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Tips How to Use Less Energy in the Kitchen

By Larraine Roulston: Without a doubt, climate change is real and we must adapt. Not only do our collective governments need to make policies to protect their resources, but also all homemakers, chefs and short order cooks need to minimize stress on our planet by reducing their carbon emission. There are many small …

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Baking Soda — Great for Personal Care

By Larraine Roulston: Baking soda offers a lengthy list of benefits for personal health. As a deodorizer, it covers many areas. When placed inside a closet, it will freshen the air as well as clothing. In the bathroom, add 1 cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl where it will clean and …

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Staying Cool Without Air Conditioning

By Kim Robson: I live in an off-grid community and rely wholly on solar power for my home, which means no air-conditioning. During the dog days of summer, it takes some creative solutions to beat the heat. We’ve already covered this topic before, here and here, but this time we’re …

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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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DIY Disinfecting Wipes

By Fredrica Syren: They’re cheap, appealing and easy to find. Store-bought disinfected wipes might be convenient, especially when the buyer reads that they kill 99.9% of germs on surfaces. I can see how, during cold and flu season, that might be considered a lifesaver. However, what the package does not …

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The Benefits of Thermal Blackout Curtains

By Kim Robson: Up here in our little off-the-grid mountain home, we don’t have the option of air conditioning. Staying reasonably comfortable during the dog days of summer can be a challenge. One of the tricks in our toolkit is dark thermal curtains. Think of them as an extra, temporary …

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Make Your Home Eco-friendly–Greening Construction & Renovations

By Larraine Roulston: Planning to build a home/cottage, or to renovate? Every step you take towards going green will help reduce greenhouse gases. First, try sourcing green construction materials, ideas and contractors.As more green builders emerge, these leaders of change will secure the future of a new sustainable building industry. …

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Room By Room Series — Home Office & Laundry Room

By Larraine Roulston: In our Room by Room series, the laundry room and a home office are usually small areas, but both have greening opportunities. GREENING THE HOME OFFICE  Take yourself off junk mail.  Have recycling boxes by your desk to take all paper, batteries, ink cartridges and outdated e-waste. …

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Greening Room by Room Series Part 1 Bedroom

By Larraine Roulston: Most people are happier once they start to simplify their lives and adopt eco-friendly practices. However, making too many changes to your living space all at once may seem a rather daunting task. Instead, take your time to scrutinize each room individually, and soon you will experience …

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Electricity-Free Refrigerator

By Kim Robson:  Indian entrepreneur Mansukhbhai Raghavbhai Prajapati has created a refrigerator that keeps food cool without using any electricity. The Gujarat-based potter makes his natural MittiCool refrigerator entirely from clay. It provides an electricity-free food storage alternative for people in rural areas who can’t afford conventional refrigerators or anyone …

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