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Does energy efficiency outweigh the energy needed to make the appliance? Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at The Green Life
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Our green guy gives advice for home renovations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at The Green Life
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Our advice guy examines Kickstarter. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at The Green Life
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What's greener, a hybrid or a natural-gas-powered vehicle? Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at The Green Life
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at The Green Life
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at The Green Life
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Which HE detergents are best? Mr. Green advises. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at The Green Life
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Even if your town doesn’t take expanded polystyrene, there are ways. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2011 at The Green Life
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Clotheslines are one of our cheapest, simplest sources of solar energy. So why are subdivisions and housing developments allowed to ban them? Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2011 at The Green Life
Hey Mr. Green, My 2007 Ford Focus has given me 44 mpg on highway trips, but I want to improve its mileage even more. Is it more fuel efficient to coast down hills and ride the brakes when necessary, resulting... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, I know that buying individual packaged items such as pudding, applesauce, or juiceboxes is bad when purchased at a normal grocery store, but is there any environmental reason not to buy these items at a discount grocery... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, Your comparison showing energy use of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs was interesting. So how do LED bulbs compare to fluorescents? —Jeff, in Southhampton, U.K. Your question arrived the day after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, I am looking for engagement rings for my girlfriend. We are both very eco-minded, and reducing our impact on the planet is very important to us. I have been looking between two companies, Brilliant Earth and Blue... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, My gym (women only) is often very lightly attended in the afternoons. Then, even during the busy times, those clients using the cardio machines are usually watching the TV. But all day long, there are 8 large... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, I was recently at a large outdoor retailer’s summer sale, and saw people like me loaded up with “eco-friendly" outdoor supplies, 98 percent of which are made in China. I believe that manufacturers go to China to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, I hear that the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that will do big-time damage to the EPA’s ability to protect the environment. What’s the deal? —Mel, in Ames, Iowa The deal is bad, extremely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, What about the mercury in the fluorescent bulbs, and what do you suggest if one falls and breaks? —Donna, in Ojai, California Your concern is shared by many others, judging by the number of questions I keep... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, Name calling reduces your credibility. And, I'd like to see an answer to one of the comments here that asks about dimmers, timers, and LED lights. I have dimmers and timers, some 40 years old, all over... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, How come your book is only available in paper? Isn’t it a little hypocritical to help people learn how to better live green when you don’t even offer your book in eBook format (all top selling eReaders... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, I think it’s been calculated what percentage of greenhouse gases from landfill are attributable to food waste. Our large senior apartment complex does not collect food waste from individual apartments (due to pest problems), but there’s more... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, I heard that fluorescent lights consume the most energy when first turned on. After that they consume little energy. Is this true? If so, is it better to leave them on when I am out of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
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Hey Mr. Green, Am I wrong to be annoyed when I'm in my car ready to exit and see a guy flip his cigarette from his car, and when he gets out I nicely tell him how bad that is,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green: What about recyclable plastic food tubs? I use hot water and detergent to get them ready to recycle, and I'm feeling guiltier and guiltier. Since I don't use many, that's a lot of heating water just for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green
Hey Mr. Green, Which gas stations in the United States are the best to use concerning the environment? I don't want to be buying from gas stations who buy from oil companies that pay lobbyists to deny climate change. —Katrina... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Hey Mr. Green