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Tips to Green your home life

Natural Lawn Care

wondering what you options are?

Here's a good resource

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Pinching Pennies?

The Clean 15: Foods You Don't Have to Buy Organic

Buying organic makes sense for the health of the earth, farm workers and your family ... But if you're pinching pennies (and who isn't these days?), choose from this list to avoid pesticide residue.

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How to Attract Hummingbirds (and Other Birds) to Your Yard and Garden

15 ways to attract beautiful birds and songs to your yard, and 10+ more bird conservation tips from the National Audubon Society.

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Interested in organic gardening?

There are lots of great online resources

 Here's a link on how to get atarted

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Use online resources to improve energy efficiency

Here's one of our favorites

Since 1978, Southface has helped people save energy and water and conserve natural resources. Driven by our region's growing environmental challenges, we have successfully fostered unique partnerships and developed programs that will enable anyone to understand and adopt responsible practices for environmental living.

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Eat Seasonal and Local Foods at Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving meal lends itself nicely to seasonal foods, so opt for sustainable, local and organic ingredients. Find humanely raised turkeys using the Eat Well Guide, or try a heritage bird. Stock up on your root vegetables at local farmers' markets and produce stands.

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Green Tip: Calculate your carbon footprint

Another green tip

Want to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide you are responsible for emitting into the atmosphere? Use safeclimate.net's Carbon Footprint Calculator. Input your estimated travel and home utility bills, and the calculator will tell you where you stand in relation to the rest of the country.

I found this tip using the Get Green application, created by CandiedApple

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Energy saving idea

The little stuff adds up

Did you know that leaving chargers plugged into your sockets uses energy, even when the electronics aren't connected? A cell phone charger, for example, will use about 120 watts if you leave it in the socket for a full day. That's equivalent to a quarter-pound of CO2. And in today's mobile world, that number can multiply quickly. To avoid this waste, unplug your chargers when you're not using them.

I found this tip using the Get Green application, created by CandiedApple

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A cup of joe for your garden

Gardening and composting tip

Instead of throwing out your used coffee grounds, add them to your garden soil or compost. These grounds provide a nutrient that will help your plants grow. However, be sure to also add brown material such as dried grass to the mix. This helps offset the high nitrogen that coffee will introduce.

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Another Green Tip

Green Tip: No rinsing needed

Are you in the habit of rinsing dishes in the sink before putting them in the dishwasher? You might want to reconsider. Studies done by Consumer Reports confirm that most of today's dishwashers will do the job just as well without the prerinse. If you wash dishes daily, skipping the rinse will save you an average of 6,500 gallons of water per year.

I found this tip using the Get Green application, created by CandiedApple

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Saving energy

Submit your novel ideas for saving energy

I thought this looked like a good site to share novel ideas for saving energy.

While it may sound old fashioned I hang my clothes on a line out on my porch. First, I put them in the dryer with a fabric softener for about 10 minues. Hang shirts on a hanger, then pin flat items to the line. They come out soft and wrinkle free that way plus smelling fresh. I only know two other people on Tybee who hang their laundry out so you're all missing out a a huge cost savings.  My energy bill is now below $100.00 per month. It no doubt will go up for the winter months. I read an article about an industrial application for converting air heat pumps to geo-thermal. Has anyone heard about residential applications? With the tax credits 09 would be a good time to convert if possible.

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