Natural living tips that can help protect both your budget and the environment

Green Living

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Practical Recycling

Lynn Bulmahn

In all these examples, frugal folks have figured out how to creatively re-use free items. It's a 'green' practice that uses trash to save cash. What do you have around your home or worksite that can be re-used in a novel but useful way?

Saving Money by Living Green

contributed by JL

I now live as 'green' of a life as I can. By going 'green,' I have also become the frugal superstar I always wanted to be. Here are a few ways I'm living an eco-friendly lifestyle and spending less money.

10 Major Myths about Living Green


When it comes to selecting greener choices, here's how to separate fact from fiction. Having trouble sorting through it all? Here are 10 green myths, along with some real information, to make it easier.

5 Ways to Go Green and Save Green

Bankrate Video

Going green is red hot these days. It's trendy to recycle, eat organic food and drive a hybrid car. Here are five ways you can be good to the environment and your wallet simultaneously.

CF Versus LED

Rich Finzer

LEDs are resistant to breakage, generate no heat, contain no mercury, and have a lifespan as high as 60,000 hours. That's about five to six times the lifespan of a typical CF! The LED is the wave of the future. They're environmentally benign, stingy in power consumption, durable, and safe, meaning that the light at the end of the tunnel is not fluorescent.

CFL Bulbs and Lampshades

TDS Reader Solutions

Have you run into probelms trying to get lampshades to fit over the new compact cluorescent (CFL) bulbs? TDS readers share tips on adapting lamps to fit CFLs.

Problems With Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

TDS Reader Contributors

"I am interested in the new fluorescent light bulbs. I would like to know if others are happy with them. I have not had good experiences with them after spending quite a bit of money. One by one they are coming back out of my lamps because they just do not give as much light as the package says. Is there a way to make them work?"

Choosing Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

TDS Reader Contributors

Have you been dissatisfied with any of the compact fluorescent bulbs on the market? What type/brand of CFL bulbs work the best? TDS readers share tips on choosing CFLs.

Save Money and the Environment

Amy Robleski

Many people think that taking measures to save the environment has to cost a lot of money. It's true that most major changes, such as installing solar panels or buying a hybrid car, take a high initial investment. While these improvements actually do save money in the long run, for those of us who are living paycheck to paycheck, the initial costs may seem insurmountable. But there are ways to save money and the environment without spending a lot of cash up front.

Firewood Facts

Rich Finzer

With heating oil and natural gas prices at all-time highs, many folks are considering burning wood as an alternative heat source. Here are some tips to determine the best wood to get and how to get it at the best price.

Homemade Fireplace Logs

TDS Reader Solutions

TDS readers share tips on making homemade fireplace logs and fireplace starters to help heat the house as cheaply as possible.

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Your Washing Machine and the Environment

Gary Foreman

What's the most efficient washing machine? That's where the newer front-loading designs come in. About 90% of the energy used by a washing machine is used to heat water. So reducing water consumption is important to energy savings. Some energy experts claim that the front-loaders can save up to $100 each year in utility bills.

Mr. Solar's Intro to Solar Electricity

Charlie Collins

Today with all the modern electrical toys many times we forget how helpless we would be without electricity. I have proved that it is now possible to live the "good life" beyond the sidewalks and wish to share this with you.

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