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5 Tips to Make Your Relocation Eco-Friendly

Moving away from your home is a difficult and stressful event, regardless of the reason behind the move. Apart from this, it causes a lot of air pollution (due to transportation), waste (due to an improper choice of packing supplies) and even debris. In other words, it can become a true ecological disaster, which is a proper nightmare for anyone who is green-minded. Fortunately, avoiding this problem may not be as difficult as it seems since there are a number of ways to make your relocation eco-friendly. With this in mind, here are five tips to help you do so.

Reusable moving supplies

When it comes to the move, you will need many boxes and bags, yet the choice of going with cardboard, plastic, paper or even wood is all yours. A lot of people underestimate the importance of sturdy wooden crates, and your ability to reuse them is quite a boon. According to one survey, about 11 percent of all Australians have moved five times or more in the past 15 years. That being said, it is quite clear that investing in reusable moving supplies is not a wasted investment.

Sell or donate

Apart from being the conscientious thing to do, tidying up the place you’re leaving behind is a great way to declutter the inventory you are about to relocate. Here, you will see just how many unnecessary items you’ve hoarded in the previous years or months, which is also a great opportunity to get rid of some of it. First of all, you might want to look for the items you might sell and offer them on eBay or even throw a garage sale. If there are some items you don’t believe will yield a great ROI, you might want to look for a cause to donate to and, therefore, at least do a good deed. Before you do so, however, it might be worth your while to research where you can donate the things you own.

Recycle

As for the items you can’t sell or donate, you need to dispose of them for good. Still, you need to find the eco-friendliest way to do so. Nonetheless, this can take a lot of work, seeing as how recycling different materials means making a thorough selection of all the items that need to go. Both the research of proper ways to recycle each material and the effort to actually do so are a matter that takes a lot of effort. If you have a backyard, you might even want to try composting, in order to give at least some of it back to mother earth.

Don’t take absolutely everything

Next, when it comes to the transportation of the items from your former home to the next one, you will find that the most cost-effective and the greenest way to make the move is to prioritize. The reason behind this is quite simple. Let’s say for a minute that you’re moving from Sydney to Brisbane and are, therefore, looking for Ute hire Brisbane options. The number of trucks that you will have to hire, even the size of the truck you’re hiring, depends on the number of items you are carrying to your target location. In other words, the less you decide to bring, the lower the carbon footprint of your move and the less costly the move itself will be.

Eco-friendly farewell party

Finally, a lot of people like to throw a farewell party before they move. Needless to say, this party should also be eco-friendly. When it comes to invites, make sure they are in verbal or digital form, seeing as how this will help you cut down on paper. Next, hire a recycling unit that will make it easy for you to dispose of any party leftovers later on. Finally, make sure to explore eco-friendly and biodegradable dishware and serving ware for your party. Bowls, compartment trays, cups and cones can all be eco-friendly if you invest enough effort. Luckily, in the age of the internet, this is not nearly as difficult as it once was.

At the end of the day, if there’s one thing you need to keep in mind, it is that eco-friendly relocating doesn’t take a lot of money, it takes a lot of time. Because of this, you need to start planning your relocation on time. This will give you enough space to sell, research your donating options and properly dispose of all the items you can’t carry with you. Apart from this, it will ensure that you have enough time to plan everything to the letter and in this way, ensure that it’s all going according to plan.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 7, 2018 at 8:15 am

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How to Design an Eco-Friendly Apartment

Your home should be a safe place where you can relax and unwind, feeling absolutely protected from the outside world. But, how safe are our apartments, really? The truth is, an average apartment contains hundreds of pollutants and toxic chemicals that are harmful both to humans and the environment. Additionally, there are various items that do tremendous harm to nature during their production and transport process. So, if you want to live in a greener and healthier environment, here’s what you can do.

Choose eco-friendly materials

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Sure, hardwood is beautiful, but it also carries a variety of environmental issues with it. Wood harvesting is getting out of hand, and a lot of chemicals are being used in wood coating and sealing processes. On the other hand, materials like bamboo, cork, glass and concrete are much more sustainable and eco-friendly, and they look quite stylish.

