Wash delicate dishes by hand or with dishwasher?

Join a growing trend among homeowners to embrace green values during Christmas.  Today’s topic: Give yourself a break on water and power expense with this holiday clean-up strategy.

With wonderful tasty meals and special champagne toasts, dirty dishes pile up.  Unless frozen pipes burst, we pretty much ignore our water use during the holidays, don’t we?

Depending upon how you deal with clean up, when water is wasted your dollars will literally go down the drain. Plus, excessive hot water use while dish washing spikes our power bills.

But how do you deal sensibly with delicate crystal flutes and Grandma’s bone china that should be hand-washed?

Here’s my two-part strategy: Read More

It’s a Heavy-hitting Holiday Helping Oven

Using high-performance appliances is vital to effective green building. Today’s ‘Break’ shows a novel way to use an energy-saving kitchen device to prepare a classic Christmas dinner.

The goal here is simple: spend more time visiting, and less time working in the kitchen.

Using your microwave oven for holiday cooking is not  only faster, but often easier and safer than conventional cooking. To illustrate, I’ll show you how you can create a complete tasty turkey dinner in your microwave oven. Read More

Jingle Bells or Messiah – You Pick

Many holiday songs praise the wonder of our natural world, so good stewardship of our resources is cause for celebration.

Here is the next idea in our 12 part series:

If you’re lucky to get a snowy-white Christmas, imagine bringing the Hallelujah choir with you sliding.

Inside or outside, with the help of solar technology, you can easily imagine while playing the music that the concert performers are there. Yep, the sound quality is that good.

It’s the Eton NSP500B Soulra LX sound system for iPod or iPhone.

The wide solar panel charges a lithium-ion battery that feeds an 8-speaker driver with 22W output with a bass boost.

To set the mood, you don’t need that old electric stereo any more.

Savvy, sensitive folks know solar is 100% renewable, non-polluting energy. Get the party started with the Soulra XL – it’s handsome design is rugged and easily carried.

What’s that I hear?

jingle-bell, jingle-bell, jingle-bell rock…..

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Simply ‘Forget-About-It’, You’ll See Why…

Here’s the next in our 12 part series to get home holiday breaks:

As kids, we used to drive my dad wild by leaving a room without flicking off the lights. Not surprisingly, my kids adopted the same unfortunate habit which produced a similar effect upon me.

We were JUST coming back! …

Light occupancy sensors are a convenient way to eliminate the forgetfulness that many people have when it comes to turning the lights off.

Like a magic house elf, a motion detector senses Read More

Save money, Save Energy, Stay Warm this Winter

Enjoy your holiday but don’t forget to take care of yourself.  Here’s the next in this 12 part series:

The temperature is dropping, too much to do, and when you finally sit down for a break, there’s an annoying current of cold air nipping at your feet. It’s like frigid Grinch fingers reaching under your doors and windows robbing you of your holiday happiness, you’ve been reminded about the gaps and cracks in your old house.

If you really want Christmas comfort, Read More

Clever elves decorate with Solar LED lights

Start the holidays right and avoid senseless holiday expenses at home. That means use green building ideas to manage your extra decorating and entertaining costs or you’ll end up with financial troubles in January – and beyond.

In this series, we’ll focus upon one of 12 smart ways to give yourself Holiday Breaks at Home:

I have always admired the cozy look of mini-lights on a front door Christmas wreath.  I remember first seeing one when I was about 9 years old on my grandmother’s New England Cape Cod.

Every year, she and her neighbors held a holiday door decorating contest. Each prided themselves on presenting the latest display ideas.

These days, Solar LED lights are the latest innovation for Christmas displays. I’m thrilled because now my door wreath is lit without hassling with Read More

Rebates today, discounted bills for decades!

In this series, we focus upon one of 12 smart ways to give yourself Holiday Breaks at Home:

Still shopping for your Iron Chef? Here’s my cheat sheet for finding the perfect refrigerator that is both top quality and most efficient.

Right Size, Right Place

Try to find extra space for the egg nog and the cheese ball and it’s tempting to think that you need a larger refrigerator.  Maybe so, but probably not.

Rather than sizing up for the holiday feasts, think about Read More

You deserve some extra holiday help

Harness the Holidays and de-stress with these green building ideas to manage your extra decorating and entertaining costs or you’ll end up with financial troubles in January – and beyond.

In this series, we focus upon one of 12 smart ways to give yourself Holiday Breaks at Home:

Crisp air, sparkling lights, and a stunning lit wreath upon the front door – showcasing your home during the holidays is a source of great family pride. But given all the entertaining extras, managing the yard lighting schedule can feel like another burden to keep track of.

Why not cross off worrying about your outside Christmas lights by using Read More

You Deserve Better Value, Health & Balance

Harness the Holidays and de-stress with these green building ideas to manage your extra decorating and entertaining costs or you’ll end up with financial troubles in January – and beyond.

In this series, we’ll focus upon one of 12 smart ways to give yourself Holiday Breaks at Home:

Q: We want to be good earth stewards, should we go artificial or cut a tree?

A: Neither. Actually the most eco-friendly way to enjoy Christmas is to Read More

Holiday Break #1 LED Yard Lights Sip Power

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