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Looking for opportunities to limit your home contribution to the growth of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere? In addition to what is available on energy efficient lights and appliances, there is a lot of online information to guide your shopping for other products. In addition, many products can be purchased online. Until we expand our own selection of online offerings, try these links for selected products:

Home

Hot Water Savings (insulation for water heaters and pipes, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators)

Real Goods Water Conservation.

Energy Federation Incorporated


Shower related items

Insulation for pipes and water heaters

Jade Mountain, Water Savers for Kitchen and Bath

Windows

US Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star Products, Windows. Includes list of manufacturers and a store locator.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - Interactive guide to selecting efficient windows

Roof Products

US Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star Roof Products. Includes list of partners (with contact information)

Solar Hot Water and Photovoltaics

ACR Solar International

SolarElectric.com.

Real Goods, Solar, Wind & Hydro Catalogue

Solar Depot

MHS Solar

Go Solar

Vermont Solar

Jade Mountain Inc, Solar Water Heating and Photovoltaics.

Food

There are two ways you can pursue a climate-friendly diet. The first, and most significant, is to minimize your consumption of meat. Cattle farming not only leads to deforestation in many parts of the world, but cows emit methane directly through flatulence and belching, and indirectly through rotting manure. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Moreover, each pound of beef is the product of seven pounds of grain, so fewer cows means much less corn grown to feed them, less fertilizer use, and thus fewer nitrous oxide emissions. Pig farms produce many of the same problems - especially methane emitted from their wastes.

A second way to reduce your climate impact is to eat organic foods. Organic farming has environmental benefits that go far beyond the fact that it renounces the use of pesticides and promotes the accumulation of healthy soil. Organic farmers also forgo the use of nitrogen fertilizers, the production of which is very energy intensive, generating a significant amount of CO2. Nitrogen fertilizers also emit nitrous oxides, important greenhouse gases, when improperly used.

Soon we will provide direct links to the purchase of organic and vegetarian food products, including shade-grown coffee that also promotes biodiversity. But until then, check out the food products listed in links below.

Ecomall.com: Food

About.com: Online Vegetarian Food Stores

VegSource.com, Vegetarian Central, Shopping Links

Greenpeople:


Food co-ops & Health food stores

Community Supported Agriculture

Organic food Organic coffee Organic produce


Pavich Organic

Mountain Ark Trading Company

Mother Nature's General Store

Walton Feed

Diamond Organics - delivers organically grown fruits and vegetables year round.

Organic Spot Market

Organic Trade Association Members: Retailers

The National Arbor Day Foundation, RainForest Rescue Coffee

Garden

Mindful Landscapes

Thistlepatch Organic Gardening

Peaceful Valley Farm Supply

Harmony

Real Goods, Garden

The National Arbor Day Foundation, Buy Trees
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