Earth Sense

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  Earth Sense is a one minute program that offers tips on how listeners can go green and save money. From ways to boost fuel economy while driving, to improving the efficiency of an HVAC system, to where and how to recycle many items in the home.

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Depending on how your house is situated, you probably have that one room that gets a lot of afternoon sun and is usually the hottest room in the house.  If the ceiling fan just isn’t cutting the heat, think about some of these options to cool the space.  Landscaping plays a bigger role in the comfort of your house than you may think. Planting shade trees and shrubbery around the hottest portions of your home will help keep things cool.  


Birdwatching

May 22, 2017

Bird-watching is a growing hobby in the US.  According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than forty-eight million people are taking up the hobby.  It’s a fairly inexpensive recreation and increases your understanding and appreciation of the environment and the wildlife in your area.  Start your bird-watching hobby by making your backyard bird friendly.  


There’s a lot of spring cleaning going on at this time of year and more than likely, you and your neighbors have a lot of stuff you may be thinking about getting rid of.  Instead of having a slew of single yard sales, why not have a street sale?  You’ll garner more interest from buyers because they’ll want to stop in one neighborhood rather than driving all over town to multiple locations.  


Have you got an older refrigerator that works just fine, but looks a little less than attractive?  There’s no need to replace an appliance that still has a few years of life left.  So try these ideas for upgrading that old refrigerator. 


We’re in prime yard sale season and this is a great time to get gently used items for a great deal.  The best way to live green and reduce your carbon footprint is to simply reuse things that others may not have a use for any longer.  Yard sales, second hand stores, and even  flea markets are great places to find furniture, kitchen tools, clothes, bags, and so much more at reduced prices.  


Summer Window Tips

May 16, 2017

Keeping your HVAC system in tip top shape and managing your thermostat settings are great ways to help keep you cool this summer while helping keep costs down.  But have you inspected your windows lately?  If not, there may be some things that you can do to stay cool in your home.  For example, using a white or light colored curtains or blinds will reflect sunlight away from your windows and a thermal curtain can help stave off energy losses.  


Summer Water Savers

May 15, 2017

Summer can be one of the most wasteful seasons when it comes to water usage.  Whether you’re watering the lawn or your patio plants, be mindful of how much water you’re using and follow these simple tips to decrease the water waste.  When you’re planting or landscaping, choose plants that are native and are bred for hot southern summers, or choose plants that are drought friendly and don’t require much watering.  


Need a little privacy in your backyard, but hate the thought or the expense of installing fencing?  Well, there are a plenty of shrubs, vines, and trees that can increase the privacy without breaking your budget.  Bamboo grows quickly, so it can create a lush and exotic privacy screen fast.  


If you’ve ever walked into your kitchen and immediately smelled an appalling odor, then take note because here are some quick and easy ways to remove kitchen odors.  That garbage disposal is often the culprit of bad odors, so save lemon or citrus rinds and run them through the disposal once or twice a month.  


May Home Projects

May 10, 2017

The weather has been really nice lately, so take advantage by checking off some of these May home projects.  This is prime growing season for weeds, so stay ahead of the barrage with regular weeding.  While you're outdoors, take a few minutes to clean, oil, and sharpen those garden tools for the season.  And always clean and dry your trusted tools after use to prolong their usefulness.  


Kitchen Gardener

May 9, 2017

If you’re a gardener, or just looking for ways to control pests around your home, there’s one place where you can find a number of items you may not have thought of.  There’s no need to purchase caustic ant killers, just boil a large pot of water and pour it over the ant mound.  Be sure you have enough to cover the entire pile.  


This time of the year, there are a lot of things to celebrate, but keep in mind when planning your celebrations that releasing balloons as part of your event is not a good idea.  Michelle Pate , DNR Sea Turtle Program Coordinator, says that released balloons “end up in our waterways once they deflate. 


Outdoor Kitchens

May 5, 2017

  Your patio is the perfect spot for summer dining, but before you head out to buy a new grill think about what kind of outdoor kitchen might be right for you.


