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We’ve provided you with concise, practical “how-to” essays that explain about the cost, time investment, and environmental benefit of each action so you can choose which ones are most appropriate for your lifestyle. You will also find in these pages step-by-step instructions for you to put your current favorite environmental changes into practice. We've done the research to save you time!

How To Clean Washing Machine
Thursday, 02 March 2017
How To Clean Washing Machine Savvy green homeowners know that green laundry habits like hang drying, avoiding bleach and washing clothes in cold water have many benefits. Such practices keep harsh chemicals out of the environment, and save energy (which of course means lower household utility bills.) Gentler laundry habits can also help clothes last longer, reducing your...

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Monitoring Your Water Heater Settings
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Monitoring Your Water Heater Settings In general, water heating accounts for 13% of your home utility bill. Most homes maintain their hot water heaters at a pre-set temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much higher than needed. By lowering your water heater to around 120°F, you can cut down the cost of your utility bill and enjoy some other unexpected benefits...

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Green Beauty
Thursday, 16 February 2017
Green Beauty Environmentally conscious actions don’t have to be strenuous or require much effort. Everyday routines with just a little adjustment can decrease your environmental impact and let your conscience rest a little easier. Something as easy as changing the way you shower or bathe cannot only benefit the environment, but also your own well-being...

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DIY Kitty Litter
Wednesday, 08 February 2017
DIY Kitty Litter There’s no denying that pets are family members. We give them the best treats, the best belly rubs, the best places to nap – but are we giving cats the best kitty litter for their health, ours, or the environment? Conventional cat litter has detrimental environmental and health impacts, but luckily there are safer and greener options available...

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Grow Your Own Vegetables
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Grow Your Own Vegetables Complaining about being stuck in the office all day? Well, here’s something that you can do to get you outside and reconnect with the outdoor world. Over the last few years many of us have rediscovered our inner desire to not only reconnect with the outdoor world, but reinvest in...

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Sustainable Shipping
Thursday, 22 December 2016
Sustainable Shipping The most important decision you can make about shipping is whether to send your packages by ground or by air. Ground shipping uses less fuel than air shipping. The best way to save fuel and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to avoid shipping mail overnight. Some shipping companies...

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Christmas Tree Alternatives
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Getting Eco-Friendly This Holiday Season! Every Christmas, we use trees as decoration for only a few weeks out of the year. Two of the most popular options, farmed trees and artificial trees, have some harmful consequences for the environment. However, many eco-friendly alternatives exist, like living Christmas trees, which minimize these effects. Choosing alternatives to farmed...

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Make Your Own Mouthwash
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Make Your Own  Mouthwash The dentist has been telling me to use mouthwash after I brush my teeth from the time that I can remember. I never even really questioned what mouthwash was actually made out of until recently. There are mouthwashes for all sorts of oral hygiene problems – canker sores, teeth whitening, gum disease. However, are these...

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How to Whiten Teeth Naturally at Home
Thursday, 03 November 2016
How to Whiten Teeth Naturally at Home Hollywood and fashion magazines pressure people into feeling like their teeth need to be a blinding, white color. This is in the face of the fact that many people rely on tea and coffee to get them through their days, both of which gradually yellow teeth. Americans spend...

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Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing
Thursday, 04 August 2016
Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Most of us eat salads with the best of health-minded intentions. Unfortunately, many of us may be counteracting the health benefits of salad with the salad dressings that we choose. Like with many food items, the store-bought version cannot always be trusted to be the best choice for your health. Let’s take a look at DIY salad dressing!

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DIY Dry Shampoo
Thursday, 28 July 2016
DIY Dry Shampoo Shampooing your hair every day can remove protective oils from your scalp, cause hair breakage, and strip your artificially dyed hair color. However, if you are in the habit of washing your hair every day, the transition to washing less often can be quite oily. Luckily, there is dry shampoo...

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How to Dry Herbs
Thursday, 21 July 2016
How to Dry Herbs Herbs should be harvested before 10 AM, so that the beneficial oils are not yet affected by the sun that day. The leaves on the herbs also need to be fresh; wilted or browned leaves should not be harvested. If you are harvesting seeds, they should be collected when they start to turn brown and harden but before they naturally fall off of the plant...

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Homemade Air Freshener
Thursday, 14 July 2016
Homemade Air Freshener Having a fresh-smelling living space always puts me in a good mood. But, at what cost? Although they may smell fresh, creating the false pretense that they’re healthy, conventional air fresheners are loaded with harmful toxins. So how about making your own at home...

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Repurpose Shirts
Thursday, 30 June 2016
Repurpose Shirts Just because your t-shirt is stained or your flannel sheets are ripped, that doesn't mean you have to throw them out. Instead, reclaim the fabric and the memories associated with them to make useful, soft cloths for household tasks and personal care. Repurposing shirts is a great eco-friendly...

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Toxic Waste
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Toxic Waste From cell phones to batteries to light bulbs, 21st century Americans have a considerable amount of hazardous waste to deal with in their homes. Unfortunately, it is not always clear how to safely dispose of these items. This is particularly concerning given that disposing of household hazardous waste the wrong way could have serious health and environmental...

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Homemade Facial Masks
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Homemade Facial Masks Recently, I have found more and more comfort in food and beauty products that are made from ingredients I can actually understand. As Michael Pollan says, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food." Taking Pollan’s wisdom to heart and applying it to...

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Holiday Smells
Monday, 21 December 2015
Holiday Smells Smell is one of the most powerful components of memory making. For many of us, the smell of campfire reminds us of summertime, while the smell of cinnamon reminds us of the winter holidays. For an extra festive holiday season this year, try out some of these do-it-yourself (DIY) holiday ideas to make your home smell delicious...

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Sustainable Parties
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Sustainable Parties It’s the holiday season, and you know what that means…party time! I’ve been delighted to find that many of the office parties, holiday parties, birthday parties, and wedding parties that I’ve gone to lately were “green.” Drawing inspiration from these parties, I decided to create a guide to throwing a sustainable party...

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Benefits of Dry Brushing
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Benefits of Dry Brushing I first learned of dry brushing about two years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. The idea was completely foreign to me, but I was very excited and intrigued to try it out. So, what is dry brushing exactly? It’s actually just what it sounds like – you are literally...

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Green Data Centers
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Green Data Centers Whether you are a large company or small technological cooperative, the role of the data center may be central to the functioning of your business. Unfortunately, powering racks and racks of servers and cooling them can be both expensive as well as environmentally hazardous due to...

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Install a Motion Sensing Light
Thursday, 16 July 2015
Install a Motion-Sensing Light A motion-sensing light is one that is activated by a motion sensor rather than by a conventional light switch. A motion-sensor can either replace conventional light switches or be placed onto an existing lighting fixture. While motion-sensing lights are normally associated with outdoor lighting applications, they are becoming increasingly...

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Natural Deodorants
Thursday, 09 July 2015
Natural Deodorants Have you heard that antiperspirant deodorant is bad for you? This is certainly news to me! The bad components in antiperspirants are the aluminum compounds. There have been links to Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer from these aluminum compounds, which get into your body through the pores in your armpits. So what should we do about it? The best thing...

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Sustainable Art
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Sustainable Art I've always been the creative type—the one who stuck her fists and feet in finger paints, licked her coloring book pages, and glued and smeared away the afternoons. As an adult, I still paint simply because I like watching the colors swirl and run. As that curious and messy child, I assumed that art supplies were made of rainbows and fairy dust...

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Green Wedding
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Green Wedding Wedding season is year-round these days! If you are planning a wedding and want to be eco-friendly and save a little green, why not throw a sustainable wedding? The following guide can help you host a sustainable party. Guests often travel from far away to join the festivities, and disposable plates and cups...

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Compost Benefits
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Compost Benefits Composting is the new recycling! You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: “zero waste by 2020.” Accompanied by a catchy slogan, this ambitious waste reduction goal has been adopted by many cities throughout the world! From the bustling cityscape of San Francisco to the small mountain village of Kamikatsu, Japan, forward thinking is just one of many ways...

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Herb Garden Design Ideas
Tuesday, 02 June 2015
Herb Garden Design Ideas Gardens have countless benefits. For instance, growing your own food saves money and avoids pesticide ingestion. I've also found watching plants grow in my garden to be a very calming and grounding experience. However, installing a garden does not have to be an expensive endeavor...

