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Cheap Ways to Be Greener Today

Building sustainable practices into your everyday routines improves the health of the planet and the wealth in your wallet. To lighten your carbon footprint and save some green, try these low- or no-cost [more…]

Seeing to Energy-Efficient Lighting

Lighting the average home accounts for about one-third of its energy use. You can conserve energy by changing to CFL (compact fluorescent) or LED light bulbs, maximizing sunlight [more…]

Measuring to Buy Resilient Floor Tiles

Resilient flooring comes in vinyl, rubber, linoleum, VCT, cork, and slip-resistant materials. Buying floor tile requires measuring and math. Estimate how many tiles to buy by calculating the total floor [more…]

Natural Alternatives to Garden Chemicals

Going natural in your yard is worth it to give your yard a life free of toxic and harmful chemicals. Not only do you limit your children’s exposure to these chemicals when they’re in the yard, but you [more…]

Harnessing the Energy of Flowing Water

Hydroelectric power installations harness the energy contained in flowing water to produce electricity. Hydroelectric power is considered a renewable energy source because the water isn’t consumed during [more…]

Fixing Holes in Carpets

You can save the expense and resources of replacing your carpet by learning how to patch small holes, tears, or damaged areas yourself. Instead of consuming new, unsustainable resources, you do the Earth [more…]

Checking for Disease/Distress When Buying Houseplants

Always give a plant a quick once-over, at the very least, before you make the purchase no matter where you're buying the plant. The following list tells you about the major signs of distress and disease [more…]

Making Gift Wrap Out of Fabric

Wrapping an eco-friendly present in gift paper created from trees and colored with harsh chemicals sends a mixed message when you’re trying to live in harmony with Mother Nature. Bring your green principles [more…]

Digging Deep for Geothermal Energy

One way to draw renewable energy from the earth is to literally draw energy from the earth. Geothermal energy takes advantage of the fact that the deeper you go into the earth’s crust, the warmer things [more…]

Eco-Friendly Vacation Travel Options

The first question to consider when you decide you need a vacation is how far you need to travel. Local vacations are the greenest, but even a green vacation destination means travel propelled by fossil [more…]

How to Replace a Glass Pane in a Sliding Sash Window

The trickiest part of replacing glass panes in metal-frame sliding sash windows is getting replacement glass that’s sized exactly right. To replace a pane in the sliding sash of a metal-frame window, you [more…]

How to Replace a Fiberglass Screen on a Screen Door

Replacing a fiberglass screen is an easy task. Screening comes in metal or fiberglass. Whichever you use, replacing a fiberglass screen on a screen door is a useful skill to have and one you're likely [more…]

Buying a Bird Feeder

Shiny, clanky, commercially available bird feeders have a lot going for them. First and foremost, they keep the seed fresh and dry. It can be snowing like mad, covering up your bird table and ground feeding [more…]

How to Apply Preservative to Wood Shingles

Applying preservative to wood shingles protects the wood. By learning how to apply preservative to wood shingles, you can restore the natural oils to the wood fibers, safeguard the roof from fungus and [more…]

Getting Rid of Clothes the Green Way

The last thing the green-living you wants to do with clothes you no longer wear is to toss them in the trash for a quick trip to the landfill! If they don’t yet look like rags, take them to a consignment [more…]

Overconsuming: Mother Nature’s Laws of Supply and Demand

Everything you consume comes at a cost to the planet — energy uses finite fossil fuels, even food depletes land, water, and light resources. Living a green lifestyle means looking at the resources you [more…]

Defending Your Roses from Insects and Disease

Successful rose gardeners are good observers. Check your roses daily for harmful insects and common rose diseases. If you find either, pesticides exist that are effective, are pretty safe to use, and have [more…]

How to Turn Your Yard into a Balanced Ecosystem

Your yard is a great place to grow your green principles. Left to its own devices, any area becomes a complex ecosystem, which is basically a group of plants and animals in the same area that rely on each [more…]

Doing Laundry the Green Way

Caring for your clothes can feel like the least eco-friendly thing you do. Washing and drying consume a lot of resources — water for washing, natural gas or fossil fuel–powered electricity for drying. [more…]

Fur and Leather: Animal Issues in Clothes Buying

Some people refuse to wear clothes made from animal products — including leather, fur, reptile skins, and even wool — citing environmental and ethical concerns including the following: [more…]

Dividing Perennials in Your Garden

You can divide perennials whenever the ground isn't frozen, but the best time of year for division is a couple of months before severely cold or hot weather sets in. You want to give newly planted sections [more…]

How Businesses Affect the Environment

The place you work can affect the environment either positively or negatively to a very large degree. How eco-friendly your employer is when it comes to using energy to heat and cool the building, to bring [more…]

How to Set Up Your Own Community Environmental Project

You can make a difference to the environment by launching your own green community project. You can tackle a wide range of needs — clearing a hiking trail in a park or lobbying your local legislators to [more…]

Reducing Your Waste to Be More Green

For many people, trash is “out of sight, out of mind” as soon as it leaves their homes. But being green means reducing your impact on the planet, which means reducing your trash. Looking at what you throw [more…]

How to Replace an Aluminum Screen on a Screen Door

Replacing an aluminum screen is an easy task. Screening comes in metal or fiberglass. Whichever you use, replacing an aluminum screen on a screen door is a useful skill to have and one you're likely to [more…]

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