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How to Find Out about a Bank’s Green Practices

To find institutions that you’ll be happy banking with, first talk to your current financial institution about its practices. If they’re not green enough, a quick Internet search of different local options [more…]

Respecting the Local People on a Green Vacation

A good green vacation involves showing cultural sensitivity. You have a responsibility to be the best possible guest you can be. This not only includes green travel principles but connecting with the local [more…]

Supporting Local Economies and Communities on Your Green Vacation

Whether your eco-friendly vacation takes you to a bustling city in Japan or a tiny village in Patagonia, make sure that your green principles show by spending your money to support local businesses and [more…]

How to Dispose of Motor Oil Safely

The best way to clean up spilled oil is to cover the oil with a generous layer of kitty litter, let it soak up the oil for a few hours (it will even pull some up out of the concrete or asphalt), then sweep [more…]

The Pros and Cons of Diesel Engines

If you’re considering buying a new automobile, compare the pros and cons of diesel-powered vehicles. Consider these facts to help you decide between a diesel-powered engine and a gasoline-powered one: [more…]

Understanding Diesel Fuels

Diesel fuel is more efficient than gasoline because it contains 10% more energy per gallon than gasoline. But there are a few kinds of diesel fuel: Just as gasoline is rated by its octane, diesel fuel [more…]

What Is Ethanol?

All cars used to run on the same type of fuel, but now gas stations offer not only unleaded gasoline but alternative fuels, such as ethanol, diesel, biodiesel, and others. Ethanol in particular has started [more…]

What Are Hybrid Vehicles?

Hybrid vehicles are called hybridsbecause they use both a small internal combustion engine (ICE) and an electric motor to obtain maximum power and fuel economy with minimum emissions. How they do this [more…]

What Actions Add CO2 to the Environment?

Reducing our carbon footprint by lowering CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions means being aware of what daily activities pollute the environment and making better choices to reduce the impact you have on the [more…]

CO2 Emissions Measuring Tools

How much CO2 is going into the environment? If you’re wondering about how much carbon dioxide is released into the air from your actions, use these resources to find out: [more…]

Do You Get Enough Wind for a Wind-Energy System?

Analyzing your wind resource (your site's average wind speed, measured in miles per hour) is one of the hardest jobs you face when selecting a wind-electric system; no single method gives you exact numbers [more…]

Verify Energy Claims from Wind Generator Professionals

Many wind generator inventors, manufacturers, and installers make claims about how much energy you can get from their idea or product, but how can you know whether those energy claims are realistic, ambitious [more…]

The Major Parts of a Wind-Energy System

When it comes to power, a wind generator by itself will do absolutely nothing for you. You need a wind-energy system, which consists of most or all of these components: [more…]

Assess Your Energy Usage to Determine Your Wind-Energy Needs

Doing a usage assessment to determine how much energy you need is a vital step toward getting a successful wind-electric system that meets your power expectations. These steps help you calculate how much [more…]

Wind Power For Dummies Cheat Sheet

After you decide that your home is a good candidate for wind power, you need to understand the basic parts of wind-electric systems and how they fit together. In addition, you need to evaluate how much [more…]

Gardening Tip: Keeping Dirt and Toxins Out of Your Home

If you're a gardener, a big challenge is keeping dirt and pesticides out of your house. It's a near impossible effort to keep from tracking part of your garden into your house as you traipse back and forth [more…]

Expand Your Garden and Harvest Your Seeds

Once you’ve been gardening your own little patch of earth for a few years, you can stretch beyond your repertoire, and add to your basil, tomatoes, and peppers, or even harvest your own seeds for the following [more…]

How to Kill Weeds in Your Garden Using Newspapers

Newspapers are a gardener's greatest green weed suppressor. A thick stack of wet newspapers laid down in a new bed deters weed growth so your plants have a chance to stake their place in the soil. The [more…]

How to Conserve Water in Your Bathroom

Your home's bathroom is likely its biggest source of water usage — and water waste. Take steps to make your home more green by conserving water. You'll also lower your water bills, thus keeping more green [more…]

Use Rain Barrels to Cut Down on Summer Water Bills

In the spring and summer, when you spend more time outside in the garden, you may want to set up one or two rain barrels to catch excess rainwater. Watering your lawn and flowers with a hose can really [more…]

Make Your Fireplace More Energy-Efficient

A fireplace might be cozy and homey, but they are not very energy-efficient for a green home. For one thing, your fireplace allows a lot of warm air to escape from your home. For another, burning wood [more…]

How to Cut Energy Consumption in Your Kitchen

If you're interested in green living, preparing your own meals in your kitchen is better for you — and better for the environment — than going out or eating packaged food. If you’re tired of dinner in [more…]

Efficient Furnaces Mean Low Winter Heating Bills

You can save money and stay warmer in winter by investing in an efficient furnace, and also having it regularly serviced. If your existing furnace dies, or you’re looking for a furnace for your new home [more…]

Green Tips for Doing Laundry

Even if you don’t use a high-efficiency frontload machine, there are ways to make doing laundry more green and use less energy. First, you save energy from your hot water heater if you wash all your laundry [more…]

How to Extend the Life of Your Clothes

You can live green by extending the life of your clothes. Following a few simple rules can make your clothes last longer and help you spend less money on replacements, energy, and detergents. [more…]

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