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2014

August 2014

DIY Compost Bin
August 15, 2014

If you've put off starting a compost pile because you're unsure how or where to begin, follow these instructions to make your own compost bin from an old trash can.

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Cold Brew Coffee
August 14, 2014

Cold brew coffee has many benefits including less caffeine per cup, less energy required per cup, and a less bitter flavor profile.  And cold brewing is so simple and easy to do.

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Walking Off Calories
August 13, 2014

If you stop to consider how long you would have to walk to work off the calories in the foods you eat, do you think the answer would compel you to make better food choices?  Studies show that this information does, in fact, inform better dietary choices.

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Money Stress
August 12, 2014

Studies have shown that financial stress can negatively effect your health, but there are some steps you can take to relieve stress that stems from debt.

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E-Cigarettes
August 11, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are being marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking, but these products are proving to be unhealthy for middle and high school students and even for children as young as five.

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Compost and Earth Worms
August 08, 2014

Managing your compost pile can become a fun and easy hobby, but did you know that adding Earth Worms to your compost can enrich the end product?

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Compost Trouble-Shooting
August 07, 2014

You recognize the benefits of composting and maybe you've recently started your own compost pile, but now there's an odd odor. What can you do to remedy some of the possible problems that may arise with your compost?

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Compost—Start Your Own
August 06, 2014

So you want to start a compost pile; here are some things you need to know to get started.

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Composting
August 05, 2014

Composting is a great way to cut back on the amount of waste that goes into our landfills and it's beneficial for your garden, too!

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Composting Event
August 04, 2014

If you're interested in learning about composting and even how to start your own compost pile at home, Greenworks, a service of Dumpster Depot in Aiken, SC is offering composting event through the summer.

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Recycle Soap Slivers and Candle Scraps
August 01, 2014

When your candles have all but burned out and that soap is just about gone, what do you do with the left-overs? Learn how to make your own reclaimed candles and find out what you can do with those soap slivers.

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July 2014

Scrap Paper Ideas
July 31, 2014

Before you recycle scrap paper, try these ideas to prolong the life of that unwanted paper.

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Recycled Jewelry
July 30, 2014

One great way to help you save money and go green is to get crafty.  Learn how to make your own jewelry from those old credit cards.

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Spay or Neuter Your Pet
July 29, 2014

Overpopulation in pet shelters is becoming a big problem in the U.S. Make a difference by having your pet spayed or neutered.

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Volunteer Vacations
July 28, 2014

Consider giving your time and service in a great location through a Volunteer Vacation.

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Workplace Stress
July 25, 2014

Stress in the workplace seems to be getting worse as workers are expected to do more with less, but don't let the stress at your workplace get the better of you!

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Sun Safety for the Eyes
July 24, 2014

Just as it is important to use sunscreen to protect you skin from the sun, you should wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun.

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Sun Safety
July 23, 2014

Summer heat is still hanging around and with the high temperature comes a higher chance for skin damage.  Follow these tips to stay safe in the sun.

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Staycation
July 22, 2014

Having a "staycation," or a vacation spent at home rather than taking a trip, can help save money and is an eco-friendly alternative to to driving or flying to a destination.

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Healthy Vacation
July 21, 2014

Ensure your vacation this summer is a healthy and relaxing one by keeping these tips in mind.

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Repurposing the Wood Pallet
July 18, 2014

The wood pallet is a prevalent part of our shipping industry, and often retailers just want to get rid of them.  Think about all the ways you could repurpose wood pallets!

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Cool Efficiency
July 17, 2014

It's tempting to adjust the thermostat during the hottest weeks of summer, but you can stay cool while saving money with these tips from Earth Gauge.

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Backyard Habitats
July 16, 2014

Long before your home was built, native plant and animal species lived on your land.  Now, you can invite the wildlife back with a backyard habitat.

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Landscaping on a Budget
July 15, 2014

Every weekend warrior knows how expensive landscaping can be, but you don't have to spend a lot of money to get some creative results.

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Natural Weed Killer
July 14, 2014

If weeds are taking over your landscape, try to avoid harsh chemical weed killers and try these natural alternatives.

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Wildlife Friendly Trash Disposal
July 11, 2014

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are the three most important steps when going green, but here are some considerations when disposing of plastic bags and balloons.

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Milk of Magnesia for the Skin
July 10, 2014

Milk of Magnesia is usually used to help ease indigestion or constipation, but its magnesium hydroxide and zinc formula make it an inexpensive treatment for many skin conditions.

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Lemons!
July 09, 2014

Looking for safer ways to clean your home and maintain a healthy indoor atmosphere?  Have you considered all the wonderful uses for lemons?

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Plant Companions Pt.2
July 08, 2014

So you're interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables at home, but have you considered which plants grow best together?

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Plant Companions Pt.1
July 07, 2014

When planning your own backyard vegetable garden, consider which plants may or may not be good growing companions.

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July Fourth Party
July 04, 2014

Happy Independence Day!!  Are you planning to grill out or throw a party?  Here are some tips to avoid food waste at your Fourth of July party.

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DIY Bicycle Tire Belt
July 03, 2014

If you have old bicycle parts lying around your garage, then you'll love this idea to repurpose those parts and make a tire belt.

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Summer Salads
July 02, 2014

It's too hot to turn the stove on, so enjoy a summer salad!  For some fresh salad ideas, click here.

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Cooking Vegetables
July 01, 2014

Are you getting bored with the same old steamed vegetables?  Check out this vegetable cooking chart to find new ideas and recipes!

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June 2014

Green July 4th
June 30, 2014

July Fourth is near and what better way to celebrate America than by making sure your Independence Day party is green?

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Simmer or Nuke?
June 27, 2014

When it's time to reheat those left-over's, is it more energy efficient to simmer them on the stove or nuke them in the microwave?  Click here for the answer.

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Kitchen Gardener
June 26, 2014

Whether you're trying to maintain a healthy garden, or just trying to keep the pests away from your home, there's one place where a whole host of natural, chemical free alternatives exist: your kitchen.

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Mosquito Trap DIY
June 25, 2014

Mosquitoes are no joke, but caustic repellents can be harmful to humans and animals, so take a few minutes to make your own mosquito trap.

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Summer Window Tips
June 24, 2014

Working with your thermostat during the summer months can help keep your energy bill under control, but have you checked your windows lately to make sure they are energy efficient?

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Summer Water Savers
June 23, 2014

Summer can be a wasteful time of year when it comes to water usage. Whether you water the lawn or your patio plants, be mindful of how much water you use and follow these simple tips to decrease water waste.

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Homemade Popsicles
June 20, 2014

When you're looking for a fun way to cool off and spend time with the kids, try making your own Popsicles with fun and exotic flavors.

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Summer Activities for Kids
June 19, 2014

The kids are out of school, and you may be wondering how you'll entertain them all summer.  Here are some fun and inexpensive ideas to keep those young minds busy.

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Summer Gardening
June 18, 2014

Feeling left out because you missed the Spring planting season?  Fear not, there's still plenty of time to grow summer vegetables!

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Homemade Salad Dressing
June 17, 2014

Salads are a delicious and healthy meal, but the ingredient that can make a great salad is the dressing.  Believe it or not, you can make tastey dressings at home with a few ingredients.

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Store Picnic Food Safely
June 16, 2014

This is a great time to head out to the park or the beach for a family picnic, but make sure you follow these precautions to avoid food borne illnesses.

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Lexington County Recycling Event
June 13, 2014

Attention residents of Lexington County: bring those electronics you've set aside to recylce on Saturday June 14th from 9AM to 12Noon to the old Quincy's location at 2515 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia.  Click here for full details.

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Bee-Friendly Gardening
June 12, 2014

Perhaps you've heard the news stories that state the number of bees is on the decline. You can do your part to save the bees by following these bee friendly gardening tips.

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Good Foods with Bad Reputations
June 11, 2014

Eating healthy often means cutting out fat and sugar, but don't be too hasty to cut out these good foods with bad reputations.

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Re-Grow Food Scraps
June 10, 2014

There's nothing quite as satisfying as eating produce from your own garden, but did you know that you can grow crops from food scraps that would normally go to the compost pile?

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Vertical Garden
June 09, 2014

If you've got limited space or if you're interested in brining your garden inside think about creating a vertical garden.

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Uses for Olive Oil
June 06, 2014

Olive oil is a staple item in many kitchens, but there are so many uncommon uses for olive oil that don't involve cooking!

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Natural Bug Bite Remedies
June 05, 2014

The itch or pain of an insect bite can be unbearable, but there are some natural remedies to help ease the itch of bug bites.

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Plant Protein
June 04, 2014

Vegans and vegetarians are familiar with the protein delimma, but even meat eaters are looking for inexpensive plant based alternatives to animal proteins.

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May 2014

South Carolina Wetlands
May 29, 2014

South Carolina's wetlands offer our communities many benefits, so take these steps to protect our natural eco-systems.

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Hurricane Preparedness #3
May 28, 2014

We've been talking about hurricane preparedness this week and while you're getting your family and home prepared in case of inclement weather, check out this website for more information.

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Hurricane Preparedness #2
May 27, 2014

If you remember Hurricane Hugo, then you know how important it is to be prepared during hurricane season. These are a few things you can do to prepare your family and your home for hurricane season.

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Hurricane Preparedness #1
May 26, 2014

Hurricane season is upon us and this is a time when warm ocean water fuels storms in the Atlantic, allowing them to become potentially dangerous hurricanes. The more you know about hurricanes, the better prepared you'll be if one threatens South Carolina this season.

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Heat Awareness Day
May 23, 2014

It looks like this is going to be another hot, sticky South Carolina Summer!  Think about heat safety today on Heat Awareness Day.

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Easy Money-Saving Tips #3
May 22, 2014

You're starting to see that lots of little changes can add up over time and help you save money. Here are a few more tips for monthly savings.

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Easy Money-Saving Tips #2
May 21, 2014

With a few small changes here and there, you can save money each month and stretch your monthly budget.

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Easy Money-Saving Tips #1
May 20, 2014

Avoid money-wasters by knowing the twenty-nine ways most people waste cash.

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Safe Boating Week
May 19, 2014

This is National Safe Boating week, which makes it a good time to think about safety on South Carolina's waterways.

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Sprinkler Water Waste
May 16, 2014

The warmer weather is bringing with it lawn watering season.  Take some time this weekend to check and maintain your irrigation system to avoid water waste.

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Richland Recycle Event
May 15, 2014

Are you a Richland county resident with hazardous household waste you'd like to dispose of?  Bring your recyclables to the State Fairgrounds tomorrw (Friday, May 16th) for Richland's Recylcing event.

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DIY Waste Audit
May 14, 2014

Performing a do-it-yourself waste audit at home can help you curb some of those trash habits that are contirbuting to our landfill problem.  Learn how to perform a waste audit here.

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Pollen Allergies
May 13, 2014

A cold winter and a few late winter frosts have combined for a terrible pollen season that may last a little longer than usual, but there are things you can do to help minimize the sneezing and watery eyes!

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Summer Citrus
May 12, 2014

This year's perfect storm of drought, freezing, pests and political troubles have caused a shortage of citrus fruit this summer.

