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What are your favorite creative cooling solutions?

According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, residential air conditioning is responsible for nearly 5% of electricity consumption in the United States. That comes out to an annual cost of $15 billion. That level of usage also has a significant toll on the environment when you consider how much coal is burned to produce that much electricity. But rising annual temperatures make it hard to keep your hand off that chilly dial. For homeowners who want to stay comfortable when the mercury rises, we’ve compiled a handy guide with the help of our home improvement experts. Behavior One …


Building on Sustainability

On June 5, the United Nations Environment Programme will celebrate World Environment Day. Now in its 40th year, World Environment Day is a global initiative “for positive environmental action.” Worldwide, construction has enormous potential to affect the environment in positive and negative ways. Forests are harvested for wood, fossil fuels are burned for transportation and the earth is gutted for metals, all to create and move new building materials. One of the best ways to reduce environmental impact in the construction industry is to use sustainable materials, whether it’s giving new life to windows reclaimed from an abandoned building or …


The 15 Most Creative Reuses Of Common Household Items

Everyone knows that you can repaint walls, switch out furniture arrangements, or go to a resale store for a quick switch-up. But how about some small fixes that anyone could do with items already in your home? Look no further for great ideas on how to recycle odds and ends in your house to new uses! With these ideas, you’ll be able to save cash, be green, and declutter your home all in one.

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Should Home Professionals Promote the Green Movement?

Home professionals have a large network of clients. Since these professionals are in a position to make recommendations to a large group of people, are they obligated to suggest choices that have a larger impact, such as going green? Is it a professional’s responsibility to work a cause into his business plan, using his client base to affect positive change? Our Blog-Off experts give us the final word on this controversial question… The Big Question Are home professionals obligated to support the green movement? • Since home professionals are in the position to potentially influence a large group of people …

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The Benefits of Buying Locally

The benefits of spending more money within our own communities are far-reaching. Although there is an ongoing movement to shop more conscientiously, we still have a ways to go before these effects can be felt nationally. If you’re wondering what the benefits of buying locally might be, take a look at the infographic below. It represents a compilation of information on the ways our spending can affect our environment and our lives. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from …

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Buy Local: Quick Facts on the Benefits of Buying Local

Why Buy Local? With current market conditions, it has become increasingly cheaper to buy distantly produced goods, despite the increased costs of packaging, transport, inspection, and associated expenses. However, along with lower prices comes the added cost of repercussions on the environment and impacts on the economic well being of your community. Here are some shocking stats & quick facts about buying local goods. Import & Shipping Statistics – The U.S. imports $2.2 trillion worth of products yearly from over 150 countries. – Aircraft transport has greater fuel consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions per mile than any other mode of transport. …

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How Much Water is your Home Wasting?

From cooking to cleaning and manufacturing to shipping, humans consume excessive amounts of the earth’s most precious resource. Since only 1% of the earth’s water is available for human consumption, we need to reduce the amount of water we use. Excessive water consumption occurs in our homes everyday. Curious to know how much water your own home is wasting? With the help of our Blog-Off experts, we’ve compiled information on US residential water consumption. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and …

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The Limitations of Going Green

“Green” has been a buzz word for the past few years. As the concept increased in popularity, so did the prevalence of eco-conscious alternatives for everything: food, fashion, building materials, cleaners, etc. As a result, the green movement is appearing in our homes now more than ever. We discovered that many homeowners are pursuing green options already and that this will be a strong trend in 2011. But does going green mean making sacrifices? The Big Question Although there are more green options now than ever before, going green, by definition, rules out a large number of non-green choices. So, …

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Home Improvement Trends 2011

If you’d think 50 experts would have a lot to say on home improvement trends in 2011, well, then you’d be right! We had such a great response to our 2nd Blog-Off that we ended up with volumes of information and insight. After a little bit of magic, we packaged everything you need to know into the below infographic, giving you your complete guide to 2011 home improvement trends. Let the inspiration begin! Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info …