Today is National Sweater Day. If you don’t know what that is, it is a day created by the WWF to help gain awareness on climate change and help conserve energy. For more information on today visit http://www.sweaterday.ca/ to see how you can help or take part.
Just because today is national sweater day does not mean that you can’t conserve energy this winter by dialing down the thermostat and putting on a sweater. A great way to help save energy and heat only the room you spend the most time in is an electric fireplace or stove.
Electric fireplaces and stoves are very fashionable and compliment any room of the house, while providing up to 400 sq feet of heat. Electric fireplace media stands provide the same warmth of a fireplace while holding your TV, which is perfect since most people spend their time at home in the living room.
So turn down your thermostat, put on a sweater, and switch on your electric fireplace to save money and energy!
Categories: Fireplace Mantels, GHP, Green Living, Home, Home Decor, Uncategorized
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With so many ideas on the internet, sometimes you have to wonder how they are all made and if you personally can make them. There are a couple of great websites which show how to make original DIY projects.
Want to start a home project? Ever wondered how something you saw was made? Instructables is a self explanatory website that provides instructions on how to make/do almost any project in the books, all uploaded by users with pictures of their finished projects.
The Family Man is a specific section of the Instructables website which provides answers for all home remodeling questions.http://www.instructables.com/group/familyhandyman
The DIY Network is another site that offers home improvement help, complete with a blog and pictures uploaded by fans. http://www.diynetwork.com/
Do It Yourself, similarly to the DIY Network, provides inspiration and instructions for home projects from making your own aquarium stand to how to level a basement floor. http://www.doityourself.com/
So many ideas, so little time!
Categories: Crafts, Design, GHP, Home, House Renovations, Uncategorized
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We have all heard of green roofs, but one has to wonder if it would work in the cold winter months. According to a study done by the University of Toronto, the green roof increased conservation of heat by reducing wind speeds and modifying the micro-climate above the roof. It also found that the potential heating energy savings were roughly between 5.63 percent and 5.95 percent, with savings up to 61 percent for upper-level floors. Read the full article about the study at http://greenlivingonline.com/article/green-roofs-winter
Another article written on the subject from Science Daily reinforces information gained from the University study http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/11/051126141309.htm
If you have ever wondered how much water you use in a year and how it compares to the consumption of others, there are some great resources for finding out!
The Water Footprint Calculator from National Geographic offers a water calculator along with tips and tricks for reduction and an option for you to pledge to reduce water use. This calculator is for U.S. residents. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-footprint-calculator/
The water footprint calculator from Zero Footprint takes only one minute to complete and can be changed based upon whether you reside in Canada or the U.S. http://goblue.zerofootprint.net/
Another calculator from Waterfootprint.org provides both a quick and extended version to gain insight into your water consumption. This calculator also takes into account diet and coffee/tea intake. http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/WaterFootprintCalculator
The world wide web is riddled with pictures of fireplace mantel decorations for every theme and holiday possible. But seeing a picture and executing it properly or within your budget seems daunting. This blog provides great insight and information on how to put together a personalized fireplace mantel showcase. This tutorial can be created on both electric or wood burning fireplaces, all you need is a mantel!
For some inspiration pictures of decorated fireplace mantels visit our Pinterest page to see some of our favorites at http://pinterest.com/greenwayhp/mantel-decor-inspiration/
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Tags: decorate, decoration, electric fireplace, fireplace, home, mantel, tutorial
This weekend the Greenway team will be attending The Canadian Home Furnishings Market in Toronto, Ontario. We will be celebrating the launch of our exclusive new brand of Greenway electric fireplaces and mantels. These stunning designs can be seen from January 12-15th in Hall 5, Booth 5450.
Here is a sneak peak of the amazing mantels we will be showcasing at TCHFM
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The saying “keep warm by the fire” can now be changed to “keep warm by the TV stand” this winter thanks to the innovative Muskoka media stand with electric firebox. Watch your favorite TV shows and movies without having to sacrifice sitting by the fire! View all of the media consoles at http://www.greenwayhp.com/electric_fireplaces/category_list/category/media_consoles/#.UNy0aPH_wmV
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In order to keep your house a few degrees cooler and in return keep your wallet a little bit fuller, save money and energy this winter with these helpful home tips! Ideas include dressing warmer and keeping a blanket handy, covering unused windows, turning the heat down when no one is at home, keeping the attic insulated and using a space heater or electric fireplace in the room that is used the most.
For all of the helpful tips and hints visit http://financialplan.about.com/od/savingmoney/a/How-To-Save-Money-On-Heating-Bills-This-Winter.htm