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Green Laundry – Squeaky Green Clean

By Larraine Roulston: Doing laundry has a bigger impact on the planet than you might imagine. By greening your laundry habits, you can reduce both energy and water usage, and save money. First step – wear your clothes more than once. Next, look for eco-friendly detergents that are biodegradable and …

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Solar Loan or Lease, what is the difference?

By Kim Robson: Thinking about finally going solar? One of your first decisions will be choosing between a solar loan and a solar lease. Most people don’t have the ability to pay for entire solar power systems with cash, especially when a system can take 5 to 15 years to …

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Planning an Eco-Village

By Larraine Roulston: Mike Nickerson, environmental educator and author of Life, Money and Illusion: Living on Earth as if We Want To Stay, has been fulfilling his dream by creating an eco-village.  An eco-village is an area where a group of like-minded people live together in an environmentally responsible and …

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Rainwater Harvesting Free?

By Centehua: The best things in life are free, right? At least the essentials should be or everything that nature freely provides all people such as rainwater, for example. What a gift! Water is an essential natural resource and it is free, indeed. I am blessed with the ability to …

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Why Solar Power Is Cheaper than You Think

By Nick Tedesco: The word is beginning to get out about solar power. Residential solar power finally makes economic sense for many American homeowners. Unfortunately, this fact remains largely unknown. Ironically, this is due in large part to some of the biggest and most successful solar companies. More on that …

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Hosting a Successful Garage Sale

By Kim Robson: Finally, summer’s here! This is the time for swimming, backyard barbecues, neighborhood block parties, and, if you’re in crazy cleaning mode, garage (or yard) sales. It’s part of the American way of life. Every Saturday morning, slow-moving cars prowl neighborhoods for baby toys, kitchen accessories, and oddball …

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Limit Screen Time For Kids

By Fredrica Syren: My daughter never was interested in movies or TV until she started daycare where, once in a while, they could watch a movie. Suddenly, a whole new world of fairytales, pirates and princesses opened up to her. Soon I noticed she was playing games inspired by the …

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How To Have an Eco-friendly Pool

By Kaitlin Gardner: Not long ago, a friend of mine bought a house with a swimming pool in the backyard. She was really excited about all the fun her kids could have in the water. Being unfamiliar with pool maintenance, she was also concerned about how to make her pool …

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Greening Year-end Banquets and Events

By Larraine Roulston: As waste management and environmental decisions should be part of any event, organizing committees must include an environmental component and waste free strategy. Those who organize and volunteer for a year-end party before the summer holidays can strive to make the occasion greener. If the event is …

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