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

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 in addition to […]

And the Winner of the Kill-A-Watt is Becky S.

Congratulations to Becky S. who won the a Kill-A-Watt electricity meter and we’re throwing in a short extension cord which we’ve found makes using the Kill A Watt much easier. We asked and you answered.  The top three responses for which appliance in your home used the most electricity were: Number 3 with 7 votes […]

Extra Hurricane Tips for "Greenies"

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 house. They’re convenient […]

Greening Your Drycleaning – the Green Garmento – Giveaway

Do you do a lot of dry cleaning?   The most “Green” thing to do if you do a lot of dry cleaning is to stop.  However,  if you have a very formal workplace and wear suits a lot,  that’s probably just not possible.   In that case, my suggestion is to find a green […]

Replacing our LAST two incandescent lights with LEDs

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 A19 Dimmable lamp […]

Not All CFLs Are Created Equal

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 should clean it […]

When Living Green Isn’t What’s Best For Your Family

Wow, that sounds like an odd thing for our blog “When living green isn’t what’s best for your family.”  I think it’s important for people to realize that sometimes you have to make choices, and if certain things and certain situations aren’t the right things for your family, that’s OK. For each person, lifestyle choices […]

Tip: Open the Curtains in the Winter

One thing I get asked about a lot is windows.  There are a lot of misconceptions about windows and energy savings, mostly thanks to companies that are interested in selling their products.  Here’s an easy thing to do and to see results from: if you have a window that the sun shines directly through in […]

Calming the Wrapping Paper Madness

This morning I read a blog post on Practically Green about how to avoid mountains of holiday trash.  It’s a good article.  You should read it and take the quiz on Practically Green.  Love the site.   Then reflect on how you can best apply their advice to your holidays.   I started thinking about the mountains […]

Holiday Light Trade-in and Recycling Program at Home Depot

Program re-instated for 2011 – More details! Do you have strings of old incandescent holiday lights around your house?  Do they even work?  Even if they don’t you can trade them in for a discount on energy efficient LED holiday lights at Home Depot from now until November 14, 2010. Home Depot will recycle the […]