Small Efforts Big Rewards

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Courtesy of Tucson Electric Power Small efforts can reap large rewards when it comes to energy efficiency. Consider taking these quick, easy steps to save money on your energy bill: Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Light bulbs use only a small amount of energy to start up – for a compact… Continue reading »

The Beauty Of Fall

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Fall is a great time of year. Since the days get shorter and it gets dark outside so much earlier. It is also the perfect opportunity to go green! To get you in the autumn mood, while getting your excited about sustainability, check out our favorite eco-friendly ways to welcome fall. Green Your Overall Health…. Continue reading »

Honey Coconut Body Wash

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We love this natural recipe! Courtesy of Mother Earth Living Moisture from coconut oil, invigorating antibacterial properties from honey, and a tangy touch of citrus make this body wash unique. You will have a home spa day with every shower when you use this honey-sweet, sunshine-scented moisturizing body wash. 1/2 cup extra-virgin coconut oil?• 1/2… Continue reading »

DIY Household Cleaner

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Think you’re making the smarter, healthier buy with “green” cleaning products? You might still be spraying some nasty, environment-harming chemicals in your home. A lot of products that are supposed to be environmentally friendly still contain chemicals like 2-Butoxyethanol, which is linked to birth defects, reproductive problems, and a host of other diseases. So if… Continue reading »

13 Ways To A Greener Kitchen

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1. Buy Local and Seasonal Eating local foods (to avoid transportation costs), wholefoods (to avoid processing costs) and organic foods (to avoid petroleum-based fertilizer usage) is a big step toward reducing our carbon footprint.  “Sign up to your local Community Supported Agriculture scheme. You’ll be helping small (and often organic) farmers survive, and you’ll get fresh, tasty food.” 2. Reduce Food Waste… Continue reading »

Water Conservation- Facts & Tips You Can Use

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Celebrating  Water Wednesday with these fun water facts that may surprise you. Did you know… Less than 2% of the Earth’s water supply is fresh water. Of all the earth’s water, 97% is salt water found in oceans and seas. Only 1% of the earth’s water is available for drinking water. 2% is frozen. The… Continue reading »

Say Yes To A Healthy School Lunch!

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Starting your kids off right by packing school lunches with nutritious foods that taste good will help them establish healthy eating habits for life. Instead of a sandwich on white bread, bag of chips, and cookies, try some of the following healthy (and more interesting) items for your child’s lunch box: What to Pack Carrots… Continue reading »

Living Large In a Tiny House

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Even before Thoreau wrote of his experiences at Walden Pond, people knew that downsizing can be an important part of living sustainably. Reducing waste, our carbon footprint, and our impact on the environment are all aspects of living a more responsible life. Over the past 15 years, extending these choices to the homes we live… Continue reading »

Gazpacho-The Best Way To Enjoy Fresh Tomatoes

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Enjoy the seasons best: tomatoes! Gazpachos is the best way to enjoy yummy tomatoes and it’s healthy too! Ingredients * 4 ripe tomatoes * 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil * 2 ounces cider vinegar or sherry vinegar * 2 cups tomato juice * 1 cup diced stale or lightly toasted baguette bread * 2 cucumbers,… Continue reading »

FAQs: Solar Energy

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Solar energy is becoming a very important part of our energy market — and its popularity is growing fast thanks to it becoming more affordable over the last few years. Thanks to improvements in solar panels, this type of energy is a practical solution for many families looking to make the switch to clean energy… Continue reading »

Here’s 5 Easy Ways To Help The Ocean

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1. Avoid pesticides, fertilizers and toxic cleaning products. The rivers of our world are funneling chemicals into the ocean all the time, and that’s a disgrace. So use natural fertilizers like manure, avoid foods that have been grown with pesticides, and choose non-toxic cleaning products 2. Cut down on the amount of stuff you buy…. Continue reading »

Who Knew Vodka Could Do This?

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Although many still indulge in the “medicinal” benefits of a martini, vodka has a surprising array of alternative uses that can save money and be kinder to the planet than the harsh chemicals it can stand in for. And with so many uses, it makes sense to have one bottle of vodka rather than array… Continue reading »

Love Your Family- The Non-Toxic Way

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Looking at what the conventional home is today, it is nearly impossible to make a non-toxic environment for yourself, let alone for your children. Many things are out of our control as consumers and as tenants of homes. But there are a handful of key elements that we can control in our children’s lives. Helping… Continue reading »

Is Your Laundry Room Making You Sick?

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Ah! The smell of newly washed clothes.  They smell as fresh as a spring morning. Did you know that conventional laundry-care products often contain chemicals with negative health effects ranging from skin and throat irritation to carcinogenicity? In fact, the laundry room may be one of the more toxic areas in your home. Researchers have… Continue reading »

DIY Laundry Detergent

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Making your own batch of laundry detergent is light on the wallet, gentle on clothing, and great for the environment. A typical batch of homemade laundry detergent using the recipes below will cost approximately three dollars, less than half of the leading national brand. All you need to do is collect three simple ingredients and… Continue reading »

3 Simple Homemade Veggie Washes

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More than 9 million people get sick every year from dirty food, and according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fruits and vegetables contaminated with harmful bacteria cause 46 percent of those illnesses. Good food hygiene that we practice at home, every day, can have a significant impact on… Continue reading »

Natural Sunburn Relief At Your Fingertips

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In hot weather, it can be easy to accidentally get overheated or sunburned, even if we’re careful. Soothe sensitive skin with these spa-like treatments you can make with grocery-store ingredients. Yogurt Mask  To relieve the heat and redness of a sunburned face, apply a thick paste of cold yogurt and chamomile essential oil. Because yogurt is… Continue reading »

Why Gardening Makes You Happier

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Did you know that gardening can ward off depression, improve your mood and make you feel life is more worthwhile? •    Gardeners are less likely to display signs of depression •    Poll found 80 per cent of gardeners feel satisfied with their lives •    Only 67 per cent of non-gardeners feel the same way If… Continue reading »

Tips and Tricks for Bugs and Weeds

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By Sarah Horan No one wants to spray harmful chemicals in their garden, particularly if they are planning to eat out of it! Regular pesticide and herbicide products can be harmful to the other organisms that share the ecosystem with us, and who can be beneficial to your garden, like butterflies and birds. However, weeds… Continue reading »

Refreshing Watermelon Iced Green Tea

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Using seasonal fruit, like watermelon, reduces the carbon footprint of this drink! Feel free to substitute any other fruit (such as peaches or strawberries) that are in season! Try pairing it with an eco-friendly cheese platter. Serves 8 Ingredients: 4 cups seedless watermelon flesh, cubed 2 cups hot water   Green tea (2 tsp loose leaf or 2 tea… Continue reading »

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