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If you commute a lot for work, one easy way to save money, time and gas is to invest in an automatic payment device for your car for tolls on bridges and highways. In the Northeast, these devices are called EZ Passes, which allow you to go through tollbooths and pay via a synced credit card. This saves time, and you earn discounts on your tolls,...Read more

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Your local food bank may need more than just food for donations. Among the most in-demand and in-need items are personal care items. These are things like toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and deodorant. If your local food bank does need these, try to take advantage of special sales at the drug store when you buy one and get one free. Keep one ...Read more

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As the weather outside gets colder, small animals like mice, snakes and squirrels will begin looking for warmer areas to nest, including inside your home. One way to help prevent this is to simply do an inspection of your house's exterior. Look for small cracks and areas where animals can slip in, like around pipes, air conditioners and faucets....Read more

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Simple repairs on major kitchen appliances can save you money, extend the life of expensive equipment and obviously reduce waste to landfills. But sometimes it's better to replace than to repair, for safety reasons. A microwave oven is a fixture in most kitchens because it provides a fast and energy-efficient way to heat up food. But if your ...Read more

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With thousands of environmental and animal-related charities vying for your donation dollars, it can be hard to pick just a few to support. To make the most informed choice about a charity's responsible use of funds, look up its status on the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance site at give.org. You can see a nonprofit organization's ...Read more

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If you own sneakers that are past the point of repair or donation, you don't have to throw them in the trash. Nike has been recycling athletic shoes since 1993 as part of a program called Reuse-a-Shoe that grinds up old sneakers into a material called "Nike Grind," which is then used to make soft surfaces in playgrounds, soccer fields and ...Read more

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While there are lots of tips and advice for growing a green lawn -- from avoiding chemical fertilizers to cutting back on watering -- remember one thing right from the start: Be mindful of which type of grass seed you use to grow your lawn. There are many types of grass seed, and lots of varieties are made available with your specific region of ...Read more

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Having outdoor lighting in your garden at night can create an enchanting paradise, but it can be very unappealing to nocturnal creatures. If possible, opt for solar-powered lanterns that cast a soft glow when the sun sets and will automatically turn off when the internal rechargeable battery is used up. Or put outdoor lights on a timer to ...Read more

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Did you know that rechargeable batteries (the kind used in cellphones, laptops and cordless products) aren't just recyclable, but are most likely illegal to dispose of in the trash in your community? The good news is you can drop them off at free recycling boxes in big-box electronics and home improvement stores. But what about the button-size ...Read more

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If you use exercise equipment at home that you need to plug into the wall, like a treadmill, elliptical or exercise bike, do this one thing when you're finished working out: Unplug the machine. Because power surges can happen at any time, a surge can break or seriously damage your pricey gym equipment. Plus, leaving the machine plugged in also ...Read more

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Around 40% of Americans enjoy a cup of hot tea every single day, so the question is: Is it more energy-efficient to heat up water in a tea kettle or in the microwave? The eco-easy answer is the microwave. According to Energy Star, a program of the Environmental Protection Agency, heating up a mug of water to make tea is 80% more energy-efficient...Read more

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If you see a houseplant with yellowing leaves, one of the most important things you should do is trim them off. Yellowing, almost-dead leaves won't revive and turn green again, so it's better to help the plant by removing them so the plant can dedicate all of its energy to generating new leaves. When you are done pruning, be sure to wipe the ...Read more

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Here's a fun experiment to try at home with a leftover garlic clove: Grow a new garlic plant! Fill a small pot with potting soil and stick the garlic clove into the soil so the root end is immersed and the top part is right below the surface of the soil. Water and place in a warm, sunlit spot in the house (like the kitchen window counter). In a ...Read more

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Using a space heater is an energy-efficient way to bring warmth to where you need it most instead of raising the thermostat to heat your whole house. When shopping for a new space heater, look for one that is the right size for the room you intend to use it in. Also look for one with an "auto" mode function. This function will automatically turn...Read more

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It may not be the most attractive bit of home decor, but applying a clear plastic film over your windows and sliding glass doors can help insulate them and reduce your heating bill in the cool winter months. If you'd rather not coat your main windows with this film because it isn't aesthetically pleasing to you, consider applying it to windows ...Read more

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Do you feel like you're constantly replacing the cartridges in your inkjet printer? There are some easy things you can do to extend the life of those cartridges. First, make sure your printer settings are set to "Fast Normal" or "Draft" for printing out documents when the resolution quality isn't important. Ignore the "low ink" warning on your ...Read more

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Do you have a small leak in your home you think is no big deal? For example, do you have a faucet that just drips a drop here and there? Do this: Place a coffee mug where the drip is, and come back in 10 minutes. According to the World Wildlife Fund, if the mug is full when you return, you’re wasting about 3,000 gallons of water per year from ...Read more

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Smart planning for your flower beds around the house can lead to significant water and time savings when caring for your gorgeous flowers. According to National Geographic, consider "companion planting" by grouping certain plants together to help them mutually grow. By planting taller, sun-loving plants in the back with shorter, shade-loving ...Read more

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Generally, reusing items is one of the greenest things you can do that is simple and beneficial. But when it comes to disposable plastic utensils like forks, knives and spoons, it's best to use them once and throw them away. While it's tempting to rinse plastic utensils and reuse them, they really aren't designed to be used more than once. When ...Read more

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Many people now use a reusable thermos for their morning fix of coffee to help keep their java hot longer and cut down on disposable cups and other packaging. Here's another use for your thermos: Use it to keep hot foods hot longer. Think homemade mac and cheese, soups and other items you can store in an airtight thermos so you can enjoy them ...Read more

 

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