Magazine by local publisher shares practical tips for environmentally friendly homes

Friday, May 9, 2008 at 3:36am

Homeowners looking for practical information about fighting energy vampires, protecting their families from indoor air pollution, saving water, making recycling convenient and generally living a greener life can find it in a new national magazine created by Nashville publisher Kelly Magill.

Positively Green, which offers no-nonsense solutions for greener, healthier living, will be available in bookstores and other retail outlets in early August. Magill, who also publishes Nashville Interiors magazine, created the new quarterly magazine for mainstream women who want to incorporate eco-friendly ideas into the lives of their families. In the process, she provides valuable information that anyone can use to create a greener home.

“I wanted to produce a very visually stunning, fresh-feeling magazine that addresses a variety of interests and concerns, but was centered on green living,” Magill said. “So I incorporated travel, fashion and gossip, cooking, health and home decor and all those things we all enjoy, and based it all around the very simple idea of leading a greener, healthier lifestyle in a way that would resonate with women juggling work and children and all the other things we deal with in life.”

Lots of magazines offer inspirational articles about the benefits of being green but stop short of providing practical information. Not Positively Green. When the magazine extols the benefits of a programmable thermostat, it takes the next step and tells you where to get the best deal — $79 for a Lux brand thermostat at Lowe’s — and provides step-by-step installation instructions.

“A programmable thermostat is a great example of green living. During the day when no one is home, you’re not wasting energy. But when you get home, it’s comfortable,” said Magill. “But you don’t know what to do [to install it]. That’s what stops people.”

With Positively Green as a guide, anyone can slay energy vampires. To see if electronic devices are consuming electricity even when they aren’t in use, plug them into a Kill a Watt electricity monitor (under $25 from P3 International). Then just plug them into an inexpensive power strip with an on-off switch.

“That’s a good way to get rid of phantom loads,” Magill said.

Some solutions are absolutely free. To turn an old commode into a modern low flow toilet, just follow Positively Green’s instructions for carefully placing a brick or two in the tank.

Being green doesn’t have to be confusing, Magill said.

Positively Green tells people what to do and how to do it,” she said.

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