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Fish Smart, Eat Smart
May 09, 2014

Before you head out to go fishing this weekend, check SCDHEC's Fish Smart Eat Smart website to make sure the fish you catch are safe to eat.

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Joint Pain Relief
May 08, 2014

For the numerous people suffering from joint pain, small tasks can become insurmountable.  But there are some natural supplements that can help reduce inflammation and ease joint pain.

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Edible Seeds 101
May 07, 2014

Seeds should be a staple in your diet because not only are they nutritious, but they can also add texture and flavor to many dishes.  Quinoa, Chia, Flax, and Sunflower are the most common edible seeds and can be found in a growing number of grocery stores.

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Things You Should Buy Used #2
May 06, 2014

Buying pre-owned items can really save you some money and luckily, there are many ways to purchase used merchandise these days. These are some things that you should always buy used.

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Things You Should Buy Used #1
May 05, 2014

There will always be things to buy, and there are certainly things that will need to be replaced from time to time, but there's no need to buy everything brand new. In fact, some things you should always buy used.

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Lights Out for Loggerheads
May 02, 2014

Now that sea turtle nesting season has begun, it's important to think about how artificial light sources may impact the turtle population on our beaches. Using turtle friendly lighting options is a good idea, but remember that nighttime should be Lights Out for Loggerheads

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season
May 01, 2014

It's the first of May and you know what that means! Sea turtle nesting season has begun! DNR's Marine Turtle Conservation Program website has some great educational information, as well as a tally of sea turtle sightings and nesting sites.

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April 2014

DNR Fishing Tackle Loaner Program
April 30, 2014

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at fishing? Well, the Department of Natural Resources' Fishing Tackle Loaner Program might be just the thing for you! You'll also find information about getting your fishing license at DNR's website.

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HVAC Summer, Part 2
April 29, 2014

During the hot summer months, your thermostat can be your best friend. Here are some more tips to help keep energy costs down.

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HVAC Summer, Part 1
April 28, 2014

We've all been enjoying the moderate temperatures lately, but summer is on the way. Here are some tips for keeping your HVAC running in tip-top shape.

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Green Your Closet
April 25, 2014

Is your closet starting to overflow with clothes you don't wear or don't want?  Well, maybe it's time to green your closet!

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Energy Boosting Foods
April 24, 2014

It's tempting to grab that candy bar or soda for an afternoon pick-me-up, but try these much healthier energy boosting foods instead.

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Energy Boosting Scents
April 23, 2014

Do you experience that energy slump in the early afternoon?  Have you ever considered aromatherapy to boost your energy?

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Green Your Tea
April 22, 2014

Whether you enojy a hot cup of tea with breakfast or iced tea during the hot months, make sure your tea consumption is green! Visit the link below:

http://sierraclub.typepad.com/greenlife/2013/05/green-your-pick-me-up-5-tea-tips.html

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Green Your Java
April 21, 2014

More than 80% of the US adult population consumes coffee, so take the time to make green choices when it comes to your sustainable java habit.

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Green Patio Tips
April 18, 2014

As the weather gets warmer, your porch or patio may become a favorite hang out for your family.  Follow these tips to ensure your favorite summer spot is green.

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Balsamic Strawberry Ice Cream
April 17, 2014

There's nothing like the perfect dessert to clense the pallet after a great meal.  So while your dinner is in the oven, gather some fresh strawberries and your favorite vanilla ice cream for this balsamic strawberry ice cream treat.

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Ginger Lemonade
April 16, 2014

This is the perfect weather for lemonade and while the classic version is always refreshing, try this ginger lemonade recipe for an extra kick.  Not a fan of ginger?  Then you might like this frozen mint lemonde treat.

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Spicy Green Bean Fries
April 15, 2014

French fried potatoes go so well with a burger, but they're not terribly kind to your waistline.  So try this lean green bean fries recipe next time you grill out.

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Carrot Sesame Burgers
April 14, 2014

This is a great time of year to grill out, but if your tastebuds are craving something a little less carnivorous, try Dr. Anne's recipe for Carrot Sesame Burgers.

Not only will you be saving fat and calories, but since carrots are always in season, you can head out and support your local agriculture. Trust us, you won't be sacrificing taste with this delicious Carrot Sesame Burger recipe.

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Tips for Thrift Shopping
April 11, 2014

Trying to decorate on a budget can be tough, but with an open mind, an eye for creativity, and these tips, you can find great pieces at the thrift store, flea market, or yard sale!

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Meal Planning
April 10, 2014

We're all so busy these days, but if you find you often struggle with what to cook for dinner, try meal planning to ease some of the stress.

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Juicer Pulp
April 09, 2014

Juicing is a wonderful hobby with healthy benefits, but what can you do with all that left-over pulp?  Try this cream cheese recipe for starters!

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Easy Houseplants
April 08, 2014

Keeping plants alive can be stressfull for those without a green thumb, but these easy houseplants can survive in just about any environment.

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Homemade Make-Up
April 07, 2014

Are you starting to wonder about all the chemical additives in your favorite cosmetic brands?  With just a few ingredients, you can create your own make-up at home.

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Eco-Weddings The Honeymoon
April 04, 2014

When the vows have been said and the reception is winding down, it's time for the honeymoon, and yours can be green if you stay close to home or choose an eco-retreat.

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Eco-Weddings: The Clean-Up
April 03, 2014

Keep the green wedding spirit alive when the party's over by using washable glasses and place settings or by recycling the plastic ware.

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Eco-Weddings: The Flowers and Food
April 02, 2014

When it comes to flowers and food for your wedding and reception, remember that local is better. Choose local and sustainable farms at Certified SC Grown.

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Eco-Weddings: The Invitations and Registry
April 01, 2014

Wedding invitations can go green with recycled paper or go paperless altogether by sending e-mail invitations.

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March 2014

Eco-Weddings: The Dress
March 31, 2014

When planning your eco-wedding, consider recycling the tux and purchase a used bridal gown.

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DIY Summer Shorts
March 28, 2014

This warm weather is great for wearing shorts, but instead of buying new shorts, follow these quick tips and make your own!

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Bike Lanes
March 27, 2014

Using your bike to get around town is a good way to help diminish your carbon footprint, but there are plenty of reasons to support biking and walking in your community.

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Outdoor Exercise: Bike
March 26, 2014

Are you getting tired of the same old stationary bike routine at the gym?  Then get outdoors and enjoy the numerous trails of South Carolina.  Follow these tips to stay safe and have a good time.

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Outdoor Exercise: Run
March 25, 2014

South Carolina offers a number of parks and public places, but for a runner, every surface is a possible route.  So follow these tips to take your run outdoors and hit the trails.

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Outdoor Exercise: Yoga
March 24, 2014

It's a great time to take your exercise routine outdoors, and if you're a yoga enthusiast looking for a good location for sun salutation, South Carolina's beaches offer an inspiring view!  Keep these tips in mind when heading outside.

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Spring DIY 2
March 21, 2014

Spring has sprung and you can get your home ready with these spring themed do-it-yourself craft ideas.

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Spring DIY 1
March 20, 2014

Spring is here and to get you into a Spring frame of mind, here are some fresh do-it-yourself craft ideas.

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Vinegar Produce Wash
March 19, 2014

Washing fruits and vegetables to remove wax and pesticides is a good idea, but adding white vinegar to the wash will kill 98% of germs and remove pesticides!

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Foods to Avoid for Environmental Reasons
March 18, 2014

When looking for ways to go green, do you ever consider the bigger picture?  Here are some foods we should all avoid because of their harmful environmental impact.

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Healing Foods
March 17, 2014

Using food as medicine may seem like common sense, but the healing qualities of these foods could help prevent certain illnesses.

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Auctions
March 14, 2014

Once you have a good idea about how to have a successful garage sale, you may find that you really enjoy it. You can make extra money by "flipping" garage sale finds yourself!

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Garage Sale Tips #3
March 13, 2014

Your items are priced and you feel ready for the garage sale. What are some things that you can do to ensure a successful sale?

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Garage Sale Tips #2
March 12, 2014

You've got a weekend picked out for your garage sale and the signs are ready. What's next? Follow these tips for preparing and pricing your stuff.

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Garage Sale Tips #1
March 11, 2014

So you have a pile of stuff that you'd like to sell and luckily, there are a lot of ways to sell second-hand items these days. Your best bet might be a garage sale; here are some tips to help you get started.

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Too Much Stuff!
March 10, 2014

Have you found that as you begin to look around your home there seems to be more and more stuff just piling up?  This week we'll talk about ways to turn your stuff into cold hard cash!

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Genetically Modified Foods
March 07, 2014

The genetically engineered crops debate has been in the news quite often lately, but here are some ways to avoid GMO foods while shopping.

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Wildfire Season
March 06, 2014

The danger of wildfires in South Carolina is highest in the late winter and early spring when vegetation is dead or dormant.  Think before you burn and follow these fire safety tips.

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Emergency Preparedness Plan
March 05, 2014

Just as important as your emergency kit, your family's emergency preparedness plan can help save valuable time in the event of a natural disaster. FEMA has a downloadable family emergency plan that will give you a good place to start.

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Emergency Preparedness Kit
March 04, 2014

Hurricane season is here, and this is the perfect time to get your emergency preparedness kit together or update one you may already have. Click here for some ideas about what should be included in your emergency kit.

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Sever Weather Awareness Week
March 03, 2014

South Carolina has seen some interesting weather this year and this week the Emergency Management Division and the National Weather Service are teaming up for Severe Weather Awareness Week to help remind you to be prepared for serious weather conditions.

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February 2014

Reuse Milk Jugs
February 28, 2014

Most of us have juice and milk containers left over at the end of the week and recycling them is a good idea, but here are some ways to reuse those cardboard containers and plastic milk jugs.

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Reuse Aluminum Foil
February 27, 2014

Aluminum foil is so useful and once used, it can be recycled or reused!  Here are some great ideas for reusing aluminum foil.

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Water Waste
February 26, 2014

We waste a lot of water in this country, but there are plenty of ways to help conserve.  Here are a few easy things you can do to reduce water waste.

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Green Rental
February 25, 2014

Are you planning a road trip or do you have a business trip coming up? Think about renting a hybrid or otherwise eco-friendly vehicle. Or research auto sharing companies in the areas where you travel.

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Donate Children’s Toys
February 24, 2014

Have your children or grandchildren outgrown their old toys?  Don't throw them out with trash, donate them to a worthy cause.

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Smoothie Recipe 5
February 21, 2014

Everyone loves a milkshake, but instead of giving in to those heavy calorie cravings try this yummy vegan strawberry vanilla smoothie recipe.

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Smoothie Recipe 4
February 20, 2014

Smoothies are a delicious way to get fiber, antioxidants and nutrients you need to maintain good health and improve your mood, but today's smoothie recipe is also a good energy booster!

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Smoothie Recipe 3
February 19, 2014

Want another delicious smoothie recipe?  These cold treats are a great way to get a head start on your daily fruit and vegetable count and today's smoothie is a tropical treat!

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Smoothie Recipe 2
February 18, 2014

Today's smoothie recipe is full of fiber and antioxidants and will help to satisfy that sweet tooth!  Berry Bliss is a great way to start your day!

