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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

Go Green for the Patio Season

With the warm weather returning, you may be starting to plan for your backyard and deck area.   Making choices outside your home that support your commitment to sustainable living is getting easier, with many new recycled product introductions.  Non-renewable resources such as non-recycled plastics that create harmful emissions during manufacturing can be completel... 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

Running a Basically Self-Sufficient Home

Homesteading: a lifestyle of self-sufficiency.... read more

Eco-Friendly Patio Furniture

Ah, summertime. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and everyone is out and about enjoying the outdoors—which means lots of barbeques, pool parties and patio time. If you're planning to host any of the inevitable get-togethers, there's a chance you might want to update your outdoor entertaining space.

Sure the half-broken fold-out lawn chairs sufficed when you were a poor college student barely getting by, but now that you are an eco-friendly consumer you long for a bit more. If this sounds like you, there are a number of options available from which you can choose. Read on for a list of just some of the choices you have when furnishing your outdoor space.

Gaiam Outdoor

With numerous products made from recycled materials, Gaiam offers its customers lots of sustainable furniture and décor options. From glass wasp catchers to door mats made from old flip flops, the selection is far and wide—ensuring there is something for everyone.... 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

Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Air Pollution

Humans breathe in an average of 3,000 gallons of air each day, and spend about 90% of their time indoors. But did you know that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air?

 

 

Those fumes from insect sprays, cleaning agents, beauty products, and even from the food being cooked in the kitchen all contribute to indoor air that could add up to an alarming amount of pollutants.

 

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Flushable Wipes Bad for the Sewers

flushable wipesPre-moistened "flushable" wipes have increased in popularity over the past few years.  They're convenient and easy, but unfortunately, they don't break down as claimed.  London has been seeing some serious problems with their sewer system as a result of these flushable wipes.  

“The baby wipes and the so-called flushable wipes — that we say are never flushable — help bind [the fats] together, like bricks and mortar, and eventually what you end up with is a large mass of fat that is rock hard. It goes hard like chalk. And once its in there its hard to get it out," explains Craig Rance of Thames Water,the company managing the public water supply in the London area. A 15-ton "fatberg" in Kingston, a London suburb, required Thames Water to dig up the roads for six months to remedy the problem.... read more

Planting Seeds for Spring

springtime gardeningSpring has officially sprung and it's time to start planning your garden!   Here in New England where I live, we still have some thawing out to do, but now is the time to begin seedlings indoors for some crops, including onions and tomatoes which are two of my favorites.  Nothing gets me more into the mood for spring than starting to plan which things to plant and then starting some of our seedlings indoors.  ... read more

Green Ways of Responding to and Preparing for Natural Disasters

You love the planet, but there are times that it won’t love you back. It seems as though there’s a new natural disaster plaguing the planet every day. Whether it’s an earthquake, flood, tornado or tsunami, they happen unexpectedly and can completely change life as you know it.

Even in times of fear and chaos, you shouldn’t leave your green standards behind. It turns out that you don’t have to: There are plenty of ways to respond to and prepare for natural disasters that won’t hurt the planet. We’ve gathered some of the best ideas below to make it easy for you to get an idea of what it takes to repair the Earth – and yourself – when an unexpected storm hits.... read more

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