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

stop_idlingAvoid Excessive Idling

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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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• 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.

Requested Additional Information On Conserving Energy While Driving

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., unveiled the all-new next-generation Highlander and Highlander Hybrid mid-size sport utility vehicles (SUV) at a press conference at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. The 2008 Highlander is significantly larger, roomier and more powerful than the vehicle it replaces.

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., unveiled the all-new next-generation Highlander and Highlander Hybrid mid-size sport utility vehicles (SUV) at a press conference at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. The 2008 Highlander is significantly larger, roomier and more powerful than the vehicle it replaces.


Reduce the use of Fossil Fuels
Many of you have asked for more ways to promote energy efficiency while driving So here is an extension of my original post. We all want two things to preserve the environment and we really like the idea of saving money as well as wear and tear on our vehicles as an added incentive.
Everyone should be driving to save gas, or more accurately, driving in such a way that you do save gas and therefore money while also helping the environment by creating less pollution. This is all part of being green and saving money. You kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Your car lasts longer, costs less to run, and you feel good about the cleaner air around you, for you are now driving to save gas. Here are great tips to help you.
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• 1.Slow things down. At 70 miles an hour you are not driving to save gas. A car engine operates most efficiently at around 55 miles an hour. At that speed you will burn the gas you need and waste as little as possible. You will also get to where you are going just fine, so keep the speed down.

• Every time you plunge your foot to the floor, or brake hard, you are not driving to save gas – you are wasting it. Sure, it may look macho, but everything about your car suffers, and so does your pocket. When you are driving to save gas you will drive gently. You will accelerate moderately and brake smoothly. Always anticipate the need to slow down so that you don’t have to slam the brakes on at the last moment, or corner harder than you meant to. Driving to save gas comes easy when you think ahead.

• . Keep your tires properly inflated. Your engine uses some 20% of its efforts just overcoming the resistance of tire rolling. That percentage figure increases when the tires are under-inflated. The amount of gas you burn increases too. Keep your tires inflated at the manufacturers recommended level at all times, and only then will you start driving to save gas.

• Lighten the load in your car to a minimum at all times. We’re not talking about passengers here, but the junk that most people carry around with their cars. Go through the trunk and dump anything you don’t absolutely need. Do the same in the car’s interior. You will be surprised at just how much you have accumulated. It could be as much as 100 pounds. Carrying that much excess weight is not driving to save gas!

• . Only run your car’s engine when you actually need it. Consider this: it has been estimated that customers sitting in line in idling cars at Burger King waste an amazing 16 million gallons of gas a year. That’s certainly not driving to save gas! Starting your car uses about the same amount of gas as it will burn in one minute when idling. If you think you will be waiting longer than a minute, switch off. Driving to save gas is mostly common sense with a little thought. You can do it!

• Combine errands to reduce trips.
• Try to live close to your work or school.
• Avoid peak time travel.
• Research whether your employer can offer a subsidized mass transit program. Many municipalities have grants for employers.
• Some communities have car-share programs. With these programs, you pay an annual fee and then have access to a vehicle without incurring the costs of owning a vehicle. Most programs are in urban areas.
• If you need to rent a vehicle, rent the smallest one available. Sometimes you can even rent a hybrid vehicle.
• Become a member of the Better World Club for towing and other support services. The Better World Club gives rebates on renting hybrid vehicles and has a bicycle support program.
• Support industries that recycle tires by buying items made from tires. You can find doormats, roofing, playground material and asphalt.

Your Driving Style

• Learn how to properly start your vehicle. Fuel-injected vehicles do not need to have the gas pedal pumped.
• Avoid quick acceleration or sudden braking unless your life is in danger. Avoid tailgating because it requires more braking and accelerating.
• Use cruise control when highway driving.
• Improve your fuel efficiency by about 15 percent by driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph, so follow speed limits.
• Avoid idling. It uses more gas then stopping and re-starting your vehicle. Avoid drive-thru2007-hybrid-car-pictures-11. Instead, park and go inside.
• Put items inside the vehicle rather than on roof racks to reduce drag. If possible, remove roof racks when you are not using them.
• Avoid rough roads where possible. Smooth road surfaces can reduce fuel consumption.
• Refer to the owner’s manual to determine optimum gear shift points for manual transmissions. They are usually listed in miles per hour.
• When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
Avoid riding your brake i.e. having one foot on your brake and one on the gas pedal.

