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Greenise Celebrates Earth Day with these great tips, Environmental responsibility is everyone’s responsibility. Today, instead of having only 17 thousand EPA employees working to protect the environment, we now have over 300 million Americans as environmental partners making environmentally protective choices. By equipping this growing army of environmental stewards with the tools they need to meet today’s challenges, EPA is helping America shift into a green culture. more…

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Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 | Author: Dalton Dooly
Greenise Starts To Spring Clean And Gear Up For The Summer with healthy cleaning products and tips to keep cool during the summer so you can keep your pets and family in a clean and healthy home and help keep the environment clean first off let’s take a look at some cleaning products that are safe and eco-friendly
“Martha Stewart Clean” is a full line of cleaning supplies for every part of the house and even for clothing, It is 99+% plant and mineral-based (bio-based) and  all packaging recyclable there are No fragrances or colors, just natural cleaning agents you can purchase Martha Stewart Clean at your local Home Depot or from Martha Stewart
Home Made Products Since there are a lot of different recipes we will cover just a few and for more recipes you can visit eco.cycle
Household Cleaner
Mix together:
1 tsp. liquid soap (castile, peppermint)
1 tsp. borax
Squeeze of lemon
1 qt. warm water
OR
¼ c. baking soda
½ c. borax
½ c. vinegar
1 gal. water
For surfaces that need scouring, try moist salt or baking soda and a green scouring pad.
Window Cleaner
Mix together:
2 tsp. vinegar
1 qt. warm water
OR
2 tbsp. borax
3 c. water
Rub dry with newspaper to avoid streaking.
Disinfectant
Mix together:
¼ c. borax
½ gal. hot water
Air Fresheners
Commercial fresheners work by masking smells, coating nasal passages and deadening nerves to diminish sense of smell. Instead:
Find source of odors and eliminate them;
Keep house and closets clean and well-ventilated;
Grow lots of house plants;
Simmer: Cinnamon sticks
Orange peel, cloves
Water
To absorb odors, place 2 to 4 tbsp. baking soda or vinegar in small bowls in refrigerator and around the house and pour ½ cup baking soda in the bottom of trash cans.
and finally we get to the Tips to help you stay healthy while spring cleaning Provided by : sierratradingpost.com
1. Open the windows. The best way to get dirty air moving out and fresh air moving in is to open the doors and windows. Feel the breeze.
2. Skip the air fresheners. Chemical fresheners can cause eye, skin, and respiratory irritation. Aerosol air fresheners are even worse — the tiny air-borne particles can damage nerves and lodge in your lungs. Buy fresh flowers in lieu of traditional air fresheners. An open box of baking soda, cedar blocks, and dried flowers also add natural fragrance to the room.
3. Use vegetable-based cleaning products instead of harsh chemical cleaners. Vegetable-based cleaners, like those made with coconut oil, are becoming more popular every day. Even the makers of Clorox have a vegetable-based cleaning line on the market. Choose vegetable-based dishwashing detergent, too. (I just learned that traditional dish detergent is made from petroleum. If every family replaced just one 28 oz. bottle of petroleum-based dish detergent with a vegetable-based product, we could save 82,000 barrels of oil.)
4. Vinegar, vinegar, and more vinegar. Nature’s cleaning miracle, vinegar can be used to clean just about anything. Use it straight to clean kitchen floors or wash windows, mix it with baking soda and essential oils to clean sinks, and even use it to remove stains in your carpet.
5. Get some baking soda, too. Multi-purpose baking soda can be used for everything from freshening the air, to freshening the carpet or furniture, to scrubbing the toilet and tub.
6. Don’t use bleach or any cleaners containing chlorine. The problems with chlorine bleach are numerous — it can burn skin and eyes and prove fatal if swallowed. When it goes down the drain, it becomes toxic to the natural world, too. A herbal-based sanitizer or one by Seventh Generation is a good alternative, as is just plain old hot water and soap. White vinegar also works wonders (see #4).
7. Skip the harsh chemical cleaners in the bathroom. Make that porcelain sparkle with non-chlorine bleach cleaners or white vinegar and a baking soda-water paste. (See #5)
8. Use natural fiber sponges and rags to do the cleaning. Avoid using paper towels and other one-time use tools.
9. Skip the antibacterial soap. It’s just not necessary. The widespread use of antibacterial soap is also leading to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.
10. When you make the switch to natural cleaning products, be sure to safely dispose of any dangerous chemical products. Don’t pour them down the drain, into the ground, or into the trash. Read the labels or check with your waste management provider for options.
and now let’s get ready for the summer
Keeping Cool Provided By: EarthShare
With the heat of summer now upon us, we should do everything we can to conserve energy as we keep cool. That means treating our air conditioners the same way we treat other energy-demanding appliances: by using them wisely and keeping them running efficiently.
Use an energy-efficient air conditioner.
If you’re buying a new air conditioner, choose one for maximum energy efficiency. New air conditioners come labeled with an Energy Efficiency Rating (EER), a standard that lets you calculate how much electricity the air conditioner will consume. The higher the EER, the less it will cost you to operate the appliance to achieve the same level of cooling.
Avoid overcooling.
Don’t use or buy more cooling equipment capacity than you actually need. If you decide on central air conditioning, select the most energy-efficient unit that will cool the size space you have. Bigger is not better. A larger unit than you need will cost more to run and may not remove enough humidity from the air, the feature that some consumers like most about air conditioners.
Keep your cooling system well tuned.
Have it professionally maintained, and ask how the energy efficiency of the system may be increased.
Install a whole-house ventilating fan.
This can be put in your attic or in an upstairs window to cool the house, even if you have central air conditioning. According to Consumer Reports, a big fan working under the right conditions can cool and ventilate an entire house for about the energy cost of running an air conditioner in one room.
Set your thermostat as high as possible.
78 degrees F. is often recommended as a reasonably comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature.
Water Saving Tips For The Garden Provided By: EarthShare
Gardening can be a fulfilling activity to help you relax outdoors. But, if you aren’t careful, an environmentally-friendly activity can quickly turn into a sink for precious natural water resources.
Millions of gallons of water are used in gardens and lawns each year —many of them wastefully. Here are some ways to cut back on
the amount of water you use in the garden:
Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. Longer grass retains water better.
Water in the early morning, when temperatures are cooler, to minimize evaporation.
Check your sprinkler system regularly and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
Collect and use rainwater for watering your garden.
Direct downspouts or gutters toward shrubs or trees.
Install a drip irrigation system around your trees and shrubs to water more efficiently.
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Greenise starts to Spring clean and gear up for the Summer with healthy cleaning products and tips. This Spring cleaning article is on how to keep cool during the Summer.  One of our goals here at Greenise is to provide information that can keep your pets and family in a clean and healthy home, while helping to keep the environment clean.

