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Water Plants in the Morning
Save water, and make plants stronger and healthier, by watering in the morning. It's an easy water conservation tip.
Plant a Butterfly Garden
Plant a butterfly garden for National Pollinator Week. Find plants that attract butterflies and other native pollinators, like honey bees, hummingbirds and bats.
Plant a Bee-Friendly Garden
There is a wide array of common flowering plants that support bees, from annual flowers to popular perennials, garden vegetables, shrubs and even trees.
Pull Weeds. Don't Pollute
Pulling weeds, rather than dousing them with chemical pesticides, may take longer, but is better in the long run for a healthy lawn and garden.
Reduce Your Water Bill with a Rain Barrel
Rain barrels decrease stormwater runoff from rain storms, and offer a low-cost lawn and garden irrigation option that can save homeowners money.
3 Reasons to Shop Your Local Farmers' Market
There are more than 6,000 farmers' markets in the United States, many filled with heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables, meats and more that make your taste buds soar. Eat fresh, local foods.
Use a Clothesline, Save Up to $85
Clothesline drying saves money and energy, as much as $85 per year. So try hanging some clothes on the clothesline.
Let 'No Child Left Inside' Be Your Mantra
Environmental and science education would get a boost from the No Child Left Inside Act of 2011. You can help your child learn with everything from citizen science projects to unstructured outdoor play time.
Have a Meatless Monday
Meatless Mondays can help you develop more vegetarian and vegan recipes to enjoy throughout the week, improving your health and the environment.
Pack a Safe, Effective Sunscreen
Choose a safe, natural sunscreen that gives you effective protection from UVA and UVB rays, but does not contain potentially harmful chemicals.
Try a Natural Nail Polish
Try a natural non toxic nail polish without toluene, formaldehyde or DBP (a phthalate).
Recycle Used Inkjet Cartridges
If you trash inkjet and toner cartridges, you're not alone. But recycling cartridges, using recycled cartridges, refilling used cartridges and buying recycled ink is easy, and saves resources.
Make Your Own Natural Health and Beauty Products
Homemade natural health and beauty products can save you money, help you avoid suspect preservatives and chemicals, and help you achieve a natural wellness.
Choose Organic and Fair Trade Chocolates
Benefit the earth and your sweet tooth by choosing organic and fair trade chocolate.
Buy Fair Trade Food and Products
With World Fair Trade day here, learn more about fair trade certifications and how to shop for fair trade foods and goods.
Preserve 2 Square Feet of Trees Per Cup of Coffee
How to save trees? Drink shade-grown, Rainforest Alliance-certified or bird friendly coffee brands that preserve forests.
Cruise to Gas Savings
Save gas by using your cruise control, which will hold your speed constant, using fuel more efficiently.
Print Double-Sided To Save Paper
Sometimes, even the most ardent eco-activist can't rely on digital-only documents and has to use the printer. So print double-sided and save paper.
Save 50-75% on Gas Bills: Carpool
Carpooling saves money on gas, cutting the cost of your commute in half or more, depending on how many people you share the ride with.
Pay Bills Online
Here's a very simple way to cut down on energy and paper use, while saving you money on stamps at the same time.
Boost Your Fridge's Efficiency
Help your refrigerator run most efficiently by keeping it full but not overstuffed. That's smart kitchen appliance energy conservation.
Be an Energy Detective, Slash Bills 20%
The energy detective is a simple monitor that measures home electricity use in real time. By seeing how much energy you use, you will employ energy conservation and energy efficiency, and will save on your energy bills and carbon footprint.
Saving Energy is a Snap
Save energy and money with energy conservation: the easiest thing to do is simply turn off those lights when you leave the room.
Turn Down Your Water Heater
It's easy to improve your water heater's energy efficiency, and the money savings can be substantial. Try adjusting the temperature down to 120 degrees or less.
Check Out a Tankless Water Heater, and Stop Throwing Away Energy Dollars
Tankless water heaters, also called demand water heaters, use less energy than standard water heaters. You'll save money on energy bills and promote energy efficiency and energy conservation, while not running out of hot water.
