About EcoWatch Reviews
Founded in 2005 as an environmental newspaper, EcoWatch is a long-time leader in environmental news. Today we are a digital platform still dedicated to publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes and most importantly, solutions.
The EcoWatch Reviews team supplements our newsroom, aiming to connect our readers with sustainable solutions and reputable companies for a healthier planet and life. We believe that our choices are a powerful force, and that together we can make better choices to create a better future for the planet, for wildlife and humanity.
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We work with a panel of sustainability experts to create unbiased reviews that empower you to make the right choice for your home. No other similar site has as long a history covering the issues that we do, which means we have access to more data and insider information than other sites. Our reviews and rankings are never affected by revenue or partnerships.
Which Categories Does EcoWatch Review And Why?
At EcoWatch, we’re focused on helping our readers make the best decisions possible to improve the health of the environment. We felt there was a need to serve our readers and provide reviews of companies from a sustainable perspective. We feel this approach balances our mission to be a leader in environmental news space but also provide actionable solutions to our readers when picking companies for various services.
Right now we are currently reviewing companies in the solar energy, deregulated energy, lawn care, and windows categories. Our aim is to highlight companies that we feel are providing their customers a great service while maintaining sustainable solutions in their products.
Installing solar panels is one of the most practical investments that homeowners can make. Not only do solar panels reduce your dependence on traditional energy sources, but they can offset the majority of your electricity costs as well. Under the right circumstances, some solar installations can generate over $50,000 in lifetime energy savings for a homeowner.
Each and every home that makes the switch to solar contributes toward a carbon-free economy. But consuming clean energy yields a number of benefits beyond even that, including:
- Protection from fluctuating energy costs
- Improved resilience in the face of extreme weather and power outages
- Stimulated job growth in the US
An investment in solar can be hefty, but it’s important to remember you’re effectively purchasing 25 years of electricity upfront. In most cases, the cost of sticking with your utility for 25 years will outweigh the cost of an investment in solar today.
How Does Solar Lower Your Carbon Footprint?
Installing solar panels on your home serves as one of the most accessible ways for everyday citizens to help lower their impact. For example, a 10 kW system that produces 12,500 kWh of electricity per year helps to avoid 8.9 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to:
- 9,801 pounds of coal burned
- The carbon sequestered by 10.5 acres of forest in one year
- 1,000 gallons of gasoline consumed
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We’ll be honest: Standard lawn care is horrible for the environment. As much as we wish every homeowner would turn their yard into an eco-friendly oasis full of vegetable and pollinator gardens, we understand that’s just not feasible for everyone.
Fortunately, green lawn care — also called organic lawn care — is an option for people who need to maintain a healthy lawn without using harmful chemicals and treatments. Benefits of eco-friendly lawn care include:
- Improved soil health and deep root systems
- Thicker, longer grass
- Safe for families and pets
- Safe for the environment
The best part is that you don’t even have to be a lawn care expert to get eco-friendly lawn care treatment. EcoWatch has reviewed several professional lawn care services that offer all-natural treatment services, products and guides.
How Can You Lower Your Lawn’s Impact?
There are steps you can take to improve the health and look of your lawn without being a detriment to the environment, including:
- Testing your soil and using curated fertilizer
- Eliminating toxins with all-natural products
- Aerating, dethatching and removing plant debris
- Watering your lawn more efficiently
- Using electric or solar-powered lawn care tools
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Energy deregulation gives consumers the power to choose their own energy provider. It works similar to picking your own internet provider — you’ll have multiple company options depending on where you live, each offering its own rates and plans.
There are several benefits to being able to choose your own energy provider, including:
- The ability to select the best rates
- Finding contract terms that fit your needs
- Choosing “green energy” sources like wind, solar or hydro-power
Supporting energy companies that source their power from renewable sources gives more power (literally and figuratively) to the renewable energy industry. Enough support will have more companies turning away from harmful energy sources, like fossil fuels, in search of more environmentally-friendly alternatives.
What Should You Look For In An Energy Provider?
Whether you’re just moved to a state with a deregulated energy market or you’re looking to save money by switching companies, here’s what you should look for in an energy provider:
- Type of plans offered and if they fit your needs
- Green-sourced energy plans
- Reasonable electricity rates and contract terms
- History of trustworthy behavior
- Positive customer reviews
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Having windows that are made out of traditional materials, or are outdated or damaged, is bad news for both your wallet and the environment. Research shows that you could be losing 25-30% of your home’s heat or AC with inadequate windows, forcing your HVAC system to use far more energy than it should.
Choosing windows that are more energy efficient can be extremely beneficial for homeowners, helping you to:
- Save money on heating and cooling costs
- Keeps your house at a more comfortable temperature
- Protect your family and your belongings from UV damage
- Help the environment by lowering your energy usage
How Can You Tell If Your Windows Are Energy-Efficient?
If you want the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly windows, there are a few things you should look out for:
- Energy Star certification
- Double panes
- Low-E (low-emissivity) glaze
- Fixed picture or hinged window design
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