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Skin Care Guide to Making yours Eco Friendly
Tuesday, 07 April 2015
Skin Care: Guide to Making yours Eco-Friendly Skin care products contribute to the thousands of chemicals washed down the drain. These disrupt aquatic ecosystems, seep into the soil, contaminate farms, and contribute to cancer and infertility among populations of marine life and wildlife...

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Natural Cooling
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Image Did you know that a significant portion of your energy bill is caused by your kitchen refrigerator system? It comes in right after your air conditioner expenses at 13.7%! Moreover, many of the fluorine gases—which account for 17% of the planet’s global warming impact—come from the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used in our modern refrigeration...

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Recycle Socks
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Recycle Socks Like most people, I have drawers of mismatched socks in every color and size. If you too have this problem, don’t worry…you need not wait around any longer for those long-lost socks to magically reappear. Instead, you can put those old socks to good use, and eliminate some of...

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Plant a Tree at Home
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Plant a Tree at Home Having trees around your house can reduce your utility bills by up to 12%! Trees shade your house on sunny days and block wind on stormy days saving you money on both your heating and cooling expenses. In addition, a mature tree can be valued at upwards of $10,000 and having trees around your property increases its value an average of 10%...

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Furniture Guide to Making Yours Eco Friendly
Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Furniture: Guide to Making Yours Eco-Friendly In order to make most furniture, companies need to use a great deal of energy and extract a lot of natural resources. The high carbon cost of transporting heavy, bulky items contributes directly to global warming, while the deforestation means a decrease in both carbon sinks and biodiversity. Eco-furniture minimizes the materials and...

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Homemade Banana Ice Cream
Thursday, 05 February 2015
Homemade Banana Ice Cream When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, many people vow to give up sweets, having overdosed on sugar during the holiday season. Luckily for ice cream lovers, there’s a healthier (and simple) option – ice cream made out of bananas! That’s right, just bananas – no sugar, dairy, or preservatives. For that reason, this one-ingredient dessert is perfect to serve amongst friends...

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Sun Jars
Tuesday, 09 December 2014
Sun Jars Sun jars make fabulous gifts for your loved ones, whether for this holiday season or throughout the year! The sun jar was first designed by Tobias Wong from the United Kingdom and sells for about thirty dollars, but you can make your own sun jar at home for much less depending on what items you have lying around your house! So, what is a sun jar? A sun jar stores...

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How to Make Homemade Toothpaste
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
How to Make Homemade Toothpaste Humans have been practicing some form of oral hygiene dating as far back as 5000 BC. The oldest known toothpaste formula was created and used by the ancient Egyptians and consisted of crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flowers, and pepper. In the late 1700s (AD that is!), some humans scrubbed their teeth with a powder made from burnt bread...

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Pumpkin Uses
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Pumpkin Uses Of the whopping 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin produced each year in the United States, 99% are used to make Jack-O-Lanterns. Although carving pumpkins might seem like a quaint, harmless tradition, the reality is that Halloween pumpkins are grown in a chemically intensive manner. Numerous...

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Green Halloween
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Green Halloween Halloween is one of the most popular, and at the same time, most wasteful holidays in the world. All the waste generated on this spooktacular day is quite scary for Mother Nature indeed. Looking for a great time while being conscious of our environmental health? Well, read on!...

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Replace Your Heating Filter
Thursday, 16 October 2014
Replace Your Heating Filter Heating filters function to keep both the air emitted and your heater's components clean. If the filter is dirty, the effectiveness of your heater can be significantly reduced. Doing just a little maintenance every month or two can go a long way both environmentally and economically...

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How to Make Popsicles
Thursday, 09 October 2014
How to Make Popsicles Back in 2008, the backlash against high fructose corn syrup was getting so large that the Corn Refiners Association decided to fight back. Their ammo was a television commercial displaying a couple sharing a Popsicle. When the man voices his concern that the popsicle contains high fructose corn syrup, the woman reassures him that high fructose corn syrup...

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Make Your Own Eco Friendly Cosmetic Supplies
Thursday, 02 October 2014
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Cosmetic Supplies From their contents to packaging, cosmetics have quite an impact on the environment. Many cosmetic products also contain ingredients that are made of synthetic chemicals, some which are known to be carcinogenic and hormone disrupting. In fact, one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are harmful...

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From Seed to Plate
Thursday, 25 September 2014
From Seed to Plate There are more than 70 readily available herbs North Americans can grow, and the best part about growing them is that you can do it from the comfort of your home. This keeps herbs close at hand when you’re cooking, reduces the need to spend time kneeling over the garden bed...

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Indoor Plants Guide to Greening Your Plant Care
Thursday, 21 August 2014
 Indoor Plants: Guide to Greening Your Plant Care Grey water (used water) is okay to use for plants and it reduces water waste a ton. However, there are a few exceptions: Experts advise not to use grey water on seedlings, use once the plant is established and less sensitive. Also, avoid using it on root plants that are eaten raw, such as carrots. And, since used water often...

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9 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings
Thursday, 17 July 2014
9 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings Whether you've got seedlings you've nurtured yourself, or ones that you've bought from the local nursery, those plants need a helping hand in order to grow well outdoors. Here's 9 steps, from fix.com, to take to harden off your vulnerable vegetables, fruits, and flowers...

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How to Naturally Lighten Your Hair
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
How to Naturally Lighten Your Hair My naturally blonde hair had become considerably darker by the end of middle school, and I was not having any of it. First, I had my mom give me highlights with one of the L’Oreal do-it-yourself boxes. Big mistake. The dye turned my hair a bright orange just in time for my eighth...

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How to Become a Bicycling Commuter
Thursday, 03 July 2014
How to Become a Bicycling Commuter! Tired of spending a small fortune at the gas pump? Hate rush hour traffic? Want to get into shape? If one or more of these things describes you, then you might want to consider commuting by bicycle to work. In addition to saving money, time, and traffic angst, cycling is greenhouse gas emissions free, leaving you with a clean conscience and...

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Recycling Project
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Recycling Project Interested in a recycling project with a great community-focused result? How about making a cob bench out of used plastic bottles! I live in cooperative housing on my University’s campus, where students live and learn together to promote sustainable living. Our on-campus sister community known as the “Domes,” recently garnered community...

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Makeup Remover DIY
Tuesday, 06 May 2014
Makeup Remover DIY Raccoon eyes and irritated skin – these were my results whenever I used conventional makeup removers. In fact, I so much disliked using removers that I would sometimes go to sleep with my makeup still on. Come morning, my eyelashes would be stuck together with mascara and my pores would...

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Homemade Body Scrub
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Homemade Body Scrub In keeping with my 2014 New Year’s Resolution to transition all of my body products to products I can either make myself or at least understand the ingredients of, my latest challenge was making an all-natural face and body scrub. Everyone’s skin reacts differently...

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Alternative Fuel Vehicles Guide
Thursday, 03 April 2014
Alternative Fuel Vehicles Guide The personal vehicle revolutionized transportation, but it was a step in the wrong direction for environmental stewardship. Today, more than half a billion cars travel on roads worldwide and the number is expected to double within the next twenty years. With the average car releasing more than six tons of CO2 annually, transportation is a...

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Fix Your Leaky Faucet
Thursday, 27 March 2014
Fix Your Leaky Faucet! Freshwater ecosystems are the most diverse ecosystems (around 12% of all animal species live in fresh water), yet they are also the most threatened. On top of that, with dwindling water supplies, imagine how many other animals in nature will have to compete with humans for access to freshwater! As water supplies continue to dwindle...

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Make Your Own Eco Friendly Soap
Thursday, 20 March 2014
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Soap Despite all of the safety claims regarding industrial soap, no one really knows what effect the myriad of chemicals will have on the environment. One study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that about 75% of the main chemicals in antibacterial soap are passed through wastewater filtering to be later used to detailed...

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A Smart Guide to Plastics
Thursday, 06 March 2014
A Smart Guide to Plastics Plastic is everywhere. It is widely used to store our everyday use of foods and beverages. As we may have become accustomed to the convenience, durability, and accessibility of plastic, it is important to use it responsibly. Most plastic products are made from petroleum (a non-renewable resource) and create a large volume of waste in our...

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MPG Calculator
Thursday, 13 February 2014
MPG Calculator Fuel economy has become the main mantra of car buying, due in part by rising gas prices as well as a greater awareness for the environment. Even if the thought of saving endangered species does not drive the need for reducing fossil fuel consumption, certainly the price is a formidable driving force. So if you are a new car buyer or perhaps someone willing to maximize their miles per tank, knowing some tips and tricks certainly...

