Archive November 2013

Saving Our Planet: There’s an App for That

Along with the increasing popularity of Smartphones, apps are continuously being developed to assist with everything from sticking to a diet to acing examination.

Therefore, it would seem to be no surprise that a number of apps have been developed to help individuals and businesses conduct themselves in a greener, more sustainable manner. Apps are available for both Android and iOS powered devices and are frequently either very inexpensive or entirely free of charge.

 

Green Outlet

If you are tired of paying out big bucks to the electric company every month, the Green Outlet app may be just the ticket. This iOS app allows you to make a rough prediction of your monthly bill, and indicates which appliances are the likely culprits for excess energy usage. However, the app does not include a calculator for natural gas appliances. The app can be downloaded for 99 cents US from the Apple iTunes App Store.

Plastic Analyzer

The Plastic Analyzer app allows you to determine what kinds of plastic you are using by conducting a search for the plastic identification code. The app then indicates what products are included in the plastic object or bag and informs you of whether the plastic is recyclable. The Plastic Analyzer App is available free of charge for Android, iOS and Windows 7 powered mobile devices.

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7 Ways to Go Green This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family and tradition. If you’d like to introduce some new, eco-friendly customs this holiday, there are plenty of opportunities to go green while celebrating one of the biggest events of the year. Here are some simple ideas to reduce waste and save a little money – all while showing your gratitude to Mother Earth:

Reduce and Use Leftovers

According to U.S. News & World Report, families waste nearly 25 percent of all food prepared on Thanksgiving. That’s a lot of good food ending up in the trash. When planning your meal, consider cutting out those dishes you feel you have to serve but that no one eats. For example, if you consistently toss the cranberry sauce each year, leave it off the menu. This will save you time and money, and eliminate waste. Plan to reuse leftovers throughout the week in turkey sandwiches or stew.

Research if local food banks will accept donations. Not only will donating food help those in need, but the practice will also teach your family about the value of giving. Read More

4 Simple Ways to Go Green

Yesterday I was a guest lecturer and led a GED online course and we talked about going green. I was truly surprised that so many people want to know simple ways to go green.  Luckily, living green can be easier than you think.

Simply changing some of your daily routines and creating a home that is low in energy consumption and waste production can have a big effect on your environmental footprint. If you are looking for ways to help in the global campaign to make our planet stay green, you should examine at your daily life and ask yourself the questions – where am I unnecessarily wasting resources?

How am I contributing to pollution through my consumer choices? What more can I be doing? Here are a few other suggestions for making your environment greener:

Start in your Home

There are several small things you can do in your home to lessen your impact on the environment. Have you looked into energy-saving light bulbs? These light bulbs usually last longer, shine brighter, and use less energy than regular light bulbs – helping you save a few bucks.

You can also cut your energy usage by lowering the thermostat just a bit in the winter. You might have to wear that extra sweater grandma got you but you’ll be using less energy and spending less cash.

Another easy way to go green is by making your home more self-sufficient by installing solar panels and/or rainwater collecting tanks. Both of these environmentally-friendly innovations have been around for decades but only recently became available cheaply for personal consumers.

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