Jon’s Reading Wish List for DIYers

Tweet Pin It I wish I had more time to read and make things.  For now, I will just have to share the books I just added to my wishlist after reading the 15 great books for making your own gadgets article on TreeHugger. Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and […]

Shrinky Dink Wine Charms from Discarded Plastic

Tweet Pin It Do you remember the excitement of watching shrinky dinks shrivel up and shrink as a kid?  Do you want a unique personalized way to identify your wine glass or beer bottle at your next party? If you were a kid in the 80’s like me, you probably remember the joy of coloring on […]

Getting Rid of Ice Dams

Tweet Pin It Ice dams are those sheets of ice and snow that form at the edge of your roof.  They often look beautiful and result and in long, lovely icicles hanging from your eaves. I love looking at them and as a child I loved breaking icicles off our roof and sucking on them.  […]

Cleaning Refrigerator Coils to Save Energy

Tweet Pin It Many of you have been trying to guess what the above image is, ever since we posted it in How Vacuuming Can Save Lives.  While I had the shopvac and brushes out to clean the dryer vent (to save energy & lives) I also cleaned my in-laws refrigerator coils.  To keep your […]

How To Clean & Deodorize Your Microwave Naturally

Tweet Pin It We had to replace our microwave because it was arcing.  Our microwave had served us well for many years, especially considering it was a hand-me down from a friend who had remodeled her kitchen years back.  Since we recently had a relatively new toaster oven fail on us, we looked for a […]

Living Smaller – What to do with Clothes You Don’t Wear

Tweet Pin It It’s green to live in a small space – once upon a time I dreamed of living in a huge house like some of my friends had growing up.  A house with a bedroom for each person, an office for each adult, plenty of bathrooms and a rec room in the basement […]

Do-It-Yourself Halloween Decorations

Tweet Pin It My neighbors put out a number of Halloween decorations and my children wanted some too.  I politely explained to them how I don’t believe in using electricity to shine lights on decorations or to blow fans to make decorations stand up.  I also explained that it wasn’t good for the environment to […]

Extra Hurricane Tips for "Greenies"

Tweet Pin It As I was working through the list of things that the government recommends you do before a large storm, http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm a few extra things occurred to me that I thought I should share with my fellow “greenies“. Take Out Window FansWe have several wonderful window fans that help circulate air through our […]

Replacing our LAST two incandescent lights with LEDs

Tweet Pin It Lighting technology has come a long way in the past ten years and I can now proudly say we are beyond incandescent lights in our home.  Today, I swapped out the last two incandescents with LED bulbs that Alicia won in an Earth Hour Facebook giveaway from Philips – EnduraLED 12W 2700K […]

Not All CFLs Are Created Equal

Tweet Pin It I’m assuming you know the basics – CFL light bulbs use significantly less electricity than traditional incandescent light bulbs.  They’re somewhat more expensive, but they save you money on electricity and they are supposed to last longer.  You should recycle them when you are done with them and if they break you […]