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Upcycling: Ideas for Reusing Your Stuff

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/23/17 7:30 AM / by Malta Development posted in home improvement, sustainability, Uncategorized

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We all have “extra junk” in our closets or garage --- a box of unused canning jars or lumber leftover from a recent home improvement project. Don't let these unused items take up valuable storage space and gather dust.  Instead, why not “upcycle” them? “Upcycling” is the process of turning seemingly useless items into something useful again. Here are a few of our favorite “upcycling” ideas.

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Garden Potting Bench Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/26/16 1:00 PM / by Malta Development posted in activities, DIY, diy, in the community, sustainability, Tips + Tricks

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Tired of getting an aching back from kneeling over to plant your pots? Need a central spot to organize all your plant potting and gardening needs? Take a tip from the pros – a potting bench is the solution!

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Out with the Old… The Cons of Buying an Historic Home

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/25/15 9:54 AM / by Malta Development posted in environment, housing amenities, Malta, Malta Development, new home, sustainability

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Many people have fallen in love with the idea of living in a historic home. New England is awash with older homes that feature great historic details -- people dream of the day that they’ll be able to buy one. After making their dream purchase, however, too many buyers discover that their new home is a nightmare.

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Keeping it Green: Homes and the Environment

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/17/15 5:16 PM / by Malta Development posted in environment, Malta, Malta Development, sustainability

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When you’re in the market for a new home, you’re probably most concerned with the neighborhood, the amount of available space, or the amount of maintenance that you’re going to have to perform to make it comfortable. While all of these things are certainly important, more and more home buyers are starting to look at the impact of a home on the environment, too. A home’s structure and features can affect the environment, your utility bills, and maintenance bills.

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Help Out Our Local Wild Birds in the Winter

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/26/15 9:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in animals, birds, ecosystem, environment, In The Community, local animals, sustainability, Uncategorized, wild birds

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Many birds head elsewhere in the winter, since New York weather can be frosty and unfriendly to wild birds. However, there are birds that stick around all year. You can help them out by taking care of their three basic necessities during cold winter months.

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Malta Development’s Builders Are Certified Green Professionals

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/13/14 5:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in Green Certified, Malta Development, sustainability, Uncategorized

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Tom and Wayne Samascott completed the National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional (CGP) program in 2013. This rigorous curriculum of courses, tests, and verifications provides a solid background in green building methods.

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Sustainable Living

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/19/13 6:00 AM / by Malta Development posted in environment, sustainability, sustainable, Uncategorized

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At Malta Development, we believe that living sustainably today can preserve our environment for our children tomorrow. Although recent technological advances make eco-awareness easier than ever, the most effective energy saving strategies are often the simplest. Conserving energy and resources can benefit the planet while cutting down on your utility costs, so we've developed a list of some easy to implement, common sense tips for modern, environmentally conscious living.

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