Opt for natural textiles

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Textiles we put in our home can be quite harmful—they can be hazardous to our health and air quality. For instance, a new area rug made of artificial materials can off-gas for weeks and release chemicals into your indoor air (you might recognize that familiar new-things smell in your home). The best thing you can do is invest in items that are made of organic, natural materials. Textiles that are dyed with natural dyes and have no extra finish are probably the greenest option.

Avoid VOCs

Your carpet isn’t the only thing that off-gases. Most wall paints can also release gasses that are harmful for both people and the environment. Traditional paints contain VOCs that can cause nausea, headaches, respiratory problems and severe irritation. Luckily, today, there are low- or zero-VOC paints that are much greener and healthier.

Reduce energy waste

A very cheap, fast and eco-friendly way to stop energy waste caused by drafts is to improve your window treatments. Some studies show that having neutrally-colored drapes with white plastic backing can save more than 30% cooling and heating losses. These window treatments will block cold draft and keep hot air from escaping during winter. On the other hand, they will shade your interior from sun and keep your home cool in the summer. This will both save you money and reduce energy consumption (and make your home look stylish). You can also invest in Energy Star appliances, replace traditional bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs and maybe even check out some smart thermostats. All of these items will allow you to save energy, money and the planet.

Conserve water

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Every year, the supply of fresh water is decreasing due to droughts and water pollution, so water conservation is more important than ever before. However, we still waste almost 50% of all water in the household! For instance, one of the most common and easy to handle plumbing issues in Australia is leaky taps and toilets. These leaks can add up to around 10,000 gallons of wasted water a year, yet many people choose to ignore them! So don’t be irresponsible and make sure to find someone as experienced as a good plumber from Melbourne who will stop all the leaks and prevent this tremendous water waste. Another thing you can do is invest in aerators that regulate water pressure and buy low-flow showerhead and toilet. There are also Energy Star washing machines and dishwashers that save both electricity and water. They have an amazing modern design and will be a great addition to any green apartment.

Decorate with plants

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Many studies show the beneficial effect of indoor plants. They make people feel happier, less stressed, more focused and motivated. But, probably the biggest advantage of keeping greenery indoors is its ability to filter the air. Some plants have an amazing power to filter out toxins, absorb chemicals, soak up heavy metals and replenish the air with oxygen. So, don’t hesitate to add plants to your home and make it truly green and healthy. Some indoor plants, like herbs, can also double as food—a win-win situation! Additionally, plants are highly decorative. For instance, green walls or vertical gardens can act as an amazing design statement.

These are just some of the easiest and most effective ways to green up your apartment and create an eco-friendly environment for you and your family. Plus, you’ll help our Mother Earth and ensure a green and healthy future for your kids, grand-kids and all other generations who are yet to step on this beautiful planet.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 3, 2018 at 7:34 am

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Eco-friendly Construction With Advanced Building Materials

Green building that conserves energy is becoming a necessity and trend of the modern world. It’s still a bit difficult to completely transform the idea of what traditional building and construction look like though, especially considering the cost of some eco-friendly building materials. However, together with recycled elements, paying more at first in this regard is definitely going to lower the overall bill price for the household as the whole point is to reduce the need for cooling and heating. Moreover, thanks to the energy efficient appliances, homeowners can recover the invested money relatively quickly and continue to save from then on. In that respect, it’s very important to talk about and stay on trends when it comes to advanced building materials that will make the construction process as well as the finished home eco-friendly.

Better insulation

There are plenty of eco-friendly options when it comes to effective insulation. For example, one can opt for insulating concrete forms. Essentially, these are blocks of concrete in between insulation layers. Thanks to the durability of this type of insulation, these forms are often used in freestanding walls and blocks. Moreover, plant-based foam that’s generally used for surfboards turned out to be a perfect eco-friendly material for insulation, but furniture and wind turbines as well. One of the more unusual materials that can be used for construction and insulation is undoubtedly straw. When kept dry, straw can actually last for thousands of years. Would you imagine that? Then there are structural insulated panels (SIP) which combine foam insulation in between plywood or cement. This type of insulation is noted to reduce the energy cost by almost 50%. Finally, it’s important to mention vacuum insulation panels (VIP). It may be mind-boggling but the truth is that vacuum panels offer seven times the insulation protection compared to the traditional options. It’s only a matter of time when VIP is going to become widely available for residential construction as well.

