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Earth Day - What Are You Doing?

Tuesday April 22, 2014

It's Earth Day!  Many of us are so busy, the thought of washing and recycling cans or starting a garden compost seems too time consuming to even give these a fleeting thought.

But it's not really that difficult and there are lots of easy, simple ways you can participate in Earth Day without a lot of time and effort. Even just reducing energy on Earth Day is a worthwhile endeavor.

Try one or more of these easy Earth Day action tips and take a small step to reduce, reuse and recycle today. You might just find some of these so quick and easy, you'll want to contribute today and beyond.

And remember to share your Earth Day tips, so we can learn more about how to help our planet.

When it comes to green or eco-friendly products, there's lots to chose from. I've put together a short list of some notables you might want to check out. Some of these products can also help you to be more recycle-efficient. Check it out in: Green, Recycling and Earth-Friendly Products. The ECOSOULIFE® Tableware shown, is just one on this list; there's more.

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True or False: Product Manuals Increase Clutter

Monday April 21, 2014

That's very true, if you tend to leave them lying around here and there. The solution? You can cut this clutter by having a special place for all your product manuals and warranties. That way when a product  breaks down, you'll be able to quickly find it and the important warranty information or part number you need.

I like to keep mine in a section of my filing cabinet, but you can also use an expandable folder like the one shown. These work extremely well for product manuals and keep this folder in one common place. Also attach your receipt for the item to the manual.

Remember to periodically scan your folder and remove those you no longer need to keep, because the appliance or product is gone.

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How NOT to Care for Your Vacuum

Saturday April 19, 2014

When vacuum care is missing in action, it can have a serious effect on the life of this cleaning tool. And it can end up costing you money to repair or replace it.

Do you find your vacuum isn't living up to its projected lifespan? A vacuum's life is impossible to estimate, because how much you use it can differ considerably from any projected lifespan based on average use. And your definition of  'average use' may not be the same as someone else's.

There's really no clear-cut time frame for a vacuum's lifespan, but with some TLC, you can hopefully extend its working years. When care is lacking, it can be short-lived.

Learn How NOT to care for your vacuum, so you can better understand what happens, when your standard of care isn't quite what the manufacturer had in mind. Your vacuum's life may depend on it.

Warning! It's a little tongue in cheek, but you'll get my drift. After all, it's a shame  to see people waste money, when some TLC can cure what ails your vacuum. Find out what you should change if you want to extend the life of your vacuum in:  Vacuum TLC Gone Wrong - How NOT to Care for Your Vacuum.

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Options for Reducing Household Waste

Thursday April 17, 2014

When in comes to managing waste, there are several options to reducing that abundance of trash we generate, some of which are recycling or composting.  But there's also practical appliances that can help to reduce the amount that goes to the landfill.

Simple recycling may be sufficient for some households, but others may need more help in way of  disposers or compactors.  While both help to reduce trash,  they have very different functions and even their installations differ.

Which one is best for you depends on a lot of factors including space or whether you're renting or own your home.  Some households employ a variety of tools and methods.  Learn more about these options and find one or two that work for you and can help you to better Manage Your Household Waste.

And Earth Day is coming right up! So get ready to make a difference.

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