Drive green with 7 eco-conscious tips for fuel economy

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Thanks in no small part to the horror of rising fuel prices, gas-guzzling Americans have been forced to cut back on gas consumption. Some tried car-pooling, discovered public transportation or gained new skills for alternative transportation like motorcycles and scooters. Others learned the value of proper car maintenance. It’s true! Preventative maintenance for your vehicle […]

Green Tips: Turn Down the Thermostat

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When it comes to saving energy, it turns out dad was right. Turn your thermostat down and wrap up in a toasty sweater or blanket. In addition, use a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature at night while you’re sleeping. If you’re looking to cut down on energy consumption, one of the best things you […]

Are You Ready to Ban Plastic Bags?

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A plastic bag can sit in a landfill, or even the ocean bottom, for centuries, perhaps breaking into smaller and smaller pieces, but never disappearing entirely. There is no debate: plastic shopping bags are bad for the environment. The question is what can we do about it?

Plastic Recycling By The Numbers

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Plastic recycling, the process of recovering plastic and reprocessing it to create new products, can vary greatly from state to state. Who collects the old plastic and what can be recycled is determined by each city or county on an individual basis. The only constant is the sorting system — the plastic recycling numbers that identify […]

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 miles. I’ll be carrying 30 pounds of gear […]

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 extra car seat from your nephew’s visit last month? Do you have luggage […]

Green Tips: Fan Out For Maximum Heat

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Radiators and wall heaters are often inefficient at heating large spaces. This can be a real drain on your heating bill. Go green! Make your old heater more eco-friendly by using an oscillating fan to spread heat evenly through the room. Oscillating fans are especially helpful in older homes that rely on their heating from a […]

Eco-Friendly Ideas for Recycled Insulation Materials in Your Home

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Have you ever given much thought to your home insulation materials? Is your insulation eco-friendly? If not, perhaps it’s time to consider using recycled insulation materials. Energy prices rarely fall over the long term, and very few of us have the option to continuously heat or cool our homes with free sources of energy. Insulating […]

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. Urban chicken keeping has become a growing trend, and The Nogg is designed to house 2-4 chickens in an aesthetically pleasing coop to compliment any garden.

Are You Ready for a Green Roof?

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It may seem like a thoroughly modern design idea, something born during the “green” movement by eco-loving hippies. But, actually, throughout history and many cultures, green roofs have often been the norm. Remember, most people lived in simple earthen homes that were sometimes dug out of hillsides or creek banks. It was only natural that […]