Spring has already tried to make its way through the snow a couple times here in Summit County, as is tradition, and summer is nearly upon us. This is the time of year we tend to start switching out our beloved snow gear for hikes and bikes. There is an added element to this year, […]

If you live in a part of the country with cold winters, you probably already know about the benefits a humidifier can provide for your skin and your respiratory health. But you may not be aware that using a humidifier can also help reduce your heating bills. The more moisture there is in the air, the warmer it will feel. When running a humidifier, you can reduce the heat from your furnace by a couple of degrees and maintain the same degree of comfort. And in winter, comfort is what it’s all about!

During the holiday season, it’s easy to put green efforts aside. With the abundance of wrapping paper, the large meals and individually packaged gifts, keeping sustainability in mind is tough. However, it’s not impossible! Here are four ways you can enjoy your holidays while also being conscious of your environmental impact and reducing your “holiday footprint.”

Have you ever heard of the Three R’s of Sustainability? They are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. In the past couple of years, we added “Refuse” and “Rot” to the R’s. These are equally as important as the original three…but we can chat about those in later newsletters. This Green Tip will focus on the first R: […]

Fire retardants are one those things that sound like a good idea at first. Who wouldn’t want to protect one’s family from the risk of a household fire? But it turns out that fire-retardant chemicals, even the “new” ones, have been linked to toxicity concerns such as cancer and endocrine disruption. They also don’t break down cleanly in landfills once the products treated with them are discarded. If you have no choice but to have furniture or carpeting with these chemicals in your home, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to clean them. And if you are concerned about chemicals in children’s pajamas or other clothing, choose items made from natural fibers that are naturally fire resistant. Unfortunately, we’ll never be able to steer clear of all the potentially harmful chemicals in our environment—that’s why it is so important to take control where we can!

Ah, to see green again! Trees, gardens and lawns are coming alive quickly. That means, of course, a bit of work for us in caring for those precious living things, including that unending lawn mowing. To green up that process as well, consider mowing this year with an old-fashioned push mower instead of a gas-powered mower. If you don’t have huge territories to cut, today’s push mowers are virtually as convenient as gas mowers. They are much lighter-weight and easier to handle than the ones you used as a kid, and they don’t produce pollutants or greenhouse gases.