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Smoothie Recipe 1
February 17, 2014

A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away so this week we'll be talking about delicious smoothie recipes.  Today's recipe is mean and green!

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Safe Infant Formula
February 14, 2014

New parents have so many choices to make in baby's first year of life, but if you've decided to use infant formula, here are a few things you should know.

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Food Safety Charts
February 13, 2014

Food-borne illnesses will cause one in six Americans to get sick this year, so get educated and follow these simple food safety charts to safeguard your family.

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Food Safety Mistakes
February 12, 2014

We're all trying to stay healthy, but there are a few common mistakes many people make when it comes to food preparation that can be hazardous to your health.

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Food Safety at the Store
February 11, 2014

We all know that food safety starts where you buy groceries, so here are a few tips to help you stay safe while shopping.

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Food Safety Myths
February 10, 2014

We're talking about food safety this week and the best place to start is to debunk some common myths about safe food handling.

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Eat Healthy While Dining Out
February 07, 2014

Going out to eat can be a real treat, but don't let the venue derail your heart healthy diet.  You can maintain your diet at restaurants if you follow these tips.

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Signs of Heart Attack
February 06, 2014

The best goal you can set for yourself is to maintain good cardiovascular health, but you should be familiar with the signs of a heart attack because minutes count.  And the signs may be different for men and women.

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De-Stress
February 05, 2014

You may not be aware of this, but stress can be a major factor affecting your heart health.  So learn to recognize the signs of stress and find constructive ways to manage it.

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Heart Health Goals
February 04, 2014

It's Heart Health month and your greatest allies againt cardiovascular disease are a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

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Heart Health Month
February 03, 2014

February is Heart Health month, and we'll be spending this week talking about ways to get healthy and improve your heart health.

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January 2014

Aging Successfully
January 31, 2014

Aging Successfully means more than just being healthy, it can mean committing to an active lifestyle to maintain indepedence into your golden years.  Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

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Individual Portions
January 30, 2014

Individual serving portions of coffee, tea, sugar and even milk may be handy at home or in the office, but these single serving sizes carry a lot of extra packaging!  A better idea is to buy in bulk.

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Refigerator Usage
January 29, 2014

You may not think much about your refrigerator or freezer, but the way you use these appliances can help reduce energy waste maybe even save you money!

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Socially Responsible Investing
January 28, 2014

One way that you can help the Earth every day is to invest in companies and products whose business models align with your personal beliefs.  In a way, using your money to vote for businesses that care about the same ecological issues that you care about.

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Winter Blues
January 27, 2014

Fewer sunlight hours and colder temperatures tend to cause lower energy levels that can lead to winter depression.  But if you're feeling down, try these tips to stave off depression.

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National Soup Month
January 24, 2014

It's no wonder that the cold month of January is National Soup Month.  Here are some hearty ideas for soup to keep you warm this winter.

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Winter Water Usage
January 23, 2014

We tend to use less water when the weather is cold, so this is the perfect time to check your home for leaks and think about water conservation in your home.

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Guy Harvey and the SC Aquarium
January 22, 2014

The South Carolina Aquarium has partnered with renowned marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey to curate an installation called Canvases for Conservation on display now through July 2014.

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National Radon Action Month
January 21, 2014

You may not be aware of this, but January is National Radon Action Month, so take some time this weekend to test your home for radon gas. It's simple, inexpensive, and fairly easy to test your house for the presence of this ordorless, invisible gas.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20, 2014

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and it's the perfect day to donate your time to one of the many volunteer and community action groups active in South Carolina. Find a cause that excites you, and get to work!

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Financial Literacy Month
January 17, 2014

January is Financial Literacy Month, and this is a great time to learn how to successfully manage your finances.

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Reuse Common Items 3
January 16, 2014

When you start thinking about all the possibilities, reusing items you already have in your home can become a game.  These ideas show you how.

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Reuse Common Items 2
January 15, 2014

We're talking this week about reusing items you already have to help save money and help Mother Earth.  These ideas will keep you thinking.

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Reuse Common Items 1
January 14, 2014

Reusing items you already have is the best way to save money and help the environment.  Here are some neat ideas to get you started.

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Signs of a Natural Gas Leak
January 13, 2014

Natural gas is a reliable energy choice this time of year, but you should always keep in mind these safety precautions to protect your home and your family.

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Energy Boosters
January 10, 2014

It can be difficult to sustain the energy needed to survive the fast pace of life, but there are some simple things you can do to increase your energy and boost your mood.

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No-Bake Energy Bars
January 09, 2014

Do you have trouble making it through the mid-day slump?  Power through your afternoon with these easy and antioxidant rich no-bake energy bars!

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Winter Energy Efficiency
January 08, 2014

This is a good time to check your home for winter energy efficiency.  There are a few simple and easy things you can do that will help you save money on that energy bill.

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Foods to Eat When Sick
January 07, 2014

Whether it's a common cold or the flu, there are some things that you can do to feel better faster. While you may not feel well enough to enjoy eating, try these nutrient-rich foods to help fight off illness.

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Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
January 06, 2014

We're in the middle of cold and flu season, and while others are getting sick, you can stay healthy by washing your hands regularly and properly.

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Greenhouse Gardening
January 03, 2014

South Carolina's climate is perfect for growing a number of different crops and plants, but if you're interested in growing fruits and vegetables year round, then a greenhouse may be a good option for you.

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Hotbed Gardening
January 02, 2014

If you're a hobby gardener or just looking for a way to reduce your grocery budget, growing your own vegetables can be fun and efficient.  But during the colder months, hotbed gardening can help your growing season last even longer.

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Happy New Year!
January 01, 2014

Today is the perfect day to set new goals and begin a new outlook for the New Year, but if you partied a little too hearty last night, you may not be ready to face the New Year just yet!  Here are some natural hangover cures.

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2013

December 2013

New Year’s Eve Party
December 31, 2013

On New Year's Eve people around the world will be celebrating during the biggest party of the year.  Make sure your celebrations are green, and be safe out there!

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
December 30, 2013

A Community Supported Agriculture group, or CSA, is an easy way to get fresh produce directly from a farmer in your community.

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Natural Remedies for Dry Skin
December 27, 2013

Winter is here, and with it comes that flakey, sometimes painful dry skin. If you're worried about some of the chemicals or compounds found in many cosmetics, here are some natural remedies for dry skin.

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Winter Composting
December 26, 2013

While we generally compost through the warmer months of spring and summer, you can keep your compost material going through the colder months of winter. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

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Winter Mulching
December 25, 2013

The weather is getting much colder now, and this is a good time to think about mulching your garden for the winter. Here are some tips on how to protect your plants through the colder months.

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Recycle that Christmas Tree
December 24, 2013

As you gather with family and friends this weekend, start thinking about what you'll do with the Christmas tree you've enjoyed for a few weeks. Imitation trees can be packed up and used again next year, but if you bought a live tree, don't send it out with the trash! Recycle that Christmas tree at one of these drop-off sites.

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Car Emergency Kit: Winter
December 23, 2013

Planning your emergency preparedness is a good idea any time of year, but your car's emergency kit may change along with the seasons. 

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Donate to SC Food Banks
December 20, 2013

While you're making plans this holiday season, keep in mind that many families in our state are living with hunger.  So donate to your local food bank to help those in need.

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Heifer International
December 19, 2013

It's the time of joy and giving, so this season, take some time to find an organization working on a cause you believe in.  Heifer International is making strides to end hunger and help mother Earth.

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Green Christmas Party
December 18, 2013

It's the season for holiday parties and whether you're planning for an office party or a gathering at home, there are plenty of ways to make your event green!

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Refurbished Decorations
December 17, 2013

The holidays are a magical time of year, but it doesn't have to cost a lot to make your house festive. Think about ways to refurbish old stuff into holiday decor. Have an old bike no one's using? Turn it into a festive reindeer!

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Easy Christmas Gift Ideas
December 16, 2013

Christmas is getting closer, but there's no need to fret because with a few inexpensive supplies, you can make great gifts at home.  Like a no sew fleece blanket, a photo collage, and much more.

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Fire Safety: Considerations
December 13, 2013

Fire safety is an important part of your home emergency plan, so take some time to make sure your family and your home are prepared in the event of a fire.

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Fire Safety: Escape
December 12, 2013

We've been talking about fire safety this week and while you should have an emergency plan and practice your fire drill, there are a few things to keep in mind if there is a fire in your home.

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Fire Safety: Plan
December 11, 2013

Taking preventative measures to avoid a home fire is a good start, but you should also have an emergency plan in place, in case of a fire. Create a plan and have yearly fire drills

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Fire Safety: Prevention
December 10, 2013

The best way to avoid a fire in your home is to take preventative measures. There are a few simple things that you can do to prevent a home fire.

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Fire Safety
December 09, 2013

Did you know that the estimated annual property loss due to home fires is $7.3 billion? But home fires are preventable and the first step is to be informed.

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Arbor Day
December 06, 2013

In South Carolina, we celebrate Arbor Day on the first Friday of December because this is a great time to plant a tree.  And since the soil doesn't freeze in our state, a sapling has a chance to root through the winter and survive the hot dry summer.

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Homemade Bath Salts
December 05, 2013

A hot bath can soothe achy muscles, but instead of purchasing bath salts, make your own with items you may already have at home.  Here is an easy to follow bath salt recipe.

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Spice Rack
December 02, 2013

Have you got an old wooden spice rack you're not using anymore?  Don't send it out with the trash, re-purpose it with these simple ideas.

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November 2013

S.C. Christmas Tree
November 29, 2013

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the day to put up your Christmas decorations, but if you haven't gotten the tree yet, consider purchasing a South Carolina Christmas tree. The South Carolina Christmas Tree Association's website is a good place to find your S.C. Christmas tree!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
November 28, 2013

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Here are some tips to go green and save energy when the eating is done and it's time to clean up.

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Thanksgiving Pet Safety
November 27, 2013

When it comes to preparing and eating your Thanksgiving meal, keep in mind that the foods you enjoy may not be suitable for your pets. Here are some things you can do to ensure your pet's Thanksgiving is healthy and safe.

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Thanksgiving Decorations
November 26, 2013

While you're making final preparations for your Thanksgiving meal, try to think of ways to ensure your decorations and place settings are attractive and eco-friendly.

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Thanksgiving Food, Locally
November 25, 2013

Hard to believe, but this Thursday is Thanksgiving! While you're making your plans, think about getting your food from farms in your area. The Certified SC Grown Database is a good place to find local retailers near you!

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Coconut Ice Cubes
November 22, 2013

Coconut water is a delicious way to rehydrate after a work-out, but have you thought of making coconut water ice cubes to flavor cold beverages or fruit smoothies?

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Sesame Kelp Noodles
November 21, 2013

It can be very tempting to order out when it comes time for dinner, but take the healthier route by trying this Asian inspired Sesame Kelp Noodle recipe.

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Spaghetti Squash
November 20, 2013

For those on a carbohydrate-restrictive diet, pasta can be one item you really crave. Have healthier pasta dishes by substituting spaghetti squash for those carbohydrate-dense noodles.

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Real Food Lunches
November 19, 2013

Eating healthy can be a real challenge and making sure your lunch is healthy can take a little planning, but it's well worth the effort!

