Melissa

Melissa

Stories by Melissa

Ecard: Unplug Those Unused Chargers

Aug 19, 2014

Phone chargers continue to drain electricity if left plugged in, according to EnergyStar.gov. That’s why you’ll notice they’re still warm to the touch if you don’t disconnect them. They also advise that you keep digital cameras and other gadgets unplugged until you need them.   [Info_banner]  

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Mixed-Use Developments Bring Sense of Community to Atlanta

Aug 14, 2014

From Buckhead to Midtown to Westside, mixed-use developments are cropping up all over Atlanta, offering residents the convenience of living, working and playing all in one walkable area. For example, Midtown added 970 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail from mixed-use developments in 2013 alone, according to the Midtown Alliance. In June 2014, the […]

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How to Save Water — and Money — on Your Yard

Aug 14, 2014

Colorado residents use as much water on their yards and gardens every year as they do inside their homes, according to Colorado WaterWise, an organization dedicated to water conservation and eco-friendly landscaping tips. That’s why the group urges residents to xeriscape — a type of landscaping that uses drought-tolerant plants and grasses — which it […]

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Houston Hurricane Watch: How to Prepare Your Home

Aug 14, 2014

Houston’s proximity to the Gulf Coast means that sometimes, tropical weather — including hurricanes — may threaten. Although, luckily, the area has been spared a direct hit by a major hurricane in the past several years, that doesn’t mean residents should let their guards down. With the typical hurricane season in the Atlantic running from June 1 to Nov. 30, […]

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Protect Your Trees Against the Emerald Ash Borer

Aug 14, 2014

Chicago residents are facing a new threat to their property this year: a beetle that has destroyed more than 10,000 ash trees in the city, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times. Called the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), the pest is a green beetle native to eastern Russia and Asia, according to emeraldashborer.info, […]

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Turn an Old Dresser into a Planter

Aug 12, 2014

Looking for an interesting place to make those flowers grow? Consider reusing an old chest of drawers as a unique planter.

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Capture the Rain

Aug 12, 2014

If you’re looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle at home, one thing to consider is catching and using rainwater. Some people utilize rain barrels to capture water, which can be used on lawns or use for other purposes. The video below contains more information on using rain barrels: Keep in mind, though, that some areas may […]

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: ‘Green’ Grilling

Aug 12, 2014

Nothing says summer like firing up the grill to cook an outdoor feast. Keep Mother Nature in mind with these eco-friendly grilling tips:  

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: DIY Torches

Aug 12, 2014

Light up your backyard with style by creating your very own torches. Just use empty wine bottles and a few other items to create these unique lights:

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‘Green’ Backyard Tip: Eco-Friendly Picnic

Aug 12, 2014

Having a backyard party? Don’t automatically rush out and buy paper napkins, plastic tableware or a disposable tablecloth. Use the ideas below for a more eco-friendly – and wallet-friendly – party: Source: http://makezine.com/projects/frisbee-plate/

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