Replacing your existing home appliances with more energy-efficient options can do much to ensure your household is an environmentally sustainable one. Conventional washing machines, air conditioners and other major appliances that have been created without efficiency in mind could be costing you far more than you might realize. Upgrading your household for greater energy efficiency can reduce your carbon footprint, lower your utility bills and allow you to take a more active role in addressing the current energy crisis. Creating a greener lifestyle can begin with a Read the rest of this entry »
Many of us in the United States think of water as an infinite resource, but parts of the planet are already beginning to experience water shortages. As climate change continues to make our future uncertain, we should all do our part to conserve water and other natural resources. People frequently feel helpless concerning conservation because they think that the little bit that they can do cannot possibly make a difference. However, there are many everyday things that the average person can do that can make a collective difference if practiced by enough people. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s time for you to www.shopelectricityratestexas.com/ and get your air conditioning turned on full blast – summer is coming fast and depending on where you live it’s going to be HOT! Despite the weather and the prevalence of AC in this country you can still head into the summer months while remaining true to your greenest desires. Here are a few suggestions for staying eco-conscious when the mercury starts to rise Go Solar – Of course the sun’s going to be out in full force so why not get some solar powered fans for your home? They’ll run on less electricity and spinning fans can keep you from using too much resource-sucking air conditioning, too. It’s a win win! Collect Rainwater – People think about the effects of AC and forget about the water crisis mother nature is facing – collecting summer rainwater is a great way to help. With afternoon showers you can get several gallons a week to use for gardening or even water for your pets or cleaning off items like golf clubs or tools. Get Outside – It’s tempting to get in your car and crank up the AC to high but why not use the sunny, non-freezing climate to get outdoors and walk, ride a bike or even skateboard where you need to go? It’s better for you and for the environment!
One of the largest users of electricity in the home is the dryer. Saving money in this tight economy is certainly not a bad idea. Saving money is not a bad idea at any time for that matter. String up a clothes line and hang your clothes to dry for a change.
People who live in apartments or cities may have difficulties hanging clothes outside. This does not mean you cannot hang your clothes to dry, but you will Read the rest of this entry »
As the environment moves to the forefront of our consciousness, people are looking for more green ways of living. This includes the very houses we live in, cook in, and sleep in. It turns out that one of the essential ways to limit the amount of energy used in a house is to limit the size of that house.
By making a new house smaller, fewer building materials are used in the construction. This, in turn, Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to cleaning your home you want to be sure that you are using products that are safe for the people and animals in the home, and all natural green products are also going to be better for the items in the home. There are many different lines of green products on the market that are made of 100 organic substances, and they are just as effective as the expense cleansers that you can get, that are full of harsh and abrasive chemicals and toxins. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many natural solutions that an individual can use for personal care, and many of them go back thousands of years. Natural personal care is very good for the environment, and in many instances is a healthier alternative for the individual than the use of chemical based personal-care ingredients.
Honey is an excellent natural alternative for skincare, and has many properties that will help to enhance the health and well-being of the individual. Honey rejuvenates the skin, and contains many antioxidant properties which help to enhance the youthful appearnace of the skin. Honey also has Read the rest of this entry »
Climate change is in the news everywhere these days whether it’s online, in print, on the radio, or on television. It’s real and it’s causing a lot of attention. If you’ve joined the “green” bandwagon to counter this darkening tide, here are a few tips to consider in your quest to make this world a better place.What’s a degree or two? Seriously, do you really think you’d suffer all that mush if you lowered your winter thermostat by a couple of degrees and increased your summer thermostat by the same? Wouldn’t it be nice to just alter your clothing, save a little money on your utility bill, and save the planet at the same time?Cold is good. Seriously, do you really need to launder your clothes in hot/warm water? Most likely not. When you realize that up to 85 percent of the energy used to machine wash clothes is as a direct result of the Read the rest of this entry »
The United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) released a statement on October 6, 2010 to announce its award of 1.5 million in grants to 14 organizations in 11 states and the District of Columbia to fund environmental education efforts.EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson commented that “every American community relies on clean air, water and land for their environmental and economic health. We want to help expand awareness on how they can get involved in environmental protection and these grants will help communities across the country show how a clean environment starts at home.”We applaud the agency for recognizing that efforts do indeed “start at home” even if the issues ultimately end up being as far-reaching as climate change and water quality.
Formed in the United States in 2001, the Green Party has ten key values that deserve a closer look.1. GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another.2. SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY All persons should have the rights and opportunity to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.3. ECOLOGICAL WISDOM Human societies must operate with the understanding that we are part of nature, not separate from nature.4. NON-VIOLENCE It is essential that we develop effective alternatives to society’s current patterns of violence. We will work to demilitarize, and eliminate weapons of mass destruction, without being naive about the intentions of other governments.5. DECENTRALIZATION Centralization of wealth and power contributes to Read the rest of this entry »