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How to Become a Solar Energy Professional In California

California has been a longtime proponent of solar energy use, which is a major component of the green movement currently sweeping the United States. A recent report from the Interstate Renewable Energy Council supports this fact. Their study shows that solar capacity in California increased by a third from 2007 to 2008, and now represents about two-thirds of the national total.... read more

Green Ways to Get Rid of Bugs

I don't know what's going on in our house this summer, but bugs can't seem to get enough of it!  From pantry moths that got into our rice to fruit flies hanging around the kitchen...OK, I take the blame for the fruit flies after I accidentally left a bowl of grapes out on the counter overnight.

Get Rid of Ants Green Way, Green Ant Killer... read more

Is Teflon Safe?

Is Teflon Safe?Teflon must have seemed like a dream for a 60s  housewife who got stuck scrubbing pots and pans by hand.  Developed by Dupont in the 1930s, Teflon has been a staple in kitchens ever since it was released in 1961.  However, in recent years there has been cause for concern about the use of Teflon.
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How to Make Your Own Air Fresheners

Recently at work, someone sprayed Lysol somewhere and I thought I was going to gag.  It smelled awful.  So synthetic and toxic and the entire floor smelled of it.

A few days later, Sean blogged about how harmful synthetic air fresheners are.  It led me to wonder why people even use things like Lysol.  There are so many natural ways to freshen your air. ... read more

All About Vinegar

A few weeks ago, I wrote about all the fantastic and eco-friendly things you can do with baking soda.  Now it's time to chat a little bit about baking soda's best friend...VINEGAR!

What is vinegar?  The word vinegar comes from Old French and means "sour wine."  Vinegar is made from the oxidation of ethanol in wine, cider, beer, fermented fruit juice, or pretty much any liquid containing alcohol.  There are lots of different types of vinegar, from rice vinegar, to cider vinegar, to (mmmm) balsamic vinegar.... read more

Green Summer Outings

Ahh, the joys of summer: sunshine, no school, long days, lemonade, beaches, sandcastles, vacations... the list goes on and on.  As August approaches, we are all scrambling to fit in our last summer vacations and planning our weekend day trips.  This past weekend, my husband and I passed up on spending the day at a local water park or amusement park, stayed close to home, and spent the afternoon at the Guadalupe Park Rose Garden in San Jose, California.

Green Summer Outings - Pretty Flower

It was great!  We did not have to leave the dog at home, and better yet, we minimized the negative impact our day trip had on the environment.  Some things I keep in mind as I fill in my calendar for the remainder of the summer include staying close to home to reduce gas usage. Furthermore, I try to drive during off hours which also reduces gas consumption (AND doubles the benefit by increasing the amount of time we get to spend at our destination!).  When possible taking a train, bus, or other public transit is even better, though I must admit, I am not always the best at this (in my defense, the California Bay Area has awful public transportation).  Biking is even better.... read more

Green Pet Tips

Welcome everyone to another trip across the blogs.  Today we are looking specifically at pets, those furry friends that we all love so much.  We may try to recycle all plastics, eat local and use a canvas bag whenever we go out, but what about our pets?  What are we doing to help make their lifestyles more sustainable and eco-friendly?  Well, today we chose articles that can help you in this evolution (or is is it devolution) into an earth friendly pet.

Green Pet Tips- The Family

How to Go Green: Pets: Planet Green is always a great source of simple greening guides. The pet guide provided is no different. Providing a list of tips, links to articles and green pet products; this pet guide is one of the best places to start the changes in a pets life.

Green Pet Tips- Fun Dog Toys

Great Green Pet: Now, let's highlight one blog that is all about pets. GreatGreenPet is a shopping blog devoted to the green, eco-friendly, pet owner. A cool source to find all those eco-friendly doggy type such as the Tux. The tux is pliable, bouncy, non-toxic, recyclable and buoyant toy including a space for doggy biscuits.

Green Pet Tips

5 Ways To Be a Green Pet Owner: Start With A Recycled Dog Or Cat: A wonderful idea for many would be pet owners. The Fun Guide is pointing out that not only materials are recycled but also our good companions. Next time you need to introduce a feline to your family maybe go to the local shelter or take a cat off someone no longer able to take care of it. Those furballs still have so much love to give.

And today, I am cheating a bit by choosing two articles from a single blog. Green Living Ideas just provided two of the most amazing tips I had to highlight both. 5 Natural Flea Treatments is first with two just brilliant ideas; washing your pet in salt water and adding brewer's yeast to your pets food. Homemade Dog Food Serves Up Natural Nourishment is wonderful article because it provides super easy, natural recipes to feed that pooch you have.

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Ask This Old House installs a Solar Star Attic Fan

Kevin O'Conner of Ask This Old House installs a Solar Star attic fan in a home where the homeowner complains that his attic gets too hot during the summer.   The fan turns on automatically due to sunlight.  Pretty darn nifty.  I also love these type of home improvement shows now with the internet.   All my home projects have been done by me (worked in construction for years) since I can simply view a master doing it and copy his technique. 


