About Barbara Holbrook

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

Drive green with 7 eco-conscious tips for fuel economy

eco-friendly driving tips

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

wear-sweaters

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

green-radiator

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 […]

Old Cell Phones: Recycle, Resell or Reuse

recycling old cell phones

Think back to when you bought your current mobile device. Did you recycle the old cell phone? If you’re like most cell phone users, then you upgrade your mobile phone every 18-24 months. Because of this constant turnover, it’s estimated that Americans have more than 500 million old cell phones sitting in drawers, storage boxes […]

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 process that continues at many breweries today. But, some brewmasters are […]

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 particular damage to the water system. They can seep into the ground water or […]

Is Your Garden Smart? Conserve Water with a Drip Irrigation System

low-water gardening with drip irrigation

In this economy, everyone is looking for ways to stretch their budget without compromising their environmental ideals. Gardens not only provide a break from the pressures everyday stress, but they can also be a great way to save money by growing one’s own food or growing flowers for a fresh selection of gifts all year […]