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About SusanKelly22

I love to help other Internet Marketers learn to build a list and how to find the best FREE programs to help them do it. I write blogs and design websites. I am webmaster of http://salem-construciton..com and :: http:howtolivegreenwithsuekelly.com We live in CT We have grandchildren:3 girls and 3 boys We work in internet marketing. We love to help other Internet marketers to become expert List Builders.

Slippery History: How Soap Works

From ancient Babylon to Ma Perkins, soap has a rich and frothy past.

The basics of how soap works

5000 BC
Clay cylinders in ancient Babylon are inscribed
With instructions for boiling fats with ashes

4000 BC
Hebrews write on clay tablets about purifying of oils
Ash and lime-stone

1000 BC
Soap Gets the name from Mount Sapo, a sacred site where animals
were sacrificed during Roman rituals.
Women come from all around to bathe in melted animal fat and wood ash
Found in the Tiber river at the base of Mt. Sapo
Soap is formed when an acid, derived from the fats and oils of plants and animals, is combined with an alkali. Today most soapmakers use commercially available alkali such as sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) or potassium hydroxide (caustic potash). When the fats and the alkali are combined, a chemical reaction called saponification occurs. And there you have it: soap.
And how does it work? Water has a property called surface tension. This tension is created as water molecules at the surface are pulled toward molecules at the bottom. Soap molecules have a head that is attracted to water and a tail that is attracted to dirt. The tail embeds itself in the dirt, and the head pulls itself toward the water, breaking the surface tension. When you rinse off, you wash away the soap molecules along with the dirt their tails are clinging to.
Clean ingredients
Even though they aren’t required to list ingredients, natural soapmakers such as Joshua Onysko of Pangea Organics generally do because they’re proud of them. Pangea soaps, for example, are made from a base of olive oil, coconut oil, soybean oil, and hempseed oil; naturally formed glycerin, herbs, flowers and spices; and essential oils.
What you put on your skin could be absorbed into your body, so it’s important to read ingredients. Seeing the word “organic” in a soap manufacturer’s name doesn’t guarantee all the ingredients are organic. Many people in the personal care industry believe that unless an ingredient is certified organic in California or another state with strict certification standards, it doesn’t mean much. “Coconut oil can be certified organic in SriLanka, but they still use DDT there, so I’d be concerned,” Joshua says.
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Soothing, simple soaps
To make this soap, first purchase a solid, translucent glycerin soap base (available from Sun-Feather Natural Soap, (315) 265-3648). Melt it gently in a double boiler over medium heat. Add soothing botanicals, fragrant oils, and any other ingredients that please you, and stir. Then pour the thick liquid into a plastic soap mold or a plastic food storage container and let it cool.
Lavender and Rosemary Soap
3 cups glycerin soap base
1/4 cup infusion* of lavender flowers and rosemary leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons lavender oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil
1 teaspoon pulverized dried rosemary (optional)

1. Combine melted base and botanicals. Stir until blended, then pour into molds and cool.
*Make an infusion: Infusions are delicate teas made by pouring hot, steamy non-chlorinated water over fresh or dried plant parts. Three tablespoons of dried or fresh herb per cup of water, steeped 10 minutes, will suffice.
Reprinted with permission from Soothing Soaps by Sandy Maine (Interweave Press, 1997).

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A Green Clean: Detox Your Home With These Eight Natural Cleaning Ingredients