General Vehicle Maintenance:

• Remove any extra weight in the vehicle, such as items you don’t need to use that are stored in the trunk.
• Give your vehicle a regular tune-up. Keeping your vehicle in top condition means it will run efficiently and get more miles to the gallon.
• Regularly check your vehicle’s tire pressure – poorly inflated tires waste gas and cause more pollution.
• One way to tell if your vehicle needs servicing is to keep track of your gas mileage. It should match what is listed in the manual. It will vary from season to season, but it should be close.
• Change your fuel filter at least once a year. A fuel filter can get plugged with debris. This slows the process of gas getting to your engine.
• A dirty air filter can cause an engine to consume more fuel. Rural vehicles traveling on dusty roads will need air filter changes more often. You can also purchase washable air filters to reduce waste.
• Re-refined oil performs as well as motor oil from original sources, and you should ensure that it is used whenever the oil is changed.
• Use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil for your vehicle.
• If you change your own oil, put it in a clear container with a screw-on lid and bring it to a hazardous waste center.
• Purchase oil with the Energy Conserving II label which contains additives that help fuel efficiency.
• Invest in a filter that can be used for many oil changes. This varies from vehicle to vehicle.
• Check your driver’s manual to see if you need high octane gasoline. If not, buy lower octane gas.
• If it’s available in your area, purchase ethanol or “gasohol” instead of gasoline.
• Don’t top up your tank when filling because it causes air pollution and spills.

Pump Your Tires to Save Gas and Wildlife

• When your tires are pumped to their recommended inflation rate, you save gas. This helps wildlife because the more gas we conserve as a country, the less likely we will drill in wildlife-rich places, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

• According to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, American motorists may waste $2 billion annually because their tires are not properly inflated. If your tires are pumped to even four or five pounds per square inch lower than recommended levels, it increases your gas usage by 10%.

• Find out your recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual or on the sticker that’s found on most cars near the driver’s seat (visible when you open your car door). Many gas station air pumps automatically tell your air pressure as part of the pumping process. You can also get a tire gauge for a few dollars to check the pressure at home.

Five More Gas Saving Tips

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• Drive sensibly: Dramatic stop-and-go driving wastes gas.

• You’ll save about 33% of your gas purchases while highway driving and 5% while city driving.
• Keep your engine in good shape: If your car is running hard, or you fail an emissions test, get it fixed. And if there is one tune-up that you should take seriously, it would your oxygen sensor. A bad sensor can increase gas costs by 40%. Air filters protect your engine but if they get clogged, it can increase your gas costs by up to 10%.

• You’ll save about 4-40% of your gas purchases!
• Remove unnecessary weight from your car: For every 100 pounds of stuff that you keep in your car, you reduce fuel economy on average by 2%. This has an even bigger impact on smaller vehicles.

• You’ll save about 2% of your gas purchase for every 100 pounds of stuff you lug around!
• Combine your trips: If you can keep a list of things that you need to do in your car, then you can plan the best route. This saves gas and time. Plus it can be a fun educational activity with your kids to take a to-do list, a map of your community and work together to plan your errands. It makes them feel involved and teaches them about the costs of gas. Maybe your kids will even think of a better plan!
• Avoid driving altogether: Walk, bike and take public transit. It will save you lots of money! Try telecommuting.
• You’ll save 100% of your gas purchase!
(All statistics from www.fueleconomy.gov.)

