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Solar Heats Up: Demand Surges as Prices Fall

  by Jim Motavalli Now is a good time to buy a solar system and get off the grid. Solar photovoltaic prices have fallen 67 percent in the last five years, reports Alexandra Hobson with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). It’s a boom period for solar—a record 14.8 gigawatts …

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Enlightening Ideas about Money

Enlightening Ideas about Money

Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson Money influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members. Money Talk Taboo “We are …

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Green Car Buying Tips

Green Car Buying Tips

Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli While some carmakers are filling showrooms with ever-larger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than …

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Eco Yards: Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes

by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko “Traditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. …

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Sustainably Stylish Home

Relax into Nurturing Furnishings by April Thompson We all relish a cozy nest, whether that means light-filled views, the embrace of form-fitting sofas and chairs or plush rugs that snuggle bare feet. A beautiful, comfortable home that reflects our personal style and embodies our values can be achieved by learning …

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A Gorgeously Greener Holiday

Fresh Thinking About Décor by Avery Mack Nature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both …

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It’s Easy to Be Green

At Home and On the Road by Avery Mack “Living green means living well, using what you create with minimal waste,” sums up Mike Bond, an ecologist and bestselling activist author in Winthrop, Maine. Here, he and other savvy sources share tips to go ever greener in ways that are …

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Tips for the Best Yard Sale Ever

How to Profitably Give Unwanted Stuff a New Life by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist Each American discards an average of 4.4 pounds of personal garbage a day according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Half of what we toss can be recycled. A yard sale can both clear out the clutter and keep …

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