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Conservation

20 Ways to Mend and Repair Things That Are Broken

Got a broken thing? Don't pitch it. Fix it! Here are lots of ways to repair instead of replace. OK, so before we get to all of the repair ideas, I need to get something off of my chest. I can'…

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How I Saved $200 On Something I Use Every Day

Is the price of a new refrigerator preventing you from scrapping your old one? Don't let it. In many states, utility companies give their customers significant cash rebates when they trade in the o…

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5 Things You Should Know About Your Drinking Water

"More than 99 percent of your body's molecules are water molecules, so water matters," says Gerald Pollack, Ph.D., water researcher and author of The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid and Va…

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14 DIY Projects to Avoid

Are DIY solutions always the best solutions? Unfortunately, no. Sometimes, recipes for cleaning your home or pampering your body just don't work -- or worse, they do more harm than good. And often, th…

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3 Houseplants for Water Conservationists

Water conservation isn’t just a concern for outdoor gardeners. If you want to do your part in conserving water, but don’t have a garden, you can elect to grow houseplants that don’t need as frequen…

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Lessons from a Fifth Grader

My daughter "graduated" from fifth grade a couple of weeks ago. Before you roll your eyes and think, what has the world come to that we now celebrate 5th grade promotions, step back and think about al…

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Fertilizers From Your Trash (That Your Plants Will Love)

I don't spend top dollar to feed my plants a top-notch meal. Kitchen scraps, fireplace ashes and even my husband's pee (it's easier to collect than mine) can add nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to …

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In Case You Forgot, Forests Are Awesome…

President Obama made history when he endorsed a new EPA rule that would (finally) crack down on some of the worst polluters in America: dirty power plants. While the proposed rules are far from perfec…

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How to Downsize Without Leaving Your Home

Home downsizing means different things to different people. It may involve selling your current house and buying a smaller property, or simplifying life in your present residence. The most common re…

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6 Green & Gorgeous Tiles For Your Home

There are two strong trends in tile these days. The first is the use of new technology and out-of-the-box thinking to create handsome styles that appeal to the senses, while the second is an increas…

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I used to whirl - for hours - as a child. I think I liked to get dizzy. I will go for a spin, out…

Wish they had something for cats that would work like that.

Great tips - thanks!

Thank you Lisa, this is so important! People are so unconscious, it's I want, I need, not for a minu…