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Make Your Own Rugs
Tuesday, 04 February 2014
Make Your Own Rugs Why make rugs when you can buy them? Because it's easy and fun! The concept of rug making perhaps spans as far back as the earliest of civilizations, where early hominids made use of animal hides to create sleeping and walking surfaces in cave-like shelters. Of course, early civilizations also started becoming very creative with their rugs with designed rugs being found more than 4000 years ago in Mesopotamia and Egypt...

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Try Carsharing
Thursday, 30 January 2014
Try Car-Sharing Carsharing is a very practical option for those who do not use their cars on a daily basis. Members of car share organizations can use the cars simply by making a reservation online or on the phone. The cars can be rented at a daily or an hourly rate. Insurance, gas, and maintenance are all included in the fee. Car shares offer a variety...

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Programmable Thermostats
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Programmable Thermostats If you've got a manual thermostat, it's the time to switch to a programmable thermostat. This simple technology can make a huge impact in your life. Once you install it, you won't know how you lived without it. They're great for the environment, save you time and effort, and can lower your electricity bill...

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Life Cycle Costing
Thursday, 02 January 2014
Life Cycle Costing Have you ever thought about all of the materials mined to make the computer you are using right now? How about how many miles the computer traveled before ending up in your local electronics store, or perhaps delivered to your front door? Or what will happen when you get a new computer...

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Water Heater Guide to Going Tankless
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Water Heater: Guide to Going Tankless! You may not have heard of them before, but tankless water heaters are the most common type of water heater in Europe and Asia. By contrast, in the US, the most common type of water heater is the storage tank water heater. Although they are still quite rare, tankless water heaters are slowly gaining popularity in the US. Why? It's because...

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Green Dog Supplies
Thursday, 26 December 2013
Green Dog Supplies Dogs don't care about how much money you spend on their favorite bed or toy. They just want to eat, sleep, poop, play, and be loved! You can go to a pet store and spend hundreds of dollars on supplies for your new pup, or you can make many of them for free in a matter of...

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Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Switch to Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb A compact fluorescent light bulb is an energy efficient alternative for your conventional incandescent bulb. Unlike the conventional incandescent bulb, CFL bulbs make use of a more efficient energy transfer mechanism to produce the same amount of light for less energy. Instead of passing a current through a highly resistive filament...

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Insulate Your Home
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Insulate Your Home! Whether it's winter or summer, you want your home to retain as much heat or cool air, respectively, as possible, so you can comfortably stay at a nice temperature without having to blast your heater or air conditioner. When you insulate your home, you can do just that...

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Use Eco Friendly Paints
Tuesday, 03 December 2013
Use Eco-Friendly Paints It may be a surprise that a widely used substance such as paint, whether it be for interior or exterior use, can pose a threat to human health and the environment. The culprit: conventional paints containing high levels of volatile organic compounds. VOCs are carbon-based organic chemical compounds that have high enough vapor pressures under...

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Receipts
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Receipts The common question “would you like your receipt?” has become much more complicated in these past years. In the past, whether the answer was yes or no, the cashier would print out the receipt and either give it to the customer or throw it away. Now, as the world has become more aware of the negative effects of printed paper receipts on the planet and our...

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How to Make Your Own Lip Balm
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
How to Make Your Own Lip Balm Recently, I have read more and more articles questioning the safety of mainstream beauty products, such as lip balm. I found the list of toxins in these (often expensive) products to be slightly terrifying and decided to take matters into my own hands! This guide includes a recipe and instructions for a non-toxic, eco-friendly lip balm...

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Trading Books
Thursday, 07 November 2013
Trading Books Libraries are great, but sometimes you may want to keep a book, or write in it, or find an obscure book your library does not have. Or perhaps you do not live near a big library. Buying new books can be fun, but sometimes you just want to read a book and then read another and another, without amassing a huge collection. Trading books gives...

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Make Your Own Compost
Thursday, 31 October 2013
Make Your Own Compost All organic matter will naturally decompose in the presence of plants and its nutrients will be returned to the earth. Composting accelerates the speed at which decomposition occurs. It is the environmentally preferred alternative to landfilling or incinerating organic waste. You can start a compost pile in your backyard or you can...

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Set Up a Home Recycling Station
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Set Up a Home Recycling Station A home recycling station is a sorting system for recyclables. Even though recycling is one of the easiest things to do, at times we neglect to do it simply out of sheer laziness. When it's convenient we have little trouble putting recyclables in the designated container. By setting up your own recycling station, you will make it more...

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Get a Home Energy Audit
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Get a Home Energy Audit A greater national conscience is growing about the idea of green and renewable energies, and in turn this growing culture of environmental awareness is also fostering a more quantitative approach towards energy savings and conservation. A home energy audit is an evaluation performed on homes to determine areas where energy can be used more efficiently...

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Make Your Own Eco Friendly Household Cleaners
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Household Cleaners Chemically infused cleaning products have an undeserved reputation of immaculate cleanliness. The truth is these products that are intended to rid our homes of germs, may be perpetuating the very thing we are trying to avoid - illness. The chemicals found in conventional cleaners contribute to indoor air pollution, which can have detrimental...

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Make Your Own Birdfeeder
Thursday, 05 September 2013
Make Your Own Birdfeeder Having a birdfeeder will allow you to observe many different kinds of birds in close proximity. You'll be able to recognize certain species in no time, and bird watching is a relaxingly fun activity! In times of food scarcity you may be a bird's only source of sustenance thus helping maintain the population of the winged community in... guide/birdfeeder.jpg Make Your Own Birdfeeder

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Buy a Reusable Water Bottle
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Buy a Reusable Water Bottle People often cite convenience, health concerns, and safety as reasons to drink bottled water. However, recent studies suggest that bottled water is no safer or healthier than tap water. In fact, bottles that are packaged as “purified” or “drinking water” most likely came from a municipal water system. With a reusable water bottle you don't have to sacrifice the...

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Grafting Guide
Thursday, 22 August 2013
Grafting Guide Do you ever dream about plump heirloom tomatoes and juicy apples? I’m always so ambitious in my fruit and vegetable plans, but my plants often fall to disease or are just too much work for the amount of food I get from them. When I talked to some farming friends about my gardening woes, they asked if I had ever tried grafting. Grafting—what a revelation...

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Seed Bombs
Tuesday, 02 July 2013
Seed Bombs Flower seed bombs—or balls—are a way to add greenery, life, and food to places that are neglected or rundown. They will work anywhere that has dirt and access to sun and rain. Seed bombs are easy to make and do not need to be buried or watered—the seeds will self-germinate in the right conditions. They can be thrown into landfill sites or unused empty...

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How to Build a Solar Toy Car
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
How to Build a Solar Toy Car Solar energy can be used to power more than just your home. Solar ovens are a great way to slow-cook cookies or nachos, solar cars can help you get around, solar batteries can charge your phone, and solar fans can keep you cool. In this guide I will show you how to build a solar toy...

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Greening the Office
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Greening the Office Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about all of the ways that your office could be greened… properly labeled recycling bins, a composting system, a car sharing program, and an office environment that encourages energy conservation? If so, it’s time to start a Green Office Team...

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Map Projects
Wednesday, 02 January 2013
Map Projects A sad side effect of the rise of GPS is the growing obsolescence of maps. But it’s so hard to just give up those maps. With all of their colors and the sense of perspective they give, I miss maps. Those turn-by-turn directions just don’t cut it for me in comparison to the visual appeal of an old map...

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DIY Reupholster
Thursday, 13 December 2012
 DIY Reupholster Got a tear in that beloved couch you’ve had since college? Need a new easy chair, but only have enough money to buy one from the thrift store? Reupholstering furniture is a great eco-friendly way to do your part to reduce, reuse and recycle! Plus, you can preserve memories and ease the...

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Green College Student
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Green College Student It’s just another day as a University student. You struggle to get out of bed after a long night of studying just to put some more knowledge in your head. The life of a college student is hard and stressful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also strive for environmental sustainability...

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Green Furniture
Tuesday, 04 December 2012
Green Furniture Whether you are moving into a brand new home or you are looking to transform your current home, furniture is an investment that should last you a long time. The purchases you make not only add style to your house but also reflect your personality, personal preferences, and values—whether...

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High Efficiency Heating
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
High Efficiency Heating Cold days are upon us as autumn sets in. Are you wondering whether you can weather another winter of high heating costs? Is it time for a new furnace? In most homes, heating is the largest energy expense—it accounts for 35-50% of annual energy bills in the colder parts of the United States...

