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If you're growing vegetables, one way to make sure your summer harvest is plentiful is to look at your Christmas ornament stash now. Find plastic or unbreakable red ball ornaments in your collection and take them outside. While your young plants are growing, the red ornaments will appear to be real food for birds. When they peck away and realize...Read more

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When dust collects under an appliance like a refrigerator, the reduced airflow can force it to work harder to keep things cold or frozen. A simple trick is to vacuum away the dust, but often the extension hose on a vacuum isn't long or narrow enough at the opening to squeeze underneath. To remedy this, simply take a cardboard paper-towel tube ...Read more

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Here's a simple way to save water: Stop pre-rinsing all of your dishes and cups before you put them in the dishwasher. Modern dishwashers are designed to be as energy- and water-efficient as possible, so they are a much greener option than washing by hand. The dishwashing detergents we use today are also far more effective than those of the past...Read more

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We're all trying to save money at the gas pump, and here are some small tips you can use to maximize your savings and your car's fuel efficiency. One of the easiest is to wait until your car's gas tank is 1/4 full (or less) before filling up again. Why? When your car is carrying less fuel around, it's lighter and therefore more fuel-efficient. ...Read more

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Did you know that a significant portion of clothing donations deposited in parking lot collection receptacles don't go directly to people in need, but actually benefit for-profit operations? A New York Times story revealed not only are some collection boxes illegal, an eyesore and hazardous, many of them don't help the needy. Instead, the used ...Read more

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Ever eat the last dill pickle and wonder what you could do with all that leftover pickle juice in the jar? Use it to kill stubborn weeds. The acid in vinegar (the main ingredient in making pickles) is an effective natural weed killer. For stubborn weeds with long roots that are almost impossible to pull up by hand, pour pickle juice on top. ...Read more

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Here's another reason to choose natural charcoal over charcoal briquettes, which are infused with chemical additives like lighter fluid: You can repurpose the natural stuff after you've grilled up dinner. Natural, additive-free charcoal contains potash -- a natural nutrient that plants love. After the charcoal has cooled off (about 48 hours ...Read more

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If you love avocados, but not their expensive price tag, listen up. Summer is a good time to stock up on seasonal produce like avocados, because not only are they in abundance, they are also at their lowest prices. And you won't have to go on an avocado-only diet to get full use of them, because you can freeze the extras. Just cut avocados in ...Read more

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The majority of litter at beaches isn't caused by litterbugs -- it's from lightweight, single-use products packaged in wrappers and empty plastic bottles that fall out of trash cans or are blown away by gusts of wind. If you have trash from your day at the beach, don't use the trash receptacles there; take your trash with you. Bring it back home...Read more

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Sadly, it's not uncommon to see a landscaping sprinkler system running at full power during a rainstorm. However, it's not the mark of a wasteful homeowner; it's because the sprinkler system is on an automatic timer. To fix this problem (and save water and money), have a rain sensor installed to your sprinkler system. The sensor determines ...Read more

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Instead of using harsh paint stripper to remove paint from your hands or a nonporous surface, try this natural method instead: Use olive oil and salt to loosen dried paint and gently lift it away. Start by dabbing the area with a small amount of olive oil, then sprinkle salt on top and use it as a gentle exfoliant. Add more oil and wipe away, ...Read more

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Did you know one of the fastest ways to ruin a smartphone is exposure to natural elements? When your phone is exposed to the hot rays of the sun for too long, it can overheat, degrading the performance of the battery and even melting the internal components, potentially ruining the phone for good. The easiest way to avoid this is to keep your ...Read more

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While paper towels may not be the greenest option to clean up spills and messes, sometimes they are a convenient option when rags and cotton towels aren’t available. So when buying paper towels, look for 100% post-consumer recycled ones, which are usually a brownish color and unbleached. The reason? They are also a great addition to a compost ...Read more

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All-electric cars are becoming popular and more common. As demand grows for electric vehicles, so does demand for charging stations. To find charging stations, download apps like PlugShare onto your phone. PlugShare helps you find the nearest charging station, wherever you are in the country. You can even create a trip planner with the app to ...Read more

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One of the best things you can do for healthy soil in your garden is to create a habitat worms love to be in. And just as you enjoy your morning cup of coffee, worms love coffee grounds. Scatter your used grounds in the garden for two big benefits: The grounds will attract worms (who will make your soil richer over time) and release nutrients ...Read more

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The stove is an energy hog in the kitchen, but one easy way to make sure it works as efficiently as possible is to periodically clean the drip pans and grates. It's easy! When your stove is totally cooled down, remove the drip pans and grates and soak them in the sink for an hour in a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar. Use a scouring ...Read more

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The United States Postal Service has a simple green tip for sending packages through the mail: Reuse what you have. Yes, you can use the perfectly sturdy cardboard box your new shoes came in as a gift box to send through the mail. You can run magazines, direct mailers and old mail through a paper shredder to use as packing material to protect ...Read more

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A running toilet not only wastes around 200 gallons of water a day (which comes to about 6,000 gallons per month!) but it also -- on average -- can cost you an extra $100 on your monthly water bill. To find out if your toilet has a leak, add a few drops of food dye in the tank of the toilet. If any of the color in the tank makes its way into the...Read more

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Many community parks are implementing environmental improvements like recycling bins to make it easier for guests to recycle their trash. But if you're visiting a park during a non-peak day, or especially during the off-peak part of the season, don't use the recycling bin or trash cans for your visit. Since these cans will be emptied with less ...Read more

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Permanent ink pens are a popular choice, since the ink doesn't smudge when you make notes or sketches. But the plastic casing for indelible ink pens is hard to recycle and most likely will be thrown in the trash when the ink is gone. If you can't live without permanent ink pens, look for newly designed stainless-steel pens (the popular brand ...Read more

 

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