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.

Earth Sense Archive (January 2011- August 2014)

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Green Tailgating

Sep 23, 2016

Nothing brings a community together like sporting events and whether you’re routing for little league or your alma mater, try to think green when tailgating.  First remember to clean up after yourself and bring a trash bag so there’s no litter left behind after the game. 


Mushrooms are versatile food sources that can serve as a meat alternative in your low-calorie diet.  Shitake mushrooms are easier to grow than you may think.  You’ll want to start with a hardwood logs like a chestnut or sugar maple, but their favorite hardwood is oak. 


We’ve been discussing ways to use what you already have to help you save money and go green, and what better way to do that than to put good use to those soap slivers and left-over candle scraps?  It’s easier than you think to make a new candle from the remnants of the candles you’ve already enjoyed. 

  

An outdoor fire pit is a great place to entertain, enjoy a cool night, and make s’mores.  There are some pre-fabricated fire pits on the market that are fairly affordable, but if you have the gumption, you can customize your own as a weekend project


Fall Home Projects

Sep 19, 2016

As we move into fall, it’s a good time to think about a few projects around the house to weather proof and gear up for the season.  This may be a good time to change your windows.  If you still have single pane less efficient windows, gear up for cooler weather by upgrading to double pane energy efficient ones. 

  

Kitchen upgrades can be expensive, but with a little gumption and a good idea, you can make some simple and inexpensive DIY upgrades in your kitchen.  Use some copper piping and everyday plumbing parts to create a pot rack fit for a Victorian kitchen. 


Closet Door Storage

Sep 15, 2016

  Storage space is premium real estate in our homes, so if you’re not utilizing the inside of your closet or pantry doors, you’re missing out on a ton of hidden space!  Think about mounting a tidy spice rack inside a cabinet door or inside the pantry door.


Have you ever wondered where your donated clothes go once you’ve dropped them off in those donation bins?  Most people think their unwanted clothing is sold locally, but only a small percentage of the clothing we donate is actually sold here- the vast majority of it is sorted, compacted into large bales weighing about half a ton, and then sold to textile recycling companies or sold overseas.

  

Small steps really can help where living sustainably is concerned, but as you grow accustomed to new eco-friendly habits, do you continue to think of ways to improve?  If you have a lot of food waste, then think about ways to use food scraps or start a compost pile.  But even if you can avoid food waste and you recycle avidly, there will still be waste.  So what alternatives are there to plastic trash can liners


Eggs are such a versatile food that can be used for so many recipes, but eggshells are gold for your garden.  Before you throw out those eggshells, try these handy tips.  Use eggshells to add calcium to your compost or add ground up shells directly to your flower beds for fertilizer. 


Denim Crafts

Sep 9, 2016

Denim is a versatile fabric.  It looks great, fits everybody, and holds up over time.  But there will come a time when you favorite jeans are too worn to wear.  Before you throw them out, think about ways that you can use the fabric

Dog Friendly Decor

Sep 8, 2016

Dogs are man’s best friend and designing and decorating a comfortable home to include Fido can fun.  Spring for a dog bed that compliments your style and that will hold up over time.  Organize Fido’s leash and poop-bags by the door on a hanging wall hook to clear up clutter and make dog walks more convenient.  

Book Shelf

Sep 7, 2016

Have you got a few old books at home that you don’t need anymore, but you’re reluctant to get rid of?  Try this do it yourself project: turn those books into a decorative shelf.  All you’ll need is a hardback book, a few L-shaped corner brackets, and a drill with screws. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly with Carrots
Pixabay.com

  The old adage goes, “if you fail to plan, plan to fail.”  And while we don’t generally feel like failures when eating lunch, a little planning can go a long way.  Whether it’s your lunch or bagged lunches for your kids, plan ahead, really far ahead!  Small jelly jars are perfect for freezing soups, individual portions, and one-dish meals. 

If you’ve ever traveled overseas, then you may be aware that many countries do not refrigerate eggs like we do in the US.  Have you ever wondered why?  We didn’t always wash our eggs. It has to do with America’s demand for super clean food, our fear of salmonella, and our willingness to expend the energy required to refrigerate eggs from farm to grocery. 


Be Green on Campus

Sep 2, 2016

The college students are returning to or moving onto campuses across South Carolina to begin the fall semester and if you’re the parent of a student or a scholar yourself, think about the impact you may have on your campus’s carbon footprint.  First, think about ditching your vehicle.  Most classes and events are within walking distance on a college campus, and you can always use public transportation or bum a ride to places off-campus.  


Are you getting tired of watering the grass and spending hours each weekend mowing and trimming?  More and more, people are turning to low maintenance and lawn mower free alternatives like rock gardens and meadows to beautify their landscapes.  Succulent gardens are good in arid climates and require little watering, although you’ll need to consider the sun to shade ratio in your yard if going the succulent route.  


We all know the sweet relief of a swimming pool, especially in South Carolina’s hot summer months.  But if you happen to own or operate a pool, then you know how chemical intense keeping pool water clean can be.  These days, the eco-conscious and design savvy homeowners are moving toward natural swimming pools.  These incorporate aquatic plants and naturally occurring bacteria to filter and clean the water.  


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

Aug 29, 2016

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.  


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