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Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 02:59 pm
I don't make a lot of New Year's resolutions, but I did stick to one this year: stop wasting food. As a busy undergrad sharing a refrigerator with four other people, I often bought produce and lunch meat and forgot about them, leaving my hard-earned money (OK not that hard-earned, I did data entry for my university and besides being mind-numbingly boring, it was pretty easy) in the garbage. Th...
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 04:40 pm
"Garage sale!" My mom would shout into the back seat of our yellow 1982 chevy cavalier. She always said it like she'd just spotted someone famous skulking the streets of our suburb. No matter where we were headed, she'd pull over immediately to take a look. We'd venture into someone's garage, driveway or backyard to appraise their earthly possessions: cracked dinnerware featuring mushrooms, ...
Monday, Feb. 1, 2010 02:52 pm
I'll admit that I'm not perfect. The point of this blog is not to preach at you to hug a tree or save a penguin. I like to think that I'm a non-judging environmentalist. I enjoy saving the earth/whales/redwoods/whatever, but I understand that we're all busy with our own lives and sometimes it's hard to take that extra energy-saving step. What I want to do is take small, simple steps to reduce ...
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010 10:40 am
Happy Groundhog Day, readers! Here's an appropriately-themed card. Welcome back to Tips & Tricks Week! (Does that sound dirty? I don't mean for it to imply prostitutes and dollar bills in g-strings. Maybe I need a new title.) On day two, let's talk about home energy audits. While green building has become more and more popular, most of us live in homes built before energy efficiency was ...
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 10:41 am
Tip #3- Unplug it! Living in a dorm introduced me to the wonderful world of power strips/surge protectors. I wasn't concerned with saving my electronics from power outages as much as I was delighted by the opportunity to plug a million things into one old, tiny outlet. Since I moved away from home, I've lived in a variety of ridiculously small rooms. (I do not exaggerate. I've shared a 10x10...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 01:37 pm
Did you catch my mallards story in today's paper? I hope so. I had a lot of fun writing and researching it. Who knew people studied ducks so intensely? Anyway, here's Tip #4: use a humidifier. As I'm sure you know, everything dries out in the winter: your skin, your sinuses and even the air in your home. While some of us (especially those of us from Michigan - a state where the average July...

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