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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Re-purpose that old Spice Rack!

Sep 25, 2017

If you’ve got an old wooden spice rack you’re not using anymore don’t pitch it out with the trash!  Save it and re-purpose it.  You could use that spice rack to hold paper craft items, acrylic paints, buttons, beads, glitter, yarn or thread in your craft corner.  Use it in the bathroom or by your vanity to hold perfumes, nail polishes, colognes, face wash or make-up.  


Re-Purpose Plastic Bags

Sep 22, 2017

Plastic bags are ubiquitous in our society, so put your collection to good use with these easy ideas.  Of course you can get an extra use out a plastic bag by lining a trash can or picking up after you pet on your daily walk.  Are you planning to move?  Use plastic bags to wrap and protect your valuables.  Plastic bags are perfect for wrapping your plants on nights when frost threatens. 


More Counter Space

Sep 21, 2017

Kitchen space is a commodity – most of the time you wish you had more of it.  Here are some quick and easy ways to clear your counters of clutter.  Think about investing in an island or even a small kitchen cart for added storage and work space.  Gain counter space and extra drawer space by hanging utensils on the wall and knives on a wall mounted magnetic strip. 


Remodel a Bathroom on a Budget

Sep 20, 2017

It’s a room you use quite a lot, and remodeling that bathroom can get pricey.  Here are some ideas to refresh your wash room without breaking the bank.  Start by taking stock of what you like in the room.  Have you got a great tub that just needs a fresh coat of paint?  Could you love your vanity again if only it had a new sink or fixtures?  


How to Paint a Room

Sep 19, 2017

I love how a fresh coat of paint can instantly transform the impact of a room.  If you’re open to trying new paint colors, purchase a mis-tint (or what I like to call “Ooops paint”) to save a little money.  Mis-tints are quality paints that just weren’t dyed quite the right shade and are sold at a great discount at paint stores and home improvements stores. 


Decorating on a Budget

Sep 18, 2017

Looking for a way to spruce up your home without spending a lot of money?  It’s not as difficult as you’d think to redecorate on a budget.  Start by shopping your own home.  Are there items in storage you could reuse?  Think about rearranging furniture between rooms for a new look.  Or move artwork into other rooms for a new color palette. 


Indoor Fire Hazards 2

Sep 15, 2017

Home fires are more common than you think, but many are avoidable when you’re aware of the hazards in your home.  You should never ignore appliance recalls.  It’s estimated that in the US, 150,000 fires each year are cause by home appliances, so do your part to reduce the risk of home fire by keeping your appliances in good working condition.  


Indoor Fire Hazards 1

Sep 14, 2017

Home fires are more common than you think.  Here are some fire hazards that could spell disaster if you’re not careful.  Let’s start with those heated blankets.  They’re great for mitigating the cold winter weather, but you shouldn’t let pets snuggle on top and you shouldn’t pile extra covers on top of a heated blanket – excessive heat buildup could cause a fire.  And remember to turn that blanket off in the morning.  


Gutter Cleaning

Sep 13, 2017

It’s not a fun chore, but if you’re a homeowner, then you should be cleaning out your gutters one to two times a year to avoid moisture build up and mold.  So, put on your rubber gloves, grab your ladder and a bucket, and follow these steps to keep your gutters clean.  Start in the corners or tight spots where debris builds up.  


Fire Extinguisher - How To

Sep 12, 2017

We see them at work, we usually have them under the sink at home, and they can be found in most public spaces; but have you ever actually used a fire extinguisher?  Could you use one if you had to?  If you have a fire extinguisher at home, keep in mind that you should check it regularly to make sure the pin is still in place and the pressure gauge reads in the “ready” zone – if not, you need to replace it or have it serviced.  


Jazz Up Sweet Tea

Sep 11, 2017

Sweet Tea is a staple in the south and whether you like yours as sweet as can be, or half and half, jazz up your sweet tea by brewing a simple syrup additive.  Try Raspberry vanilla sweet tea by heating one cup of sugar, half a cup of water, half a cup of smashed raspberries and one split vanilla bean until the sugar has dissolved.  


Grass Free Yard Alternatives

Sep 8, 2017

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.  


Bug Free Backyard

Sep 7, 2017

Insects are an important piece of the natural food chain, but if the buzzing and stinging in your backyard has you running back inside, use these tips to take back your yard.  Change any standing water (like that in a birdbath or kiddie pool) often- stagnant water is a magnet for mosquitoes. 


Re-Purpose Old Frames

Sep 6, 2017

Old picture frames are easy to come by- whether you have a box of them in the basement or enjoy shopping for them at thrift stores.  But have you ever considered that those old frames could be used for projects that don’t involve pictures


Building a Chicken Coop

Sep 5, 2017

So, you’ve done some research, you’ve checked into chicken ordinances in your area, and you’re ready to get started.  One of the first steps toward keeping chickens is building a coop.  First, you’ll need to decide what kind of coop you want to build and what your budget might be. 


