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Please explore our featured blog articles about sustainability. Whether you are a novice or green expert you will find valuable information that you can like, comment or share. Welcome to the Green Circle!

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Posted by on in Go Green Lifestyle

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Sustainability.  Man, that’s a boring word. As passionate as we are here at Live Green Bean about it, we’ve found ourselves struggling with how to bring it down to a relatable level. We want people to understand it beyond a definition, beyond what they see on pretty green and white eco-friendly sites. We want our people to care, because our survival depends on it.

So what’s our real problem with sustainability? The word itself.  By that, I mean it has no real meaning to us. It’s just an official-sounding term that we hear politicians, activists, and pundits spout when they want us to buy solar panels or stop driving our cars everywhere, but no one has really made it mean something to us, the regular people.

And as long as it doesn’t mean anything to us, we won’t be willing to make the necessary changes that we need to survive. This is a major problem that needs to be addressed now, especially in our urban areas.

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Posted by on in Global Warming & Climate

In a world full of distractions that keep our attention away from pressing issues (Facebook, Instagram, reality television, and the overall day-to-day attitude of surviving), oftentimes we don’t pay attention to the negative effects our lives have on the climate until some kind of natural disaster is shown on the news.

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Posted by on in Business & Sustainability

How Knowing Your Area’s TOU Can Save You Thousands

What is “TOU”, you ask?  For anyone who doesn’t know, TOU = Time of Use, as in the rates that you are charged for power depending on the time of day it is.   electric meter

 

 

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Posted by on in Clean Energy

Top 3 Ways to Save With Solar Power

You could save $30,000–$40,000 over the course of 20 years by going solar.

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Every day we awaken to the warmth and brightness of the sun. This natural light can be directly transformed into clean energy with the use of solar panels. Each panel consists of solar cells that absorb sunlight and converts it to a natural source of power. Adding this upgrade to your home or business can provide financial benefits and immediately makes a positive impact to our environment. Here are 3 ways you can save by transitioning now.

 

Get a 30 % Tax Credit on Initial Installation & Costs:

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Many people want to live a more sustainable lifestyle by converting their home or business to solar but don’t believe they can afford it. Due to advancements in technology and more availability, owning solar power system is completely attainable. It is predicted that by 2030 most of California will use clean energy as their primary source of power.

The average cost to install a solar power system is as low as $10,000 and high as $25,000 depending on your state, with California being the least expensive and Montana costing the most due to availability of resources and equipment.

The federal law provides up to a 30% rebate on your taxes for qualified systems. For example if you invest $25,000 in a Solar PV system you could get a $7500 (30%) rebate when you file your taxes making your true costs only $17,500.

 

View details here: http://energy.gov/savings/residential-renewable-energy-tax-credit

 

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Eco Home

The thought of having renovations of any kind performed can appear intimidating, especially to people who know what they need, yet don’t know where to start. An upgrade focused on improving energy usage (translation: money saving) for a home or business can prove even more daunting – but only if you lack the knowledge necessary to make those upgrades work for you. Your initial investment towards eco-friendly upgrades should yield long-term returns, while simultaneously producing short-term savings that benefit you in the day-to-day aspects of life. One mistake resulting from lack of product knowledge or information on a manufacturer or contractor can cost you and your company thousands – even millions, depending on the size of your organization – in lost revenue.

In stark contrast, the person who plans out a clear idea of the renovation project ahead, has a solid completion plan in place, and remains armed with current product knowledge and industry regulations feels a great sense of excitement and anticipation about the project ahead. The tips provided by Live Green Bean will infuse you with that same enthusiasm, and leave you feeling confident about your renovation project from beginning to end.

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