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New Solar Grill
November 18, 2013

Using a grill can be a great way to expand you living space outdoors and solar grills are the greenest way to cook outdoors.

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“Book-Shelf”
November 15, 2013

Have you got some old hard back books lying around that need a new lease on life?  Think about this simple and easy DIY "book-shelf."

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Veterinary Donations
November 14, 2013

Next time you take your pet in for a check-up, ask your veterinarian what items they could use to help care for your four legged friend. The vet's office can usually use newspaper, old towels, and maybe even those sheets you no longer want.

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School Donations
November 13, 2013

Your recyclables could be more useful than you think; talk to your child's teacher about what items they could use in the classroom. It could be simple things like newspaper, magazines, or even milk cartons.

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Solar Innovations
November 12, 2013

You may be reluctant to get into solar energy for your home, but there have been some very interesting innovations in solar power this year!

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Earth Gauge Energy Usage
November 11, 2013

We're all looking for way sto save money, and one place you can start cutting back is on your home energy usage.

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Homemade Lip Balm
November 08, 2013

Cooler temperatures can dry out your skin and your lips really feel the burn of cold weather, but have you ever considered making your own lip balm at home?

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Natural Medicine Cabinet
November 07, 2013

You're trying to live a more natural lifestyle and you want to put together a tool kit of home remedies, but where should you start?  These are a few great items to have in your medicine cabinet.

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Natural Remedies
November 06, 2013

The toils of the daily grind can produce some small, but uncomfortable side effects.  Before you reach for the medication, try these natural remedies for common ailments.

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Sneaky Storage
November 05, 2013

You've taken the time to downsize your stuff, but there will always be a few items you'll need to store somewhere. Check out some of these sneaky storage ideas.

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Downsize your Stuff
November 04, 2013

For many of us, it can be a real struggle to live green, but one good way to get started is by downsizing what you already own.

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Thermal Curtains
November 01, 2013

Thermal curtains are a great way to keep your energy costs down, but if you can't afford brand new curtains, here are some tips that you can use to make the curtains you already own more energy efficient.

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October 2013

Cooler Weather
October 31, 2013

As the weather gets cooler, now is a great time to check your windows and doors to make sure there are no leaks where hot air and energy can escape.

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Fall Leaves
October 30, 2013

Fall leaves make the season beautiful, but they can really cause problems for your lawn. So, what should you do with those leaves and pine needles that pile up in the fall?

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Halloween Green
October 29, 2013

Get the candy ready, Halloween is this week! Be sure to make your Halloween, Trunk-or-Treat, or Fall Festival green by giving out fair trade chocolates and using recycled or re-usable decorations.

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Denim Crafts
October 28, 2013

Denim is a versatile material, so before you throw out your jeans or donate them to be made into insulation, think about ways you can re-purpose your denim.

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Backyard Chickens
October 25, 2013

The best way to ensure your food is safe and healthy is to grow it yourself, so think about raising chickens in your backyard

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Green Funerals
October 24, 2013

Many people are beginning to think about ways to leave this earth as green and they tried to live in it.  Eco-friendly funeral practices are on the rise and for good reason.

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Smartphones and Energy
October 23, 2013

Seems like everyone has a smartphone these days, but what is the impact these phones are having on our environment and your power bill?  Opower tested two new phones to find out.

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Ghost Energy
October 22, 2013

There's a silent bandit in your home that could be costing you a lot of money...it's called ghost energy and it's a scary thing!

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Fireplace Safety
October 21, 2013

Many South Carolinians depend on fuel-fired appliances for warmth during the colder months, so this is a good time to review fireplace safety tips.

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Home Health Hazards
October 18, 2013

There are many toxins like household cleaners and environmental hazards that could impact the air quality and healthfulness of your home, but there are things that you can do to improve your living conditions. Visit Sierra Club Green Home for more information.

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Green Home Cleaners
October 17, 2013

Everyone wants to have a healthy home, but if you're using toxic cleaners, you could be doing more harm than good. Try these eco-friendly options.

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Living off the Grid
October 16, 2013

You've heard the term "living off the grid," but have you ever considered unplugging for a weekend to see if you have what it takes to truly live off the grid?

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Home Insulation and Sealing
October 15, 2013

It's the time of year when we start thinking about sealing any holes or leaks in our homes and making sure the insulation passes inspection.  Here are some tips to get you started.

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Cool Weather Pet Safety Tips
October 14, 2013

The cooler weather is perfect for taking Fido for a walk, but make sure your four-legged friends are safe and healthy by following these cool weather pet safety tips.

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Green Tailgating
October 04, 2013

Nothing brings a community together quite like a football game, but whether you're routing for a little league or collegiate team, think green when tailgating.

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Pumpkin Recipes
October 03, 2013

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, but before you throw out the meat and seeds from your jack-o-lantern, consider some of these pumpkin recipes. Or bake pumpkin seeds for a toasty snack.

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S.C. Aquarium
October 02, 2013

The South Carolina Aquarium has enjoyed its home in Charleston for quite a few years now, but you may not be aware of all the work they do toward conservation and Sustainable Seafood.

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Shiitake Mushrooms
October 01, 2013

Mushrooms are a great food source and can even be used as a meat alternative in your low-calorie diet. And Shiitake Mushrooms are easier to grow in your garden than you may think!

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September 2013

Fruit Flies
September 30, 2013

It can start with just one or two, but after a few days, your kitchen is swarming with fruit flies. But you don't have to suffer in silence; there's an easy way to rid your kitchen of fruit flies.

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Beach Sweep River Sweep
September 20, 2013

The third Saturday of September marks the annual Beach Sweep River Sweep event in South Carolina--the largest one-day litter clean-up of our waterways. Take a few hours this Saturday and get involved!

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
September 19, 2013

Will this generation be known for it's dependence on plastics? The problem is getting worse and studies now show that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased in size 10-fold in the last 40 years. But you can do you part to help.

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Healthy Seafood Guides
September 18, 2013

It's important to make sure the seafood you purchase is safe for your family, but with all the choices on the market, finding healthy products can be difficult. Luckily, Monterey Bay Aquarium is trying to make things simple with downloadable seafood guides.

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No-Spoil Tricks
September 17, 2013

Eating your fruits and vegetables is important for your health, but the short shelf-life of some produce can really put a damper on your healthy plans. Follow these easy tips to save your avocados, apples, and asparagus.

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New and Hybrid Cars
September 13, 2013

Is it time to purchase a new car? When searching for a new vehicle, think about your fuel economy.

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More Fuel-Efficiency Tips
September 12, 2013

Simple things like putting luggage in your trunk, rather than using a roof rack, and keeping a clean car can help reduce your fuel costs while increasing your fuel economy.

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Combine Trips and Carpool
September 11, 2013

Looking for more ways to increase your fuel efficiency? Then combine your errands into one trip and try carpooling to cut your fuel costs.

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Maintain Your Car for Better Fuel Economy
September 10, 2013

There are many things you can do while driving to increase your fuel efficiency, but maintaining your car's performance is the single best step to take for better fuel economy.

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Fuel Efficiency
September 09, 2013

While bringing a bag lunch to work and walking or biking, instead of driving, are great ways to reduce your carbon footprint, there are still things you can do when you drive to help increase your fuel economy.

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Mulch Your Yard Clippings
September 02, 2013

Yard work is a time-consuming portion of your routine this time of year, but what should you do with those grass clippings?

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August 2013

Kid-Friendly Cleaners
August 30, 2013

If you're a mom-to-be or even a mother with young children, you should be careful and limit the toxic cleaners you use around your home. The best and most cost-efficient way to make sure your products are safe is to make your own cleaners with items you may already have.

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Baby Diaper Options
August 29, 2013

There seem to be a lot of new moms in the community now, and if you're expecting, consider your diaper options before you choose disposables.

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Green on Campus
August 28, 2013

Students across the state are heading back to college campuses to begin the fall semester. Make sure your student is green on campus this year.

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Go Green at the Post Office
August 23, 2013

When people start looking for ways to go green, often paperless billing is an option, but the Post office is getting into the green movement.

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Student Garden Project
August 21, 2013

Teaching children to live sustainably is a task for which we are all responsible, so talk with your child's science teacher about a student garden project. Not only will students learn to work cooperatively, but the produce can also be shared with the community.

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SCDHEC: Breathe Better
August 20, 2013

Smog and auto emissions can have terrible health effects on children, but SCDHEC's Breathe Better program aims to protect children by making school zones anti-idling areas.

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Back to School
August 19, 2013

It's hard to believe a new school year will begin this week, but try to think of ways to send your kids back to school the green way.

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Freezing Food to Stretch Your Budget
August 16, 2013

Using your freezer is a simple way to make food last longer and it can help you stretch your grocery budget as well.  But beware, not all food should be frozen and your freezer won't keep food indefinitely.  Follow these tips for safe freezer use.

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Real Food Mini Tips
August 15, 2013

We're all trying to get healthy and eat foods that are better for us and the environment.  Here are a few things you can do to get healthy and adopt a more sustainable diet.

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Real Food on a Budget
August 14, 2013

It's difficult to eat well on a budget, but one Charlotte, N.C. family of four recently spent 100 days eating only whole foods while on a budget and wrote a blog about it. Here are a few tips that you can use to eat well and stay within your budget.

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Dogs Riding in Cars
August 09, 2013

The South Carolina heat can be sweltering, so if Fido is out and about running errands with you, never leave him alone in the car!  Instead, try these fun alternatives to ensure your pet enjoys the ride.

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Natural Scar Remedies
August 07, 2013

If you've got a scar that you'd like to see less of, there are quite a few natural remedies to help reduce the look of scars.

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Apple Cider Vinegar
August 06, 2013

You're probably aware that vinegar has a host of unusual uses, so today, we're talking about all the interesting uses for Apple Cider Vinegar!

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Homemade Laundry Detergent
August 02, 2013

That laundry can really pile up over the course of a week and detergents are getting more and more expensive, but have you thought about making your own laundry detergent to save money?

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Laundry Money Savers #2
August 01, 2013

You may have some good ideas for ways to stretch your monthly budget, but have you thought of these ideas in your laundry room?

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July 2013

Laundry Money Savers #1
July 31, 2013

We're all trying to cut corners to save a little money each month and one place you may not have thought about yet is the laundry room. Here are some money saving tips you can put to use in the laundry room.

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Laundry Stain Removers #2
July 30, 2013

The tips and tricks continue as we discuss how to dry those freshly washed sneakers and how to organize your laundry to avoid losing socks. Click here for a printable stain removal guide.

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Laundry Stain Removers #1
July 29, 2013

Don't you just hate it when you spill wine or spaghetti sauce on your favorite blouse or pants? Getting that stain out and making laundry easier starts with these simple tricks.

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Natural Skin Remedies
July 25, 2013

Dry skin, bug bites, and other irritants can be annoying, but you may already have natural items in your kitchen to remedy common skin ailments.

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Homemade Facial Treatments
July 24, 2013

When you don't have the time or budget to go to the spa, try these at home facial treatments made from items in your kitchen.

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The Benefits of Napping
July 22, 2013

Our schedules are so busy, but finding just 10 minutes to take a nap can improve your mood and enhance you mental and physical health.

