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Put your pet's number two in its place

Everyone does it and so do our pets. When walking your dog, please pick up with a biodegradable poop bag so your dog's waste doesn't live in a...
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Buying local, organic food reduces your carbon footprint

It burns less carbon to transport food from a local farm/market to your table than it does from overseas. If you live on the coast, choose a local,...

Use washable cleaning rags, dish sponges and napkins

Throwing away paper products like napkins and paper towels is such a waste -- filling up landfills and taking trees. We bought cheap and attractive...
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Vinegar, baking soda and hot water are your friends

Baking soda cleans, deodorizes, softens water and scours (say goodbye to Comet!). Vinegar cuts grease and removes mildew, odors, some stains and...
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Don't rinse plates; scrape food off instead. Most dishwashers remove food residues and pre-rinsing can waste as much as 20 gallons per load

After a large meal at home, opening up the tap to rinse away food residues can seem like the quickest way to flush the remains down the garbage...
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Only run the dishwasher on full loads. No matter how efficient your washer is, running it half full wastes twice the water. Load up.

Dishwashers have become much more efficient over the last decade, with new EPA Energy Star-rated machines using as little as three gallons per load...
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Don't pay to heat the outdoors. Seal and insulate your home to keep warm air inside. You could save up to $400 annually

Most people can handle sealing jobs if they have good quality caulk (i.e, not too watery) and learn to handle a caulk gun. Weather stripping is...
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Don't speed, save cash!

Slowing from 65 to 55 mph may boost your fuel efficiency by 15%; cut it to 55 from 70, and you could get a 23% improvement....

Fix leaky toilets, they can waste an extra 200 gallons of fresh water every day

Toilets can be the greatest water waster in a home, and inefficient toilets can use up to 20 gallons a day. But if the toilet is leaking water, the...
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Switch to a low flow showerhead. Choose one that "aerates the water" and you can keep up the pressure while halving water use

Using less water in the shower saves you the expense of heating it while also helping stave off drought, a serious problem, particularly in the...
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