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This is a water-saving tip worth repeating: Use your dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand. By choosing to run full loads in your dishwasher (and by using an Energy Star-certified model), you can save around 7,000 gallons of water every year. Even if you have an older model that isn't Energy Star-certified, it's still more water-efficient...Read more

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The National Restaurant Association says American restaurants throw away 22 to 33 billion pounds of food every year. There are steps you can take to help reduce waste when you dine out. First, bring your own reusable takeout container with you; fill it with leftovers to enjoy at home. Omit anything you definitely will not eat when you order; ...Read more

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If you're thinking about moving or planning a place to vacation, choosing a city that's walkable is one of the greenest ways to make your move or visit eco-friendly. Turns out walking in your new destination has more benefits than just removing gas-guzzling rental cars from the equation. Walkable cities minimize land use and create a more ...Read more

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With nearly everything streaming now, the energy used to maintain servers and deliver data to your TV, phone or streaming device can be quite extensive. One easy way to help conserve energy is to think about what shows, movies or music you think you'll be watching or listening to over and over. For those types of media, download it vs. streaming...Read more

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the 47,000 hotels and motels in the United States, about $2,196 is spent per room each year on energy costs. That equals about 6% of all operating costs for a hotel. When staying at a hotel, follow the same mindful habits you do at home: When you leave a room or check out, turn off the ...Read more

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Did you know according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans spend more than $9 billion a year on electricity simply to dry our clothes? While hanging all our laundry to air-dry probably isn't realistic for most of us, we can make an effort to air-dry some items. Think about air-drying pieces that tend to shrink, like sweaters and...Read more

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If you think donating your time to a charity means you need to be physically present to help, think again. The rise in people working from home has led to charities coming up with ways to let people donate time virtually. The Smithsonian, for example, has a digital volunteer program that allows people to help transcribe documents and edit ...Read more

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If you love fresh oysters, you might think you can just toss the shells into the ocean or bay. But it's not that simple. Unclean oyster shells can spread harmful bacteria into the water. Plus, if the oyster shells aren't placed near active beds where living oysters are, the chances they'll be used are slim to none. There are active oyster shell ...Read more

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When treating yourself to a snack on the go, opt for food items that are minimally packaged. Avoid packaged foods that come with utensils, which usually means a lot of single-use plastic that ends up in the trash. Think ice cream served in a cone; a sandwich wrapped in waxed paper; a soft pretzel in a napkin; or, for a healthier option, choose ...Read more

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Did you know that most types of glitter have been banned in Europe as of October 2023? That's because glitter is a microplastic that is nonbiodegradable, a nuisance and -- let's face it -- unnecessary. While loose glitter in jars is easy enough to avoid, be sure to watch out for it in shimmery makeup, gift wrap and greeting cards. Even if it ...Read more

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We should all avoid products that contain microplastics to help lessen their presence in our water supply and aquatic environments. And while things like microfiber towels and fleece jackets are obvious sources, there are some not-so-obvious everyday items, too. Tea bags are often made with plastic, so try to move toward loose tea when you steep...Read more

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When it's time to empty your vacuum's collection bin, you might wonder: Is it compostable? That depends. If you have nylon carpet or rugs at home, then most likely it's not a good candidate for composting, because small fibers of synthetic material will end up in the mix with dust, dirt and debris. But if your vacuum was used over hardwood, ...Read more

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When you accidentally spill a glass of red wine on the carpet, there is no reason to toss out the rug or call a professional cleaner. Instead, do what 007 would do: Grab a martini. Red wine contains anthocyanins, which are the chemicals responsible for that deep red color. By dousing a red wine stain with something with a much higher alcohol ...Read more

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If it's a particularly freezing cold day, the worst place you can leave your dog is in your car. Even if you're just running into the store for a few minutes, a car is not an insulated choice to keep your pet warm; it's actually the opposite, acting like a refrigerator by holding IN the cold air, potentially making it colder inside than the ...Read more

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Keeping cold air from entering your home in the winter is essential to cutting on heating costs and energy usage. One summertime staple -- a pool flotation noodle -- can be used to help block out drafts. For homes that have large gaps under doors, simply cutting open a pool noodle and sliding it onto the bottom of the door can do the trick. It's...Read more

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Yes, you need to wash ... your washing machine. Over time, the machine can become a breeding ground for foul-smelling bacteria, which can affect how clean your clothes, bedding and towels get when you use it. The good news is, cleaning your washer is easy to do. Just pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser and run it on the ...Read more

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Too much dust under or behind a refrigerator is a bigger problem than you might think. When your refrigerator coils (typically located on the bottom or at the back of the fridge) are covered in dust, the appliance has to work harder to keep things cold or frozen. A vacuum is an easy way to clean away dust, but typically the extension hose on a ...Read more

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Got a dried-out marker that just won't work? Don't toss it in the trash. Whatever the reason is for the dried-out tip (maybe you left the cap off overnight?), it can be revived. All you have to do is place the tip of the marker in a small amount of rubbing alcohol and let it soak for 15 minutes. The rubbing alcohol will unblock any dried-out ...Read more

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If you're looking to reduce the number of purchases you make or just want to be more mindful about shopping in general, do one thing: Delete all the shopping apps on your phone. Sure, it's convenient to shop and hit "buy" in seconds, but apps also encourage impulse and unneeded shopping. Instead, make a list of what you need and try to bundle ...Read more

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Reclaimed wood is all the rage right now, in everything from flooring to furniture. It's eco-friendly because it's reusing wood that came from places like barns and railroads, and it looks good, too. But reclaimed could be harboring dangerous insects. To make sure your new reclaimed wood table is safe to bring inside, ask if it's been heat-...Read more

 

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