About Barbara Holbrook

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

Green Tips: Water Heater Tips for All Year Long

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This green tip is not just a way to be environmentally friendly with the way you winterize your home, it’s a way to save energy and money all year long. Insulate your water heater and consider turning it town a few notches. Many people never consider their water heater when looking for ways to cut […]

Where to Recycle Computer Monitors For Cheap, For Free or For Cash

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Upgrading computer monitors is one of the easiest ways to improve to your computer setup. This is especially true if you’re replacing one of the old CRT monitors. Unfortunately, new computer equipment also creates a dilemma. What to do with the old equipment? Or, in this case, how do you recycle computer monitors? The most […]

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 […]