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Green and eco-friendly roofing

Of course, you can choose whatever color you want for your cool roof these days. The point is that cool roofing uses a technology that allows the roof material to reflect light and heat, thus preventing the warmth to enter the building as much as possible. Just like any eco-friendly material, this is going to have a higher initial price. However, it will undoubtedly reduce the bills as the need to use coolers during warmer months will be significantly lower.

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Low-E windows

Basically, low-E windows have a special coating that prevents the heat from leaving during the colder months as well as entering during the warmer months. Again, they play an essential role in insulation, and even though they are a tad more expensive, these windows come with considerable benefits. The extra costs will be recovered in no time.

Concrete

Interestingly, concrete has slowly made it to the top of the list when it comes to eco-friendly building materials. Essentially, concrete is durable, sturdy, easy to maintain and relatively inexpensive. In that respect, it’s used for a wide range of construction projects, flooring included. And with the rising availability of concrete formwork companies, opting for this particular solution is quick and simple.

Recycled steel

When it comes to the framing process, beams and panels, recycled steel seems to be the right option. After all, for this part of construction, traditional wood material would actually require 40-50 trees, while the needed amount of recycled steel can be produced with just 6 scrapped cars. Moreover, steel recycling is getting bigger every year since it’s a great way to reduce energy waste and reuse functional, durable and sturdy material.

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Earth

Speaking of construction and building, earth is undoubtedly the biggest renewable material out there. However, it can be troublesome to find skilled craftsmen and necessary permits within different codes. But, in case you find an adequate solution to this, it’s worth noting that walls made of earth make for the perfect thermal mass.

Aside from the technical part of construction using eco-friendly materials, it’s important to adopt an eco-friendly mindset as well. Even though our homes may be the biggest source of energy waste and carbon footprint, people have the power to change the consumption and minimize the waste with their own behavior, too. Therefore, don’t ignore the importance of leading a green lifestyle once you settle inside your green home.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - March 2, 2018 at 7:01 am

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4 Basics of Conserving Water at Home

The dwindling drinking water is turning into a global problem, as opposed to something notoriously only happening somewhere in Africa. We can’t expect to start being mindful with water use as a species – the change in mentality comes from an individual, who contributes little, yet serves as a great example. Conserving water doesn’t mean being paranoid about the water problem, it means being reasonable enough to know how to limit the excessive water usage.

Seeing as how smart water use starts at your very own doorstep, here are some great ways to conserve water at home.

Learn when to turn it off

Learn when to turn it off

Quite honestly, this shouldn’t even be a thing of debate; turning the faucet off when you’re not using it seems pretty obvious, when you think about it. Unfortunately, we are creatures of habit – the decades of ignorance have led us to take water for granted. However, even if all the world’s drinking water was for us to take (which it isn’t), there simply won’t be enough of it around for us to exploit, before long.

On a more down-to-earth note, here’s what we’re talking about here: turning the faucet/shower off when it’s not in use. For example, there is virtually no reason to keep the faucet running while brushing your teeth – this can take as much as five minutes, which is a whole lot of water spent for no particular reason. The same goes for showers: turning the faucet off while applying soap and scrubbing can save gallons per session!

We could list all kinds of examples that range from washing the dishes, to watering your lawn, but most of us are well-aware of our spending; we’re just too stubborn to change. Well, change! Our planet deserves it.

Install low-flow faucets and showerheads

Install low-flow faucets and showerheads

It may not seem like a big deal, but a low-flow faucet in the kitchen can cut your water spending, let alone a low-flow showerhead! Sure, these do tend to be more expensive than your regular faucets and showerheads, but consider what limiting the water flow entails; yep, less water spent means a curbed water bill!

