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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

We have all heard that buying local foods is good for the environment and that organic products are good for our health, but there are many other ways that you can go local and organic! Here are some great tips on finding both local and organic foods, as well as other products. Visit your local farmers market. Most communities offer at least a monthly market, and talking to farmers is a great way to learn about the benefits of buying seasonal produce. Look for local and organic produce in your local supermarket. If they don’t carry a wide selection, expressing an interest in these


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

Whether it’s that junk drawer in the kitchen or a basement full of stuff we’ve been collecting for years, we all have a space in our homes that could use a de-clutter. Here are a few great tips to clear out that messy space, and be environmentally-friendly at the same time! Be sure you dispose of harmful products and chemical properly. Whether it is leftover paint or dead batteries, making sure that they don’t end up in our landfills can make a huge difference. Taking them all in one trip to a disposal facility will also make the job easier. Donate unwanted clothes and


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With the increasing price of fossil fuels and other finite power sources, the cost of heating our homes and keeping our appliances running is getting higher every year. One way we can reduce our energy costs long-term, and save the environment at the same time, is to switch to renewable energy sources. Here are some the ways that renewable energy sources can power your home, and may also increase its value. Green Power Companies: These companies offer electrical power from renewable sources such as wind, the sun, and water. There are a number of green power supply companies, and many can

Home renovations can be a great way to improve your home’s value or make your home a more liveable place. Within the construction industry environmentally-friendly products are fast becoming a popular way for homeowners to make their home a greener place, as well as to do their part for the planet. Here are a few tips you can use to think green in your home renovation projects. If you are repainting a room or your entire home, use an environmentally-friendly latex paint. Be sure you let leftover paints dry before disposing of them, and do not dump paint down the drain. Consider wood


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

We all want our yards and gardens to be beautiful, green, and inviting, but also making them good for the environment is just as important. Whether you have just moved in, or are looking to make your existing outdoor living space an earth-friendly place, here are a few tips that can help! Expand your garden, shrink your yard. Grass yards take a lot of time and resources to maintain; replacing them with wildflower gardens or gravel living spaces can reduce your water and fuel consumption. Replace your gas or electric mower with a reel lawn mower. They do take more work, buy it’s a


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

Get plants. Lots of them. Not only will they purify and oxygenate the air you breathe, but they will offer a calm oasis in your home. Plants in unexpected places, such as bathrooms or kitchens, are stylish and functional. Larger scale plants look gorgeous in rooms with high ceilings. Re-use and recycle! Visit local flea markets, antique fairs, and yard sales to find one-of-a-kind items that will add character and warmth to your new home. By purchasing used or refurbished pieces, you are cutting down on consumerism. Choose paint wisely. Some paints release toxins into the air for years

Wash in cold water. It not only uses less energy, it’s not as harsh on your clothing. Prepare your clothes properly for the wash. Buckle buckles and zip zippers to ensure that nothing snags. Hang drying doesn’t need to be just for delicates-save energy and extend the life of all your clothes by line or hang drying. Wash darks (especially jeans) inside out to retain that dark color. Read labels! Most laundry problems can be avoided by properly following instructions for care. Take good care of items once they are clean-that means folding items that should be folded, and

Eco-friendly choices are a part of an overall lifestyle. Here are a few handy tips for keeping your garage green and clean! Keep it tidy! Clean out your garage and be sure to safely do away with any hazardous materials. Old paint can be brought to a hardware shop for disposal. Never pour chemicals down the drain! Choose motion sensor lighting-it’s wonderful for security, convenience, and energy efficiency! Organize all your items and think of ways to reuse or recycle old items. Unwanted items can be donated to charity. Host a garage sale to give your old items new homes! If


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

Plant Trees-few people realize just what wonders a few well-placed trees can work! A tree can produce both shade and shelter for your home, reducing both heating and cooling costs (plus, it will add to the value of your home!). Use only Energy Star fluorescent light bulbs; when you are shopping for new appliances, be sure to choose energy efficient models. Remember that every item has both a purchase price and an operating price! Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F. Be sure your home is well insulated! Attics, ceilings, exterior walls, floors, and crawl spaces are


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

Whether you work from home, or just have a desk in the corner, here are a few simple tips to make your home office a greener place. It may even make it a more efficient space, too! Choosing to buy a laptop over a desktop computer saves a lot on your energy bill. They use almost 50% less electricity, and even less when you use them on their battery. Keep your printer, fax machine, and computer shut off when you are not using them, and turn your power bar off at night. Switch all your bills to e-bills, and subscribe to online banking. This will save a lot of trees, and make your desk a neater