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Keep toxins out of your home and save money with safe, effective homemade cleaners.
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By Kim Erickson
Image GalleryDetox your home with these eight natural cleaning ingredients. Also, check out these recipes for effective, homemade cleaners.
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Nothing feels as comforting and welcoming as a tidy, well-tended home. But a clean home isn’t necessarily a healthy one. As you peruse the cleaning aisle’s furniture polishes, air fresheners, carpet deodorizers and stain removers, you may realize that a full product arsenal could contain literally hundreds of chemicals and include dozens of safety warnings—not to mention cost a small fortune. Fortunately, you can create nontoxic, inexpensive counterparts to nearly every conventional cleaning product with items found in your pantry…
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that conventional cleaning products make a significant contribution to indoor air pollution. In one study conducted at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, researchers found that the chemicals in everyday household cleaners can trigger the onset or worsening of asthma. Children with asthma can experience respiratory symptoms in a newly cleaned home. At least one study also suggests a possible link between prenatal exposure to low doses of common cleaning chemicals and attention deficit disorder or even autism in children.
Exposure to these everyday products can also affect your heart. Results from the Detroit Exposure and Aerosol Research Study, which were recently presented at a scientific session of the American Heart Association, showed that people exposed to pollutants—including household cleaners and air fresheners—experienced a narrowing of blood vessels and an increase in blood pressure.
Even seemingly benign products can cause health problems. Glass cleaners often contain ammonia, an eye irritant that can cause headaches and lung irritation. Disinfectants often harbor phenol and cresol, two petroleum derivatives that can cause dizziness and fainting. The polishes that make our floors and furniture shine include nitrobenzene, a carcinogen and reproductive toxin that can also cause short-term shortness of breath and nausea.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxic chemicals released by common cleaning products that can remain suspended in the air for days after use. Able to cross the blood-brain barrier and placenta, VOCs can depress the central nervous system; irritate the eyes, nose and throat; and reduce pulmonary function. Long-term exposure can contribute to a variety of cancers.
The good news is that you don’t need to rely on these toxic chemicals for a spotless house. You can power through most household dirt with inexpensive and effective homemade cleaners. Plus, you can customize your cleaners with bacteria-busting essential oils.
Nontoxic cleaning kit You can clean your house from top to bottom with just eight simple ingredients. To save time and money, buy the ingredients in bulk and make cleaners in advance.

Green Clean: Detox Your Home With These Eight Natural Cleaning Ingredients
Baking Soda:
A truly multitasking cleaner, baking soda is a perfect substitute for cleaning powders that scour sinks and tubs without scratching. It’s also great for wiping down and deodorizing the fridge.In cleaning the fridge and after cleaning the oven use cinnamon mouth wash in warm water to give it a pleasant fragrance it is also great to flush the drain trough in the fridge which also takes any residue from the tubing to the drain tray. Combined with an equal amount of vinegar, baking soda can freshen drains and prevent them from clogging.
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• Borax:
Combining equal amounts of white vinegar and borax will banish mold and mildew from hard surfaces. This natural mineral can also clean your toilet. Pour 1 cup of borax into the toilet bowl and let it sit for a few hours before scrubbing to eliminate stains and odor
• Distilled White Vinegar: This pantry staple cuts grease, eats away lime deposits and destroys odors. Because of its neutralizing properties, white vinegar is also good for washing windows, sanitizing kitchen counters and shining bathroom fixtures. Simply dilute 1 part vinegar in 4 parts water. A natural antibacterial because of its high acid content, vinegar is an effective alternative to caustic cleaners on toilets and floors.
• Hydrogen Peroxide:
Typically found in the medicine cabinet, this disinfectant can also be used as an effective bleach alternative in the laundry room. Because it’s also a powerful oxidizing agent, it works especially well on food, soil, plant, blood and other organic stains. Just make sure to spot test in a discreet area because, like bleach, hydrogen peroxide may lighten fabrics. For each average-size load of whites, add 8 ounces of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide after you have filled the washer with hot water.
• Salt:
Perfect for cleaning grungy ovens, this natural abrasive is also great for soaking up fresh carpet stains such as red wine, coffee or ink. Pour salt on the wet stain. Let dry, then vacuum.
• Vegetable Oil
(Castile) Soap: This natural soap is great for floors and all-purpose cleaning when combined with vinegar, borax or even warm water. For an all-purpose cleaner, add 1⁄2 teaspoon of soap to either 2 cups of water or to the “All-Purpose Cleaner and Disinfectant” recipe below. For floors, combine 2 teaspoons of soap with 3 gallons of water. Make sure to rinse well to remove any dulling residue.
• Washing Soda:
This old-fashioned laundry booster cuts through tough grease on grills, broiler pans and ovens. Because washing soda is a strong alkaline, it’s perfect for tackling dirty linoleum floors. But because it’s caustic and strong enough to strip wax and peel paint, wear gloves when using—and use sparingly. Adding just 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon of washing soda to 32 ounces of hot water will tackle the toughest grease.
• Lemons:
Lemon’s citric acid content cuts stubborn grease and makes your home smell fresh. Lemon juice is also a natural bleach, especially when combined with the sun. Freshen cutting boards by rubbing a cut lemon over the surface. This is especially effective for banishing fish odors. Undiluted lemon juice can also be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits.

