About Barbara Holbrook

Barbara lives in Southern California where she writes about technology, design and smart ways to go green.

Simple Lighting Switches for Electricity Savings

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As the seasons change again, do you find yourself eying rising utility costs and wondering how to save money on electricity. Saving electricity doesn’t just make good environmental sense, it’s also good for your bank account. Even small changes in the way you use energy can help you save on electricity bills. Try these easy […]

Eco-Friendly Markers Turn Your Whiteboard Green

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Do you love the smell of markers in the morning? Not anymore. There’s a reusable marker on the market that’s removing the toxic smell of traditional whiteboard markers and doing a whole lot more for the environment, too. Auspen reusable whiteboard markers are non-toxic, recyclable and — if you use whiteboard markers regularly — cheaper over the […]

8 Tips to Make Your Historical Restoration Project Green

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Restoring a historical home is a labor of love. But just because you’re taking your home back in time, doesn’t mean you can’t use some modern know-how. In fact, sustainable restoration can actually honor the intent of the original builders. Here are 8 tips for going green when restoring a historic home. 1. Whether your […]

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 aren’t too healthy for you either. So, what’s the alternative cleaning method? Perhaps, you’ve noticed signs for green […]

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 […]

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 […]