Posts in category "Save Water"

Use Rain Barrels to Save Money and the Environment; A Think About This Tip

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Summer has quickly come and during the months of summer, residential water use increases approximately 40 percent with most of it centered around outdoor water use. Rain barrels collect and store water from rooftops, helping our storm water systems. This water is stored to be used later for watering your lawn or garden, washing your pets, cleaning... Read more »

Tips On How To Grow Organic Vegetables In A Balcony Window Box

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Watch the video we filmed at WCIU “the U” in Chicago  and catch some interesting tips on how you can grow your own vegetables in an urban setting by growing them in a balcony window box. It is easy, simple, and only takes a few quick steps. www.shawnacoronado.com

Recycle Oil - Save The Environment; Do Not Be A Dumper!

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Ground water and ocean water is being contaminated by oil. Change it – recycle oil and make a difference. Most repair facilities, service stations, and quick lubes will accept used oil without charge. Check with your local government for procedures and collection services in your area. It is important to store your used motor oil... Read more »
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Turn Off The Water When Brushing Teeth; Save Money and Gallons

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GN Book Excerpt - - How To Build A Butterfly Garden From Jim Kleinwachter

Swallowtail butterfly in Shawna Coronado’s front native and drought tolerant plant garden. This is an excerpt from my book, “Gardening Nude”. Enjoy!! GN Book Excerpt – - How To Build A Butterfly Garden From Jim Kleinwachter Below is a guide from the Conservation @ Home website, which is managed by Jim Kleinwachter.You can attract native butterfly’s... Read more »

GN Book Excerpt - - How You Can Practice Conservation or Mr. Answerman and the Incredible Recycling Dog

Jim Kleinwachter with Luna, the incredible recycling dog, in 2008. Over the next several weeks I will be featuring excerpts from my book, “Gardening Nude”, which are stories about real live people who have decided to live greener and healthier lives. Enjoy!! GN Book Excerpt – - How You Can Practice Conservation or Mr. Answerman... Read more »
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Wednesday's View - Winter Rain Water Cistern Fountain Amazement

Today’s view of Shawna Coronado’s rain water cistern fountain in her front lawn – a frozen volcano. This fountain is sourced with rain water collected off Shawna’s roof and buried four feet deep in a cistern collection system installed by Aquascape Inc. (http://www.aquascapeinc.com) www.shawnacoronado.com

Help Save Clean Water With Underwriters Laboratories

UL is very concerned about safety at their own facility as well as for the products they test. John and I are standing in front of a giant oven used to burn products for testing. Note my funky hat? It was necessary to wear in about half the places we walked to prevent an accident.
John Drengenberg with me at the UL testing facility in Northbrook, Illinois. We are standing in front of a giant fire-style oven used to burn products for testing purposes. Last winter I met John Drengenberg, the Director of Consumer Safety at Underwriters Laboratories (UL). He has been employed with UL for over 40 years and delighted in showing... Read more »

Spelunking in the Cenote Caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico - An Adventure in Eco Travel and Green Living

An amazing feature of this particular cave system is the giant stalactite and stalagmite formations which turn the walls into living works of art. This photo was taken in the same cave system in 2009.
Shawna Coronado spelunking in cenote caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Rio Secreto, the secret cave, is deep in the jungle on the Riviera Maya coastline. In 2009 my family and I went on an eco-adventure of a life-time into the Mayan Riviera. I was invited back in 2010 to film a mini-series of... Read more »
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How To Plant Annual Plants More Sustainably in 3 Easy Steps

Shawna’s front lawn vegetable garden surrounded by prolifically blooming African Taishan Marigolds. Gardening more sustainably begins with utilizing less water. Planting annuals in the soil can be done more sustainably by using a couple techniques described below. #1 - Prepare the soil. Add composted manure, compost, or organic soil with water retaining qualities such as Organic Mechanics Soil  to help hold water. #2 - Plant... Read more »