Green Living With LED Lights and Solar Water Heating Systems

‘Green building’ is an idea almost everybody agrees upon, but very few dare to attempt because of prohibitively high costs and architectural challenges. But some steps like proper ventilation and utilization of natural light in new buildings could save the world a lot of energy and money. As of now there are only 10-12 buildings that have been officially ranked as green buildings in India and they are largely in the private sector.

Anything that is constructed keeping the harmony of the environment in mind, is generally known as green construction. If not meeting all the parameters like eco-friendly building materials, waste management, etc. energy-saving methods could go a long way in contributing to the environment.

Researchers at the Institute of Technology, USA, believe that buildings can be designed to encourage airflow and maintain temperatures that minimize or eliminate the need for conventional air-conditioning systems. They have come up with computer-based tools to help architects design commercial buildings that cool them with natural breezes.

A building can be turned green through several simple means such as using solar water heating systems, the state electricity boards also provide several rebates to green household on their electricity bill if they meet the specifications.

The latest LED lights can also be useful in turning your premise green since they are environment-friendly and have no carbon emissions. Along with LED Lighting being the latest trendy affair in home lighting, Solar Water Heating has also become a smart home makers choice.

Available in various capacity models, Solar Water Heaters are a cost-effective investment – wherever you install them! Government approved and enables you to avail subsidy from the central / state government.

Evacuated tube technology Solar hot water systems come with a storage tank on top and are smart-looking too, unlike the old style flat plate systems. They help reduce on your daily electricity bills. So by using a combination of solar water heaters with LED lights for your sweet home you can actually power up your other electronic devices and machines such as air conditioners and all.

Having a solar water heater allows you to save electricity and thus money. It is also your way of doing your bit for the good of the environment. In the long-term the cost of electricity would become more expensive with the expected rise in fuel prices. Moreover, you may be facing a situation of irregular power supply in your part of the country. For these reasons, a solar water heater would allow you to have hot water even when the power supply is cut while at the same time enjoy savings off your electricity bill.

Easy Baking Soda Uses – Green Living Anyone Can Do

It seems these days, no matter where you go, someone is talking about the “going green” movement.  Many companies are doing all they can to improve the way the make their products, and even the products themselves, in order to save the environment.  However, for many years, there has been one product on the market that has always been as natural and harmless as any new product.  That product is baking soda.

The thing about baking soda is that its uses are virtually endless.  It’s one of those products that can be used for cleaning, cooking, and even for personal hygiene uses.  Baking soda is a natural product that is perfect for anyone who wants to live a greener lifestyle.  So, just what are some of the ways in which you can use baking soda, other than for baking?

First of all, baking soda is one of the best (and cheapest!) cleaners on the market.  Make a paste of water and baking soda and apply it to bathroom tiles, sinks, counters, and even garbage cans.  With little effort, this mixture will remove soap scum, lime scale, and stains without hassle.  It will even remove unsightly stains from your toilet bowl, and costs much less than traditional cleansers.

Baking soda is also a great room deodorizer.  The bicarbonate is a natural odor neutralizer and absorbs most all odors in the air.  If you’ve got cats, just sprinkle some baking soda into your cat’s litter box to keep the odors from escaping into your house.  Also, put a box of baking soda in your refrigerator to keep your lettuce from smelling like your onions.

Want your laundry to look cleaner?  Add baking soda to your wash cycles to bring out the sparkle in your clothes.  It will help your colored clothes retain their vibrance and will make your whites even whiter.  Bleach can ruin your clothes due to being added to colored clothes, and can eat through your clothes if too much is added.  With baking soda, these problems are a thing of the past.

Finally, baking soda can be used for many personal reasons.  Because it’s a natural product, baking soda can be used for things like brushing your teeth.  It will help kill germs and will make your teeth whiter than before.  It is also a great way to fight heartburn and upset stomach.  Why spend your money on name brand heartburn medications, when you can buy a box of baking soda and relieve your pain with ease?

Green Living – Is it For You?

When it comes to living a greener choice it’s hard to decide just how eco-friendly works for us. From using organic beauty products, to buying organic or fair trade foods, to wearing organic clothing to be willing to drive hybrid cars all depends on how far you are willing to go. Everything we do leaves a carbon footprint, it’s up to us to decide just how big.

Did you know that if 1 out of 5 women demanded that lead be removed from all lipsticks and started refusing to use any lipsticks with lead in them, that the beauty companies would have to change the ingredients? We eat our lipsticks and just think how much lead you are introducing into your body each and every time you wear a lipstick with lead in it. Not a pleasant thought is it?

How about this simple fact. Did you know that only 1% natural ingredient in a product gives those same beauty companies the right to call their product ‘natural’ ? Scary thought indeed.

Its understandable that most might not be as ‘green’ as they could be because someone may of told them that its just to hard to do. Just how wrong they are! There are simple things that we all can do that are not that hard to do. For example carpooling is great idea when there is no public transportation available. With gas prices on the rise, over $4 dollars in most areas in the USA over $10 dollars overseas, carpooling looks to be a great idea.

