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Seventh Generation is a company committed to eco responsibility.  They state that they are "committed to becoming the world's most trusted brand of authentic, safe, and environmentally-responsible products for a healthy home".  Their product line is a diverse collection of household items from cleaners to baby care products.  They are striving to really make a difference.  Green living and sustainability are very important to Seventh Generation so they have earned a spot as a featured product.
 
As stated their product line is diverse and includes Baby, laundry, Household Cleaners, Paper Supplies, Dishwashing and Feminine Care supplies.  To view a complete listing of all products within the above mentioned categories visit their product page.
 
Another important area to pay attention to when it comes to household cleaners is what they are made of.  Seventh Generation is very upfront and honest about it's ingredients.  They make sure to list the ingredients on their packaging.  They even display a listing of all product ingredients on their website.  To view what goes into their products visit their ingredients page.
 
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The PowerCost Monitor is a wireless energy monitor for your home. This monitor is essential for the individual aspiring to achieve a green living lifestyle. It can tell you at a glance how much electricity your home is using from moment-to-moment and in total.  Use the PowerCost Monitor to put those CFL bulbs and Energy Star appliances to the test.  The PowerCost Monitor itself does not save you money. However by using it as a green living tool to monitor your power consumption, it has be known to reduce electricity by leaps and bounds (yes I said leaps and bounds).  Tests in Ontario and elsewhere have proven that householders who use real-time feedback can reduce electricity use by as much as 18%.
 
I have seen this product in action and in my geeky green opinion.... It is cool device.  Honestly you can see the effect of turning on/off appliances, air conditioners, televisions, etc.  At first I didn't think that this would really help, but by monitoring the electricity you are using you begin to make changes.  For instance I have a large DLP television in my downstairs as well as a nice surroUnd sound system.  When not in use they still draw electricity.  I simply made sure to unplug the surge suppression system when the devices are not in use and just like that no more wasted electricity.
 
Another example which will cause a bigger change in my house was in my bathroom.  The exhaust fan and lights currently both run off the same switch.  This means every time I go into the bathroom and just need to turn the lights on, the fan also has to come on.   Normally turning on a light, especially a light using CFLs, does not cause enough electricity usage to affect the monitor.  However by watching the monitor I saw a jump every time the bathroom lights went on.  Me not being a certified genius finally put two and two together.  If I simply change the wiring and add a switch that can control the fan and lights separately I can cut down on power consumption.
 
You can buy these brand new directly from blueline innovations or if you are a bit thrifty like me you can find them on ebay.
 
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