Hip Green American Hostels, Van Jones and Green Jobs

Welcome back to a another edition of Wednesday Quick Hits, where we at KeenforGreen search the internet for some of the best bits of blogging the world has to offer. As I scan articles a great realization dawns on me, some of the most interesting articles that I found are in blogs. I think in blogs, even corporate ones, you find a great deal of experimenting with topics. This gives you the feeling of ideas, but maybe not fully formed articles as you would find in traditional media outlets. I love a good article because it is well researched but sometimes an idea is simply more raw and fascinating. Just a few quick thoughts and you can agree or disagree if you like. Now on to the show...

Hip Green Hostels

12 Hip Green Hostels in North America: Treehugger treats us to another wonderful article showcasing how we can go green in our own life. This time they feature the perfect summer list with hip green hostels across North America. Jennifer Hattam produces a list that shows all the different types of green hostels you can do, urban to desolation, touring to partying, beach to desert. Ms. Hattam lists has a little something for everyone. Check out picture above of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel which was certified as a Bay Area Green Business Program and includes a hot tub with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Sweet!

Solar Manufacturers: More Solar Robots, Less Green Jobs: Earth2Tech is providing a follow-up piece to their initial thoughts on the Intersolar Conference, which I commented on here. Katie Fehrenbacher writes that the solar industry, a beacon of job growth in the economy, is moving swiftly to automation. Why put robots in jobs for humans? It is all about costs and making solar prices more on parity with traditional energy. Still, I hope this takes a while and a few more people can get work from the solar companies. People need these jobs.

Van Jones - Green Job Guru or Communist

Green Jobs Czar Van Jones Is a Communist and Black Nationalist: Don't say that I favor one side of the political spectrum over the other. The Right Wing News has a blog accusing Van Jones of being a communist. "Jones is a San Francisco extremist who admits to having been "radicalized in jail." There then is an equation o f communism to environmentalism and a reference to Jones as a "evil kook." Isn't that like the pot calling the kettle black?

Sarah Palin's Green Ideas

Palin Slams Obama's Energy Plan: Kate Galbraith of the New York Time's Green Inc. Blog is reporting on comments made by Gov. Sarah Palin regarding President Obama's cap and trade program. In the remarks she states that Obama's program will outsource our energy needs "to China, Russia and Saudi Arabia." Do you think this woman is staying in the headlines for some reason? 2012 is not too far away....

China becoming a big green protectionist machine: Could the biggest market for green technologies be locking out foreign competitors? Well according to Alex Salkever of the Daily Finance this is occurring right now. Most regulations in China currently require 70 percent of the production process for green energy equipment be located in China. The protectionism is so bad that European and American companies are simply not bidding on projects anymore. Hopefully, this is only a temporary situation but with an autocratic government in power this is only a hope.

How Natural and Organic is Your Eyeshadow?: Finally, we move on to Greendaily which asks that serious question - how green is your eye shadow? It is a quick tip based piece with very little substance, but still made me smile. Weird because I don't use eye shadow.... or do I?

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Green Vacation Tips

Welcome everyone to the wonderful weekend, a time with fun and family free of work (for most anyway).  Today as many of you throughout the northeast, south and west go to your favorite destination to have fun in the sun I wanted to provide some tips on greening these outings.  I hope you enjoy the posts and remember when you are out at that beach, lake or pool.  Be safe, have fun and be green.

Green Tips For Beachgoers: How To Stay Safe And Have Fun: The world famous Huffington Post recently posted four tips on how to green your beach trips this somewhere. One suggestion is green your swimsuit by going in the buff. Yes, this famous liberal bastion is proclaiming skinny dipping as a way to solve global warming and I totally agree. *Wink*

Going Green at the Beach: A really great site that involves a couple, a hundred year old beach house and a “recycled” dog named Skipper. I see your heart melting already. Learn how this old shore side chateau was transformed into a Built Green™ Five-Star, ENERGY STAR® Home, American Lung Association Health House®, a Environments for Living® and a LEED® for Homes Gold certified building. Great little story.

Have a Green Vacation: San Diego, the city known for fun, sun and beaches is asking you to go green when you visit. Yes, those in charge of promotion on the city’s website are advocating bus and trolley transportation to lower green house emissions. I will attest they are easy to take and San Diego is a mighty fine place.

Green vacation

Costa Rica Eco Lodge: Check out some great deals on eco-lodges in Costa Rica, which is a dream of mine. The lodges featured are built to preserve the environment while allowing foreigners to experience the rainforests. If you have the resources, I definitely suggest you give these trips a look.

Eco-Fair Trade

Beach Towels: What can I say other than organic, fair trade beach towels. Nuff’ said.

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