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The more you can do to help bring dinner to the table more quickly, the better. The next time you’re boiling water for pasta, consider placing a metal steamer basket on top of the pot and then placing the pot’s lid on top of that. This action allows you to do double duty: You can cook the pasta and steam veggies or a protein like fish at the...Read more

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On major holidays like Thanksgiving, the Fourth of July and Christmas, hundreds of millions of pounds of food are thrown away due to too much being made for get-togethers and parties. Professional chefs and caterers have a simple rule to calculate how much food to prepare for a crowd. Per person, it’s around 1/2 to 1 cup of protein, 4 to 8 ...Read more

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Nearly half of the electricity usage in your home is for heating and cooling, so every little step you take to reduce consumption really ads up. Start with the basics: Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 65 degrees in the winter. Replace dirty air filters; when your air filters are clogged by dust and particles, your heating/...Read more

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While air conditioners, furnaces, kitchen appliances and water heaters make up the bulk of electricity usage in your home, your entertainment devices account for about 4% of the total energy used. This consumption is easy to reduce simply by making sure the devices are totally powered off when not in use. This includes televisions, cable boxes, ...Read more

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To help with cleanup and extend the life of your bakeware, consider silicone liners. Silicone bakeware and liners that go on top of existing metal bakeware are naturally nonstick, and they're safe -- they do not leach any harmful chemicals into your food when you use them. They are a breeze to clean, and they also allow you to bake, roast and ...Read more

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Your beloved air fryer not only saves you time, but it's an energy saver, too. On average, it only costs about 25 cents in energy to run a standard air fryer for an hour (divide that by the few minutes it takes to make crispy fries, and it adds up to pennies per use). In comparison to a large gas or electric oven, an air fryer is around 35% to ...Read more

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Did you know it’s illegal to throw old tires in the trash? The reason might surprise you: The steel belts inside of tires actually can puncture the liners at landfills, leading to ground contamination. In some states, getting caught throwing tires away can lead to fines and even jail time. There are recycling programs everywhere that recycle ...Read more

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Wooden cooking utensils always should be cleaned by hand and never in the dishwasher, since the high temperatures can easily degrade them. When you want to disinfect your wooden utensils, try using hydrogen peroxide. Fill a shallow container (like a casserole pan) with your wooden utensils and pour hydrogen peroxide all over them. Let them soak ...Read more

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Recycling scrap metal is good for the environment, but it can reap you some cash, too. There are scrap metal yards all over the country that pay cash for metals ranging from aluminum to steel to copper, all at different prices. Besides the obvious sources of scrap metal, there are also overlooked sources like damaged gutters, broken lawnmowers, ...Read more

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The National Audubon Society wants to make it easy to help you identify native plants for your ZIP code that birds will absolutely love. It’s part of a campaign to get 1 million native plants for birds planted in the United States. All you have to do is visit Audubon.org and enter your ZIP code; the database will suggest trees, shrubs and ...Read more

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When decorating the outside of your house for the holidays, avoid artificial garlands or wreaths and fake sprigs of red berries. If it looks real to you, it’s also going to look very real to wildlife who think the fake berries and evergreens are a source of food and shelter. A bird could easily ingest small pieces of your decor and suffer ...Read more

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If you use a blender on a regular basis, it’s important to know how to properly clean it. When using a blender for making plant-based smoothies, frozen drinks and batter without any animal ingredients, it’s fine to use water and a little dishwashing soap to clean it. Just fill halfway with water, add a few drops of soap, run it on low speed,...Read more

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Many of us soak our cookware in water for several hours or overnight to loosen baked-on food to make clean up easier. While that does work to loosen grime, it also can warp the pan over time, making it defective and difficult to use. To protect your cookware investment, allow your frying pan to cool to room temperature, then immerse it in water ...Read more

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Yes, it's possible to save a dying houseplant with a few easy tricks. If you've underwatered the plant (the soil feels like a brick), submerge it in a sink and let it absorb water from the bottom up; watering from the top allows the water to pour down the sides of the soil block and not end up where it's needed. Cut off the dead leaves and stems...Read more

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It's not hard to maintain a lush, green lawn without the aid of chemical herbicides or fertilizers. One of the easiest ways to remove and prevent invasive weeds like dandelions is to use a chemical-free alternative called corn gluten. Not only does it kill weed seeds, but it's also so safe that after application, pets and people can play on the ...Read more

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According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the biggest culprits of water pollution is water runoff from homes. How does it happen? Impervious surfaces like cement direct excess water onto roads and into rivers, and the runoff picks up toxic chemicals, dirt, trash and disease along the way. Choose wood decking over concrete, ...Read more

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It's common knowledge that the cold water setting on your washing machine is a smart choice to help decrease wear and tear on your laundry, reduce the shedding of microplastics from garments made from synthetic materials, and to save energy, too. But there are times when choosing a warm or hot setting makes sense. When it comes to towels and ...Read more

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When temperatures dip below freezing, your car uses extra fuel to function, losing around 10% of its fuel efficiency in comparison to the warmer spring and summer seasons. To improve efficiency when winter weather is at its coldest, try parking your car in a more sheltered place, like a garage, to keep the engine warmer when not in use. And when...Read more

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Do you take vitamins and supplements that come packaged in small glass bottles? Often these bottles are in colors like dark brown or blue, which help protect the contents of the bottle from the deteriorating effects of ultraviolet light. These bottles also are recyclable in your curbside recycling bin, if they meet one additional requirement: ...Read more

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You may wonder what's the harm in leaving a banana peel, orange peel or apple core in the woods or on the side of the road. It's all-natural and biodegradable, so it'll easily break down and be gone in a few days, right? Wrong. Because the environment these food scraps are being left in isn't ideal for breaking them down, it can take up to two ...Read more

 

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