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    Start Saving Today, Tomorrow, and for Good

    (NAPSI)—When times are tough, it feels good to do what you can, and maybe spread a little added joy with the proceeds. For example, putting extra money in your pockets, while protecting the planet for generations to come. Here’s How If you find your utility bills are getting you down, particularly if your family is one of many spending more time at home, ENERGY STAR can help. The typical household spends about $2,000 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save 30% and reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you are looking to make small changes or take on a big project, make your energy choices count by looking for the ENERGY STAR label. Ways to Save October 27th is ENERGY STAR Day, a day to celebrate the environmental and financial benefits of energy savings, particularly for those who need it the most. There are many ways to save on ENERGY STAR Day and every day. Consider installing a smart thermostat or take on a bigger project like replacing your water heater. With certified, efficient options in so many categories, there is an entry point for everyone and rebates and other ways to save offered by ENERGY STAR partners. Looking for the trusted blue label to save energy today will help your family to do the things that bring joy for years to come.  Visit www.energystar.gov/saveforgood for all the ways you can start saving.  

  • Green Living

    When it comes to chainsaws, put safety first

    (BPT) - Unfortunately, 2020 has seen more than the usual number of natural disasters. With unprecedented floods, hurricanes and wildfires, nature has unleashed destruction from coast to coast. That means homeowners nationwide have been facing necessary cleanup, often requiring heavy-duty power equipment like chainsaws, which can create even more hazards if used improperly.

  • Green Living

    Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility

    (NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

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Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

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Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Wednesday 10/21/2020
Home Lighting to Add to Your Holiday Wish List
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) Spending more time at home working, learning and simply living? The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to gift your household with lighting that enhances the feel and function of your spaces.

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Saturday 10/03/2020
5 Fun DIY Craft Projects for Fall
Updated: October 08, 2020 - 2:36 am

(StatePoint) Give your home a warm and cozy vibe this fall with a few DIY projects that are sure to add seasonal cheer to any space. Whether you’re looking for a rainy day activity to keep kids busy or searching for affordable décor options, these fall craft ideas are a great place to start -- all you need is your creativity and a few supplies.

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Friday 10/02/2020
Shorter Darker Days Are Ahead: Make Your Home a Haven
Updated: October 06, 2020 - 2:34 am

(StatePoint) As more of life is centered around home, good design can help you augment and replace natural light, while creating a beautiful, productive, safe haven during the darker, shorter days of fall and winter.

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Sunday 07/05/2020
5 steps companies might consider before reopening their office spaces
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

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Thursday 05/07/2020
4 Hot Home Renovation Trends This Summer
Posted: May 07, 2020

(StatePoint) Whether building a home from scratch, doing a complete renovation or simply refreshing a room or two, you can take your project to the next level with some design inspiration.

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Thursday 03/19/2020
Top Ways to Lighten Up Your Home Workspace
Posted: March 19, 2020

(StatePoint) Many people have found themselves working from home. Whether setting up shop at the kitchen table or creating a complete home office, here are simple hacks to make your new work environment comfortable and productive.

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Monday 03/02/2020
Decorating With Table Lamps: The 5 Best Tips for 2020
Posted: March 02, 2020

(StatePoint) Many people underestimate the power of lighting to set the mood and introduce different design elements into their home’s interiors. As a result, they often make the mistake of relying solely only overhead fixtures to light their homes.

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Thursday 02/13/2020
Building a Home? What to Ask Your Builder About Lighting
Posted: February 13, 2020

(StatePoint) While lighting is an essential piece of new home design; it’s often selected and installed at the end of the building process. What’s more, statement-making decorative lighting is often not part of the initial design at all. 

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Saturday 12/14/2019
2020 Interior Design Trends on the Horizon
Posted: December 14, 2019

(StatePoint) The beginning of the new year is a natural time to think about refreshing the look of your home, and in 2020, “cozy” and “warm” are trending keywords for interior design, according to experts, with luxurious textiles, inviting color palettes, and warm mixed metals found across all design styles.

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Thursday 12/12/2019
Sleigh Holiday Décor With These On-Trend Design Tips
Posted: December 12, 2019

(StatePoint) There’s something magical about the winter holiday season -- perhaps it’s the moments spent with loved ones, the aroma of sugar cookies and peppermint, or the cozy, twinkling lights. But when it comes to decorating, there are hundreds of different styles and determining your personal holiday aesthetic can be difficult.

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Friday 10/23/2020
Start Saving Today, Tomorrow, and for Good
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—When times are tough, it feels good to do what you can, and maybe spread a little added joy with the proceeds. For example, putting extra money in your pockets, while protecting the planet for generations to come. 