Jumping from the comfort of a high-pressure to a limited water flow may feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but you won’t even notice it after a while, especially when it comes to faucets.

Check for leaks

Check for leaks

If your kitchen or bathroom floor is wet frequently, chances are that you have a leak somewhere that can account for that nasty wet sock feeling, but more importantly, for water wasting. Check all of your appliances, from the shower to the bidet and try limiting yourself to as few of these as possible. For example, there is no need to install an actual bidet – for instance, a reputable Australian bidet company offers bidets as toilet attachments, which are very convenient, spend less water than an actual bidet and save you the trouble and the space.

Low-flow toilets are vital

Your regular toilet might not seem like a water guzzler, but make no mistake about it – on average, the toilet accounts for 28% of water use per home, or as much as 7 gallons per flush! This is a huge deal, and it should not go unchecked, especially owing to the fact that low-flow toilets can be flushed two times and still save you a gallon or two. Even if you don’t care enough about our planet’s underlying water problem, you’ll still end up saving money in the long run!

Conserving water starts at your very own doorstep. There’s a whole lot you can do that can serve the purpose of helping our planet and your pocket, simultaneously! Be conscious about keeping those faucets and showers running when not necessary and opt for low-flow kitchen and bathroom appliances. Oh, and be sure to check for leaks; where there’s a puddle, there’s wasted water.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - February 17, 2018 at 8:45 am

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7 Green Ideas for Outdoor Rooms and Granny Flats

Just like your main building, your granny flat and outdoor rooms can also be environmentally friendly. All you need to do is use the right materials and be smart about the design, and your home addition will be eco-friendly and beautiful.  Here are some great tips you must check out before you start your building.

The size

No matter the materials and efficiency of fixtures, if you have a large addition to your property, you will leave a bigger footprint. A larger outdoor room will require more turf to be destroyed and paved, while a large granny flat will require more materials, stronger cooling and heating and more electricity. Unless you need all that extra space, keep things small and compact.

Proper insulation

If you want to ensure minimum energy gets wasted during your granny flat cooling and heating process, your property has to be well insulated. How much insulation you need will greatly depend on your climate, and the proximity of trees and other buildings that might provide shade during the summer and some protection from the wind during winter. In most cases, the R-value ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 for your ceilings is a good choice, both in cold and warm climates. The best way to insulate walls is to use both thermal and acoustic insulation that will make your granny flat a peaceful and pleasant place.

Positioning of the property

Location is one of the most important things if you want to be green. For instance, if you want to reduce energy consumption in the granny flat, you have to have an adequately positioned space. If the building is surrounded by trees, this might mean the interior will be better protected from direct scorching sunlight in the summer. Additionally, when winter comes, naked branches will allow the sunlight to pass all the way to your windows and provide you with extra warmth. You should also think through the position of your outdoor room. If your location is well shaded and protected from the elements, you won’t need much cover to keep the space pleasant all year round.

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Green materials

When building your outdoor room or granny flat, it’s important to use sustainable, repurposed or green materials to make sure your addition has a minimal effect on the environment. Today, there are many green materials you can choose from, so there is practically no excuse. Locally harvested wood can be a good choice since it doesn’t require long transport hours. Additionally, eco-friendly flooring options like sustainable bamboo and cork are also great solutions. When it comes to fabrics, try to opt for carpets made of natural materials like jute, hemp, coir, sisal or wool. Some companies provide completely custom design, so consult with your trusted granny flat builders during the material choosing stage, and they will surely provide you with valuable insight and extra advice.

Practical furniture

When equipping your outdoor room or granny flat, your greenest option is to buy recycled or repurposed items. Buying cheap store furniture pieces is not a very green option since these materials usually contain a lot of toxins and waste a lot of energy during their production process. Also, make sure to choose durable materials, especially for your outdoor room that will be exposed to the elements.

Green walls and partitions

If you want to boost “the green” in your granny flat or outdoor room, you might want to invest in some extra greenery. Green walls and partitions will offer you an opportunity to have a lot of plants in your property, even if you lack the square footage. Additionally, green walls offer great shade, provide clean air and extra thermal and acoustic insulation. And, as a cherry on top, they look amazing both indoors and outdoors.

