Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Collect seeds
Cut back perennials gone to seed. While you’re at it, collect seeds in paper envelopes, not plastic bags. Be sure to have a marker nearby because, trust me, you won’t remember the names of all of the seeds you’ve collected. If you have too many seeds, host a neighborhood seed swap. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Follow your nose
If you detect a musty smell in your home, inspect closely until you find the source of the smell. The sooner you find the mold, the easier it will be to remove. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Buy energy-efficient appliances
Look for Energy Star Appliances, which cost a bit more money to buy initially, but are more durable, more environmentally friendly, and will save cash on utility bills. An Energy Star clothes washer, for instance, uses 50 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than standard washers, which means big savings… over time. You’re patient, right? 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Put your lights on timers
While it’s important to illuminate your home, leaving the lights on can be an unnecessary waste of energy. Purchase a few timers and program them so that the lights come on and turn off at the most beneficial times. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Share your magazines — read them then pass them on. Goodwill, the Kidney Foundation and other used goods collection agencies will usually accept them. You can also pass them along to a doctor's office for the waiting room.