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Fashionably Energy Conscious

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/18 at 11:45 AM
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CFL light bulbs continue to become more attractive. The harshness of the fluorescent light quality has been softened. The shape and style of the bulbs is also more varied. But, for those of you who still find CFL bulbs to be ugly and unattractive, a company in Gulf Breeze, Florida has the answer.

Twister Corporation has designed a line of decorative covers that will let you go green while not sacrificing the décor in your home. The light covers from Twister Corporation transform the less attractive fluorescent bulbs with stylish decorative lenses. They apparently work with almost all bulbs and fixtures without reducing light brightness, and can be customized to match your décor.

“This product is meant to encourage increased use of CFLs in homes and offices. For years the public has resisted using the CFLs because of the appearance and glare of the bulbs,” stated Ed Delangis, President of Twister Corporation and a member of the Pensacola Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. “We created this product to overcome these problems and encourage a greater use of compact fluorescent bulbs.”

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Insulating Your Windows

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/17 at 10:18 PM
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If you live in an area with a cold winter climate, you might be starting to think about what you should do regarding your drafty windows. Winterizing them with plastic is a practical option. It will certainly help to reduce your winter heating costs. Debbie Anderson’s video and description on how to insulate a window against winter is easy to follow.

To get you started you will need to visit your hardware store for a couple of window insulation kits. A patio door kit is enough for about two average sized windows. You will also need a roll of double-sided tape (to supplement what comes with the kit), a pair of scissors, and blow dryer and a clean towel. If you are a resourceful person, you may want to contact a packaging company for some end-of-roll shrink wrap. This is the end of a roll of shrink wrap film that is used on a shrink wrap machine. There is often still 25’ to 100’ left on the end of the roll when it needs to be replaced. That is enough to keep you going for a few years (depending on how many windows you have). It is certainly a cheaper alternative to the window insulation kits.

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Compost Container

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/17 at 05:29 PM
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Composting is the way to go these days, but you may not find that a pot full of peels, egg shells and coffee grinds is so appealing on your kitchen counter. One solution is to have a dedicated garbage can under your sink to dump your daily compost matter into. This can allow you to have the flexibility of not emptying your compost can every day. If you prefer the handy accessibility of a countertop container, however, then the popular choice seems to be a tin pail. The only problem is that it is an open container that it invites fruit flies and emits an odor. I personally do not find that it looks attractive either. My suggestion is to find an aluminum canister with a lid that seals. I was able to find one with a see-through plastic lid that allows me to see how full the container is. The canister also looks clean and sleek on my countertop.

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Composting Your Fall Leaves

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/17 at 12:21 PM
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Composting your fall leaves is really quite easy. It can be as simple as making a big pile that sits and composts over the winter. This will give you some rich compost for the spring, but perhaps not as much as if you layer your composting more carefully. Mixing dry brown leaves with fresh green leaves will allow the composting process to work more efficiently. Here are a few tips on composting your fall leaves.

 

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How to Build a Garden Compost Bin

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/17 at 12:13 PM
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There are many ways to build a compost bin for your backyard. Some bins are quite elaborate with separate compartments for garden and kitchen compost. Some bins are mere piles with a bit of mesh around them. Allen Smith uses an easy and attractive design that he developed from playing with Lincoln Logs as a kid. He explains how to build this compost bin in the following video:

 

 

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Leave It To Nature

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/17 at 11:33 AM
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Fall is just days away. Many leaves are already starting to change colour and fall to the ground. If you do not already have a composting area for your leaves, then now is the time to get a good spot ready. You can build an open compost pile or an enclosed bin. Your area of choice should be a relatively sunny spot that is open to receive rainfall.

Why you should compost your leaves:
- Compost enriches soil with nutrients
- Compost helps sandy soils retain moisture
- Compost helps to loosen compact clay soils
- Mix compost with potting soil for indoor plants
- Use compost as mulch
- Composting saves transportation and disposal cost
- Composting saves landfill space and tax dollar

The “Don’t Bag It” - Compost plan offers some great tips on how to get started with composting.

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Backyard Vegetable Gardens

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/16 at 01:40 PM
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There are dozens of reasons why you should start a vegetable garden in your backyard. Not only do the vegetables taste better than store bought ones, but you can guarantee that they will be organically grown. No need to be wrapping or bagging your veggies either. Just put them in a bowl and take them into the kitchen. Don’t be put off by thinking that maintaining a garden is difficult. Start off small to get your bearings and build from there. Before you know it, you’ll be saving money and the environment the practical way.

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Action and Learning with Environment Canada

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/16 at 12:56 PM
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“You CAN make a difference! There are many simple actions that you or your organization can take to reduce waste, save resources and prevent pollution.”
Environment Canada.

Environment Canada offers and excellent resource for what you can do to help the environment in various areas of your life. Visit What You Can Do for hints and tips to use at home, on the road, at work, at school, in your community, for parent and for youth and kids.

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