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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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