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As California looks at water rationing, after an unusually dry spring, maintaining a yard will get challenging.
PlanetGreen posted some good tips on being Green by keeping your lawns fresh and green:
Tips from Minimize the Water You Use on Your Lawn:
* Learn what your community’s restrictions are.
* Water well to encourage deep root [...]
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There are only a few more days for people to enter the HGTV Green Home Giveway contest.
I’m putting myself in the shoes of the winner (why not - it could be me!) and started really think about what it would (will) be like to win.
So if you really win, what about the following:
1. If you [...]
If you haven’t seen it yet, check your listings for a repeat: HGTV has been running a very interesting show called 20 Ways Your Home Can Save The Planet.
Curious about the 20 ways? I’m sure you’ve seen most of these ideas before:
1. Plug into the hottest appliances: look for energy-efficiency models
2. Keep your cabinets and [...]
HGTV is giving away a Green home. And a GMC Yukon Hybrid. No really!
According to the site:
One lucky person will win a new GMC Yukon Hybrid and this beautifully furnished eco-friendly home in Tradition Hilton Head, S.C.
The house in South Carolina plus the Yukon Hybrid is a grand prize package worth $850,000. Not too shabby.
Shopping for and buying furniture is not something I enjoy doing. My wife is an interior designer, so this is her forte, but not mine. It’s even less enjoyable if you think about where the wood came from, what kinds of varnishes and chemicals were applied, not to mention who is providing the labor.
It’s becoming [...]
Ever wonder whether washing dishes by hand uses less water than using the dishwasher?
I stumbled on some good research on the debate, and have an answer.
TreeHugger points towards a dishwashing study done in Bonn, Germany. The results are decisive!
The Bonn study proves that the dishwasher uses only half the energy and one-sixth of the water, [...]
My wife is an interior designer, focusing on Green Design, so naturally subjects like sustainable design come up on occasion.
After some research I decided to put together a list of makers of sustainable furniture. These companies have committed to using sustainable materials in at least one product line.
Overall, they combine good design with renewable materials, [...]
Natural Home magazine recently announced their Ten Best Eco-Neighborhoods.
How did they come to these conclusions? Here is the criteria they used:
Our picks for the nation’s best green housing developments emphasize communities working toward sustainability by incorporating green building, energy efficiency and reuse of previously developed land. Several are enrolled in the U.S. Green Building [...]
We’ve made a decision to being composting this year. Here are the best 7 reasons I could come up with:
1. Reducing waste
2. Giving us some rich soil
3. Saving on garbage bags
4. We feel guilty enough about having to use diapers for the boys
5. Saving our poor garbage disposal from yet more work
6. Allowing us to [...]
As heard in a PG&E radio spot. You’ve heard this before, but it still gives pause:
“If every house in California changed out and installed 1 CFL bulb, it would be like taking 40,000 cars off the road for 1 year”
With CFL bulbs available everywhere, how could the change possibly be easier?