Earth Sense

Earth Sense is a one minute program that offers tips on how listeners can go green and save money.

When it comes to your laundry it can be difficult to know how to treat a stain so your clothes aren’t ruined.  But make it easy on yourself by printing a stain removal guide and post it in the laundry room!

Don’t you just hate it when you drop that big glob of spaghetti sauce on your favorite pants?  And then how can you make sure that stain comes out in the wash?

Laundry Savers 2

Nov 10, 2017

You now have some good ideas to help save you money in the laundry room, so let’s keep the momentum going!  You’ll save money if you wait until you have a full load, but try not to overload.


If you’ve got a large family, then you know that laundry can pile up quickly and detergents are only getting more expensive.  You could try skipping detergent all together and let your machine do the scrubbing for you.  Or you could make your own detergent for a fraction of the price you pay for store bought brands.

As an expectant mother, or even a mom with young children, you should be careful of the cleaning products you use around the house!  And the best way to make sure products are safe is to make your own cleaners with items you may already have at home.  All you need are some spray bottles (preferably ones that you can reuse or repurpose), some baking soda, table salt, vinegar, olive oil, water and some lemons!  

Laundry Savers 1

Nov 9, 2017

We’re all looking to save money and one place you may not have thought to cut corners yet is the laundry room.  These are a few things you could try to help save money on your laundry.


Seems like there are a lot of new mothers in the community now and if you happen to be expecting, consider your diaper options before you choose disposable diapers.  Disposables can be handy and simple, but they can sit in our landfills for years and never decompose.  That’s a big problem!  


Our pets are four legged family members, so it’s important to keep their health and safety in mind in cooler weather.  As rodents and pests start to seek warmer indoor temperatures, the use of pesticides increases, but these rodenticides and pesticides can be highly toxic to your pet.  If you’re going to use these products, do so with extreme caution and make sure you store them (and any other toxic chemicals like motor oil and coolant) in a place inaccessible to pets and children! 

You’ve heard the term “living off the grid,” and maybe you’ve wondered how difficult it would be to wean yourself off the high energy costs of our modern times.  Luckily, alternative sources of energy are becoming more readily available.  Things like solar panels and wind mills can help lower your monthly power bill, but before you pull the plug, plan an experiment to see how well you can live for a full weekend by simply using less energy.  


Mushrooms are versatile food sources that can serve as a meat alternative in your low-calorie diet.  Shitake mushrooms are easier to grow than you may think.  You’ll want to start with a hardwood logs like a chestnut or sugar maple, but their favorite hardwood is oak. 


Green Tailgating

Nov 8, 2017

Nothing brings a community together like sporting events and whether you’re routing for little league or your alma mater, try to think green when tailgating.  First remember to clean up after yourself and bring a trash bag so there’s no litter left behind after the game. 


An outdoor fire pit is a great place to entertain, enjoy a cool night, and make s’mores.  There are some pre-fabricated fire pits on the market that are fairly affordable, but if you have the gumption, you can customize your own as a weekend project


We’ve been discussing ways to use what you already have to help you save money and go green, and what better way to do that than to put good use to those soap slivers and left-over candle scraps?  It’s easier than you think to make a new candle from the remnants of the candles you’ve already enjoyed. 

  

Fall Home Projects

Nov 8, 2017

As we move into fall, it’s a good time to think about a few projects around the house to weather proof and gear up for the season.  This may be a good time to change your windows.  If you still have single pane less efficient windows, gear up for cooler weather by upgrading to double pane energy efficient ones. 

  

Fall Leaves

Oct 13, 2017

Those fall leaves make this time of year special, but once all the leaves have fallen, what should you do with all the debris in your yard?  While leaves contain a large amount of nutrients, leaving them on your grass traps moisture, inhibits sunlight, and harbors insects, all of which could kill patches of your lawn.  So what should you do with those leaves and pine needles? 


So, you’re thinking about updating that bathroom.  You’ve learned about dual flush toilets, low flow faucets and shower heads, and maybe you’re thinking about hitting the flea markets this weekend in search of reclaimed items that you can use in your fresh bathroom.  Have you considered going a step further by installing more green elements like motion sensors for light sources so that the lights will automatically turn off when no one is in the room?  


