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Detecting Radon in Your Home

Radon gas is a natural product, but it’s not one you want in your green, eco-friendly home. Radon is colorless, odorless, and radioactive; that last one can cause health problems, such as lung cancer, [more…]

Saving Gas and Cutting Pollution with Hybrid Cars

Automobile manufacturers have responded to growing concern for the environment by producing hybrid vehicles that work by adding an electric motor to a gasoline engine, thereby reducing the amount of fuel [more…]

How to Introduce Kids to a Green Lifestyle

The most effective way to teach your children to live a green lifestyle — with care and consideration for the environment, animals, and people with whom they share the world — is to live that green lifestyle [more…]

How to Deal with Multiple Focal Points in a Room

Understanding how to deal with multiple focal points in a room can be challenging. Where do you look first in a room with focal points like a fireplace and a bay window [more…]

Biodiesel is a Greener Fuel

Diesel is a fossil fuel that, like gasoline, is created by refining petroleum. The exciting environmental twist on diesel fuel involves options for producing it from non-petroleum sources that burn cleaner [more…]

Giving Away Used Goods for the Good of the Planet

In terms of being green, giving away used goods through a charitable organization reduces waste and fits in with the eco-friendly idea of reusing as much as possible. If you’re interested in giving things [more…]

Conserving Energy While Using Your Dishwasher

When it comes to eco-friendly dishwashing, the question is whether to wash by hand or to use the dishwasher. Surprisingly, for everyday dishes, an Energy Star–rated dishwasher is the choice of the [more…]

Produce without the Pesticides: Organic Gardening

Gardening organically means using no chemical fertilizers or pesticides; the only growing aides are sunlight, water (preferably from water-conserving sources such as rain barrels), and possibly some organic [more…]

Green Groceries: Buying Food Locally

From an environmental point of view, it’s best to buy your food locally. The main benefit is that it cuts down on food miles, the distance food travels from where it’s produced to your plate. Mechanical [more…]

Keeping Your Refrigerator and Freezer Eco-Friendly

The refrigerator is pretty essential in today’s world, but it doesn’t have to be an energy guzzler or an environmental hazard. Try these strategies for making the most of your fridge [more…]

How to Choose Furniture for a Large Room

Choosing furniture for large rooms leaves many scratching their heads. Knowing how to choose the right furniture for a large room can keep your wide-open spaces from seeming cavernous. [more…]

Planting Trees: A Green Community Project

Planting trees can be one of the best green things you can do in and for your community. When you consider what trees do for the environment, they’re pretty amazing. They provide food and homes for squirrels [more…]

Being Environmentally Sound at Work

All the eco-friendly measures you put in place at home — energy-efficient appliances and equipment, water-saving and energy conservation devices and strategies, recycling and reusing programs — can translate [more…]

Hydrogen Fuel Cells — Clean Energy for Cars of the Future?

The advantages of hydrogen fuel cell technology are huge because it releases no emissions at all. Hydrogen is a potential catalyst for energy for utilities as well as for transportation, though several [more…]

How to Establish a Local Recycling Project

Cutting down on the amount of waste generated across the United States is a crucial part of green living, so it makes sense to get the community involved in waste-reduction strategies, including recycling [more…]

Creating Energy with Biomass

Biomass is any organic material. Converting biomass to sustainable energy is a carbon-neutral process because, although burning or otherwise processing the material releases carbon, new organic material [more…]

Examining Genetically Modified Food

A green lifestyle is about treating the planet and the life it supports with respect. Genetic modification (GM) generally runs counter to a green lifestyle, especially when it comes to food. [more…]

Going Beyond Cleaning Up the Environment: Community Renewal Projects

In many towns and cities, entire neighborhoods have become run-down, contributing to crime and environmental damage. Trash, including hazardous materials, is often left on streets or on vacant lots instead [more…]

Preserving and Restoring Historic Buildings and Sites

Rebuilding, restoring, or upgrading sites and buildings of importance to an area’s history is an effective way to contribute to your local environment. You can join in one of thousands of projects going [more…]

How to Throw a Green Party

Every big life event — birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays, and religious festivals — deserves to be marked in an appropriate way. Celebrate in a way that’s green, and you extend your focus on [more…]

Green Gift Giving: Regifting

Regifting — giving a gift you’ve received to someone else as a gift — is a way to recycle unwanted or unneeded items. You can also regift something that’s important to you and thus share its value — perhaps [more…]

Avoiding Toxic Food Storage

Plastic containers and cling wraps used for storing and heating food have come under the environmental spotlight because researchers have discovered that certain chemicals in those plastics — especially [more…]

Eco-friendly Driving Tactics

Despite the environmental issues attached to vehicle usage, sometimes even the most eco-friendly person has to drive. At those times, you can increase your fuel efficiency and reduce your emission of carbon [more…]

Telecommute to Save the Planet

Telecommuting, in which a person connects to work via a computer from outside the office, benefits the community and the environment: A telecommuter doesn’t burn fuel to get to work, thus reducing greenhouse [more…]

The Promise and the Problems of Ethanol

An alternative fuel for gasoline-powered vehicles, ethanol (a form of alcohol derived from plants) reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the need for fossil fuels. The major controversy surrounding ethanol [more…]

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