Earth Sense

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  Earth Sense is a one minute program that offers tips on how listeners can go green and save money. From ways to boost fuel economy while driving, to improving the efficiency of an HVAC system, to where and how to recycle many items in the home.

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Overnight Oatmeal

15 hours ago

If you find your mornings are too hectic, save yourself a little stress by making this oatmeal the night before.  Combine ¾ cup of nonfat milk, or your favorite milk substitute, half a cup of old fashioned rolled oats. 1/3 cup of blueberries, one teaspoon of packed light brown sugar, one quarter teaspoon of lemon zest, 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 drops of almond extract, and a pinch of salt in a container with a lid.  Secure the lid and shake the ingredients together. 


Kitchen Sink Sins

Aug 17, 2017

Your kitchen sink might seem like a good place to dispose of household waste, but be sure to avoid these kitchen sink sins!  Never send used motor oil or any automotive fluids like antifreeze, or brake fluid down any drain- these should be disposed of at your hazardous waste recycling center.  But cooking oil should also never be poured down the sink.  It can harden in your pipes and cause some very expensive damage. 


As you know, there are many items that are now illegal to throw into the landfill either because they contain toxic chemicals, like oil, household cleaners, or paint and paint thinners, or because they contain heavy metals like batteries, cell phones, computers, and electronics.  The question, then, is how do I dispose of these common items?  Most of these items will go to a hazardous waste drop-off site near you. 


Pampering your skin is always a good idea.  Drinking enough water and using lotions and oils will hydrate your skin.  But if you find store bought products to be full of unknown chemicals, sulfates, and parabens, then try making your own cosmetics.  Here is a recipe for an avocado face mask that will hydrate your skin and restore a healthy glow!  Start with two teaspoons of fresh mashed avocado, add one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of olive oil, and one teaspoon or kefir or plain yogurt.


As you shop for products for your home, you may find many of them contain toxic chemicals.  But many household goods are easier to make than you think.  Here are some things you should stop buying and start making.  Peanut butter is a pantry staple, but many commercial brands have additives you may not want to consume! 


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