How to save money on your home energy use. Seventeen energy-saving steps that green your home

piles of folded blankets and quilts that appear maybe homemade sitting on aged/vintage chairs in a yard with a background of trees

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Saving money on energy and home bills and conserving energy and the environment are the same thing. You want lower bills, everyone needs greener air. Win-win!

Check out a few tips for how to save your wallet and the planet:

  1. Cuddle up at night. Lower your heat at night to save. Pile on the blankets, cuddle up, and remember to wear socks. Keeping your feet warm at night helps you fall asleep faster. Continue reading
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Thirteen auto tips for saving gas and lowering car repair costs

car fuel gauge, orange arm on a black background with white E and F, indicating an almost empty tank

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Everyone knows the cost of gas. Everyone complains about the cost of gas. Chances are, if you are drawing a blank on small-talk topics, gas prices will be popular.

So how do you take care of your car and drive to maximize your miles-per-gallon (mpg)?

  1. Get the lead out–of your trunk. Your car’s trunk is a handy place to store all sorts of things–car stuff, sports stuff, that return-bound bag of cement you never used for that fencepost project. Whatever it is, it adds up, and every one hundred pounds removed can improve fuel economy by 2 percent, according to a Federal Trade Commission report.
  2. Walk! Park your car and get some exercise. The best way to stretch your gas money is to leave your car parked and walk instead. It is rumored that short trips of 1 mile or less are the number-one reason for most American car trips. And, according to the Web site www.walkscore.com, a study in Washington State found that the average resident of a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood weighs seven pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood. | So next time you think about climbing in your car to drive somewhere nearby, stop and think–can I walk there? Can I ride my bike? The life (and the money) you save may be your own. Continue reading

Garden: the easiest way your family can save money, eat healthier, help the environment

basket of fresh garden vegetables like carrots, lettuce, cabbage in a basket sitting in a garden

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If you have a yard, start a garden. The financial benefits of gardening are extensive, the health benefits are obvious, and the environmental benefits are substantial. You don’t need a huge garden, and your family can help out and bond through the care of it.

Here’s a list of ways to maximize the benefits of gardening in your life:

  1. Make your own fertilizer. Get in the habit of composting your vegetable and garden scraps. You will do something nice for the planet, put less into the waste stream, and get free fertilizer for your garden in the process! You can find information on building your own compost bin at www.bluegrassgardens.com.
  2. Plant a money garden. With an eye towards increased interest in vegetable gardening, the Burpee Seed Company has developed a “Money Garden” seed packet. Six different kinds of vegetables are included for $10. The company says the plants will produce $650 dollars worth of produce. Continue reading

Make 8 of your own natural cleaning products to save money and get green

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The following advice will help me:

  • save money?
  • use natural products in my home?
  • eliminate toxins from my life?
  • be green and environmentally conscious?
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Health, parenting, and social responsibility: Read “10 Bad Eating Habits Parents Often Teach their Kids” by Suzanne Cullen

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I found a must-read article about the bad eating habits that parents pass on to their children. It addresses the responsibility of adults to be good influences on children, issues of health, and good daily habits.

Suzanne Cullen’s blog at AuPair.org features helpful articles about parenting and being responsible when influencing children.

After all, children are our most powerful legacy. We want to raise a wonderful generation of children who will be conservation-conscious, healthy, intelligent, responsible, and beneficial human beings. Right?

I highly recommend the blog at AuPair.org.

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Natural resources are wasted by thoughtless companies. I thought going green was a trend now.


Yesterday, I received a sample of Head & Shoulders shampoo with a little pamphlet about the ways the shampoo helps to eliminate dandruff. It’s great that companies offer free samples of their products. I like to take the samples when I travel instead of buying tons of miniature bottles.

But tell me why this gargantuan box had to be used to hold one measly pamphlet? The pamphlet itself could have simply been sealed on one side with an address printed on the other. It didn’t even need an envelope, much less a BOX.

Does it frustrate anyone else that thousands (tens of thousands?) of these were distributed, each wasting a whole box made of paper for each? Ridiculous.

And I know I’m kidding myself when I hope that each recipient recycles it. I just have to shake my head and sigh.

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Waste money and water? Or choose an ecologically friendly lawn and get sued by Orange County officials? You pick.

This man spray paints his lawn green. I guess that's one solution. (Image courtesy of www.inc.com)

This man paints his lawn green. I guess that's one way to do it. (Image courtesy of http://www.inc.com)

California sued one couple for opting for an eco-friendly, economically-friendly yard over brown, dying grass. That’s right. California filed a lawsuit against them.

Let’s say we’re in Orange County, California. Even in the dead of winter, the coldest days are nearly 70 degrees and the sun never stops shining, burning down on exposed flesh and brown brittle lawns.

Attractive, right? I know my parents strive for a brown lawn that cost hundreds of dollars to maintain.

So why is this couple being sued?

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