Thursday, December 17, 2009

Go Digital This Christmas!

Instead of buying traditional books and CD's this Christmas, go digital! It obviously saves resources like paper and plastic and it will save the recipient from dealing with more clutter. There are many places to purchase mp3's and ebooks online and many online book and music retailers also offer gift certificates.

Monday, December 7, 2009

GLEE Goes Nude To Help Environment

I came across an interesting story when reading the news yesterday and thought I would share it with you.

In the Florida Keys, a group the Green Living and Energy Education, or GLEE, came up with a unique way to raise money to build a park. They posed nude for a calendar called. From what I read, the women are all 40 and older and I think they are all women. They women have sold out of their caledars. They raised $8,000 by selling all 500 calendars. They are thinking about reprinting the calendar.

I’m not judging; I just thought it was interesting.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Get Out The Shovel This Winter and Save Some Gas!

Some of us have already had snow this year! Save some money and gas by using a shovel this winter when possible. Save the snowblower for when you really need it. In addition to saving money and gas you will also burn some calories. Most of us are more inactive in the winter and shoveling is a great way to get active!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stop Drafts Under Doors To Save Energy

When visiting my friend in her apartment the other day I noticed draft guard stopper save energyhow large of a gap there was between the apartment doors and the floor. It was more than a half inch! Besides the lack of privacy, these large gaps let their heat into the hallways in the winter and the cool air into the hallway in the summer. What a waste?!

My friend bought a draft-stopper under her door. It eliminates the drafts and saves her money on her utilities. There are many different types of these available. If you have a drafty door these products will save you money!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

How To Unclog Drains The Green Way

green way to unclog drainsMost of us have experienced a frustrating clogged drain at some point in our lives. It's a huge pain and most of the commercial products are expensive and bad the environment. Let's explore some greener options for unclogging a drain.

I use a small plunger for use on non-toilet drains. You'd be amazed at how much of a difference a little plunge can do sometimes. Also, I have small tool called a Zip-It that is a long, flexible plastic stick that has little teeth sticking out of the sides. It works great on hair clogs.

Another option is to make your own drain clearing solution out of baking soda and vinegar. You may remember the reaction these make from making a volcano in grade school. First, bale out most of the standing water in the sink with the clogged drain. Next dump 3/4 of a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Let this mixture sit for about 20 minutes. While it's sitting boil a few cups of water. Dump it down the drain and it should flush out the clog. If it doesn't work the first time, repeat the procedure.

If this doesn't work you may need to call a plumber or if you are handy try a pipe snake. Beware - it's often a messy job!

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