14 Sustainable Cities to Visit During Your Summer Vacation

  14 Sustainable Cities to Visit During Your Summer Vacation Are you worried about making a sizeable carbon footprint by taking a summer vacation? We’re here to tell you that you can travel guilt-free. Rent yourself an electric vehicle, find charging stations along the route and get ready to enjoy yourself at one of these sustainable summer vacation destinations. If you’re taking a vacation anywhere in the U.S. a sustainable… …

The Origins of Earth Day – And Why It’s More Important Than Ever

  On April 22nd, as the beauty of Spring is in full bloom, the world takes a day to celebrate and support Earth. For over half a century, Earth Day has served as a time to reflect on the amazing biodiversity of our planet and our impact on the environment. It’s a time when we show gratitude for all that the Earth gives us and make an effort to give… …

What is a Zero Energy Ready Home?

While most of us take steps to minimize energy use, some aim to eliminate energy use altogether – at least the use of nonrenewable energy. Zero energy ready homes are dwellings that are extremely energy efficient. So much so, they can be mostly or completely powered by a renewable energy system.  Many environmentalists would say the goal is for all homes to be built zero energy ready and for existing… …

Gas or Electric Fireplaces: Which is More Energy Efficient?

Fireplace safety is important but so is energy use. If you’re thinking about adding a fireplace or replacing an existing one, you’ve probably wondered which type is the most efficient. In addition to traditional wood-burning fireplaces, there are electric and gas fireplaces. Due to convenience, many people today choose to go with either a gas fireplace or an electric fireplace. But which one is more energy efficient? Factors That Influence… …

Top 5 Appliances in Order of Energy Consumption

Sure, the HVAC system is the biggest energy hog in a home, but what about the appliances?  There are a number of things that can affect how much energy an appliance uses. It can be a matter of needing a substantial energy supply to power the appliance, the amount of time the appliance is used and even how the appliance is used.  Luckily, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has been… …
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