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5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly 4th of July

5 Tips for an Eco-Friendly 4th of July

Read the following tips for making the 4th of July celebration eco-friendly:

1. Have a BYOB neighborhood block party.

Invite neighbors to a ‘Bring Your Own Bike’ party. Instead of driving gas hog SUVs, have everyone decorate their bikes and ride them to the party. Celebrate the holiday by having a neighborhood bike parade down your street. Invite parade spectators to waive the flag, or other eco-friendly streamers as the bike riders pass by.

2. Go on a ‘Fruits and Berry Happy 4th of July’ outing.

Grab the gang and car pool to a local farm to pick seasonal patriotic berries, like strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Gather an assortment to top off all of the Yankee Doodle desserts. Don’t forget the watermelon!

3. Host an eco-friendly BBQ.

Serve veggie burgers or burgers made from grass fed organic beef. Expand menu offerings with fresh corn on the cob, tomatoes, spinach, carrots, peaches, and other local favorites from the nearby farmer’s market. If the BBQ goes toward dusk or into the evening, have on hand DEET-free bug spray or patriotic citronella lanterns, available at many natural food stores. The handy, dandy lanterns are just the thing to chase away mosquitos, who might decide to crash the red, white, and blue extravaganza.

4. Host an organic beer and fruity drink tasting event.

When raising a glass in honor of the 4th, consider stocking up on eco-friendly organic beer. Make apple or watermelon martinis and vodka watermelon for the ladies. For those patriots who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, offer them a simple, 4th of July cooler which is a real thirst quencher. In a gallon pitcher combine 2 parts purple grape juice to 1 part lemonade. The drink looks great in a punch bowl with an ice ring.

5. Have a beach blanket blowout.

If it’s too far to head to the beach, be eco-friendly on the 4th of July and host a beach party. Invite guests to bring beach blankets to spread out on the lawn. Nothing says ‘Americana’ more than old Frankie Valley/Annette Funicello, and Elvis beach movies projected onto an outdoor screen or an outdoor flat screen. When the time arrives, switch over to the Boston Pops, or watch the night sky to catch a glimpse of local fireworks displays in your area. End the evening by gathering around a fire pit to sing along to favorite patriotic songs such as America the Beautiful, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, God Bless America, and Proud to Be an American.

Green and Earth Friendly Home Remodeling

To celebrate Earth Day everyday, try these six tips for incorporating “green” design into your next remodeling project.

Preparation—Before beginning a project, perform an “existing analysis” of your home. Gather information on water, gas, and electricity usage, and do an energy audit to pinpoint daily habits such as leaving lights turned on when a room is not in use.

Lighting—Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting. If possible, take advantage of both natural lighting and shading to reduce energy consumption from heating and cooling a home.

Materials—Opt for paints and finishes with low or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful to the environment and one’s health. Choose designs that incorporate recycled materials, such as countertops made from recycled glass, or flooring made from repurposed wood.

Appliances—Swap in Energy Star-qualified appliances that use less energy, such as refrigerators and dishwashers.

Plumbing—Consider low-flow shower heads/faucets and dual-flush toilets to conserve water.

Insulation and Ventilation—An energy-efficient home requires both proper insulation and ventilation. Seal windows, doors, and pipes, but also ensure sufficient ventilation to allow water vapor to pass through and prevent mold.

Source: Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

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Green Eco-friendly Bathroom Remodeling

Stay home Labor Day and do some green, eco-friendly bathroom remodeling!  Save energy, conserve resources, and protect your budget with the following green bathroom remodeling products and tips.

  • Green Bathroom Remodeling

    If you want to make sure your bathroom remodeling project is as green as possible, here’s how to save energy, conserve resources, and protect your budget. Read

     

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Eco Friendly Home and Business Cures Save Time and $

Eco Friendly Home and Business Cures Save Time and $

The most expensive cost for a business whether it’s home based or cubicle based is the brick and mortar AKA the rent AND office supplies. Simply hitting the EASY button isn’t always the best solution. Here are some cost saving tips and ways to give back, support Mother Earth, and put more mula in your pocket.

  • Donate to a charity that provides mailing labels versus purchasing mailing labels. I recommend http://www.facebook.com/cysticfibrosisfoundation and have it printed on your Holiday cards, eNewsletters, and eCards to clients that it is in memory of finding a cure!
  • Be proactive, pure and simple. Have a question? Look it up! It’s not rocket science!
  • Social Network online, and combine web based networking in one location such as www.UberSocial.com (my personal favorite).
  • Be a mobile, internet saavy business owner versus sitting at a desk 24/7!
  • Hire a virtual assistant.
  • Text message, email, and use visual voicemail to communicate versus stamps and mailing paper products.
  • Use eVites versus paper invitations to events such as Client and Customer Appreciation Days, I purchased 100 Cincinnati Reds tickets for an upcoming game on www.StubHub.com at $2 per ticket! THEN invited agents, clients, customers, friends, family, raving fans, etc by using a free trial of www.Campaigner.com AND emailed them the tickets thanks to StubHub.com’s online printing ability.
  • Brainstorm and visualize the end goal, why is it important?
  • Blog and communicate regularly online.
  • Save up to 80% on custom printed products at Vistaprint. Order today!

Enjoy!

 

Green and Eco-friendly Flooring & How to Conserve Water at Home

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9 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Ideas

9 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Ideas

Give your kitchen a green makeover with these eco-friendly tips.

Designers and experts share insight on materials, products and designs that are perfect for outfitting an eco-friendly kitchen.

  • Bamboo According to housewares expert Gus Dallas, the latest in environmentally friendly kitchens includes fast-growing bamboo. The material makes great cutting boards and it can also be used for backsplashes and flooring.
  • Scrap wood IKEA kitchen designer Martha Saldumbide says, “Where we can spare the environment, we do. We use a lot of scrap wood. It’s the wood that nobody else wants but it’s still really good hard wood.”
  • Lighting To cut down on lighting costs, try using fluorescents. They cut energy use by 50 percent. Whenever possible, use natural light to brighten up your kitchen and bring down your electrical bill.  
  • Cork This renewable resource is made from the bark off a tree. It’s also sound-absorbing, hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and mildew, making it an excellent choice for kitchens.
  • Recycled stone-chipped composite countertops These countertops resemble granite and are just as durable.
  • Top and bottom freezer/refrigerator units These are more energy-efficient than side-by-side models because not as much cold air escapes. Not sure if your fridge can pass the eco-friendly test? Shut the door on a dollar bill – if it slides out easily then it’s a sign the seal needs to be replaced.
  • Recyling stations This handy recycling stations pulls out for easy access. Other recyling cabinets are set on wheels so they can be moved wherever needed.
  • Convection ovens This type of oven uses a fan to drive heat rapidly from source to food so it cooks it 25 percent faster than a conventional oven.
  • Natural fabrics Choose cotton or wool for your dining chairs and window dressings since man-made fabrics are made with chemicals that harm the environment.

SOURCE http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/9-eco-friendly-kitchen-ideas/index.html 3/8/11

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