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Fall Energy Saving and Safety Tips

by Kimberly Hays July 31st, 2013 Energy Saving Tips
fireplaceSummer is winding down, though there are still some warm sunny days ahead. With football season getting ready to start and the kids heading back to school soon, thoughts of a fluffy blanket and a warm fire with a good book come to mind. With the cooler weather coming shortly, now is a good time to prepare your home to be sure that it is safe, and that you are saving energy during the coming months. The cost of heating our homes is becoming more and more expensive, but making a small investment of your time and a little money now will lower your bills and your impact on the environment.

Reset Lawn Sprinkler Timers – It is easy to forget to reset, or even turn off, the timers on the lawn sprinklers. It is not necessary to have them on at during the fall and winter months in most
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Tasty Eco-Friendly Smoothies

by Mackenzie M. January 31st, 2013 Quick Tips
blackberryOne way to improve physical health, and to reduce personal energy consumption is to integrate eco-friendly smoothies into your daily diet. Ranging from about 170-230 calories, smoothies made with organic, locally grown produce are great for your health and pocketbook. One suggested recipe calls for two cups spinach, one cup blackberries, half cup of pineapples, and a half cup of orange juice. Try out some of your local specialty produce from a farmer’s market and blend a delicious smoothie rich in anti-oxidants and fiber. If you replace your morning coffee or soda with a tasty smoothie, not only will
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EPA: Preserving Green Spaces

by Jessica B. July 31st, 2012 Environmental News
Many communities are looking for easy, cost efficient ways to preserve their green areas. It could be a local park, a local brook, or even a local nature preserve. With little money and high property values, these little patches of natural preserves are constantly being threatened.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a great deal of information to communities looking to find solutions to these types of dilemmas. Using volunteers, zoning, and fundraising, communities still have options.

1) Learn from the past – Central Park in NYC was initially put aside for preservation in the 1850's. The land itself was purchased
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Causes and Prevention of Acid Rain

by Angela Yorke January 31st, 2012 Environment
Acid rain is a specter that has not been raised very often in recent years, as discussions about carbon emissions and how to mitigate them have occupied the limelight. Nevertheless, acid rain, formed by the combination of nitric oxide and sulfur dioxide emitted by factories and vehicular exhaust, remains present even though there is less talk about it.

The gases alone don’t form acid rain. Rather, the combination turns into nitric acid and sulfuric acid after being released into the atmosphere and coming into contact with gaseous water vapor, which forms clouds. The pH level of normal clouds is moderately
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