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Did you know the average desktop computer creates as much carbon emissions as a car that drives 820 miles a year? To help maximize your computer's energy efficiency, try a few simple tricks that you'll hardly notice are in place. First, reduce the monitor's brightness level, even if it's just a little bit; even a small decrease will help save ...Read more

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Want your fresh floral arrangement to last longer? Give it a shot of vodka. Yes, just a splash of vodka in the water can help prolong the life of fresh-cut flowers. The alcohol helps keep the water clean and free of bacterial buildup, and the flowers benefit from drinking a little vodka, too, because the alcohol/water mixture helps lower the ...Read more

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One of the best ways to improve your car's fuel efficiency is to anticipate when you will need to stop. After looking ahead and seeing where traffic has stopped, coasting and safely braking can really save gas. Aggressive drivers who brake suddenly can actually burn 20% more fuel. Another tip is to use your air conditioner sparingly. On nice ...Read more

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Do you eat a lot of pistachios? Save those shells and use them to help your indoor houseplants. First, if the shells are salted, soak them in water and give them a good rinse to remove all of the salt. Then fill the bottom of a pot up to 1 inch with shells, depending on the size of the pot. Fill with soil and pot your new houseplant. The shells...Read more

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Reusable wool dryer balls are a fantastic investment to amp up your laundry routine. The reusable balls help speed up drying time and reduce wrinkles and static. They work because they fluff up clothes as they dry, allowing hot air to circulate more freely, which can reduce energy usage and drying time by as much as 50%. The balls absorb excess ...Read more

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Yes, an old-fashioned garage sale is the most environmentally friendly way to find a new home for your old things and make a little cash. While selling previously loved items online is good too, selling in your community eliminates the need to package and ship items to the new owners. To have a successful sale, do it on a Friday or Saturday, and...Read more

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Outdoor lighting in your garden can create an enchanting paradise at nighttime, but it's also very disconcerting to nocturnal creatures, who can get confused by the ambient light. If you must have lights, opt for solar-powered lanterns that cast a soft glow when the sun sets and will automatically turn off when the internal rechargeable battery ...Read more

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In warmer months, many of us will open windows in our home to flush out airborne toxins. This cross ventilation works wonderfully on a breezy day to help improve your indoor air quality. While you're at it, do the same for your home away from home: the car. Park your car outside and open all the windows to flush out the odors and toxins building...Read more

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Do you have a drawer full of mustard, ketchup, lemon juice or mayo condiment packets, and you're not sure what to do with them? Toss a few into the freezer and let them get icy cold. The next time you need a small cold compress to soothe an insect bite or bee sting, or you just need to depuff the bags under your eyes, grab a few frozen condiment...Read more

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It's not hard to maintain a lush, green lawn, and to do it 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 ...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. The source? Impervious surfaces like cement, which directs water onto roads and into rivers, along the way picking up toxic chemicals, dirt, trash and disease. Choose wood decking over concrete and interlocking bricks ...Read more

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Can you compost the dirt and debris your vacuum picks up? It depends on what you've been vacuuming. If your home is covered in wall-to-wall synthetic nylon carpet, then the answer is no; loose fibers get picked up during vacuuming, and the synthetic material does not break down easily in a compost bin. But if your home has mostly solid-surface ...Read more

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While many personal care products like shampoo, conditioner and body lotion come packaged in plastic containers that are easily recyclable (usually marked with a No. 1 or No. 2 on the bottom), the pumps that come with them are not. The plastic pump may look and feel like the same type of plastic as the bottle, but it's actually made from a ...Read more

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One of the most powerful spices that can be used for purposes other than cooking is cinnamon. To remove odors from the air in your home, boil a few sticks of cinnamon in water and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. The active ingredient in cinnamon -- cinnamaldehyde, which gives the spice its flavor and scent -- attaches to odor molecules in ...Read more

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When heating up the backyard grill this summer, be wary of the type of charcoal you use. Traditional charcoal is more than just wood; it can contain additives like coal, nitrates, lighter fluid and other chemical ingredients. When shopping for charcoal, look for lump, wood-only, American-made charcoal. Buying all-wood charcoal imported from ...Read more

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Allowing our feathered friends to have nests near your house can be a great experience. For one thing, it's fascinating to see young birds mature and take flight, but they also help keep the insect population at bay, since the birds will eat hundreds of insects like mosquitoes every day. But when the last bird has finally left their home, be ...Read more

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When shopping for new baskets, rugs and woven furniture, one sustainable material to look for that’s durable, eco-friendly and inexpensive is water hyacinth. Many Asian countries have had a growth in the invasive water hyacinth plant. While beautiful in appearance, it can literally choke waterways, killing aquatic wildlife and turning lakes ...Read more

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There are many reasons why the simple act of picking a few wildflowers at the park is a big no-no. First, removing wildflowers (especially if they are annuals) means the seed from the plant won’t be left to reproduce next season. And fewer flowers means fewer pollinating species attracted to the plants, which leads to even fewer future plants....Read more

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If you're having a hard time keeping houseplants alive, or you're going on vacation and would like them to thrive while you’re away, here’s a simple way to recycle newspaper and give your plants a fighting chance. Give your thirsty houseplant a good drink of water, then place a layer of newspaper on top of the soil; now water more, until the...Read more

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If your home is a popular spot for wasp nests, try this all-natural remedy before using chemical sprays and expensive repellants. First, wasps are not all bad when it comes to your home and garden; they eat invasive insects like flies. But to keep them far away from your home, try peppermint oil. Just soak cotton balls with peppermint oil and ...Read more

 

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