How To Live Green With Sue Kelly News Letter August 2016

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I am making many improvements To My Site

1. You asked for a news letter Here It Is

2 . I have a new domain email: suekelly@howtolivegreen.com

3 I have kept the present email howtolivegreen@gmail.com

4. On the resources page I have a link which is also in my latest post to get your eco friendly products online and delivered to your home by UPS The newest concentration is 12X They have a 50 SPF sunscreen that does not wash off while swimming an after sun and a natural ingredient insect repelent.

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5. I am looking for a drop shipper for the other resourses you will need so you can order them right from the resour ce page.

6. Please become a subscriber the link works I added my email onto it today.

7. Please send your requests for future posts or expansion of present subjects to me At suekelly@howtolivegreenwithsuekelly.com

I am planning a post on Fracking and it’s effects on health, the environment and safety.

Also some information from CDC on damage to the environment and health.

If you can think of other areas I have not touched let me know by email

I have a new Face Book Fan Page How To Live Green With Sue Kelly many of you have businesses of your own and might want to Get a Fan Page for yourself. You can put your links on a Fan Page but not on a standard face book page, You will get Pure Leverage FREE for one month after that it is $24.00/month through GVO much less than what Facebook Charges to promote it.

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Melaleuca Preferred Customers Who Enroll In July And August Can Offer $1 Annual Memberships Until August 31st

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The summer is just heating up! July saw a continuation of what has been an amazing period of explosive growth! In August, we’re shaking it up for you and your new August enrollees! It’s the perfect time to partner with your new enrollees to help them reach Director. Preferred Customers who enrolled in July or August can offer $1 Memberships all month long! Shake things up in your business by enrolling your next business partner and helping them set their first appointments. As you enroll new Preferred Customers in August, you’ll both earn some of Melaleuca’s most popular fitness products—along with a little extra. Read More

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Only at Melaleuca will you find an array of healthy fitness shakes that include patented CraveBlocker, the unmatched technology of GC Control, the fat-burning power of Access, and strength-building Ultra-Performance Protein that will propel you toward your fitness goals. Visit our Vitality For Life site to see how the perfect blend of all-natural ingredients offered in Melaleuca shakes can help you become a healthier YOU! As you quality enroll new Preferred Customers in August, you’ll be enjoying the best in fitness nutrition for free! It’s the perfect time to partner with your new enrollees to help you and them reach Director.

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About Melaleuca

Melaleuca. Not exactly an ordinary name. Then again, Melaleuca isn’t exactly an ordinary company.

In less than 30 years it has grown from a little startup in rural Idaho to a billion-dollar enterprise doing business in 17 countries around the globe. It has become one of the largest catalog and online retailers in North America. And it is the largest manufacturer of consumer packaged goods in the Northwest. Today, more than a million people shop with Melaleuca every month.

From the beginning, it was destined to be different. Probably because it was created to put people first. People before profit. People before anything else. It’s mission? Enhancing the lives of those we touch by helping people reach their goals.

People reaching goals… well, that’s the stuff life is all about. And not just any goals. Big goals. The desire to be happy. To be well. In every aspect of life. That’s what makes Melaleuca different. Melaleuca is The Wellness Company. And by wellness, we mean complete wellness. Total wellness. In four distinct but connected areas.

It starts with improving your health with a full line of world-class wellness products, supplements, nutrients, functional foods, and breakthrough innovations that naturally and effectively reduce weight, increase nutrition, and advance health. So people can live with vitality and purpose at every stage of life.

