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Protect Your Septic System: Grey Water Can Do It!

Are you tired of costly septic system maintenance? Are you looking for ways to economize your household budget, better protect the environment and reduce septic system load? A greywater system is your answer. This is cutting-edge technology designed to safely recycle water from inside the home for reuse outside the home, taking pressure off septic systems. Read on to learn how greywater saves you money and water. No more worrying about the need to increase or replace stressed septic systems. No more burnt landscaping because of drought-inspired water restrictions. Greywater is simple-to-use and provides ample water to keep the garden …

Going Green With Your Plumbing Business

Over the last few years the plumbing industry has jumped on green bandwagon. Eco friendly appliances hit the marketplace and now are the norm in our households. From a plumbers perspective it is a green paradise. From solar water heaters, to composting toilets, point of use heaters, irrigation systems, and rain sensors to low flow showerheads. Your clients are relying on you to not only fix a leaky faucet, but assist them in working on building or remodeling an eco friendly home. In addition, green-design principles are being rapidly accepted by local, state, and federal agencies, and by major U.S. …

How to Bring Green Plumbing Into Your Home

Over the past few years, green plumbing has gained popularity thanks to conscious consumers and plumbers. There are things you can do to bring green plumbing into your home. Do you worry about the amount of water you use on a daily basis? Do you feel your water bill is too high? Anybody who is interested in bringing green plumbing into their home can do so by following these conversation tips: 1. Install low flow shower heads to cut back on the amount of water that is used while showering. These particular shower heads are called energy efficient shower heads …

Conserve Water in your Kitchen: An Earth Day Special

In a world filled with sustainable living ideas, it is difficult to think past recycle bins of bottles and cans. Why not live a green lifestyle and actually see some green growing in your pocket, too? This month, make an effort to break old habits and take a step away from energy-waste to energy-smart. Follow these simple tips from our partners at Mr. Appliance Corp. to make your appliances not only benefit planet earth, but also your pocketbook. Open the Door to More Savings * Give your refrigerator some breathing room by keeping the appliance at least two or three …

How Much Water is your Home Wasting? [Infographic]

From cooking to cleaning and manufacturing to shipping, humans consume excessive amounts of the earth’s most precious resource. Since only 1% of the earth’s water is available for human consumption, we need to reduce the amount of water we use. Excessive water consumption occurs in our homes everyday. Curious to know how much water your own home is wasting? With the help of our Blog-Off experts, we’ve compiled information on US residential water consumption. Embed this infographic on your site: Source: eLocal.com Need plumbing help? Find a Local Plumber Search

What Renovations have the Best Resale Value?

Homeowners and buyers look at a home very differently. Neglecting to look at a remodeling project from a buyer’s perspective can result in money lost when it is time to sell your home. Which projects will have the biggest bang for the buck? Our experts outline which renovations will improve your home’s resale value, no matter your budget…and what projects to stay away from. Before You Begin a Renovation In general, the top two areas to renovate include the kitchen and bath. The third most important involves adding energy efficient upgrades to your home. However, these projects can be very …

Blog-Off #3: The Limitations of Going Green

“Green” has been a buzz word for the past few years. As the concept increased in popularity, so did the prevalence of eco-conscious alternatives for everything: food, fashion, building materials, cleaners, etc. As a result, the green movement is appearing in our homes now more than ever. We discovered that many homeowners are pursuing green options already and that this will be a strong trend in 2011. But does going green mean making sacrifices? The Big Question Although there are more green options now than ever before, going green, by definition, rules out a large number of non-green choices. So, …

Blog-Off #3: Prevailing Thoughts from our Experts on Going Green’s Limitations

During our third Blog-Off, we asked over 50 home improvement experts the following question: does going green limit homeowners? Our experts talked about the specific limitations of going green and suggested the best ways to spend your money if you want to join the green movement. Interested in what they had to say? We pick our top 5 comments here. Blog-Off #3 Re-Cap For our third Blog-Off, we asked a panel of expert interior designers, contractors, and manufacturers to weigh in on the following question: How do you think going green constrains homeowners in the design/remodeling process? Are there any …

Find Green Jobs: Company Spotlight

Company Spotlight: Every so often, eLocal will showcase a business that can be of additional value to its contractors. This month we are proud to announce our new partnership with Green Jobs Ready, an online resource for contractors to find and post green jobs. Green Jobs: Find Green Contractor Jobs, Post Job Openings, and Receive Green Training Green Jobs Ready provides comprehensive information about employment opportunities in the green industry. Whether you are a contractor searching for a job, an employer needing to bring on great talent, or a professional looking to break into the green space, Green Jobs Ready …

Attention Contractors: How to Easily Break into the Solar Industry

These days everyone is looking at efficiency, thinking green, and selling solar. It’s easy to understand why: in 2009 the annual grid-connected solar energy systems in the U.S. grew by 40%, despite a down economy. If you’re a contractor repairing or building houses, your business was likely impacted by the mortgage meltdown. But solar continues to grow. Why? First of all, solar works! More important, tax incentives are strong and homeowners are interested in lowering their energy bills. So how can you get into the business, filling homeowners’ demands for solar energy? What skills do you need? It’s not for …