Easy and Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your House Cool in the Summer

When the weather gets warmer, do you automatically change your thermostat from heat to air conditioning? Before you make the switch, consider some easy ways you can keep your house cool this summer. You’ll save money and energy and still be comfortable.

1. Fans

Yes, electric fans do use electricity, but they use far less than central or wall unit air conditioning. There are several different types of fans you can employ to keep your house cool:

* Ceiling fans are effective at circulating air throughout a room. They can switch directions to draw hot air up or push it back down, depending on your needs. They also have variable speeds, and do not take up floor or window space. They do have to be installed, but an electrician (or handy homeowner) can hook one up to an existing overhead light fixture in minutes.

How to Choose Eco-Friendly and Toxin-Free Paint or Wallpaper for Your Nursery

Preparing your baby’s nursery can be a wonderful time of planning and dreaming. Many times, that means choosing a paint color or wallpaper (or a combination of both), furnishings, and flooring.

Today, many people are aware that the fumes from paint, wallpaper and carpet can be toxic. Babies, with their tiny, developing systems, are especially vulnerable to toxins in the air and on surfaces they touch with their delicate skin. In order to avoid these poisonous substances, you may choose to decorate baby’s nursery with eco-friendly items.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you seek to create a non-toxic environment for your little one.

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Eco-Friendly Burial Options

What form of burial to choose is of great concern to many, but for those who are eco-conscious, the concerns are specifically related to being eco-friendly.

You may wonder if conventional burial practices are harmful to the earth. In truth, conventional burial is not particularly green. Trees must be cut to make the coffin, and embalming fluids like formaldehyde and methanol are not earth-friendly. Another concern is the use of land for conventional burial. The earth itself must be dug up and cemetery plots take up space.

If these are matters of concern to you, it might be a good idea to take a look at some alternatives and talk them over with your family. Death is not an easy subject, but discovering eco-friendly options may make the subject more approachable for you.

Going Green, Eco Friendly Jargon and Terminology

Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of settling in for a chat with a long-lost friend and been lost in the first five words out of their mouth?  They are likely suffering from acronymitis, or an inflammation of the abbreviation gland.  Signs of infection include rapid-fire rattling off of industry (or even office) specific acronyms and sensory numbness that impedes their ability to recognize the dazed look in the eyes of their audience.

Sadly, there is little that can be done to cure acronymitis, but its effects can be mitigated by immersion into the culture.  Carry a note pad and pen to jot down every cryptic term and keep your blackberry close at hand to search the net for clarification at the first opportunity.

Simple Steps to Start a Life of Green Living

Our carbon footprints today will affect the lives of future generations.  As such, it is important to cut back on our carbon footprint in whatever ways possible.  You can adopt simple steps to start a life of green living with littler effort than you may think.

Energy Consumption

When and where possible, make use of solar energy to power your homes, be it in heating up your water to lighting your path.  The solar water heater and solar lights are the best examples of such a good use of the sun’s power.  You can purchase these appliances in many stores nowadays, with the assurance of easy installation. Check Lowe’s or Home Depot to get started.