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Repair or Replace Broken Appliances?

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in For Your Home | 0 comments

Repair or Replace Broken Appliances?

In the past year I’ve had to repair or replace many broken appliances and fixtures around my house. The bigger items include the dishwasher, refrigerator, and washing machine. Every time something breaks I try to take the most environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible approach to solving the problem. In the process I’ve made some mistakes, learned a lot, and come up with some pretty smart solutions that I’d like to share with you so next time an appliance you own has a problem you might approach...

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Are Solar Lights A Good Choice For Your Yard?

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in For Your Home | 0 comments

Are Solar Lights A Good Choice For Your Yard?

This is a guest post from Tim Smith at Modernize.com.  Solar lighting is becoming a more popular way to light driveways, sidewalks, yards, and swimming pools. It is convenient, easy to install (no wiring!), and, best of all, it does not add to your electric bill. Before purchasing solar lights, however, it’s important to consider if solar is the right choice for your home by doing your homework to make the most of your investment. If your yard gets several hours of direct sunlight on most days, solar lights may be a great...

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What To Do With Old Electronics: Recycle, Sell, Donate

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in For Your Home | 0 comments

What To Do With Old Electronics: Recycle, Sell, Donate

My vintage desktop computer was going to turn 10 this year. I turned it on occasionally (maybe once or twice a year) to access old files, but trying to do any meaningful work on it tried my patience. It was painfully slow. Alongside my desktop, I had an ancient flip phone and a new-er smart phone that I didn’t need. Together, the devices—along with their chargers, wires and other accessories—had created a pile of digital trash that took up precious space in our spare room. When I had a few weeks off around Christmas and New Years I...

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A Green Valentine’s Day: Food, Wine & Chocolate

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Food & Recipes, Lifestyle | 0 comments

A Green Valentine’s Day: Food, Wine & Chocolate

Greening a holiday usually takes a little extra planning, so let me help you out this Valentine’s Day! Last weekend my boyfriend, George, and our friends, Adam and Allison, tried green versions of Valentine’s Day staples: food, chocolate, and wine. Low Impact Dinner: Pad Thai From Thug Kitchen We started the evening off with pad thai, straight from the Thug Kitchen cookbook. The cookbook is vegan, although the Thug Kitchen blog, which I’ve been a fan of for years, is not strictly vegetarian...

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Unbelievably Effective Homemade Stove Top Cleaner

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Green Clean | 1 comment

Unbelievably Effective Homemade Stove Top Cleaner

Over-sprayed cooking spray. Dinner boiled over. Hot oil that popped out of a pan. Bits of ingredients that didn’t make the pot. These minor mishaps happen to all of us and they add up. The worst part? The evidence is visible to anyone who walks in our house. On and off for months, I’ve been trying to remove the baked-on remnants of meals past from my stove top. I dreamed of once again having a completely white stove. Regardless of how desperately I scrubbed though, my mixtures of baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and oils were as...

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Top 10 Posts And Top 3 Green Products In 2014

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Lifestyle | 2 comments

2014 was an incredible year for A Green Routine thanks to you, our awesome readers who share your experiences, give us new challenges to solve, and test some our latest creations to tell us if they’re blog worthy. Although our pace of posts slowed a bit this year as we both had some big career and life changes that soaked up the free time we typically spend on this blog, it was rewarding for us to have such highly engaged readers with whom we could share. Before we start to fill the blank slate that is 2015, we...

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Shop Your Conscious This Holiday Season – Green Gift Ideas

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

Shop Your Conscious This Holiday Season – Green Gift Ideas

‘Tis the season for gift giving … and maybe doing a little shopping for ourselves too! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite eco-conscious products and retail shops to help you find the perfect gifts. Shop Your Conscious With Rodale’s Rodale’s has curated their shop with nurture (how it makes you feel), nature (how it’s made) and neighborhood (where it comes from) in mind. The result is an eco-conscious shopper’s delight. Start by browsing their gifts section by category or price or checking out the...

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How to Unplug at Home

Posted by on Oct 22, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

How to Unplug at Home

The following is a guest post by Tali Wee of Zillow. In this fast-paced world driven by technology, individuals find it challenging to personally communicate in-person with family and friends. Moreover, the abundance of household gadgets keeps families engaged in a digital space, separating them from the natural environment. Revive and refresh digitally-dependent households by completing a technology detox. This includes removing or restricting the overload of abundant technology and adopting environmentally-friendly home improvements. Green...

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CSA Adventures: Wash Last Season Veggies Immediately

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Wash Last Season Veggies Immediately

The cool crisp weather is a welcome sign of fall, but it also encourages the growth of bacteria and mold in the fields. At this time of year your farmers are probably starting to loose some of their crops to disease and blight, while the fruit and veggies being picked are more likely to have bacteria an mold spores on them. Earlier this year my farmers warned their CSA members that the produce would be minimally cleaned because the time needed to throughly clean all the veggies directly affected their bottom line. As a small farm with just a...

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CSA Adventures: Storing Winter Squash

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Food & Recipes | 0 comments

CSA Adventures: Storing Winter Squash

The growing season’s coming to an end in many parts of the country but with the right techniques you can store some of your squash and enjoy it for weeks and months to come. Check the squash to make sure there are no bruises or blemishes and the stem is at least two inches long. Wash the squash to remove dirt and the blossom if it’s still attached. Then, let the squash dry completely. Put the squash in a place with good circulation and where the temperature be 75°-80° F for 10 days. If you’re going to store acorn squash, you...

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