Melaleuca is also on a mission to improve our environment with non-toxic, home-cleaning products that are safer for your home and allow you to live clean without the hazards of harsh chemicals. Melaleuca is a world leader in concentrated products. Products that require less water to make, less fuel to ship, and less plastic to package. It’s better for the environment inside your home… and outside.

Melaleuca goes a step beyond and does what no other company can. Melaleuca makes it possible to improve your financial well-being. How? By providing a step-by-step plan that reduces debt and increases your monthly income. So far, Melaleuca has shared over 3.6 billion dollars with families like yours. Just for referring friends to shop.

It’s unlike anything else but that helps Melaleuca on its mission to improve your overall quality of life. Your personal wellness. To give you more time to enjoy the things you love, with the people you love the most. The health to do the things that matter most. And the resources to make it all happen.

It is a lofty ambition: helping people reach their goals. Not something an ordinary company cares all that much about. Then again, Melaleuca is anything but ordinary.
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What is Freecycle all about? Freecycle IS An Alternative To Keep Useful Things Out Of Landfills.

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**WHAT IS FREECYCLE(R) ALL ABOUT?**

FIRST, WHAT IT “ISN’T” ABOUT

Freecycle is NOT about giving only to the poor. It is NOT about getting as much free stuff as we can. It is NOT about getting things to earn money on the side. It is NOT about getting rid of junk that would be better off in the landfill. It is NOT about posting a “wish list” for expensive items and expecting a fairy godmother to fulfill it for us. It is NOT a community bulletin board for finding rentals, dentists, mechanics, or advertising our businesses and services or special events.

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Freecycle IS about keeping useful things out of the trash. It IS about giving away something that has no use in our life anymore to someone who could extend its usefulness a little longer. It IS about giving gifts to people while clearing out our own clutter. It IS about creating, building, and sustaining an environmentally aware community.

OFFERING ITEMS WE NO LONGER NEED TO THOSE WHO NEED THEM Bicycle-basket-1

When we post an OFFER, we’re offering to give someone a gift. It is up to us to give this gift to whomever we feel would be the best recipient. We’re not obligated to give our gift to someone who is rich, poor, single, married, has no kids, has 1 kid, has 15 kids, has a car, doesn’t have a car, or has a purple octopus named George living in their backyard. We can choose the most polite, the rudest, the funniest, or the shortest response to receive our gift. We can put their names in a hat and do a draw, or we can wave our magic fingers over our screens and pick one that way. We can choose the first, 3rd, or 53rd respondent. We can wait 24 hours and then decide. It is up to us.

LETTING OTHER PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE NEED

When we post a WANTED message, or respond to an offer, we’re requesting a gift. The odds are that no one on this list will be able to give us what we’re asking for. But sometimes somebody will see a WANTED for a bowling ball and go “AHA! I have one in my closet!” But, you know what? Just because we’re rich, poor, single, married, have no kids, have 1 kid, have 15 kids, have a car, don’t have a car, or have a purple octopus named George living in our backyard, does not mean we’re more worthy of receiving a gift from a fellow Freecycle member than the average person living down the street.

Sending emails that don’t say “please” or “thank you” are a way to not receive an item. Sending emails with nasty comments in them are one way to find ourselves in a bit of trouble.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN FREECYCLE

When you want to find a new home for something — whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door — you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of our Freecycle group.

Or, maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member’s offer, and you just might get it. After that, it’s up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure. You can even post a Wanted message to the group because somebody might have just the exact thing you really need stored away in a closet.

One main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

YOU’RE BUILDING A COMMUNITY BY PARTICIPATING

We’re part of a community. In every community, there are people who don’t get along. And in most communities, when two people don’t get along, they just avoid each other. To do that on Freecycle, all you have to do is set up a filter to send any email from someone you don’t want to hear from straight into your trash bin.

So, just remember: If you’re offering a gift, it’s up to you to decide who gets it.

