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Staying Green

Use Your Resources & Use Them Again

Source: www.cdc.gov Recycling helps the environment by reducing the amount of virgin material extracted from the earth and by decreasing the amount of energy used to process and manufacture new products. A variety of materials can be recycled, including paper, common plastics, glass, building materials, and even polystyrene foam. Food…


How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Disasters

Source: Allstate.com Keeping your home and property safe is a priority year round. However, winter weather brings on additional safety hazards that, if neglected, can be dangerous. Learn tips to keep you and your home safe during the winter season. Preparation Tips Wash spray equipment, such as a hose or…


Simple and Green Pest Control Tips

Source: https://www.allstategoodhandsnews.com Did you know that mice turn up their noses at peppermint? Or that ants and roaches hate Tex-Mex? Some easy tricks and common household ingredients can help keep nature’s nuisances at bay, without harming kids, pets or other wildlife. Be a Menace to Mice Peppermint has been an…


Start the New Year Right By Going Green

Source: http://ehstoday.com/ 1. Give your trash a second life – recycle. Recycling programs, which exist in cities and towns across the United States, help save energy and protect the environment. Recycling is easy and effective. Simply place a separate container next to your trash can or printer, making it easier…


Tips for Energy Efficiency

Source: sba.gov/content/tips-energy-efficiency Turn off lights (and other equipment) when not in use. High utility costs often include paying for energy that is completely wasted. Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), wherever appropriate. CFLs cost about 75 percent less to operate, and last about 10…


October is Energy Awareness Month

Source: http://tfssolar.com A presidential proclamation, in 1991, made October Energy Awareness Month. For 19 years, non-profit organizations, large and small businesses, government organizations, and concerned citizens have celebrated this month with activities and actions to promote public understanding of our energy needs and simple ways to reduce the amount of…


How to Maintain your Septic System

http://www.thedailygreen.com It’s SepticSmart Week, and you know what that means! Chances are, actually, that you don’t. It’s the first ever SepticSmart Week, designated by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the reason they’ve done it is because so many of us don’t know what to do with our septics. Some 26…


Hurricane Safety Tips from FEMA

Source: www.fema.gov If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should: Listen to the radio or TV for information. Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest…


End of summer home energy-saving tips

Source: greensummitdispatch.com Summer is almost over. School has started back again. Here are some home energy-saving tips researched by ENERGY STAR (a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency): 1. Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat is ideal for people who are away…


3 Simple Ways to Lower Your Lighting Bills

Source: www.quickandsimple.com Keeping your home illuminated eats up 15 percent of your electricity bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. For smart ways to save, follow these cheap and easy changes recommended by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. 1. Get New Bulbs You probably know that those twisty compact…


Quick Tips: Cutting your summer cooling costs

http://www.usatoday.com Those sizzling, sultry days of summer are upon us, causing many of us to crank up the AC and, unfortunately, our energy bill as well. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and air conditioning your home takes almost a whopping 45% bite out of your…


Water–Efficient Toilets

Source: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/products/toilets.html Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets that use as much as 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in…


Hot Tips for a Cool Summer

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a list of 15 tips for the summer season. Whether relaxing at home or off exploring the great outdoors there are many ways people can save money, cut energy costs and continue to protect the health…


Tips for Travel and Commuting

http://www.epa.gov/ Commuting It’s summertime, which means that weather conditions are favorable for ground-level ozone formation. Emissions from motor vehicles are the primary source of ozone-causing pollutants, accounting for almost half of our air pollution. Because heat and sunlight are important factors in ozone formation, ozone pollution generally peaks during the…


Summer Water-Conserving Tips for Gardeners

http://boomer-blog.com/ Gardener’s love springtime because it’s the first chance they get to see their plants bloom after the harsh winter months. But the joys of springtime are short-lived, and it isn’t long before those summer months with their oppressive heat waves come bearing down on gardens everywhere. It’s the summertime that truly…


Summer Utility Expenses: How to Save on Air-Conditioning Costs

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/ Ahhh the lazy, hazy days of summer … time for lemonade, parades, trips to the beach and… rising energy costs as many homeowners crank up the air conditioning to “beat the heat” and cool their homes. However, keeping your cool in the summer does not mean your wallet…


5 Essential Plant Watering Tips to Help You Save Water and Time!

http://ezinearticles.com/ Watering plants is the equivalent of drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated. In fact, it is widely known that 90 percent of every plant is composed of water. This fact alone shows how important it is to water plants regularly and correctly. Given that moisture is essential to…


Lawn and Garden- Quick Tips

http://www.epa.gov/ Find out what you can do to help make a difference in our environment everyday! Whether you’re at home, on the go, in the office, or at school, there are many opportunities to go green by Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling. For spring lawns, remember all pesticides are toxic to…


Great coffee = Great fertilizer

Source: http://www.greenplanet.com/ The USA consumes in excess of 400 million cups of coffee per day, include the rest of the world and you have a huge amount of coffee being drunk each day. You also have a huge amount of coffee grounds to be thrown away. In lots of cases,…


Soy Candles VS. Paraffin Candles

http://ecomall.com/ Candles have been used for thousands of years to create ambiance, light, warmth, and fragrance. Most candles are made of paraffin wax due to their cost effectiveness in using a petroleum by-product. The main health concern with traditional paraffin wax candles is that the properties of paraffin wax, a…


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