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Green Cooling: How to Make Your AC System more Eco-Friendly

green coolingWhen it comes to owning an air conditioner, they are usually a luxury for most people. Air conditioners can keep either one room or an entire house cool depending on what type you use. If you use a window unit, it will keep just the one room it is in cool. However, if you are lucky enough to have a central air system, they can keep the whole house cool. The only problem is with either one is that they take up a lot of energy. There are things you can do to ensure your AC is as eco-friendly as it can get.

Use Fans

You can use fans along with an air conditioner. Place them in front of the air conditioner to circulate the air in the room. Using them alone may not be a good way to beat the summer heat but using them with the AC on 85 degrees can. This is a great way to use less energy and to keep every room in the house cool.

Increase the Temperature

Many people will not be cool if the temperature is set to only 80 degrees. However, if you increase the temperature a little at a time, each degree cooler will use 3% to 5% less energy. Also, when you are not home, either turn the AC off or turn it up. The only problem with turning it off is that it can be really hot once you walk in your door. Another way to go green with your AC is to invest in a programmable thermostat. This allows you set the temperature based on particular dates and timings. If you are, for example, coming back to an empty home at 7 in the evening, you can set the programmable thermostat to keep the room at a particular temperature when you arrive.... read more

Earth-Friendly Abode: Four Ways to Build a Greener Home

Whether it’s used to describe an action — such as swapping plastic bags for reusable ones when you shop — or a product that’s been mindfully harvested or created, the term “green” is everywhere these days. One place that might not get the green seal of approval, though, is your home. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to turn that around. Below are four ways to build a greener home, whether you’re doing so from the ground-up or transforming an older dwelling into an earth-friendly one.... read more

Harley Davidson releasing electric motorbike

Harley-Davidson electric bikeHarley Davidson is one of the most well-known and well established brands in the motorbike industry. From the XL Sportster to the Fatboy, Harley Davidson has produced some of the most iconic vehicles in the world. However, their latest venture may come as a surprise. The Wisconsin-based company, in a rather bold move, has announced Project LiveWire, its very first electric motorbike. 

In 2013 there was an enormous upswing in electric car sales and this trend seems likely to continue. Overall sales of electric cars are thought to rise to 2.7 million by the year 2018. Harley Davidson are putting their money in the right place if they want to continue to develop as a brand.... read more

Drive More Efficiently

eco-friendly drivingDriving a fuel efficient car, such as a hybrid, is a step towards lowering your carbon footprint.  But you can take it even a step further by driving your car more efficiently.  You'll save money on gas and cut down on contributions to climate change.

Drive Smart

Aggressive driving, such as speeding, quick acceleration, sudden braking, can lower your gas mileage by 33% on the highway and by 5% in the city.  Don't speed, either.  Gas mileage starts to decrease at speeds above 50 MPH.  These tips will keep you safter, too!  

Cruise control is another way to help reduce gas usage.  ... read more

2014 Most Fuel Efficient Cars

Are you planning on car shopping soon?  FuelEconomy.gov is a great resource for finding a fuel efficient car.   There are lots of options for fuel efficient cars nowadays, between electric cars, hybrids, or small compact cars like a Toyota Yaris or Honda Fit.  

A car with good gas mileage is not only more cost efficient, but it's also much better for the environment.  Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year, primarily in the form of carbon dioxide.  This is a major contributor to climate change.

Here are the most fuel efficient cars of 2014, excluding electric cars:... read more

Reducing Air Pollution

air pollutionWhy is it so important to care about air pollution?  Janice Nolen, National Policy Adviser and State of the Air Project Director for the American Lung Association answers that question: "Because all of us have to breathe it. We don't have choices."  

Contributing to air pollution is something that we do every day and it can be hard to totally avoid.  However, there are still plenty of small steps that you can take to help clear our air.  ... read more

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Recycling Oyster Shells

oyster shell recyclingInstead of selling seashells by the seashore...recycle 'em!  Many coastal communities have seashell recycling programs, oyster shell recycling in particular.  

Young oysters must attach themselves to a hard substance - often another oyster shell. If  the young oyster doesn't find a suitable substance, the the oyster will die.  Unfortunately, in areas where oysters are harvested frequently, there are oyster shortages so oysters are dying out.  ... read more

A Greener Day at the Beach

On a sizzling summer day, why not head to the beach?  Keep yourself and your families cool and enjoy some outdoors time and sunshine. Here are some tips to keep your beach visit as keen and green as can be! 

Picking the beach - I love to go to beaches at state parks.  Even though it's usually not free to park, I like to support state parks and their conservation efforts.  I usually get a season parking pass to our state parks here in Massachusetts and throughout the summer we visit local state parks with ocean beaches, lakes, and ponds.    You can also find the cleanest area beaches on the EPA website.    

Getting to the beach - Look for beaches walking/biking distance, public transit accessible, or the closest to home.  Maybe you don't live near the ocean, but there might be a lake beach narby.  If going with a group, consider carpooling.   ... read more

Worm Composting Dos and Don'ts


Keep it small. Keep it green. Keep it brown. And, keep it moist. If you want to maximize your composting results, there are clear do's and don'ts.

Many gardeners focus on a pile of garden and kitchen leftovers, layers of decomposing materials that form a nutritional soil amendment for the rest of the garden. But, composting with the help of hungry and efficient worms creates a nutrient-rich natural supplement your soil. 
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Is it Recyclable? A Quick Guide

are batteries recyclable?Some items are obviously recyclable, like glass or cans.  Other items, like pizza boxes?  Not so obvious.  Here's a quick guide to see if the item is indeed recyclable.  Click on the link for more details.

Books - Usually not, but sometime recycling centers will accept them.  Read more.

Drinking Straws - Sometimes, it's tricky. Read more.

Dryer Lint - No, but you can compost it.

Laminated Paper - No

Laptops - Sometimes.  Read more.  

Lithium Ion Batteries - Yes

Lottery Tickets - Sometimes.  Read more.... read more

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