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Wrap Presents with Recycled Paper
Cut down on paper waste and save resources by using recycled paper gift wrap. You can buy wrapping paper made of recycled paper or alternative fibers like hemp, use reusable bags, or decorate old magazine and newspaper from around the house.
Eat Seasonally Even in Winter!
Eating seasonally is rewarding, for your taste buds and your immune system, even in winter.
Shop Online, But Avoid Overnight Shipping
Avoid rush delivery and overnight shipping. Ground transportation means less fuel use and pollution, meaning less impact in terms of carbon emissions and global warming.
Getting an Artificial Christmas Tree? Choose This Type.
Deciding on a real or fake Christmas tree is difficult, especially when it comes to the environment. If you decide on an artificial Christmas tree, choose one made in America, which should have fewer toxins and require less shipping.
Deck the Halls with LED Holiday Lights
Save energy and money with LED holiday lights. This Christmas, get strands of light emitting diodes instead of incandescent bulbs.
Give to Charity While You Shop Online
iGive and GoodShop are two options for online shopping for charity.
6 Ways to Reduce Exposure to Suspect Chemicals
Dr. Philip Landrigan, Director, the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center, offers tips for families wishing to avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals that can mimic hormones.
Save a Tree (and a Bird). Buy Recycled Paper
Choosing recycled paper products for office paper, napkins, paper towels and more can help save birds. Songbirds migrate to the boreal forest, which is being logged. Paper recycling means bird conservation.
Swap Your Holiday Lights for $5 Coupons
Save money now and later by switching to LED Christmas and holiday lights.
Consider a Home Water Filter
Filtering tap water with the right home water filter can remove colorless odorless contaminants, like disinfection byproducts and lead, is one way to ensure safe clean drinking water at home.
Recycle e-Waste (Responsibly)
Choose certified recyclers like e-Stewards or R2 when recycling electronics, known as e-waste.
For Year-End Charitable Giving, Remember the Environment
EarthShare is one option for making year-end charitable giving for the environment.
Compost Your Pumpkins
Reduce garbage going to the landfill by composting your pumpkins after carving jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.
Put This in Your Fireplace and Smoke It
Only burn dry wood in fires, which burns cleaner, releasing fewer particulates (air pollution).
Wait to Turn on the Furnace
Save money on your utility bills, and conserve energy, by waiting to turn on your furnace in the fall. With warm days and cool nights, you can often maintain a comfortable home temperature with a little effort.
Blow Your Nose Without Blowing Away More Trees
Buying facial tissues made from recycled paper saves trees, stops pollution and is better for the environment. Here are several brands that sell recycled facial tissue.
Shut the Refrigerator Door, Save 7%
Shutting the refrigerator door when you're done looking inside is a simple way to save energy. Get in the habit.
Fix Water Leaks, Save $20
Got a leaky faucet, sink, toilet or plumbing? Fix it, and cut down on waste of water, and save $20 a year.
Time to Plant Fall Bulbs
Wondering when to plant fall bulbs? Try these tips to help plant bulbs in fall that will bloom in Spring and Summer.
Caulk Now, Before Winter's Chill
Fall is the time to winterize your home using caulking and weatherstripping to save as much as 30% on energy bills.
Leaf It for Compost
Instead of bagging up all those pretty fall leaves and stacking them out at the curb, turn them into compost, and save energy and landfill space. Yard waste is the second-largest component of our trash stream (behind paper), according to the EPA.
Do More than Just Leaf Peep
Leaf peeping can also lead to citizen science, with the Foliage Network.
Maintain Your Septic System
Check out this graphic to help you maintain your septic system.
Rake, Don't Blow
Leaf blowers and other lawn equipment can produce a lot of pollution. Try to use manual tools, electric equipment or more efficient models.
Protect Your Pipes
Reduce energy loss and protect pipes from freezing or sweating, which can encourage mold.
Plant a Tree, Pocket $57,000
Trees are not only beautiful, but they have real value, not only to the environment (air pollution and water pollution reduction) but to our pocketbooks (energy savings, property values, etc.)
