The Many Uses of Weeds

Did you know that weeds can be useful?  You may have the idea that weeds are just big problems.  If this is your mindset, you may be using herbicides and mowing your lawn when you really don’t need to.  While you probably want to have a garden and lawn that looks nice, it may be time to start thinking a bit differently about weeds.

Weeds are Rehabilitators

Believe it or not, there are some weeds out there that are actually rehabilitators.  While some weeds are definitely a big detriment to the other plants, there are some weeds that can help save your landscape.  One Australian by the name of Peter Andrews has actually been working to use weeds for the purpose of rehabilitation.  This is what he refers to as “natural sequence farming.”

Green Living Quick Car Tips

Cars are one of the biggest sources of pollution and greenhouse gases in our lives.  However, most of us still need our cars to get around.  If you can’t give up your car yet, you may be wondering what the best way to reduce its impact is.  The answer is making sure you’re getting the best fuel efficiency.  You’ll be improving your impact on the planet, as well as saving a little money, if you learn to drive your car so that you get the best mileage.  Here’s how.

Pay attention to your speed, for one.  It’s easy to feel like you’re in a hurry to get everywhere and be tempted to drive at high speeds.  However, you should avoid driving over fifty-five miles per hour if you want better mileage.  This means you’re less likely to end up in an accident, and you’ll get a better fuel efficiency.

Take the Bus or Train – It Does Make a Difference

With fuel prices unpredictable and concerns about consumption rising, many people are wondering if they should make changes to their lives.  The answer is yes, and there are simply ways to make things better.  For instance, choosing to get to work without taking the car can make a big difference in fuel consumption, pollution, CO2 emissions and traffic congestion.

Did you know that a twenty mile daily trip to work produces nearly a thousand pounds of carbon dioxide – even if your car is brand new?  That’s like a dozen twenty pound bags of charcoal.  To neutralize that carbon contribution, you’d need to plant around a hundred and fifty sugar maples, and that doesn’t count the rest of your driving.  Think about how many trees you’d need to neutralize the carbon emissions caused by the travel of everyone in your family, or your whole neighborhood!

Get a Front-Loading Washing Machine

If you’re in the market for a new washing machine, the one you get could have a big influence on your environmental impact.  That’s because front loading machines use much less heat, detergent, and washers than standard types.  The significantly more efficient and effective designs have been working at Laundromats for ages, but they’re only recently becoming popular for homes.

You can find great front loading washers from all the major brands, from Frigidaire to GE to Kenmore, offering efficient cleaning power, electronic features and attractive design.  Look for an Energy Star certification to let you know the machine’s energy efficiency level.  Your appliances will pay for themselves in a relatively short period of time, just through the energy savings.

Don’t hit Print too quickly

The average American uses more than 700 pounds of paper a year in today’s modern office and at home from the numbers of copies of documents which are made needlessly.  Too often office workers are quick to make printouts of documents, especially each and every time a small change is made, despite the fact that the change may only be a minor one.  Here are a few tips to help you save the amount of paper that you produce on a daily basis in your office or at home.