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Listener Email Tips
July 15, 2013

A recent listener email had some great information about ways to repurpose common household items to maintain a sustainable lifestyle.

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Eco-Friendly Hair
July 05, 2013

We're all looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, but have you considered how eco-friendly your beauty and hygiene products are?

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Uses for Cucumbers
July 02, 2013

Finding new uses for household items is always exciting, so check out these great ideas and uses for cucumbers.

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June 2013

Clean Beach Habits
June 18, 2013

Your summer beach vacation can be green; here are some eco-friendly ideas for your next trip to the coast.

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Green Vacations: Theme Parks
June 17, 2013

If you're planning a trip to a theme park this summer, follow these guidelines to make your trip green.

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May 2013

Uses for Coconut Oil
May 31, 2013

The coconut is having its moment in the spotlight and there are some really good reasons to incorporate coconut oil into your daily routine.

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Uses for Honey
May 30, 2013

As it turns out, Honey is as useful as it is sweet.  I'll bet you haven't thought of all these wonderful uses for honey!

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Spice it Up
May 29, 2013

When trying to reduce sodium in your diet, you don't have to suffer with bland food!  Think about spicing up your dishes with herbs rather than salt.

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Green your Diet
May 28, 2013

We often talk about ways to go green, but don't forget about improving your diet by eating the fresh green fruits and vegetables in season now!

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Memorial Day
May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!  Whether your holiday plans include travel, a parade, or grilling out with family and friends, the purpose and history of Memorial Day are important to keep in mind!

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Green Grilliing
May 23, 2013

While charcoal and wood grills make for tasty outdoor grilling, they can give off hazardous greenhouse gasses.  Here are some green alternatives for grilling in the great outdoors.

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Mother’s Day
May 10, 2013

Mother's Day is this Sunday, but don't worry, you still have time to get that special gift for mom!  Just remember to think local and be kind to your mother earth as well.  Click here for green Mother's Day gift ideas.

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April 2013

April is National Garden Month
April 23, 2013

April is National Garden Month, and whether you're an avid gardener or a green thumb novice, you don't need a lot of space to enjoy the benefits of gardening!

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Earth Day Ride Your Bike to Work
April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!  One of the best things you can do for the Earth today is to maintain your healthy lifestyle, and what better way to do that and improve the environment than riding your bike to work?

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Ways to Avoid Food Waste #2
April 19, 2013

There a few ways that you can stretch your grocery budget, but the best way to save is to use what you have and avoid wasting food.

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Ways to Avoid Food Waste #1
April 18, 2013

Saving money at the grocery store is wonderful, but if you're throwing food out at the end of the week, then your savings are going out with the trash, right? Here are some simple things you can do to avoid food waste at home.

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Green Burial Public Forum
April 14, 2013

Green Burial is a topic many are considering as they make end of life plans, and the S.C. Funeral Consumer's Alliance is holding a public forum to help encourage this green trend.

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Bacteria in Reusable Bags
April 12, 2013

Reusable shopping bags are so much better for the environment than plastic or paper bags, but have you thought about what bacteria may be lurking in your canvas totes? A recent study found a surprising amount of bacteria in those reusable bags.

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Water and Your Lawn
April 11, 2013

Can you guess what the most common irrigation crop is in the U.S.? It's not corn; it's your lawn! Runoff from our fertilized lawns is causing problematic water pollution. But there are a few things you can do to help.

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Natural Insect Repellents
April 10, 2013

We've all heard about how harmful insect repellents containing DEET can be to your health and the environment, but there are some natural and DEET-free products on the market.

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Eating Bugs?
April 09, 2013

Overpopulation is getting to be a major problem, and scientists are looking lower on the food chain for sources of food...much lower on the food chain

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March 2013

Wine Bottle Plant Watering
March 29, 2013

Watering your plants is important to keep vegetation healthy, but here's an idea that will help you reuse those wine bottles you may have and save water at the same time.

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Homemade Granola
March 28, 2013

We've been enjoying a temperate winter, so this is a great time to get outdoors! Before you hit the trails, try some of these granola recipes to keep you fueled on your hike.

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DHEC Materials Exchange
March 27, 2013

The Department of Health and Environmental Control has taken numerous steps to help South Carolina residents go green and the SC Materials Exchange database is no exception.

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Repurpose Your Milk Cartons
March 26, 2013

The milk carton may be the most prevalent of all plastic containers, but before you send it out with the recycling, repurpose that carton to give it a little more life.

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Myths about Plastics
March 24, 2013

Plastics are everywhere, but misconceptions abound when it comes to the recyclability of plastics. Not all plastics are recyclable, and you may be surprised about what becomes of the plastics that are recycled.

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Curing or Smoking Meats, Part 2
March 22, 2013

So you're interested in learning how to cure your own meats at home. Well, there are a few factors to consider, as you research the best technique.

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Curing or Smoking Meats, Part 1
March 21, 2013

Food preservation has come a long way in the last few decades, but one age-old and time-tested method of keep meats fresh is curing or smoking. With a little ambition and some know-how, smoking game can be easy.

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Vacuum Sealing Foods
March 20, 2013

Canning and dehydrating are easy ways to preserve your favorite fruits and vegetables, but when it comes to preserving raw food items like meats and even fully cooked entrees, vacuum sealing might be your best bet!

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Food Dehydrators
March 19, 2013

Now that your favorite fruits and vegetables are sprouting, it's a good time to think about how to preserve those treats, so you can enjoy them all year long. Using a dehydrator can help you to create tasty, light-weight snacks for your family.

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Turn it Off
March 17, 2013

Spring and Fall offer a few weeks of moderate temperatures in South Carolina, so these are great times to turn off the HVAC and open a window!

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Plastic Bag Disposal
March 08, 2013

The best policy when it comes to plastic bags is to try to avoid them because they are a real hazard to wildlife habitats.  Click here to learn the best way to dispose of those bags.  Click here to learn a great way to turn old shirts into reusable bags.

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February 2013

Homemade Sticky Notes
February 21, 2013

Sticky Notes are so handy in the office and at school, but instead of buying them used recycled paper to create your own sticky notes.

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Great Backyard Bird Count
February 14, 2013

This year's Great Backyard Bird Count occurs February 15-18, which means that you should get your checklist and your binoculars ready! Click here to find more information about the bird count and a bird watching checklist.

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Green Valentine’s Ideas
February 13, 2013

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and if you haven't already made plans for your sweetheart, now is a good time to get started! Whether you're looking for ideas to make your Valentine's green or party plans for an Anti-Valentine's, try to think of ways to be eco-friendly.

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Eco Jewelry
February 12, 2013

From solar-powered watches to recycled gold wedding bands, jewelry is becoming eco-friendly.

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Herb Gardening
February 10, 2013

Buying local produce is a wonderful way to support the local economy while helping the environment and you can take the local movement a step further by planting your own vegetables.  If you don't have enough room to grow a full garden, think about planting a small herb garden.

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January 2013

Eco-Friendly Outerwear
January 29, 2013

Winter in South Carolina has been temperate so far, but cooler weather is coming, so it's a good time to take stock of your outerwear. If it's time for a new winter coat, opt for eco-friendly options, but don't throw away your old jacket. Click here to see a study of how much solid waste, including shoes and textiles, we generate in the U.S.

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Love Native Plants
January 24, 2013

It's time to start thinking about your spring garden!  When you start planning, there are many advantages to using native plant species.  Here is a listing of native plants for your area.

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Extreme Meat
January 22, 2013

Some of South Carolina's common critters are actually invasive species that, believe it or not, can be used to create very appetizing dishes!

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Quit Smoking
January 11, 2013

Everyone knows the health benefits of quitting smoking, but have you considered the environmental impact your cigarettes may have?  Kicking the habit can be tough, but there's never a better time than right now to stop smoking.

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Eat Less Meat
January 10, 2013

Whether you're trying to lose weight or just hoping to live a more sustainable lifestyle, choosing to eat less meat could help you to do both. Substituting fruits and vegetables for the meat in your diet could help to improve your health, and there are environmental concerns that result from the meat you eat.

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New Year’s Resolutions
January 09, 2013

Did you make a New Year's resolution this year?  Whether it's trying to lose weight or trying to help the environment, there are small steps that you can take to make a big difference all year long.

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2012

December 2012

Light Pollution
December 28, 2012

There are many types of pollution, but light pollution is having negative effects on the natural world.  The International Dark Sky Association is working to combat this problem.

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Natural Cold Remedies
December 19, 2012

Maybe you've ruled out the flu, but you're still not feeling well. Before you reach for the over-the-counter medications, try these natural remedies for cold symptoms

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Is It a Cold or the Flu?
December 18, 2012

When that first sneeze occurs and you realize your throat feels sore, it's important to recognize whether it's just your common cold, or if it's the flu.  Treating your symptoms will be slightly different, depending on the culprit. Here are some indications to look for to make the diagnosis.

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Uses for Baking Soda
December 05, 2012

Baking soda is an important ingredient when making muffins and cakes, but the compound is wonderul as a cleaner, deodorizer, and a number of other uses.

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Uses for Vinegar
December 04, 2012

Vinegar is great for salad dressing, but there are a host of other uses that you may not be aware of.  Here are some suggestions for your distilled white vinegar.

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November 2012

Homemade Whitening Tooth Paste
November 30, 2012

Are you looking for an inexpensive and safe way to whiten your teeth? With a few easy to find ingredients, you can make your own whitening tooth paste at home. Click here to see the full recipe.

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Hydrogen Peroxide
November 29, 2012

Hydrogen peroxide is a wonderful antiseptic for any cut or scrape, but have you ever stopped to consider all the other possible home uses for peroxide?

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Water Use in Your Kitchen
November 28, 2012

The kitchen is one place where we tend to use a lot of water, but try these simple tips to help conserve energy while cooking and cleaning in your kitchen.

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Instant Hot Water Heaters
November 27, 2012

Letting the tap run while you wait for water to heat up can waste this valuable resource, but an instant hot water heater can alleviate this problem.

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Home Water Temperature Settings
November 25, 2012

Conserving water is important, but did you know that the water temperature settings on your hot water heater and washing machine could help you save energy as well?

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October 2012

Homemade Gifts
October 26, 2012

Christmas is just around the corner, and this year you can save money by giving thoughtful homemade gifts. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Plastic Recycle Codes
October 10, 2012

Surely you've noticed that on the bottom of most plastics, you can find the chasing arrows recycle symbol and a number. That number denotes the type of resin used to make that plastic item, but navigating those categories can be tricky.

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Kale Krispies
October 02, 2012

Getting healthy can be difficult when those salty crunchy cravings kick in, but you can make delicious and healthy snacks at home. Click here for a full Kale Krispies recipe.

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Eco-Colleges
October 01, 2012

It's the time of year when high school seniors begin thinking about what their plans will be after graduation. If your student is interested in sustainability, there are some colleges doing some very green things.

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September 2012

Homemade Hair Treatments
September 13, 2012

Hard water and chemicals in everyday-use shampoos can leave you hair damaged and dull, but before you purchase expensive hair remedies, try these natural and homemade hair treatments.

