Fed up with increasing electricity bills from utility companies who seem to think they can charge what they like for energy? You’re not alone. With the average electricity bill growing by a whopping 37% over the last few years according to research by the Citizens Advice Bureau reported by The Guardian – and set to rise at up to eight times the rate of earnings – electricity bills seem to be getting more and more shocking by the month.
But what can a householder do? With everything from lighting to phones and kitchen appliances reliant on electricity, this energy is part and parcel of modern day living. But we needn’t go back to medieval lifestyles and stop using it altogether to beat the utility companies (though the companies themselves appear to doing a convincing impression of the evil barons from that era).... read more
Today's Fun Fact Friday is perfect for Halloween. Tonight we'll be trick or treating, like lots of other families, and probably accumulating a lot of CANDY! However, it creates a lot of waste and some people make the mistake of recycling candy wrappers. Keen For Green's resident recycling expert Rob explained that he sees a lot of candy wrappers mixed in with recyclables on a regular basis. He wrote: "One, candy wrappers cannot be recycled in regular recycling programs and two, there is an amazing amount of waste created from enjoying candy bars, especially around Halloween."... read more
We can all use a little fun on Monday, right? It's time for some #musicmonday action! There are a lot of great songs about the environment out there, so why don't bring some music into our Mondays and celebrate them?
Today's Music Monday is one of the best motown songs ever: "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" by the one and only Marvin Gaye. The whole album has a very socially conscious theme and "Mercy, Mercy Me" is about the environment.
Mercy, mercy me, mercy Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no no Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas Fish full of mercury Ah, oh mercy, mercy me Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no no Radiation underground and in the sky Animals and birds who live nearby are dying... read more
Every now and then my city revisits the idea of banning leaf blowers. So far, a ban still hasn't come to fruition, but I hate leaf blowers. Nothing drives me crazier than a quiet, crisp fall morning ruined by the sound of a neighbor's leaf blower.
The noise pollution is one thing, but even worse is that leaf blowers cause serious air pollution. In fact, a 2011 test done by Edmunds showed that “a consumer-grade leaf blower emits more pollutants than a 6,200-pound 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.” Wow.... read more
It's time to make the switch from disposable items to reusable. And at the very least, lessen your use of disposables. Here are some household items that you can buy to help reduce your use of wasteful disposable items.
Even the greenest of us might find that keeping up with different green habits can fall by the wayside. Exercise can be one of those things. You may drive to the gym, throw your used sneakers in the trash, or drink Gatorade out of disposable plastic bottles. Here are some ideas to make your exercise a little bit more eco-friendly. ... read more
Tomato gardening season is nearing an end for us, as the threat of the first frost is appearing in the ten-day forecast. This means it's time for us to pick all of our tomatoes before the frost ruins them.
What are some fun things to do with green tomatoes?
Let them ripen inside. Sitting them on the window sill to ripen works well. You can also put them in paper bags to let them ripen...but we've also forgotten about them this way, and wound up with a bag of nasty, rotten tomatoes that had to be composted.
Before cleaning your garden to prepare for winter, you can plant some garlic for a an early summer harvest. By planting garlic cloves in the fall, they will grow roots over the winter, grow greens in the spring, and you will be able to harvest the bulbs by the early summer.
Growing garlic is easy and fun, even for a novice. You don't even need to go to a garden store; cloves from the grocery store will work well. Use the larger, outer cloves for planting. ... read more
Recycle your cans! Today I have some trivia for you about aluminum beverage can recycling. ... read more
Did you know that it only takes approximately 6 weeks total to manufacture, fill, sell, recycle, and then remanufacture an aluminum beverage can.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your television for three hours. On the other hand, throwing away an aluminum can will waste as much energy as pouring out half of that can’s volume of gasoline.
The recycling rate for aluminum beverage cans in the United States reached 58.1% in 2010. That is more than double that of any other beverage container!