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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Stop Buying Start Making

Feb 2, 2015

As you shop for products for your home, you may find many of them contain toxic chemicals.  But many household goods are easier to make than you think.  Here are some things you should stop buying and start making.

Food Safety 5

Jan 30, 2015

If you’re a new parent and have decided to use infant formula, you should be aware that formula, whether it’s powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-feed, can become contaminated during preparation and handling.

Food Safety 4

Jan 29, 2015

Food-borne illnesses resulting from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other contaminates are a major health concern for your family.  Did you know that one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year?

Food Safety 3

Jan 28, 2015

When it comes to food safety, it’s important to follow a few simple rules to make sure your family stays healthy.  Here a few common food safety mistakes that have been proven to cause serious illness.  Mistake number 1: tasting food to see if it’s still good.

Food Safety 2

Jan 27, 2015

Food safety actually starts where you purchase your food, so here are a few tips to help you safeguard your family while shopping for food.  Inspect canned food and check for dents, bulging and cracks that could point to contamination.

Food Safety 1

Jan 26, 2015

This week we’re going to talk about food safety, and a good place to start this conversation is to debunk some myths about food safety.  Myth number one: you don’t really need a food thermometer; you can tell by look and smell whether your food is properly cooked.

Benefits of Napping

Dec 11, 2014

Our schedules tend to be jam packed with work, school, and everything in between, but if you can carve out ten to thirty minutes for a nap, you may feel a boost in your mental and physical well-being.

LED Holiday Lights

Dec 8, 2014

Holiday decorating is a fun part of the season, but all those extra lights can really pack a punch on your power bill!  What’s a decorator to do?  Opt for LED holiday lights.


Nov 5, 2014

Trying to de-clutter and live a simplified life sounds appealing for many, but if you’re getting overwhelmed with where to begin, fear not!  It doesn’t have to be stressful.  Start with 5 minutes and pick one spot- a shelf or even one counter- and clear the space.

Garage Space Re-Imagined

Nov 4, 2014

If you’re looking for some extra room in your home and you’re lucky enough to have a garage, think about a total garage transformation!  Turn your garage into an at home gym with a window air conditioning unit, a few dumbbells, and a second hand treadmill.

Organize that Garage!

Nov 3, 2014

Is your garage full of clutter?  If you can’t even fit a car in your garage, let alone walk through it, it may be time to get in there and organize!  There are so many options for garage organization.

Green Halloween

Oct 31, 2014

Happy Halloween to all you ghosts and ghouls!  Don’t forget to make your Halloween, Trunk-or-Treat, or Fall Festival green and Earth friendly.  Hand out organic or fair trade chocolate.

Cooler Weather

Oct 30, 2014

Now that the weather is getting cooler, you’ll want to winterize your home to save on energy costs.  This is a good time to check your windows and doors to make sure there are no leaks that may cause heat and energy loss.

Fall Leaves

Oct 29, 2014

Those fall leaves make this time of year special, but once all the leaves have fallen, what should you do with all the debris in your yard?  While leaves contain a large amount of nutrients, leaving them on your grass traps moisture, inhibits sunlight, and harbors insects, all of which could kill patches of your lawn.

Aging Successfully

Oct 28, 2014

Successful aging can mean more than good health.  It can also mean taking charge of your personal well-being so that you can continue to live an energetic and independent life well into your golden years.

Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Oct 23, 2014

Have you ever stopped to consider all the wonderful uses of hydrogen peroxide?  It’s a wonderful anti-fungal agent, so not only does it work well for those small scrapes and cuts, but it can also be used for a host of other purposes in your home.

Kitchen Water Tips

Oct 22, 2014

We’ve been talking about water conservation the past couple of days- from instant hot water heaters to simple measures like turning the water off while you brush your teeth, conserving water can be easy.  Here are some simple things that you can do to conserve water in the kitchen.

Instant Hot Water

Oct 21, 2014

Water Conservation is an important part of our Eco plan and there are many quick steps that you can take in this effort, but have you thought about installing an instant hat water heater?

Rain Barrel Workshop

Oct 20, 2014

The Lexington Countywide Stormwater Consortium will host a “Build Your Own Rain Barrel”
Workshop on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Public Works
Building located at 440 Ball Park Road, Lexington.

Eco-Friendly Tailgating

Oct 17, 2014

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.

Cool Weather Pet Safety

Oct 16, 2014

Our pets are four legged family members, so it’s important to keep their health and safety in mind in cooler weather.  As rodents and pests start to seek warmer indoor temperatures, the use of pesticides increases, but these rodenticides and pesticides can be highly toxic to your pet.

Home Insulation

Oct 15, 2014

It’s the time of year when we start thinking about sealing any holes or leaks and adding insulation to our homes.  You’ll want to be sure to check the caulking on your windows and doors as these are the most common places houses lose energy.

Shitake Mushrooms

Oct 13, 2014

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.

Kelp Noodles

Oct 2, 2014

When trying to stay healthy and cook hearty meals at home, it can be tempting to just order out for some Chinese food.  But you can make delicious, low calorie and MSG free Asian style noodles at home!  Start with a package of kelp noodles.

Spaghetti Squash

Oct 1, 2014

For many people with dietary restrictions like a low-carbohydrate diet or gluten free lifestyle, pasta can be one thing you crave.  But here’s a low calorie, gluten free and grain free way to enjoy pasta: replace noodles with spaghetti squash.

Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council Meeting

Sep 30, 2014

The South Carolina Department of Commerce is hosting the Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council Meeting on October 16th from 10AM to 2PM.  Pre-register for the Charlotte event to hear what the CPRC is doing to recover more plastics in South Carolina and North Carolina.

Fixer Upper Home

Sep 29, 2014

We’ve all seen those remodeling shows on TV, but before you purchase a fixer upper house with plans to renovate, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.  First, will you have the budget to renovate after investing in and putting a down payment on the property?

Denim Crafts

Sep 26, 2014

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 25, 2014

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.

Book Shelves

Sep 24, 2014

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.