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Green Volunteer Gigs to Build Skills for Green Careers

Volunteering is one of the most effective ways to gain skills, build your green network, and add accomplishments to your resume. Check out these opportunities: [more…]

Green Careers For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A growing number of people are looking for ways to green their current jobs or find careers in environmentally responsible sectors of the economy. Eco-friendly jobs provide a two-pronged solution. But [more…]

Hobby Farming: Know Your Growing Seasons

Deciding which crops to plant depends on how well things will grow on your farm. The length of the growing season is vital because you want your plants to produce fruit before the first frost. Determine [more…]

Plant Rotation Suggestions for Hobby Farming

Rotating the plants (crops) on your farm enhances plant health and soil quality. To rotate your plantings, divide your garden into several sections and plant each section with a different family of plant [more…]

Hobby Farming: Basics of Farm Animal Care

What's a farm without animals? A hobby farmer who wants to raise animals must understand that he or she is responsible for their care. Animals need food, water, exercise and clean shelter everyday. Good [more…]

Hobby Farming: Warning Signs of Illness in Farm Animals

A hobby farmer, like a commercial farmer, must keep an eye on the health of the farm animals by checking them routinely. Daily observation tells you the animals' habits, and will help you determine if [more…]

Deciding on Farming as a Hobby

If you decide to leave the hubbub of the city for farming, remember that farming involves tasks that aren't part of the responsibilities of city jobs. Here are some ways to lessen the learning curve if [more…]

Hobby Farming For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re thinking about taking up farming as a hobby, educate yourself about the responsibilities. Research hobby farming by using local resources (like the library and neighbors), using the Internet, [more…]

How to Remove Stubborn Stains

There’s a good chance that you’ll be able to remove all traces of a stain if you react with the right cleaning materials in time. Whether it’s red wine, coffee, ink [more…]

Staying Safe when Installing a Photovoltaic System

Installing a photovoltaic (PV) system often means you're working on a roof or other high place and definitely means electricity is involved. PV systems convert solar energy into electricity —and electricity [more…]

Major Components in a Photovoltaic System Design

New to photovoltaic (PV) systems (solar panels)? Haven't a clue what their major components are? Here's your chance to discover what goes into both grid-direct and battery-based PV system designs. [more…]

Designing Photovoltaic Systems: Site-Survey Tips

The best way to prepare to design a photovoltaic (PV) system is to conduct a site survey. This survey helps you get familiar with the client's property so you can better evaluate which location is best [more…]

Photovoltaic Design & Installation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Sunlight allows photovoltaic (PV) modules (also called solar panels) to produce electricity and perform useful work, such as running electrical loads or putting energy back into the utility grid. To get [more…]

Reduce Food Packaging for a Greener Lifestyle

The general guideline for minimizing your trash for a more eco-friendly trash heap is to buy products with the least possible packaging or with recyclable packaging. Shopping at grocery stores that sell [more…]

Which Materials Can You Recycle?

Recycling, one of the three Rs of environmentalism, is a way to convert discarded items into new goods. Not everything can be recycled (yet), but you should be able to find recycling facilities for these [more…]

Turning Your Trash into Someone Else's Treasure

If you can't reuse something, can't find anyone who wants it, and can't recycle it, take the eco-friendly route and think of ways to give it away or sell it before you throw it out. Your trash may be someone [more…]

Tie Your Garden into the Local Ecosystem with Native Plants

The ideal environmentally sound garden has native plants and shrubs that thrive in your local climate. Native plants make the most of the local environment and bolster the local ecosystem. They don't need [more…]

How to Raise Green Awareness at Your Child’s School

Green living is a hot topic in schools throughout the United States, and chances are good that your children’s school is already looking at environmentally friendly initiatives. As a concerned parent, [more…]

Eight Easy Green Remodeling Projects

Green living starts at home, and in the home. Decreasing your home's carbon footprint doesn't require hiring professionals. If you’re an eco-friendly do-it-yourselfer, projects to improve your home’s carbon [more…]

Choosing Urban Living for its Green-ness

The most sustainable housing locations are those close to the amenities that enable you to live a green lifestyle. For that reason, living in the city is usually your most eco-friendly choice. Being within [more…]

How New Urbanism Makes Traditional Suburbs Greener

Recent suburban green living designs are moving toward new urbanism, which incorporates mixed housing types, higher housing densities, walking paths, community parks, local shopping centers, and strong [more…]

Adopting Four Primary Green Living Strategies

Implement these green living strategies to enjoy an eco-friendly lifestyle every day. By embracing these practices, you promote improved sustainability, decrease your carbon footprint, and become part [more…]

Shopping Greenly and Ethically

IF you're trying to make your lifestyle more sustainable and your choices more ethical, examine how you shop. Food and goods produced locally by fairly treated workers are more sustainable than items made [more…]

Maintaining Furnaces and Air Conditioners Efficiently and Greenly

Regular maintenance of furnaces and air conditioners helps keep them working at top efficiency, which reduces your energy use, and the less energy you use, the more eco-friendly you are. Use these tips [more…]

Tools You Need for Composting

All the tools you really need to start composting are a long-handled fork, a spade or shovel, and something with which to chop up larger stems and prunings. But like most jobs in the garden, having the [more…]

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