What is Sustainable Living? Sustainable living is green.

Today, sustainable living is a hot topic, according to the Regenerative Leadership Institute.

At its most basic, sustainable living means living a lifestyle that uses as few resources as possible and causes the least amount of environmental damage for future generations to deal with. There are many different forms of sustainable living, since the concept can apply to almost every part of daily life.

The institute says that sustainable homes are built in such a way that they use few nonrenewable resources, do not require much energy to run, and cause little or no damage to the surrounding environment. A sustainable home should be constructed from materials that have been produced in an environmentally friendly manner, according to regenerative.com.

For example, a house might be built from straw bales, adobe, or reclaimed stone or brick. Many homeowners pursue sustainable living by making their homes as low energy as possible, either by making sure that they have very high energy efficiency or by producing their own power from the sun or wind.

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Recommended Reading

Are you tired of depending on everyone else for your basic life necessities? Do you admire the independence of your forefathers – their ability to live a fully self-sustainable lifestyle – and wish you too could rely on no one else but yourself for all your life requirements? Do you think that being self-sustainable isn’t possible anymore in this day and age? Well think again.  Sustainable Living: Guide to Living a Fully Self-Sustainable Life That Will Eliminate All of Your Expenses is a guide to living a fully self-sustainable life will not only convince you that living a self-sustainable life is possible, it will also give you all the know-how you need in order to be well on your way to achieving your self-sustainable living dreams!

By following the insight and tips this book has to offer, you will be able to eliminate your expenses and be fully self-sustainable in no time! It won’t leave an ounce of confusion in your mind because this book has guidance on everything from the basics – such as how to collect your own water and filter it, how to make a garden, grow your food and preserve it, how to cook the food – to some of the more complex challenges that come with living a self-sustainable life such as generating your own energy with solar power.

By the time you are done reading this book you will be an expert on self-sustainable living and be able to begin your own path of self-sustainability without ever depending on anyone else again.

Sustainable living must include a reliance on sustainable energy. The energy sources used must be renewable rather than limited in quantity. Energy sources such as fossil fuels cannot readily be renewed, so instead of these, sustainable living requires using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water, or geothermal energy. The energy must also be captured and used in an environmentally friendly way that does not damage the environment for future generations. For sustainable living, a person must leave as little impact on the world as possible.

Essentially, sustainable living involves living as lightly on the Earth as possible. Someone who succeeds at living a sustainable lifestyle will use very few resources and will leave the environment as untouched as possible so that future generations will be able to enjoy the same high quality of life that people do today.

Energy Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems for the Home or Business

From insulation to make our homes and businesses comfortable to water heaters that make it possible to have hot showers and cold water, heating and cooling systems are a critical part of modern life. Indow Window inserts and EnerG2 are tools to make the most of the heating and cooling system in your home or office, making it possible to be cool in summer and warm in winter.

The green and eco-friendly products at SuperGreen Solutions Boise will save energy and money. Our philosophy of “reduce before we produce” enables us to reduce consumption and CO2 Emissions, and increase efficiency and savings through our ability to bundle several products and solutions. Contact one of SuperGreen Solutions’ knowledgeable experts to learn more about federal and local tax benefits and rebates.

EnerG2

ENERG2

Energ2, an innovative green technology product that is changing the way the hospitality industry cools its food product.

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Indow Windows

INDOW WINDOWS

Indow window inserts give you energy-saving insulation equivalent to double-pane windows, and they’re even better at insulating sound.

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Insulation

INSULATION

The most effective way to save money in your home or business is by adopting proper mechanical insulating techniques.

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VENTILATION

Remove unwanted heat and moisture from your attic spaces that can drive energy costs with efficient solar-powered roof ventilation products.

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An Insert For Every Need In Boise, Idaho

supergreensolutions-of-alpharetta-ga-images-2-4-1442321254JR Smith lives in a  bungalow outside a major American city, just 2 ½ blocks from the train tracks, which is how the kit home was delivered 92 years ago. He loves his home’s four-over-one windows with wavy leaded glass but he wanted to make them more energy efficient.