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Green Halloween
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Green Halloween Ding-Dong! Trick or treat! It’s the time of year when kids of all ages dress up and explore their creativity, while being rewarded with goodies. Although many people choose to order expensive costumes that will only be worn once, there are ways to reuse and “up-cycle” everyday clothing...

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Fuel Octane
Thursday, 09 August 2012
Fuel Octane In an automotive and performance driven world of horse powers and high octane, it is not usual to associate higher numbers with a good thing. Sure enough, there are signs of this evolution with the gradual increases in performance figures of consumer vehicles to match even that...

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Reuse Books
Thursday, 02 August 2012
Reuse Books As an avid reader, I don’t necessarily mind having an apartment overflowing with books. However, I’ve also read enough books to know that not all of them are worth keeping (in their original form, at least). I’ve been experimenting with new ways to salvage books. Here are a few...

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EV Charging Station
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
EV Charging Station Are you looking to find tax rebates for electric vehicle charging stations? The rise of gasoline prices and the call for more environmentally sound technologies for automobiles have ushered in a widespread electric car movement in the recent years. In an effort to boost consumer purchases...

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Foodscape
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Foodscape How about foodscaping your lawn?! Turfgrass (lawn) now covers 1.9 percent of land in the continental United States, making it the most common irrigated crop in the country! Unfortunately, the lawn’s iconic place in our country’s suburban landscape does not do much to benefit...

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Precautionary Principle
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Precautionary Principle The phrase precautionary principle gets thrown around quite a bit these days, but have you ever thought about what it really means? The term “precautionary principle” comes from the German term “Vorsorgeprinzip,” which literally means “foresight principle.” The term was...

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Wood Project Ideas
Thursday, 31 May 2012
Wood Project Ideas Re-using discarded materials is an easy way to give back to the environment. But sometimes it can be difficult to come up with ways to re-use old products. Let’s talk about wooden pallets—the things used to ship and store most products sold around the world! We’ve all seen them languishing...

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On Bill Financing
Thursday, 17 May 2012
On-Bill Financing Investing in energy efficiency projects is good for everyone. Unfortunately, high upfront costs have historically prevented large entities and low-income customers from addressing energy inefficiencies. One innovative new workaround is something called on-bill financing. In this model...

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Power Your Home with Solar Panels
Monday, 14 May 2012
Power Your Home with Solar Panels! Today, innovations in both technology and financing are making it increasingly easy for you to install solar panels on your home. Essentially, as long as you have a sunny roof, and live in a state that believes in solar politically, you can install solar today. Not only can you reduce...

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Power Your Home with Solar Panels
Monday, 14 May 2012
Power Your Home with Solar Panels! Today, innovations in both technology and financing are making it increasingly easy for you to install solar panels on your home. Essentially, as long as you have a sunny roof, and live in a state that believes in solar politically, you can install solar today. Not only can you reduce...

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Power Your Home with Solar Panels
Monday, 14 May 2012
Power Your Home with Solar Panels! Today, innovations in both technology and financing are making it increasingly easy for you to install solar panels on your home. Essentially, as long as you have a sunny roof, and live in a state that believes in solar politically, you can install solar today. Not only can you reduce...

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Stop Junk Mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2012
Stop Junk Mail Have you ever opened your mailbox only to see a pile of unwanted catalogs and just thrown it out in disgust? Ever realized later that your utility bill was in there as well? Or maybe a letter from your grandmother? Well, it’s time to stop getting what frustrates you, and start reading...

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Drink Organic Wine and Beer
Tuesday, 01 May 2012
Beer and Wine Why Sip Organic Beer and Wine? While we all enjoy our glass of wine or bottle of beer, the cultivation of the fruits and grains of our leisure can be quite harmful to the planet. Grapes are one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the United States. The heavy use of pesticides leads to...

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Bring Your Own Shopping Bag
Monday, 23 April 2012
Bring Your Own Shopping Bag Paper bags take up more space in the landfill and remove more trees from the planet, adding to deforestation problems. Plastic bags expend greater energy in their production and are derived from oil, i.e. they are a petroleum product. Biodegradable bags combine the worst of these...

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Bring Your Own Shopping Bag
Monday, 23 April 2012
Bring Your Own Shopping Bag Paper bags take up more space in the landfill and remove more trees from the planet, adding to deforestation problems. Plastic bags expend greater energy in their production and are derived from oil, i.e. they are a petroleum product. Biodegradable bags combine the worst of these...

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Community Supported Agriculture
Tuesday, 03 April 2012
Community Supported Agriculture Join a CSA! A community supported agriculture operation (CSA) is a local farm funded by community members. In return for their patronage, members receive a share of the farm's harvest - typically in the form of a weekly produce box. CSAs offer a convenient way to eat local, organic...

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Organic Foods vs Non Organic Foods
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Organic Foods vs. Non-Organic Foods Organic typically refers to foods that are grown with a respect for their surrounding environment. We could spend all day debating the technical differences in organic labeling (and we probably should), but that is for another day. The essence of organic is that plants are grown without...

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Join a Carpool
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Join a Carpool With gas prices constantly on the rise, carpooling is a great way to mitigate the costs. Find people in your area who have a commute similar to yours and start reaping the benefits! Carpooling enables you to save money, reduce CO2 emissions, and decrease traffic congestion. Having trouble...

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Join a Carpool
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Join a Carpool With gas prices constantly on the rise, carpooling is a great way to mitigate the costs. Find people in your area who have a commute similar to yours and start reaping the benefits! Carpooling enables you to save money, reduce CO2 emissions, and decrease traffic congestion. Having trouble...

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Reuse Newspaper
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Reuse Newspaper As the old saying goes: reduce, reuse, and recycle! And in that order too. Newspaper makes up the majority of the space in my recycling bin, and last week as I carried all that newspaper out to the recycling center, I realized that I should try to figure out a way to reuse...

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Waste Diversion
Thursday, 01 March 2012
Waste Diversion How about starting a waste diversion program at your work or school? Greeniacs recently published a guide to community recycling that provides a great overview of aspects to take into consideration when establishing a recycling program. This guide got many of our readers wanting...

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Wine Bottle Projects
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Wine Bottle Projects I love the green, blue, and white glass that wine bottles are made of. And after a bit of research, I found that there are loads of projects I can do to utilize wine bottles long after I’ve taken my last sip of their contents. Let’s start upcycling our wine bottles!

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Waste Audit
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Waste Audit A waste audit will ensure that your new waste management system is optimized for success, allowing it to be as efficient and as user-friendly as possible. With a well-oiled system in place, you will allow all the users of your building to participate and contribute to a greener..

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Bird Watching Guide
Thursday, 16 February 2012
Bird Watching Guide First, let’s establish that birds are awesome! Second, let’s establish that birding isn’t just for the retired folks anymore. You don’t have to be on the hunt for your lifelist to enjoy watching birds. With these simple tricks, you should have enough structure to head out...

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Energy Solutions
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Energy Solutions 25 Energy Saving Tips Under $25! With energy prices on the rise, heating your home and running your appliances are costing more than ever. As this list of the top 25 energy saving tips under $25 demonstrates, there are many ways to cut down on your energy costs and reduce...

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Make your Own iPod Case
Thursday, 09 February 2012
Make an iPod Case Why make a cover for your iPod, iPhone, or MP3 player? So it looks awesome! And there’s the whole not getting scratched thing. These days, everybody has one of those colored plastic iPhone covers. Why not find your inner creativity, be interesting, and make people think twice about...

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Make your Own iPod Case
Thursday, 09 February 2012
Make an iPod Case Why make a cover for your iPod, iPhone, or MP3 player? So it looks awesome! And there’s the whole not getting scratched thing. These days, everybody has one of those colored plastic iPhone covers. Why not find your inner creativity, be interesting, and make people think twice about...

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Home Energy Usage
Tuesday, 03 January 2012
Home Energy Usage The problem a lot of people have with trying to make their home or apartment more energy-efficient is that energy efficiency is deadly boring. As a municipal energy management consultant, I know how quickly eyes start to glaze over when I start talking about heating systems...

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Make a Vertical Garden
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Make a Vertical Garden Do you enjoy fresh herbs and greens but just lack the yard space to grow anything? I found myself in this position as a college student two years ago—a gravel front yard without any protection from stray animals or people, and a real desire to grow some food. While toying with...

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Reduce Plastic
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Reduce Plastic Plastic shopping bags and disposable water bottles are so 2008. Chances are, you've already given them up in favor of cloth bags and a stainless steel water bottle—if you haven't, what are you waiting for?! But, if your home looks anything like mine, you have a good deal of plastic products lying around. I brush my teeth with a plastic toothbrush...