Here’s How 

If you find your utility bills are getting you down, particularly if your family is one of many spending more time at home, ENERGY STAR can help. The typical household spends about $2,000 a year on energy bills. With ENERGY STAR, you can save 30% and reduce your carbon footprint. Whether you are looking to make small changes or take on a big project, make your energy choices count by looking for the ENERGY STAR label. 

Ways to Save 

October 27th is ENERGY STAR Day, a day to celebrate the environmental and financial benefits of energy savings, particularly for those who need it the most. There are many ways to save on ENERGY STAR Day and every day. Consider installing a smart thermostat or take on a bigger project like replacing your water heater. With certified, efficient options in so many categories, there is an entry point for everyone and rebates and other ways to save offered by ENERGY STAR partners. Looking for the trusted blue label to save energy today will help your family to do the things that bring joy for years to come.  

Visit www.energystar.gov/saveforgood for all the ways you can start saving. 

 

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Water Infrastructure Investment Critical to Future Accessibility
Posted: October 21, 2020

(NewsUSA) - Clean, safe, reliable water is more important now than ever. With the global health emergency still posing challenges, clean water is essential for maintaining personal hygiene at home and in the community to help prevent the spread of illness.

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Tuesday 10/20/2020
Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality and Breathe Better at Home
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(StatePoint) With more of life centered at home due to cool weather and social distancing, it’s time to ensure the space where your family spends the majority of its time is healthy and safe.

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Monday 10/12/2020
How dairy farmers are protecting our planet
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - A gallon of milk. Cream for our coffee. A pat of butter. Whether you’re enjoying a yogurt on the go in the morning or family night at home with a cheese and veggie pizza, dairy has been an enjoyable and nutritious part of daily life for generations. Throughout that time, America’s dairy farm families have provided an essential service to nourish their communities, during good times or bad.

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Friday 10/09/2020
7 Tips for Readying Your Outdoor Power Equipment for Winter Storage Prep Equipment for Season Changes, Save Time and Future Headaches
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—After your lawn gets its last cut before winter, it will be time to put away spring and summer outdoor power equipment, like lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers. What’s next? Snow throwers, generators and other small engine equipment need to be readied for winter use. How and when you prepare your equipment for seasonal changes can save you time and money later, says the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).

With record-breaking sales of outdoor power equipment, homeowners are spending more time during the COVID-19 pandemic working or renovating their family yards. This means more people are using outdoor power equipment, and OPEI reminds everyone the importance of proper outdoor power equipment storage, maintenance and safe handling.

“During this very challenging pandemic, we’ve learned our outdoor spaces are more important than ever,” says Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI and the TurfMutt Foundation, which encourages outdoor learning experiences, stewardship of our green spaces, and care for all living landscapes. “Our yards, parks and schoolyards are our safe space for connecting with friends and family, acting as outdoor classrooms and offices. Green space also contributes to the health and wellbeing of people, pets and wildlife, and having the right outdoor power equipment to take care of it is key. But preparation is everything —understanding how to store equipment and get it serviced, how to operate it safely, and how to ready your space to use that equipment.”

He adds, “Always follow your manufacturer’s guidelines, and remember to keep kids and dogs away from operating equipment at all times.”

Here are a few tips from OPEI to ensure your lawn mower and other spring equipment will be available for use when warmer temperatures return, and snow throwers and other winter equipment will be ready for use when the snow falls.

 Re-familiarize yourself with how to handle equipment safely. Lost manuals can be found online. Save a copy on your computer if possible, so it can be consulted when needed. Be familiar with your equipment, and all its features, including how to turn it off quickly and safely.

2.Service all equipment. Before storing spring and summer equipment, clean and service it or take it to a small engine repair shop. Drain and change engine oil and safely dispose of the old oil. Service the air filter, and do other maintenance as directed by the owner’s  manual. Check winter equipment and see if any maintenance and repairs are required.

3.Handle fuel properly. Unused fuel left in gas tanks over the winter can go stale and even damage equipment. Before storing equipment, add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, then run the equipment to distribute it. Turn the engine off, allow the machine to cool, then restart and run until the gas tank is empty. For winter equipment, buy the recommended type of fuel no more than 30 days before use. Use fuel with no more than 10% ethanol in outdoor power equipment. Use a fuel stabilizer if recommended by the manufacturer. Get more information on safe fueling for outdoor power equipment at LookBeforeYouPump.com.

4.Charge the battery. Remove and fully charge batteries before storing. Don’t store batteries on metal shelves or allow them to touch metal objects. Store them on a plastic or wood shelf in a climate-controlled structure.