He also wanted to sleep. And he wanted privacy in his bathroom. He used various grades of Indow inserts to make the 1923 windows of his home work for him in a way that didn’t damage their historic integrity. The changes were immediate and dramatic. For starters, his utility bills dropped $100 a month even though he made no other energy efficiency changes. And while he hadn’t been trying to block the train noise, the Indow inserts made his home much quieter, muffling the full-blown whistles from the commuter rail and the Amtrak trains.

“The Indow inserts are absolutely fantastic,” he said. “The exterior noise has been reduced and my utility bill has gone down $100 a month.”

But the differences didn’t stop there. JR used to live in Sicily, Italy where blackout blinds were installed as standard features in bedrooms. In trying to replicate that experience, he bought blackout curtains from the hardware store and taped velcro to the window frame to supergreensolutions-of-alpharetta-ga-images-3-4-1442321289get a good seal against the light but it wasn’t 100 percent.

Retired from the military, JR has a tendency to wake early, so any light coming in the windows means rise and shine at 5:30 a.m. He wanted to sleep until 7 a.m. “If there’s a ray of light coming in the window, I’m up,” he said. Before going to bed, he swaps the transparent Standard Grade Indow insert for an Indow Sleep Panel, which provides the same level of energy efficiency but makes the room pitch black so the early morning rays don’t wake him. In the morning, he swaps them out again. For his bathroom he bought the translucent Privacy Grade so it’s light-filled without the need for curtains. “I’m an all-around happy camper.”

SuperGreen Solutions is excited to offer Indow inserts in the Boise area because they provide replacement window comfort, window energy efficiency, sun/UV protection and quiet windows, but not window replacement cost. Indow inserts also provide superior window noise reduction, outperforming the performance of many noise reduction windows.

If you are looking for storm windows , Idaho homeowners, then consider the Indow solution. Indow storm window inserts are an interior storm window that is easier, more attractive and provides greater performance than traditional storm windows.

Indow window inserts also provide excellent window noise reduction. Learn more about Indow window noise reduction.

 

Travel with Your Camera and Digital Devices with Voltaic Solar Backpacks

Voltaic Solar Backpacks are rugged and meant to last and be easy to use, but what happens if you have a problem? If your solar charger isn’t working perfectly, it is frustrating to you and a waste of resources. We’re committed to getting your system to run smoothly and will work with you to resolve the problem no matter where you are in the world. Our customers are often as likely to be in Malawi as Manhattan so we’re used to working globally.

1029-s_sm_1Stop in today and ask one of our experts about one or more of these great options:

OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack will provide some serious power to your smartphone, tablet, and other USB devices with all the same great storage features of our old model. A padded laptop sleeve, dual side pockets, and specially lined sunglasses slot will make sure all your gear is in order before you head out the door. Better yet, the front solar pocket is still removable letting you take this 6 Watt system anywhere.

REVIEWS:

“It has adapters for almost everything! nice sturdy panels, plenty pockets and lots of space. Works awesomely under the scorching Panamanian sun, finally getting something back out of all that sweating. This backpack is light, carrying the battery and all of the extras it has. You can separate the panels from the bag and put the panels where they can get more sunlight.”

“Very happy with my purchase! Great quality pack, excellent construction and the solar panels and battery are top quality. my only complaint is it needs more internal space a 15″ macbook in neoprene skin only just fits into the rear laptop compartment, and I regularly carry 2 plus other items.”

 

 

Case Study: Quiet Luxury For A Boutique Hotel

Travelers go to 21 Broad in Nantucket to unwind. The boutique hotel’s 1872 Victorian architecture beckons in a friendly way on an island of Federal-style buildings. And inside, it’s just about everything a person would want in a getaway. Not only does it have a spare elegance, but the muted colors make you want to exhale in an interior designed by Rachel Reider of Boston. There isn’t a door, molding or floor that wasn’t polished back into its original glory with a massive recent renovation and expansion. Luxury amenities in this Lark Hotel include a steam and massage room and shower heads infused with Vitamin  C to soothe the skin.

