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home : life : green living July 22, 2014

Seven tips for a greener back-to-school season
(BPT) - With back-to-school shopping, changing schedules and preparing kids for the upcoming school year, your family’s environmental impact may be the last thing on your mindIt is possible to have a greener back-to-school season. Here are seven simple things parents and children can do to ca... More >>


Four eco-friendly car tips to get you back on the road
(BPT) - You put your vehicle through a lot this winter, but spring is finally here and that means you can enjoy driving once again.If you’re ready to get out on the road, these environmentally friendly tips can make sure your car is ready for that first trip.* Wash your car at a professional ... More >>


Go green with eco-friendly outdoor living spaces
(BPT) - Warmer weather means days spent in the backyard with barbecues, pool parties and neighborhood gatherings. This year, create a more satisfying and sustainable outdoor living space that you’ll feel extra good about by going “green.” With some expert advice, it’s easier... More >>


Stay cool by going green this summer
(BPT) - If the thought of a scorching summer without adequate cooling sounds tough, think about the strain an overworked air conditioner unit places on both your household budget and the environment. Around two-thirds of all American homes have an air conditioner unit, amounting to a cost of more t... More >>


Stopping the drain: Innovative technology helps conserve water throughout the house
(BPT) - Four hundred gallons – that’s how much water the average American home uses in a day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Is it any wonder? You turn on the tap to get a drink and run the water until it feels cool, or let the shower pour until the water is hot enoug... More >>


Entertaining outdoors? These tips can lighten your environmental footprint
(BPT) - From lunch on the porch to parties on the patio, warm weather brings you outdoors for entertaining with family and friends. But these get-togethers often create a lot of waste. Is there anything you can do to lighten your environmental footprint?Turns out there is. Here are some simple tips... More >>


Save energy and money by catching these invisible energy thieves
(BPT) - Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever before. They understand that making eco-friendly choices not only creates a positive impact on your surroundings, it can also translate into actual savings on monthly energy bills.If you’re looking to reduce your car... More >>


6 ways to turn (less) water into wine
  (BPT) - When it comes to making wine, water is the most crucial element second only to the grapes. In the heart of Sonoma County a team of experts at Frei Brothers Reserve, a sustainable vineyard and winery, has challenged themselves to ask the question: How can we do more to use less w... More >>


Reuse, recycle and fix to turn trash into treasure [Infographic]
(BPT) - We break things every day, and all too often we throw those items away before trying to fix them. This contributes to Americans generating more than 250 million tons of trash each year. Reusing, recycling and fixing items not only helps the environment, it can also save you money. From now ... More >>


Create a more natural summer with safe, effective household cleaning tips
(BPT) - Sunscreen, bug spray, pool chlorine – some chemicals seem unavoidable when summer arrives but the season should be a celebration of Mother Nature. You can give your family a healthier and fresher summer by switching to natural cleaning products in your home.“Misconceptions persi... More >>


Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
(BPT) - It’s a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn’t it be better – not to mention tastier – to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This ... More >>


Simple updates make homes environmentally friendly
(BPT) - Green living not only helps the environment, it helps your pocketbook. When making upgrades to your home - whether it’s replacing a light bulb or a total living room makeover - incorporate energy-efficient and repurposed materials to make your living space more environmentally friendl... More >>


Beat the heat and save some green with these warm weather energy saving ideas
(BPT) - There are plenty of reasons to be excited that summer is finally here. Among them: the distant memory of those expensive heating bills you paid in the winter. But just because warmer weather is here doesn’t mean your bills are gone. In fact, if your home isn’t as energy efficien... More >>


Green start-ups challenged to develop green business plans for chance to win $680,000
(BPT) - The fast-growing clean energy and technology market has the potential to make our economies more sustainable and future-proof. Today’s innovators have the ability to unlock a “green revolution” that builds resilience, creates value and grows prosperity.The Postcode Lottery... More >>


Why invest in insulation during a renovation?
(BPT) - When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it’s often the things that homeowners don’t consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home... More >>


10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable – while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature th... More >>


Greener grilling: Good for you and for Mother Nature, too
(BPT) - You already know grilling is a healthful, flavorful and fun way to cook while enjoying the great outdoors. But did you know it can also be a “green” activity?By choosing earth-friendly fuel options, better ingredients and sustainably sourced seasonings, you can satisfy your fami... More >>


The best protection for trees? You
(BPT) - Whether it’s a game of hide and seek in the woods, a walk in the park on a sunny day, or a moonlit night around a campfire – the memories of summer  stay with us forever. Too often we can take for granted the beauty of our surroundings while enjoying the great outdoors, but... More >>


Recycled plastics: Great for outdoor clothing and gear, good for Mother Nature, too
(BPT) - Warmer weather often leads people outdoors for camping, swimming, hiking, cycling or running - and to a renewed appreciation for our natural environment. One of the easiest ways to lighten our environmental footprint while enjoying the outdoors is to look for outdoor gear made with recycled... More >>


Cellphones, batteries, computers: Simple ways to recycle electronics and reduce e-waste
(BPT) - Reduce, reuse, recycle – it’s a mantra we’ve known for decades. While Americans understand the benefits of recycling bottles, cans and paper, they aren’t as savvy when it comes to recycling electronics. Between cellphones, tablets, computers and other consumer electr... More >>


Tips for reducing food and packaging waste in your kitchen
(BPT) - Have you ever thought about how much food ends up being wasted? Expired yogurt cups, slimy salads, moldy leftovers - it all adds up. Experts estimate that more than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. - from farm to fork - is wasted. Imagine all the resources that went into growing,... More >>


Three bad-mouthed building materials you won't believe are really eco-friendly
(BPT) - More homeowners are keeping Mother Nature in mind when undertaking a renovation, addition or new construction. They’re seeking building practices and materials that are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. If you’re among these groups, you may choose to avoid construct... More >>


Wholesome snacks for back to school
(BPT) - The school year is here and with it, all of those hectic schedules. You may think the chaos of another school year means you’re too busy to provide your children with nourishing after-school snacks, but that doesn’t have to happen. There are many easy recipes available that will... More >>


Veggies galore? Make the most of your garden goodies
(BPT) - You’ve spent the summer tending and nurturing vegetables that have flourished, and now you have such an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and leafy greens, your home is starting to resemble the produce section of a grocery store.Some people think harvest season is when the wor... More >>


What a buyer wants: Green improvements that cut utility costs
(BPT) - Going green is good for the environment, but it can also be good for a homeowner’s wallet – and that’s the aspect of eco-friendly improvements that seems most appealing to homebuyers. More than 80 percent of buyers said they would pay more for home features that saved ener... More >>


How to have good water sense in and around the house
(BPT) - When you turn on the water faucet in your kitchen, do you think about the water that goes down the drain without being used in any way? Or have you wondered how you might be able to reduce your water bill? Having good water sense can help answer these questions and more.What does it mean fo... More >>









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