Seal Those Ducts
Heating and cooling is one of the home's biggest uses of energy, so it's important to make sure all your ductwork is tightly sealed. Sealing ducts saves energy, lowers your carbon footprint and saves money.
Recycle Used Plastic Bags (Even Ziploc Sandwich Bags)
You can recycle ziploc and other sandwich bags along with plastic shopping bags at supermarket recycling bins.
Think Twice Before Sealing Your Driveway
Driveway sealants made with coal tar produce high levels of pollution known as PAHs. Asphalt based sealants also create air and water pollution, but to a lesser degree.
Replace Your Furnace Filter
Cleaning or replacing furnace filters is part of annual and monthly maintenance necessary to improve indoor air quality and improve energy efficiency. Electrostatic or HEPA filters are more effective.
On the highway, try not to exceed driving 55 mph, after which your car will burn gas much less efficiently. Your gas mileage and fuel economy will be better if you drive 55 miles per hour.
Plant Street Trees to Clean the Air
Trees, shrubs and other greenery can significantly reduce street level air pollution, according to a new study.
Park in the Shade
Decrease fuel lost to evaporation, reduce the need for a/c and stay more comfortable by parking your car in the shade.
Keep A Pitcher of Water In Your Fridge
Such a simple action as keeping a pitcher of water in your refrigerator has surprising benefits in terms of energy and water savings, as well as your health.
Natural Termite Control
Protect homes from termites with non-toxic or less-toxic methods versus conventional pesticides.
Don't Just Buy Energy Star Products. Look for the "Most Efficient"
Energy Star now identifies the "most efficient" televisions, clothes dryers and air conditioners. Soon, it will do the same for refrigerators.
Pick Your Own
Pick your own apples and pumpkins and other farm-fresh produce to keep farmers in business, protect open space, lower local taxes - and enjoy the fall.
Don't Wash Dishes By Hand. Don't Even Rinse Them.
Wash dishes in the dishwasher instead of by hand and you'll use less water in the kitchen.
Especially After Flooding, Test Your Water
Testing private wells is the only way to know if drinking water is safe for millions of rural residents who aren't served by municipal water systems.
Use the Incredible, Energy-Saving ... Toaster Oven?!
Toaster ovens use much less energy than conventional ovens, and they have more applications than you may have thought of.
Bust Runoff with a Rain Garden
Homeowners and businesses can stem the tide of polluted runoff threatening our waterways by setting up a simple "rain garden," which is beautiful as well as beneficial. Home water conservation made easy.
Don't Use Phosphorus Lawn Fertilizers
What we can learn from states that have banned lawn fertilizers with phosphorus.
Don't Close-Crop Your Lawn
Mow your grass long. Longer blades discourage weeds and pests, retain moisture and promote healthy roots.
Cook Your Food, Not Your Kitchen
When it's hot, save on energy, and feel more comfortable, with these simple suggestions. You can save money on air conditioning in the kitchen.
Use Windows for Cross Ventilation
Keep homes and buildings cool with cross ventilation by opening windows or vents. You'll reduce energy and money used for air conditioning.
Enjoy a Local 3-Day Weekend
Cut down on carbon emissions and rediscover the joys of your own community, instead of jet-setting off into the distance at the first sign of a three-day weekend.
Don't Eat Vegetables from Flooded Gardens
Wondering what to do with a flooded garden? It depends on the type of flooding that occurred. Here are some tips.
Burn Local Firewood
It's our job to stop the spread of invasive species like the emerald ash borer by avoiding activities that spread them from place to place. Among those activities: transporting fire wood for camping trips.
Save Energy and Stay Cool with Fans
Fans are much cheaper, easier to install and use less energy than central air-conditioning. Here are some tips to make the most of the tried-and-true technology.
Before You Exercise, Check the Air Pollution Forecast
Before exercising outdoors on hot sunny summer days, check the air pollution forecast and report to see if ozone levels are unhealthy for strenuous outdoor activity.