And if you’re requesting a gift… well, be patient. Your turn will come eventually, but if you’re not careful your name could end up on a ‘will not give to’ list. You may want to try making an OFFER to the list, just to see how the process works. Look in your closet or in that box you haven’t unpacked since you moved in two years ago. Prime stuff for Freecycle!

Above all – keep on keeping “stuff” out of the trash!

Using Eco Friendly Products That Are Not Damaging to the Environment

 

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One mainstay of green living is using eco-friendly products and today, almost anything you want to buy can be had in eco-friendly version. Eco-friendly simply means that the product is made in a way that is friendly to the environment. It could mean that it is made of sustainable materials such as bamboo flooring or that it takes an old material that would be dumped into the landfill and gives it new use such as recycled glass countertops.

 

bamboo-flooring-kitchen-768x426Eco-friendly products aren’t just reserved for major home remodeling however. You can get eco-friendly bamboo laptops, belts made from recycled bike inner tubes, and even shoes made from recycled quilts.

 

Whenever you look at buying something, you want to look at how it is made. Is it manufactured in an environmentally friendly manner?  There are actually a couple of levels of eco-friendly products. One is that the product itself is made from renewable or sustainable materials and the other is the method of manufacture and its effects on the environment. The best of both worlds is to be able to get a product that is made from renewable materials and manufactured in an earth friendly manner.

 

thumbnail_222You can take the concept of using eco-friendly products down to any level. For example, even your grocery shopping can be made more eco-friendly by buying locally grown, organic produce and using recyclable bags to carry it in.

 

When it comes to home renovations, you have a lot of great options. Everyone has heard of bamboo flooring which is both beautiful and made from a renewable resource but there other types of flooring that you can use as well. Cork flooring is also renewable and can be very beautiful and it is warm and soft on the feet. Marmoleum is a type of flooring that’s actually been made for quite some time using earth friendly methods and has a great industrial or retro feel that fits right in with today’s styles.

 

21480_alt4Even clothing can be eco-friendly. Choose items made from organic cotton, hemp and even bamboo.  Even big name manufacturers are getting on the green bandwagon with Levi Strauss using recycled zippers and buttons as well as organic cotton.  Today’s eco-friendly clothing can also be trendy so when you’re in the store pay attention to the labels and try to help out the environment while you are picking out your new wardrobe.121712-ASL-132-b-350x640x72ppi

 

Even things like cosmetics and cleaning products can be eco-friendly. You want to choose items that are made from organic materials that don’t have toxic chemicals in them. In fact, using these products will be better for the environment as well as for your health so it’s worth your while to seek them out.

 

a0800314-4fc8-4ce3-9c9d-f1a1e5b6e06c_400Some of the best eco-friendly products also help you conserve resources like water and electricity. Showerheads and faucets that help conserve water are great choice as well as compact fluorescent bulbs that lower your electric bill and help reduce the strain on energy worldwide.

 

Today there is a large demand for eco-friendly products so you will find more and more choices as time goes on. Look at your product labels carefully and take the time to make sure what you’re buying really is eco-friendly and you’ll know that you’re doing your part to keep the planet healthy.

 

 

 

Recycling What You Consider Waste Now & Save

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Do you throw out the bones in the trash?
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One of the main things we need to do on the road to living green is to reduce the refuse that goes to landfills. Waste reduction can become a growing practice that can make a huge difference. our grandmothers did it generations ago. You will be surprised how simple it is.
Instead make your own broth it is simple and will be free compared to buying broth at the store in boxes that go in the landfills.
Save your chicken bones in the freezer. In the case of a holiday turkey I divide the bones into 2 gallon bags and you get two batches of broth. I remove the sharp bones on the drumsticks for safety.
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Put the bones in a large kettle or stock pot.
Add 3 quarts of water and fill an additional 1quart measuring cup to add at the end.
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Add a large onion diced
1-3 carrots diced
1 to 1.5 cups of celery sliced thin
Add you favorite herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and parsley.
Add salt & pepper to taste . If your salt is restricted add no more than 1 tablespoon of salt
Bring it to a boiling boil with the cover off and boil for 35 minutes.
You can tell when it is done when the bones float to the top. Let cool and remove the bones and veggies and discard.