First things first, let’s take a look at some cleaning products that are safe and eco-friendly

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“Martha Stewart Clean” is a full line of cleaning supplies for every part of the house and even for clothing. This eco-product is 99+% plant and mineral-based (bio-based) with  all packaging is recyclable. There are No fragrances or colors, just natural cleaning agents to keep you, your pets and the environment safe and clean. You can purchase Martha Stewart Clean at your local Home Depot or from Martha Stewart

Now let’s take a look at some Homemade Eco-Products.

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009 | Author: Dalton Dooly

Greenise Just Got A New Logo and we are happy to share it with you. Check it out and tell us what you think.

GREENISE LOGO

Special Thanks to: PaulaMarie with Limelite Creative

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Tuesday, September 08th, 2009 | Author: Dalton Dooly

Greenise teams up with AccessoryGeeks to help clean up the earth, and make it a better place for our kids.

We received an email from Tony Kim, Marketing Analyst for AccessoryGeeks, asking if we could connect and spread the word about this months contest. Which by the way is a iPhone 3G / 3G S Bio-degradable Clear Case. We jumped on the change to connect with such a powerful organization as AccessoryGeeks. These guys are not just talking about GREEN, they are living GREEN!

Check them out and enter to win! more…

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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 | Author: Dalton Dooly

Greenise Asked And Eartheasy Answered The Call on Water conservation, We were trying to find something on saving water and we came across Eartheasy who gave us what we were looking for.

Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant.
In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation, and reducing any pollution due to leaks. Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow to lakes and rivers. The smaller the amount of water flowing through these systems, the lower the likelihood of pollution. In some communities, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by communitywide household water conservation.

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water conservation in the home… more…

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Saturday, August 08th, 2009 | Author: Felicia Lunghi
Spending some time on the web and Stumbling we came across a great site Inhabitat and found a few articles one we couldn’t  pass up this chance to blog about it. we have posted a small blurb from the site and also put in the award that was given to the creators LIFESAVER, Please take the time to read and also check out the Inhabitat site
This article was gathered from the Inhabitat  blog.

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Over the years, Milan has evolved from merely hosting a furniture fair every spring to having almost every street taken over by all types of innovative design every April. This year, sustainable design joined in the fray more than ever, with many exciting exhibits highlighting socially conscious design, including the Well-Tech Awards. At this inspirational show we discovered the Lifesaver bottle – a beautifully simple concept for portable water filtration, and one that could make a real difference to a world increasingly threatened by shortages of clean, drinkable water. more…

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Saturday, August 08th, 2009 | Author: Dalton Dooly

After the week I’ve had seeing a email from Taylen Peterson an employee with CalFinder was a great way to end the week off, I decided to dig deeper and see what they are all about.