Turn Off the Tap
Check out these no-brainer suggestions to cut back on water waste around the house. Water conservation is easy, starting with turning off the tap when you brush your teeth.
Give Up Idling Your Car
Boost your gas mileage and reduce pollution-causing emissions (and greenhouse gases) by avoiding idling in your car. Don't idle away fuel economy.
Get a Solar Water Heater, the First Step to Renewables
Solar hot water heaters are more affordable and easier to install than solar electric panels, but they still save you money while helping the planet.
Save Gas, Simply
Because every gallon of gasoline burned produces 19 pounds of carbon dioxide, 25 pounds when you count the energy that went into making and distributing it, every gallon really does make a difference.
Give up Washing Your Car (at Home)
It may surprise you, but getting a commercial car wash is greener than doing it yourself in your driveway. That's smart water conservation.
Give Up Paper Subscriptions (Go to the Library)
Save money and resources by using your local library for books, CDs and other media you'll likely only use once.
Give Up Coal-Fired Electricity (Or Nuclear for that Matter)
Purchasing renewable energy credits allow you to choose your electricity provider, so you can say no to coal (or nuclear) and yes to renewable energy, like solar and wind power.
Give Up Beer (Unless It's Organic)
Organic beer is widely available from microbreweries and from major distributors, and it's all made without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers, which is important to salmon runs in parts of the Pacific Northwest.
Give Up Nonstick Cookware
For better health for you, the animal and the Earth meat-eaters should opt for grassfed beef.
Give Up Pesticides (Try IPM Instead)
At home and in the garden, attack pests like termites and cockroaches with integrated pest management, rather than toxic pesticides.
Avoid Antibacterial Products
Most of the plethora of consumer goods with antibacterial properties available these days are unnecessary, and may even contribute to antibiotic-resistant super germs.
Give Up Eating Beef (Unless It's Grassfed Beef)
For better health for you, the animal and the Earth meat-eaters should opt for grassfed beef.
How to Safely Handle Spent CFLs
CFLs, compact fluorescent lightbulbs, contain a small amount of toxic mercury. They must be properly handled and recycled when broken or done. Sylvania has an easy recycle pak, or take them to a hazardous waste collection facility.
Get Rid of Mice Naturally
Getting rid of mice can be difficult. We offer tips on how to get rid of mice in your home naturally, using integrated pest management, live traps and other techniques. Avoid mouse poison.
Save Money on Laundry Loads
Front-loading washing machines use a third less energy, water and detergent than top-loading models. So upgrade today, and make sure you get one that is Energy Star certified.
Stop Phone Book Delivery
Opting out of paper phone book service is easier than ever, and saves resources.
Be a Post-Consumer Consumer
By thinking a little about the products you choose, you can promote recycling and make a big difference for the environment.
Cozy Up to Easy Energy Savings
Save money on your utility bills, and reduce your carbon footprint, by turning down your thermostat during heating season. Put on a sweater instead.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fan Direction for Winter, and Save Energy
Everyone knows ceiling fans are efficient ways to feel cool when its hot, but most new models can also be run in reverse, pushing warm air down from the ceiling to reduce heating needs when it's cold.
Winterize Your Doors: Bring Back the Draft Snake
During previous decades, draft snakes were regular accessories in many homes. They're an ultra-simple way to save money and energy.
Dodge the Drafts
Keep your heat inside this winter by finding and plugging up those leaks with weatherstripping and sealing insulation. Check for window drafts by carefully holding an incense stick up to each frame.
Whether you are jet-setting to Tahiti or driving to your grandma's house in the next county, packing light will cut down on fuel use, as well as wear and tear on luggage.
Clear the Air With a HEPA Filter
Reduce allergies, allergens and irritants with a true HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, which will boost indoor air quality. Avoid slick marketing claims on HEPA-like filters.
Lease Solar Panels and Save on Up-Front Costs
Companies like SunRun, Sungevity and SolarCity now offer leasing program for home solar energy installations. Consider them if you want to go solar on a budget.
Eat Canned Foods Sparingly
Because bisphenol-A (BPA) has been found leaching from the lining of cans into food, it might be wise to avoid eating a lot of canned foods.