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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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.

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?

Richland County is making is easy for residents to recycle electronics with a special Electronic Recycling Event tomorrow, Saturday September 20th from 7 am to 10:30 am at Brookland Baptist Church Northeast Campus, 1203 Summit Parkway.

Building a Fire Pit

Sep 18, 2014

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.

If you’re thinking about moving, then you’ve considered what projects you may have to complete to get your home resale ready.  Before you start any home improvements, de-clutter!

Fall Home Projects

Sep 16, 2014

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.

Lexington County is looking for a few good volunteers this month to help tag storm water drains.  Did you know that rainwater runoff is the leading cause of pollution in our waterways?

Water waste can get out of hand quickly in the bathroom, but low-flow shower heads and faucets can greatly reduce water waste. The EPA's WaterSense program can help you decide which eco-friendly shower head is right for you.

Bathroom renovations can cost a lot of money, but you can make eco-friendly upgrades that will save you money in the long run.  Dual flush toilets are a great way to save water and money in your bathroom.

It can be difficult to eat well when your time is limited, but try this easy tip to get into the smoothie craze and save some time during your morning routine.

When remodeling, it's a great idea to salvage and reuse building supplies that may otherwise end up at the dump.  Click here to see a slideshow about how to salvage materials.

Being aware of what hazards may exist in your home is the first step to creating a healthy living environment, but what should you do to mitigate these hazards?

There are many toxins like household cleaners and environmental hazards that could impact the air quality and healthfulness of your home, but there are things that you can do to improve your living conditions. Visit Sierra Club Green Home for more information.

Everyone wants to have a healthy home, but if you're using toxic cleaners, you could be doing more harm than good. Try these eco-friendly options.

South Carolina's wetlands offer our communities many benefits, so take these steps to protect our natural eco-systems.

Green on Campus

Aug 28, 2014

Students across the state are heading back to college campuses to begin the fall semester. Make sure your student is green on campus this year.

School Donations

Aug 27, 2014

Your recyclables could be more useful than you think; talk to your child's teacher about what items they could use in the classroom. It could be simple things like newspaper, magazines, or even milk cartons.

Teaching children to live sustainably is a task for which we are all responsible, so talk with your child's science teacher about a student garden project. Not only will students learn to work cooperatively, but the produce can also be shared with the community.

Smog and auto emissions can have terrible health effects on children, but SCDHEC's Breathe Better program aims to protect children by making school zones anti-idling areas.

Cathy Bradberry
South Carolina Public Radio

  The City of Columbia and Lexington and Richland counties are teaming up for the 5th annual Summer Celebration of Water tomorrow, August 23rd at Riverfront Park in Columbia from 10AM to 2PM.

Cathy Bradberry
South Carolina Public Radio

The milk carton may be the most prevalent of all plastic containers, but before you send it out with the recycling, repurpose that carton to give it a little more life.

Repurpose Clothes

Aug 20, 2014
Cathy Bradberry
South Carolina Public Radio

  That old T-shirt that has been worn one too many times and those jeans that you're thinking about pitching out still have a lot of life left.  Repurpose your clothes into items you can use!

Sneaky Storage

Aug 19, 2014
Cathy Bradberry
South Carolina Public Radio

  You've taken the time to downsize your stuff, but there will always be a few items you'll need to store somewhere. Check out some of these sneaky storage ideas.


Downsize Your Stuff

Aug 18, 2014
Cathy Bradberry
South Carolina Public Radio

  For many of us, it can be a real struggle to live green, but one good way to get started is by downsizing what you already own.