The plastic water bottle market in the United States is worth billions of dollars annually. Plastic water bottles can be purchased just about everywhere and they are quite convenient, but there are many problems associated with them. In fact, when you become aware of the problems and how many there are, you may never buy […]
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If you’re a regular reader of Blue Living Ideas, you’re savvy about your water. But even if you are, and have done a full water audit of your home’s water consumption, you’re likely still missing a lot of easy water savings in your home, simply because it’s a lot of work to go to the […]
If you’re thinking of redoing your yard or are starting afresh with a new home, designing your landscape to conserve water may be one of the best decisions you could ever make.
Water is something we don’t often think about in our daily lives, it’s just there when we need it; whether to have a cold drink when thirsty, turn on the dishwasher, put a load of laundry on or flush the toilet. But while most of us in the developed world have easy access to clean […]
As the crises surrounding the environment and spending in the U.S. (and the world) begin to enter their crescendo – I believe we haven’t even begun to see the full force of pushback on environmental issues yet – it’s important to keep track of all facets of our carbon footprint.
Often times we don’t really look at our water consumption, though, until water conservation efforts our put into place by our communities. Even then, it’s kind of an afterthought.
Saving water is one of the top ways homes are doing their part to help the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. Ecological mothers in particular are teaching their children about the benefits of this practice, as well as the easy ways they can save water with their daily habits.
Washing clothes can be a pain, especially if you have to haul the clothes to a laundromat (expensive) or have an older washing machine (water and energy consuming).
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average single-family, suburban household uses 260 gallons of water a day, and at least 30% of that water is used for irrigation. At that volume, maintaining a lush, green landscape can be hard on your budget, especially if it hasn’t rained in a while. If you’re concerned about wasting water on the lawn and are interested in a greener solution, you may want to consider rainwater harvesting.
In today’s economic climate, saving on household expenses is a top priority for many Americans. While many personal finance websites rightly advise consumers to save money on energy costs by implementing habits like turning off lights when not in use, there are more effective ways of reducing both your carbon footprint and your energy bill.
General Electric has addressed one great leak in the energy sinking ship with its recent release of the GeoSpring Hybrid Water Heater.
The Great Lakes isn’t the only area in the U.S. facing water shortages. In fact, lately it seems like there are more areas dealing with shortage or drought than not. We all need to change our habits to conserve water now, before the situation becomes even more critical. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Not everyone can afford a fancy greywater system, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reuse water in small ways around the house!
Rain chains aren’t just beautiful, but they can help manage water runoff around the home and help mitigate soil erosion from water pouring out of your gutters. In this video, green guru Michelle Kaufmann shows you how simple it is to build a beautiful rain chain.