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First Ever ‘Green Shopping Aisle’ Caters to Environmental Enthusiasts Who Want Home DIY Projects

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Environmentally-minded DIY enthusiasts can now enjoy the first ever ‘green shopping aisle’–complete with a real grass walkway and a canopy infused with foliage and butterflies.

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The green aisle is, quite literally, festooned with evergreen climbers and vegetation to help eco-conscious shoppers find the section of the hardware store that will make their home more sustainable.

‘The Green Aisle’ launches today at one of Britain’s major hardware chains,  Homebase. The first stores to get the foliage-festooned aisle are: Haringey in London, Edinburgh, Bridgend, Birmingham, and Leeds–with more stores to follow.

In partnership with Smart Energy GB, the aisle showcases eco-friendly and energy-efficient home improvement products, as well as information on how to get a smart meter installed, all in one place.

MORE: Grocery Store Unveils World’s First Plastic-Free Aisle 

All of these efforts will help make homes greener and ready for winter.

‘The Green Aisle’ was created after research found 74 per cent of Brits are keen to make their home greener, but half have no idea where to start.

Craig Phillips, DIY expert and one of the first to visit the ‘Green Aisle’ in Haringey, said, “I’ve helped hundreds of people improve their homes over the years by making small changes which have a big impact–the same is true for taking small energy efficiency measures in the home.

“It can be hard to know where to start when it comes to making greener choices.

“The Green Aisle helps make this process even easier for people by identifying which products are more environmentally friendly, and likewise understand the positive impact they can have.”

Data from Energy Saving Trust also shows a household can save up to £581 ($751) on energy bills each year if they implement a full range of efficiency measures.

These include the purchase of efficient appliances

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’Nightmare’ intersection in Catasauqua, a known problem for decades, gets green light for improvements

It’s been said by many a public official and resident that turning left onto Race Street from Lehigh Street in Catasauqua is like “taking your life into your hands.”



a car driving down a busy street: Traffic begins to back up along Lehigh Street attempting, to exit onto Race Street Wednesday in Catasauqua. Borough officials voted narrowly to allow PennDOT to move forward with improvements to the Race and Lehigh Street intersection, long the bane of residents and commuters.


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Traffic begins to back up along Lehigh Street attempting, to exit onto Race Street Wednesday in Catasauqua. Borough officials voted narrowly to allow PennDOT to move forward with improvements to the Race and Lehigh Street intersection, long the bane of residents and commuters.

Living in a house near the three-point intersection, Joshua Fritz has a prime-time view of its traffic woes, the bane of residents and commuters for decades. During rush hour, he said, he witnesses close calls almost every other day.

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It’s always dicey to escape his driveway as cars coming from the opposite direction make similar quick escapes during breaks in traffic.

“For me to get out of here, I have to drive like I’m in New York City,” he said.

The intersection was the subject of a PennDOT traffic signal study in 1979. It’s been called a “nightmare” intersection in newspaper articles since the 1990s. Regional planners started drawing up improvement concepts as early as 2000.

Generations later on Monday night, Catasauqua officials signed the official resolutions necessary to allow PennDOT’s proposed $12 million to $14 million improvement project to move forward, which involves widening roads and installing three traffic signals at Race Street’s intersections with Lehigh, Front and Second Streets. Race Street is a state road, and the Federal Highway Administration and PennDOT are funding the improvements.



a car parked on the side of the street: Traffic begins to back up along Lehigh Street attempting to exit onto Race Street Wednesday in Catasauqua. Borough officials voted narrowly to allow PennDOT to move forward with improvements to the Race and Lehigh Street intersection, long the bane of residents and commuters.


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Traffic begins to back up along Lehigh Street attempting to exit onto Race Street Wednesday in Catasauqua. Borough officials voted narrowly to allow PennDOT to move forward with improvements to the Race and Lehigh

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Green Homes Grant Applications Now Open

Applications for the government’s Green Homes Grant, available to homeowners in England, can be made from today (30 September 2020) via the dedicated website.