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Energy-saving appliances

Your granny flat and outdoor room can be very energy-efficient as long as you provide them with Energy Star appliances and proper lighting. For instance, equip the interior with high-quality and efficient fridge and microwave, and concentrate on using LEDs for lighting. These fixtures will look amazing and save you some money along the way. The same goes for water. Install low-flow toilets, showers and faucets that waste a lot less water than your traditional fixtures.

Granny flats or outdoor rooms are a great addition to your home. And if you want to make them green and sustainable, you’ll be doing a lot of good for the planet and future generations.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 28, 2018 at 1:23 pm

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How to Make Your House Greener than Ever

Despite numerous perks, the problem with the modern world is that it’s closer to extinction that we can realise. By doing lots of things that have a negative impact on our planet, we have jeopardised the future of Mother Earth and everyone living on it, and it’s high time we did something about it. Making a positive change is never easy, but you need to make an example and start with your own personal space before moving onto bigger and better things. Making your home eco-friendly requires quite a lot of time, money and energy, yet you can’t put a price on knowing that you’ve done something good and actually made a considerable difference in your own micro-system. That’s why we all need to turn our houses greener than ever, and here are a few ways to do so.

Reuse, recycle and repurpose

Not that many people know this, but the amount of second-hand materials available to you is extraordinary – just because you’re not using these doesn’t mean they don’t exist. So, if you’re planning to build your own house from scratch, make sure you pack it with second-hand timber, wood, steel and glass. You can also think about using materials made from waste products – newspaper wood, bottle bricks and wine cork panels are just some of the ideas you could look into and make your home greener that way.

Install solar panels

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This might be sound a complex and difficult idea at first, but it’s actually one of the most effective ways to elevate the overall sustainability of your house. If you have a spacious roof, be sure to fill it with solar panels that can produce a significant amount of energy and actually power up your kitchen devices or light up your place. Moreover, this is the way to lower your electric bill month after month and actually start saving a huge amount of money you can use for other eco-friendly purposes.

Build a greenhouse

What better way to make your house greener than by building a greenhouse right next to it? If planned, designed and executed properly, your greenhouse can be more beneficial than you’ve ever thought, but be extra careful when doing so this. No matter how handy you are and how small this project seems, you still need to use adequate safety clothing in order to make sure you don’t hurt yourself and endanger your life. Keep in mind that even a small greenhouse has a number of benefits – from making the air around your home much cleaner and more pleasant, to saving you a ton of money on vegetables you would otherwise purchase in a supermarket. This way, your family will always have healthier, more natural and totally safe food in front of them every day of the week, which is quite great in the long run.

Use LED bulbs

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This could easily be the oldest trick the book, yet its efficiency and practicality are amazing. Using LED light bulbs instead of regular ones could save you a significant amount of money, but also make your living space healthier and cozier at the same time. The technology of LED bulbs has advanced quite a bit in the past couple of years, and you could easily find a whole range of models that might suit you aesthetically and visually. Finally, these bulbs are among the best ways to show your visitors and guests how eco-friendly and environmentally-aware you are, and that’s always appreciated.

Turn off appliances

This is another popular method of making your home greener and it’s quite easy too! All you need to do is remember to turn off your computer, printer, kettle and oven after you’ve finished using them instead of leaving them on all night long. Some people even unplug their appliances just to be safe, and the amount of money you can save in a year is definitely worth all the extra effort. Therefore, think about this idea and start turning off your appliances as soon as possible.

Turning down your thermostat, installing double-glazed windows, furnishing with recycled furniture, using eco-friendly wall paint, as well as adding a few plants here and there are a few additional ways to make your home greener than ever, so try these ideas out and start practising them on a regular basis.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 28, 2018 at 1:06 pm

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Water Conservation in the Home

From cooking meals to practising basic hygiene and keeping the house clean, we use plenty of water at home every day. Most of the time, we simply proceed with these tasks without ever thinking about the volume of water being used, but perhaps it would be no harm to pause and consider this first.

