Spring Into Warmer Weather Savings

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Courtesy of Tucson Electric Power The spring-cleaning sweep of your home is the perfect time to make sure all appliances are functioning properly, boost energy efficiency and prepare for the summer. In the typical home, more than 40 percent of each month’s electricity is used by plugged-in appliances. Vent fans and clothes dryers are used… Continue reading »

Title: New Solar Powered Pool Cleaner Ready Just in Time for Summer Swim Season

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Temperatures are quickly rising here in Arizona, and a dip in your backyard pool is likely becoming more appealing every day. No one likes spending time cleaning the pool when they could be relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised a jaw-dropping $407,078, Solar Pool Technologies… Continue reading »

5 Landscaping Ideas, Tips & Tricks

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Courtesy of Tucson Electric Power Could your yard use some sprucing up? Find inspiration in these landscaping projects and resources. Given that April is National Safe Digging Month, be sure to adhere to the following safety tips, too. Plant shade trees Trees help conserve energy by shading buildings, streets and cars. Trees also control storm… Continue reading »

Be Kind To Mom & The Planet

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Mothers are very special people; toiling away for our benefit for many, many years; well past our childhood and teenage trials. Mother Nature has been personified as a female for thousands of years, representing the giving of life, sustenance and nurturing- and it’s quite fitting. If you observe Mothers Day, honor your mom and Mother Nature by… Continue reading »

Say Goodbye To Chemicals In Your Shampoo

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The kitchen is not the only place in your house where you can reduce unnecessary chemicals and eliminate wasteful packaging. One place that often gets overlooked is the bathroom. There are all sorts of organic bath products available now that don’t test on animals, don’t use harmful chemicals, and use recycled packaging.  However, the best… Continue reading »

Spring Has Arrived- Here’s What’s In Season!

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Ah Spring has finally arrived, and with longer days and warmer weather comes a new crop of fresh produce. ‘Tis the perfect season to “spring clean” your diet, so out with the heavy fall and winter fare and in with springtime fruits and veggies. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value so here’s what to… Continue reading »

Grandma’s Rules For Simple Living

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We can learn a lot from our wise old grandmothers. Practices common to them—such as growing vegetables, knitting clothes and bartering goods—are the tips and tricks we seek today: a return to the good old days. These rich but simple lifestyles strengthen families and communities while growing local economies around the world. The most important… Continue reading »

Vinegar Can Do WHAT?

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A staple in any pantry, vinegar is a multitasking wonder with a rich history of use for everything from making pickles to treating war wounds. The ancient Babylonians used it to preserve food; medics during World War I treated wounds with it; and Roman armies diluted it with water to create an everyday antibacterial drink…. Continue reading »

Clean Green Babies

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by Sarah Horan There are an overwhelming amount of choices when it comes to buying baby bath products. However, not all baby bath products are created equal. Consider that your baby’s skin is their largest organ and that everything applied to your baby’s tender skin has the potential to be absorbed into their delicate systems,… 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 »

Artichokes: A Spring Superfood!

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Did you know that artichokes are high in antioxidants, have only 25 calories, no fat, 170mg of potassium, are a good source of folate, vitamin C, magnesium & dietary fiber? That’s why we can’t resist giving you a delicious way to enjoy them this weekend! Roasted Artichokes Artichokes are so naturally delicious that it’s best… Continue reading »

“Can’t I Just Dig a Hole and Put a Plant in it?”

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Soil is not just a structure to keep your plants upright. It is the foundation for the entire ecosystem of your garden. According to Joe Smillie’s The Soul of Soil, “The total weight of the living organisms in the top six inches of an acre of soil can range from five thousand to as much… Continue reading »

Ready, Set, Garden!

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Now is the optimal time to start your garden! From mid-February to early March is the time for soil prep.  Well-prepped soil is an essential part of growing beautiful veggies. This means tilling, hoeing, weeding, and fertilizing. Planting in raised beds is the most efficient method of growing veggies and it’s easy to do. While… Continue reading »

You CAN Eat Healthful On A Budget

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Making a trip to the grocery store these days is like running a gauntlet. From one side you are assaulted by food-like substances in brightly labeled packages, some even touting exaggerated health benefits from the toxins within. From the other side, you are gouged and poked by cleverly marketed “natural” foods that are 4 times… Continue reading »

Tomato-Asiago Frittata

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To compliment our Egg Blog, we thought we would share a delicious recipe using those fresh eggs you bought! Ingredients  2 tablespoons half-and-half  2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme  1/2 teaspoon kosher salt  1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper   6 large eggs 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots 1.5 ounces Asiago cheese,… Continue reading »

Eggs 101- Clean Up Your Carton

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Most of us buy eggs without thinking much about them, but the cartons you pick up at the supermarket are worth scrutinizing. Of the labels you’ll see, the most important are “certified organic,” biodynamic,” and “pasture raised,” Why? Eggs that bear these designations are superior for nutrition and for cooking. But it’s also a matter… Continue reading »

Himalayan Salt Lamps- Benefits & Uses

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Have you ever noticed how mentally and physically refreshed you feel after sitting by a gashing waterfall? Or how you experience a boost in energy after spending some time at an untamed seafront? What makes you feel so good in spots of this kind is the abundance of negative ions, which get produced in some… Continue reading »

San Francisco Becomes First City To Ban The Sale Of Plastic Bottles

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Plastic pollution is one of the greatest burdens to the environment. Believe it or not, enough plastic is discarded every year to circle the globe four times. Even worse, it is estimated that 50% of the plastic on this planet is used only once before being thrown away. To curb the issue of plastic pollution, the city of San Francisco has just… Continue reading »

Sow Now, Reap Later: Spring Garden Planning Tips

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Design and plan your garden during the winter months in order to get a fresh and early start in the spring. Now is the best time! Choose your site and prepare your soil now for best results in spring. Determine a garden spot that’s sunny most of the day, (keep in mind that bare winter… Continue reading »

Greywater Recycling- What You Should Know

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What Is Greywater? Greywater is any household wastewater with the exception of wastewater from toilets, which is known as blackwater. Typically, 50-80% of household wastewater is greywater from kitchen sinks, dishwashers, bathroom sinks, tubs and showers. Of course, if you use a composting toilet, 100% of your household wastewater is greywater. Freshly generated greywater is… Continue reading »

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