Winter Tips:

• Emissions from a cold engine are much higher than from a engine that is warmed up enough for the catalytic converter to be working at high efficiency. However, in a well-tuned vehicle, you should not have to idle your vehicle to warm it up.
• Instead, you should start out slowly, not revving your engine, accelerate and slow down gently. Idling increases engine wear and emissions.
• Bring sand or non-clumping kitty litter in your trunk to get out of icy situations, but remove these heavy items in other seasons to avoid useless weight in the vehicle.
• Use antifreeze that contains propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. The latter is very toxic to pets and wildlife. The sweet taste of the antifreeze attracts animals.
• If you live in a cold climate, get a vehicle with a block heater. This will help your engine reach peak efficiency faster.
• If you drive a truck for a living and need to keep warm in the winter, you can avoid idling by getting a small auxiliary heater.

Summer Tips:

• If at all possible, turn off your air conditioner and drive with your windows open a bit instead.
• Cars older than 1995 often have systems which contain CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons, which threaten the ozone layer. It’s even more important to have air conditioning systems maintained in these vehicles.
• Park in the shade to reduce the need for air conditioning.
• Remove snow tires in summer to improve fuel efficiency.

Purchasing a Vehicle

• Buy the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. This will reduce your gas consumption, cut CO2 pollution, and save you money at the gas pump.
• Purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle. You can get tax benefits for purchasing these vehicles.
• Purchase a lighter colored vehicle to reduce air conditioner use.

The Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

• Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy makes a report of the fuel economy of the cars for that year. Visit their site to learn the fuel economy of your car or find the most efficient cars you can purchase.

Tax Incentives For Purchasing Efficient Vehicles
(information from www.fueleconomy.gov)

Is Your Home Renovation Green Enough? Learning About Green And Sustainable Building Materials

265x265BeFunky_28181444cM0UkB0ySue & Shawn Kelly (2)If you’re thinking about building or renovating your home, you might want to consider some green options. No – I don’t meant having a green color scheme (although you certainly can if it suits you), I’m talking about making eco-friendly choices for your new design.

11-4 Certainly one of the first things that comes to mind is using “green” products. Low VOC carpets and floors and cabinetry made from sustainable materials like cork and bamboo should be high on your choice list.
3f54d87a0931a029c73da9ea1dd2c78bIn the kitchen and bathrooms, you could opt for recycled glass counter-tops that add a unique touch to the kitchen and are a great way to put old glass to use. These counter-tops come in many color combinations and resemble artful mosaics which lend a classy air to your room.
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Another thing to consider is recycling your old items or, using items from someone else’s home. These days, wood floors are very popular and if you are considering them for your home you might look around at older homes that are being torn down to see if you can salvage the flooring. Every item that you reuse from your old design or from someone else’s home is one less item that will end up in the landfill. If you find chestnut you have found a gold mine. check out old barns built before blight killed all the chestnut trees in the U.S.
If you need to go with new wood floors choose bamboo It grows very fast 3-4 years instead of 20-30 years Truly sustainable.

If you are redoing your heating, then look into solar or wind power. Wind power might not be practical for all homes since you need to have quite a bit of land and a high area for the turbine. Solar power, on the other hand, can be adapted to almost anywhere. If putting in a solar system is not within your reach, you should at least make sure that you insulate properly RX 15 or higher and use triple pane windows and tight fitting seals on your doors to minimize loss of energy from your home.

Avoiding use of paints and glues that produce air pollution is another consideration. This is not only important for the environment, but for your health as well. Toxic fumes can build up in your home and are bad for your health. In fact, the EPA estimates that the pollution inside your home can be up to 100 times worse than that outside the home! In order to have cleaner air inside, use water based paints instead of oil based and avoid products that have a lot of adhesives. When you do need to use adhesive, try to make sure they are as “green” as possible.

Luckily, there are plenty of exciting options in eco-friendly materials and you don’t have to sacrifice beauty or function to go green. When choosing the new materials and items for your home, be sure you do your homework and look for eco-friendly options – I think you will find plenty of items that fit in your new design
When choosing lighting choose LED lighting although the cost is higher you will save the extra you spent in no time.

