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12 Popular Green Myths Debunked

Most people think that going green is either much too expensive or way too much trouble for them to be bothered with because they're unsure of what exactly is green and what's not.  
Here I've debunked 12 popular green myths.

Green Myth 1: When Appliances Are Off, They Don't Use Power
Fact:  Appliances and other electronic devices continue to use power even after they've been turned off.

Vampire power, also called "standby power," is the energy a piece of equipment continues to use even after it's been switched off.

Vampire power can be as high as 10 to 15 watts per appliance/device and sometimes more.  When you add it all up, it's estimated that more than 5% of your power bill can be attributed to appliances in standby mode, which equals about $4 billion consumer dollars spent unnecessarily each year.  

Some "vampire" devices that rely on standby power are: televisions, air conditioners, refrigerators, computers, cell phone chargers and any…

Earth Day 2014: Make It More Than A One-Day Celebration!

Satellite view of earth superimposed on crumpled paper. Português: Vista da terra a partir de um satélite sobreposta a um papel amassado. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays, especially given its history. The first Earth Day was the brainchild of an activist during a UNESCO conference in San Francisco in 1969. The City of San Francisco officially sanctioned Earth Day the following year in late March. Earth Day as we know it now, however, was pioneered by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970. Now, Earth Day is considered the most widely celebrated secular holiday in the world. In 2007, over one billion people participated. While this is certainly impressive, it's important to think of Earth Day as not just any other day that we gather and express our concern for the environment. Rather, we should consider the holiday a springboard that motivates us to take further action. Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

1.Join an environmental activis…

Spring Allergies: 10 Ways To Help You Deal

Yay, spring is finally here! I'm excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear sandals again!  I am NOT, however, looking forward to another allergy season.  It's nice to know that I'm not alone though: an estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust).  Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, pollen is probably the major contributor to spring (outdoor) allergies.  Tree and grass pollens can start causing problems as early as late February and last through the beginning of summer.  While many seasonal allergy cases are considered to be fairly mild and mainly a big nuisance, some cases are severe with symptoms that can mimic the flu and persist for months.  Untreated symptoms can often lead to secondary infections of the sinuses, ears, throat, nose and lungs, because th…