While we all want to do our part to save the planet, some changes require more expense and effort than the average homeowner is willing to commit. Contrary to what you may think, you don’t have to make major changes in your home in order to green-up. Every little change you make will add up over time. Start with the mantra we’ve all heard: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Beyond that, here are a few more ideas that won’t cost you much. Some will even save you money.
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Now, following up on my post earlier today on the summer solstice, I’ve been thinking (and writing) a lot more about the matter and have come up with some ideas for how a green-oriented person (or, anyone, really) could enjoy the day.
I started vegetable gardening in earnest two years ago, and given my tiny little urban yard, square foot gardening made a ton of sense. If you’re not familiar with the method, it’s basically what it sounds like: rather than arranging plants in rows, you divide your gardening space into square feet, and plant specific edibles and ornamentals in each square.
For those considering building waste management strategies, it might be time to look at the toilet bowl. A number of composting alternatives are now on the market, and they function without emitting putrid odors.
If you weren’t aware, today is National Bike to Work Day in the U.S. That means that even if it is the only day of the year you do so, you should bike to work today! Of course, biking is such a pleasant experience (for most people) if you get out there and try […]
Borrowing (or directing you over to) another article by bicycle experts over on BikeRadar, in honor of Bike Month (and one of the greenest forms of transport on the planet (if not the greenest), here’s another great one….
BikeRadar highlighted some top tips from bike enthusiasts in its forum recently, tips on bike choice, riding, and gear. Below are a few of my favorites, but if you want to read all of them (recommended) just click on the link above.
Keeping cool during the summer is not as difficult as it seems. With simple changes in the way you cool yourself, you can save an enormous amount of money on air conditioning and save it for unusually hot and humid weather.
In 2009, U.S. EPA reported that furniture accounted for 9.8 million tons (4.1%) of household waste. Furniture is the number one least-recycled item in a household, and it was only up until 2008 that there was a recovery (materials used for recycling) greater than 0.05% since the 1960s — 0.1%. And by 2015, it is estimated that we will spend $121.7 billion to re-furbish our homes with new furniture. As we are increasingly persuaded by TV shows to remodel our homes and to replace old furniture, we are also adding more to the landfill in record numbers.
BPA is all around us, in low levels at least, but there are ways to reduce the unnecessary BPA exposures to your baby when it counts the most.
UC Berkeley Researchers Jones and Kammen, working at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) have conducted a landmark GHG emission analysis of U.S. households, and which also provides a tool for more effective consumer and governmental policy decision-making. The “tool” here is the “carbon calculator” made available for free on the Cool Climate Network website.
Several months ago, back in June of 2010, I wrote up a story on the environmental impact of eating meat based on a new-at-the-time United Nations (UN) report on the matter. I recently ran across another good story on this topic on a friend’s site, Global Warming is Real, titled “Eating Less Meat to Cut CO2 Emissions” that resulted in a follow-up.
How green are e-books? Take a look — check out this great infographic.
Today is World Water Day. We’ve written quite a number of water-related posts on Planetsave over the years, and other sites on the Important Media network have as well. For this year’s World Water Day, I’ve decided to share a number of our good water posts altogether, rather than write yet another article on one or two aspects of this important topic.
There is a growing grassroots movement in suburban and urban areas where the local action of growing food is beginning to profoundly transform our neighborhoods and our world. It begins first with a simple attitude shift, when we start thinking of our lawns and backyard gardens as opportunities for sustainably growing food. As we each start to plant a seed, we are healing not only ourselves, but the planet as well.
One of the most energy-efficient ways to stay warm on those cool nights is to take a hottie to bed. A hottie uses less energy than an electric blanket or a space heater, and a hottie can help you keep your body hot and your thermostat down.
It won’t save the world, but reducing your consumption of “standby power” in your electronic devices will save both money and resources.
I’ve got a love-hate relationship with politics, for sure. It can be extremely frustrating, especially given the ignorance and corruption dominating U.S. politics today. I have sworn myself off of politics in the past, but have come back around to it. One of the reasons I’ve done so is the clear need for the U.S. […]
The best things in life are free. This doesn’t only apply to open source applications on the web but other aspects of life as well. You may be surprised, but one of the best things you can do for yourself and mother nature is take cold showers on a daily basis. Sound crazy? Yes, it […]
The task seems so big that it would be easy for everyone to throw up their hands and proclaim their inability to change the environmental problems that are currently ongoing. These include the depletion of forests and other natural habitats, the pollution of the air with greenhouse gases, the poisoning of water sources with toxic […]
So, we’ve covered solar energy and microhydro energy in this Going Green Tips series. Here’s one more small-scale energy option: micro-wind. Like microhydro, micro-wind isn’t an option many people think of or look into when they are thinking of ways to green their energy supply. But it is a real option and perhaps even the […]
As discussed in previous articles, a great way to go green is to cut the coal and a great way to do that is to go solar. There are other clean energy options available for homes and businesses as well, though. One such option is microhydro. In other words, “small” hydroelectric power facilities. While microhydro […]
As I’ve already discussed in this “Going Green Tips” series, one of the most important things we can do to go green is cut the coal. Cutting your use of air conditioning, especially if you live in a hot climate, is one great way to do so, as is switching to LEDs or getting a home […]
Going Green Tip #7 comes from Reggie Norris, Executive Vice President & General Counsel for Clean Energy Experts. Clean Energy Experts is a firm dedicated to accelerating the adoption of cost-effective energy saving products and technologies through education and awareness. A home energy audit is a comprehensive review of the exterior and interior of a […]
Our most recent Going Green Tips post was on “cutting the coal.” One of the best ways to cut the coal is to cut back on your electricity usage, and one of the best ways to do that, especially if you live in the South, is to cut the air conditioning. Author Chip Haynes, who […]
Continuing on with our Going Green Tips series, Going Green Tip #6 should be no surprise (we’re starting with the big boys). The general tip is to stop using coal power. Easier said than done, right? Maybe, but it is VERY important, and there are a lot of reasons why it’s easier now than ever. […]
Going Green Tip #5 comes from guest author Chip Haynes. Chip is author of Wearing Smaller Shoes: Living Light on the Big Blue Marble and The Practical Cyclist: Bicycling for Real People (New Society Publishers). More info on Chip is below the post. Enjoy this great follow-up to Going Green Tip#4: Green Your Transport! By […]
Going Green Tip #4 — Green your transport, not only for the environment, but for your health, happiness, personal finances, and time.
Going green tip #3 is go vegetarian or vegan! But doing so helps more than the environment and the animals you don’t eat. It also helps your health and happiness!
If you’re interested in going green, a big tip I recommend is finding a community (or communities) of green-minded people to “live in” or be a part of. Going green can feel like a constant battle or struggle, or it can be great fun and an ever-interesting endeavor. This depends partly on your own inner perspective, but it […]
I’m going to start off this series with something probably a little unexpected. Before you get into specific, practical ways of going green, you have to have a good reason for going green in the first place. There are practical economic and health reasons on the personal level that definitely warrant going green. Additionally, there […]
I’m starting a new series here on Planetsave. In order to help you all (and ourselves) in “going green,” I or others will start writing short “going green tips” from time to time. I hope these will be useful to you, and if you ever have any going green suggestions, post them on our Facebook […]