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Greener grilling: Good for you and for Mother Nature, too
(BPT) - You already know grilling is a healthful, flavorful and fun way to cook while enjoying the great outdoors. But did you know it can also be a 'green' activity? By choosing earth-friendly fuel options, better ingredients and sustainably sourced seasonings , you can satisfy your family's taste buds and Mother Nature...
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10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you're probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable - while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a...
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Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your ...
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Why invest in insulation during a renovation?
(BPT) - When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it's often the things that homeowners don't consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home. Across the country, the cost of h...
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Green spring cleaning ideas that are kind to Mother Nature
(BPT) - It's not necessary to use harsh chemicals and toxins to achieve a cleaner, fresh-smelling home this spring. Homemade cleaning products and earth-friendly tactics can help you clean green. Here are green cleaning ideas and a supplies list that will make Mother Nature happy: * Begin by decluttering, which requires ...
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Learn how water is helping energy flow [Infographic]
We each have an individual impact on the Earth when it comes to using resources, like water. Each person uses 5-13 gallons a day for drinking, cooking and cleaning. But our water 'splashprint' goes much deeper than that. In some cases, 1.5 miles below the Earth. Shale oil gas is an abundant source of energy, which requires water to extract. This year's World Water Day is focused on Water and Energy, and this infographic illustrates how we can tap into shale oil gas through sustainable water m...
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Sowing the seeds of spring: How to start your garden indoors
(BPT) - While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring - and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don't have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a g...
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School lunches are gold mines for recycling, reusing and replenishing
(BPT) - From an early age, children can roll up their sleeves and get involved in helping reduce the amount of trash they produce by participating in recycling programs. Across the country, children will celebrate Earth Day April 22 with science fairs and environmental educational seminars about the importance of recycli...
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Insulation: The key to ending drafts and cutting utility bills
(BPT) - Whether it's the chill of winter or the heat of summer, our natural instincts are to adjust the indoor temperature so it is comfortable through every season. But if your home has any drafts or air leaks, expect indoor temperatures to fluctuate dramatically. Leaks and drafts can hinder the performance of your heat...
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Eliminate VOCs when planning a home remodel
(BPT) - Remodeling a home's decor leaves the space feeling fresh and new - something which all family members will enjoy for years to come. However, a home remodel can do more than just improve the looks of rooms in the house. It can also improve the indoor air quality - an important factor especially during the winter m...
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Add value to your home with smart spring home improvements
(BPT) - Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home. The push toward ene...
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Don't throw away that old phone [Infographic]
On the heels of a holiday season in which one in three Americans said they planned on giving electronics as gifts, ecoATM, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, announced it has officially recycled more than 2 million phones and devices in its four-year history. Pointing to a rising trend in Americans' interest in electronics recycling, it took just nine months for ecoATM to double the number of devices it has processed. ecoATM's more than 800 kiosks, which are loc...
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