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How To Live Green

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Wind Power: A Gust of Renewable Energy

In 2006, wind-driven electricity powered almost 3 million households in the United States, and this renewable and plentiful green energy source has enormous potential for more. Large-scale wind farms generally [more…]

Confronting Nonrenewable Resources

Planet Earth has useful but finite resources. Green living means using Earth’s nonrenewable resources as sparingly as possible. Fossil fuels, the energy-rich organic substances traced back to the remains [more…]

Sniffing Out Air Freshener Alternatives

Air fresheners aren’t particularly eco-friendly. Most of them simply cover up smells rather than remove them, and they use artificial chemicals to do so. Plug-in air fresheners use energy while they’re [more…]

Container Gardening: Keeping a Home Garden in Limited Space

If you want to be green and grow your own food but have only a small space, you can still garden in containers. Container gardening offers the advantages of fewer insects and weeds to deal with and can [more…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Aiming for the Paperless Office

From a green perspective, reducing the amount of paper you use is key. Paper is produced from trees, which are a declining natural resource. Wasted paper means that not only the wood is wasted but also [more…]

Types of Eco-Friendly Insulation and Their Benefits

Insulation helps your home maintain temperature and lower your heating and cooling bills, and it’s the best thing you can do in your home to save energy and boost your green profile. In a new house, add [more…]

Green-Cleaning Tactics

When it comes to cleaning, you can find a greener way to clean just about everything in the home. Your home can sparkle and shine without the use of toxic chemicals that can harm people and pets and often [more…]

Donating Money to Green Charities

One simple way to care for the environment is simply to donate money to charity. If you’re looking to give away some of your hard-earned income, whatever your eco-friendly ideals, there’s sure to be a [more…]

Banishing Molds and Mildew from Your Environment

Mold and mildew may seem like minor players on the stage of hazardous environmental threats, but some molds can cause major health problems. If you want a green, clean home, you need to prevent or get [more…]

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