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Make Candles at Home
Thursday, 03 November 2011
Make Candles at Home During a yoga class, at the dinner table, or in the bedroom, a burning candle always sets the right mood. A handcrafted candle sets an even better mood! This guide shows you how to make four different types of beeswax...

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Fix Laptops
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Fix Laptops Something is wrong with your laptop. It's slow. It crashes. It won't open your files. It's hot. The battery is broken. It's ugly. At this point, you'd rather fork over a grand for a new laptop than deal with this technological nightmare. Not so fast! Most laptop issues are fixable in an hour or two. And no, you don't have to be a computer science...

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Travel Souvenir
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Travel Souvenir In Machu Picchu, San Francisco, the Jersey Shore, and even in Jerusalem or Vatican City, there's that same stand of cheap, plastic souvenirs. Who would ever buy that sad snowglobe made in China, that harmonica with the name of the city printed on crookedly, or that $20 T-shirt that feels scratchy? I have a suspicion that we all do buy...

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Green Gym
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Green Gym We hit the gym to do our bodies good, but what about doing good for the environment? With their bright lights, plastic machines, and humming motors, most gyms aren't so ecofriendly. By joining a green gym and evaluating your personal gym habits, you'll feel even better about your workout...

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Second Hand Shopping
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Second Hand Shopping Looking for a solid-wood dresser, a beach read, or a baby's first playsuit? I know just the place… at a local yard sale or flea market you can score second hand goods for a fraction of department-store prices! In fact, Americans love buying used almost as much as we love buying new In fact, the United States is home to the world's longest yard sale...

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Roommate Living
Thursday, 04 August 2011
Image Whether you live with your family, best friends, acquaintances, or people from the classifieds, roommates can be difficult to get along with from time to time. I've shared tight spaces with a roomie who despised fans and open windows in the heat of summer, another who always left the kitchen compost open and smelling, then another who blasted music...

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Washing Your Car
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Washing Your Car Car washes can be so much fun, but they can also be a huge drain on the environment! In many American neighborhoods, soap suds, bikinis, sunshine, radio jingles, and dancing water hoses are a summertime tradition. But what we now know is that washing your car—either at home or at a commercial car wash—has significant environmental consequences. So...

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Green Boating
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Green Boating You don't have to rev up a motor to enjoy a day on the water. Paddle in a kayak or sail in the wind! Row your boat down the stream... and you won't have to renew that gym membership. All this being considered, that's not to say you should abandon your motor boat right away. Forsaken boats, which are becoming more commonplace during the economic...

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Ways to Keep Cool
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Ways to Keep Cool Air conditioners (ACs) are energy suckers. They use 16% of total home energy in the United States. In warm areas, AC units can account for up to 70% of electric bills during the summer months! This summer, challenge yourself to keep cool while minimizing your AC ...

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Beach Trip
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Beach Trip In the heat of summer, the beach is a shimmering paradise that few of us can resist. Once we finally get there—kicking off our flip-flops, running for the cool waves ahead—what we tend to forget is that this paradise is in no way eternal. Beaches are prone to pollution, erosion, and habitat loss. How we treat them matters. Before you hit the sand...

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Green Website
Thursday, 09 June 2011
Green Website You are thinking about creating your own website, so how do you make it sustainable? The internet runs on energy, lots of it, and most of this is nonrenewable energy. As you read this, your computer is accessing and processing data, your monitor is displaying that data to you, and some far-away server is hosting all the files that comprise this website...

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Green Credit Cards
Wednesday, 01 June 2011
Green Credit Cards Credit cards are flashy and plasticky. They're issued by megabanks. They stand in for dollar signs. They rarely appear in the same sentence as “conservation” or “Mother Earth.” However, it doesn't have to be that way. When your card supports the right products and causes, it can be even greener than your paper Benjamin...

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Building a Treehouse
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Building a Treehouse When we were children, treehouses enthralled us. Whether real or imagined, they were magical places that were hidden from chores, adults, and schoolwork. As adults, many of us still dream of a little escape from our grounded, fast-paced lifestyles. Some build a treehouse to reconnect with their children, and others build it to reconnect with themselves—to...

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Community Recycling
Monday, 23 May 2011
Community Recycling Whether you spend most of your time in an office environment, live in an apartment complex or condo association, or are concerned with how green your school is, there was never a better time to get involved and start up a recycling program for your community! This is a great way to bring the community together for a common goal, while...

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Use for Old Tires
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Use for Old Tires Old tires are easy to come by. The United States alone generates about 300 million scrap tires per year. That's about one tire for every resident! In 1990, only 17% of scrap tires were reused, retreaded, or recycled in the United States. Fortunately, that figure rose to over 80% in 2003. Today, about 45% of scrap tires are used as fuel, and about...

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Barbecuing
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Barbecuing Eating outside over an open flame, together—it is a simple pleasure that humans have shared for millennia. As the evenings grow longer and warmer, many of us will roll out our grills. But before we do, let's consider the environmental impacts of a barbecue. Not all traditional...

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Tire Home
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Tire Home Thinking about building your own “Earthship,” or since the Earthship is a trademarked product, I should say your own passive solar home made out of tires?! What you want is a completely self-sufficient structure, made from recycled and sustainable materials that will allow you to live “off the grid” as much as possible. Well, let’s build...

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Make a Picnic
Thursday, 05 May 2011
Make a Picnic To make a picnic is to share good food, good company, and sunshine, all during one beautiful afternoon, or even just an hour! As the days warm, many of us will soon plan our own picnics—big picnics with coworkers, loud picnics with family, and intimate picnics with a special someone. Unfortunately, a picnic can easily turn trashy. When garbage...

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Green Cooking
Tuesday, 03 May 2011
Green Cooking Ever hear that you shouldn't scratch your pan? Ever wonder why your grandmother's pan lasted for centuries, and why yours only lasted a few years? When it comes to cooking and baking tools, we have more options than the big-box stores would like us to know about. Let’s talk about Sustainable Cookware and Bakeware—how to properly use and clean your...

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Local Farmers Markets
Thursday, 28 April 2011
Local Farmers Markets A farmers market is often loud, crowded, and filled with an astonishing variety of fruits, veggies, and faces. All of that can intimidate a newbie. And there are a lot of newbies out there—sales by farmers to household consumers rose 49% from 2002 to 2007! Here are some tips on how to make your trip to the farmers market more manageable...

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College Activities
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
College Activities The environment isn't doing so well. Society needs to change. You are part of society. You know that you need to be the change. You're also a college student with about a zillion million other commitments. Yeah, sure, you want to be an activist, but where do you even begin? Here are some tips on How to Be a College Activist!

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Spring Cleaning
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Spring Cleaning The snow is melting, the ground is thawing, and the birds are singing with gusto—Spring is finally here! It is time to get into spring cleaning mode Let’s open up our cluttered closets and ask: Do I really need all this stuff? Then let's look ahead to next year's spring cleaning and make a resolution to always ask: Do I really need that new thing?...

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Green Recipes
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Green Smoothie Green Meals… You don't have to be vegan to eat sustainably! When people think of eating ‘green’ they usually think of eating only vegetables such as broccoli and brussel sprouts, which are not necessarily tasteless, but turn a large majority of the population off from eating healthier and greener. What most people do not realize is that you do not...

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Homemade Toothpaste
Thursday, 03 March 2011
Homemade Toothpaste Have you ever noticed how many chemicals are in your toothpaste? Before big toothpaste manufacturing existed, people used baking soda and salt to cleanse their teeth or even just pure water. Today there are many chemicals added to enhance taste and to make your mouth feel “fresh” and minty, or to make them whiter (allegedly…)! Fluoride compounds...

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Homemade Toothpaste
Thursday, 03 March 2011
Homemade Toothpaste Have you ever noticed how many chemicals are in your toothpaste? Before big toothpaste manufacturing existed, people used baking soda and salt to cleanse their teeth or even just pure water. Today there are many chemicals added to enhance taste and to make your mouth feel “fresh” and minty, or to make them whiter (allegedly…)! Fluoride compounds...

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Green Storage
Monday, 21 February 2011
een Storage Are your closets driving you crazy? Staying organized saves time and frustration, but did you think about how it could also help the environment. By knowing what you have and where you have it, you won't buy the same stuff twice, thus conserving natural resources. By getting your belongings off the floor and into storage, you'll save space...

