Here are some inspirational quotes for Earth Day!
I’d love to be able to buy more organic food, but it is so expensive! Here are some simple ways to save money on organic food shopping, so you can afford to buy more.
Do you have bunch of old electronic devices laying around the house? I know I do, including old cell phones, the camera I dropped in the ocean last summer, and an old VCR that hasn’t worked in years. In the past getting rid of these things has been difficult. Many of them are not supposed to be thrown in the garbage, and contain recyclable parts. Now Best Buy is making it easy for consumers, because every Best Buy location in Puerto Rico and the U.S. is offering free electronics recycling.
When it comes to keeping the house clean it is hard to avoid toxic cleaners. Many cleaning products contain powerful synthetic cleaning products that are not good for the environment or for people. Carpet cleaners are no exception, and when you think of how often you, your children and your pets are on the carpet it is scary to think of applying chemicals to the carpet.
Sometimes it seems that there just isn’t enough time during the holiday season to worry about saving energy, because there is just so much else to do. During the holidays, we spend an enormous amount of energy decorating our homes, yards, and hosting family gatherings. Thing about energy saving while we do it can not only help the environment, but also your pocket book.
Do you know what fracking is? Fracking is a method of extracting natural gas from deep shale deposits from within the earth. You can learn all about the process here, What is Fracking? Now I am sure we can all agree that more energy is needed, but the process of extracting natural gas by fracking has the potential to cause great environmental damage, because of the high pressure water and chemicals used during extraction. A number of my blog friends got together to start a grass roots campaign at BloggersInspiringChange.org to educate the public on what fracking is and the damage it could cause. They just released this video on the subject, which describes the dangers and what you can do to help. Check it out below, and share it with your friends and neighbors! [Read more...]
Sustainable energy, conserving energy and green living are something on many minds right now. There are many things we can do, but sometimes it is overwhelming and hard to decide what to focus on. To help, IEEE recently launched the Green Your World Challenge app on Facebook. The IEEE stands for Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and they call themselves the “world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.” My bachelor’s degree is in Electrical Engineering, and I was an officer in my college IEEE chapter when I was in college, so I am very familiar with the organization and the good that they do.
Saving energy is important to me and my family, both so we can save money and so we can use resources wisely. It can be tough to know what to do to save energy, but here are some things that work for us.
- Turn off the Lights – it is obvious I know, but the kids still forget. Sometimes it seems like we just follow them around, shutting off lights behind them.
- Wash Laundry in Cold Water – the clothes get just as clean, and you don’t use energy to heat up the water.
- Hang Laundry Outside to Dry – This time of year it is great to have a clothesline. We also just drape towels over the deck railing.
- Use Low Flow Showers and Faucets – The less water you use the less the water heater runs.
- Use Energy Efficient Lighting – CFL bulbs and other energy efficient bulbs have come a long way in the past few years. It used to be that Compact Fluorescent bulbs were ugly and bulky. They also would have a delay between the time you flipped the switch and the time they flickered on, and would gradually get brighter after about 5 minutes. But not any more.
It is almost time to start planting my garden here in Upstate NY. We are still having frost occassionally, but by the end of the month it should be safe to plant my vegetables outside. I enjoy growing lots of different vegetables, including tomotoes, basil, peppers and beans. As you can see from the picture, last year my basil was pretty proflic, but I was disapointed with how my green peppers did. I didn’t use any plant food last year after my initial planting, so this year I am going to see if adding plant food increases my yield.