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See Why An Old-Fashioned Push Reel Mower Is A Great Eco-Friendly Alternative For Mowing Your Lawn

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When summer is in full bloom, there are 2 things I can count on:I'm going to be complaining about the heat and humidity. (I live in Florida.) The grass on my lawn is going to grow ...and it's going to grow quickly!That's when I'll be pushing out my reel mower on a weekly basis to manicure my landscaping.I received my reel mower, a Craftsman hand-push model from Sears, for Christmas back in 1998 when I was a teenager.No, I wasn't forced to do yard work. I actually asked for … [Read more...]

A Guide To CFL Bulbs: With 8 Types Of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, Which One Should You Choose?

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Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can save you as much as $40 to $135 over the life of the bulb, compared to incandescent lighting. That's pretty amazing!While you may already be familiar with the energy savings of CFLs, few people are aware of the wide variety of CFLs that are available.From the popular spiral bulb to the decorative candle bulb, there is a compact fluorescent light bulb to fit just about any situation in your home that requires light.Here's how to choose the … [Read more...]

Green Anniversary Gift Ideas: Traditional Anniversary Gifts With An Eco-Friendly Twist

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A while back, I wrote a post about green anniversary gifts and the one that I gave my love during our first anniversary – poo paper.Well, it was our paper anniversary!Not only did she love the green anniversary gift, but it has since inspired me to think of other green alternatives to the traditional anniversary gifts that romance experts – and greeting card companies – say we should give to our better halves during a special occasion like an anniversary.  … [Read more...]

Your 3 Green Lighting Alternatives When Replacing Old Incandescent Light Bulbs: LED, Halogen, And CFL Lighting Explained

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A little while ago, I wrote about the green lighting alternatives that have been coming to light (no pun intended) since the ban against some incandescent light bulbs took effect on January 1, 2014.For the record, the Incandescent Light Bulb Ban essentially does away with 100-watt, 75-watt, 60-watt, and 40-watt bulbs. At this point, low- and high-watt incandescent bulbs, decorative, and other types of specialty lighting are not affected.Many homeowners are feeling the pinch because the … [Read more...]

Poo Paper – Get the Scoop on Elephant Dung Paper

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My girlfriend and I were at the local zoo shopping in a souvenir store there one day when we spotted poo paper, recycled paper made from elephant dung.As the first anniversary since our initial date was that weekend, I bought her the pad of elephant poo paper as a gift. (Hey, I’m a romantic, and it was our paper anniversary!)Of course, poo paper serves as much more than for giving as 1st green anniversary gifts.Using it is also a creative way to live green with products that are made … [Read more...]

Green Gifts: 7 Last-Minute Christmas Present Ideas

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If you’re like me and totally haven’t been thinking about Christmas this year, perhaps you’re still in need of some Christmas gifts.Hopefully, I can help you out with this list of last-minute Christmas gift ideas (green ones, of course).There are all kinds of awesome things to get the greener-minded folks on your Christmas list. The cool thing about giving a green gift to someone who cares about the environment, is that the types of things you may give that person are the types of … [Read more...]

7 MORE Cool Solar Power Technologies

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Following up on my post last week on 7 cool solar power technologies, here are 7 more cool solar power technologies.1. Solar-powered Cars: I’m not sure if you’ll ever be able to buy a solar-powered car, but some researchers at Japan’s Tokai University and Panasonic, among others, are trying to make it possible, and there are some pretty wicked solar-powered car races out there, like the World Solar Challenge in Australia (the 2011 race is coming up next month -- October 16-23).2. … [Read more...]

7 Cool Solar Power Technologies

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Solar power is cool, and is very widely supported by the public -- who doesn’t support getting our electricity from the sun? But as solar has developed over the years, more and more interesting solar power technologies have popped up. Here are 7 that I think you’ll find pretty interesting.1. Solar shingles. Want to 1-up your neighbor who just bought a solar power system? Go with some solar shingles! They aren’t available yet, actually, but mass production is scheduled to begin in 2012. Keep … [Read more...]

Solar Powered 3D Printer and Sun Cutter

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These are wicked cool. I don’t know their large-scale usefulness yet, and maybe they’ll never be that useful on a large scale, but they are two of the coolest inventions I’ve seen in a long time -- a 3D solar printer and a low-tech light cutter.The inventor demos both of them in the Sinai Desert of Egypt in the videos below. Solar Sinter — 3D Solar-Powered PrinterIndustrial designer and inventor Markus Kayser recently created a solar-powered 3D printer, using cutting edge 3D … [Read more...]