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Natural Deodorants
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Natural Deodorants Have you heard that antiperspirant deodorant is bad for you? This is certainly news to me! The bad components in antiperspirants are the aluminum compounds. There have been links to Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer from these aluminum compounds, which get into your body through the pores in your armpits. So what should we do about it? The best thing...

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Snow Removal
Thursday, 03 February 2011
Snow Removal Winter is the season of sledding, snow angels, snowmen, and little snowflakes that cling to knitted things. Unfortunately, it's also the season of slippery sidewalks, snowed-in vehicles, and icy frustrations. To make matters worse, the conventional tools of snow removal—namely, salt and snowblowers—harm the environment. Fortunately, there are some...

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Tree Identification
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Tree Identification Ten percent of all trees are threatened with extinction. Learning more about nature will inspire you to protect it. There's a difference between cutting down a tree and cutting down a pin oak tree, whose acorns you and your friends played with last autumn...

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Tree Identification
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Tree Identification Ten percent of all trees are threatened with extinction. Learning more about nature will inspire you to protect it. There's a difference between cutting down a tree and cutting down a pin oak tree, whose acorns you and your friends played with last autumn...

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Tree Identification
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Tree Identification Ten percent of all trees are threatened with extinction. Learning more about nature will inspire you to protect it. There's a difference between cutting down a tree and cutting down a pin oak tree, whose acorns you and your friends played with last autumn...

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Knitting Guide
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Knitting Guide Knitting — the process of turning Earth into the clothes on our backs—is one of the oldest crafts in the world. For many, it’s a meditation, an act that frees one to measure life in needle clinks rather than minutes. And like all forms of meditations, it brings us closer to ourselves and to the natural world around us. Unfortunately, this...

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Cycling Guide
Tuesday, 07 December 2010
Cycling Guide Cycling isn’t just for kids and spandex-clad athletes anymore. With more communities devoting dollars to bike-friendly infrastructure, bicycles are now a reliable mode of transportation for any Joe or Jane. That’s good news for Mother Nature! 72% of all car rides made in the United States are less than three miles in distance...

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Manual Washing Machine
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Manual Washing Machine Washing machines can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year to run depending on your washing machine type, whether or not you use hot, warm, or cold water, your energy company’s prices, water company’s prices, and the number of loads you run per week! Most significantly, roughly ninety percent of the energy used by washing machines...

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Manual Washing Machine
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Manual Washing Machine Washing machines can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars a year to run depending on your washing machine type, whether or not you use hot, warm, or cold water, your energy company’s prices, water company’s prices, and the number of loads you run per week! Most significantly, roughly ninety percent of the energy used by washing machines...

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Make a Speaker
Tuesday, 09 November 2010
Make a Speaker Are your earbuds and headphones just not cutting it anymore for you and your rock-outs? Instead of at least twenty bucks on a decent set of speakers, consider making your own using the materials you probably already have around your house. Read here to find a variety of ideas for constructing your own speakers that will use less energy than...

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Homemade Baby Food
Thursday, 07 October 2010
Homemade Baby Food Make your own organic baby food at home! Proper nutrition, eating habits, and palate are important at all stages of life. As adults, we have access to fresh food year round, farmers markets, local growers, organic food stores, and so on. However, every year parents in the United States spend up to $3.9 billion on processed baby foods. Many...

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How to Travel Green
Thursday, 30 September 2010
How to Travel Green Whether you visit faraway relatives, go on a business trip, or take a vacation, almost everyone needs to travel a long distance at least once in their life. Any sort of travel has an environmental impact, but you can take a few simple steps to help reduce the environmental impact of your travels. You’ll be helping the environment, your wallet...

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Toxic Household Chemicals
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Toxic Household Chemicals Your house could be filled with one of these six common household toxins—Radon, Ozone, Toxic Dust, Lead, Formaldehyde, and Asbestos—and you might not even realize that they’re there. Fortunately, you don’t have to just sit back and worry. Why not take action and make your home a little cleaner and environmentally friendly...

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Homemade Soap Recipes
Friday, 17 September 2010
Homemade Soap Recipes Despite all of the safety claims regarding industrial soap, no one really knows what effect the myriad of chemicals will have on the environment. One study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that about 75% of the main chemicals in antibacterial soap are passed through wastewater filtering to be later used to fertilize...

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MP3 Accessories
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
MP3 Accessories Why Make a Cover for Your Cell Phone, iPod, or MP3 Player? Reusing old clothing fabric or plastic bottles to make a cover for your MP3 player or phone may seem more like an arts and crafts project than an environmentally friendly action, but it can be quite helpful for the planet. Making your own cover instead purchasing one saves resources...

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MP3 Accessories
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
MP3 Accessories Why Make a Cover for Your Cell Phone, iPod, or MP3 Player? Reusing old clothing fabric or plastic bottles to make a cover for your MP3 player or phone may seem more like an arts and crafts project than an environmentally friendly action, but it can be quite helpful for the planet. Making your own cover instead purchasing one saves resources...

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How to Start a Farmers Market
Thursday, 26 August 2010
How to Start a Farmers Market Going to the farmers market is a fun and exciting way to shop for fresh and healthy foods. You get to personally talk to farmers, try a lot more varieties of fruits and vegetables than your typical grocery store carries, and more directly support the local economy. Plus, you lower your carbon footprint by eating locally and reducing your food miles!...

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How to Start a Farmers Market
Thursday, 26 August 2010
How to Start a Farmers Market Going to the farmers market is a fun and exciting way to shop for fresh and healthy foods. You get to personally talk to farmers, try a lot more varieties of fruits and vegetables than your typical grocery store carries, and more directly support the local economy. Plus, you lower your carbon footprint by eating locally and reducing your food miles!...

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How to Start a Farmers Market
Thursday, 26 August 2010
How to Start a Farmers Market Going to the farmers market is a fun and exciting way to shop for fresh and healthy foods. You get to personally talk to farmers, try a lot more varieties of fruits and vegetables than your typical grocery store carries, and more directly support the local economy. Plus, you lower your carbon footprint by eating locally and reducing your food miles!...

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Can Your Own Food
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Can Your Own Food Canning food at home is a way to preserve nutritious, wholesome food without harmful amounts of preservatives, additives, and chemicals found in commercially canned food. Home canned food can sometimes be even more nutritious than produce bought at the grocery store. That's because fruits and vegetables continually lose nutrients after they...

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Paper Making
Tuesday, 03 August 2010
Paper Making The papermaking industry in the United States has been deemed one of the worst air, land, and water polluters in the country. The process introduces around 212 million tons of hazardous substances into air and water supplies. Well-known dangerous toxins like organochlorines, toluene, methanol, formaldehyde, and hydrochloric acid are among those substances that the...

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Dry Your Clothes on a Clothesline
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Dry Your Clothes on a Clothesline Living in the age of iPods, hybrid vehicles, and high-speed wireless internet, many people find the idea of hang-drying clothes ludicrous. With all the technology available, including high efficiency dryers, why would one even fancy the idea of using a clothesline? Don't be so quick to dismiss the ancient apparatus. By using a clothesline...

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Reuse Your Grey Water
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Reuse Your Grey Water Why bother reusing water when it is so abundant? Despite the fact that the earth consists of 70% water, only 2.5% of it is freshwater and only 0.3% of that freshwater is readily available to us. According to UNESCO, by 2050 it is probable that 1 in 4 people will live in a country that experiences freshwater shortages. In the U.S. alone...

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Make Your Own Hair Care Products
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Make Your Own Hair Care Products! Hair products, like most cosmetic products, contain hundreds of chemicals that can pose a threat to your health and the environment. Many of the ingredients and chemicals found in these products are made from petrochemicals (originating from crude oil). The chemicals run into our waterways, absorb in our skin, and add to our landfills...

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Eco Friendly Footwear
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Eco-Friendly Footwear With fashion trends forever in flux, the shoe industry is booming and the life expectancy of shoes is shriveling. In the span of fourteen years, worldwide shoe production increased 70 percent, reaching 17 billion in 2004. Many of these shoes end up finding a home in landfills when their trendiness expires. In the UK, 100 million pairs of shoes...

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Reuse Your Grey Water
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Reuse Your Grey Water Why bother reusing water when it is so abundant? Despite the fact that the earth consists of 70% water, only 2.5% of it is freshwater and only 0.3% of that freshwater is readily available to us. According to UNESCO, by 2050 it is probable that 1 in 4 people will live in a country that experiences freshwater shortages. In the U.S. alone...