Reduce Use of Fossil Fuels With These Tips For Reducing Energy Consumption

When it comes to green living, reducing the amount of energy you use is one of the easiest and most effective things you can do. While electricity itself is not unfriendly to the environment, the production of it is as most of the facilities we use to generate electricity are powered by fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are not renewable and the output from these facilities produces carbon which leads to global warming.

Luckily, there are several things you can do to reduce your energy consumption and the bonus is that you’ll also save money on your utility bill!

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1. If you’re not using it, then unplug it. Many electronic devices today have LED’s that draw energy even if the device is not powered on. Your VCR, Coffee Maker and even your electric toothbrush all use a little bit of energy when plugged in. Those little bits can quickly add up, so when your appliances are not in use, try to get into the habit of unplugging them.Or use a power strip with an on off switch and just switch it off in each area with multiple electronics. When looking for a new DVD player etc make sure it has a power switch,

2. Shut down your computer. While it’s nice to have your computer always ready for use, it also uses a lot of electricity. When you go to bed at night, power off the computer, monitor and printer. A good habit is to set the scan on your Anti virus with it set to turn off when complete

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3. Get a programmable thermostat. Getting an automatic thermostat can be a great way to reduce your heating costs, be it from oil, gas or electricity. With a programmable thermostat you can set it to the optimum temperatures and then forget about it. Set it to 68 degrees Fahrenheit for daytime use when people will be home and 55 degrees Fahrenheit when you are sleeping or at work.

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4. Make your water heat more efficient. Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and get an insulated sleeve for it to insure it is working as efficiently as possible.

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5. Use your lighting wisely. Switch to more energy efficient lighting like LED lights or compact fluorescent lights and be sure that you don’t leave lights on overnight or when no one is in the room.

6. Energy efficient laundry. Even doing laundry can be an opportunity to save on energy. Make sure you always clean the lint basket after each load and be sure to set the appropriate water level in your washer. Doing these will help your washer and dryer run more efficiently. A good trick is to keep Bath or Beach towels in the laundry room. Set washer on extra spin if your washer has it When you put clothes in the dryer add two or three dry towels intermittently as you load the dryer It can cut drying time down to 28 minutes, Turn Washer & dryer off when done for the day.

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7. Set the right temps in your fridge. Your refrigerator should be set to around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit for most efficient use. Also, make sure you clean out all the dust bunnies behind and underneath the fridge.

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8. Don’t run the dishwasher until it is full. Make sure there is a full load in the dishwasher before you run it and use the energy saving cycle.

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9. Buy energy efficient appliance. Using energy efficient appliances can help reduce energy usage as well as your electric bill so the next time you are in the market for a new appliance, make sure you look at the energy star rating and buy the most efficient model you can afford.
10 LED Televisions and Computer Monitors use a great deal less energy.

Greener Spring Cleaning With Non Toxic Cleaning Products

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How Healthy Is Your Home? It’s alarming but true-scientists and doctors have discovered that there is  a connection between our health ant eh use of common everyday household chemicals. If yours is the typical home, you probably use dozens of cleaning and personal care products, purchased at the local grocery store, which contain chemical ingredients that could be harmful to your health and the health of your loved ones. Since World War Ii, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of man-made chemicals we use in our homes. The typical home now contains over sixty-three hazardous products that together contain hundreds of different chemicals. At the sane tune there has been an equally dramatic rise in the incidence of certain certain chronic health problems.  Research indicates that this is more than coincidence that the dramatic rise in these various diseases has coincided with the increased use of hazardous man-made chemicals in the home

 

Have We  Always Been Sick? Around the beginning of the 20th century the cancer incidence rat was about one in fifty. Today in the US one in three women and one in two men will suffer from cancer some time in their lives. Cancer is the number two killer of adults and the leading cause of death from disease in children. The incidence of central nervous system disorders like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis increases annually. Birth defects are on  the rise as well. Over 150,00 babies are born with defects each year for reasons unknown. Another 500,000 babies are miscarried early in pregnancy each year with an additional 24,000 miscarried  late in pregnancy or still born.  Infertility is increasing and widespread with over 2,000,000,000 couples who want children unable to conceive. Asthma was also once a very rare disease. Now the condition is extremely common. The Asthma rate has tripled in the last twenty years with over 30 million twenty years.