This infographic from Nature’s Water looks at the different ways in which you can easily cut down on water consumption in your home. For example, wait until your washing machine or dishwasher is almost full before turning it on, as these use the same amount of water irrespective of being full or nearly empty. When brushing your teeth or shaving, don’t leave the tap flowing the whole time. For showering, buy a low-flow showerhead that will use far less water without compromising on performance.

Indeed, if you have the finances to do so, it may be worth upgrading some of your household appliances, as newer models are often far more efficient than old appliances. For instance, an old dishwasher would typically use 16 gallons of water in one cycle, whereas a modern, energy-efficient version might use no more than 5 or 6 gallons.

Find out more about saving water at home in the infographic below.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 26, 2018 at 8:09 am

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Alarming indoor CO2 levels

London’s alarming levels of pollution are always a big topic of conversation. However, though the city's outdoors gets plenty of flack in the news, new research has discover that indoor air pollution in London could be a much bigger concern. To get a understand the levels of air pollution better, Dyson asked four volunteers across London to conduct some studies. They asked them to measure dust particles – an important measure of pollution – as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the places they visit on a daily basis.

The highest carbon dioxide (CO2) reading, 2284ppm, was recorded inside a packed train at Baker Street Station, almost five times the threshold for normal CO2 levels.

Bromley recorded a worryingly high at-home reading of 1172pm – the highest at-home reading throughout the course of the study.

Exposure to high levels of indoor air pollution can lead to health problems including asthma, respiratory irritation, heart disease, cancer and sick building syndrome.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 17, 2018 at 5:20 pm

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House Insulation: Innovative And Eco-Friendly?

It's a well-known fact that good insulation is a key factor in having an energy efficient house, while it also saves a lot of money on heating bills. However, not many people know that the majority if commercial insulation is something nobody would like to breathe in every single day. It is believed that the chemical insulation, which can be found in most households, can lead to asthma, cancer and various other problems. So before you start buying eco-friendly kitchen appliances and installing solar panels  let's see what you can do for your insulation.

1. Nanogel insulation

This is insulation of the future. It is a super-porous silicon foam that is actually 99% air. It's light but very insulating and strong at the same time. The secret is in its tiny spores that provide excellent insulation. Another great thing about it is that it's transparent, which means you can use it for insulating your windows or get creative and insulate translucent ceilings and walls – the light will get in, but the room temperature will be just as you want it. Regarding the packaging, nanogel is always sealed into fiberglass panels that are safe to work with.

2. Recycled denim (cotton) insulation

This organic insulation is usually made from pieces of denim and other textile plants that left unused, which means it's formaldehyde free. To be more precise, recycled blue jeans have been used for this type of insulation. Sounds cool, right? It can be bought as loose fill or gathered in a batt. As it's basically textile products, it is treated with boric acid and is great as a pest repellent, fire retardant and it's excellent as antifungal means. Boric acid is a good choice, as it isn't remotely toxic as other acids. Cotton insulation is easy to install, and there's no need for you to wear any special clothes during the process. Its performance is as good as if you were using fiberglass, although its acoustic qualities are far superior. The only downside is that it's about twice as expensive as fiberglass, but its longevity can make up for the cost.

3. Sheep wool insulation

For thousands of years, sheep wool has had the reputation of providing excellent insulation. People have been using it for centuries in the process of making garments, so it's weird that this much time had to pass until we started using it for building insulation. The right term for sheep’s wool insulation material is thermafleece. In comparison to engineered types of insulation, thermafleece requires only s small fraction of energy for production. It is also safe to handle and very easy and quick to install. As wool fibers are breathable, the moisture is absorbed and released without the thermal performance being affected at all. When comparing material thickness, its R-value is about 0.6 points higher than of fiberglass. And additional bonus – in case of fire in a home, sheep's wool will contribute to slowing down the fire, as it is not flammable.