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Solar Powered Fan
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Solar Powered Fan Making a solar powered fan is one of the easiest and simplest solar projects out there. Solar powered fans are also very portable and useful items, especially during the summer. Here’s your guide to building your own solar powered fan! A solar powered fan is a great way to keep you cool wherever there’s a lot of light. Air conditioning can consume...

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Solar Powered Fan
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Solar Powered Fan Making a solar powered fan is one of the easiest and simplest solar projects out there. Solar powered fans are also very portable and useful items, especially during the summer. Here’s your guide to building your own solar powered fan! A solar powered fan is a great way to keep you cool wherever there’s a lot of light. Air conditioning can consume...

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Make Your Own Purse
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Make Your Own Purse Every year, 500 billion new plastic bags are consumed around the world. On average, that means a million bags are used every minute. Unfortunately, only 1%-3% of that amount actually gets recycled, meaning most of that plastic goes right into landfills or into the environment.You could help fight this terrible plastic-filled landfill trend...

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Electric Motorcycle Conversion
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Electric Motorcycle Conversion Few, if any, electric vehicles sold today can ride on the road, but you could be one of the first people on your block to get one! How? You can actually convert your own gas-powered motorcycle to an electric vehicle! It’s certainly an involved project, but if you’re up to the task, it’s worth the rewards. Here’s a guide to converting your existing gas-powered motorcycle to an electric-powered bike!

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Toilet Lid Sink
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Toilet Lid Sink Here’s a guide to building a toilet lid sink! Before the water gets used for flushing the toilet, why not use the water to wash your hands? By installing a sink on top of your toilet, you can create a mini-wastewater system to flush your toilet with the water that goes down the sink drain. Even better, it has benefits for the environment...

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How to Build Your Own Greenhouse
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
  A lot of gardeners own a greenhouse because they’re great for their plants. Of course, not everyone can afford the big greenhouses that professionals maintain. For the novice or amateur gardener with only a few rows of plants, try building your own mini-greenhouse! It’s good for your plants, good for the environment, and good for your wallet. A lot of gardeners own a greenhouse because they’re great for their plants. Of course, not everyone can afford the big greenhouses that professionals maintain. For the novice or amateur gardener with only a few rows of plants, try building your own mini-greenhouse! It’s good for your plants, good for the environment, and good for...

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Rainwater Catchment
Monday, 05 April 2010
Rainwater Catchment If you love gardens but hate gardening, there’s a perfect solution for you. And, it also happens to be very eco-friendly. What is this magical solution? It’s a rainwater catchment planter, or a self-watering plant container that harvests rainwater and uses it to water your plants. It works using a combination of gravity, toilet valves, and...

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Bicycle Generators
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Bicycle Generators Using a stationary bike is good exercise, but wouldn’t it be much cooler if you made it generate free electricity for you? Converting your old bike into a bicycle generator is great for the environment, beneficial for your health, and protects your peace of mind.

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Healthy Eating
Friday, 18 December 2009
Healthy Eating Eating seasonally is a simple and delicious way to help the environment and your health. How do you do it? Remember which foods are in season, check the labels to make sure the food you're buying is from a relatively similar region, then buy and enjoy your food. As simple as it is, it's got a lot of benefits: it helps the environment, it's...

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Toilet Plumbing
Monday, 14 December 2009
Toilet Plumbing Did you know that on average, 20% of toilets leak? Even if you don't hear a leak, that doesn't mean your toilet isn't leaking. Silent toilet leaks can waste up to 500 gallons a day. Why not check out your toilet to make sure that it's working properly? It's good for the environment, your wallet, and your sanity...

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Green Investing Guide
Thursday, 03 December 2009
Green Investing Guide You might be doing all the right environmental actions through volunteering, consumer choices, and eco-friendly habits. But what are you doing with all the money you've saved up? A great way to be pro-actively environmentalist with your money is to invest it with green businesses...

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Green Investing Guide
Thursday, 03 December 2009
Green Investing Guide You might be doing all the right environmental actions through volunteering, consumer choices, and eco-friendly habits. But what are you doing with all the money you've saved up? A great way to be pro-actively environmentalist with your money is to invest it with green businesses...

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Winter Homes
Friday, 23 October 2009
Winter Homes As the days become shorter and the nights become colder, we know that winter is near. Depending on what part of the country you live, the winter months may also be the most expensive time of year. Heating and cooling systems account for almost half of the total annual cost of home utility bills, and during the colder months, a large...

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Wind Farms Start One of Your Own
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wind Farms: Start One of Your Own! Right now, wind energy is the fastest growing energy resource in the world. Wind energy is quickly becoming so affordable and accessible that you could start your own wind farm. That thought may have never crossed your mind... However, if you own land in a windy, rural area, there's a good chance that your land could be generating a lot...

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Laundry Make it Eco Friendly
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Laundry: Make it Eco-Friendly! To ensure that you are getting the most out of each wash, start by only doing laundry when you have enough clothes to make a full load. Put very simply, if each time you did laundry you only did half loads, you would essentially be using double the amount of energy and water. That means that you and the environment will always be paying...

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Beekeeping at Home Your Introductory Guide
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Beekeeping at Home: Your Introductory Guide Honeybees are a crucial part of our natural world. Not only do they produce honey and beeswax, but also they are responsible for the pollination of thousands of cash crops and various other species of plants. Sadly, bee populations are on the decline. According to an article in the New York Times, “The bee losses are ranging from 30...

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Lawns Guide to Making Yours Eco Friendly
Monday, 10 August 2009
Lawns: Guide to Making Yours Eco-Friendly For whatever reason, lawns have long been a staple of American suburban life. Lawns cover about 40.5 million acres of the country. We spend about $30 billion maintaining lawns every year. 30-60% of residential water bills are because of our lawns. We use 3 million tons of fertilizer and over 30 thousand tons of synthetic pesticides eac...

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Build Your Own Air Conditioner
Sunday, 02 August 2009
Build Your Own Air Conditioner Yes, you can build your own air conditioner that is eco-friendly and wallet-friendly! I would like to thank my good friend Black Khachatoorian, who is the sole genius behind this creation. He allowed me access to 100% of his design, techniques, and list of materials, so that I could share his handiwork in an effort to decrease national energy...

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Build Your Own Air Conditioner
Sunday, 02 August 2009
Build Your Own Air Conditioner Yes, you can build your own air conditioner that is eco-friendly and wallet-friendly! I would like to thank my good friend Black Khachatoorian, who is the sole genius behind this creation. He allowed me access to 100% of his design, techniques, and list of materials, so that I could share his handiwork in an effort to decrease national energy...

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Barbeques Build Yours Solar Powered
Monday, 27 July 2009
 Barbeques: Build Yours Solar Powered! During the warmest seasons of the year you will be able to cook your food with zero excess green house gas emissions. And when the summer months come around, you will be grateful that your BBQ will still host delicious summer-time cook outs, without contributing to an even hotter summer next year. For those of you who live in climates...

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Heartworm Prevention A Guide to the Natural Approach
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Heartworm Prevention: A Guide to the Natural Approach Mosquito season is never an enjoyable time of the year. If you are a pet owner, mosquitoes pose more of a problem than just their itchy bites. Mosquitoes can carry heartworm, a parasitic worm that can infect your dog or cat. An infected mosquito that bites your pet can transfer the larvae to the animal’s tissues. The larvae will then travel...

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Chairs Guide to Making Them From Plastic Barrels
Monday, 13 July 2009
Chairs: Guide to Making Them From Plastic Barrels If life gives you a large plastic barrel, why not make a chair? A chair made out of a plastic bucket may not sound that appealing, but if you have the right equipment to shape and mold the bucket in a certain way, it can look great and feel nice. It has arm rests, back support, and the capacity to hold a lot of weight. Plus, you'll...

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Solar Panels Guide to Building Your Own
Wednesday, 08 July 2009
Solar Panels: Guide to Building Your Own! Solar energy is one of the best ways to reduce your impact on the environment. However, not everyone wants to make the commitment or pay the high cost of the larger, pre-built solar panels. Fortunately, you can actually build your own small solar panel, which will help the environment, your wallet, and your brain...

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Flea Control A Guide to Controlling These Buggers Naturally
Tuesday, 07 July 2009
Flea Control: A Guide to Controlling These Buggers Naturally! Tis’ the season for fleas! The warmer months of the year can be a bittersweet time if you have pets. As much as you and your pet may love the longer, warmer days outside, it often comes with some discomfort. Fleas love the spring and summer and their abundance during the warmer months may cause a lot of itching and stress. They thrive...

