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Stop Electrical Drain

By this point I think everyone and their mother know how elctronics when not in use still sap electricity.  Here is a little gadget for your TV or Computer to stop wating electricity in its tracks when not in use via unplugged:

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Reprint: unplugged Taryn July 10 2009

We try and turn off all the unneccesary power-suckers in a standard routine every time we leave the house. The lights go off, the computer goes into sleep mode and the TV, DVD player and cable box each get a shut-down with the remotes on the coffee table. But when you’re in a rush to get out the door, you just look for the light switch and the TV power button to get the house dark and quiet. All those other peripherals get forgotten! But what if the DVD player, cable box and surround sound system went off automatically whenever the TV did?

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Green Alternatives to Traditional Insulation

When it comes to the construction of a tiny house there are many options to consider.  While some options might not have been an option in a larger home because of magnitude, in a smaller house you might consider more expensive options which offer huge advantages because you are only using it on a much smaller scale.  newspaper-installation

Reprinted: Planet Green By Josh Peterson Los Angeles, CA, USA  Wed Jun 10

Insulation is so important to energy-efficiency and reducing global warming that the government will help you insulate your house. Over half of your home’s energy consumption goes towards heating or cooling your domicile. That’s why proper insulation is paramount to green living. Switching off lights and unplugging appliances are all well and good, but if you want to make the biggest difference in your home, insulate it. Check out these green forms of insulation.

1. Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation can be added to existing homes. Insulating an old house is greener than building a new one. Spray foam will last indefinitely, so your home will be warm for generations to come. Spray foam doesn’t harm indoor air quality, it doesn’t promote bacterial growth and it keeps moisture and rot out.

2. Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose Insulation, sometimes called newspaper Insulation is insulation made from three-fourths recycled content: Newspapers, corncobs, straw, etc. The last fourth is flame-resistant chemicals.

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Homemade Cleaning Products

I admit when it comes to my kitchen and bathroom, I am a Germaphobe.  Its true, my friends make fun of me, but they sure as hell have never got sick off of my kitchen counter!  That said I was very skeptical at homemade cleaners, would they really work all that well and more importantly, will they kill the germs?  The Answer is yes and no.  Studies from several big universities have found that while commercial cleaners kill 99% of bacterial, homemade ones kill 90%!  That’s not a heck of allot of difference.

Now I don’t think I will stop using my Clorox wipes when it comes to raw chicken and the like, but for most other cleaning tasks, I have decided to make the switch and save allot of money in the process.  Not to mention that these.  Sandra Snow Sums up most of the information nicely:

forget the products because there are a number of kitchen staples probably already in your pantry that will do a number on even your toughest cleaning challenges. And the best part is that they’re natural and non-toxic. Baking soda is an excellent scouring agent, while tea tree oil (you’ll find that among the supplements in your natural foods store) naturally inhibits bacteria, mold and fungus growth.

For an all-purpose cleaner, fill an empty spray bottle with equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. This can be kept on hand for all-purpose cleaning around the home: use on countertops, glass surfaces, and tile. Combine two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice for a natural furniture polish. An old t-shirt makes a perfect “recycled materials” housecleaning rag for dusting and polishing. Mix a small amount of baking soda with liquid castile soap to get your countertops, sinks and tubs shiny. For a ‘fresh smell’ try adding a few drops of an essential oil like rosemary, orange or lavender. And a half-cup of distilled vinegar in your washing machine’s rinse cycle will work like a natural fabric softener.

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