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Green Tips for Cleaning Upholstery

cleaning upholsteryNo matter how clean you keep your home, sofas and leather chairs eventually get dirty. Whether your upholstery needs cleaning because of a spill, stain or dirt, using the right cleaning method is important. 

Many of today’s commercial products are loaded with harsh chemicals and can be very expensive. So instead of buying these agents from the grocery, it’s better to create your own.... read more

10 Ways to Green your Super Bowl Experience

Each year the National Football League (NFL) spends time and energy on Green-oriented projects throughout the city where the Super Bowl is taking place. ... read more


Although most of us won’t be going to the actual game a good segment of the population will watch it from the comfort of their own homes and likely in the company of groups of others.

These gatherings, sometimes large, can be a lot of fun as Super Bowl Sunday takes on a life of its own in many communities. Nevertheless, the event has the potential to produce large amounts of waste and wasted resources across the country.

Composting in the Winter

If you live in a climate with cold winters, do you compost year-round?  Should you compost year-round?  The answer is, YES!  You can compost throughout the winter.  We usually do, though I've been known to take a break when it's really snowy making it difficult to access our compost bin.  Feel free to keep composting.  

Your compost will stop breaking down during the colder temperatures, but once spring arrives, it will continue.  The University of Illinois Extension explains:  "Low winter temperatures will slow or temporarily stop the composting process. As air temperatures warm up in the spring, microbial activity will resume.”

However, when the temperature drops, microbes that cause your compost to breakdown can sometimes remain active in the compost pile.  The middle of your compost pile can still be warm and actively breaking down because of heat generated by bacteria.  ... read more

Solar Energy in Cold Weather

Sunlight Solar, a solar installation company, dispels many misconceptions about solar energy in their blog.  One of the most common myths about solar energy is that it doesn't work in cold weather, such as a New England winter. With much of the country bracing themselves for yet another big snowstorm, I thought I'd discuss the reality of solar energy in cold weather.

As it turns out, solar panels can be very effective in a cooler climate. In fact, solar panels can be more efficient in a cold climate than in hotter places with stronger sun, such as Arizona or California. "Solar panels actually work more efficiently in a cooler climate because heat degrades electricity," the Sunlight Solar blog says.... read more

Preparing Your Garden for Spring - even if it's still winter!

I saw something very exciting at the grocery store over the weekend: a display of seed packets!  We're stuck here in the teens in Massachusetts, but the display of seed packets was like seeing a little ray of sunshine - right there in Stop & Shop!  Seed packets for sale can only mean one thing...spring is in the foreseeable future!

Even though it's nowhere near spring in many parts of the U.S., thinking about your garden is definitely a reality.  

How can you get your garden ready even if it's still winter?... read more

What’s so bad about plastic bags?

Plastic bagsLots of municipalities are banning plastic bags.   My city, Newton, Massachusetts, has just jumped on the bandwagon and I'm really excited.  I'm hoping to see less plastic bag litter and pleased that there will be less plastic bag waste coming from our city.  

Here are some quick facts about WHY plastic bags are so bad for our environment.  

- The US uses 100 billion plastic shopping bags each year.  These bags are made from an estimated equivalent of 12 million barrels of oil.  

-  Plastic bags will take an estimated 300 to 1000 years to biodegrade.

- Anually, tens of thousands of whales, birds, seals, and turtles die from contact with plastic bags that enter the ocean.

- Recycling one ton of plastic bags costs a whopping $4,000. The recycled product will then be sold for $32.

- The production of 1 pound of plastic for shopping bags produces about 6 pounds of CO2.  ... read more

A Greener Valentine’s Day

It seems like I'm still putting the Christmas decorations away, but I'm noticing Valentine's Day stuff in the stores.  It's only a month away!  Surprise your sweetie with some green treats this Valentine’s Day!  Here are some gift ideas.  

Chocolate:

Order some fantastic chocolate from Endangered Species Chocolate.  They have chocolate bars, gourmet chocolates, and gift sets.  They support a bunch of really important eco-causes, too, so you can feel good about buying your chocolate from them!  


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Greener Snow Removal

snowAs we gear up for some more snow where I live in the Northeast, I wanted to discuss two things that people do to remove snow which are actually bad for the environment:  salt and snow blowers.  

Salt is bad for just about everything.  It's bad for cars, it tears up the road causing potholes, it can kill plants and wildlife, and it can contaminate waterways.  Sure, it's a cheap and easy solution, but it's just plain old bad for the planet.   Most municipalities still use salt for their roadways, but you can minimize or stop using salt on your property.  ... read more

Reusing Used Coffee Grounds

Reuse coffee groundsI don't drink coffee, but my husband does and he is always making a mess with those coffee grinds.  They ultimately end up in the compost bin, but not before they leave a trail all over the kitchen counters and sink.  But, after doing a little reading, I've learned that there are other things you can do with used coffee grounds.  Now I'm trying to respect those usually annoying coffee grounds, because they can be quite useful!

For instance...

You can fertilize plants with them!  Mix your seeds with used coffee grounds.  Apparently this will also help keep pests out of it.  Works best with carrots and radishes.  I'll have to try this next spring!

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When is using a space heater green?

Space heaters eco-friendlyA lot of times you hear about how using electric space heaters wastes a lot of energy.  But, what about those in-between times of the year where you're not sure you need to heat up your entire house but it's too cold to comfortably sit and read a book in your living room?  What is more energy efficient:  using a space heater to just heat the room you're in for a short period of time, or to tur... read more