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All posts tagged green living

how green living brings happiness

By now we’re all really aware of the term “going green.” It seems every where we look we find eco-friendly items, practices, and even buildings. Sure we know that green living is good for the earth, but have you ever stopped to think about how green living can also be good for you too?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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simply smarter ways to keep america beautiful

The environment gets a lot of love in April. You’re probably already familiar with Earth Day, which is held annually on April 22. But did you know that April is also Keep America Beautiful Month.

Founded more than 60 years ago

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first day of spring

It’s finally here, oh spring how much I have missed you! This winter has been a doosey for most of the country, so spring is definitely being met with open arms.  I was finally able to enjoy

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gardening in the winter

Whether you have a green thumb or not, you can’t help but feel like anything remotely looking like spring would be a friendly face in a month such as February. Luckily, bringing a bit of lush green flora around the home won’t be too much trouble

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gotta get ahead: how to set up recycling for the spring

It really feels like winter will never end, but spring is finally only a few weeks away and that means it’s never to early to gear up for spring cleaning. If you are like me, once I start, I just can’t stop. One drawer turns into my kitchen getting a complete

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green ways to read

If you love to read, you understand the excitement of cracking open a brand new book. The corners are still crisp and paper smells freshly printed. But if you’re

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goodbye incandescent bulbs…

The time has come to say goodbye to incandescent bulbs in Canada and hello to LEDs and other energy efficient bulbs. January 1, 2014, marked the official day of new standards being introduced in terms of energy use and light bulbs

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recycle-a-bicycle

Last year I made a big purchase for a girl who lives in a small studio apartment: I bought a bike. It now lives in my kitchen waiting for those first hints of warm weather when I can break her out and bike down Riverside Park on a perfect spring day

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greenest shipping companies

Everyone is going green. From using reusable shopping bags to recycling at home, consumers aren’t the only ones who are earth conscious.

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supporting your community garden

A community garden can gather neighbors of all ages together for a common goal.  Community gardens can help boost neighborhood pride, get you and your neighbors outdoors and face to face, and create a meaningful space for you and your community to gather.

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support your local farmers

Imagine a summer without a fresh juicy peach or early fall without the crunch of grilled corn on the cob. Pretty hard to imagine that, right? Well, for many local farmers, without the support of consumers like us that could soon be a reality. Farmland could soon become a thing of a past unless we start making changes immediately and preserve both the notion of eating locally but also supporting local business.

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pack a no-waste lunch

We all face the dilemma of lunch every day, whether you are heading off to work in the morning or preparing to send kids off to school. Sometimes planning ahead can be such a pain, but packing a lunch can save time, money, and energy. As an added bonus, packing a lunch is not only cheaper, most of the time it’s a healthier solution, too.

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recycle smarter

We constantly hear about how much waste we produce—every time we go to the grocery store we see excessive packaging—whenever we have an item shipped we receive it with enough bubble wrap and Styrofoam chips to cushion a fall from an airplane.

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zeroscaping – can it be pretty?

Zeroscaping, also called xeriscaping, is a form of landscaping that requires little to no water. Some people like to call it zeroscaping because there is “zero” maintenance or upkeep to it. On the other hand, xeriscaping refers to xeric, which means “having scant moisture.”

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monitor your energy usage

The first step when making the decision to go green and limit the family energy usage is to determine your energy consumption. Determining the what, when, and how makes decisions regarding the size and scope of solar panels, insulation, and appliance usage a lot easier and more accurate.

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summer solstice

Today is the summer solstice: the longest day of the year and the official start of the summer season!

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alternatives to air conditioning

Even if you’re not willing to completely forgo the air-conditioner this summer, here are a ten things you can do to stay cool that don’t involve turning on the AC:

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produce in season during june and july

One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh produce, including some of my favorites like blackberries and avocados. Farmer’s markets are in full swing in my neighborhood and that means I can find local, super fresh produce at great prices.

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choosing an environmentally friendly air conditioner

When we picked up and moved north of the Golden Gate Bridge last spring, it was the first time in our 16 years as Bay Area residents that we experienced an actual summer.

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conserve, preserve, and protect our oceans

Oceans cover about 71% of the Earth’s surface, and yet almost 95% remains unexplored! The ocean is integral to life on Earth because it forms part of the carbon cycle. It’s also beautiful. Is it any wonder we should want to conserve and protect it?

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solar lights around the home

Solar-powered lights are an increasingly popular choice for homeowners to brighten their landscapes. Why are they a great choice for your home?

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make your own diy natural bug spray

I’m a magnet when it comes to bugs in the summer. Mosquitoes, gnats, you name it—they love me. While I have no idea why, I like to think it’s because my pheromones smell just so inviting.

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world environmental day

World Environment Day (WED) is a worldwide celebration for positive environmental action.

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solar energy terminology

When considering solar energy for your home, there can be a lot of new terminology to absorb. Solar energy in essence is pretty basic. Simply put, solar energy is harnessing the sun’s rays and converting them into usable electricity. But throw in terms like photovoltaic, collectors, and concentrators and things can start to sound complicated.

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