Happy Endings Some conscientious companies now offer household products that are safer and more natural. Most of these people friendly and environmentally sensitive product work just as well or better than grocery store brands, and in many cases actually cost less. So there’s really no reason to risk your health, or the health of your loved ones any longer. Is your home a healthy home?  right now, it,s probably not as healthy as it could be. Read on to learn more.

 

They Would’t Sell It If  It Isn’t Safe Would They?  Yes they would learn why. The government has very limited power to regulate manufacturers, or to require testing of their products.  Her are some disturbing facts:

  • A product that kills 50% of lab animals through ingestion or  inhalation can still receive the federal regulatory designation  “non toxic”.
  • Of the 17,000 chemicals that appear in common household products, only 30% have been adequately tested for their negative effects on our health :   less than 10% have been tested for their effect on the nervous system; and nothing is known about the combined effects of these chemicals when nixed within our bodies.
  • No law requires manufactures to list the exact ingredients on the  package label.
  • “Personal car product” refers to just about anything we use to clean our bodies or make ourselves look or smell good. The closest thing to a regulatory agency  for the personal care industry is the Food & Drug Administration(FDA), and their power is extremely limited
  •  Here are more unsettling fact regarding personal care products
  • The FDA cannot test any personal care product until it is released into the market place.
  • Neither personal care products nor their ingredients are reviewed or approved before they are sold to the public.
  • The FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing on their personal care products before they are sold to the public.
  • The FDA cannot require recalls or harmful personal care products from the marketplace.
  • The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) analyzed 2,983 chemicals used in personal care products. The results were as follows:
  • 884 of the chemical were toxic
  • 314 caused biological mutation
  • 218 caused  reproductive complications
  • 778 caused acute toxicity
  • 148 caused tumors
  • 376 caused skin and eye irritations

Attention deficit disorder in adults and children is rising in 1993 2 million children took Ridltan so they could sit still long enough to learn. In 1995 that number had doubled.   Everyone wants a clean and fresh smelling home, but if you’ve been using commercial cleaners and air fresheners, you might have a home full of toxins! In fact, the EPA says that the levels of pollutants in the home can be up to 100 times higher than the outside air. This pollution can come from gases given off by anything from your carpeting to your kitchen cabinets to your cleaning products. Walk into any grocery store and you will see a myriad of cleaners – there’s so many it might even be hard to choose. Most of them are loaded with harmful chemicals, but there are many now that bear the words “natural” on the label. However, one should not be fooled by that one little word – many of these cleaners are anything but natural and there are no standards or regulation for using this word on product labels. If you really want to go green with your cleaning, there are plenty of natural things you can use. Tea tree oil is a great natural cleaner for mold and mildew, baking soda makes a wonderful abrasive cleaner and white vinegar is a great all around cleaner that will shine your windows and mirrors like nobodies business. In addition to the health benefits of no toxic cleaning, using these substances is also much less costly than most store bought cleaners. For scrubbing surfaces like bathtubs, sinks and even counters use a mixture of baking soda and liquid detergent combined to make a paste. Put the paste on a sponge and scrub away. You can also mix baking soda with a little water if you prefer. For cleaning glass surfaces, there is nothing like vinegar. Mix 3 tablespoons with 2 cups of water and just a dab of liquid detergent. Put it in a spray bottle and shake it up, then just spray on and wipe off as you would any cleaner. When it comes to moldy areas, bathroom tile and even cutting boards, you can use straight vinegar sprayed on the area and let to sit for as long as you want (even overnight). The vinegar will work to clean and sanitize as well as deodorize. If you have a mold problem, combine 2 teaspoons tea tree oil with 1 cup of water and spray directly on the area without wiping off – it works wonders! You can even use natural ingredients as an effective furniture polish and olive oil works wonders for this task. Mix ½ teaspoon with ¼ cup lemon juice – dab onto a rag and wipe over the wood. This mixture can be stored in a tightly closed glass jar for quite some time. When it comes to deodorizers for the home, those store bought sprays are harmful both environmentally and health wise. Your much better off to open the windows and let the fresh air in. If that’s not enough then you can always put out bowls of dried flowers or herbs, use an open box of baking soda to absorb odors or place some cedar blocks strategically around the house. There’s no reason why you can’t clean everything in your home using natural ingredients, so throw out all those chemical cleaner bottles and arm yourself with some baking soda, vinegar and tea tree oil not only will your house be less toxic but you’ll save on your next grocery bill too!

