Recent Green Living Articles

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How to Flush Your Toilet and Waste Less Water

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 16, 2015

Americans are a contradictory bunch. We care a great deal about recycling and saving energy. (Yay!) Yet at the same time, many of us remain blissfully unaware of another essential resource...

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Will Blackout Curtains Keep You Cooler This Summer?

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 15, 2015

Seems like just yesterday we were groaning over our high heating bills. Now with the full heat of summer about to hit, we're looking for ways to keep ourselves cooler and make our A/C...

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Why Your Plants Need Pruning

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 14, 2015

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days ..." (James Russell Lowell). When I mentioned this exuberant quote to some friends, I was met with blank looks....

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Update on Ladybugs as Natural Pest Control

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 08, 2015

It seemed like an excellent idea in the beginning. Using ladybugs as a form of non-toxic, hypoallergenic, affordable pest control for growing fruits and vegetables … what could...

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Mist Cooling Systems for Affordable, Green Outdoor A/C

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 04, 2015

Whew, it's hot out there. Seems like only yesterday we were grumbling about winter's cold. But now the season's finally changed (thank goodness!), we're unhappy with the higher temperatures....

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Curbside Planting Primer

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 02, 2015

Hell strip. That's another name for the skinny little plot of land sandwiched between two expanses of concrete -- the sidewalk and the curb. Although technically owned by the city,...


8 Ingenious Repurposes for Old Electric Fixtures

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 25, 2015

Saving electricity is a hot topic these days. It's a great way of conserving precious energy and minimizing your carbon footprint. Another eco-friendly practice is repurposing, which...

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Get Creative -- Construct a Very Cool Playhouse

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 05, 2015

Here's how to become the coolest parent (or grandparent) on the block: use your carpentry skills to put up a playhouse. Whether it's out in the yard or inside your home, your favorite...