Who wants to reduce your energy usage and your utility bills? You can do so by air-drying your clothes as often as possible.

In Western households, the clothes dryer is the third-most energy-hungry appliance, right after the refrigerator and clothes washer. The US EPA Energy Star program does even not rate dryers, because they all use a similar amount of energy. 75 percent of US households own a clothes dryer, but only half the households in Europe own one.

Here are a few good reasons to reduce dryer usage:

Air-drying your clothes (indoors or outdoors) can reduce the average household’s carbon footprint by a whopping 2,400 pounds a year.

The lint you scoop out of a dryer’s lint trap is evidence of your wardrobe literally wearing away. A dryer shortens the life of your clothing by over-drying items and thinning them out.

Need more tips? Sure, here you go:

* Add a little vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle to soften clothes
* When you do use a dryer, use the moisture sensor, if it has one, so that the dryer will shut off after clothes are dry, rather than continuing for longer than necessary
* Drying clothing indoors can help keep indoor air moist, a kind of low-tech humidifier.

And finally, in case you were wondering, we do try and practice what we preach - we use an indoor drying rack and a backyard clothes line MOST of the time.

Sound good to you? Wait until you read the full article with lots more great energy and time-saving ideas over at Green America:

Rolling Stone recently ran a must-read article entitled "The Great American Bubble Machine." A better title would be "How Wall Street is taking over Washington."

This article about Goldman Sachs is so full of incredible, unbelievable statements it should make your head reel.

"From tech stocks to high gas prices, Goldman Sachs has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression - and they're about to do it again..."

Yes, this is another very interesting piece of opinion by journalist MATT TAIBI, a man who is always good at opinionated articles. Read it and make up your own mind!


Natural Home MagazineHomeowners pay attention! If you're looking for environmentally friendly ways to improve their house, look here!

So many great products are on this list recently featured in Natural Home Magazine, from natural linoleum flooring (I want that!) to tubular skylights (I love those!).

These great products that have become popular in the past decade. Just focus on a few and you will go a long way to help make your home healthier and lower your impact on the environment.

The Evolution of Stuff: Best Eco-Products of the Decade

Everyone knows you can download a zillion songs on mp3s.

But did you know you can also download more than 60,000 live music shows by over 3000 bands? And on top of it they are completely legally and free? Oh, did I mention that most of them are available in high quality lossless formats as well?

The answer is the LIVE MUSIC ARCHIVE at archive.org, the Internet Archive!

The Live Music Archive is run by etree.org. This is an online community providing high quality live concerts in a lossless, downloadable format. The Internet Archive teamed up with etree.org to preserve as many live concerts as possible for everyone to enjoy.

Uh, wait a minute... what kind of band would allow their live show to be downloaded for free? Well for those who did not know, there are a lot of bands like this. These band allow fans to freely trading some of their music, usually live recordings of their performances.

Some artists formally allow both taping and trading (e.g. most Jam Bands like the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Phish, Widespread Panic, and so on). Some artists formally or tacitly allow trading of tapes even if taping isn't allowed. Regardless of the specific bands' trading policies, this is all for noncommercial use. In other words, it is for fans to enjoy!

If that's enough to convince you then by all means click here now: