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demand response: beneficial to community and consumer

A few months ago I came across an article debating the benefits and downfalls of demand response programs. My first thought was, what in the heck is demand response? I’ll do my best to answer this first question in a minute. My second thought was, do I even need to read this article? Does it apply to me? and the answer is “Yes!” If you are

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solar + shade

Out in California where we enjoy nearly 300 days a year of sun, going solar is a no
brainer. But take away the predictable sunny weather and solar can be a bit of a

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window covering options to keep you cool

Each season brings the dilemma of how to best deal with the change in
temperature and how to do it in an energy efficient way, which in turn can lower
those energy bills. There are several ways to handle this simply by making

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recycle your old grill

We all know that summer is the time to grill. If you’re in my family, we grill every weekend. We can’t help ourselves. We tend to run our grills ragged by all the grilling we make them do. Because of that, we’ve gone through a grill or two and have learned the best ways to

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demand response energy conservation

If you are green to the core or simply looking for ways to budget your energy
consumption this summer, DR or Demand Response could be the incentive you have
been

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dumb things that don’t make your home greener

The saying if these walls could talk certainly applies when it comes to our home. We love this crazy old place but in terms of going green, our house can be a little, how should I say it? Dumb

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using lighting controls to save energy and money

These days, we’re all looking for ways to save money and energy. Whether it’s reducing energy by using electricity less or upgrading appliances to be more efficient, we’re all trying to save the green in our wallets

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hiking safety 101

When summertime hits, there’s just something that makes us want to head into the great outdoors! If you’re planning to get outside for a hike this summer, be sure you know your safety basics

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UN World Environment Day: How you can use your vivint system to conserve a little energy

Have you heard of World Environment Day? World Environment Day (WED) was created by the United Nations as an international movement dedicated to encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. It is celebrated in more than 100 countries

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the story of stuff

Think about every time you finish a jar of pickles or jam. What if instead of tossing the jar, you took the time to wash it and remove the label in order to repurpose it somehow?

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tips for a green deck (or any other color)

Whether it’s a patio, a pergola or a play set, there’s nothing like the crisp, clean look of freshly-stained woodwork in your yard. There’s also nothing like gazing out over a faded, peeling mess at the beginning of each summer to make you wonder why the heck you decided put so much woodwork in your yard. The every-so-often staining that it takes to keep everything beautiful can be a daunting task

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green pool cleaning

Now that summer is quickly approaching it’s time to start thinking about fun summer activities! Swimming, barbecues, and no school come to mind. But the summer also brings not so fun things like cleaning. If you own a pool, you are very familiar with the task of keeping it clean

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planning an edible garden for spring and summer

As new homeowners, we couldn’t be more excited to have our very own fruit, herb, and vegetable garden this year. Edible gardening is so rewarding and with a bit of planning, you can enjoy continuous harvest from your garden all summer long.

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energy conservation window tips

Every week (and often several times a week) my husband and I exchange playful banter about our house temperature. He happens to prefer our house to sustain artic temperatures (seriously I have to chisel butter for my toast every morning). I, on the other hand, prefer our home warm enough that I don’t have to wear 4 layers in May

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DIY pest control

This is my first official year with a yard and outdoor garden. I’m a bit intimidated but so excited for the challenge. With practice and lots of research, we hope to enjoy the bounty from our vegetable garden all summer long.

The only problem with an edible garden is there’s no disappointment quite like when critters feast on your plants and destroy all of your hard work

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solar-powered cars?

A few months back, we shared some pretty exciting info about Ford’s new concept solar car. The idea seems incredible—harnessing the sun’s power to diminish our reliance on fuels that are expensive, unsustainable, and unfriendly to the Earth.

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drinking water month

Last year, Culligan declared May to be National Drinking Water Month. In an effort to raise awareness about the importance of drinking the best possible water, and also water conservation in our everyday lives

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plants in the home

My adventures in growing herbs, vegetables, some of my favorite flowers has been very rewarding. Before I started, the thought of growing anything seemed impossible without a lawn or a backyard

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green packing strategies

Whether you are selling or buying a new home, moving can be a drama! It seems like no matter how well you plan there can be lots of little last minute details to take care of. We just moved

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upcycling in the garden

Does spring have you itching to get your garden in order? I love these months when the weather turns a little warmer and we’re able to head outside to work in the yard again. If you’re looking for a few ways to spiff up your garden, look no further than the old junk you probably have laying around 

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green transportation habits

Living in Los Angeles, it sometimes turns my stomach to see the sheer number of cars on the freeway at rush hour (or any hour!). And for that matter, sometimes it’s crazy to see people getting into their cars to travel just a block or two. My husband and I recently both got bikes

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green waste programs

Last month we moved from Utah to Southern California and I walked into this move feeling like I was somewhat of an old pro. It was my second time coming to Orange County and I kept telling my husband about this and that and what to expect, but I definitely wasn’t expecting one surprise we found waiting at our new home.

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4 ways to be safe in a national park

Every year we hear about that one guy or one gal who died in a national park. Sometimes it’s a dehydrated hiker who journeyed into unsafe territories. Maybe it’s that moron in front of you who got out of his car to pet the wild buffalo. Other times it’s a thrill-seeker base-jumping off cliffs. It’s hard to convince our rock climbers to ditch their beloved hobby, but

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national park week: free entrance days

I know many of you feel as I do about spring time: I love the sun and its warmth. Spring brings fun, new growth, rebirth, blossoms, fresh air, sweet rain, and green grass. I love waking up to eager boys just waiting to explore, adventure, discover, and get completely covered in dirt. This month hosts National Park Week. What better way to celebrate National Park week than by 

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earth day 2014

Kermit said it best, it ain’t easy being green.  We know that it takes work to live green.  Recycling, conserving energy and

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arbor day: 5 tree planting techniques

National Arbor Day is Friday April 25, and there is no better way to celebrate than by adding a tree to your yard this spring. Trees make great additions to our homes. They can offer shade in warmer climates, protection from wind in harsher climates, beautiful fruits and flowers, and even add to the property value of your home. Trees not only belong to our individual homes

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arbor day: tree planting awareness

Did you know that healthy trees add an average of 10% to a property’s value? Not only that, but properly placed trees can reduce air conditioning needs by as much as 30%! Arbor Day is the last 

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national park week: learn how to get invovled

This week is National Park Week and you can celebrate by becoming a volunteer at your local park. There are a number of ways for you to participate, including park cleanup, working at visitor centers, or joining research projects. There are more than 

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23 ways to go green the simple way

Going ‘green’ is the latest trend for homeowners and is surprisingly simpler then you could imagine. 

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the grass can actually be greener

Every neighborhood I’ve ever lived in, and I’m sure probably every neighborhood in the world, has that one guy and his yard. You know who I’m talking about. The guy whose lawn bursts forth in verdant splendor the minute the snow melts, while yours looks

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