CalFinder

CalFinder, is a free service connecting homeowners to prescreened home improvement professionals. They’re dedicated to making the process of finding a high-quality, reliable contractor as simple as possible.

Drawing on vast industry expertise and superb online capabilities, CalFinder adds the personal touch of skillfully matching homeowners with first-rate contractors. A CalFinder expert uses information gleaned from a personal interview with the homeowner to match the homeowner’s needs with top-notch contractors whose qualifications match the homeowner’s specific needs. CalFinder provides excellent design guidance throughout the process.

The company follows up with each project to ensure complete customer satisfaction and to assure its referrals go only to contractors who provide high-quality work.

CalFinder was developed by homeowners for homeowners.

For some you might not understand why we have posted on this company, some might ask “Is this site Green?” or “can they help the environment?” the answer is yes the blog shows great tips on Green Remodeling and to go further here is what we found… more…

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Wednesday, August 05th, 2009 | Author: Dalton Dooly

Greenise Starts Slaying Vampires and here’s how to hunt down the watt-suckers in your home.

After spending time In Mobile AL over the weekend, I had the chance to do some research and reading and found a great article on “Slaying Energy Vampires”.

In most American households, 8% to 9% of energy dollars are spent powering devices that are turned off. Even after you shut down everything and leave the house, many appliances and gadgets continue to draw power.

These so-called energy vampires (aka phantom loads or wall warts) can be quite inconspicuous. But if a device can be switched on by remote control, features a continuous display (like the small red LED light on your TV or the clock on your DVD player), or has a transformer at the plug (the cumbersome box that makes it hard to use the other outlet), you can bet the appliance is drawing power even when you’re not using it.

Even though most electronics draw only a few watts, they add up fast. Conservative estimates show that American homes consume 440 kilowatt hours (kWh) of standby power every year. At an average of 10.4cents per kWh, that amounts to about $45 annually. Altogether, U.S. households spend about $3 billion a year buying unnecessary electricity.

Alan Meier at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory cites even higher numbers. “In California, the average home has greater than 40 devices drawing power even when they’re turned off,” say Meier, whose estimate amounts to just over 1000kwh per household, per year. at 10.4cents per kWh, that’s $104 a year.

To make matters worse, the number of appliances that consume standby power is increasing rapidly. By 2030 standby power is estimated to reach 30% of residential electrical consumption in the United States. The solutions to this problem are mostly in the hands of electronics manufacturers, but you can reduce your own standby power consumption with two simple steps: First, pinpoint unnecessary power consumption, and then find the best way to kill power to the offending appliances when they’re not being used.

Phantom Loads

STEP 1: FIND THE PHANTOM LOADS

There are a few ways to gauge how much standby power your home consumes. The simplest is to turn off everything in the house and observe the electric meter. If you use this approach, don’t forget to unplug the appliances like your refrigerator that draw constant power and to compensate for appliances that you might not be able to turn off completely, such as a hardwired dishwasher.

A more accurate approach is to use an energy monitor such as a Kill a Watt (www.p3international.com) or Watts Up? meter (www.wattsupmeters.com) to determine the energy use.

Just plug a household appliance into the meter and plug the meter into a wall socket. The meter tells you how much power is being consumed not only when the appliance is on, but also when it is switched off. Once you know which devices draw the most standby power, you can prioritize the list of equipment that you will tackle in Step 2. more…

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Sunday, August 02nd, 2009 | Author: Felicia Lunghi

Greenise exposes the truth about KozyToez, Giving you the pros and cons and everything Eco related on this product.

To start off here is a video provided by: KozyToez


A Kozytoez blanket, measures 40″x70″, and is made from 100% anti-pill polar fleece. The edges are blanket stitched and the foot pocket is reinforced. You can Machine wash and tumble dry using your favorite “Green Eco-Friendly All Natural” laundry detergent for long lasting koziness!!

We found KozyToez to be a Semi-Eco friendly product, using Polar fleece, which can be made from recycled plastic PET(Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles.

Now the reason we say Semi-Eco is because its made from a non-renewable natural resource: petroleum.

Here is a break down on our thoughts more…

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Saturday, July 25th, 2009 | Author: troydooly

Breaking Greenise News: Green lies exposed about Disposable Diapers. Do I have your attention?

Seventh Generation’s Big Green Lies TV Show may be one of the best shows in history for those of us who are striving to live a Green Life.

In the above episode Big green Lies exposed the real story behind the raging debate… Cloth Diapers .vs Disposable and which is Greener.

In the detailed report Big Green Lies investigative reports uncovered the following facts: more…

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