All posts by Michael Maliepaard

Sustainable Living - Roof with solar panels

5 Upgrades for Your Sustainable Living Space

By Isaac Church

Whether you’re huddling up for winter or aerating your home for summer, any time is a good time to make your home more sustainable.

The good news is there’s a lot you can do – some quick and simple, others more time-consuming and expensive.

But following just a few of these pieces of advice is sure to lower your next energy bill – and your carbon footprint.

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How Yoga Can Positively Influence You

by Nicola Anderson for RDX Sports

Yoga is more than 5000 years old, and throughout this time it has perfected itself and has become the ultimate source of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional and for some, religious needs. It is an all-round experience trust me, and any voids you have in your life will all be filled with this simple exercise. This completeness is why people refer to yoga as not only a workout routine but also a complete way of life, which it can be. Read more…

The Best Renewable Energy Companies

by Rachel Summers Facebook  Twitter

Renewable energy is expected, by 2018, to become 25% of global gross power. This is a 20% increase over 2011 statistics, and a 19% increase over 2006. More energy companies are realizing that individuals and homeowners are more concerned than ever about using renewable energy, meaning the competition is heating up.

If you’re looking to change your energy supplier, there are plenty of resources online that can help. Experts over at Australian Reviewer have written plenty about this new generation of energy companies, and even large tech companies are picking up on the trend. Intel has its solar project in Folsom, California – and Microsoft now gets at least 80% of its electricity from renewable sources. Google is even aiming to be 100% renewable by this year.

If you’re looking to learn more about renewable energy, or find a new energy company for your home or business, these are some of the best around.

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Unspoken Rules Of Managing Your Personal Finances

by Jennifer Scott

We all know how absolutely essential managing your personal finances is, and this article will provide some simple ideas that you can easily implement.

Whether you’re saving for a rainy day, making sure you’re covered if the car breaks down or the washer breaks, planning a vacation, budgeting to pay off credit cards, or trying to make significant investments like buying a house, managing your personal finances is essential.

While not everyone needs to use smart finances to get out of debt, absolutely everyone wants to know how to make the most out of their earnings, and enjoy a higher quality lifestyle, that is stable and financially secure.

The following tips aren’t published in a book anywhere, and they’re not something we teach in school however they are points that everyone who is savvy when it comes to savings, investments and outgoings are well aware of. Read more…

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Save Money by Repairing Your Old Windows

by Alex Omelchenko of Apex Window Werks
If you have called a professional for an assessment of your windows and they have recommended you replace them, you need to be able to make an informed, smart decision about whether this is truly necessary or whether you could save money by repairing your old windows. Either way, we advise getting more than one quote and finding trusted and well-reviewed companies via word of mouth, contacting local preservation commissions/societies or online reviewing sites.
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Reduce Energy Use With Better Windows

by Alex Omelchenko of Apex Window Werks

Environmental awareness and clean living are currently a hot topic, especially when it comes to energy and how to reduce energy use in the home.

This article will discuss how the wrong kind of windows can be a major source of heat loss and therefore energy loss in your home, which can over time lose you money.

Windows are a major source of heat loss in your home, so it is important to try to reduce energy use by using the right kind of installations.

So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of windows? A basic window consists of windows, a frame and some sort of covering, like blinds or curtains. How can we make these components better insulators and budget savers in the long term? Read more…

Beating Winter Blues And Building A Better You

by Elliot Bratby of

When winter hits with full force, we’re all going to try to beat those winter blues by looking for warm, cosy places to hide. And chances are, if you’re like the rest of us, as the temperature falls you could do with a few tips, not just to stay dry but also to keep your spirits high.

So here are ten of the best things you can do to survive the Winter months, and maybe even come out the other side a better you!

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Passive Solar House with Thermal Mass

John Valentine explains the solar passive house, using solar thermal mass technology.

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Passive solar greenhouse: more food, less energy

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney of Green Energy Futures

This ain’t your typical greenhouse design. With an insulated back wall and an insulated roof, the Groundswell Community Network’s passive solar community greenhouse stores heat far better than your typical glass box. They also have a bunch of other systems, which make this building a model for what can be done with a greenhouse in a cold, sunny climate.

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Making of: Our Board and Batten Shutters

I built some board and batten shutters for our home as buying shutters is VERY expensive…
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