Crucially, the work must be completed by 31 March 2021.

Tradespeople can also use the site to register their interest in undertaking work generated by uptake of the grant.

The government has also announced plans to upgrade the energy efficiency of privately-rented homes by 2028, and £50 million will be spent to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in England.

Here’s a summary of how the scheme works and how you might benefit, along with details of measures for those living in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Government goes for green

In July, chancellor Rishi Sunak used his summer economic statement to unveil £3 billion of support to fund a ‘green recovery’ following the economic downturn triggered by coronavirus.

He said £1.5 billion will be used to fund Green Homes Grants paid via vouchers that households can put towards the cost of energy-efficient improvements.

The government says work done on a home courtesy of the scheme could lead to annual energy bill savings of £600. It says up to 600,000 homes will benefit.

A Local Authority Delivery scheme will allocate £500 million of funding to local authorities to support low-income, ‘fuel-poor’ households. The aim is to lift 900,000 households out of fuel poverty*.

The remaining £1 billion will be spent on increasing the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals, through a Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund. The government’s policy is to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050.

Here’s what you should know if you’re thinking about applying for the Green Homes Grant…

How much is the voucher worth?

For the majority of households, vouchers will be worth around two-thirds of

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New Orleans Saints see improvements, but not enough to post victory over Green Bay

The New Orleans Saints did some good things on offense and defense against Green Bay. They just didn’t do enough of them.

There were enough loose ends for the Saints that they couldn’t produce a victory Sunday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the Packers posted a 37-30 victory that was the second consecutive loss for New Orleans (1-2).

Penalties continue to be a significant hindrance (eight for 83 yards against the Packers), especially defensively, and two starters on offense (left guard Andrus Peat and tight end Jared Cook) couldn’t finish the game due to injuries. New Orleans has some cleaning up to do before it can put itself in position to win, and the next opportunity for that will come Sunday on the road against Detroit.

OFFENSE: Overall, it probably was the Saints’ best offensive showing this season. They had 397 yards, quarterback Drew Brees was sharp (29 of 36 for 288 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions) and running back Alvin Kamara was phenomenal (13 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns, plus six rushes for 58 yards). But New Orleans left some points on the field, a no-no against a team the caliber of Green Bay, and Taysom Hill’s lost fumble – only a few plays after New Orleans made a midfield stand on fourth down – was a deflating blow. Brees and Emmanuel Sanders (four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown) showed some sync, and the Saints need it to continue to improve. Kamara is major target for opposing defenses, and he’s going to need the help until Michael Thomas returns.

DEFENSE: The penalties are too much. Successful teams aren’t penalized the way the Saints are committing penalties, because it’s tough to beat an opponent and yourself. Defensively, New Orleans was penalized for a

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Remodeling Your House the Green Way

One major way to go green is to change the way you live, especially where you live. Remodeling your house the green way is easier than you think. You can start with simple ways to make your home more energy efficient.

A prime example is to replace your existing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs. These compact light bulbs may cost a bit more than the standard bulbs but will save you money in the long run. They last much longer and produce more light even as they consume less electricity.

Also, when it's time to change your appliances, opt to buy energy saving appliances. This especially goes for kitchen appliances that are left on all the time like the fridge. Replace your thermostat too with a computerized one. With its more accurate reading, a digital thermostat makes your home heating and cooling systems work more efficiently.

If you are planning a major home remodeling, be sure that your contractor is certified in working on green homes. He would be able to give correct advice on the materials and furnishings you should use for your home. You should really get one that is certified, since it can also save you money come tax time when you can receive tax credits for specific implementations.

Ask your contractor to install insulated windows. While you're at it, replace your toilets and faucets with ones that are more water efficient. For flooring, use renewable materials such as wood or stone tiles instead of vinyl. They look more natural, and you can drape rugs over them for warmth and a cozier look. Speaking of carpets and rugs, these should be made from natural materials. If you can't find any, use those that are recyclable.

Lastly, cover your walls with paint that is low …

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