Am I Green?

Am I Green? do I do all that I can to keep this planet? what can I do to save energy? some usefull tips for you.

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I want to do my part for the environment. Honestly, I do. But as a busy mom I can tell you that when push comes to shove, I've been known to toss my recycling in the trash or dump the vegetable scraps down the disposal instead of the compost bin. That's why I thought we all could use some REAL green tips. You know, ways to help our environment that real, live moms can take to the bank.

Tip #1: Reusable cloth bags are a great idea for grocery shopping. But, hello? I buy enough groceries for a small army! Plastic bags are polluting the earth and paper bags are killing trees. One thing I have found out that works well is to save all of my plastic bags from a grocery trip and bag them all up together. I then hang that bag by the place where I keep my grocery list so I can throw them both in my purse on the way out the door. Get as many uses as possible out of them!

Tip #2: Carpool, for Heaven's sake! I see mom after mom riding around in their big, fat SUVs with one or two kids in tow. Talk with others at dance class, karate class, piano lessons, school, whatever. If you're close and headed in the same direction, then why not just take turns? Also, If you're headed out for errands, why not check with your neighbor and find out if you can save her a trip out. Perhaps all she needs is a few boxes of spaghetti noodles. One less driver on the highway, one happy family at dinner time!

Tip #3: Quit with the chemical dependency. Harmful chemicals are being added to our water supply and homemakers are largely responsible. You don't need a hose to put out a fire, so when it comes to cleaning, there's no reason to douse everything in bleach and antibacterial spray. Just mix up a little castile soap and water for a safe, nontoxic all-purpose cleaner. If you do need to go for the heavy duty stuff, do it sparingly.

The most important thing to remember, above any tips or tricks or marketing ploys, is that our world indeed needs our help and everyone-that includes moms-can do something about it.

Hannah Keeley is the founder of http://www.totalmom.com and the mother of seven kids. She is the author of 'Hannah's Art of Home' and 'Hannah Keeley's Total Mom Makeover,' and has appeared on the Today show, Fox and Friends, and the Rachael Ray show.

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As we all know, due to the finite resources available on the planet, more and more of us are looking to 'go green' to save our precious natural resources. Increased costs for utilities, food and gasoline has caused all of us to rethink how we live our day to day lives. One big misconception is that to go green costs too much green out of our wallets but I have listed below some cost effective ways to go green that are not only inexpensive but will save you money in the long run.

  1. According to the EPA, replacing light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs is a great way to save energy. Fluorescent bulbs last 10 times longer, emit less heat and use much less energy than standard light bulbs.
  2. Use low-flow water fixtures in bathrooms; replace old showerheads, toilets and faucets with newer more efficient models
  3. RECYCLE, RECYCLE, recycling allows more recycled goods to be available which are usually much cheaper than materials made from pure raw materials. This includes all materials such as glass, metal, wood, aluminum paper and plastic
  4. Installing a thermostat that will electrically control heat and central air could save an individual at least $170 to $250 a year and conserve electricity.
  5. Reduce use of the clothes washer/dryer and dishwasher by not washing small loads
  6. Buy Energy Star certified appliances, electronics and other electrical items.
  7. Since CRT monitors are big energy drains, use a LCD monitor instead. They do not generate as much heat and use less energy.
  8. Look into installing a tankless, on-demand water heater..They employ a powerful burner to heat water only when needed. This provides a 30-40 percent increase in efficiency over tank based water heaters. according to the National Association of Homebuilders.
  9. This may seem like a no-brainer but if your bank offers it, start paying bills online. Why waste stamps and gas running from place when you can with a couple of clicks of your mouse, accomplish the same thing?
  10. Finally, see if your Manager will allow telecommuting; if you can telecommute and save $19-20/day which is near a $1000/year not to mention maintenance, eating out, etc. This not only reduces harmful emissions but helps you keep your sanity as well because you can stay out of traffic.

Hopefully, you found some of these tips useful and look for my other posts on all things Green!

Jarell Mikell - Avid supporter of all things Green! -- Engineer and Internet Marketer Extraordinare - Visit our latest site for all things Green at ShopGoingGreen.com
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With energy prices on the rise and global resources diminishing, more and more people are making efforts to conserve energy, water, and other resources. While some of the ways you can conserve can be expensive, below are some great, low cost ways to reduce your consumption.

1. Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - $3.50/bulb

Compared to traditional incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy, produce 75% less heat, and can last 10 times longer. According to Energy Star, if each household replaced just 1 light bulb in their home, we could save enough energy to power 3 million homes for a year, save more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars.

