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  1. Going green can sometimes be very expensive but with the sprouting up of environmentally friendly companies there are far more option than ever in the past. There are plenty of ways that going green can help save money so why wouldn’t someone do it? Most people do not realize that going green can save them money in the long run. It can be one of the best investments that they make. Energy efficient lightbulbs cut down on power usage as it used 1/10 to 1/25 of the energy that a regular lightbulb uses. If this wasn’t reason enough, these lightbulbs can last up to 10 times longer. Not only would a home be able to save on electricity but also on replacement lightbulbs. Buying a hybrid car can be expensive in the front of the purchase but it will quickly start saving you money. With gas prices that fluctuate so much it will be good to know that these fluctuations will impact you less than ever. If you commute a long way each day or are stuck in gridlock traffic, a hybrid can save you dollars per day as it switches to its battery when going slow or stopped. The parking benefits in certain cities that are known to be environmentally friendly are immense. There are hybrid or smart car only spots throughout many cities in prime parking locations. Buying solar panels can be expensive but now there are government grants that contribute to the cost of these panels. Although they might still be a bit expensive, the savings will be happening each time the sun is up. Many things can be run through solar power so don’t just think of the electric but also the water heater among other appliances. Companies go green like Groupon which offers coupons from other green friendly companies like Travelocity which lets you book rooms at green friendly hotels. This is not only the right thing to do by going green but it is also great PR move. As you can see saving money and going green don’t have to be conflicting ideologies anymore. Going green is the right thing to do for your bank account and the environment.
  2. DIY Green Cleaning Cheat Sheet

    According to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air pollution is one of the top environmental dangers and causes a lot of health confitions as well. Some of the symptoms include fatigue, headache, irritation of the throat and more. If you don't keep your home clean, thus indoor air fresh, the pollution in the house could cause respiratory diseases and even cancer. On the other hand, the labels on most of the cleaning products warn that they are harmful and you should use a protective clothing in order to use them. And here it's the paradox, neither cleaning nor leaving your home full of dirt will help save the planet or your health. What Should We Do?We can make our own green cleaning products for every room and every spot! It would be efficient as a professional product, but cheaper and better for your health. Green Cleaning Cheat SheetWhat do you need? White vinegar, baking soda, olive oil, essential oils, lemon and borax, although some of the people believe it's dangerous to the health, there isn't any proof of that. What you should know? White vinegar removes mildew, odors, stains and has disinfectant properties. Baking soda is great odor remover and water softener, it's used for cleaning, scouring and scrubbing. Lemon is very effective against most bacteria. Borax is a strong disinfectant, which cleans and deodorises. Here are some DIY green cleaning recipes: Mirror, Glass and Window CleaningYou need: 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of water; How to: Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray onto the surface. Wipe with crumpled newspaper or with a clean cloth. Tip 1: For а better smell you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Tip 2: It's better not to clean your windows on a sunny day because the mixture could dry too fast and leave unpleasant stains. Water StainsYou need: lemon; How to: Slice the lemon into two halves and scrub the stain with the one part; Tub Toilet and Sink CleaningYou need: baking soda / borax and white vinegar; How to: sprinkle some baking soda onto your toilet brush and scrub the grime. For the outside of the toilet surface, apply some white vinegar on a sponge or cloth and wipe off. Tip: To disinfect the toilet use borax, instead of baking soda. Floor CleaningYou need: 1 cup of vinegar and 1-gallon hot water; How to: mix them and use the solution to mop the floor. This works for ceramic tile, vinyl and wood floor, as well as linoleum. Tip: add a few drops of essential oil for fantastic smell. Wooden Furniture CleaningYou need: lemon juice and olive oil; How to: apply equal parts on a cloth and rub into the wood. Countertops and TilesYou need: baking soda, white vinegar and water (1:2:4); How to: apply the mixture on a sponge and wipe off. Carpet CleaningYou need: white vinegar and water (1:1); How to: spray the dirty area of the carpet with the mixed solution and soak up with a towel. Tip: if the stain is still there mix equal parts of white vinegar, salt and borax (the mixture looks like a paste). Rub it into the carpet and leave for two hours. Vacuum after that. Cleaning Product For EverythingYou need: 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/2 gallon of water; How to: mix the baking soda and the white vinegar into the water and store the solution somewhere safe, in order to use it when it's needed. You can use it for everything: water stains, window washing, countertops, upholstered furniture, etc. You should simply apply the solution on a clean cloth and wipe. Tip: For better smell you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Air FreshenerYou need: baking soda, lemon juice; How to: mix equal parts of both ingredients and put the solution in a dish. That will absorb the odours and it's very useful, especially if you have pets. Wall CleaningYou need: baking soda; How to: apply the baking soda to a sponge, rub and wipe; One of the most important things in order to have a clean and fresh home, is to open the windows wide at least twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. The smell in your house will be better through the day and you'll sleep better through the night. If you haven't got enough time to make your own green cleaning products, hire a cleaning company. I recommend you to use a local cleaners, who use non-toxic cleaning detergents. Those types of cleaning products are natural, environmentally-friendly, and safe for humans and pets. Contrary to Kermit The Frog's popular quote: 'It's not easy being green', it actually is that easy. Go green.
  3. Green Resolutions for 2014

    New year’s day is resolutions time and normally, I wouldn’t make any. However, since a couple of years ago, I re-started the trend and surprisingly, they kind of worked. This is why this year, I am making a new batch of resolutions to start the year right and keep me going until the end of the year. This time around, my focus is on green resolutions. Go Organic For months I have been wanting to adapt a healthier lifestyle and going organic. Some people think that going organic is expensive. But there is a less expensive way to do this. You can grow your own vegetable garden and just harvest what you need from there. If going organic is a little bit more expensive than your usual food choices, you can make adjustments and cut back on some of your unnecessary expenses so you can invest more in your health. Remember, health is wealth and the earlier we embrace a healthier lifestyle, the happier we will be. Go Green Going organic doesn’t just pertain to food choices, it can also mean going green, choosing options that have less or zero impact on the environment. These days, I have been more conscious of the things that I am using. I try to use cleaners with natural ingredients rather than those with harsh chemicals. I also pay more attention now to biodegradable and recyclable labels on items. These choices are not only healthier for you but also for our environment. Go Green Travel One of the things that can inspire you--if you have not gone green yet--is the magnificent grandeur of mother nature. This year I want to travel to places that showcase this glorious beauty and places where people caring for the environment has managed to help protect this natural wonder. A friend of mine who recently visited Hawaii has often told me of the peoples’ efforts there in conserving wildlife and its environment. It must be a very beautiful place to visit. If you are planning to travel green, just remember to always take travel insurance. There are insurance companies such as Seven Corners that have plans to fit whatever traveler’s needs or budget. I hope that others too will embark on journeys that will help them to discover the gift of nature’s beauty and hopefully inspire them to embark on their own quest to help preserve the environment. What’s your green resolution for this year?