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i’m dreaming of a green christmas

With the holidays right around the corner the hustle and bustle of the season is in full effect! It can be challenging to get it all done with a smile on your face, make that next to impossible. But there is something about the holiday spirit that makes us go the extra mile.

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real vs. fake — the christmas tree debate

The debate over real vs. fake Christmas trees has come up each year, for as long as I can remember.  As with many debates, just when I think I’ve got a handle on which is the correct side, sure enough, I get surprised at the actual facts.  Here are a few facts for you to mull over until the debate comes up again next year when even more studies have been completed.

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green monday

If you are serious about your Christmas prep like me, then you already know that the second Monday in December is known as Green Monday.  Sitting two perfect weeks before Christmas, Green Monday is the day when shoppers get serious about gifting, and getting the house hung with boughs of holly goes full tilt. While Green Monday is the busiest shopping day of the year for retail, (I know, you were thinking Black Friday, right?), this year let’s pledge to make it a different shade of green.  

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green for all ages

Everyone is talking about going green these days but how can we really apply this idea to our life? Here are a few age specific ways to teach green principles to every member of your family.

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sustainable cooking

Sustainable has become a popular word in recent years, especially in regards to food. Sustainable, by definition, means able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed and able to last or continue for a long time.

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orange is the new green

There are few things that bring more family fun come October than a trip to the pumpkin patch.  The colors are gorgeous this time of year and if you head on out to a local pumpkin farm you can enjoy the full spectrum of orange pumpkins, along with green, white, and some beautiful marbled tabletop squashes.  When it comes to selecting that oh so special pumpkin to grace your front porch this fall, why not go green?

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saving energy in the bathroom

The bathroom probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about reducing energy consumption in the home. However, there’s actually a lot you can do (besides cold showers in the dark) to make sure that your time in the bathroom is as low impact on the environment (and the budget) as possible.

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saving energy in the kitchen

Hello autumn! We are so ready to spend cool fall days around the kitchen table with family, preparing delicious pumpkin pies, pierogis and banana loaves. It is a time of tradition so whatever you and your family loves to do together, we are willing to bet it has something to do with the kitchen.

While the change of season certainly sees us spending more time indoors and therefore using more energy, it is also time to be more conscious about the energy we are using when we aren’t busying our selves over a hot stove.

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How to Make Your Windows as Energy Efficient and as Safe as Possible

The hours of warming sunshine are getting shorter, the colors on the leaves are changing and with this time of year our minds start trying to come up with ways  to stay warm!  One of the biggest culprits of heat stealing are those beautiful windows that can let in such light and warmth. 

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getting your home ready during fall

Although I don’t like to admit it, the first frost and the chill of winter are quickly approaching. Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home to withstand

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green basket programs

Autumn is a time of harvest and the perfect opportunity for the family to learn a little about the origin of your food.  The local food movement is going strong with many towns and cities hosting weekly farmer’s markets

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city bike-sharing programs on the rise

When New York City launched its bike-sharing program last summer, I wondered if it would simply be a short-term fad. After all, who besides bike messengers would want to cruise the city streets of Manhattan on a two-wheeler?

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everyone can live green!

Do you hear people talking about “green living” and get a mental block or even feel so guilty you just want to bury your head in the sand? Well, there’s no need to! There are simple ways to make a

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get involved in your community garden

I remember when my husband and I lived in New York City, I would always get so excited when we passed by a community garden. There’s something so special about a green space like that, especially in an

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how can farmer’s markets save you money?

Every Sunday in my neighborhood, there is a farmer’s market that has the most delicious and fresh California produce. We try to go every week to snag some samples, peruse the homemade goods, and just get some fresh air. It can be a real gamble whether the farmer’s market can save you money

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frequenting farmer’s markets can simplify your life

Grocery stores are LOUD in every way!  From the fluorescent-colored serial boxes, rows of canned goods, toy, diapers, baby food, various packaged goods screaming out at you, to the rattle and squeak of shopping cart wheels surrounding you, a trip to the grocery store is usually the worst part of a stressful day.

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a beginner’s guide to the farmer’s market

Seeking out a one stop family friendly destination for fun, food and a little time in the sun this summer? Look no further than your local farmer’s market! Farmer’s markets are becoming a popular destination not only for picking up the freshest and most local seasonal produce and flowers, but farmer’s markets are also

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farmer’s market and family

I was fortunate to have lived in a very small village in France. One of the great privileges of living there was getting to shop at the beautiful & delicious open Marche each week. We had our choice of fresh milk, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, bread, flowers & much, much more. Once I was gifted a few

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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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what is a demand response program?

Demand Response Programs are designed to find fiscally and environmentally responsible ways to respond to occasional and temporary peak utility demand periods. The basic idea is to decrease the amount of power we use & build a reserve of power for when or in case it is needed. Programs often offer incentives to those that

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inventive uses of solar

I have raved a time or two in this space about how incredible it is to witness the speed with which our world is changing and the impact of innovation on our daily lives. However, one area of innovation that I’ve always been a bit disappointed with is renewable energy. Historically it’s been tough to generate enough

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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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