2. Use Water-Saving Faucets, Showerheads, and Toilets - Free to $350+

Water-saving faucets, showerheads, and toilets can all help conserve water usage. Many cities now require faucets, toilets, and showerheads to conform to their water usage standards, with some even offer low cost solutions for homeowners. A water-efficient toilet can save between 8,000 to 18,000 gallons of water per year. And a water-saving showerhead alone can save up to 3,000 gallons of water, eliminate 1,000 lbs. in carbon dioxide emissions, and reduce your water bill by $50 per person per year.

3. Change Your Air Filter - $10/filter

Dust and dirt that clog air filters can reduce their effectiveness and make your heating and cooling system work harder. A system with a clogged filter consumes more energy and has a shorter lifespan. Recommendations of how often to change your filter range from one month to three months depending on how often you use your air conditioning and heating system and how fast dust accumulates on the filter.

4. Install a Water Heater Blanket, Lower the Water Temperature - $20

Traditional water heaters keep a large amount of water inside at a certain temperature, usually 140 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to reduce the amount of work required to keep hot water in the system, you can reduce the standard temperature to 130 degrees and install a water heater blanket. A water heater blanket wraps around the water heater to reduce heat loss by 25-40%. Be sure to keep important information regarding maintaining the water heater visible when you install one of these.

5. Programmable Thermostat - $40

Heating and cooling can be as much as half of your energy bills. A programmable thermostat that has multiple time settings can help you reduce your bills by turning off your heater or air conditioner while you're at work and can reduce their usage during sleeping hours. This feature alone will help you reduce your heating and cooling bills by $150 a year.

6. Weather Stripping and Caulking Around Windows and Doors - $20-$50

Some older windows and doors don't have proper weather stripping and some estimate that this can account for 46 percent of annual heat loss. Applying weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors can serve as a cost-effective way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

While these methods can help you conserve energy at your current home, you may want to put green features into considering when searching for your next home.

Mark Cheng is a San Gabriel Valley, California real estate agent with IRN Realty (http://www.irnrealty.com ) specializing in Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Temple City, and Arcadia real estate and homes for sale. Find more about him and search for listings at http://www.markcheng.net
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Quit with the chemical dependency

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'If you do not design your own life plan, chances are you will fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.' By: Jim Rohn: Author and Motivational Speaker

It was food shopping night last night. It was that night where the wife rounds me and the kid up and drags us along to do what I think has to be one of the most boring things possible. The thought of walking up and down the isle for an hour looking and comparing just makes me think or sheer boredom. But then again I do not like to shop much for anything unless it involves a Best Buy, Home Depot or Lowes. But that's me.

However it is one of the necessary things in life you have to do, otherwise there would never be any food in the house, kind of like the days of being a bachelor. Days my wife has told me she'd rather not experience. Many of you know what I am talking about. Images of an empty fridge with a lone bottle of ketchup on the center shelf just took you back to your good ole days or maybe it is your 'current' days. You get the point.

Shopping did give me an idea though. All of these products to choose from but more importantly the trash that gets created when they are empty made me realize of the affects it would have on the environment.

The hot topic besides gasoline right now is going green and helping the environment. So I did some research and found a couple of pretty fascinating things you can do to help and you really do not have to make any life altering decisions.

According to the Real Simple website they recommend you should 'Skip red meat once per week'. Now if you do not eat red meat then you are ahead of the game. They claim, 'Meat production - especially in mass-produced beef - is extremely resource-intensive. It can take seven or more pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef, and livestock consumes 70 percent of America's grain. Eat less of it and choose pasture-fed, sustainable raised beef whenever you can. If you alone gave it up once every seven days, you would save the 840 gallons of fresh water it takes to produce a single serving.'

I never thought about it in those terms, however I am beginning to make an adjustment to only eat red meat no more than once per week.

I already have one of these in my home but if you do not, get a programmable thermostat installed. Real Simple says, 'It will automatically adjust the heat or the air-conditioning to match your daily patterns. You won't waste energy while your home is empty, and you won't have to remember to turn the thermostat up or down. Want to do better? Turn it down two degrees in the winter and up two degrees in the summer and you'll keep nearly 880 pounds of carbon dioxide from warming the earth.'

Wow! Now that is some advice we can all use to help better this planet.

So there you have two tips that came to mind to help better our planet. See I told you they would not be earth shattering, life altering changes.