imagesYou can put the strained broth in 1 qt wide mouth canning jars but leave some space at the top so the jars won’t break in the freezer. You have the option of using 1 qt plastic containers instead. When you know a recipe will call for broth defrost the broth taking it out the night before.

homemade-chicken-noodle-soup-collage3When you make soup from the broth always start with carrots, onion and celery use any left over veggies in the refrigerator even mashed potatoes with thicken the soup a little. You can always take 1 boneless chicken breast out of the freezer and cut it in desired sizes to add more protein.you can also ad some rice noodles, or barley for variety. Great soup never the same twice. If you are a small family you can always put the soup in a 1 qt. canning jar while it is still quite warm and put on a dome lid. leave it on the counter you will hear a metallic click as it seals It will keep in the refrigerator for weeks until you need it
Also take the vegetable water from steaming vegetables and freeze in ice cube trays. Keep a bag of these in the freezer for when you need a small amount of broth for the wok or frying pan when cooking

Driving More Efficiently To Reduce The Use of Fossil Fuels

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Drive Sensibly

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Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.1
Driver feedback devices can help you drive more efficiently. A recent study suggests that they can help the average driver improve fuel economy by about 3% and that those using them to save fuel can improve gas mileage by about 10%.2
That’s like saving about $0.07 to $0.23 per gallon.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 5%–33%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.11–$0.76/gallon
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Observe the Speed Limit

While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph.
You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.16 per gallon for gas.3
Observing the speed limit is also safer.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 7%–14%*
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.16–$0.32/gallon*
* Average savings, assuming drivers are willing to slow down 5 to 10 mph and fuel costs $2.29 per gallon.

cargo-box2Avoid Hauling Cargo on Your Roof

Hauling cargo on your roof increases aerodynamic drag (wind resistance) and lowers fuel economy.
A large, blunt roof-top cargo box, for example, can reduce fuel economy by around 2% to 8% in city driving, 6% to 17% on the highway, and 10% to 25% at Interstate speeds (65 mph to 75 mph).4
Rear-mount cargo boxes or trays reduce fuel economy by much less—only 1% or 2% in city driving and 1% to 5% on the highway.
If you need to use an external cargo container, removing it when it’s not in use will save fuel and money.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 2%–17%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.05–$0.39/gallon
Remove Excess Weight

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Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by about 1%.5 The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 1%/100 lbs.
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.02/gallon

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Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes about 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle.6 Learn more…
If you’d like to promote idle reduction in your area, the Clean Cities IdleBox Toolkit can help you get started.
Fuel Cost Savings: $0.01-$0.02/min

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Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Conserving Energy In Your Home Will Reduce Fossil Fuel Usage

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Green Lighting Tips:

• Turn off the lights that you are not using.
imagesBuy compact fluorescent bulbs, which reduce energy use by up to 75 percent. Set a goal of at least replacing the bulbs that are most commonly on in your home. direct-led-fluorescenta19_dm_led_bulbLED Bulbs are the most efficient bulbs at present. You can buy some that can be dimmed. Although they are more expensive you save in the long run. For example a four bulb kitchen Fan light would cost $49.00 for 4 bulbs, but when you think of how often the kitchen light is on it won’t take long to recoup the cost. An added advantage is that you can dim it down to the lowest setting for a night light. I do this and it is ideal since the bathroom door is just outside the kitchen.
• If your older children live with you, put them in charge of the electricity bill. They’ll make sure all the lights are turned off if they are responsible to for paying for the electricity.
• Do not place lamps near a thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat produced from the lamp which can change how often your furnace or air conditioner will run.
• Consider safer, more efficient Energy Star torchiere lamps over popular halogen torchiere lamps. The halogen lamps can cause fires, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. While relatively inexpensive to purchase, halogen lamps are expensive to operate.
• Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.