Small Yard Tricks

May 4, 2017

  Creating an enjoyable outdoor space can be daunting if you struggle with landscaping, but it can be downright overwhelming if your property has a very small outdoor area


Budget Gardening

May 3, 2017

Landscaping can be expensive, but with a little time and effort, you can create a backyard oasis on a budget.  First, take some time to plan your landscaping.  Draw a map of your yard and consider where you’ll get the most impact from large plants.  The best way to save money on landscaping is to do it yourself and you’ll enjoy the therapeutic benefits as well.  


  Spring is finally here, and your home may have had as rough a winter as you did!  So, here are a few things you can do to help your home recover from the winter and prepare for the spring.


  Staying on top of general home maintenance is a good way to avoid potentially expensive repairs, but there’s no way to avoid the big repairs, like replacing your roof.


Easy Houseplants

Apr 28, 2017

Unfortunately, not all of us have a green thumb, so keeping plants alive can be stressful.  Nevertheless, here are a few houseplants that are surprisingly easy to maintain.


Safer Choice Label

Apr 27, 2017

Finding cleaning and other products that are safe for your family and the environment became easier thanks to the Safer Choice label from the EPA.  When shopping, the label lets you know which products have been reviewed and meet the safer choice standards. 


Jar Baking

Apr 26, 2017

Canning Jars are great for a number of things, but because they’re built to withstand tremendous heat for the boiling required to can fruits and vegetables, they’re also really good for baking!  Make a single serving portable cake by starting with two and a half cups of fresh seasonal fruit and divide into four half pint canning jars.


Hanging planters are great for indoors and out, and if you have a few old t-shirts, you can make your own colorful macramé hanging planters.  Start by cutting eight pieces of material three to five feet long, depending on how long you want the planter to hang.


Home Refresher

Apr 24, 2017

The great thing about your home is that you can always change things up when you get bored.  Here are a few ideas to refresh your living space.


One great way to conserve energy and save money on your power bill is to change the setting on you thermostat.  Set your home temperatures to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.  Each degree higher or lower can significantly decrease your heating costs in the winter and your cooling costs in the summer. 


Light Pollution

Apr 20, 2017

Pollution comes in many forms and in 1988 the International Dark-Sky Association was founded to combat the problem of light pollution.  The IDA defines light pollution as any adverse effect of artificial light including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste.  Their mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. 


Open Burning

Apr 19, 2017

Open burning, or burning anything outdoors, is a common way to get rid or leaves and limbs, clear farm lands, and dispose of trash, but this method pollutes the air and often causes brush, residential, or forest fires.  In some instances, burning is illegal and can carry a hefty fine.  In South Carolina, it is illegal to burn trash in a burn barrel, but did you know that it’s also illegal to burn paper and cardboard as well as paint, electrical wires, tires, plastics, and roofing materials?


SC Farmer's Markets

Apr 18, 2017

The Local and Slow food movements are gaining ground in South Carolina and your farmer’s market is a great place to find fresh, regional, and organic food while you support community farms and the local economy.

Reducing your Carbon Footprint has been a popular topic for a long while now, but what exactly is a Carbon Footprint, and what contributes to the size of your footprint?  Basically, the Carbon Footprint is a measure of how the products and services we use affect the environment.  This is often expressed as the amount of Carbon Dioxide emitted as a result of making consumer goods or using various forms of energy. 


Pesticides

Apr 14, 2017

Pesticides can be helpful in your garden to keep plants free from destructive insects, but some pesticides can wreak havoc on the environment.  The Department of Health and Environment Control has released a South Carolina Smart Gardener Handbook which has great information about things you can do to avoid using pesticides and other chemicals. 


Energy Star Labels

Apr 13, 2017

The Energy Star label has become a benchmark by which we measure many appliances and other products in the US, but how did this rating start and what does it really mean?  In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency established Energy Star to designate products that use energy efficiently and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.  The label began appearing on office equipment and residential heating and cooling systems.  Then, in 1996, the US Department of Energy partnered with the EPA to include appliances, lighting, home electronics and more. 


Think about using alternatives to household paper products.  I’m talking about paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper.  Americans use 741 pounds of paper each year, and 40 per cent of all trash in US landfills consists of paper.  Rather than using all those paper towels, try reusable cloth towels that can be washed with the laundry.  Or use a sponge to clean up kitchen messes- leaving a sponge standing on its side to dry will allow them to dry quickly and reduces odor. 


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