Give Me A Great Green Deal!

OK, all.  Summer is just---about---OVER.  Many of you probable have the kiddos back in school already.  I've got one down and one more to go.  And I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood to celebrate!!  Now, don't get me wrong.  I had the time of my life this summer.  My girls and I had a great time hiking, swimming, visiting, camping, playing, and just lounging about in our own … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

by Ethan Ewing, If you're like many Americans, you're probably looking for ways to trim costs while the economy is in a down turn.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average American home will spend $990 on heating this year.  Create a little breathing room in your budget with these 7 tips for lowering your winter energy bills. Protect your system. Change furnace … [Read more...]

Weatherproofing 101: Doors

There's still time to enter to win a Weatherproofing Kit from Niagara Conservation.  Click here to enter. the eagle movie Weatherproofing 101: Doors by Mark Furst, Grading Spaces Most issues with doors are due to gasket problems, either missing pieces or the door itself being poorly adjusted and not hitting the gasket right. A common leak point is at the top corners where the vertical and … [Read more...]

Weatherproofing 101: Windows

This winter I am weatherproofing my house from top to bottom in an effort to save energy and stretch dollars.  My first task...the windows.  Care to join me? As a little added incentive, I'm giving away 5 Weatherproofing Kits from Niagara Conservation to help you get started (keep reading to find out how to win!!) I turned to an energy saving expert, Home Energy Auditor Mark Furst of Grading … [Read more...]

Green Your Gratitiude This Thanksgiving

by Ethan Ewing, Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season in the United States, and with it begins six weeks of fun, feasts and festivities.  With its emphasis on being grateful for all we have, Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to make life greener -- and a bit more frugal -- in this time of economic turmoil.  Here's how to green your Thanksgiving Day. Give back. While most … [Read more...]

9 Things Your Nana Could Teach You About Going Green

by Ethan Ewing Live below your income. Do not spend more than you earn. Those who are hooked on plastic can withdraw enough cash each week to cover necessities -- even groceries and gasoline -- and put the credit cards away. Ewing noted that a recent study by Visa found that people who pay for their food with a credit card spend 30 percent more on average than people who pay with cash. Focus on … [Read more...]

Great Green Bargains

One of the most frequent comments I hear from parents is that they want to make eco-savvy choices, but can’t afford the high cost of going green. In today's economic climate, no one (myself included) wants to place any additional burdens on already strapped budgets. The great news is that the essence of going green is to buy less stuff. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up stuff entirely … [Read more...]

Green Your School Supplies

It’s August 1st! Which means it’s not only the kickoff of World Breastfeeding Week, it’s also the official time to start getting the kids ready for school. I got so much info about the latest tips, tricks, and gadgets to make your back-to-school a little greener that I couldn’t possible fit it in to one post. So stay tuned for future posts about green computing, waste-free lunches, eco-savvy … [Read more...]

Homemade Bubble Bath

full kick-ass film high quality Ingredients 1 cup baby shampoo or eco-friendly liquid soap 3/4 cup water 1/2 - 1 tsp. glycerin Essential oils (optional) This bubble bath is so easy to make and use that you will wonder why you ever bought a commercial product. Little kids can help you measure out and combine the ingredients while older children can handle the whole project on their own. Combine 1 … [Read more...]

How to Recycle Your CFL Light Bulbs

It's official! The Home Depot is now offering free CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb) recycling at all of its 1,973 locations nationwide. Just bring your unbroken bulbs to the returns desk and they'll make sure the bulb is disposed of properly. No Home Depot in your area? Check out Earth 911 to see if there is a fluorescent bulb recycler in your area. You can also recycle CFL light bulbs at … [Read more...]

Homemade Organic Play Dough

megamind download movie In my research for The Green Parent: A Kid-Friendly Guide to Earth-Friendly Living, I had the pleasure of interviewing Lori Helman, mom of 4, enterpreneur, homeschool teacher, environmental activist, and founder of Momma’s Baby. While we spoke on the phone, this incredible mom’s four young children were playing silently in the same room with some organic playdough that … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Green, Clean, and Beautiful

You may be surprised to hear that toxins are lurking in your bathroom? And I'm not talking about whatever's hiding on your faucet handles or under your toilet seat. I'm talking about the thousands of chemicals that are found in the very products you use to get clean and beautiful each day. Just how toxic is your bathroom? To date, 89% of the 10,500 ingredients used in personal care products … [Read more...]

A Bright Idea: Save Money with Eco-Friendly Light Bulbs

Lighting accounts for about 20% of the total energy use in the average American home. It's also an easy place to save energy and therefore save a bundle of cash each month. Here's how: Don’t overlook the obvious: turn off lights when you leave a room. Use a lower wattage bulb whenever possible Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with energy and money-saving, compact fluorescents (or … [Read more...]

Toilet Talk: Green Parenting for the Potty?

Are you flushing money (and the environment) down the toilet? In the typical American household, 35 to 45% of all of the drinkable (or potable) water is used to flush the toilet. Older model toilets are the worst offenders, using 7-10 gallons of water with each flush. Newer models are slightly more conservative, using between 3-5 gallons. Flushing gallons of water down the toilet is not only … [Read more...]

Energy Report Cards

I spend a lot of time "eco-nagging" my daughters. Whether it's "please turn off the light," or "DO NOT stand there with the refrigerator door open," I am constantly pestering them use less energy...a concept that I'll admit can be somewhat abstract to children. A great way to teach kids about energy consumption is to turn the tables and let them teach you. Help your child give your house an … [Read more...]