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Beach Sweep River Sweep
September 11, 2012

The third Saturday of September is set aside every year for the Beach Sweep/River Sweep, the largest one-day litter clean-up of South Carolina's beaches and waterways. So get involved! Click here to learn how.

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September is Preparedness Month
September 10, 2012

September is National Preparedness Month, so make sure you're prepared for any natural or man-made disaster by following these tips.

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August 2012

Recycled Notebooks
August 31, 2012

Offices tend to have a lot of paper waste, but you can use those one sided copies as scrap paper or turn them into recycled notebooks. Make a notebook using staples and left-over supplies, or get more creative and make a stitch bound notebook.

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Summer Heat Buildup
August 28, 2012

We've been talking all summer about ways to stay cool without feeling the pinch when the energy bill is due, but have you thought about how your appliances affect the temperature in your home? Click here to learn about ways to efficiently manage your appliances.

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Lightning Safety
August 27, 2012

The rain that comes from thunderstorms is a welcome treat, but be careful when there's lightning as well. Here are some Earth Gauge tips for things you can do to stay safe during a thunderstorm.

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Volunteer Through Work
August 24, 2012

Many businesses are looking for ways to get involved in the community and encourage volunteering, so start a community service day at work in partnership with one of these volunteer orginzations.

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Go Paperless at Work and School
August 23, 2012

New mobile technologies and computer memory capacities are helping us go green at the office and at school. And even initiatives like Print a Forest can help replant the trees we use for paper.

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Homemade Lemonade
August 10, 2012

While some lemonade brands can contain additives and preservatives, ensure yours is organic by making it at home.

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Storm Water Smarts Part 2
August 09, 2012

Cleaning up our rivers and streams starts with the rain water in your own backyard. Follow these Earth Gauge tips to ensure the quality of water in your area remains pure.

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Storm Water Smarts Part 1
August 08, 2012

Have you ever considered where rain water goes and what it may pick up along the way? According to Earth Gauge, more pollutants than you think end up in our streams and rivers.

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Radon Gas and Your Home
August 02, 2012

Radon gas occurs in such low levels in the atmosphere that it generally isn't a health concern, but if it accumulates in your home, it could become a major problem. You can check your home for radon gas.

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Septic System Maintenance
August 01, 2012

About one million South Carolina homes rely on a septic tank, but these systems require certain maintenance measures to work properly.

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July 2012

Farmer’s Market
July 31, 2012

Buying produce from your local farmer's market is a great way to help the environment and get fresh local fare.

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Save Money on Groceries #2
July 03, 2012

Are you starting to brainstorm more ways that you can save money at the grocery store? Here are a few more tips.

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Save Money on Groceries #1
July 02, 2012

Groceries keep getting more expensive, but there are some simple things that you can do to save money at the grocery store.

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June 2012

New Uses for Common Household Products #2
June 26, 2012

You may already know about some unconventional uses for common household products, but here are a few more that just about everyone can use.

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New Uses for Common Household Products #1
June 25, 2012

Finding new uses for products you already have is a great way to help save some money. Here are some products that have some uncommon but effective uses.

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Outdoor Exercise: Swim
June 12, 2012

Summer weather is here, and this is a great time to take your exercise routine outdoors and work on your backstroke in some of the beautiful waterways our state offers. Safety is key, so follow these rules before you suit up.

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Simplify Your Diet
June 06, 2012

While it's so easy to purchase complete pre-packaged meals these days, the healthier alternative is to simplify and cut out the "instant" meals.

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Reading Organic Labels
June 05, 2012

Buying organic is great for the environment, but it's also healthy for you, if you follow and read the labels correctly.

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Get Creative with Leftovers
June 04, 2012

Are you having trouble figuring out what to do with all those leftovers?  Before you throw them out, try getting creative to find a new favorite recipe.

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Sassy Water
June 01, 2012

It's important to get your daily allowance of water, but if you find yourself shying away from H2O due to the taste, follow this recipe to jazz up your water.

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May 2012

The Dirty Dozen
May 28, 2012

Is organic produce really worth the extra expense?  The EWG has come up with a list of twelve fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic because of the high occurance of pesticide residue on these items.  They're called the Dirty Dozen.

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BPA-Free Plastics
May 22, 2012

It can be difficult to know which plastics are safe for your family and which you should avoid, but you can use safer plastics and be informed of your options!

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Algae
May 17, 2012

South Carolina's numerous aquatic habitats all contain traces of nitrogen and phosphorus, and normal levels of each create a healthy dwelling for marine wildlife. But when too much nitrogen or phosphorus gets into the waters, problems begin to arise. Here are some things that you can do to ensure that the beautiful aquatic life in South Carolina remains healthy and vital.

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Manatee Sightings
May 16, 2012

Summer manatee migration has begun and that means boaters should be especially careful along the coast to watch out for this endangered species. DNR has a manatee website where you can learn more about the species and report any manatee sightings.

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Street Yard Sale
May 11, 2012

Spring cleaning can result in a pile of stuff you don't want anymore.  Rather than have a single yard sale, why not get your neighbors involved and have a neighborhood yard sale?

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Garage Clean-Out: Organize!
May 10, 2012

Now that your attic or garage is cleaned out, it's time to organize what you have decided to keep and use what you've found!  Repurposing your stuff is the best way to reduce and reuse.

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Garage Clean-Out: Get the Bike Out
May 09, 2012

There may not be a car in your garage, but I'm guessing there's at least one bicycle!  Now is a fabulous time to get that bike back on the road and enjoy South Carolina.  If it's beyond repair, there are some other things you could do with it.

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Garage Clean-Out: Recycle Hazardous Waste
May 08, 2012

As you begin cleaning out your attic or garage, you may find some old paint, motor oil, or other hazardour waste.  Habitat for Humanity accepts material donations, but hazardous waste should be recycled.

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Garage Clutter Clean-Out
May 07, 2012

This is a great time for some spring cleaning and your attic or garage might be the place to start!  Here are some tips to help you get started.

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April 2012

Suet from Cooking Grease
April 27, 2012

Cooking grease is a common byproduct in the kitchen, but instead of throwing it away, make suet for the birds in your backyard.

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Use Less Every Day
April 26, 2012

The simplest way to live sustainably is to use less every day!

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Potted Plant Ideas
April 25, 2012

Warmer weather is a great reason to plant some new flowers and use items you already have to make potting plants easier.

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BMW Plant, Spartanburg
April 24, 2012

In the race for sustainability, Spartanburg's BMW Manufacturing plant is leading the pack with green initiatives.

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Call Before You Dig
April 23, 2012

If you're planning any home improvement projects that require digging, have your utilities marked by contacting the Palmetto Utility Protection Service at 811.

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Earth Day 2012
April 20, 2012

Sunday is the big day, it's Earth Day! And this year, whether you're going to a local Earth Day event or not, take the initiative to do something for the environment this weekend! Click here to learn about ways that you can get involved!

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Spring Festivals
April 19, 2012

The weather has been great the past few weeks and with so many outdoor festivals going on, this is the perfect time to get out there and enjoy this South Carolina weather. Just a few of the events happening this weekend are the Riverwalk Music Festival, the Celebrate Freedom Festival, the Stone Soup Storytelling Festival and the Moonlight Mixers series.

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Repurpose Your Stuff
April 18, 2012

We all have stuff that tends to pile up, and unfortunately a large quantity of our stuff gets thrown away. You can donate your stuff, but before you ship your things off to new homes, try to think or ways to repurpose your stuff to meet your needs. Turn those old t-shirts into a warm quilt or give new life to those old electronics.

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Green on a Budget
April 17, 2012

Going green may seem like a difficult task, but if you start small and get your friends and neighbors involved, it can be a fun way to connect and socialize. Set up a tool lending library or organize a community swap meet.

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Climatology Education
April 16, 2012

The Department of Natural Resources' Climatology Office has a great website for teachers and weather buffs alike. In addition to fun puzzles and games, you'll find statitics and records regarding precipitation and a wealth of information on South Carolina's hurricane seasons. http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/Education/education.php

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March 2012

Green Bathroom Upgrades Pt. 4: Extras
March 30, 2012

So you have some green ideas to renew your bathroom, but don't forget about eco-friendly ideas like light sensors, recycled flooring, and even a gray water irrigation system to help save energy, water and money.

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Green Bathroom Upgrades Pt.3: Reclaimed Materials
March 29, 2012

When it comes to the decorative aspects of your bathroom renovation, think about using materials that have been reclaimed or recycled like a copper sink, a claw-foot tub, or even reclaimed wood cabinets.

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Green Bathroom Upgrades Pt.2: Sinks and Showers
March 28, 2012

Water waste can get out of hand quickly in the bathroom, but low-flow shower heads and faucets can greatly reduce water waste. The EPA's WaterSense program can help you decide which eco-friendly shower head is right for you.

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Green Bathroom Upgrades Pt.1: Toilets
March 27, 2012

Bathroom renovations can cost a lot of money, but you can make eco-friendly upgrades that will save you money in the long run.  Dual flush toilets are a great way to save water and money in your bathroom.

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No More Bottled Water!
March 22, 2012

As Americans, we're addicted to bottled water, but all these plastic bottles are really becoming a problem for our environment. And the water in that bottle isn't any better than tap water. So let's end the addiction and get back to drinking plain, free tap water!

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Car Emergency Kit
March 21, 2012

Emergencies can happen at any time, even while you're on the road. It's a good idea to have a few items in your car, in case you find yourself on the side of the road in need of assistance. These are some universally helpful items you may want to include in your car's emergency kit.

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Spice of Life Fest
March 16, 2012

If you're looking for something to do this St. Patrick's Day and you're planning to be in the upstate this weekend, check out the Spice of Life Food and Fitness Fest in Greenville.

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Recycle Glass Items
March 14, 2012

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; the three R's are great rules of thumb to live by, but there's a reason that Recycle is listed last. When it comes to glass items, reusing is the best policy because the cost of recycling different types and colors of glass can be prohibitive.

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What to Recycle
March 13, 2012

As we try to go green, it can be difficult to weed through all the eco-information and decide which tactics you should try and which may be a waste of time. Recycling is almost always a good idea, but when is it not a good idea to recycle?

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Hand Towels
March 12, 2012

Are you looking for a way to save money and help the environment? Try going paperless in the kitchen! Invest in a few inexpensive hand towels and reduce paper waste over time, but remember to keep your towels and sponges clean to avoid bacterial growth.

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Project Learning Tree
March 09, 2012

As you know, trees are an important part of our environment and while there are many organizations in South Carolina and throughout the country working for their survival, one in particular is getting students involved in the effort. Project Learning Tree works with K-12 teachers and students to instill an understanding and appreciation of our environment.

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February 2012

Mini Business Cards
February 24, 2012

Here's a great tip to save paper for professionals and small business owners. When it's time for new business cards, opt for mini-cards instead of the 2-inch by 3.5-inch standard business card.

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Organic Lip Balm
February 23, 2012

The cooler temperatures of winter can really dry out your skin, and your lips are where you really feel the burn. But have you ever stopped to consider what ingredients you may find in your lip balm or lip stick? Have you ever considered making your own lip balm?

