About Barbara Holbrook

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

Green Tips for Cars: Spend Green to be Green

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Sometimes if you want to make your vehicle more environmentally friendly you’ve got to “Spend Green to be Green.” Proper care and maintenance will not only prolong the life your vehicle, it can increase fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. Start with a proper tune-up — including things like spark plugs, oxygen sensors, hoses and […]

Green Tips for Cars: Slow Down, Lead Foot

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Looking for an easy way to make your commute a little more eco-friendly? If you want to green up your daily drive then slow down, lead foot. Faster isn’t always better, especially when it comes to saving gas. The national speed limit was set to 55 mph in 1974 as a way to save gas […]

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. Paper requires trees and lots of energy to recycle. Plastic, while technically recyclable, is […]

Green Tips for Cars: Be an EcoDriver

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Ready to go beyond a few green tips and take your environmentally conscious road habits to the next level? Then you’re ready to Be an EcoDriver. Join the EcoDriving movement by visiting www.ecodrivingusa.com. While there, you can read eco news, get more fuel economy tips and also have fun with their online eco-driving game Virtual Road […]

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 […]

Green Tips: Stop the Draft to Save Energy

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Stop air leaks from drafty doors and windows by sealing leaks with weatherstripping. Weatherstripping will prevent heat loss and help keep your winter energy use low. Loose seals around the sides of doors or windows are one of the most common areas where heat escapes. Fortunately, it is also one of the easiest areas of […]

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?

Green Tips: Weatherize Windows for Greener Energy Bills

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Keep your home winterization process eco-friendly by weatherizing your windows. Covering glass with clear plastic or storm windows will cut heat loss and using insulating drapes will hold even in more heat. Who doesn’t remember stapling up sheets of plastic over the windows of your home with your father as a young child? Well as […]

Green Tips for Cars: Relax and Let it Ride

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Fuel efficiency is a major component of making your car as environmentally friendly as possible. Earlier this week we talked about slowing down to save gas. If you really want to get the most green out of every gallon, then it’s time to relax and just let It ride. Go easy on the brake and even […]

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 paper towels. Sponges are too small to absorb large spills, and dish cloths take so […]