BeGreenMinded

Another use for baking soda!

Last week, I read an interesting green/money-saving tip in one of my mom’s magazines. It recommended mixing a little baking soda with your facial cleanser to make a non-abrasive scrub.

March 26, 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

Replacing air vent filters

This is part of a continuing series on ways we’re updating our almost 60-year-old house following the recommendations of a home energy audit.
We’ve made several easy, and mostly affordable fixes so far. One of the easiest was replacing the filter on our air vent.

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

James Hansen talks about climate change

Climate scientist James Hansen, who co-authored a paper in 1981 about climate change, recently spoke out about the importance of blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline.

March 8, 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

Prepping for duct work – surprisingly easy

We had a home energy audit done a couple of weeks ago, and have been tackling the projects in the list provided. Luckily for us, we are able to do most of the repairs to our almost 60-year-old home by ourselves.
Our ducts were apparently a mess. We didn’t know anything about ducts, but I’m sure with the various updates over the years, our ductwork took a beating.

February 20, 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

Investing in green jobs

Saw this article a while ago, and just didn’t get around to linking to it. It’s about the need for investing in green technology, and why now is the time to do it.

February 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

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