Save Energy by Making your Old Water Heater more Efficient

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Save energy and save money without giving up your hot shower. Use these simple tips to make your old water heater more efficient.

In an ideal world, every home would come installed with an energy-efficient water heating system. But in the real world, that just isn’t going to happen and not everyone can install an efficient system themselves. Maybe it’s not enough time, not enough money, or just an old house that can’t meet the requirements of a modern water heater.

Even if you can’t install a new water heater, you can still save money on your energy bills by improving the efficiency of your existing water heater. Here are some ways to make an old water heater more efficient. [Continue reading]

Paper or Plastic? The Definitive Answer to The Bag Question

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Paper versus plastic? Choosing the most environmentally-friendly bag is the eternal dilemma at the end of every shopping trip. Do you know the answer? What is the best bag, paper or plastic? Both paper bags and plastic bags effect the environment. … [Continue reading]

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]

Skoy Cloths: Replace Paper Towels with Greener Alternative

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According to ALighterFootprint.com, Americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day. We really need a greener solution. Some folks opt for sponges or dish cloths that, while fine for specific tasks, doesn't completely fill my need for … [Continue reading]

Cork Benefits Wine And The Environment

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The next time you pop a wine cork, drink a toast to the environment. That's because your choice of wine closures has a real impact on the health of the planet. Cork is still the hands-down favorite closure for wines sold in the U.S. because it … [Continue reading]

The Nogg Chicken Coop: A Hip Design for the Urban Chicken

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The nogg is a modern chicken coop that has been designed in the shape of an egg. The coop, which can house between 2-4 chickens, adds a touch of playful elegance to domestic farming and looks beautiful in any garden environment—urban or rural. The … [Continue reading]

Do You Really Understand the Disadvantages of Solar Energy?

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When deciding whether to convert your home to solar power, it's easy to get caught up in the glitz of technology and the glamour of a green dream home. However before making a decision this important — not to mention the sizable investment — take … [Continue reading]

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

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What's your carbon footprint? Do you know? Should you know? And how do you go about figuring it out? Let's start with the basics. Carbon footprint is the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, … [Continue reading]

Bamboo Cutting Boards

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I know cutting boards aren’t really all that exciting when it comes to kitchen equipment.  They certainly can’t compare to those flashy knives with the gleaming edges, or that sexy Mixmaster with ten speeds, all chromed out.  Oh, and what about that … [Continue reading]

Save Energy With These Green Tips for a Cool Summer

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The energy used in an average home costs more than $2,200 a year and contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than a typical car. With summer and the high costs of cooling right around the corner, use these tips from the Environmental Protection … [Continue reading]