• Composting Part 2: Even the Big Boys are Doing It

    Keeping food out of the landfill, and recycling food waste, is not just for back yard scrappers. Restaurants and big institutions are getting into it too. Finley’s cousin Girard gets his exercise once a week by bicycling to Madison, WI restaurants to pick up their kitchen scraps and take them

  • Under Pressure

    Rolling along you may not notice a change in tire pressure but your car does. Proper tire pressure can improve gas mileage by 3%, not to mention the crucial safety issue. Did you know drivers lose from 10% to as much as 50% of tire tread life due to under

  • Composting: Nature’s Way to Recycle

    Food scraps are too good to waste – why send them to the dump? Finley could give some of hers to her chickens to recycle into eggs, but even chicken-owning households will have food scraps which are chock full of nutrients and organic matter that are too good to waste.

  • Getting Clean

    The verdict is in: Dishwashers better than hand washing. Hand washing one load of dishes can use 20 gallons of water, whereas water- and energy-efficient dishwashers use as little as 4.5 gallons. Make sure you run a load only when full and over time, that’s a big difference! Also, try

  • Eating on the Go: Ditch the Plastic

    Eating on the go is an inevitable fact of life for most of us, but there is no reason to make it worse with single-use plastic spoons and forks that just pile up in a landfill. One simple step that you can take today will save bundles of plastic for

  • In Hot Water

    Ready to save some energy and $? Water heating accounts for roughly 19 percent of home energy bills so let’s make sure our water heaters are as efficient as possible with this easy checklist. Turn your water heater off or down when you’re on vacation. Set temperature to no higher

  • Don’t Flush That! World Water Day 2016

    Most, if not all, of us take it for granted that we have clean water, plenty of it, and sanitation to boot. Of course, the sanitation (aka sewage treatment or containment) is a requirement for having clean water, but you know that. And having clean water, and enough of it

  • Citizen Science

    What better way to honor Finley than to head out on a hike and take photos of the spring flowers. Now take the next step and put those photos to work by getting involved as a citizen scientist. There are scientists who can use your observations to track the influence

  • Taking Care of Business: Tips for Septic System Owners

    It’s not a very pleasant topic, but it’s less pleasant when things go wrong. Some problems, like a blockage, make themselves known very quickly, but others may cause problems that you don’t realize. Though the septic system is buried and easily forgotten, it’s actually a small, underground passive waste-water treatment

  • Outta the Dump!

    We’ve all gotten pretty good at recycling the basics; bottles, cans, newspapers, but there is a lot more that we can keep out of the landfill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 34 percent of our waste is currently being composted or recycled but the goal is to double that