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12 Tips to Make Your Holiday A Little Greener

Posted by SEPCO on 12/14/15 10:00 AM

There are many things that we can do on our day to day to reduce our consumption on the environment, but all seems to get lost in the holidays. I wanted to give you 12 fun tips to make your holiday a little greener and still be festive.

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Topics: Green Ideas, Holiday

Let’s Have a Green Thanksgiving

Posted by SEPCO on 11/23/15 11:00 AM

Thanksgiving has evolved over the last couple generations. It has become more of a time of commercialism and less about giving thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives, friends and family. This year, we should all take a pledge to have a greener Thanksgiving and, instead of looking to what we can get, but more towards what we can give back. Whether we are giving back to others and our community, or lowering our consumption to lessen our impact on the earth, both will have a significant impact on the work, no matter how big or small. Remember, it starts with a drop in the bucket. Therefore, here are some great tips to help give back a little while keeping with a green Thanksgiving.

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Topics: Green Ideas, Holiday

Making Your Community Green and Reduce Costs

Posted by SEPCO on 11/16/15 10:00 AM

 

Communities all across America are trying to improve their green image and reduce costs, but some are having a hard time figuring out where to start. Here are some ideas that can help improve your community and lower overall costs in the end.

  1. Build LEED

    New buildings, either commercial or residential, should be done to the highest green standards. Using highly efficient HVAC systems, energy efficient building materials such as Low-E or thermal

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Green Ideas, Renewable Energy, Conservation

Who is Leading the Way in Sustainable Schools?

Posted by SEPCO on 8/24/15 10:00 AM

Sierra Club recently posted their list of the Top 10 Cool Schools with some great information. They used a scoring key that went into depth of the different practices used to help promote sustainability and green movement initiatives. You can even view the score of all 153 schools they looked at for this list.

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Topics: Green Ideas, Conservation

5 Reasons to Install Solar Panels

Posted by SEPCO on 4/20/15 10:00 AM

Nowadays sustainable use of energy is being focused a lot. With that usage of renewable and unconventional energy resources are more concentrated upon as compared to the non-renewable and conventional energy resources. If you haven’t installed solar panels yet, below listed are a few reasons to get one as soon as possible:

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Topics: Guest Post, Green Ideas, Solar Power

Earth Hour 2015: Let’s Turn It Off for One Hour

Posted by SEPCO on 3/23/15 10:00 AM

Well, it is that time of year again. Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 PM your local time, and I am so looking forward to this again. Check out their official 2015 video:

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Topics: Green Ideas, Holiday, Conservation

Advantages and Benefits of Solar Power Systems

Posted by SEPCO on 1/12/15 10:40 AM

In 2012, I went to Wiki Answers to help provide you a post on the Solar Power Advantages and Disadvantages. In the last three years, a lot has changed in the solar industry and I thought it was time to reevaluate these and see what has changed over time and focus more on the positive, but don’t worry, we’ll hit the disadvantages to be fair.

Financial Advantage of Solar Power:

One of my favorite sites One Block Off The Grid (Now Pure Energies) provided an Infographic the year I wrote the original article: How Much Does Solar Cost? that showed the average cost and savings around the US at the time. SEIA states that as of Quarter 2 of 2014, solar prices have decreased 64% from 2010 and installations have increased dramatically. Between 2012 and 2014, the average price of traditional energy sources increased around 5% over the last two years and is projected to increase even more (see the Short-Term Energy Outlook provided by the EIA). With the large decrease of solar and the steady increase of standard forms of energy, solar is making more and more financial sense.

That’s not the only financial advantage…for two more years; the Federal Tax Incentives are still available along with many state and local incentives that increase the financial savings of installing solar. These are mostly available for companies, groups and individuals who pay taxes; however, for all the non-profit organizations, there is still money available through grants for solar power and other solar rebates and incentives. There is a lot of financial assistance available to help lower the cost of the solar system even further.

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Topics: Green Ideas, Solar Power

You'll Have a Green Christmas This Year

Posted by SEPCO on 12/16/14 9:30 AM

It’s that time of year again; time to start your Christmas shopping if you haven’t already finished it. When you begin your shopping try to keep in mind how you can help your friends and family be green and still give them gifts they will love. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays but Christmas shopping on the other hands is my least favorite. I always worry rather my gifts will be right or if the receivers will like them and how eco-friendly my gifts are.

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Topics: Green Ideas, Holiday

How to Have a Green Thanksgiving

Posted by SEPCO on 11/20/14 9:30 AM

It’s that time of year again. The smell of turkey cooking, green bean and sweet potato casserole and of course grandma’s pumpkin pie, but while we are thinking of what we are thankful for don’t forget about Mother Nature. After all, without her we would not be able to enjoy the food on our plate. It may be a little too late to completely rethink your entire plan for Thanksgiving, but there is still time to make a few adjustments to keep your Thanksgiving green and maybe even start some new family traditions to pass on to our future generation.

I have already bought my turkey, farm raised locally, and some of the other essentials for my traditional dinner, but I usually try to buy my vegetables and fruits as close as possible to my meal. There are few ways you can help the local economy and environment with very little effort. Let’s start before we even walk out the door. Grab your reusable bags of any kind to carry your haul home. Any kind of bag you have around will do even those old grocery bags you saved from your last trip to the store. I am guilty of always forgetting my cloth reusable bags when I go to the store so I do regretfully have a stock pile of plastic grocery store bags, since most of us already have them repurpose them. Reusing any extra bag you have lying around is greener than buying a new one, not to mention even easier on the wallet.

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Topics: Green Ideas, Holiday

Going Green for Halloween

Posted by SEPCO on 10/28/14 9:30 AM

Who said Halloween has to be all orange and black? With a little do-it-yourself work and imagination, All Hallows' Eve can go green, too. Like any holiday, Halloween offers an opportunity to go green without sacrificing an ounce of festive fun. Going green for Halloween is also a nice way to cut down on spending, as the average American is projected to spend over $75 toward the October 31st festivities.

Going green is actually much easier than some may think. Making your own costume has to be one of the easiest things we can don not to mention it will probably save you some green as well. Another thing to think about with that wonderful store bought costume is how they are made. The truth is many store-bought costumes and accessories contain toxic chemicals that not only are a potential hazard to your child, but also to the environment and the people who helped to make them. Choose fabrics such as cotton, wool and silk or make costumes yourself from materials you know to be safe. Use some of those old clothes in the back of the closet or shop a local thrift store and make something unique that only you will have no copy cats here. You are able to get creative this way and who doesn’t love a little arts and craft project. I don’t know about you but Pinterest is one of my go to places when I need a little inspiration.

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Topics: Green Ideas, Holiday

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