4. Living roof insulation

Planting vegetation on your roof, okay this isn't a traditional replacement that can be applied to the whole house but the benefits are worth considering. Using a living roof as insulation will reduce indoor sound even up to 40 decibels. Although this might up your home renovation costs It could also influence indoor temperature during summer, which helps you save up some money on air conditioning. Even though it doesn't help during wet weather, the vegetation on the roof can trap blowing snow. And let's not forget the fact that it protects the whole roof from various weather conditions, prolonging its life expectancy and that it gives a great contribution to the general aesthetics!

Overall conclusion

Whatever type of insulation you opt for, there will always be advantages and disadvantages, whether it costs more, it needs more time to install or it's a difficult type of insulation to obtain. Nevertheless, if properly chosen, insulation will have huge positive effects on the energy consumption inside the house, your family's health and comfort, which, as you will probably agree, leads to a happy household.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 13, 2018 at 8:29 am

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Tips on How to Make Your Bathroom Eco-Friendly

The consequences of global warming have not yet reached the apocalyptic fever pitch many people (and scientists alike) fear. Yet the proof of these stark climate changes has already nudged people into complete energy-efficient overhauls of their households. One of the rooms that needs this green turnover the most is definitely the bathroom. If you are financially ready for such an endeavour, here are some tips on how to make your bathroom eco-friendly.

Think about water

Water consumption is the key element when it comes to making your bathroom green. You can always start off by replacing your old faucets and shower heads with water-efficient ones. They increase aeration, which means the flow of water itself is reduced without compromising pressure and performance. You can even install a faucet that has sensors onto your bathroom sink – this way you will save up a staggering amount of water when it comes to washing hands and teeth. Furthermore, there are some really impeccably designed modern toilets that filter and chemically treat the sink water for reuse.

Do not forget the electricity

The aspect of electricity is fairly easy to solve – eco-friendly lighting has been introduced to our households over time, and it is almost certain you are already using LED lights in other rooms of your home. Believe it or not, LED fixtures use only 10% of the energy compared to their incandescent counterparts. Try to utilise your ceiling for a smaller number of sources of light, as they will be able to cover more space. On the other hand, if you already have wall fixtures, you should do your best to utilise natural lights. If your eco-friendly financing options are flexible, you can redo your windows and build higher ones (so nobody can peek at you) or simply add a skylight – which adds plenty of natural light without sacrificing privacy.

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Make it stylish and make it work

Though there is an ongoing debate on which one is more eco-friendly: the bathtub or the shower, you should always opt for an element that meshes with the style of your bathroom. Technically, showers might be greener, but then again, it depends on the length of the shower – some people actually use more water with long showers than they would with a hot soaking bath. Furthermore, nothing spells out class like stylish freestanding bath tubs which are designed to turn your bathroom into a comfortable, small paradise that will easily serve as a second bed after a long day of work. Why would you waste water on a long shower when you can just lie in your bath tub and spend just as much time relaxing without wasting water?

Sustainability

If you are also remodelling your bathroom besides adding new energy-efficient utilities, use sustainable materials. The best thing to do is to use recycled and salvaged materials from a nearby salvage yard or other location to minimise the impact on the environment and preserve the planet’s resources. You can reintegrate old tiles into your design to create an interesting contrast or purchase an already used mirror, a refurbished vanity, etc. These old materials will give you plenty of amazing opportunities to create interesting designs.

Universal design – think about the future

However, if you are not the type of person with a visual creative streak, you can find countless extremely creative universal bathroom ideas online. Universal design is an important aspect of keeping your bathroom eco-friendly. If you create a bathroom for all people and all occasions, there is a higher chance you will not need to do a renovation of your bathroom for a long time – which always bodes well for the environment. Make sure both children and elders can reach the light fixtures and add waist-high railings to the walls. Make sure everything works perfectly and keep the number of your repairman in your cell phone in the case lights start to flicker due to bad wiring.

Such a bathroom remodel is an excellent opportunity to decrease your household’s negative impact on our surroundings. It appears to be such a small step for the environment, but if every person accepted this green frame of thinking, the cascading effect of decreased carbon emissions and energy spending could really help us preserve the entire planet. Today, your bathroom goes green; tomorrow, the world.

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Posted by Eco Warrior - January 13, 2018 at 8:23 am

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