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Sell or donate unwanted items and furniture before you move. This means you will need fewer boxes, throw out less garbage, and need less gas to move your things. Try to find used boxes or reusable containers to pack your belongings. A great place to look for them is online through sites such as Craigslist, and it will even save you money. Some moving companies also offer this service. Use old newsprint or your towels to pack fragile items, rather than using bubble wrap. Take yourself off mailing lists for publications you no longer want or need. This will mean that your junk mail will not


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

You can clean practically anything with vinegar! Just add a bit of warm water and scrub away. The vinegar smell dissipates quickly. Clean the microwave by placing a microwaveable bowl filled with water and the juice of a lemon in the microwave oven, bringing it to a boil. The moisture will loosen any bits in the interior of the oven-simply wipe it away until it sparkles! Open those windows! Letting the air flow through your home is one of the quickest and easiest way to freshen up the air. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet (it’s the queen of odor eating!) and let it set for about


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For some of us, recycling is second nature. For others, it’s a new habit. Throwing cardboard boxes in the recycling bin is one option, but here are a few unique ideas for ways you can get better use of recycling in your life! Rinse any glass or plastic items well to prevent a smelly recycling area. When possible, re-use items rather than recycling them. Choose products with less packaging, or recyclable packaging. Give away items you no longer want-don’t throw them out! Look into local non-profit organizations that will recycle your cell phone, computer parts, or electronics.

Turn off lights when leaving a room. It seems obvious, but most of us are still guilty of forgetting from time to time! Unplug your kitchen appliances such as the toaster and coffee maker when you are not using them. Even when sitting idle, plugged in appliances consume small amounts of electricity that can easily add up over time. Plug your computer and printer into a power bar, and shut them off when they are not in use. Hang your laundry outside to dry when the weather is nice. It means not running your costly dryer, and it will give your clothes a fresh natural scent! Wash your


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

With gas prices still high and the economy slow to recover, tips on how to reduce the amount of gas we need for our vehicles is always helpful. These tips can also help you do your part to make our planet a greener place! Walk and bike whenever possible. Most of us use the car to make trips that are within a mile or two of home. By walking or riding a bike you’ll use less gas, and get more active at the same time. Combine trips that require the car. We all have dry cleaning to pick up and groceries to buy, but by planning ahead and doing all your weekly errands in one trip can you

Every month, that energy bill comes in the mail. With a bit of help, you can get your energy costs under control, and get that bill looking leaner every month! Now the only question is, what are you going to do with all those savings? Select energy-efficient windows, skylights, and doors when replacing existing ones. Storm windows, caulking, weather stripping, and window treatments can all be used to reduce heat loss or gain. Always purchase energy-efficient appliances, and be sure you always operate them in an efficient manner. Unplug devices when they are not in use. Do all your laundry

Walk or bike to work, or to run your errands. Not only is this an easy way to help the planet, it can also save you money and give you a workout! Turn off the lights. We’ve all heard this one before, but if we all did it the impact would be enormous. Recycle. Setting up a recycling station in your garage or under the kitchen sink can make recycling easier. Turn down the heat (or air conditioning). Setting the thermostat a few degrees cooler in winter and a few degrees warmer in summer can reduce your carbon footprint and your bill. Unplug your appliances and electronics. Even when

You have a lot of control over the condition your car is in-and the better the condition, the longer it will keep getting you where you need to go! Be sure you take your car in for regular checkups! Engine oil, transmission fluid, and coolant should be checked every 3,000 miles. Pay a little extra today to keep your car looking new tomorrow. That means having it cleaned and waxed to protect the exterior finish. Keep your tires in good health. That means checking tire pressure about every 1,000 miles, rotating your tires every season, and avoiding squealing. Drain and flush antifreeze


Wednesday, 03 April 2013 by

Start a garden. Whether you opt for a full-out vegetable garden or a small window of fresh herbs, the taste of freshness will be unmistakable! Shop locally! Visit local farmers markets or choose locally produced produce whenever possible. Bring your own bags when you visit the grocery store. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs. Save time and energy by cooking a double portion and setting half aside in the freezer for a quick meal at a later date. Get energized and leave the appliances alone. Whenever possible, mix and beat ingredients by hand, cook multiple items at the same time, and

Never pour water down the drain-simply find another use for it! This could be watering a plant, cleaning something, or soaking a dirty dish. Operate household appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers only when they are at full capacity. If possible, set the load amount for the amount you are actually washing. Drink tap water? Keep full pitchers in the refrigerator rather than running the tap every time you feel thirsty. Make sure your water pipes are insulated-you’ll get hot water faster! Repair leaking faucets, sticking toilet flush handles, toilet leaks, and other