For all those of us who tend not to eat meat here is some glad news. Did you know that it takes more energy to produce animal protein over vegetable protein? If you never thought about becoming a vegetarian or just eating less meat and meat by products is good for you and the planet over all. It cuts down on your personal carbon footprint and is healthier for you to eat more vegetables. Why not start looking into helping out your local organic farmers by visiting the local farmer markets when ever you can. The cost of gas is causing prices to rise all over including the grocery store, as well the with food prices going up not visiting your local market for fresher vegetables is a bad idea.

Start looking for products, beauty, food without excessive packaging is also helping save the trees and besides you are just going to throw it away helping fill the landfills even more. There is no real need for the extra packaging in there is a way to get around it.

Reuse all your boxes you get your packages in if at all possible, we at Overall Beauty try to do that as much as we can.

Ever thought that not asking for a ATM receipt at the gas pump or the bank and anywhere you may get a receipt for something helps reduce your carbon footprint as well? Same as banking online does, and paying your bills online does.

Simple ideas that we all can do helps with reducing our carbon footprint overall. Start thinking about what you are do as well as teach your children what they can do as well. When we all work together, we have a better life and save the planet just a little, one person at a time.

Green Living & Giving

World Environment Day happens every June 5. This is a great time to remember that the environment is important and coming into the public consciousness more and more. There are a number of little things you can do to help the environment every day, not just on this special holiday. They fall into two basic categories: reducing and reusing.

Reducing is the practice of changing our lifestyles so that we use less. We’re surrounded by ever-increasing amounts of convenience packaging and advertisements that are actually not so convenient. Wouldn’t you like to get all those plastic bags and all that junk mail out of your life? By deliberately choosing to use cloth or other reusable bags at the store, you can get rid of those accumulating grocery bags, and feel good about helping the environment, too. There’s a growing mass of floating plastic in the middle of the Pacific ocean that’s a hazard to wildlife of all kinds. Using fewer plastic bags means you don’t contribute to the “trash vortex.” By using sites like  to get yourself off of mailing lists, you can reduce the flow of paper trash to your house, too. No one likes to go through the junk mail every day, and all those advertisements and pre-approved credit cards are wastes of virgin paper that could be better used elsewhere.

Reusing what you have is the other half of the equation. While recycling is good, it still uses up energy. You’re better off, when you have to use something, in making it serve multiple purposes before you get rid of it. Examples of this are writing on the back of envelopes that your bills came in when you need to make a list, instead of getting a sticky note or notepad, buying groceries that come in plastic containers you can use to store leftovers, and making clothes serve another purpose when you don’t want them by donating them or giving them to someone who will wear them.

One thing that many people forget, even if they’re conscientious about their environmental behaviors, is to apply their good habits to giving. Too often, we buy our friends and loved ones single use, prepackaged gifts. Many gifts come with a lot of unnecessary wrapping that needs to be thrown away. Try to think of reusable gifts that don’t use too many resources to produce. One example of this kind of present is the gift basket. The recipient can enjoy the food and other items inside, and then put the basket to use holding things around the house. If you buy from the right sellers, you can even avoid the cellophane wrapping that many people who make gift baskets use. This is just one of the many ideas you can use to make your living and your giving better for the environment.

Green Living – Tips For Using Less Energy

Today, our living requires the use of power. And it’s not just power at a minimal rate but the amount of power that could cause problems. How could it cause problems by the way? For one, we are using a lot of power these days that if the whole world would not have it in a day, lives can be toppled down. See, energy is very important these days and the main reason why we should start saving it.

Use less energy. By that I mean use energy and electricity wisely. Spend it on things that really matter and are important for you. Have you seen how a television affects your bills? Using this appliance inappropriately can trigger bigger expenses. Keep up with tracking down unnecessary electricity usage. Turn off light if necessary. Turn down your heaters and air-conditioning system at lower level. Comfort is different from simple wastes of electricity.

Tell your family to save electricity. This way you are involving not just yourself but also your whole household. Why is this important? It is through this method that you can ultimately save power overall. This will stop you from complaining about lights turned on without using it or a television that has been turned on 24 hours each day. Simply this will help you manage you household electricity effectively. If your family knows what they have to do, you can save time whining later on.

Track power usage accordingly. Keep track about the power consumption of each appliances you use. This is important as not to get you confused along the way. Or better yet, before you buy an appliance, know its power consumption. Sometimes, people are so fascinated with the newest appliances they can add to their home but does not know the real deal about it. Will you be using it every day? Or are you going to save time from using it? Or is it effective in using electricity? Read the manual and some technical specification before you pay for it. This way you can be assured you are adding convenience for your home and not another headache.

Have a plan. This is the basic for any home right? Having a plan will guide you through your way. Be specific about things that must be done. Keep a record of the steps. This can help you not to get confused about where your efforts are going. It will help you find a way out if you ever get lost along your way. Also, this will give you the idea if your steps are going along the right track.