Is clutter sore on your eyes these days? Spring clean and purge these 5 items to feel better- stat!
Staring at a bunch of clutter as we are home in quarantine? It can’t possibly be just me can it? Does it bother you? Both... Read More
Scared of FD& C Yellow 5? Natural alternatives to food coloring!
If you are looking to ‘color’ your food this holiday season and are really perplexed, confused and scared about how your kids’ mouths turn a... Read More
2020 Southern Maine Winter Farmers’ Markets– Find one near you!
Just because summer is all but a distant memory doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the crops and foodstuffs provided by local farmers and markets.... Read More
Green Tip: Go digital—thermostats, that is.
How many times have you left the house for the day and forgotten to turn down the heat or AC before you left, letting it... Read More
Spring cleaning time! 10 Items you can toss now for a clutter-free existence.
Have you seen me lately? No? Oh, that’s because I’m at home buried under a mountain of mismatched Tupperware and ugly coffee mugs that my... Read More
Random vacuum cleaner attachments? Let it go! 50 things to chuck when Spring Cleaning.
It’s Spring Cleaning time and you’ve definitely got some stuff that should get sprung! When you’re finished, you won’t believe how much lighter you (and... Read More
Earth Day Challenge: No baggies, water bottles or paper towels, Oh my!
I’m not a professional environmentalist, nor do I play one on TV. But I do like to think of myself as (semi) eco-conscious. So when... Read More
How do I dispose of this? Find recycling options near you on Earth911.com!
How the heck do you dispose of a broken laptop, old glasses or cell phones? What should you do about that old arm chair or... Read More
Green Tip: Keeping it clean with cloth napkins.
Here’s another way to get green– Just Say No to paper napkins! Purchasing the paper versions cost you money every week and pile up landfills... Read More
Green Tip: Adjust Refrigerator and Freezer Temps
Did you know that refrigerators eat up most of the energy expenditures in most homes? Even adjusting the temperature a few degrees makes an enormous... Read More
Green Tip: Hibernate Secondary Appliances
Do you have a second refrigerator in the garage or basement that is used mostly in the summer to keep extra beverages and barbeque provisions?... Read More
Green Tip: Easy ways to save H2O
This Green Tip is one of the oldest in the book, but it’s true! Did you know shutting off the water while brushing your teeth... Read More
Green Tip: It’s cold, even your water heater needs a jacket!
Here’s another method to corral that heat before it escapes, wallet in tow, out the door. If your hot water storage system is more than... Read More
It *is* easy being green. Doable ideas for Earth Day resolutions.
I don’t know about you, but my commitment to being green tends to ebb and flow—erring more on the side of “ebbing” than “flowing”. Don’t... Read More
Green Tip: Just say no to air leaks and drafts.
A nice cool breeze is only acceptable on a hot beach, not through the windows on a cold winter evening. Not to mention the money... Read More
Green Tip: Go vegetarian one day a week.
Because it’s “cheaper” to raise produce (in terms of energy) than raising animals, try swapping your steak for a vegetarian meal once a week. It’s... Read More
Ridiculous Green Tips. I just won’t go that far.
I’m always on the hunt for green living tips to share with you, and I try to keep the recommendations realistic and simple enough where... Read More
Drying small loads? Throw in a towel to speed drying time.
You know how it goes. You throw a small load into the dryer and it takes twice as long because the clothes stubbornly lay flat... Read More
Green Tip: It’s a car, not an apartment.
Want to save on gas mileage? Clear the clutter! For every 100 pounds you carry inside your car, you lower its fuel economy by 1 to... Read More
Green Tip: That’s a wrap! Alternatives to wrapping paper.
Gift-giving is not an especially green activity. Fancy paper and shiny bows get thrown out by the bagful, and did you know that some wrapping... Read More
Dishwasher-Safe, Resuable Sandwich/Snack Bags. We’re In Love.
Every day, more than 20 million sandwich bags from school lunches go into landfills in the US! Yuck! Check out these new “lunchskins” resuable sandwich... Read More
Launder in Cold Water. Works Just As Good.
Unless you are dealing with oil or grease stains, washing your clothes in cold water will clean just as well as a warm water cycle... Read More
Shun Plastic Baggies
Getting rid of our “plastic baggie addiction” was a toughie—they are just so darn convenient! But during our Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Challenge,... Read More
Green Tip: Pack it in, pack it in…the dishwasher.
Wait to run appliances until you have a full load of laundry or dishes. Choose appropriate water levels and temps (almost ALL laundry gets equally... Read More
Lower Water Temperature
Ok, ok, this tip is as old as the hills, but it stands the test of time. Set the water heater to 120°F. There is... Read More
Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Get One Please.
Carbon monoxide is called the silent killer because it’s colorless and odorless. If you have a fuel-burning appliance inside the home, such as a gas... Read More
Green Tip: Mailboxes are soooo last year. Go paperless.
Many companies are offering paperless bill statements that get sent directly to your email InBox. This alleviates the cost of killing trees to send you... Read More
Paper or Plastic? Neither. Recyclable Bags Please.
It is nearly impossible to escape the giant displays of recyclable bags in the grocery store these days. They cost about $1 a piece and... Read More
Shine On! Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
The new energy-efficient light bulbs have gotten a bad rap, but they are improving every day. The light output is getting more natural and yes,... Read More