BeGreenMinded

Boxing in the attic entrance

Several months ago we had an energy audit. One of our biggest problems was our attic entrance. It was in our hallway, almost directly over our vent. The vent was drawing air almost directly from the attic. The guy recommended a very quick fix — building a box over the entrance.

July 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Combining trips

We live in what I guess you could call the suburbs. It’s really a small to mid-size town, and it is not really equipped for walkers, bikers or public transportation. They are making efforts to put in a bike lane downtown, but if you live where we live, then you would have to drive to the downtown area before you could get on your bike.

June 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

A green way to treat cold sores

We can chalk another green remedy to tea bags and honey. Yes, they can help soothe sore throats, and the tea can help with dark circles while honey helps blemishes and wounds. But they can also help with cold sores.

May 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

New place to e-cycle!

It’s always a pain when you have to recycle an old computer battery, cell phone or another gadget, because it can be hard to find a place to recycle them correctly and (if you’re like me) for free. Now there’s a new option — Staples!

April 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Green ways to alleviate allergies

It’s allergy season. At least it is in our neck of the woods. My allergies are pretty much year round, but they get worse at the start of Spring and Fall. Here are some things I do to cut down on my allergic reactions.

April 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Earth Hour is coming up

Earth Hour is next week, March 31st at 8:30 p.m. Last year more than 5,200 cities participated in Earth Hour by turning off their lights. Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 as a way to show that we can change the world. Since then, it’s popularity has exploded all over the world.

March 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sealing up the bath/shower combo

This is another part in the continuing series on making our almost 60-year-old home more energy efficient.
The main reason for our energy audit was the temperature in our nursery. In the winter, it was so much colder in there than the rest of the house. While in the summer, it was a lot warmer. Apparently, our master bathroom was the problem.

March 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Caulking windows

When we first bought our almost 60-year-old house, we replaced most of the original windows with energy efficient ones. But there was an addition in the back. We didn’t replace those, since they were newer. Even though we didn’t replace them, we should have caulked around them.

March 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Insulating water heater and skylight

A couple of weeks ago, we had a home energy audit. Although we had done a good bit to weather-proof our older home, we found out that we still had some work to do. Luckily for us, most of the suggested improvements are easy and DIY.

February 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

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