If you suffer from allergies, then nowhere is safe — not even your own home. Fortunately, while there’s no way to avoid allergens altogether (especially if you have pets or kids), there are several steps you can take to improve air quality and reduce flare-ups around the house. Here’s where to start: Use the [...]
Rural living and hobby farming hold great appeal as alternative lifestyles. Growing your own food and raising livestock in a rural area can provide a much-needed escape from city living and the suburban sprawl. Is a hobby farm right for you? Here are some things you'll want to consider before making a decision: 1. [...]
Are you looking for a splash of green to brighten up your home or office (...or home office)? Have you tried growing house plants in the past...only to succeed in killing them? Don't worry — these 16 plants are easy to find and even easier to care for. African Violet (Saintpaulia). With its long [...]
Keeping your garden cool and fresh becomes even more important as those balmy spring temperatures rise to summer highs. Water is key, whether you're growing flowers or hoping to reap a harvest of summer vegetables. And, while the serious drought conditions many parts of the country experienced just a few years back have receded, water [...]
Who would have thought that water would become a precious commodity? After all, isn’t two thirds of the planet covered with water? Truth is that in the years to come, water will indeed be a precious commodity in the first world, as it is already in the third.
We’re always looking for ways to save both money and energy. Of course sometimes you have to spend money to save money. One way to do both is to consider the purchase of new appliances for your kitchen and laundry room.
Over the last ten years energy providers, particularly electric companies, have been working to educate consumers about their energy use. Electricity use is a concept that’s hard to visualize until you get the bill and it’s quantified in dollars and cents.
One of the first alternatives, and one that held out hope for home owners was the solar panel. These photo voltaic panels that capture sunlight and turn it into energy held the promise of heat in winter and air conditioning in summer without burning oil.
In 2007 Congress passed legislation to effectively ban the incandescent bulb by raising the standards of efficiency. By doing so, they created a race to innovate, as well as a political firestorm. Europe and other countries around the world are also taking similar steps to phase out the outdated and inefficient bulbs.