10 Tips For New Gardeners

Gardening season is here. Caring for plants can be overwhelming. It’s easy for new gardeners to get confused. Avoid some of the most common mistakes that new gardeners can make. 1. Overwatering. Most new gardeners think that the more water you give plants, the better — when usually, just the opposite is true. Take the time… Continue reading »

How Do I Get Rid Of This??

Paint? Appliances? Plastic Bags? What do you do with these items that you know you can’t leave on your curb and have the neighborhood recycle guy pick them up. Here are a few tips to help you get rid of them without hurting the environment. Plastic Bags? According to various recycling facilities, plastic bags are… Continue reading »

Solar Energy 101

What is solar energy? Solar energy is, simply, energy provided by the sun. This energy is in the form of solar radiation, which makes the production of solar electricity possible. Electricity can be produced directly from photovoltaic, PV, cells. (Photovoltaic literally means “light” and “electric.”) These cells are made from materials which exhibit the “photovoltaic… Continue reading »

Why Support Your Local Farmer?

You’ve heard the saying “If your grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, it’s not real food.” Eating farm fresh food grown by your local farmer is making it’s way back into mainstream society. It simply makes good sense, and it’s how everyone ate not so long ago—before heart disease, diabetes and obesity had managed to wheedle their… Continue reading »

AquaChill Saves Money & The Environment

ADVERTORIAL Ken Goodrich, principal of Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning and The Sunny Plumber Has your air conditioner been running nonstop since April? Eighty-seven percent of Arizona residents use central air conditioning to cool their homes, and the cost to run air conditioners throughout the state accounts for a large percentage of residential power consumption…. Continue reading »

New Lead Law Affects Your Plumbing, Your Health & The Environment. Are You Ready?

Guest Blog- Ken Goodrich, principal of The Sunny Plumber and Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works hard to protect our health and the environment by enforcing regulations set by the U.S. Congress. In 2011, Congress passed the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act to amend Section 1417… Continue reading »

Beautiful Floor – Sustainable Floor

Besides being good for the environment, green flooring is very very good for you. Green Flooring is made from eco- friendly materials, is usually sustainable and undergoes production and installation which is not harmful to the environment. First let’s take a look at the benefits of choosing eco-friendly flooring: No toxic substances Green flooring does… Continue reading »

Do You Have A Non-Toxic Kitchen?

After spending considerable time choosing organic produce and preparing nutritious food for our families, it can be pretty frustrating to learn that the products we are using to cook, bake, eat and store food with may actually put our families’ health at risk. Materials such as Teflon, BPA, lead, aluminum, phthalates and melamine are commonly… Continue reading »

Easy Tips To Green Your Laundry

Laundry. You gotta do it!  Each day, we use clothing, towels, bedding… and, inevitably, we have to clean it. But how can we do this in the greenest way possible? You see, second to the refrigerator, the washing machine and dryer use the most energy in the home. And that isn’t the only ungreen thing… Continue reading »

Salad Bowl Gardening

Quick Facts… •    Growing your own salad greens can provide a source of fresh, flavorful leafy vegetables with the added benefit of being able to try interesting varieties. •    Salad greens are nutrient rich, generally easy to grow, and may be used in a variety of ways. •    Following these practical tips can help you… Continue reading »

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