Blog : Green Tips

5 Green Tips from Newmarket Dental

By Emily | Jun 3, 2014 | in

This weeks green tips come from Dr, Nathan Swanson of Newmarket Dental, a green-minded dental practice. Learn more about Newmarket Dental here

1. Turn off the water! Between wetting our toothbrush and rinsing, a lot of us leave the tap water running while we brush. If you brush the recommended two minutes, this could be wasting gallons of water per day.

2. Recycle your floss dispenser. It may not be as obvious as #1 plastics, like soft drink bottles, or #2 plastics like milk jugs, but most floss dispensers are #5 plastics and are very often accepted by curbside recycling programs. Before recycling pop the case open, remove the floss wheel, and pull out the small metal "tooth" that tears the floss.

Guest Blog; Help! Where did my Interest go?

By Magill | May 22, 2014 | in

The Guest Blog below is from our friends at Progressive Asset Management, Inc. PAM is an independent full-service investment brokerage firm that specializes in socially responsible investing. This article from its spring newsletter offers advice on how to
make better investments in a today’s tough economy.

It’s painfully obvious to more and more Americans that the interest from their bank accounts, money market funds, and other fixed income investments has plummeted in recent years.  

Why the huge drop?

Simply put, because the U.S. Treasury, the bedrock upon which most interest-paying and fixed-income investments are based, has purposely dropped rates paid on the securities they sell to banks, insurance companies, money market funds, and individuals to all-time lows in order to stimulate the economy in various ways.

Spring an Opportunity To Refresh and Brighten With Sustainable Paints

By Ali | May 21, 2014 | in

BY HEIKKI (HERB) PERRY
Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH — Spring is in full swing and a homeowner’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of spring cleaning.

“Spring is a great time to empty the closets, de-clutter, move the furniture and get your walls and ceilings painted,” says Sean Sturk, owner of Minute Men Painting. “And since there will be new colors of nature outside, why not put new colors on your home, a change that can significantly impact your psyche and make you feel better?”

Five Green Tips from Favorite Foods

By Mary | Mar 14, 2014 | in

This week’s Green Tips come from Favorite Foods, a locally-oriented food distributor which recently installed the state’s largest roof-top solar array! Learn more about Favorite Foods at www.favoritefoods.com.

1. Conduct a Water Audit. A water audit analyzes a facility’s water use and identifies areas where homes and offices can be more efficient. Google the American Water Works Association for tips on finding the best auditors in your area.

2. Upgrade to more efficient appliances and fixtures. Faucets, showers and toilets can all be made more efficient, saving you water and money. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable division even offers rebates for efficiency upgrades!

Five Green Tips from Eco Firebox

By Mary | Mar 5, 2014 | in

This week’s Green Tips come from the folks at Eco Firebox, an Eliot company specializing in hyper-efficient, green radiant heat for your home! Learn more about EcoFirebox at www.ecofirebox.org.

1. Wood burns best when the moisture content is less than 20 percent. You can purchase a wood moisture meter to test the moisture content of your wood before you buy or burn it.

2. Season wood outdoors through the summer for at least 6 months before burning it. Properly seasoned wood is darker, has cracks in the end grain, and echoes a high-pitched "tinny” sound when smacked against another piece of wood.

3. Never burn coated, painted, pressure-treated, ocean driftwood, plywood, particle board, or any wood with glue on or in it. They all release toxic chemicals when burned.

This Month's Green Item: Green Printers

By Madelaine | Feb 27, 2014 | in

Jenaly Technology Group is unique IT firm, committed to providing affordable solutions for businesses, and making sustainable choices. Jenaly makes a conscious effort to do all it can to reduce its carbon footprint. It is a strong advocate of digitalizing documents (their own and those of their clients) in order to save paper. It advocates recycling and makes its green tips and advice public on its website. Each month it recommends a different “Green Item.” These items are simple eco-friendly items that you can incorporate in your every day life.

This month’s “Green Item(s)” is green printers! This is a smart ways to be green and save on your printing costs. Invest in a printer that automatically prints on both sides of paper, this is called “duplex printing.” Another easy tip is to print in “draft mode.” Your document will print faster and use less ink! Printers with these capabilities also save power and electricity.

Jenlay’s blog frequently offers these simple tips and more interesting stories about their business!

Five Green Tips from ENH Power and Provider Power

By Mary | Feb 26, 2014 | in

This week's Green Tips come from ENH Power/Provider Power. Look for more Green Tips from the GA and ENH on Facebook and Twitter! Learn more about ENH Power at www.enhpower.com.

1. Know your options. In many states the deregulation of the electricity market allows choice in your electricity supply company. This means you may have the option to choose from power companies that source from coal free power or invest in local renewable energy projects!

2. Compare value. With more choices popping up every day consumers who care about supporting community-minded companies should remember to apply that filter to their electricity provider. Find out your electricity provider’s ethics and power sources and if you don’t like what you learn think about switching!

5 Green Tips from Cornerstone Tree Care

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

Spring is right around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about your backyard! This week's Green Tips come from Cornerstone Tree Care and provide some great info on how to more gently care for the trees on your property. Learn more about Cornerstone Tree Care by visiting their website.

1. Compost your leaves and other garden waste at home instead of bagging and carting them to the transfer station. All that material is food for your plants and trees. Why pay for compost from somebody else when you already have the ingredients to make your own? Don't have the space? Get together with your neighbors to create a shared spot that you all can use.

5 Green Tips from Colonial Stoneworks

By Madelaine | Jan 6, 2014 | in

This week’s tips – things to consider during the harsh winter months – come from Colonial Stoneworks, a Windham-based company that specializes in custom hard-scaping projects including walls, steps, fireplaces and much more! Be sure to share with others on Facebook and Twitter! To learn more about Colonial click here.

1. Keep your fireplace clean by hiring a chimney sweep to inspect your chimney once a year. This will keep ash and soot from collecting in the fireplace and significantly improve your overall efficiency.

2. Use grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.

3. Thinking of replacing your old fireplace? Consider a gas fireplace. These provide the enjoyment of looking at flames but can be 70% more efficient than regular fireplaces.

5 Green Tips from Little Green Homes

By Madelaine | Jan 6, 2014 | in

This week’s tips – things to consider when building a new home – come from Little Green Homes, a Seacoast company that emphasizes sustainable building materials and techniques for projects both large and small! Be sure to share with others on Facebook and Twitter! Learn more about Little Green Homes by clicking here.

1. Don't build in environmentally sensitive areas.

2. Try to locate your home near or within an existing community to reduce the impact that sewer and water connections have on the land.

3. Allow for access to public transportation, and to sidewalks and trails for walking and biking.

4. Minimize site disturbance, control erosion and landscape with native plants that can survive in your growing zone with only occasional watering.