It’s safe to say management is attuned to what guests want.

But it’s located in downtown Nantucket next to a pub and some noise. The 27-room hotel fielded a handful of complaints from guests about sound generated from HVAC units in an adjacent alleyway as well as garbage trucks and service vehicles. Weary travelers want quiet. Since the building is a historic landmark, all the windows are the original wavy, leaded glass, which are gorgeous but no match for the noise of modern everyday living.

21 Broad doesn’t mess around. It quickly decided to install Acoustic Grade Indow inserts in the front bedrooms and called Stu Grant Windows. The difference Stu Grant was able to provide with window inserts was immediate: much needed quiet. The day the inserts were installed was a perfect day for testing. The hotel was having construction work done on the exterior that involved saws and jackhammers.

“It was such a drastic difference,” said general manager Dan Matter. “It was night and day. We’re 100 percent confident it will handle all the noise complaints generated from the street.”

The inserts also blocked drafts to make the rooms even more comfortable than they were. And they’re nearly invisible, so much so that when Dan had to do some maintenance work on a window, he completely forgot the inserts were there. But most of the time he remembers, because it’s so much quiter. “You can hear the difference,” he said. “You can feel the difference.”

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Case Study: Indow Windows Are Your Solution When Double-Pane Windows Fail

Scott Knapp and his wife built their house on Lake Ontario themselves. They bought new wood double-panes from a huge, reputable window company to make their home warm and snug. It was a company, Scott says, that “sells them by the boatload.

But to the couple’s surprise, the windows were drafty right from the start. And Chaumont, New York can get cold, sometimes minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Scott asked the company for new seals and received several pieces made of vinyl, weatherstripping and felt, but none of it worked to eliminate the drafts.

As a home performance contractor, Scott had done a super job of insulating the house but the faulty new windows stumped him. He wasn’t about to replace them since they were brand new, so he bought insulating blinds as a stop gap measure until he could figure out a solution. He and his wife were cold that first winter in their new house and couldn’t even watch television in the main living room.

“Heck, you would expect 20 years out of a new window,” said Scott. “You expect they would last longer. They’re nice windows as far as looks go, but functional? No.”

He found Indow inserts, which immediately solved the problem. His wife, who is sensitive to drafts, told him, “There’s a huge difference in here.” Scott used his thermal imaging gun to see the difference he and his wife could both feel. It showed the window with an Indow insert was 23 degrees warmer than the one without. The inserts took care of the condensation problem on the windows and the boiler for the heater doesn’t have to run as much to heat the home. “The changes in the home were just short of amazing,” said Scott. He liked them so much he is now an Indow dealer helping to make others more comfortable around the region.

 

 

Indow Windows is on This Old House & YOU can qualify for federal tax credit!

iw_logo_vector_blue_printAs seen on This Old House!

Indow inserts will appear in the Feb. 18 episode of This Old House! Katherine and Murat Bicer needed interior storms for some unusual arched windows and decided to use Indow window inserts since we make just about any shape! We’re thrilled we could be a part of bringing this 1895 Victorian in Belmont, Massachusetts back to its former glory.

A federal tax credit gives you money back on Indow inserts!

Great news: Indow has been approved as an air sealing measure in a federal tax credit that will give you 10% of your order back, up to $500! All purchases made in 2015 and 2016 are eligible. It’s uncertain if this tax credit will be extended in 2017, so now is a great time to order. Learn more here.

Indow is featured in a new book.

We’re proud to be a Portland maker along with other businesses taking pride in creating quality items, generating jobs and building a more robust local economy. We were featured in the recently published book, Portland Made: The Makers of Portland’s Manufacturing Renaissance by Kelley Roy, who founded the Portland makerspace ADX in Southeast Portland. An urban manufacturing renaissance is taking place across the country, an encouraging trend we detailed in our Huffington Post blog.

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