10 Easy Ways to Keep Indoor Air Clean! It’s Simple & Smart

It’s the time of year to keep your house sealed tightly to keep the cold out. However, the problem with a tightly sealed home is it also seals in the bad stuff. Did you know that toxins from cleaning supplies, mold and other nasty pollutants that can make you sick? Is your house unhealthy? Improve… Continue reading »

Tips & Tricks To Winterize Your Home

One of the best perks of making your home more green is that it makes a ton of financial sense.  Windy, rainy and cool weather is already here.  For the amount of money you may spend on candy and Halloween decorations this year you could winterize your home, reduce your carbon footprint, be more comfy… Continue reading »

Water Softeners Vs. Water Filters- What You Should Know

What is the difference between a water softener and a water filter? This is a question very few people comprehend. First, you need to understand the difference between Hard water and Contaminated water. What is “Hard water”? Hard water is probably the most common water problem found in the home. Water described as “hard” is… Continue reading »

Living Large In a Tiny House

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 »

Eat Seasonally! Here’s Your Fall List

Fall is our favorite time of the year. There is a such a wide variety of  fruits and veggies in season. Not only do these fruits and veggies taste great, they are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as Vitamin K and carotenoids, which have been linked to protect against certain cancers. For your… Continue reading »

Tips & Tricks For A Healthy School Lunch

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 »

Fresh Smelling Home! Naturally!

An old realtor’s trick for making the house smell incredibly inviting which is also surprisingly green is to put about two capfuls of baking vanilla extract (you can also use almond or orange extract) into an oven-safe coffee cup. Turn the oven on to about 250 degrees and place the coffee cup in the center… Continue reading »

Water Conservation- Facts & Tips You Can Use

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 »

Is Your Laundry Room Making You Sick?

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 »

Commit To Reduce Your Use Of Plastic- We Can Help

Plastic is everywhere. Look around you right now and count the number of things that you know contain plastic. Convenient and cheap, yes. But there are some major pitfalls to living in a plastic world. Plastics can harbor some nasty ingredients, such as phthalates and BPA. And in addition to polluting your body, all that plastic is polluting… Continue reading »

DIY Cloth Wipes

Cloth wipes are a great substitution to expensive and harsh paper wipes, plus they are a bonus for our already suffering planet. When you choose cloth wipes over paper wipes, you can easily save hundreds of dollars a year. To find out more, take a look below for a comprehensive overview on how to make… Continue reading »

Eat Seasonally! Here’s Your Summertime List!

    There’s something so good about eating food when it’s just been picked. It tastes better, it’s better value and it’s a better deal for the planet, so dig in and celebrate what’s fresh in fruits and vegetables. Here’s your Summer list! Apricots are harvested starting in late spring in warmer areas and through… Continue reading »

8 Natural Mosquito Repellants

Before you grab that DEET-based mosquito repellent, consider using a natural option instead. DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, by any other name still stinks. And research proves that the main ingredient in commercial mosquito repellents leaves more than a bad odor. According to a Duke University study, it damages brain cells, can cause behavioural changes,… Continue reading »

5 Ideas For An Energy-Efficient Backyard

Via Tucson Electric Power Nothing says summer like firing up the grill, enjoying the night’s breeze and hanging out in the backyard with friends and family. While you’re enjoying the outdoors, you can also be energy efficient. Use these affordable and easy tips to reduce your energy usage while you relax in your yard. 1…. Continue reading »

Seeds Or 6 Packs?

The best way to get plants growing depends on what you’re growing. Each year when the first warm breath of spring has tickled your inner gardener awake from winter’s drowsy hibernation, it’s easy to surrender to the seduction of a seed catalog with its color pictures of glossy veggies and pretty blooms. Equally alluring is… Continue reading »

Repel Pests, Keep Friends

Even the best-planned healthiest garden will attract pests. Bugs, slugs, and other creepy – crawlies like the tasty lettuce leaf or tomato just as much as humans do. But if you are gardening to provide food for your table, you won’t want to use toxic chemicals to deter invaders. There are lots of nontoxic and… Continue reading »

Spring Into Warmer Weather Savings

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 »

5 Landscaping Ideas, Tips & Tricks

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 »

Say Goodbye To Chemicals In Your Shampoo

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 »

Grandma’s Rules For Simple Living

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 »

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