We’ve been talking this week about ways to update your bathroom in ways that are eco-friendly and efficient, but that don’t cost a lot of money.  We’ve talked about upgrading your toilet, faucets and shower heads so they use less water, but let’s talk about decorative and aesthetic aspects of your bathroom.  Perhaps you’re ready to overhaul the entire room and you’re looking for cabinets, sinks, and even bath tubs. 


We spend a lot of time in our bathrooms and this is one room where water waste can get out of hand.  There are many things that you can do to mediate this waste like taking a shorter shower or installing a dual flush toilet.  But another thing that you can do is retrofit or replace your faucets and shower heads with low flow versions.  


Are you thinking about upgrading your bathroom or retrofitting it with green and eco-friendly fixtures?  When it comes to home improvements, your bathroom may be a room you’re avoiding because it can get expensive to update.  But you can install fixtures and materials that are easier on your power bill but that don’t cost a lot of money.  


Homemade Bath Salts

Sep 29, 2017

Taking a soothing bath can relax those achy muscles, but why buy bath salts when you can make your own at home?  Combine 1 cup of Epsom salt with half a cup of kosher salt in a large freezer grade resalable bag.  Then add food color one drop at a time and shake until you reach the desired color.  Adding more than one drop at a time can melt your salt and make it clump.  


Sticky notes are so handy in the office or at school, but they can be pricey!  So make your own with a few recycled items!  You’ll need a glue stick, preferably one that is washable, a stack of recycled printer paper, some scissors, some recycled card stock quality paper, and some all purpose glue.  


Reuse Milk Cartons

Sep 27, 2017

Most of us have juice and milk containers left over at the end of the week.  While recycling them is a good idea, think about ways to reuse them instead.  A cardboard milk carton could be cut down and used to create suet to feed the birds in your backyard.  Or cut the sides out of that cardboard juice jug and glue in rice paper to create luminaries.  


Reuse Aluminum Foil

Sep 26, 2017

Invented in 1825, Aluminum Foil has become a staple in many homes because it’s terribly useful.  And once used, can be recycled or re-used.  Here are a few ideas for ways to re-use your aluminum foil.  Cut it into strips and hang it in your vegetable garden to deter birds and wildlife from eating your plants.  


If you’ve got an old wooden spice rack you’re not using anymore don’t pitch it out with the trash!  Save it and re-purpose it.  You could use that spice rack to hold paper craft items, acrylic paints, buttons, beads, glitter, yarn or thread in your craft corner.  Use it in the bathroom or by your vanity to hold perfumes, nail polishes, colognes, face wash or make-up.  


Plastic bags are ubiquitous in our society, so put your collection to good use with these easy ideas.  Of course you can get an extra use out a plastic bag by lining a trash can or picking up after you pet on your daily walk.  Are you planning to move?  Use plastic bags to wrap and protect your valuables.  Plastic bags are perfect for wrapping your plants on nights when frost threatens. 


More Counter Space

Sep 21, 2017

Kitchen space is a commodity – most of the time you wish you had more of it.  Here are some quick and easy ways to clear your counters of clutter.  Think about investing in an island or even a small kitchen cart for added storage and work space.  Gain counter space and extra drawer space by hanging utensils on the wall and knives on a wall mounted magnetic strip. 


It’s a room you use quite a lot, and remodeling that bathroom can get pricey.  Here are some ideas to refresh your wash room without breaking the bank.  Start by taking stock of what you like in the room.  Have you got a great tub that just needs a fresh coat of paint?  Could you love your vanity again if only it had a new sink or fixtures?  


How to Paint a Room

Sep 19, 2017

I love how a fresh coat of paint can instantly transform the impact of a room.  If you’re open to trying new paint colors, purchase a mis-tint (or what I like to call “Ooops paint”) to save a little money.  Mis-tints are quality paints that just weren’t dyed quite the right shade and are sold at a great discount at paint stores and home improvements stores. 


Looking for a way to spruce up your home without spending a lot of money?  It’s not as difficult as you’d think to redecorate on a budget.  Start by shopping your own home.  Are there items in storage you could reuse?  Think about rearranging furniture between rooms for a new look.  Or move artwork into other rooms for a new color palette. 


Home fires are more common than you think, but many are avoidable when you’re aware of the hazards in your home.  You should never ignore appliance recalls.  It’s estimated that in the US, 150,000 fires each year are cause by home appliances, so do your part to reduce the risk of home fire by keeping your appliances in good working condition.  


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