Spring Cleaning should also include cleaning out the clutter. Like putting away the cold weather clothing I put our winter coats in a zipper garment container on a rack in the attic. You can add cedar blocks or shavings to the bottom of the zipper bag. Sweaters and hooded sweat shirt and long sleeved shirts  can be put away in storage bins and marked clearly.

563045600Put out large card board boxes. Mark one for winter coats and jackets ,sweaters, sweat shirts and blankets. mark these for the winter coat and blanket drives. When the time comes  donate them for the homeless. if you cannot find a drive drop them off at homeless shelters and soup kitchens in the area.

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Put Christmas and winter decorations you no longer use in one box, spring decorations in another. Summer and patriotic in another and fall in another.  When that time of year comes along  drop the appropriate box off at good will or the Salvation Army.

 

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This is a good time to clean and reorganize drawers  and closets in your bedrooms. Discard worn out clothing. vacuum  out the draws and put in fresh liner paper. put in dividers or boxes to  separate the clothes with a fabric  softener sheet in each divider. Then put this seasons clothes away.  Make a list for what you will need to replace the worn out clothes.

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Vacuum and clean the closets discarding unwanted clothes and coats to put aside to give away. Using hangers that hang from each other can relieve crowding. hangers for belts or scarves will help. Discard any worn out shoes or slippers.  Put this seasons clothes in the closet  and store the winter clothes in the attic.

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Go through one shelf at a time discarding any expired food or grains that have weevils in them.  Vacuum the shelfs and wash replacing shelf paper as needed.  I like the gallon jars you get marinated artichoke hearts in because they are straight and take up as small a space as possible.  Keeping food in jars is the best way to keep them fresh as well as seeing what you have on hand at a glance.gal jar 125x208

 

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Also clean drawers  One drawer each time you do dishes until they are all done.

 

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Spring is also a good time to start an outdoor compost.  At the back of your yard  place a compost area. You could simply make a bin out out of  hardware cloth use twisted wire to secure the sections together. Also make a cover with twisted wire at the back edge only and make a fastener from wire with a hook to secure it from wild animals. Put a closed wooden box or a storage bin with newspaper to keep the carbon monoxide  from forming.  Put in peelings, weeds from the gardens dead and discarded plants etc. in the bin in layers with paper. If you want to speed the process purchase worms from  the internet to add to the mix.

