Go Green

5 Easy Eco-Friendly Tips for the Home!


1. Recycle smart: From furniture to electronics, one person's trash is another's treasure so when you want to dispose of an old item, don't make the dump your first stop. Two sites with alternatives: freecycle.org and earth911.org.

2. Today's non-gasoline-powered reel lawn mowers are easier to push than the old models. Their eco-benefit: zero emissions (plus, you're getting great exercise). If you prefer a power mower, consider a quiet, battery-operated model.

3. Warm up to solar energy: You may not be ready for a totally sun-powered home, but you can get a taste of the technology by using solar-powered lighting in your yard or on your patio.

4. Plant flowers and shrubs that are well suited to your climate (the staff at your local nursery can help). The benefit: You'll use less fertilizer and pesticides.

5. Buy a laptop: It uses considerably less power than a desktop computer.