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(BPT) - This year’s holiday season is taking on a decidedly modern twist, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing old decorations, utilizing sustainable decor, and adding sparkle to complete the look.
(Family Features) If you've got a gardener on your holiday shopping list, but you can't tell a peony from a petunia, don't fret. This handy gift guide will let you pick out a gift that will make any home horticulturalist happy.
(Family Features) As America's economy strengthens, remodeling and home renovations are on the rise. "Homeowners are looking for ways to update their current homes, rather than buying a new property," said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. "From simply adding a new faucet to completely gutting a bathroom, there are many ways to revitalize any home." For homeowners seeking inspiration for their bathroom renovation, here are the top trends to know:
(NAPSI)—When it comes to putting a sparkle in someone’s eye, few gifts can do the trick quicker than jewelry.
(Family Features) When it comes to improving your home, it's easier than ever to make eco-friendly choices that save you money, are better for the environment and make your home more beautiful. Here are a few easy ways you can go green all over the house.
(Family Features) The cooler temperatures of fall may be on their way, but cooler weather also brings an increase in home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half (54 percent) of home structure fire deaths occur in the cooler months of November through March.
(StatePoint) There’s no better time than the holiday season to help your favorite outdoor thrill seekers gear up for all their upcoming adventures.
There’s still no relief in sight regarding the pungent plight of furious residents near the Fresh Pond rail yard in Glendale, despite a recent legal victory.
One World Recycling’s permit application to triple the amount of waste production from 370 tons to 1,100 tons per day has been indefinitely delayed by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
(BPT) - Moving from one home, one city and even one state to another is a great opportunity to clean house and start fresh. Instead of packing all belongings – even those that haven’t been used in years – moving gives families a chance to reduce their material goods so that what ends up being unpacked in the new house is immediately used.
(BPT) - Laundry is always on the to-do list, and in busy households across the country, it seems that the hamper is always full. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average household does 392 loads of laundry each year. That translates to 7.5 loads per week, which can make the process of washing your clothes, towels and bedding feel like a permanent chore.
(NewsUSA) - People throughout the U.S. have set their sights on becoming more environmentally friendly -- especially when it comes to their homes.
(BPT) - As the months pass and the end of the calendar year approaches, it’s time to update your do-it-yourself list. Several home winterization projects will help keep your home in good repair come spring.
(BPT) - With temperatures dropping, odds are your energy bills will be doing just the opposite. In fact, heating (and cooling) account for approximately 54 percent of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, according to the Department of Energy, representing the largest energy expense for most homeowners. One of the most effective ways to manage a home’s climate, comfort and energy costs is by ensuring that it is properly insulated.
(StatePoint) The average family spends more than $1000 annually -- nearly half a home's total energy bill -- on heating and cooling costs, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program. Unfortunately, a large portion of those expenses are wasted due to poor home insulation.
(BPT) - There is a lot to think about when remodeling your kitchen. You want to design a kitchen that reflects your taste and style, which you’ll love for years to come. Whether you’re designing for yourself or for resale, the key to success is to embrace timelessness. That doesn’t mean sacrificing personality for a neutral palette, though. Quite the opposite.
(NewsUSA) - Recycling plastic water bottles is great, but, unfortunately, many of these bottles don't make it to the recycling bin, and end up in landfills instead. Alkame Water is addressing this problem and is making it easier to "think green" when buying bottled water. Their patented new water bottle is designed to be biodegradable in landfills as well as recyclable with other plastics.
(BPT) - The back-to-school season will hasten the pace of morning routines for everyone, from busy moms to college students. Fitting your makeup regimen into a hectic schedule can make it challenging to achieve just the right look.
(StatePoint) Recycling is crucial to running a green home. It’s also an easy and effective way to reduce your weekly contribution to the local landfill.
(StatePoint) While some home repairs can be done without much forethought, other upgrades deserve more attention -- such as replacing your roof. Your roof not only makes a big visual impact, but because it is constantly exposed to the elements it’s essential that it’s built to last.
The catwalk will be coming to this Sunday’s car-free festival in Astoria.
In keeping with the Shore Fest’s theme of Build It Green, on Aug. 11 Materials for the Arts, in a partnership with GrowNYC and Goodwill, will be showing off how duct tape, buttons and scraps of this and that can be the fabric for unique wearable items.
(NewsUSA) - When it comes to homebuilding materials, consumers increasingly want products that are American-made, sustainable and beautiful. In fact, according to a recent Green Builder Media (www.greenbuildermedia.com) study, almost 85 percent of respondents had a positive association with the term "green" and wanted to be known for having a green life.
(NAPSI)—Here’s good news, for a change, about our environment: Americans have more than tripled the amount of materials they recycled in the 1980s—more than a third of the country’s household waste—thanks to technological advances by the waste industry that collects, sorts and processes America’s recyclables.
(NewsUSA) - Some engineering experts believe mechanical engineers are advocates for international sustainability. At the very least, while some fully embrace and others cautiously test the waters, a sustainable consciousness is surfacing in the occupation.
Following the mayor’s declaration that Styrofoam is “something we can do without,” Councilman Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn) introduced a bill to the City Council last Wednesday that would ban foam food containers and packing peanuts.
The bill would dictate that restaurants, food trucks, and stores cannot sell or provide “single-service articles” made of polystyrene foam, such as cups, containers, trays, plates and wrapping materials, beginning July 1, 2015.
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