Grow The lowest Carb Fruits

th It’s not always easy to compare apples to oranges when it comes to carbs Fruits and vegetable come in all shapes and sizes, and while it might seem like one is a lower-carb choice than another, it may just seem that way because of size and weight differences. We leveled the playing field for you here, so you can compare apples to apples … so to speak!  Where you live will determine what you can grow for example you can’t grow pineapples or bananas in Idaho but you can grow blueberries in large planters in your front yard. If your yard  more landscaping you can grow an apple tree, cherry tree or a currant hedge. There are many dwarf varieties that will bear delicious fruit without taking over your yard or eventually falling on your house. building a pyamid  for stawberries will give you fresh strawberries for years or you can use a tiered planter on you deck or balcony.  What is your dream,  Thee is one video of families growing strawberries in a galvanized tub with a screening they fit over the tub to protect the fruit from the birds. The bees can get through the mess to pollenate the plants but the birds are detered  from eating them.   Note: To help you visualize a 50-gram portion, here are some examples: 10 grapes, 1/3 of a medium sized  peach, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 35 blueberries, or 2 extra-long spears of asparagus   #1 is CASABA MELON! th It contains 3.5g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of cubed casaba melon contains 5.5g of carbs. Casaba melons are an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, which can reduce levels of homocysteine — a key  risk factor   for heart disease   #2 is WATERMELON! th It contains 4g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of diced watermelon contains 5.5g of carbs. Watermelon is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lycopene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of several forms of cancer. It also contains citrulline, which our body needs to create arginine, an amino acid that has been shown to increase indulin sensitivity. . #3 is STRAWBERRIES! th They contain 4g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of sliced strawberries contains 6.5g of carbs. Strawberries are loaded with phytonutrients, which makes them heart-protective, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory fruits. They contain ellagic acid , which may inhibit tumor growth. The anthocyanins found in strawberries block the pain and inflammation-causing compounds, COX-1 and COX-2   #4 is CANTALOUPE! th It contains 4g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of diced cantaloupe contains 6.5g of carbs. Cantaloupe is a potassium, vitamin A, and beta-carotene heavyweight. Potassium is key for maintaining healthiy blood pressure and may lower the risk of stroke. Vitamin A and beta-carotene are essential nutrients for good vision.   #5 is AVOCADO! th It contains 4g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of avocado contains 6.5g of carbs. Avocados are high in monosaturated fat, which actually helps lower cholesterol and has been linked to a lower risk of cancer and diabetes. They are a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that helps your eyes and skin stay healthy, and a wide range of anti-inflammatory nutrients that may help prevent arthritis. They are high in fiber — one avocado has between 11 and 17 grams of fiber — which makes them great for blood sugar regulation . #6 is BLACKBERRIES! th They contain 5g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of blackberries contains 7g of carbs. Blackberries may inhibit metalloproteinese enzymes. When found in high amounts, these enzymes play a significant role in cancer development. Blackberries are also packed with polyphenols and anthocyanins, which can help prevent cancer and heart disease.   #7 is HONEYDEW MELON! th It contains 5g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of diced honeydew melon contains 8g of carbs. Honeydew melon is ahight volume fruit. For its weight, it contains a high amount of water, fiber, and air. It contains few calories but makes you feel full, so it’s good for weight loss. It is also an excellent source of potassium, which can lower  blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke.   #8 is GRAPEFRUIT! th It contains 5g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half medium grapefruit contains 10.5g of carbs. Grapefruits are a great source of Vitamin C, which supports the immune system  The red and pink colors of grapefruit are due to lycopene, an antioxidant that may have anti-tumor effects. In addition, they contain liminoids that also prevent tumor growth. Pectin, a soluble fiber that may slow the progress of atherosclerosis and lower cholesterol, is also found in grapefruit.   #9 is ORANGES! th They contain 5g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium orange contains 15.5g of carbs. Oranges contain more than 170 cancer fighting phytochemicals and 60 flavonoids. This includes liminoids, which may fight cancer and lower cholesterol They have a variety of heart-protecting nutrients, including blood pressure-lowering potassium, cholesterol-lowering pectin, and homocysteine-lowering folate. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C.   #10 is PEACHES! th They contain 5g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium peach contains 14.5g of carbs. Peaches are a good source of calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamins C, K, and A. They also contain beta-cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid with some anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.   #11 is PAPAYA! th It contains 5g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium papaya contains 30g of carbs. Papayas are a good source of 3 powerful antioxidants — vitamins C, E, and A — that prevent the oxidation of cholesterol and may prevent atherosclerosis and heart disease. They’re one of the best sources of digestive enzymes that break down protein and may help reduce inflammation   #12 is CRANBERRIES! th They contain 6g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One half cup of cranberries contain 6.5g of carbs. Cranberries are best known for their ability to protect against urinary tract infections , due to their proanthocyanidin content. But they also contain at least 5 key categories of health-supportive phytonutrients and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.   #13 is PLUMS! th They contain 6g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium plum contains 7.5g of carbs. Plums have a high content of phenols — antioxidants that help prevent oxygen-based damage to fats. These include the fats that make up a substantial portion of our brian cells, the cholesterol in our bloodstream, and our cell membranes.   #14 is RASPBERRIES! th They contain 6g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of raspberries contains 7.5g of carbs. Raspberries are a fiber powerhouse — there are 8g of fiber per cup. They’re also one of the best sources of elllagic acid, an antioxidant that may inhibit tumor growth and the spread of cancer. They’re rich in a group of flavonoids called anthocyanins that have unique antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.   #15 is CLEMENTINES! th They contain 6g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium clementine contains 9g of carbs. Clementines are rich in vitamin C, which helps support the immune system  They’re also a good source of calcium, a necessity for bone health,  and potassium, which can help lower blood pressure.   #16 is PINEAPPLE! th It contains 6g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of pineapple chunks contains 11g of carbs. Pineapples contain bromelain, a rich source of enzymes that aids digestion, speeds up wound healing, and reduces inflammation. They’re also an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is necessary for healthy skin bone and cartilage formation, and glucose tolerance.   #17 is NECTARINES! th They contain 6g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium nectarine contains 15g of carbs. Nectarines are a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and beta-carotene. The peel is rich in bioflavonoids — antioxidants that may help prevent cancer. They’re also a good source of fiber, which is necessary for good digestive health.   #18 is BLUEBERRIES! th They contain 7g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of blueberries contains 11g of carbs. Blueberries are antioxidant powerhouses that help protect against heart disease and cancer. They’re packed with anthocyanides, which prevent free radical damage  to cells and tissues. Blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. They also contain ellagic acid, which blocks metabolic pathways that can lead to cancer.   #19 is APPLES! th They contain 7g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium apple with skin contains 25g of carbs. Apples are loaded with phytochemicals that give them plenty of antioxidant power. They can decrease oxidation of cell membrane fats, a risk factor  for atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems. Polyphenols found in apples influence digestion and absorption of carbs, which means they may help regulate blood sugar levels.Studies have shown that apples may protect against lung cancer.   #20 is PEAR! th It contains 7g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium pear contains 27.5g of carbs. Pears are a good source of fiber, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol . They’re also a great source of vitamin C and copper, both of which are antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage.   #21 is KIWI FRUIT! th It contains 8g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium kiwi without skin contains 11g of carbs. Kiwis contain twice the amount of vitamin C as oranges. They’ve been shown to protect DNA in the nucleus of cells from oxygen-related damage Kiwis are a good source of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol  and regulate blood sugar. They may also lower your risk for blood clots and reduce fats in your blood, therefore helping to protect cardiovascular health.   #22 is CHERRIES! th They contain 8g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of cherries contains 11g of carbs. Cherries are loaded with anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-cancer properties. Cancer fighting compounds include quercetin and ellagic acid, which may inhibit tumor growth. Cherries have also been shown to lower levels of uric acid in the blood, the leading cause of gout pain . #23 is TANGERINE! th It contains 8g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium tangerine contains 12g of carbs. Tangerines contain beta-cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid that may significantly lower the risk of lung cancer The peel contains a compound called polymethoxylated flavones that has the potential to effectively lower cholesterol.   #24 is MANGO! th It contains 8g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup sliced mango contains 14g of carbs. Mangoes are a high volume food, so you get a lot of food for the amount of calories you consume. They’re an excellent source of potassium, vitamin A, and beta-carotene, as well as a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and calcium.   #25 is PERSIMMON! th It contains 9g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One medium persimmon contains 8.5g of carbs. Persimmons are rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene, and iron. They contain compounds known as shibuol and betulinic acid, both of which have anti-cancer properties. The peel contains phytochemicals known as proanthocyanidins that may protect cells from oxidative stress due to aging. The nutrition information in this slideshow is adapted from The George Mateljan Foundation’s “World’s Healthiest Foods” website (www.whfoods.com). th