more about: green

How to Clean Up A Broken CFL Bulb

If you’ve switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs to be more eco-friendly, you’ll want to know how to safely clean up the pieces if one breaks in your home. Because they contain small amounts of mercury, it’s important to follow safety precautions. Here’s the step-by-step: 1. Open as many doors and windows as you can, and air out the room […]

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How to Recycle Eyeglasses

Whether you have prescription glasses or sunglasses that you no longer wear, don’t just ditch them. Instead, donate them to someone who can’t afford lenses on their own. There are two organizations that will take your old glasses off your hands: New Eyes for the Needy: Simply mail your old glasses to their offices, and they will donate them to […]

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Julee’s Wedding Countdown: Our “Novel” Wedding Theme

One of the first questions I got after getting engaged (next to “have you set a date?”) was “do you have a theme?” My first reaction was to keep it simple and go with a beach theme since we would be on Martha’s Vineyard. But I quickly nixed it since we chose MV because my fiance’s family owns a house […]

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Use a Rain Barrel Now to Save Water Later

When rain showers are few and far between, it becomes crucial to water your lawn or your container garden. Unfortunately, that doesn’t bode well for saving on your water bill. Unless, of course, you opt for a rain barrel. With this Ration Station kit from Aquabarrel you can divert a portion of the water that flows through your downspouts into […]

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Go Green with Fabric Gift Wrap

Next time you’re giving a gift skip the wrapping paper or gift bag and tie up your present in a reusable fabric wrap instead. Check out these options from Give Wraps available at Chewing the Cud: Give Harmony, $16 Give Harmony (tangerine & grey), $16 Give Love, $16 Would you use fabric gift wrap?

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Have You Ever Used a Windowless Air Conditioner?

So far this summer has been pretty mild in New York City. Yes, there were a couple of days that were absolute scorchers, but other than that I really can’t complain. Especially since I still don’t have an air conditioner. Last summer, my roommate and I tried using our air conditioners in the shared spaces of our apartment. (I wrote […]

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Natural Mosquito Control to Keep the Party Outdoors

There’s nothing I enjoy more than warm weather, good friends, and a backyard gathering, but pesky mosquitoes can really spoil the party. I’ve already been to two parties at which guests were sent running indoors to escape the pests.

Bug spray seems like a simple solution, but I’m convinced I’m allergic to it. Plus, nobody likes to smell like they’ve bathed in a chemical cocktail.

To keep the party outdoors, I’ve rounded up some tips for natural mosquito control.

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What’s the Difference Between Organic and Made With Organic Ingredients?

As if grocery shopping wasn’t hard enough. When it comes to shopping for organic products, there are multiple labels, and each of them has a slightly different meaning, or in some cases, no meaning at all.

 

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Keep reading to find out what exactly all those organic and natural terms really mean.

 

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Close Your Shades to Save Energy

Another easy way to cut down your electric bill this spring and summer: Keep your shades closed especially on the west- and south-facing windows of your home. Doing so prevents your home from being heated by the sun and making your cooling system work harder.

 

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In the colder months do the opposite. Keep your shades up during the day if you can to take advantage of the sun’s energy.

 

What do you do to keep your electric bills low during the summer?

 

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How Much Water Do Low-Flow Showerheads Save?

Switching out your showerhead for a low-flow model is one of the easiest changes you can make to save water. But how much of an impact is it acutally making?

 

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Keep reading to find out how much water you can actually save.

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