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ETV Nature: Ocean Giants
February 22, 2012

Tune in to ETV tonight for Nature: Ocean Giants, a three-part series about whales and dolphins. Follow scientists as they discover how these species hunt, mate, and communicate.

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Conserve Water
February 20, 2012

Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse are all important words when it comes to going green, but conserve is equally significant. Conserving water is simple; here are some tips to help you get started.

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The People’s Pharmacy
February 08, 2012

If you've every had questions about how your prescription drugs may interact or wondered if there's a natural alternative, then The People's Pharmacy website is a good place to start your research.  Offering a wealth of health topics and headlines, the site is informative and interactive.  Listen to podcasts on the show's website, or hear the full program Saturday mornings at 7 on the ETV Radio News stream and Sunday afternoons at 4 on the ETV Radio Classical stream.

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New Plant Hardiness Zone Map
February 06, 2012

There's no doubt about it, our climate is changing and in order to keep up with the changing temperatures, the USDA has released a new Plant Hardiness Zone Map to help you choose the most compatible plants for your yard.

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Oystercatcher Conservation
February 03, 2012

Oystercatchers, those brown and white birds with the striking orange bills, inhabit our coast year-round, but their numbers in the winter-time grow exponentially. Did you know that the population of oystercatchers on the East Coast has plummeted in the past few decades?

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White Nose Syndrome
February 02, 2012

Many of South Carolina's native wildlife species are starting their winter hibernation, and the bat population is no exception.  Unfortunately, white nose syndrome is decimating bat populations along the east coast.  Since this fungal disease is not contagious to humans, there are things that you can do to help.

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January 2012

Gauging Rainfall
January 30, 2012

We've had our share of rain in the past few weeks, which is good news coming out of a fairly dry fall.  In order to refrain from overwatering and keep your plants and lawn healthy install a rain gauge to keep track of the rainfall in your area.

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Restore Rivers
January 27, 2012

Did you know that in the US, 60% of our drinking water comes from rivers and streams?  Fresh, clean drinking water is a dwindling resource, but you can help.

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Reuse Glass
January 25, 2012

From baby food jars to pickle jars, we use glass jars everyday.  Instead of recycling them, try reusing them in your home.

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Eco-Friendly Milk
January 13, 2012

There are so many choices on the milk aisle now, so choose the brand that is not only good for you but good for the environment too.

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Eco-Friendly Breakfast
January 12, 2012

Whether you enjoy cereal and fruit in the morning or bacon and eggs, think about going organic and sustainable for your most important meal of the day.

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Green Photography
January 06, 2012

From digital photos to online picture-sharing sites, photography is going green, and that's great news for the environment.

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Plastic Bottles
January 05, 2012

Americans purchase a billion water bottles every week, but only 1 out of 5 is recycled! Do your part and recycle those plastic bottles.

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Reduce Unwanted Mail
January 04, 2012

We all get loads of mail every week, and while recycling it is a good idea, an even better idea would be to stop the flow of unwanted mail at the source.  You can stop unwanted credit card offers by opting out or detail your mail preferences online at the Direct Marketing Association's website.

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Bananas
January 03, 2012

It's true that bananas are good for your health, but here are some extraordinary uses for bananas that you may not have considered.

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2011

December 2011

Green New Year’s Party Plans
December 26, 2011

From decorations to plates and napkins and even the noise makers you'll use to ring in the new year, make your party green with these eco-friendly tips.

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Electronics Recycling
December 22, 2011

Did you ask for a new gadget for Christmas? If so, recycle those outdated, obsolete electronics that may be sitting around unused. No longer can you dispose of these items at the landfill, but many manufacturers and local governments maintain a recovery program for these items. Click here for more information about recycling your electronics.

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Electricity Usage Monitor
December 21, 2011

Have you ever wondered how much energy those Christmas lights use and how much they may actually cost when it comes to your energy bill? An electricity usage monitor allows you to test your appliances and even those electronic decorations to see how much they cost by the day, month, or even year.

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Recycle Glasses
December 20, 2011

This is the perfect time of year to think about giving, and here's a great way to give and make use of those old glasses you're not using anymore. Donate your old frames to Goodwill Industries, Lens Crafters, or New Eyes for the Needy and give the gift of perfect sight this holiday season.

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S.C. Composting Facilities
December 16, 2011

Composting is a great idea, but if you haven't been industrious enough to start your own backyard compost pile, there are a few places in the state that sell compost material for use in your garden. The City of Columbia has a site off of Shop Road, and in Charleston County, the Bees Ferry Landfill site is doing some great things with compost.

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Eco Gifts
December 13, 2011

Christmas is just a few days away, and while you're making your last-minute gift list, try to find gifts that keep on living. Plants make great presents, but the number of eco-friendly gift ideas now is incredible, so look around for some inspiration!

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Earth-Friendly Shoes
December 12, 2011

When it comes time to buy new shoes, do you try to find eco-friendly options?  From Tom's to Oat Shoes the eco-friendly market share is growing because consumers want to make responsible choices.

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Monofilament Recycling
December 09, 2011

If you're a fan of fishing, then you're well familiar with monofilament, that strong, flexible fishing line used to reel in a big catch. While monofilament can be recycled through DNR, it becomes a real problem when discarded in South Carolina's many waterways.

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Oyster Shell Recycling
December 07, 2011

We're in the middle of South Carolina's shellfish season, so this is a great time of year for an oyster roast. When the party's over, recycle your oyster shells through DNR's SCORE program.

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Recycle Cell Phones
December 06, 2011

Are you asking for a new cell phone for Christmas? If so, think about recycling or donating your old phone to a worthy cause.

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Christmas Lights
December 05, 2011

If you're thinking about making festive holiday lighting your weekend project, consider trading in your old incandescent lights to more energy-efficient LED Christmas lights.

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The House That DJJ Built
December 02, 2011

The Department of Juvenile Justice and Habitat for Humanity are teaming up for the very first time in South Carolina to build homes for those who qualify. Learn more about this project at the House that DJJ Built.

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Local and In-Season Foods
December 01, 2011

Eating local and in-season foods is a great way to help your grocery bill last longer, but did you know that it's also better for the environment and your family?

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November 2011

Winter Energy Usage
November 30, 2011

Now that it's getting dark earlier in the evening and the temperatures are starting to drop, you may begin spending more time indoors.  But try these tips to avoid those high winter energy bills.

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Urban Birds
November 28, 2011

Did you know that cities often house more individual birds than rural areas do?  Here are some tips to make your city residence, and even your rural front porch, friendlier for the avian species in your area.

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Food Bank Donations
November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving is next week! But 13% of South Carolina's population lives in poverty and will most likely go without the Thanksgiving meal. So take some time this weekend to clean out your pantry and donate to one of these South Carolina Food Banks.

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Clothing Donations
November 17, 2011

It's the time of year for giving, and you can clean out your closet and make a difference by donating your old clothes and linens to charities and shelters in your area.

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Musical Instrument Donation
November 16, 2011

Do you have a musical instrument you no longer use or need? Don't throw it away! Contact your local school district to see if they take instrument donations, so that every student can appreciate and enjoy musical education.

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Urban Trees
November 14, 2011

Cities can be exciting places to live, but urban sprawl can really impact our environment and the number of trees in your community.  So, get involved with an environmental group near you to ensure trees remain a staple in your area.

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Boost Memory Naturally
November 08, 2011

While some memory loss can be expected as we age, there are things that you can do to boost your cognitive health.

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Natural Headache Remedies
November 07, 2011

Headaches are a real pain, but before you reach for the over the counter medications, try these natural remedies!

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In Home Energy Audit
November 03, 2011

Have you ever wondered how energy efficient your home is?  Are you trying to maximize your energy usage and minimize your energy bill?  Schedule an in home energy audit to see where your house shines and where it could use some work!

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October 2011

Halloween Green
October 31, 2011

Don't forget to celebrate Halloween in a green and Earth Friendly way.  Follow these tips to make your Halloween or Fall Festival Eco-friendly.

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Food Day
October 24, 2011

Today is Food Day and there are many events going on throughout South Carolina to support this healthy foods initiative.  Find a map of events near you at the Food Day website.

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Generous Garden Project
October 20, 2011

Many South Carolina residents suffer from hunger and one organization near Greenville is working to provide food for the needy in a healthy and sustainable way.  The Generous Garden Project grows fruits and vegetables specifically for donation to food banks and local ministries.

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Cigarette Butt Litter
October 18, 2011

Whether you're a smoker or not, we can all do our parts to help prevent cigarette butt litter!

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Recycling- Make it Easy!
October 17, 2011

We're much more likely to recycle when it's convenient; here are some tips to make recycling easy.

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Eco Friendly Clothing
October 14, 2011

From hemp to organic cotton, eco friendly fashions are becoming easier to find, even in larger chain retailers.

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Alka Seltzer
October 13, 2011

Sure, Alka Seltzer is great for indigestion, but it's also wonderful for a host of other uses like cleaning your bathroom or brightening your white laundry!

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Green Pet Food
October 12, 2011

Pets are often thought of as another member of the family and their diets can be an important part of the family effort to go green!  (http://www.sierraclubgreenhome.com/go-green/tips-to-turn-your-pet-into-a-greenie/)

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Tubular Day lighting
October 11, 2011

Tubular Day lights are a great way to light your home and save energy, and they're less expensive to install than traditional sky lights.  (http://www.solatube.com/index.php)

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Mattresses
October 10, 2011

Did you know that there are ways to extend the life of your mattress?  When it is time to get a new mattress, think about recycling the old one!

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Healthy Home Quiz
October 06, 2011

Have you ever wondered how healthy your lifestyle is?  Or are you looking for areas where you can improve the overall healthyfulness of your home?  Take the Sierra Club's Healthy Home Quiz to find out how savvy you are when it comes to living a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle.

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Green Pest Control for Fall
October 04, 2011

The cool, wet fall weather can cause those creepy crawler to invade your home, but before you reach for the toxic bug spray, try these eco-friendly and homemade alternatives.

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Water Filtration
October 03, 2011

 

Which is better, bottled water or tap water?  Why not filter your tap water to save money and reduce the amount of plastic bottles in landfills?  (http://www.sierraclubgreenhome.com/go-green/water-fixtures-and-plumbing/water-filters/)

 

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September 2011

Natural and Organic Cosmetics
September 29, 2011

Unlike the grocery industry, the US cosmetics industry has no legal standards for "natural" and "organic" labeling.  Companies can and often do use those terms as marketing gimmicks, so read labels and click here for a listing of the best tips to find safe cosmetic products.

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Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
September 28, 2011

There is legislation in the works to help make your cosmetics safer, but what can you do to ensure that the products you use are non-toxic?  The Environmental Working Group has created a database called Skin Deep where you can search for cosmetics you use and find how harmful a product could be to your health.

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Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011
September 27, 2011

Consider the number of cosmetics you use every day and you'll find you may use more products than you think.  But how many potentially harmful chemicals are in those products?  The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 seeks to make your products safer.

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Perfumes and Fragrances
September 26, 2011

Perfumes and fragrances may smell sweet, but their impact on the environment and your health can really stink!  But there are things you can do to protect yourself from potentially harmful cosmetics.