Heating and Cooling Your Home:

• Change or clean your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly to keep heating and cooling systems running efficiently.
• Dust can restrict airflow and stress the system. Filters can be washable or disposable. Measure the existing filter to make sure to buy a filter that fits properly. It is best to keep several filters on hand as replacements during the cooling season.
• Instead of disposing of a dirty furnace or air conditioner filter, you could vacuum it once per month and spray it with Endust or a similar product which restores the dust-catching ability of the filters. You can reuse the filter two or three times this way.
thermostat_11894428Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your heating and cooling when you are not home.
• Test windows and doors to see if they need new weather-stripping by lighting a candle and moving it around the perimeter of the window or door. If the flame flickers, you need to install new weather-stripping. Don’t put the candle near curtains or blinds though.
• Get your furnace and air conditioner inspected every few years.
• Install window film for windows that you don’t open often, or that seem drafty.
• Plant deciduous trees outside windows on the south side of your house to provide shade in summer and allow sunlight in winter.
• If you live in a house or apartment with water-heated radiators, put foil-faced insulation board between the radiators and the outside walls, with the foil side facing the room.
• Avoid water beds which use a lot of energy to heat in the winter. If you have a water bed, insulate around it and cover it with many blankets to keep the heat in.
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hunter-53090-65Install ceiling fans to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems.
11-06-078-UltraTouchDenim11-06-078-UltraTouchDenim005906_1Add attic insulation to increase the efficiency of both your furnace and air conditioner. A good standard is to reach “R30,” which a contractor should understand.
• Make sure draperies, furniture or rugs do not block vents. These vents should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or a broom.

Washing:

• Set your water heater to a lower setting or call a service person to adjust it for you.
• Put an appropriate insulation blanket around your water heater. I use cold water with Oxi-clean in
• Run your dishwasher without the “drying cycle” and just let dishes drip dry.
• Do full loads when you use clothes washers and dishwashers.
• To reduce the amount of dishes to wash, label the bottom of cups and mugs with family member’s names.
• Reduce the amount of towels to wash by labeling towels or hooks.
• Choose cold or warm cycles over hot cycles because heating the water for laundry consumes 90 percent of the energy of the laundry process.

Drying:

• Hang your clothes to dry either on a clothesline or a clothes tree, at least some of the time. In the winter, this is a natural humidifier in a dry room.
• Reduce ironing time by taking clothes out when they are slightly damp and hanging them up, or right away when the clothes are dry. If you get to the dryer too late, you can put a damp towel inside and run the dryer for a few minutes to get the same effect.
• Empty the lint trap after each use of the dryer.
• Dry light and heavy clothing separately for maximum efficiency.
• To make room for drying clothes, buy an expandable shower curtain rod and put it in the shower. Hang clothes on hangers.
• Install a dryer vent hood where your dryer discharges to the outside to reduce the amount of heat escaping from this hole.

Batteries:

• Buy rechargeable batteries and a recharger.
• Only purchase toys that don’t require batteries.

Refrigerators and Freezers:

• Keep condenser coils clean on the back of your refrigerator. Gently wipe and vacuum them once a year. Many fridges have a removable panel around the coils. Keep the back of the fridge at least four inches from the wall.
• Make sure the fridge door gasket seals tight. Test it by putting a piece of paper in a closed door. Pull on the paper and if it comes out too easily, you need to replace your gasket. Test at several places along the door. Another way to test: put a flashlight in your fridge and see if the light leaks out when you close the door.
• Check the temperature of your fridge and freezer by putting a thermometer in a glass of water. Put the glass of water in the center shelf in the center of the fridge. It should read 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit. The freezer should read 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit.
• If you have a large freezer, keep it in the basement or as cool a room as possible.
• The fuller the freezer, the more energy efficient it is.
• Let hot food cool down a bit before you put it in the fridge.
• Install your fridge away from direct sun or your rangetop or oven.
• Try not to use a second refrigerator.
• Make sure your fridge is absolutely level to ensure the door gets closed every time you open it.

