How can I recycle a vintage Tupperware Jell-O mold into a pendant light?

January 9th, 2012 - 

 

I wrote before about Jeff and Mark and their extraordinary idea: how to recycle jars. (see previous post) Here is another interesting way of recycling. Just taking a deeper look at their shop BootsNGus, I found this smart idea. What about recycling a vintage Tupperware Jell-O mold and transform it into an upcycled pendant light? (more…)

Tips for Conserving Energy_ part 3

May 27th, 2011 - 
8. Invest in a programmable thermostat. According to the EnergyStar website, you can save as much as $180 per year on your energy bills, so these things pay for themselves pretty fast. By setting your heat at a lower temperature while you’re away or sleeping, you’ll see big energy savings without sacrificing comfort.  
9. Cover your floors. If you have tile or hardwood floors, you can keep things cozy by laying out an area rug, especially if you have a basement or crawlspace.

10. Don’t turn off those ceiling fans – reverse them! I know, it sounds crazy. Why would you run your ceiling fan when it’s cold outside? Your fan is actually a great way to keep warm air circulating in your home. Most come equipped
with a switch to reverse the direction that the blades turn. By flipping the switch and setting it on low, you can use your fan to push warm air that’s trapped up at the ceiling down to the living area. If you want to go a step further, try contacting your local utility company for an energy audit. The EnergyStar website also has some great tools for assessing your home’s energy efficiency!

Tips for Conserving Energy_ part 2

May 27th, 2011 - 
4. Seal around your windows and doors. Check around window and door frames for cracks or leaks where cold air could be seeping in. You can seal these up with caulk. For larger gaps, check out your local hardware store for sealing solutions. 

5. Be a draft dodger. Warm air can escape under exterior doors. Seal up these areas by keeping a rolled up towel pressed against the bottom of the door, dorm-room style. If you want to get fancy, WikiHow has a great tutorial on making your own!


6. Turn down your hot water heater. Make sure it’s set to “normal” or 120 degrees. Any hotter is just a waste of energy.

 
7. Practice a little feng shui. Set up your rooms so that places where you sit and sleep are not near big windows or
exterior walls, wherever possible. If your sofa, bed, or desk has to be near exterior walls or a big window, you might add a little warmth and flair with some heavy curtains over that window or a cheery wall-hanging.

10 Ways to Consume Less Energy_part 1

December 6th, 2010 - 
Changing a few of the things that you take for granted like how you go about your daily routine can add to the benefits of using green energy. It may not seem like much at first, but the accumulation of your efforts over the span of a year and over the span of your lifetime will become a mountain of difference to the planet. Consider if everyone were to make these small changes, the impact would be widespread and noticeable almost right away. A relatively minuscule amount of sacrifice is all it takes and you’ll barely notice any difference in how you take on your day to day rituals.

1. Take shorter showers:
Shortening your shower by a mere 2-3 minutes will save money on water of course, but you’ll also be affecting how much water your utility has to treat and how much your tank has to heat thereby saving energy.

2. Turn off lights and appliances: This is one you’re folks have been preaching for years, but keeping lights and appliances off when they’re not needed is the single easiest way to save energy and save on the environment.

3. Switch to Energy Efficient appliances and light bulbs: A great program that has been around for some time now, EnergyStar rated appliances use 10-50% less energy and/or water then their inefficient counterparts. There are several different types of high-efficiency light bulbs out there now, so do a little research to find what type is right for your home.4. Thermostat settings = $$$: Set your thermostat 2-3 degrees warmer for the AC in the summer, and 4-5 degrees cooler in the winter. This adjustment may be one of the more difficult ones to make, but it also makes the largest impact in energy/money savings. Wear more cloths in the winter, and less in the summer is my best advice. Muscle through this one and you’re on your way to really making a difference.
4. Thermostat settings = $$$: Set your thermostat 2-3 degrees warmer for the AC in the summer, and 4-5 degrees
cooler in the winter. This adjustment may be one of the more difficult ones to make, but it also makes the largest impact in energy/money savings. Wear more cloths in the winter, and less in the summer is my best advice. Muscle through this one and you’re on your way to really making a difference.
 
5. Wash larger loads of laundry: Some people are very particular about how and when they wash their clothes, and some people just heap it all together like it doesn’t matter. Well, it’s you heapers that are the environmental helpers. Washing larger loads means you do it less often, which means you use less resources (water/power/time). Not only should you wash more clothes less often, but do it with cold water, and only use only eco-friendly detergents that come in recyclable containers.