5.Shelter equipment from winter weather. Store spring and summer equipment in a clean and dry place such as a garage, barn or shed. Winter equipment should be kept away from the elements, but be easily available for use.

6.Prepare, prepare, prepare. Make space in the garage or basement before the weather changes, so there is room to store larger yard items. Clean up the yard of sticks, debris, dog and kid’s toys and other items that can damage or destroy equipment. Clear the paths used regularly in your yard, especially during the winter when snow can “hide” things.

7.Have the right weather appropriate extension cord for your generator. Keep heavy duty weather proof extension cords on hand to use with it. Ensure the length of the cord is necessary to operate the generator a safe distance from the house or building. Never operate a generator indoors, in a garage, breezeway or under an open window.

 

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Thursday 10/08/2020
Beyond recycling: Which common green behaviors most effectively fight climate change?
Posted: October 08, 2020

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Tuesday 09/29/2020
Unicorns Of The Sea Share Their Secrets
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various sounds of narwhals as they summered in a Greenland fjord. The recordings help scientists better understand the soundscape of Arctic glacial fjords and provide valuable insight into the behavior of these shy and mysterious creatures, according to the researchers.  

Narwhals are difficult to study because they are shy and spend most of their time in deep water. They tend to summer in glacial fjords around Greenland and Canada, but scientists often have trouble getting close enough to study them. Inuit hunters familiar with the narwhal can get closer to the animals without disturbing them. So, in July 2019, researchers accompanied several Inuit whale-hunting expeditions in northwest Greenland to study the narwhals in more detail. Using underwater microphones attached to small boats, the researchers captured narwhal social calls and foraging sounds.  

In combination with sightings, the recordings show that narwhals get closer to glacier ice than previously thought for this area and the animals forage for food in summer. 

“Their world is the soundscape of this glacial fjord,” said Evgeny Podolskiy, a geophysicist at Hokkaido University, and lead author of a new study detailing the findings in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. “There are many questions we can answer by listening to glacier fjords in general.”  

Getting Close  

Podolskiy and his colleagues had been working in Greenland fjords for several years, studying the sounds made by melting glaciers. “I realized working in the area and not paying attention to the elephant in the room—the key endemic legendary Arctic unicorn just flowing around our glacier—was a big mistake,” he said.  

The researchers tagged along on several Inuit hunting expeditions, placing microphones underwater and recording the baseline sounds of the fjord. They captured several types of sounds made by narwhals, including social calls or whistles, and clicks used for echolocation, the biological sonar used by other animals to navigate and find food. The closer narwhals get to their food, the faster they click, until the noise becomes a buzz like that of a chainsaw. This terminal buzz helps the narwhals pinpoint their prey. “If you approach and target these fast fish, you better know precisely where they are; you need to gather this information more frequently,” Podolskiy said.  

Researchers found narwhals come roughly within half a mile of a glacier calving front, despite the fact that these areas are some of the noisiest and most dangerous places in the ocean. “There is so much cracking due to ice fracturing and bubbles melting out… it’s like a fizzy drink underwater,” Podolskiy said. 

AGU (www.agu.org) supports 130,000 enthusiasts to experts worldwide in Earth and space sciences. Through broad and inclusive partnerships, AGU advances discoveries and solutions that are ethical, unbiased and respectful of communities and their values. Its programs include serving as a scholarly publisher, convening virtual and in-person events and providing career support. It lives its valuest through its Ethics and Equity Center, which fosters a diverse and inclusive geoscience community to ensure responsible conduct. 

  "“There are many questions we can answer by listening to glacier fjords,” said Evgeny Podolskiy, a geophysicist and lead author of a new study detailing the findings in the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.https://bit.ly/2GmJZ5X"
 
 
 

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Thursday 09/24/2020
Cooling Tower Air Purifier Curbs Airborne Bacteria
Updated: October 20, 2020 - 2:35 am

(NewsUSA) - Contaminated air from the cooling towers that top most large buildings is not a new problem, but the focus on clean air in outdoor as well as indoor spaces has new urgency in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Monday 09/21/2020
Americans want a community garden now more than ever [Infographic]
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Over the last few months, we’ve grown together as neighbors, and grown to realize the importance of our local communities — especially community farms and gardens that not only serve as a source of fresh, sustainable produce, but as a place to connect. A recent survey by Pure Farmland uncovers just how important these green spaces are to Americans.

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Thursday 09/17/2020
How Americans View Recycling
Updated: September 22, 2020 - 2:30 am

(NAPSI)—At the beginning of the coronavirus quarantines you likely heard about and even experienced shortages of popular paper products, such as toilet paper and paper towels. But did you know recycling can help with these shortages? If you’ve never thought about it, you aren’t alone. New research conducted by the Carton Council of North America reveals that most consumers fail to make the connection between recycling paper at home and providing feedstock for new paper products.

