One of the easiest and quickest ways to save money on your monthly utilities is to set your fridge/freezer to the appropriate temperature. Having your fridge/freezer set just 10 degrees fahrenheit too cold, will cause your unit to use 25% more energy every month! Simply follow these steps to ensure you’re not over chilling your […]
Eco Friendly Home Maintenance
Home improvement comes in many forms. Here at GreenLivingIdeas, we aim to deliver good quality ideas for greening (which we definitely believe means improving!) your home. Greening your home has a plethora of benefits. First, you pay less in utilities. By cutting your carbon footprint, it feels good, but it also means you are a […]
In the smart home of the future, an integrated system will allow your cell phone or tablet to control your security system, lighting, heating, and possibly even your sound system while you are away. It sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel however, these systems already exist! But can these systems continue to thrive […]
Some people do not buy CFLs for fear of breaking one and having their home contaminated with mercury. The fear is real driving force, even if it’s mostly unfounded. The actual amount of mercury in a CFL is pretty minor. However, the heavy metal still presents a health hazard if it comes into contact with […]
More homeowners today realize the importance of having an energy efficient home. A decade ago, heating and cooling expenses created the bulk of energy bills. Today, appliances also make a significant impact on home performance. By implementing a deep energy retrofit for your home, you can reconfigure the way your dwelling uses energy so it’s […]
This cute little infographic has a big message: everyday we’re wasting liters (gallons, if you are in the US) of water by careless behavior in the loo. Take a look at this information and learn to make some easy, water saving changes each day. This infographic was designed by Bathshop321, the UK’s best value bathroom […]
A simple step-by-step guide for an eco-friendly, DIY snail trap.
Easy, DIY eco-friendly ways to battle ants when they invade, using simple items that you probably already have lying around the house!
Four quick and cost-effective ways to green a home and begin saving immediately on energy costs and the household’s overall carbon footprint
We recently moved into a gorgeous 112-year-old house in the historic district of our town. We are renting long-term with an option to buy. We have an awesome landlord who has let us really make this our home and he’s very easy to work with. He and his wife had contracted the local affiliate of […]
A clogged drain lands at the top of most house-related annoyances. While slow drains signal impending clogs, many ignore them or the hint of foulness sometimes wafting up. By the time the drain is clogged there is a substantial amount of soap scum, hair, body tissue, grease and other organic materials sealing the drain off from the sewer. Don’t let it get that bad. Here are four simple ways to prevent clogged drains naturally.
I love how spring awakens nature, adorns the trees with brand new clothes and allows all living creatures escape from their winter hideaways to enjoy the sun. But what is natural outdoors often turns into a problem indoors. Look at ants. They are an important part of the environment and helping keep the ecological balance by feeding on pests, dead insects and decomposing tissue from dead animals. But who wants them at home? Here are three of the most efficient and natural ways to get rid of ants.
Much information is being shared about carcinogens in everyday items such as formaldehyde, nitrobenzene and methylene chloride. Instead of feeling shocked and perplexed by the toxicity you are involuntary living in, you can take a few simple actions to rid your home of many cancer-causers and ensure a healthy environment for you and your family.
We all know about the devastating effect plastic bags have on nature. Plastics degrade too slowly. The chemical bonds that make plastic so durable make it equally resistant to natural processes of degradation. Since the 1950s, one billion tons of plastic have been discarded and may persist for hundreds or even thousands of years. A […]
Beyond Pesticides is an organization that not only highlights the dangers of chemical pesticides but offers non-toxic solutions. Formally known as the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, Beyond Pesticides has been around since 1981 educating the public on how pesticides impact our lives and the environment. On March 30-31 they will be holding the 30th National Pesticide Forum entitled Healthy Communities: Green solutions for safe environments at Yale University. Not to worry if you can’t get out to New Haven that weekend, here are a few things you can do to decrease your pesticide use.