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Recycling 101
Monday, 15 June 2009
Recycling 101 The amount of waste our country produces is outstanding. We are accumulating, on average, 2 to 5 lbs of waste per person per day. Fortunately, recycling is on the rise. Our country recycles 32% of its waste, compared to only 5% in 1970. At this point, our country harbors 9,700 curbside recycling programs and about 12,000 drop-off centers...

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Pet Care Make it Eco Friendly
Monday, 15 June 2009
Pet Care: Make it Eco-Friendly Taking a more eco-friendly approach to the world does not have to stop at you. If you are a pet owner, there are several steps that you can take to help reduce your pets’ carbon footprint and make their experience in the world a little greener. The Humane Society of the United States predicts that there are 74.8 million owned dogs and 88.3...

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Eco Friendly Marathons
Monday, 15 June 2009
Marathons: Guide to Making Them and Other Races Eco-Friendly! Marathons are one of the most strenuous events known to man, and not just for the runner who must speed—or trudge, depending—through 26 miles on foot, but also for the event staff. Think about what it takes to put on a race: first, tons of volunteers filled with alacrity for handing out water or sports drink constantly; event tents to...

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How to Build a Composting Toilet
Monday, 15 June 2009
How to Build a Composting Toilet Many environmentalists and nature enthusiasts dream of having zero-waste systems. A zero-waste system is exactly what it sounds like: a system in which every material is useful, and nothing at all is thrown away. Starting in the 1970s, with the advent of composting toilets, people began to realize that even human waste need not be regarded...

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How to Become a Locavore
Monday, 15 June 2009
How to Become a Locavore If you want your diet to reflect your environmentalist ideals, becoming a locavore is one great way to do it! A locavore is a person who tries to eat only locally grown foods. However, there is no strict definition of what “local” means, so you have the opportunity to develop a definition of what you consider to be local for yourself. Many...

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How to Become a Locavore
Monday, 15 June 2009
How to Become a Locavore If you want your diet to reflect your environmentalist ideals, becoming a locavore is one great way to do it! A locavore is a person who tries to eat only locally grown foods. However, there is no strict definition of what “local” means, so you have the opportunity to develop a definition of what you consider to be local for yourself. Many...

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Camping Make it an Even Greener Experience
Wednesday, 03 June 2009
Camping: Make it an Even Greener Experience! Our parks, forests, beaches, and protected wilderness areas are national treasures for us to enjoy. Henry David Thoreau once said, “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” Spending time outdoors is a unique way to support and savor our pristine natural areas. However, during camping season, the great outdoors can suffer from a...

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Childrens Eco Birthday Party Guide
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Children’s Birthday Party: Guide to Making it Eco-Friendly! Everyone likes a good party, but everyone likes a party more if its eco-friendly. Unless, of course, you are a child, then you probably just like parties regardless of their carbon footprint. If you have a little one of your own you are entirely aware that parties are a kind of crowning social achievement, so obviously they must be...

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Outdoor Gardening Guide to Greening Your Plant Care
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Outdoor Gardening: Guide to Greening Your Plant Care Gardens can make any yard both beautiful and intricate while providing you with a healthy, outdoor hobby. But just because you're growing your own vegetables doesn't mean your being environmentally-friendly about it. Implementing used water, homemade compost, and native plants can make your backyard a healthful place with a kick of...

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Make Green Pet Food
Friday, 30 January 2009
Pet Food: Make it at Home and Make it Green! Many people have switched their daily diets to include natural or organic products. This trend can translate to your furry friends as well! Feeding your pet a natural or organic diet has countless benefits but can tend to get expensive once you discover all of the delicious options available now at stores. A good solution to...

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Make Your Own NonToxic Pesticides
Monday, 17 November 2008
Make Your Own Non-Toxic Pesticides Non-toxic pesticides may sound like an oxymoron, but they are becoming more and more popular, as seen in the boom of organic foods. Although most pesticides, by definition, must be toxic to the targeted pests, non-toxic pesticides minimize the effect that the pesticide has on the rest of the environment. Non-toxic pesticides have benefits...

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How to Conserve Water in Your Kitchen
Friday, 31 October 2008
How to Conserve Water in Your Kitchen In 2003 the United Nations reported that over half of the global population would live without enough water, and five years later in 2008 some of this prediction proved to be true. Indian farmers were lacking ample groundwater to grow their crops and East Africa experienced battles due to insufficient water supplies. Whether you are a...

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How to Build a Solar Oven
Friday, 31 October 2008
How to Build a Solar Oven If you like the idea of a cob oven, but aren't willing to make such a large commitment to natural cooking, solar ovens are the way to go! Building a solar oven is a simple and cheap way to help save the environment. While many people like to use solar cookers on the road when they don't have access to electricity, you can actually use the...

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How to Build a Solar Oven
Friday, 31 October 2008
How to Build a Solar Oven If you like the idea of a cob oven, but aren't willing to make such a large commitment to natural cooking, solar ovens are the way to go! Building a solar oven is a simple and cheap way to help save the environment. While many people like to use solar cookers on the road when they don't have access to electricity, you can actually use the...

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How to Build a Solar Oven
Friday, 31 October 2008
How to Build a Solar Oven If you like the idea of a cob oven, but aren't willing to make such a large commitment to natural cooking, solar ovens are the way to go! Building a solar oven is a simple and cheap way to help save the environment. While many people like to use solar cookers on the road when they don't have access to electricity, you can actually use the...

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Green Health Care Guide
Friday, 24 October 2008
Green Health Care Guide Green Health Care is a new idea entering into the mainstream healthcare industry that works to improve the health of humans and the environment. Traditionally, naturopathic medicine can be considered one of the “greenest” options for health care. It is a complementary and alternative medicine that emphasizes the body's intrinsic ability to...

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Sustainable Seafood Guide
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Sustainable Seafood Guide Eating sustainable seafood is an easy way to help support the environment just by choosing wisely. Sustainable seafood is that which comes from places that do not harm the long-term survival of fish species and their ecosystems. It has benefits for the environment, your health, and the world's poor...

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CFLs vs LEDs
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
CFLs vs LEDs While a lot of people have heard about the benefits of Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs), not as many have heard about or are as familiar with many have heard about Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). If you are not as familiar with CFLs, or you would just like a quick brush-up, you can read the GreeniacsGuide on CFLs...

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CFLs vs LEDs
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
CFLs vs LEDs While a lot of people have heard about the benefits of Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs), not as many have heard about or are as familiar with many have heard about Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). If you are not as familiar with CFLs, or you would just like a quick brush-up, you can read the GreeniacsGuide on CFLs...

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CFLs vs LEDs
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
CFLs vs LEDs While a lot of people have heard about the benefits of Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs), not as many have heard about or are as familiar with many have heard about Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). If you are not as familiar with CFLs, or you would just like a quick brush-up, you can read the GreeniacsGuide on CFLs...

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Take an Eco Day Trip
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Take an Eco-Day Trip! In truth, the essential components of an ecologically-mindful day trip, or an eco-day trip, need not differ too greatly from the essential components of an environmentalist's daily practices. Seeking to minimize the impact of one's travel, looking to support the local economy, and taking the time to plan well and to Leave No Trace are...

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How to Build a Cob Oven
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
How to Build a Cob Oven Imagine moving your baking projects outdoors. Imagine constructing your own oven out of natural materials in the same way people have for centuries. Imagine increasing your level of self-sufficiency by decreasing your use of fossil fuels in baking. Best of all, imagine a project that your whole family, group of friends, or neighborhood can...

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How to Build a Cob Oven
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
How to Build a Cob Oven Imagine moving your baking projects outdoors. Imagine constructing your own oven out of natural materials in the same way people have for centuries. Imagine increasing your level of self-sufficiency by decreasing your use of fossil fuels in baking. Best of all, imagine a project that your whole family, group of friends, or neighborhood can...

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How to Build a Cob Oven
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
How to Build a Cob Oven Imagine moving your baking projects outdoors. Imagine constructing your own oven out of natural materials in the same way people have for centuries. Imagine increasing your level of self-sufficiency by decreasing your use of fossil fuels in baking. Best of all, imagine a project that your whole family, group of friends, or neighborhood can...

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Take an Eco Vacation
Monday, 21 July 2008
Take an Eco-Vacation Ecotourism, or sustainable tourism, is a developing trend focused on environmental conservation and the welfare of host cultures. It promotes sustainable travel that will help preserve natural settings for the enjoyment of future visitors. This means making responsible travel choices that will benefit the places visited...

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