” stands for Ecology. So, Eco-Garden basically means a mini-ecosystem right in your backyard. People also grow their own fruits, vegetables and flowers in this garden. An Important thing to notice here is that no chemical fertilizers are used in eco-gardens. Only manure and other bio-fertilizers are used. Such gardens often flourish with butterflies, bees, earthworms and other insects. This can also be called a “retreat to nature”.

Why is eco-garden becoming popular?

 

Eco-garden is an eco-friendly way to beautify your backyard or estate. This is not all, there are more reasons why people are becoming increasingly fond of eco-gardening. Few of them are as follows.

#1 Grow your own stuff

With the vegan population growing year-by-year, the prices of vegetables are soaring. So, people are considering growing their own fruits and vegetables. This is also one of the best ways of spending their time and also save money spent on buying vegetables. It also serves as a good mood booster. Another fact worth mentioning is that it helps you spend quality family time with your dear and near ones in the garden.

#2 Go Organic

Another reason why people fear buying vegetables from the market is the fertilizers and chemicals used while growing them and chemicals used to artificially ripen and/or preserve them. An advantage of eco-gardening is that one can choose what fertilizers, pesticides and/or fungicides to use. If one wants to go natural, he/she can always choose to use eco-friendly products to preserve crops, making it safe both for the environment and human consumption.

#3 Creating a mini-ecosystem

An eco-garden can become home for many tiny animals and insects like squirrels, frogs, earthworms, birds, etc. Your garden shall become a mini ecosystem depicting the perfect coexistence of flora and fauna. This is one of the best ways to do our bit to preserve biodiversity.

#4 Serving Mother Earth

 

Humans have been extracting resources from Earth. With the increasing awareness of what humans are doing to nature, more and more people are willing to do their bit to preserve Earth for the progeny. So, they are getting into eco-gardening to contribute their bit for the cause of the Earth and its future inhabitants.

This way, eco-gardening is becoming popular these days, especially among the vegans. If you have decided to take up eco-gardening, here is a tip to boost your motivation. Make sure you put up yard signs with your name or your family name on it and put it up in your garden. This gives the garden, which you maintain with utmost care, an identity, just like naming a baby.

Pick up Eco-Gardening and help Mother Earth!!


Author’s Bio:

 Jessica is a marketing enthusiast and an influencer in Fashion & FnB verticals. She keeps special interest in the impact of visual branding on business growth. She has been writing for Stuart signstore, having a specialisation on T-shirt printing, for a long time now.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - July 4, 2018 at 5:50 am

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5 Benefits of LED Lights

Australian homeowners are increasingly aware of the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle. This is very much noticeable in the home décor and design which is changing with this in mind. Small changes within a household can mean a lot in terms of environmental impact and they are usually also a savings measure.

One of such changes is the increased usage of LED lights which come with many benefits in comparison to the traditional ones. These benefits outweigh the cost of installation that is still somewhat steep with LED lights.

Durability

When purchasing a single LED light bulb, it costs significantly more than an ordinary light bulb and it can cause a homeowner to give up on a purchase. However, when the durability is taken into account, an LED bulb is actually much less expensive because it’s a purchase that can last you up to 20 times longer than a traditional bulb.

Even the middle and lower class Australian families can afford this investment because it still pays off to change the bulbs if you do it in phases. You can start with the rooms you’re using the most.

No toxic elements

The research shows that most Australian businesses use fluorescent lights because they are cost-effective and provide good enough quality for the needs of an average office. However, there’s proof that these bulbs contain toxic elements and can take their toll on your health if you spend day after day under those kinds of lights.

On the other hand, LED lights can be used in the same way without such dangers because they don’t contain any harmful materials. They also make less noise which makes them more pleasant to use in the office.

Ease of installation

Simple LED lights are easy to install and that can be done by any homeowner on their own time, without any preparations. However, if you’re changing the lights in the whole house, you should also check your installations in the process.

Additional features, such as a switch for dimming the lights or adding a timer for them, should be dealt with by a professional electrician. A local electrician from Parramatta could add these features and change the lights in an afternoon and no further maintenance is needed.

Energy

Energy consumption is the biggest concern for Sydney households since that’s also the largest bill to pay. Any household appliance that lowers the energy consumption can be important in the long run if a family is trying to save money. This is more noticeable with the lighting than with the largest appliances, since the lights are always on.

LED lights are therefore a good choice for saving because they offer the same quality of lighting but they waste much less energy than any other type of light bulbs. The difference will be noticeable when you calculate your yearly expenses.

Heat

The Australian climate isn’t always pleasant, especially during the summer. Any appliance that creates additional heat isn’t really helping with keeping the home cool or with keeping the energy bills low. Traditional bulbs heat up the place and it takes a long time to cool it down afterward.

LEDs are much more useful in this regard because they use and waste less energy. Electricity wasted with lighting turns into heat which means that LED lights aren’t making the room hotter while it remains as well lit as with traditional lights.

LED lights have a lot of benefits in comparison to other light bulbs. They are both more eco-friendly and less expensive.

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