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 cars.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs, aren’t just better for the environment, they can save you a lot of money on your electric bills.

While they may cost a little more initially, a single CFL lasts 8-15 times longer than any incandescent bulb, with a lifespan of 6,000 to 15,000 hours. This translates to a savings of approximately $30 in electricity costs over the life of the bulb. The cost savings are compounded by the fact that CFLs virtually eliminate the need to constantly change bulbs.

So much has changed for CFLs over the years. No longer are compact fluorescent bulbs playing second fiddle to traditional light bulbs. These green energy saving bulbs come in a variety of sizes, shapes and light ratings to fit almost any lighting fixture.  CFLs are more stylish, more mainstream and designed to fit seamless into any room’s décor.

Despite all these benefits, some people are reluctant to switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs because of the trace amounts of mercury contained inside. Unlike incandescent bulbs, CFLs must be disposed of properly. When you’re ready to recycle your light bulbs simply drop them off at a local recycling center.

What Are Corn Starch Biocompostables aka PLA Plastics?

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Traditional plastic is made from petroleum products. The production of petroleum-based plastics involves all kinds of chemicals, some of which have raised health concerns among consumers. The other problem is that these type of plastics do not … [Continue reading]

Worm Composting: Pound for pound nature’s most efficient compost system

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Recycling household waste into compost allows the return of organic matter to the soil. It's an easy and fruitful way to reduce the amount of garbage going into our landfills. At the same time, we can reap the benefits of making our own fertilizer to … [Continue reading]

Green Dry Cleaners: 3 Environmentally Friendly Dry Cleaning Alternatives

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Dry-clean-only clothes are often a necessity for those who work in professional environments. Unfortunately, dry cleaning clothes has all sorts of nasty side effects. The whole system uses toxic chemicals that can wreak havoc on the environment and … [Continue reading]

Avoid Pesticides — Kill Weeds with Hot Water

Boiling water is an organic method for killing weeds.

If you've got a garden, then you've got weeds. Even if you've decided not to manage your garden organically, it's still important to pay close attention to what you're putting into the soil. Using herbicides are harmful to the environment and cause … [Continue reading]

Bike Commuting: Choosing The Best Bike

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For those of you considering bike commuting, the obvious, most important first step is actually getting a bike. But where to begin? How much to spend? What kind of bike is best? Before we can answer these questions you must first consider how far … [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 e … [Continue reading]

Stop Getting Junk Mail and Breath Easy

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The minute we stop getting junk mail, we pump more oxygen into our atmosphere. While some junk mail is made from recycled material, a substantial percentage of junk mail is made of paper that will almost always be discarded as soon as the mail … [Continue reading]

What to Compost?

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Composting is a great way to recycle lawn clippings and kitchen scraps and close the loop on the growing process. It's easy and scalable. Just getting started? Go here. For those of you already hip deep in the process, here are some dos and … [Continue reading]

Green Beer Comes in Many Shades

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What's better than a green beer on St Patrick's Day? How about green beer the other 364 days of the year! Beer has been going green since Anheuser-Busch started recycling their leftover grain and using it for cattle feed back in 1899. It's a … [Continue reading]