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4/30/10 8:34 A

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Invest in green energy!

Most utility companies give you the option to pay about $5 extra a month, which is put directly into researching and creating renewable energy.


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4/29/10 7:09 A

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Write a check!

At the very least, donate what you can afford to organizations that help the environment. Visit CharityNavigator.org to find one.


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4/27/10 7:45 A

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Lower the water heater!

It consumes tones of energy by heating water even when not in use. By lowering it to 120 degrees, you’ll save utilities to boot. Save even more by skipping hot settings on your washer.


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4/26/10 6:40 A

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Look for Energy Star!

Next time you have to replace an appliance or electronic device, consider an Energy Star product. It might cost more up front, but usually pays for itself in energy savings.


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4/25/10 8:40 A

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Vote with your wallet!

Buy products from companies who care for the planet by using recycled packaging, solar-power, or eco-friendly ingredients and more.


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4/24/10 12:17 A

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Go organic!

Organic farming doesn’t use chemical fertilizers or pesticides, which can pollute the air and water. Choose organic produce and cotton (it’s the most heavily sprayed crop) when you can.


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4/23/10 7:47 A

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Don't depend on oil!

Many products are made from petroleum—including plastics, soaps, and detergents. To really decrease your dependence on oil, look for plant-based cleaners and plastic alternatives like glass.


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4/22/10 8:10 A

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Search for secondhand.

Don’t let someone else’s perfectly good items go to waste. A gently used version of whatever you need exists. Auction websites and thrift stores make secondhand shopping easy and affordable!


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Consider compost!

Food scraps that end up in landfills can’t decompose properly. But composting yard and kitchen waste is easy! And it naturally fertilizes your soil and plants.


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4/20/10 7:45 A

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Clean green!

Household cleaners are often made with chemicals that harm your body and the planet. Instead, make your own with simple but effective products like lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar.


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4/19/10 7:13 A

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Size matters!

Smaller is better when it comes to cars and houses, among other things. Small sizes are more energy efficient, use fewer materials, produce less waste and cost less money.


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4/17/10 1:00 A

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Eat seasonally!

Seasonal foods are fresh and more nutritious. Plus, they don’t have to travel far to get to your table and are rarely imported from far-away countries.


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4/15/10 7:59 A

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Reduce packaging!

Look for products without excess packaging, like concentrated detergent. In the produce aisle, forgo the plastic baggies. Instead of buying individual yogurt cups, buy one large tub.

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4/14/10 7:53 A

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Explore bamboo!

Floors, furniture, cutting boards and more can be made from bamboo, which is renewable and faster-growing than trees. Bamboo also makes ultra-soft towels, sheets and clothing!

*Learn something new every day! I didn’t they made towels and clothing from bamboo – I do now!



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4/13/10 8:19 A

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Repair things!

Pants with holes and broken toasters aren’t trash. Instead of sending them to the landfill, sew, mend, and repair things when they break and use them longer.


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4/11/10 5:23 P

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Try reusable bottles!

Beverage bottles, cups and cans are wasteful, even if recycled. You’ll save money and reduce waste by using a reusable bottle for water and drinks. Take one to the coffee shop too!

**I take my cup into the coffee shop or even the fast food restaurants – why use another plastic or paper cup!


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4/9/10 9:21 A

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Drive less!

If you can walk or bike to your destination, then do it! You’ll get fit, save money and pollute less. Choose public transportation (buses, subways and trains), carpooling, or trip combining also helps.

**What a great tip, especially with gas prices raising again!


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4/8/10 6:53 A

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Eat without meat!

The raising, processing, shipping and storage of meat can negatively impact the environment. Aim for a few meatless meals each week, choosing beans, nuts, and legumes for protein!


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4/6/10 7:37 A

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Save water!

Turning it off while brushing your teeth is a given. Take it further by installing low-flow showerheads and the savings will add up! Also consider a rain collecting barrel for grass and plant watering.


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4/5/10 7:25 A

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Visit the Library!

Instead of buying books, CDs, movies and magazines, borrow them. The library is free, local and eco-friendly. Imagine how many resources are saved when hundreds of people share one book from a central location!


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4/4/10 10:24 A

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Buy local!

On average, food travels 1,500 miles from farm to table. Buying local supports farmers in your community. It also uses less fossil fuel in transport.


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4/3/10 8:27 A

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Bring your own bag!

Bring reusable bags everywhere, from the grocery to the mall. If you can’t afford to buy bags, then reuse the plastic ones you already have. If you don’t need a bag for your items, politely decline.


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Use cloth napkins!

All disposable items hurt the environment, and that includes paper products like napkins. In the end, you’ll save money by investing in cloth, which also looks more sophisticated.


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Recycle!

Most people can recycle more than they do. Paper, magazines, cardboard, cereal boxes, glass, aluminum foil, cans and even grocery bags should go in your bin, not the trash!


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emoticon We're going along with Sparks' motivational calendars and, April is "30 Days to a Greener Lifestyle" and what a great idea it is! So, get ready, tomorrow we'll be beginning April and learning ways to go green and love it!

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