Here's a blog that you can get tips on how to save money, live better, and be a little more environmentally friendly all at the same time.

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If you want to buy recycled goods, there are several ways to do this, and is best to do it online unless you’ve got a store near you that has a lot of them. There are anything from recycled pencils and pens to recycled frames and furniture. If you’re not sure about how to get quality recycled products just search “recycled” and whatever you’re looking for. A good way to make sure the product is good is to call the company you plan to buy it from, just ask how it’s made and how durable it is. 

This is also a profitable field of work. You can create and sell your own recycled furniture! Seriously, check it out. Some things like that table above sell for a hefty price. They do look stylish too, so don’t rule out good looks just because your things are recycled. It gives your home a vintage look and if you do it yourself, that’s a great accomplishment. 

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Carbon_footprint

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The average North American uses 20 tons of CO2 per year. The united states has the HIGHEST usage of all countries in the world as far as the average goes. Keep in mind, this pollution is only from your carbon footprint, not other pollution that each individual person contributes. The average usage in the world is about 4 tons. So the average American uses 5 times as much carbon in a year in comparison to the average in the world. That’s pretty mind boggling to think about. We, a consumer nation, use more than anyone else. This 20 tons is only 82% of what each person uses. That means 18% still remains to be accounted for. Industrialized nations main usage comes from vehicles, factories, households, and day to day electricity use. Being one of the top polluters of the world means that people aren’t trying very hard to reduce their usage.

A lot of this pollution that people support are destroying habitats of animals that are already endangered. By destroying habitats this decreases how much pollution is taken out of the air. Plants consume our pollutants, if we have less, that means less is taken out. 

Here’s a picture of what used to be a forest, this is an example of what is going on all over the world, not only in our country, but in others too. Myself and many other associations urge you to make sure you approve of how companies create their products before purchasing them. 

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Homes that are a little older sometimes aren’t insulated properly. Insulation is what keeps cool air from escaping your home in the summer and warm air from escaping during winter. 

My family actually just got done remodeling a home from the 70s, so if you’ve got any questions, email me at Greenjerrid@gmail.com. I’ll reply with in 24 hours. Thanks!

Ways to save:

1. Check your attic for insulation, if it doesn’t have the recommended amount, add more. You can get insulation from places like Home Depot.

2. Check for holes in walls, doorways, mail slots, window seals, etc, these let air escape and come in.

3. Caulk these spaces that are letting air leak in and out.

4. Wall and window mounted A/Cs are a major problem a lot of the time. If you have one, make sure it’s properly inserted and that air isn’t leaking in or out of the spaces around it.

Doing this can reduce your A/C and heating bills by 5%-30% a year depending on the amount you’ve closed up. Check the energy savers website for more information.

 

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If you’ve injured yourself or something and can’t ride a bike, use public transportation! Buses aren’t expensive and they run even if you personally aren’t on it. So using it does reduce your “carbon footprint”. If you’re going to a college or some place that’s difficult to park in and/or costs money, it might be worth it to just take the train or bus. 

According to the EPA Earthday website the average person will reduce their green house gas emissions by 1,600 lbs. by leaving their vehicle at home two days a year.

Earthday is April 22nd!

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If you plan on going short distances, less than 2-3 miles, try riding your bike today to that destination. It’ll cut down on overall maintenance on your vehicle and will also save you gas money. Plus it’s a great source of exercise.

Health benefits of cycling:

1. Reduces risk of heart disease.

2. Tones your muscles (typically upper thighs and calves).

3. It increases your stamina! This will make your overall life easier, you’ll feel less stressed.

4. It reduces anxiety and depression.

5. Ensures control in your blood pressure.

6. It typically increases the overall health, weight control, body temperature, etc.

7. It’s been found affective in treating people with cancer and diabetes.

You have to remember that this can also become a social thing, you can meet up with people and bicycle around and go places. It’s a great habit to get into and you won’t regret it in your future. If you have a partner (boyfriend/girlfriend or spouse) this is an excellent thing to do with them, it’ll bring you closer together and it’s a really enjoyable thing to do.

Plus it’s 100% environmentally friendly! As long as you don’t throw your bike away before its time.

My sources today: Iloveindia.com

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A cloning device? Many people think of this as some futuristic thing. That’s completely wrong! It’s here today. 

I found this extremely interesting, people who grow multiples of the same type of plant will find this device extremely useful. It works best on branching vegetables, such as tomatoes and squash. Click the picture above to learn more!

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Before I get started, please do not make your soap with palm oil. It contributes to the deforestation of the rainforest and ruins the environment and ecosystems for orang-utans. Four percent of green house gases are directly linked to palm oil harvesting as well.

Required Items:

1. Six ounces of olive or coconut oil as a base.

2. Two tablespoons of olive oil.

3. Fifteen drops of essential oils, if you want.

4. Dried herbs or flower petals if you want.

5. Soap molds (to make them into whatever shape you want)

6. A microwave.

8. Microwave safe bowl.

9. Plastic spoon/stirring stick.

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How to get started: 

The easiest way to get started is with a melt and pour soap base that already contains olive oil or a soap base with coconut oil and add the pure olive oil.

1. Line up all the ingredients you’re going to use and have them ready to put into the mold.

2. Cut 6 ounces of the olive oil base or coconut oil base into small pieces. 

3. Heat the base in the microwave safe bowl for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between the heating sessions.

4. When the base is melted, quickly add the 2 ounces of olive oil and whatever  essential oils or dried flowers/herbs you’re planning on using into the mixture, make sure to stir them all in, this is essential.

5. Quickly pour them into whatever shape mold you’re using, in either two 3 ounce molds, or one 6 ounce.

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There are three commonly known toxins that are in foods that most Americans consume somewhat regularly. These toxins cause cancer, heart disease, health deficiency, harm to cellular health, nerve cell deterioration, and much more.

They are called:

1. Sodium Nitrate: Is in hot dogs, sausage, and bacon, generally processed.

2. Excitotoxins: Aspartame and monosodium glutemate are the usual names. Avoiding anything with “MSG” in it will help too.

3. Hydrogenated oils: These are found in foods, such as crackers, margarine, and cookies.

Feeding children processed hotdogs actually increases the chance of brain cancer by 300%.

Don’t buy products that have “carmine” in them. These are actually ground up cochineal beetles that affect your health. 

Please visit www.organicconsumer.org to find out more about these interesting health tips and facts. It could save your life.

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Turn your water off when it’s not being used! Seriously! This is one huge way to earn you some cash and is also a method of conservation. It’s a two for one deal. 

Some examples of what I know people do:

1. Leave the water on while they’re brushing their teeth, the whole two minutes.

2. Leave the water running while they’re washing dishes, instead of just filling up one side of the sink.

3. Turn a shower on and leave the room while it heats up and not go back until a minute or two after it’s finished being heated.

So these are just a few things. I’m sure there are other water wasting methods that people use. 

It’s been known that 150+ liters per day per person that lives in an urban area. That 150 liters is actually on the low end of the spectrum too. So do a few things to reduce your water usage.