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How To Make Your Swimming Pool More Eco-Friendly

For homeowners, the family pool is a great source of enjoyment – who doesn’t get pleasure out of watching the kids playing Marco Polo in the pool, or some other game they have devised. At the same time, energy costs and being friendly to the environment are also on the minds of consumers these days. There are a number of ways to make the pool more energy efficient and eco-friendly.

Energy efficient pool pump. To use less energy, consider installing a variable speed motor on the pool pump, so it doesn’t just run at high speed all the time. When the pool is not in use, the pump can still circulate the water, but not have to use as much energy. Check with experts to see if a smaller pump will work for the size of your pool.

A pump timer. In addition to an efficient pool pump, a timer can be a great investment to save energy. The pump can be set to run less when the pool is not in use, or even to run when there are price differentials for energy use. A timer is a relatively inexpensive one time expense that can lead to substantial energy savings over time. As well, a timer, which you can find here, helps lengthen the life of the pump itself.

Consider a pool cover. Experts indicate that the primary energy conservation tool for a home swimming pool is a pool cover. Water lost through evaporation is significant for a pool exposed to the open. There are a variety of choices for a pool cover – from a simple sheet of plastic that spreads out over the water, to electrically controlled covers which deploy at the push of a button. Installing a pool cover can save hundreds of gallons of water a month. As well, the cover retains heat generated by the sun, greatly reducing heating bills.... read more

Walking the talk: How to demonstrate green credentials

green credentialsResearch over the last few years has uncovered something of paradox – people want to buy ‘green’, yet are increasingly distrustful of businesses, so are sceptical of associated marketing messages. In this article, Rob Fenn at the British Assessment Bureau shows how businesses can demonstrate how they can walk the talk with a little help from an internationally recognised framework. 

The challenge 

A 2009 Edelman study covering more than 20 countries showed that only 13% of respondents trusted advertising, whilst a mere 21% trusted what they saw on websites. In the same year, the Cone Environmental Survey found that, despite the weak economy, attitudes toward environmentally responsible products remain strong. Later in 2012, Edelman conducted their own ‘Good Purpose’ study which read well for ethical businesses - 73% said they would switch brands if a different brand of similar quality supported a good cause. ... read more

Pepper Guide

Earlier this week I posted about beginning to prepare your garden for the spring.  One thing you can do - even if temperatures are still freezing and there's still snow on the ground! - is to start deciding what to plant and order your seeds.

Right now, I've got peppers on the brain.  Last year we grew jalapenos, and it was awesome.  We canned salsa galore, threw the peppers into all sorts of yummy food we were making, and we even did pickled peppers.  This year, I'd like to grow even MORE peppers!  But, sometimes it's kind of confusing.  Which peppers would best suit our needs?  Spicy?  Sweet?  There are so many kinds!... read more

Different Uses for Hemp

hemp usesHemp is a versatile, eco-friendly plant with many uses.  Some of them you might be familiar with, others maybe not.   Interestingly enough, hemp was used throughout history for a lot of these uses.  It's used less often now, but who knows?  Maybe with its eco-friendliness, it will continue to make a comeback.  

Here are some things that can be used with hemp.

1.  Clothing

My favorite sweatshirt is made from hemp.  It's warm, durable, and pretty much awesome.  And hemp has been used in textiles for a very long time.  Samples of hemp fabric in China date back to 8000 BC!  Hemp is also gaining popularity as a material in eco-friendly shoe brands.  Hemp jewelry is another popular use of hemp.

2.  Food and Drink

I'm sure you've seen hemp in food in your local grocery stores over the last ten years or so, since it began gaining in popularity.  A whole hemp seed is about 25% protein and is also a good source of calcium, iron, and omega-3.  ... read more

Message in a Bottle - How to Use Sea Glass as a Decorative Accent

sea glassSea glass - also known as beach glass or mermaid tears - is nature's way of turning something discarded by human beings into a thing of beauty. If you are looking for a creative way to accent your home with repurposed materials, sea glass can help you achieve this. Using sea glass is the perfect opportunity to put a touch of nature into your household or your office - and it is more earth friendly than buying man-made decorative accents.

What is sea glass?

If you aren't certain what sea glass is - or what the difference is between sea glass and ordinary glass - here are a few characteristics unique to sea glass:... read more

Knowing When It's Time to Remove a Tree

<p>&nbsp;</p><div style="box-sizing: border-box; color: #333333; font-family: verdana, arial; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px; background-color: #ffffff;"><span style="font-size: large;"><strong id="textpreview_title">Knowing When it's Time to Remove a Tree</strong></span><p class="m12" style="margin-top: 12px; margin-bottom: 0px; color: #333333; font-size: 10px; line-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</p><div id="textpreview" style="box-sizing: border-box;">As the springtime approaches, you may be able to distinguish the dying trees... read more

A Guide to Beautifying Your Garden Before Spring

Spring gardeningSpring is on its way, finally! We’re all looking forward to longer, sunnier days and time spent out in the garden. The great outdoors is stunning in Spring, with all the plants and flowers coming out of their Winter hiding. However, the colder months can damage your garden and make it look rather uninviting. If that’s the case, we’ve got a whole guide here on making your garden beautiful before Spring gets here.

Start with the basics

It is always best to work from the ground up, when it comes to your garden, so that is exactly where we are going to start. Wind, rain and snow can do some dreadful things to a garden, especially to the soil. If you once had a beautifully green garden and now see nothing but mud, it may be time to lay some turf. You can use a company such as Turf Express to have whole rolls of turf delivered to your door. If you’re not keen on a green garden, then perhaps laying down concrete, paving stones or decking would be best for you. Just remember to leave some space for the greenery.... read more

A Guide to Beautifying Your Garden Before Spring

Spring gardeningSpring is on its way, finally! We’re all looking forward to longer, sunnier days and time spent out in the garden. The great outdoors is stunning in Spring, with all the plants and flowers coming out of their Winter hiding. However, the colder months can damage your garden and make it look rather uninviting. If that’s the case, we’ve got a whole guide here on making your garden beautiful before Spring gets here.

Start with the basics

It is always best to work from the ground up, when it comes to your garden, so that is exactly where we are going to start. Wind, rain and snow can do some dreadful things to a garden, especially to the soil. If you once had a beautifully green garden and now see nothing but mud, it may be time to lay some turf. You can use a company such as Turf Express to have whole rolls of turf delivered to your door. If you’re not keen on a green garden, then perhaps laying down concrete, paving stones or decking would be best for you. Just remember to leave some space for the greenery.... read more

A Guide to Beautifying Your Garden Before Spring

Spring gardeningSpring is on its way, finally! We’re all looking forward to longer, sunnier days and time spent out in the garden. The great outdoors is stunning in Spring, with all the plants and flowers coming out of their Winter hiding. However, the colder months can damage your garden and make it look rather uninviting. If that’s the case, we’ve got a whole guide here on making your garden beautiful before Spring gets here.

Start with the basics

It is always best to work from the ground up, when it comes to your garden, so that is exactly where we are going to start. Wind, rain and snow can do some dreadful things to a garden, especially to the soil. If you once had a beautifully green garden and now see nothing but mud, it may be time to lay some turf. You can use a company such as Turf Express to have whole rolls of turf delivered to your door. If you’re not keen on a green garden, then perhaps laying down concrete, paving stones or decking would be best for you. Just remember to leave some space for the greenery.... read more