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3 Summertime Water Saving Tips

Much of the country needs more water right now.  Everyone knows about the California drought, but other spots of the US are in need of water as well.  Even where I live in Massachusetts is "abnormally dry" and spots are in a moderate drought.  

Most people know the basic tips - turn the water off while you brush your teeth, don't over-water your lawn, etc.  But here are 3 equally easy tips that you may not have considered.  ... read more

Eco-Friendly Ink-Saving Fonts

When it comes time to print something, take fonts into consideration. Most people don't think about fonts, but certain fonts use more ink than others.  The smaller the surface area of the font, the less ink it uses.  The standard Times New Roman is usually a decent choice because the letters are thin.  There are even certain fonts purposely designed to use less ink!

ecofont

Ecofont was developed by SPRANQ in the Netherlands.  It was made to reduce ink usage by containing tiny holes, which reduces the amount of ink needed by about 15% in comparison to the Vera Sans family, the font in which Ecofont is based.  When printed in smaller sizes, the holes can't be seen.... read more

Green Father's Day Ideas

This is an update of a previous Green Father's Day Gift Guide.  Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there...and here are some gift ideas for their families!  At the bottom there are some new additions.

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Father's Day is just around the corner.  Thinking about what to get for the environment-loving dad in your life?  Here are a few ideas:... read more

A Greener Summer

No need to have the summertime blues this year -- let's have the summertime greens!  There are plenty of excellent ways to keep your summer KEEN and GREEN!  

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Jam vs. Jelly vs. Preserves: A Canning Glossary

A few years ago, my husband and I took up canning.  We started off with jars and jars of marinara sauce that we made to use up tomatoes – tomatoes basically took over our yard due to using our compost.  Then came a variety of salsas where we made good use of some of the delicious peppers in the backyard.  Then came jellies, jams, and preserves, thanks to local farms and our very own raspberries!  

I began reading up on the types of things you can can and what the difference is between jelly, jam, preserves, etc.  Here’s what I learned:

Jelly usually does not contain pieces of fruit, as it is made by cooking fruit juice, sugar, pectin, and lemon juice.... read more

Reusing Yogurt Containers

Gotta love yogurt.  Healthy, creamy, sweet, and chock full o' acidophilus.  But there's one thinreusing and recycling yogurt containersg about that cup of yogurt that is not to love:  the containers they come in.  Most yogurt comes in polypropylene (#5) plastic containers, which is not recycled in many cities.  Other common items that come in polypropylene are butter, margarine, cottage cheese, hummus, and cream cheese.

Before recycling your yogurt container, get as much use out of the little containers as you can.  After all, isn't the adage "Reduce, REUSE, Recycle?"  So, let's talk about how you can reuse those old Stonyfield Farm containers over and over...... read more

Green Camping Tips

green camping

Are you camping this summer?  Here are some tips for keeping your camping trip keen and green:... read more

An Affordable LED Lightbulb

led lightbulbsOnly a few years ago, LED (or light-emitting diode) lightbulbs were prohibitively expensive for the average consumer.  Even though some LED bulbs should be able to last decades while consuming much less energy than an incandescent or CFL lightbulb, many cost over $20 a bulb!  Until now.

Philips just released a new LED lightbulb - a 2 pack for just under $5!  They are selling like hotcakes and are backordered on Home Depot.  These bulbs are 8.5-watt LED which is equivalent to a standard 60-watt incandescent bulb.  They use 85% less energy than the old school incandescent bulbs.  Incandescent bulbs aren't actually manufactured at all anymore.  ... read more

Gardening Tips for Beginners

Spring has definitely sprung and tis the season to start your gardens!    Growing your own food is a wonderful way to be green and save money, too.  Even if you think you might not have a green thumb, gardening certain things can be easier than you think.  

Here are some tips for someone just trying to get into gardening:... read more

Rain Harvesting Quick Facts

watering garden

As I write this blog post, I'm hunkered down at a coffee shop next to a window, watching the April Showers come down.  While the rain will help those tulips bloom, there is even a better way to make use of the rain.  Collect it and reuse it!

Here are some rain harvesting quick facts:... read more

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