By: M. Podlesny

About the Author: Mr. Podlesny is a freelance writer for http://www.Indocquent.com , an online resource and social network, where you can advertise your business, products or services without pay-per-click prices or auction fees . Read Mr. Podlesny's 5 Additional Tips on Going Green Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_C_Podlesny

The world we live in today is filled with doubts and troubled issues like unexpected weather change, severe environmental calamities and global warming. The weather forecast which we always seem to have trust in is no longer the case.

As this issue boils in the heart of everyone's discussions, everyone is beginning to show concern and take this matter seriously. Worrying about the future generations, nations are already starting saving the nature. To salvage the situation, organizations and individuals are showing their concern and are taking serious action to bit their part in this massive task. With all the hands put together, little efforts done may add up to make a significant difference and create even more awareness in the globe.

Great effort has been done to cut down the usage of the nature's resources. One mentionable effort is the introduction of Internet Fax. Internet Fax is currently being tested and engineered to replace the traditional fax method. With internet fax, there will be no paper involved. Therefore, it helps to put an ease to the high demand of paper processing. Countless trees can be saved with just emailing.

Research has proved that the production of paper consume a lot of energy. Studies have shown that it is rank second behind petroleum. The research done also indicates that copiers and fax machine consume the most energy among business equipments. This is because these equipments are left on all day. This study has been conducted by Energy Star, a U. S. environmental protection agency. Therefore, they urge related industries to cut down in paper production. If less paper is needed, the demand will decrease and more energy will be saved.

The alternative to traditional faxing lies in the technology of emailing. Faxes are sent through the attachment in emails. So, there will be no paper involve in the whole process. Therefore, there will no need of excessive use of paper and no additional phone line required for fax machine. So to speak, this internet fax is a brilliant solution for the environmental threat.

Another added value for internet faxing is that users can have access to their fax anywhere. So they won't have any restriction in accessing their fax. This added function is the main reason why many organizations are turning to this method of information delivery.

One of the companies that encourage and promotes this kind of service is My Fax. My Fax emphasizes on going green in their marketing plan. This brilliant marketing plan is smart as they can encourage their customers to go green and become more conscious about the importance of protecting the environment.

Therefore, internet faxing should be widely used so that the environmental problems can be addressed immediately. To benefit from using the internet fax, one has to sign up with a service provider. Then you will be provided with your own toll free or local fax number. Furthermore, each subscriber will get their own online account where they can operate all heir faxing activities like sending, receiving and storing their faxes.

With efforts done to save the environment, internet faxing is definitely a smart option to take moving towards a greener life. Making faxing activities an ease and saving the earth as well. Everyone can play their part now without a big campaign run by some political personality urging people to go green.

Ready to switch into the new era of faxing service? Shopping for the right email fax can be confusing as there are tons of email fax providers around. In case you need help, do check out DumbShopper's unbias guide on Internet fax services . Article by Phil Anderson. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Phil_Anderson


While planning your 2008 business goals and objectives, why not plan to go green and pocket more profits at the same time?

When it comes to the environment, being a good global citizen starts in your own business.
From recycling to using alternative cleaning products, minor changes can add up to real benefits for the planet. Not to mention your own health and happiness.

And every little bit helps.

1) Telecommuting : Video Conferencing can be used for telecommuters in your business. Employees will be able to work from a home office and still be able to meet face-to-face and collaborate in real time just like they would if they were in the office.

Did you know that Americans waste an average of 47 hours every week during rush hour traffic? That's 23 billion gallons of gas wasted and thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide pollution.

Not only is the reduction in weekly travel time beneficial to the environment, but the added time to their day will improve worklife balance.

2) Board of Director and/or Sales Meetings: It's challenging for businesses to arrange meetings around everyone's schedule. By moving just one sales meeting or presentation online, you'll save the environment 2,690 pounds of carbon dioxide pollution.

Two people traveling from Chicago to San Francisco save 4,696 pounds of carbon emissions. If every business canceled one business trip alone, carbon dioxide pollution would be hugely decreased!

3) Access to Remote Clients or Customers: Business employees often drive across town or travel across the globe to meet with clients to go over important documents or to give powerpoint presentations.

Video conferencing can eliminate that business trip and allow you to meet face-to-face to mark up architectural CAD files or present that new marketing campaign in real time just like would in person.

And you won't have to fight long lines, delays, and tight security at the airport.

Your business can make a huge impact on lowering carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere by staying off the road and out of the skies.

These are just three ways your company can use video conferencing to go green - starting tomorrow. To get your company ahead of the curve, consider implementing a video conferencing solution now to do your part in saving the environment. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Sonja_Mishek