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1. USE A LOW-FLOW SHOWERHEAD

New devices provide consumers more control, different GPM (gallons per minute) rates during a shower. The result: Users can adjust to a low rate for lathering and a higher rate for rinsing.

2. CLEAN YOUR LINT FILTER

A full lint filter makes your dryer work harder and produce more heat which can cause a fire. Clean your filter after each load to help decrease your energy usage and speed up drying time.

3. UNPLUG AN APPLIANCE

According to the U. S. Department of Energy, 75 percent of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed by devices that are turned off. Unplug just a few to save considerable energy.

Source : Reader’s Digest / Heritage-enviro.com

Dirty dozen

Based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture,apples are at the top of the list for having the most pesticides.

Other nonorganic fruits and vegetables which made the annual list are strawberries and grapes,while avocados, sweet corn and pineapples made the “Clean 15” list.

Source: AARP Bulletin

Why to Bicycle?

> A four-mile round trip bicycle prevents the production of 15 pounds of air pollution.

> According to the US Department of Energy,more than 50 percent of the working population in the US lives within 5 miles of work.

> Although more than 60 percent of all trips are 5 miles or less,fewer than one percent are traveled by bike.

> If just one out of every 10 commuters who now drive to work switched to bicycling, the savings would amount to two billion gallons of gasoline per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25.4 million tons.

They Hear You?

Who or what hears you is your plants when you talk to them and to test this theory,scientists arranged chili pepper seeds around a sweet fennel plant.The fennel plant releases chemicals to slow neighboring plants’ growth and as expected,the chili pepper seeds grew more slowly when exposed to the fennel but resumed a normal rate when it was removed.However,when the fennel was present but sealed in a box,the chili seeds sprouted faster than normal.Scientists believe one chili seed alerts the others that fennel is nearby,spurring all of them to grow quicker.

Source: Monica Gagliano of Western Australia University.
Published in Reader’s Digest

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Want to protect Mother Earth?

Here are simple things you can do.

1. Put on a sweater. Remember, turning up the heat in wintertime,means your furnace is probably burning fossil fuels. A sweater or a nice warm robe will keep you even warmer and will help conserve resources and reduce climate change.

2. Put one foot in front of the other.One hundred years ago, 99.9% of people got by without cars. They took the train;they lived near their workplaces and they walked.

3. Go for seconds. Recycling doesn’t mean only separating your cans and bottles. It can mean using things a second or a third time.That nice padded envelope you got in the mail,instead of throwing it away,scratch out the address,tear off the stamps and use it again.

4. Watch your waste.Items you may be throwing away can contaminate the soil and water for thousands or millions of years.Your community probably has special disposal procedures for things like used oil and batteries.Ink cartridges can probably be recycled where you bought them.

5. Paper not plastic. Bring your bags with you.By taking reusable bags to the grocery store,you can cut down on the 350 bags,the average American uses each year and reduce needless deaths of marine life caused by plastic bags that end up in streams,rivers,and oceans.

6. BYOB. Last year Americans went through about 50 billion plastic water bottles.Fill up a reusable bottle at home and bring it with you.

7. Flip ’em off. In much of America we can’t even see the stars anymore,due in part to all the electric lights. Keep the light on in the room you’re in,but keep the rest of your house dark.

8. Get in  touch with your roots.Plant a tree! Good for the soil,birds,and reducing climate change.

9. Get off. Catalogs are great when they’re from companies you like to order from.But if you’re getting catalogs from companies you don’t buy from,call them and tell them to get you off their list.

Facts provided by World Wildlife Fund