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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference
September 19, 2011

While Ecotourism may be a fairly new term, the International Ecotourism Society has been around for a while and is hosting the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference on Hilton Head Island this week.

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Green Kitchen Gadgets Pt2
September 16, 2011

Which kitchen gadgets should stay and which should go to help save energy and money?

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Green Kitchen Gadgets Pt1
September 15, 2011

Which kitchen gadgets in your kitchen should stay and which should go to help save energy and money?

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Yard Sales and Flea Markets
September 09, 2011

We're in prime yard sale and flea market season and this is a great time to find treasures for your home at discounted prices.

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Appalachian Trail
September 06, 2011

While the Appalachian Trail doesn't pass through South Carolina, it is close enough for a day trip.  September 24th is Family Hiking Day on the trail, so make a plan to spend the weekend in nature with your family.

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Labor Day: Green Jobs
September 05, 2011

Labor Day is a nice day to kick back and relax, but if you're looking for a new job or career think green and start beefing up your resume.

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CFL Bulb Recycling
September 02, 2011

CFL Bulb Recycling:  We're all slowly transitioning to Compact Fluorescent, or CFL bulbs, but did you know that they are recyclable?  Click here to learn more about recycling and cleaning up a broken CFL.

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Shoe Donations
September 01, 2011

Do you have more shoes than you need?  Your old shoes still have a lot of life.  Nike takes your old athletic shoes and recycles them into tracks, playgrounds, and gym flooring and Soles 4 Souls will accept your gently used shoes and distribute them to needy people all over the world!

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August 2011

Summer Night Entertainment
August 12, 2011

The days are hot, but your summer nights can be fun, easy and cheap if you put a little thought into your entertainment!

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Green Summer Refreshments
August 11, 2011

This summer has been one of the hottest on record in South Carolina and you should try to stay hydrated in this oppresive heat, but your refreshments can be Earth friendly!

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Recycling Symbol Explained
August 05, 2011

We're all familiar with the three arrow recycling symbol, but have you ever wondered when and where the icon was introduced?  Listen now to find out.

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Bananas
August 04, 2011

Bananas are a healthy part of your balanced diet, but did you know that the peel can be used to polish silverware?  Listen to learn about all the wonderful uses of this tropical fruit!

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Soy Candles
August 03, 2011

Parafin wax candles can put off harmful chemicals when burned; luckily, there's a healthier alternative in soy based candles.

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Reuse Glass Jars
August 02, 2011

From spaghetti sauces to baby foods, glass jars are everywhere and you can use them and reuse them for so many projects in your home!

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Organize with Reusable Items
August 01, 2011

We're all trying to get organized and minimize clutter, but have you thought about using items already in you home to get organized?

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July 2011

Shower Head Water Flow Restrictor
July 29, 2011

We waste a lot of water in the shower, but there are some steps that you can take to help restirct the amount of water that flows down the drain.

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Open Burning
July 28, 2011

Open burning is a common way to get rid of yard debris and even trash, but did you know that it's illegal to burn certain items in South Carolina?

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Unplug Electronics
July 27, 2011

Your electronics draw electricity even when they're not in use and the same is true for your cell phone charger.  So, to save money and energy, unplug those gadgets when you don't need them.

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Carbon Footprint
July 26, 2011

We're all trying to reduce the size of our carbon footprint, but what exactly does that mean and what contirbutes to your footprint?

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Plastic Bags
July 25, 2011

Plastic bags are everywhere from the super market to the mall, but all that plastic wreaks havoc on the environment.  Try re-using bags you already have or use canvas bags to help the environment.

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Farmer’s Market Charleston
July 22, 2011

This week, we've been talking about all the great farmer's markets our state has to offer and you'll find fresh local food as well as arts and crafts at the Charleston Farmer's Market.

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Farmer’s Market Columbia
July 21, 2011

The new South Carolina State farmer's market in Columbia is open for business with over fifty vendors and an on-site restaurant.

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Farmer’s Market Greenville Saturday Market
July 20, 2011

Summer is a great time to visit your local farmer's market and the city of Greenville literally shuts down main street for their Saturday Market.  Check out all the great things this farmer's market has to offer!

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Storm Drains in Five Points
July 18, 2011

Storm Drains inevitably lead to rivers and this means that any pollutants that find their way into storm drains end up in rivers and streams as well.  Keep the Midlands Beautiful in partnership with Columbia Storm Water Management and the Five Points association is marking storm drains in the Five Points area to help keep them clear of litter.

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Solar Panels Part 3
July 08, 2011

You have an idea of what solar energy system you need, now start shopping around to price your system.

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Solar Panels Part 2
July 07, 2011

Solar energy can be confusing, but now that you have some basic information, you'll want to find the type of solar panel that best serves your needs.

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Solar Panels Part 1
July 06, 2011

Solar panels are a great investment for your home and if you're thinking of going solar, click here to view some information you should consider.

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Nature’s Sunscreen
July 05, 2011

Did you know that animals in the wild can sunburn just as humans do?  Click here to learn how they cope and what you can do to protect your skin.

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July 4th Travel
July 01, 2011

Many South Carolinians will be traveling to see friends and family this July Fourth weekend, but keep in mind these travel tips to make your trip easy on the environment and easy on your budget.

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June 2011

Summer Potted Plants
June 29, 2011

As summer gets started, you may be thinking about potting some plants to bring inside from the summer heat.  Use items that you may already have to help your plants flourish.

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Turn it Off Summer
June 27, 2011

As the weather heats up, you may want to adjust your thermostat to stave off summer heat.  But these simple tips will help you save energy and money this summer.

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Green Yoga Mats
June 22, 2011

Yoga is a great exercise that can help elongate and strengthen your muscles, but have you considered purchasing an Eco-Friendly yoga mat?

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Green Dry Cleaning
June 21, 2011

While the chemicals used for dry cleaning your clothes are not hazardous to your health, they are harmful to the environment when not disposed of properly.  Luckily, there are more Eco-Friendly alternatives.

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Project Prescription Drug Take Back Event Greenville
June 17, 2011

Disposing of prescription drugs can be tricky, but Saturday, June 18th, Renewable Water Resources is holding a drug take-back event in Greenville to help you dispose of unwanted and expired prescription, over the counter, herbal, and veterinary drugs.

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Electronics Recycling
June 10, 2011

When you purchase new home electronics, recycle the old ones.  Here's how.

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Electricity Usage Monitor
June 09, 2011

Have you ever wondered how much electricity your appliances use?  You can find out by using an electricity usage monitor.

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May 2011

Canning at Home
May 27, 2011

With all the wonderful fruits and vegetables in season right now, why not extend your grocery budget and preserve your favorite seasonal treat by starting your own home canning process?

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Kitchen Heat
May 20, 2011

No one wants to labor over a hot stove during the dog days of summer, so here are some tips for keeping the heat out of the kitchen.

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ETV Southern Lens Chattahoochee
May 19, 2011

ETV's Southern Lens is an independent film series that airs Thursday nights at 9.  Tonight, tune in to see Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision about the highly publicized debate over water usage along the Chattahoochee River in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.

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Recycle Motor Oil
May 06, 2011

Performing routine vehicle maintenance at home can help save money, but be sure to recycle the used motor oil.

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April 2011

Earth Day
April 22, 2011

Today is Earth Day!  Make a pledge to do something to help the environment today!

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Shade Tree
April 14, 2011

Spring is a great time to plant a shade tree near your home.

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Green Flower Care
April 13, 2011

If you're planning or re-working a flower bed, try weed cloth to keep the weeds at bay.

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Green Lawn Care
April 12, 2011

The grass is growing again and so are the weeds, but avoid those toxic weed killers and try these options instead.

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Natural Sunscreen
April 05, 2011

A high SPF doesn't necessarily mean your sunscreen is safe.  Check yours agains the Environmental Working Group's test of 500 suncreens.

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Natural Nails
April 04, 2011

When getting your toes ready for warm weather footwear, consider toxin free nail polishes and green manicure techniques.

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Safe Food Handling
April 01, 2011

Safe and proper food preparation is the key to protecting your family from bacteria.

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March 2011

Food Storage
March 31, 2011

Developing an organized food storage scheme can help prevent food waste and knowing how long perishable items last in the refrigerator can help keep your family healthy.

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Bag Lunches
March 30, 2011

Sandwich baggies can be a handy way to pack a lunch, but re-usable alternatives are more eco-friendly.

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Garden Art
March 29, 2011

Landscaping and lawn beautification can be expensive, but you may already have items that you can use to enhance your yard.

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Natural Bug Repellents
March 25, 2011

Warm weather insects are no problem with these all-natural bug repellents.

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Green Exercise
March 22, 2011

When working out, make sure your exercise routine is green!

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Bluebird Habitats
March 21, 2011

Mid March is a great time to create a Bluebird Nesting Site in your backyard.

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Fix a Leak Week
March 14, 2011

This week, the EPA holds its annual Fix a Leak Week and you can help conserve water by checking your plumbing fixtures and making any necessary repairs.

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Noise Pollution: Quiet the Noise
March 11, 2011

Noise Pollution can negatively affect your health and the environment, but there are things you can do to quiet the noise.

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Noise Pollution
March 10, 2011

There are many types of pollution and Noise Pollution can have negative effects on humans and animals alike.

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The EPA’s Water Sense Partnership Program
March 04, 2011

If you're interested in conserving water and saving money, the Environmental Protection Agency has a partnership program to help you do just that; it's called Water Sense.

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Volitile Organic Compound Free Paint
March 03, 2011

Traditional house paints have high levels of harsh chemicals, but there is a better option available now: Volitile Organic Compound free paint.

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Shade Tree
March 02, 2011

Spring is in the air and this is the perfect time to plant a shade tree in your yard.

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Soy Candles
March 01, 2011

While traditional paraffin based candles put off toxins and soot when burned, soy candles are an all-natural alternative.

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February 2011

Crafty Cork Ideas
February 18, 2011

While you can recycle wine corks, here are some crafty ideas on other ways to use wine corks.

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Green Wine and Beer
February 17, 2011

Breweries and vineyards are starting to use eco friendly and sustainable practices, check for a "green" label next time you're looking for a new brew.

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More Grocery Savings
February 16, 2011

More ways to prevent waste in the kitchen.

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Save Money on Groceries
February 15, 2011

The kitchen is one area in our homes that sees a lot of waste, here are some ideas on how you can prolong the life of many food items.

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The Recycling Symbol Explained
February 11, 2011

We all recognize the recycling symbol, but where did the icon come from?

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Recycled Office Supplies
February 10, 2011

Recycled printer paper isn't the only office supply that is made from post-consumer materials- be productive at the office and go green as well.

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Organize with Reusable Items
February 09, 2011

From baby food jars to pickle jars, we use glass jars everyday.  Instead of recycling them, try reusing them in your home.

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Green Valentine
February 07, 2011

Valentine's Day is a week away; here are some green gift ideas for your honey!

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January 2011

Trashy Valentine
January 31, 2011

The Wellness Council of SC is sponsoring an event called My Trashy Valentine on February 12th which will feature an art show, silent auction and a "Trashion Fashion" show.

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Savings Through Fuel Efficiency
January 28, 2011

Fuel efficient cars and better driving habits can save you money.

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