Green Tips for Cars: Spend Green to be Green

Sometimes if you want to make your vehicle more environmentally friendly you’ve got toSpend Green to be Green.” Proper care and maintenance will not only prolong the life your vehicle, it can increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Start with a proper tune-up — including things like spark plugs, oxygen sensors, hoses and belts — for a 4 percent bump in gas savings. Make sure to regularly replace your cars air filter — up to a 10 percent fuel savings. Inflate your tires according to the manufacturer’s instructions — another 3 percent nudge. Always use the correct weight when replacing motor oil. You can also look for the words “Energy Conserving” on the label — energy-conserving products contain special additives to reduce friction. Just these simple car care tips can make your vehicle up to 19% greener.

You can also consider getting a “Green Checkup.” The checkups, championed by the National Automobile Dealers Association, are free at participating dealerships and offer 10 simple service checks that can be done in about an hour.

Make Your Own Seed Tray Starter from Recycled Materials

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Starting seeds is a fun way to get a head start on the growing season. If you start sowing seed in February, March or April, you should have all kinds of leftover containers from recent holidays that could be used to make seed starters. Let's take a … [Continue reading]

Save More, Spend Less with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

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According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if every American home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulb, we would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 … [Continue reading]

Discussing the Pros and Cons of Using Vegetable Oil as Fuel

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A few weeks ago we talked about biodiesel, a promising energy source that is often cleaner burning and more efficient to create. One of the most popular uses for biodiesel fuel is as an alternative to gasoline for use in combustible engines like … [Continue reading]

Is Your Garden Smart? Conserve Water with a Drip Irrigation System

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In this economy, everyone is looking for ways to stretch their budget without compromising their environmental ideals. Gardens not only provide a break from the pressures everyday stress, but they can also be a great way to save money by growing … [Continue reading]

Adventure Cycling: Training for a Long Bike Trip

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If you are just getting started in Adventure Cycling, the first thing to consider is your training needs. How far do you want to go and how many days do you have to travel? I am currently planning a four day Bicycle Touring trip of about 220 … [Continue reading]

How Long Does Fruit Last?

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We love shopping at the local farmers market, the only downside being that fruit doesn't seem to last as long when it's not primed for sitting on trucks and languishing on the produce aisle. Want to know how long those sweet, sweet berries will last … [Continue reading]

Environmental Quote of the Day

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Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat – glimpsed on a night … [Continue reading]

Turn Over a New Leaf, Pick up the Yard Nature’s Way

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Green as she was in so many other ways, my grandmother’s manner of leaf disposal such a waste. Even today, depending on where you are, you see people needlessly destroying a tremendous natural resource. If your idea of “leaf pick up” means you rake … [Continue reading]

Green Tips for Cars: Lighten Your Load

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Looking for ways to save gas and increase your fuel economy? Then it's time to Lighten Your Load. Clear your car of extra baggage and you can improve your fuel economy by two percent for every 100 pounds. Are you still carrying around that … [Continue reading]