Rain Barrel Tips

Sep 4, 2017

Water shortages are becoming a real problem across the country, and that’s why many people are turning to the centuries-old practice of collecting rain water as an alternative source of water. 


Solarize SC

Sep 1, 2017

Solar energy is a great eco friendly energy alternative, but for many the price point for entry into residential solar panels has just been too expensive.  With an average of 227 sunny days per year and some of the highest energy rates among southern states, South Carolina is perfectly poised for the transition to solar energy.  Now, a community driven program called Solarize South Carolina is trying to make going solar an easier proposition for many residents. 


Disposable Fashion

Aug 31, 2017

The media has been abuzz recently with the effects of disposable fashion on the industry at large and it’s not a pretty picture.  Many of the clothes we buy are made in sweat shops abroad where working conditions are unsafe and where workers aren’t making a livable wage. 


Chemicals in Cosmetics

Aug 30, 2017

    

Our bodies absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin, and children’s bodies absorb 40-50% more than adults.  From parabens to phthalates, sulfates and more, beauty and skin care products contain compounds that can be potentially hazardous to your health


Chemicals in Household Cleaners

Aug 29, 2017

Many of the chemicals we use to clean our homes are banned abroad and when combined with other products can be potentially hazardous to your health.  And because manufacturers don’t have to list all ingredients on their labels, you could be creating a toxic environment in your home. 


BPA in Aluminum Cans

Aug 28, 2017

By now, media reports and scientific studies have all raised awareness about the hazards of Bisphenol A, or BPA in plastics.  BPA is a chemical which makes plastics clear and tough, but in the human body, it acts like estrogen and has been linked to certain cancers and birth defects in lab rats. 


Plastic Bags

Aug 25, 2017

You may be aware that plastic bags and some plastic packaging are not allowed in many curb side recycling bins and the reason is that these bags get stuck in the machinery that sort your recycled material. 


Green Your Diet

Aug 24, 2017

We often talk about ways to go green on Earth Sense and often these tips can include turning off a light when you leave the room or reusing items to reduce landfill waste, but you can green your diet as well.  Here are five green super foods that will jumpstart your healthy eating plans. 


Fair Trade Clothing

Aug 23, 2017

Have you ever considered where your clothes are made, how the material is sourced, who makes your clothes, or what kind of factory produces them?  Consumers are beginning to realize that it’s our responsibility to choose clothing lines that come from responsible manufacturers


The laundry room is one place where clothes and linens can really pile up!  But if you’re proactive about creating a system for organizing, your laundry room can be a dream rather than a nightmare!  Space saving shelves and color coded laundry hampers can keep mom’s delicates separated from dad’s yard clothes. 


Reuse Old Linens

Aug 21, 2017

Sheets and bedding can be expensive, so if you’ve got some linens that have seen better days, don’t throw them out!  Your veterinary office may accept donations of sheets and towels for pets that have to stay overnight.  And pillow cases are great for re-purposing.


Overnight Oatmeal

Aug 18, 2017

If you find your mornings are too hectic, save yourself a little stress by making this oatmeal the night before.  Combine ¾ cup of nonfat milk, or your favorite milk substitute, half a cup of old fashioned rolled oats. 1/3 cup of blueberries, one teaspoon of packed light brown sugar, one quarter teaspoon of lemon zest, 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 3 drops of almond extract, and a pinch of salt in a container with a lid.  Secure the lid and shake the ingredients together. 


Kitchen Sink Sins

Aug 17, 2017

Your kitchen sink might seem like a good place to dispose of household waste, but be sure to avoid these kitchen sink sins!  Never send used motor oil or any automotive fluids like antifreeze, or brake fluid down any drain- these should be disposed of at your hazardous waste recycling center.  But cooking oil should also never be poured down the sink.  It can harden in your pipes and cause some very expensive damage. 


How to Dispose of Everything

Aug 16, 2017

As you know, there are many items that are now illegal to throw into the landfill either because they contain toxic chemicals, like oil, household cleaners, or paint and paint thinners, or because they contain heavy metals like batteries, cell phones, computers, and electronics.  The question, then, is how do I dispose of these common items?  Most of these items will go to a hazardous waste drop-off site near you. 


DIY Avocado Face Mask

Aug 15, 2017

Pampering your skin is always a good idea.  Drinking enough water and using lotions and oils will hydrate your skin.  But if you find store bought products to be full of unknown chemicals, sulfates, and parabens, then try making your own cosmetics.  Here is a recipe for an avocado face mask that will hydrate your skin and restore a healthy glow!  Start with two teaspoons of fresh mashed avocado, add one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of olive oil, and one teaspoon or kefir or plain yogurt.


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