Simple ways to save gas

Gas TipsImproving your gas mileage is easier than you think. Follow these tips to help every tank go further. Read More >

37 Heating & Cooling Tips

Save energyHeating and cooling account for about 56% of your energy bill, so hopefully these tips will help you saving money by reducing your energy usage. Read More >>

5 Tips For Green and Cost-Effective Printing

 

Green PrintingPrinted materials are some of the best ways to exchange or store information. There are no official standards for Green Printing, but the goal is to be as Eco-friendly as possible when you are printing. In most offices, printing is a part of day-to-day operation. The 4 main printing factors that can have an impact on environment are, paper, printer ink, hardware, and power.

Consider the following tips to turn office printing greener and wallet-friendly.

Avoid printing

The very first step towards green printing is to actually avoid printing. You can't completely avoid printing in an office environment, but there are certainly a lot of situations you can avoid printing. By avoiding printing you are not only going green, you are also saving a lot of money. If you want to share a document or presentation with your office mate, share it via e-mail or use some cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox. Reading on a LED/LCD screen might not be as pleasant, but consider all the negative impacts of printing, on our environment. More over, a lot of people are using smart phones with Internet these days, and with the right kind of software, one can read/view any kind of file on a mobile device that can be viewed on a computer. Read More

5 Green Myths You Shouldn't Swallow Whole

OrganicWe should all do our utmost to ensure we're as eco-conscious as we can be. Day by day, we're fed more information on how best to be green, and the majority of this is insightful and enactable. Yet there are a few green myths out there bearing some rather misleading concepts. Here, we highlight five of the biggest green myths.

1. Organic is Always Best

There's little denying that organic food is better for you than non-organic. By definition, organic foods must be produced without the use of antibiotics, growth hormones, and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. That means your body is exposed to less toxicity (not to mention the fact that organic food tends to taste better). Of course, that lack of toxicity also applies to the environment itself. There's a big 'but', however. Being organic doesn't necessarily mean being greener. That's down to 'food miles': how far the produce has had to travel from source to shelf. Any organic food that's come a long way to get to your stomach is probably less green than 'normal' produce that's come from a local source. The moral? Always check the origin!

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Hanging with the Clothes

Hang clothes out to dryI try to be green, but I’m a little lazy – I mean busy. In spite of my sloth, one of the ways I choose to conserve energy is restricting my use of the clothes dryer.

Hanging clothes out to dry is not a novel concept. This was a regular routine in my childhood home. When our family moved from Chicago to Arizona we left a few appliances behind. One of the items was the clothes dryer. My father promised to replace the appliance when he found
employment. In the meantime mom could use the clothes line in the backyard. Dad found work, but the dryer never materialized. Mom said she preferred using the clothes line.

 I, on the other hand, enjoy my creature comforts. But my environmentally-conscious spouse, CB, thinks clothes dryer are energy hogs. At first, the suggestion was to take the items that hold the most moisture (towels and jeans) and find a place in the garage for them to hang out. I had shirts hanging (and dropping) from hangers, jeans lopped over the wooden kayak in the garage, and socks dripping all over the place. Finally, I had it. I told CB that if I was going to hang laundry out to dry, I needed a clothes line. Read More

5 Items You Didn't Know You Can Reuse or Recycle

Wine CorksNow that the winter months have dissipated, you are likely beginning your spring-cleaning ritual. Well, while you begin going through all those junk drawers and storage closets, hopefully I can impart some interesting knowledge onto you. If you recycle in your home, then you are probably used to filtering through the waste for the standard recyclable items: glass, paper, and plastic. But did you know that half of those other unwanted items you’re planning to dispose of while you do your spring-cleaning can be recycled as well? This is great news for both the environment and for your cleaning. Now you won’t have to throw away as much and you can do something great for your surroundings. Let’s take a gander here at a few things you can re-use.

1. Sandwich Bags - Everyone has, at one time, used plastic sandwich bags for lunch or for a number of other common uses. But instead of throwing them away after each use, wash them out, let them dry and use them again. Ladies, you can use old plastic baggies to keep delicate undergarments safe from critters, dust and damage. Keep moths out and the stench of moth balls away from your clothes. You can use plastic baggies for picking up your dog’s excrement (do not use afterwards) or you can use them for marinating food. Keep a dryer sheet inside one and then keep all your socks smelling fresh in the larger, freezer baggies.  Read More

Green Friendly Products That Are Safe to Use in the Kitchen Around Your Children

Baby ChefKitchens can be dangerous places for young children, what with all those hard surfaces, sharp corners and chemicals at play. There are, however, plenty of eco options, which are not only beneficial to the environment, but conducive to child safety, too. Here are the best ways to keep your kitchen green and safe for the little ones.

Cleaning products

The market is now awash with eco cleaning products, which are certainly a lot less toxic than the run of the mill brands. But as a parent, you can go one step further, and start using even more natural/harmless products for cleaning the kitchen. Lemon juice combined with salt, for instance, is excellent for scrubbing tiles and sinks, giving them an excellent shine. Vinegar makes a near-unbeatable odor killer, stain remover and floor cleaner. Ketchup, believe it or not, does a great job of bringing the gleam back to brass objects. Not only are all of these cleaning products eco-friendly and safe, they're also much cheaper than other shop-bought cleaning products. Use them wherever you can!

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