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Sustainability for Pets

           Pets are good for our health—studies have shown that pet owners have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Our fuzzy friends also reduce stress and prevent loneliness. Just watching a cat can improve your mood (often because you laugh … Continue reading

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Zeer Pots

Modern refrigeration uses quite a bit of electrical power (especially the older refrigerators made before the advent of Energy Star). And, they require constant availability of electricity, which, in areas with lots of brown-outs and black-outs can be a real … Continue reading

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Spring 2016 Sustainability Tips

If you’ve got a computer, and most of us do, you can do a simple thing to simplify and unclutter your life. Take a few minutes to receive and pay your bills electronically. Almost everything from your phone bill to … Continue reading

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Simple Sustainable Science – Baking Soda

Have you ever mixed hydrogen monoxide and sodium hydrogen carbonate together into a paste and brush your teeth with it? Hydrogen monoxide (H2O) is, of course, water. Sodium hydrogen carbonate (NaHCO3) is commonly known as baking soda. Baking soda is … Continue reading

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Winter Sustainability Tips

Freezing temperatures are here, and there’s no reason for them to give you a chill or cost you a lot in heating costs. Here are some tips for keeping warm: Open your south-facing curtains and drapes during the day to … Continue reading

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July Sustainability Tips – Reducing Plastics

Reducing plastics is easier than you think—and it can help keep you healthier, too. Buy wool, cotton and silk: This is obvious, and that’s why it’s first. You also get the advantage in that these fabrics are generally less flammable … Continue reading

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Beat the Heat on a Budget

    Air conditioning was invented in 1902 and since then we’ve seen an explosion in the need for cool. Over 90% of US houses are air conditioned. But what’s the cost? In 1992, Professor Gwyn Prins called America’s love of … Continue reading

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Spring Sustainability Tips

We’re hoping for an early–and mild–spring here in New Mexico. January was cold and snowy, and we’ve had hints of warmer weather, but there’s still a frost at night. It’s not yet planting weather. But we’re still looking to do … Continue reading

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Sustainability Tips for December

With winter here it’s time to prepare for the coldest months—January and February. This year try felt weatherstrips around your doors. You can get the felt online from Loews for only $2.57 a roll. Do remember you’ll need to replace … Continue reading

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Sustainability Tips – Nov 2015

400 gallons is the amount of water the average American family uses per day. 1.5 million barrels of crude oil are used for making water bottles, globally. 2.7 tons is the amount of plastic used to bottle water and 86% … Continue reading

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