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How to Deal with Energy Losses in Buildings


by Michael Turner

With the steep cost of energy tied with the need to cut our carbon footprints, building owners should think about looking into whether their properties have any energy losses. There are more sources of wasted power that can be fixed than you would first think, and in some cases it doesn’t cost the earth. Even if it does seem like a lot of money, you will see a fast return, making efficiency improvements a long term strategy that is both good financially as well as good environmentally.

You should start with identify the source of the energy losses.... Read More

1800-GOT-JUNK: Friendly to the environment and even to ‘junk’


1800-GOT-JUNK is a green company helping families and businesses get rid of junk and at the same time, they work to decrease waste. Their assurance to customers is that your junk gets recycled, donated, or disposed of responsibly. Since their start in 1989, the company has saved over 1.5 billion pounds of junk from the landfill, and counting.

At ACOG, we think of them as an ally in the ‘LESS-TRASH’, green initiative. We’ve worked with them and can vouch for their friendliness and green-community mindfulness. Below is a snapshot of one month's worth of their work in South-East Florida; the... Read More

Recycling Facts: Aluminum


We have some interesting facts to keep you motivated to recycle. Especially for the folks out there that love their sodas in a can. We hope you share these helpful tidbits and encourage recycling!

A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days. That's closed loop recycling at its finest!

Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled. (Diversify your aluminum recycling)

Recycling one... Read More

Companies Making Small Changes add up to a Big Impact

Companies going green

By: Adam Bruk

There is growing pressure on companies to minimize their carbon footprint, but it isn’t as easy as you think.

It is extremely difficult for companies to change their entire manufacturing process and business model to be more environmentally friendly.

If feasible, large changes can take years to implement and can require large capital investments that may not be presently available. This doesn’t mean that a company can’t reduce their carbon footprint. There are several small steps a company can take to minimize their carbon footprint that are cost effective and don’t take long to implement. Here are three small... Read More

A quick guide to recycling electronics and IT equipment

Recycling electrical equipment

By: Kieron Casey

For many individuals, living a green and environmentally friendly life is quite simple and straightforward. Separating plastics and paper before putting them in the recycle bin is a simple enough task and buying locally sourced organic foods is second nature. Even the greenest minded of individuals, however, may appear uncertain at what to do with IT equipment and household electronics they wish to dispense with.

The hazards of disposing with old IT equipment

Simply disposing of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) items in the fashion of normal trash could prove potentially lethal to the environment. Due to the... Read More

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