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How To Save Water In The Workplace

In the past, people tended to think of water as free. Now it’s being seen as the valuable resource it is. Your office likely uses more water than you realize, and this could be affecting your bottom line. Here are a few tips to reduce your workplace’s water use: Get A Water Audit Your utility […]

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9 Ways To Make Your Music Collection More Eco Friendly

Did you know that over 5 millions CDs are thrown away each year and that each one can take over 200 years to decompose? Music is truly one of life’s great pleasures; but clearly it can also represent an environmental catastrophe if we go about things in the wrong way. Fortunately, there are all sorts […]

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The Art of Green Gift-Buying

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As environmentally-conscious consumers, we’re used to making green decisions. Whether it’s investing in solar panels or opting for an electric car, we’ve trained ourselves to think about making the best choices to suit an eco-friendly lifestyle. But what about our friends and family; what about when we’re buying stuff for them? Suddenly the priorities change, and in the […]

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Peer To Peer Rental: How You Can Save Money And Help The Environment

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We all know that our consumer society is having a damaging effect on the environment. Every product that we buy has been produced, packaged and shipped and  every step in this chain uses up resources and leads to waste. The problem is that while we know consumerism is typically bad for the environment it’s also […]

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9 Simple Ways To Reduce Your Electicity Bill Without Living Like A Hermit

Sometimes saving the planet and saving your money align perfectly and reducing the electricity you use around your home is a perfect example of this. Clearly the less power you use the less that your utility company is going to charge you. In addition when you reduce your energy needs you’ll also cut down on […]

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Turn Off The Air-Con: 6 Tips For Staying Cool This Summer

When the sunshine is beating down and the temperature is rising it’s understandable that many people flick on their air conditioning. But while your air conditioning might make you feel more comfortable in the short term there’s a gremlin you need to be aware of: one of the biggest contributors to most Westerner’s carbon footprint […]

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Cheap Solar Panels: Reducing The Cost Of Solar Panels

photo credit: Pink Dispatcher As anyone who has looked into the cost of solar panels will tell you: one of the greatest weaknesses of solar panels for your home is quite simply how expensive they are. I full-blown solar panel installation can set you back tens of thousands of dollars and while you should make […]

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8 Ways To Make Eco Friends

photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography All this talk about how to be eco friendly is jolly exciting until you realize you’re at risk of becoming the local killjoy. The one who wants to eat organic food not some factory-processed rubbish. The one that wants to avoid palm oil, non-sustainable fish, trans fats, pesticides and so […]

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8 Ways To Wash Your Clothes In A More Eco Friendly Way

photo credit: Magic Madzik Cleaning our clothes, while necessary, is a potential mine-field for the environmentally-aware individual. From the water and power that we use to the chemicals we flush into the water system there are a huge number of improvements that can be made to the “standard” way of washing your clothes to make […]

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10 Ways To Reduce The Costs Of Eco Travel

photo credit: Kıvanç Niş When you consider the average person’s carbon footprint one of the most obvious ways to become significantly more eco friendly is to consider how you travel around. Driving a car around on your own is second-only to jetting off on vacation  for carbon emissions but one common complaint against using public […]

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Free Seeds: How To Grow Your Own Vegetables For Free

photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography Growing your own food can not only help you to significantly reduce your carbon footprint and save quite a bit of money each year but can also be great fun. Equally, especially if you’re starting out with an allotment or decent-sized vegetable garden, you’ll probably be needing a surprising number […]

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How To Speed Up Your Website And Be More Eco Friendly

photo credit: Robert S. Donovan Every time a web page loads it uses energy so the faster that your website loads the less energy it will use and the more eco friendly it will be. This is important for all websites but particularly so for those of us who care about the environment and try […]

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How To Attract Hedgehogs Into Your Garden

photo credit: Sids1 Hedgehogs are becoming increasingly rare due to a wide variety of environmental problems not least lack of suitable habitat and deaths caused by domestic pets like cats and dogs as well as collisions with cars. If that weren’t sad enough in itself these beautiful, harmess creatures also offer significant benefits to the […]

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11 Ways To Recycle Books

photo credit: luis de bethencourt If you’re a bookworm like me then you’ve no doubt got all sorts of books lying around that you’ve read but don’t really know what to do with. Fortunately there are a whole host of different ways to recycle books that are fun, quick and simple to do. Add to […]

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How To Make Your Website Carbon-Neutral

photo credit: MrsMinifig For anyone who cares about the environment yet runs their own website there is always an uneasy trade-off. Certainly allowing your visitors to access information via the interner rather than in printed form helps to reduce carbon emissions by reducing paper use. And using eco web hosting will ensure that the server […]

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Growing Tomatoes Indoors

photo credit: torugatoru Growing tomatoes indoors can be surprisingly easy with just a small amount of knowledge and it’s entirely possible to produce a healthy crop of tomatoes in a very limited space. Indeed whilst at university many years ago I managed to grow tomatoes indoors by keeping them as houseplants on my windowsill so […]

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Reduce The Energy Your Website Uses With Online Leaf

photo credit: Foto43 It’s a popular myth that reading something online is far more environmentally-friendly than reading something printed on paper. After all, by reading online you’re saving trees being cut down, you’re saving the production and use of unpleasant inks and you’re eliminating the waste that comes from having to dispose of that printed […]

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Going Green With Free Software Applications For Eco Friendly Computer Printing

photo credit: striatic The internet is helping to revolutionize our lives. We’re reading more online, sending more emails and saving fuel by not having to go and speak to people in person to get things done. We’re all slowly going green either deliberately or by accident thanks to the world wide web. But there is […]

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How To Have An Eco Friendly Barbecue

photo credit: TheBusyBrain Summer is here at last! And with it comes the inevitable warmth, sunshine and desire for barbecues. However as with anything else, there is an eco friendly way to have a BBQ and an uneco-friendly way. As many regular readers will know, I believe that being eco friendly should be fun and […]

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Six Steps To Make Your Website More Eco Friendly

photo credit: juanpol The internet is increasingly a part of everyday life. I’m guessing you agree if you’re here reading this right now. And given the choice, most people would tell you that reading something online is greener than buying a book or magazine with the same information. After all, you’re saving all that paper, […]

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