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To keep your coffee beans as fresh as possible, the National Coffee Association has some simple tips that will ensure the first cup is as good as the last. First, the biggest enemies of coffee beans are air, moisture, heat and light. Use airtight containers that are opaque, and keep them in a cool, dark spot. Inside a cabinet away from the oven,...Read more

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Do you use three-ring binders to keep paperwork neatly organized at home? While the typical binder is made from plastic, there are more durable and fully recyclable binders you should consider instead. Binders made entirely from aluminum are strong, modern and chic-looking, and if they ever need to be replaced, they can be tossed in the ...Read more

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Today, many new cars contain smart glass: car windshields and windows that have integrated SPF to help block the sun's harmful rays. But many older cars do not have this feature, which means people who spend a significant amount of time in those cars can get sunburned or worse from the sun's rays permeating the cars' glass. Instead of replacing ...Read more

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Another reason why investing in a hybrid car is a smart choice: It gives you more free time. A recent study by the Ford Motor Co. showed that investing in a fuel-efficient hybrid car significantly reduces the number of trips you need to make to the gas station to refuel. Over the course of just one year, the average hybrid car owner saved about ...Read more

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They may look pretty when they light up in the sky, but fireworks small and large can be a huge detriment for your pets. In addition to the loud noises that can cause anxiety and stress in your furry friends, they are also very poisonous if ingested. Fireworks contain flammable chemicals like potassium nitrate, sulfur and the coloring agents ...Read more

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If you're in the market to buy a new mattress, don't fall into the trap of buying a matching box spring or foundation support if you don't need it. Ask if your existing foundation support is in good enough condition to not void the warranty if you put a new mattress on top. If it is, you'll not only save a few hundred dollars from not having to ...Read more

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It may seem harmless, but you should avoid taking seashells when you're visiting the seashore. With beach-bound tourism on the rise, visitors taking home shell souvenirs can wreak havoc on natural ecosystems that depend on the shells, which are a vital material resource for nearly every type of aquatic wildlife. Birds use them for nests; fish ...Read more

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When you have a choice in beverage containers, is aluminum the most sustainable choice, or is it glass? The answer is aluminum. Aluminum as a recyclable material has more value than glass and is easier to recycle back into metal containers. Glass, while recyclable, has a greater chance of being contaminated during the recycling process; it also ...Read more

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When choosing paint to use indoors, look for semi-gloss or satin finish instead of flat paint. The slight sheen helps reflect more light off the walls from light fixtures, so you can use fewer lights and lower-wattage bulbs to save energy. When buying paint, you can avoid overbuying by using an online paint calculator to help you purchase the ...Read more

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If you live in a dark home that needs to be illuminated with lamps at night, try this simple tip to get the maximum light output from the fewest lamps. Place floor, table and hanging light fixtures in the corner of the room instead of along the walls or in the middle of the room. Corners allow the light to reflect off two walls instead of one, ...Read more

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Portable steamers have become popular in modern homes because they use simple tap water to steam out wrinkles in clothes. They can also be a great way to sanitize bacteria and other illness-causing germs in unexpected places. Try steaming pet beds, mattresses and the interior of your car; the hot steam will blast away germs and dust mites, and ...Read more

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Do you have wireless internet streaming all over the house 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Make the pledge to turn off your wireless router each and every night to cut down on electricity use and to help preserve the life of your router. Need one more reason? Many health experts believe wireless signals can also emit potentially harmful ...Read more

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One of the perks of traveling to and staying at seaside destinations is the wide variety of fresh, tasty seafood that is available at local restaurants. When you eat out at these establishments, ask about locally caught seafood before ordering. While many restaurants have a wide variety to meet customer choices, it's the local stuff that's ...Read more

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When a pair of jeans you love becomes too tight in certain areas, you don't have to donate them to charity or even go on a diet. Instead, put the jeans on and use a spray bottle to soak the areas that need to be stretched out, then wear the jeans while doing something rigorous, like squats, riding a bike or lunging up stairs. The soaked denim ...Read more

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If you're choosing blinds for your windows and live in a hot climate, avoid metal blinds. During the day, the sun's rays can heat up the metal blinds and essentially turn them into a hanging radiator in your home. The hot blinds can also impact your thermostat, making the indoor environment read hotter than it actually is, which forces your air ...Read more

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If there's one window you should invest in blinds or drapes for, it's the one that allows the sun to shine on your refrigerator. A refrigerator is designed to keep things cold, but when it sits in direct sunlight, its exterior can heat up, making its cooling units work harder. By simply preventing the sun's rays from hitting it, you can help ...Read more

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If you've cracked a lot of eggs, there's something you can do with the shells to help our feathered friends. Because female birds are drained of calcium when they are laying eggs, they love to find eggshells and consume them for all of the nutritional benefits. The National Audubon Society suggests that before you put chicken eggshells out, they...Read more

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Avoid the temptation to "top off" when at the gas pump. When filling up, allow the gas pump to automatically shut off; you'll know your tank is full when you hear a loud click and the gas nozzle stops pumping gas. Adding more gas is actually a waste of money, because gasoline is often fed back into the tanks via a vapor-recovery system, which ...Read more

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Many frying pans, kitchen utensils and even stainless steel knives feature packaging that claims they are dishwasher-safe. Read the fine print: Most are dishwasher-safe if you follow complex rules about what dishwasher cycles you can and can't run them in. Instead of turning your convenient dishwasher into an inconvenience, extend the life of ...Read more

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A recent story in Time magazine reported that meal kits that are delivered to your home may not be as bad for the environment as you think. These kits significantly cut down on food waste, since they are designed to use every ingredient in the package to make the meals. The trick is to find a meal kit brand that uses recyclable and biodegradable...Read more

 

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