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Learn to Save the Environment around the Home

Truly successful recycling involves minimizing waste along the entire life cycle of a product, from acquiring raw materials to manufacturing, using and disposing of a product. Most environmental impacts associated with the products we buy occur before we open the package, so buying products made from recycled materials is just as important as sorting waste into the right bins.

You can stretch your monthly budget simply by reusing and recycling many items you would normally just throw away. Here are some tips:

• Be part of the recycling loop and only purchase items made from recycled materials.
• New insulated, double-pane windows can slash energy loss by 40% per window.
• Buy local products - it cuts down on fuel to transport these products and supports your local community.
• Turn off electronic items when not in use, such as lights, televisions, DVD players, computers, etc.
• Fill your dishwasher and washing machine with a full load. That saves water, electricity and money.
• Do your weekly shopping in a single trip to save on gas.
• Turn down your water heater setting to 120 degrees - it will mean extra pennies in your pocket.
• Hang out clean laundry to dry on clear days rather than tumble drying it.
• Defrost your refrigerator and freezer regularly to keep it running efficiently.
• Look for the "Energy Star" when purchasing new appliances.
• Learn to compost! It saves money on fertilizers and your plants will love it.
• Donate your household items to a local charity instead of tossing them in the trash.
• Caulking leaks around windows, doors and vents is an easy way to cut energy loss.
• Recycle your aluminum cans - one can saves enough energy to run a computer for three hours.
• The ASPCA and pet shops appreciate old newspapers.
• Uninsulated ducts can lose 10 to 30 percent of the energy used to heat and cool the air they carry.
• Styrofoam doesn't degrade. Find a substitute, if possible. Don't buy Styrofoam packaging - but if some comes your way, reuse it!
• Don't let faucet taps leak or drip water. A running faucet uses three to five gallons a minute. If they leak, please have your faucet repaired.

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