Cooking:

• Use a microwave rather than an oven, range or toaster oven whenever possible.
• Choose small appliances over big ones, such as a toaster oven, electric teapot, rice cooker, electric frypan or a crockpot.
• Cover pans when cooking to keep heat in.
• Turn off the burner or oven before the food is completely cooked.
• Use a pressure cooker whenever possible.
• Make more food than you need for one meal and then heat the leftovers in a microwave.
• Bake with glass or ceramic pans which allow you to set the temperature in the oven by 25 degrees Fahrenheit lower than the recipe calls for.
• Thaw food on metal such as in a stainless steel pan.
• Keep the grease plates under your range burners clean to ensure the most heat is being reflected up.
• Use the appropriate size burner on the range – small for small pots, large for large pots.
• Don’t worry so much about preheating for most recipes, except fragile pastries or cakes.

Large Purchasing Decisions:

• Contact your utility company to see if they have a “check meter” which you plug into an appliance and get the exact voltage. This will help you decide whether it is worthwhile to replace an appliance.
• When shopping for home appliances and electronics, look for the “Energy Star” label. For more information, go to www.energystar.gov.
• Choose an energy-efficient front-loading washing machine.
• If buying a new dryer, find one with a moisture sensor that turns off when the clothes are dry.
• Avoid automatic ice makers which use substantial energy.
• Side-by-side refrigerator freezers use more energy than a typical model.
• When buying a new stove, the induction cook tops are the most energy-efficient. These look like a ceramic cooking surface, like a countertop.
• If available, buy “green power” that comes from non-polluting sources of electricity such as solar cells and windmills. For more information on green power availability, visit www.green-e.org.
• Replace very old windows with more energy-efficient ones.
• Choose a natural gas furnace over an oil furnace, which produces more CO2.
• Since dark colors absorb heat, choose a light-color roof shingle if you have a choice.
• You can apply a reflective coating to your existing roof. Two standard roofing coatings are available at your local home improvement store. They have both waterproofing and reflective properties and are marketed primarily for mobile homes and recreational vehicles. One coating is white latex that you can apply over many common roofing materials, such as asphalt and fiberglass shingles, tar paper, and metal. Most manufacturers offer a five-year warranty.

Winter Tips:

• Put on an air conditioner cover during the winter to reduce drafts.
• Wear slippers and light sweaters so you can lower the temperature a few degrees.
• Cover your legs and/or torso with a lap quilt or blanket when sitting still at home.

Summer Tips:

• Set the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher for the most energy-efficient operation.
• Install shaded window film to block extra sunlight and reduce air conditioning costs. Some states have tax incentives for you to do this. Some films are permanent so you might not install them if you want to get sun in your home during the winter.
• Use your microwave or outdoor grill instead of a range or oven to reduce the amount of heat you produce indoors.
• Use fans to move the air inside your home. This gives the sensation that it is 5 degrees cooler than the actual temperature.
• Shade windows on the sunny side of your home. Keep drapes closed or add room-darkening shades to block out the heat from the sun.
• Keep the outside portion of a central air conditioner clear from dried mud, debris and grass clippings. Check after an intense rain. Mud can splatter onto the unit and block the air after it dries.
• Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but do not block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
• On hot summer days, avoid opening doors and windows in your home durin the afternoon. This allows cool air to escape and hot air to enter the home. Choose activities that are either indoors or outdoors and restrict activities that require many door openings to the mornings.
• Shift energy-intensive tasks such as laundry and dishwashing to off-peak energy-demand hours to increase electricity reliability during heat waves.
• Save jobs that produce moisture – such as mopping, laundry and dishwashing – for early morning or nighttime hours. The humidity from these activities can make homes uncomfortable.
• Make sure the attic is properly ventilated to relieve excess summer heat.
• Install a radiant barrier on the underside of your roof to reflect heat. A radiant barrier is simply a sheet of aluminum foil with a paper backing.

Miscellaneous:

• Turn off or even unplug your televisions when not in use. Televisions draw power constantly for the instant-on functionality.
• Compost kitchen wastes rather than use your garbage disposal.
• Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and newspapers. Using recycled materials in manufacturing consumes less energy than using virgin materials.