Recycling actually plays an important role in fostering a circular economy as it provides materials that are needed to make new products and packaging. For example, food and beverage cartons, which are used to package products including milk, juice, soup and broth, when recycled, can go on to make new paper products such as toilet paper, paper towels and tissues. In fact, the federal government and states that issued “stay-at-home” orders largely decided recycling businesses were essential, reinforcing the importance of recycling.

Keep Up Recycling

The good news is people report they are keeping up their recycling during the pandemic. According to the same survey, almost a third of consumers report they’ve been recycling more during the pandemic and 56% have been recycling the same. While promising, especially as the industry works hard to maintain recycling programs when possible, the survey also revealed that consumers don’t understand the impact between recycling and the new products created. When asked how much impact recycling at home has on helping with paper shortages, 33% of consumers reported they thought recycling might have some impact on helping with the shortages, but they were not sure how much it really helped. While 18% felt ­recycling had no impact at all on ­alleviating ­shortages, 13% were unsure and had not thought about the connection. 

Expert Opinions

“It’s great to see that people are either continuing to recycle at the same rate or recycling even more since spending increased time at home and generating more waste,” said Carla Fantoni, Vice President of Communications for the Carton Council of North America and for Tetra Pak Americas. “We encourage Americans to be even more diligent about recycling, recognizing the important role it plays in our supply chain and building of a circular economy.”

The fortunate fact is food and beverage cartons, made mainly of paper, are a recyclable material that provides needed feedstock for paper mills to create new paper products. 

“Food and beverage cartons contain high-quality fiber which we desire to help us keep up with demand for products like toilet paper, tissues, and paper towels,” explained Michele ­Bartolini, Senior Marketing Director for Sustana. “As the nation opens up, we will continue to need paper feedstock to ­produce new paper materials. If cartons aren’t recycled and end up in a landfill, we are losing the opportunity to utilize that material.”

Learn More

For further facts, visit RecycleCartons.com.

 

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Thursday 10/22/2020
When it comes to chainsaws, put safety first
Updated: October 25, 2020 - 2:35 am

(BPT) - Unfortunately, 2020 has seen more than the usual number of natural disasters. With unprecedented floods, hurricanes and wildfires, nature has unleashed destruction from coast to coast. That means homeowners nationwide have been facing necessary cleanup, often requiring heavy-duty power equipment like chainsaws, which can create even more hazards if used improperly.

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Wednesday 10/21/2020
Home Decor 101
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

Decorating with bold colors

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Financial Tips to Help Prepare for the Unexpected
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Over the past year, most people have noticed how truly unpredictable life can be. While it’s impossible to predict what the next few months have in store, practicing a few fundamental financial skills can help you and your family prepare for whatever comes next.

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4 Tips to Celebrate Halloween with Your Pet
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Halloween is going to look different this year for many, and you might be looking for costume inspiration for you and your furry quarantine companion along with ways to celebrate virtually at home. You don’t have to have a black cat or werewolf to celebrate the spooky holiday or get in on the festive fun – there are many ways you can include your pet in your haunted (virtual) activities.

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Energy Savers that Make Cents'
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) A home that operates efficiently isn’t just better for the environment. Ensuring your home systems are as efficient as possible can also help reduce the financial burden of maintaining your home throughout the year.

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Bring New Life to Your Kitchen with Color
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

(Family Features) Just as filling your plate with colorful foods is typically good for your body, filling your kitchen with color can be good for the soul. In fact, color is an important element in interior design not only for its aesthetic value, but also because it can shape perceptions and emotions.

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Colorful Kitchen Inspiration: 5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings
Updated: October 23, 2020 - 2:35 am

5 impactful, on-trend cabinet stylings

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Wednesday 10/14/2020
4 Tips for Keeping Your Pet's Coat Healthy
Updated: October 21, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Dogs and cats come in many shapes and sizes, and can have a range of different coats, from short-haired to long and smooth to curly or wire-haired.

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Commit to Getting the Care You Need as You Age
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Older adults in America are living longer lives and will outnumber people under the age of 18 by nearly 500,000 by 2034, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Safety Steps for Spooky Fun
Updated: October 19, 2020 - 2:34 am

(Family Features) Traditional family activities like trick-or-treating create fun moments and memories, but the effects of COVID-19 on this Halloween will bring about change for the spooky excitement.

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Thursday 08/06/2020
Eco-Friendly Home Cleaning Hacks
Posted: August 06, 2020

(StatePoint) With families spending more time at home, messes are on repeat and cleanups are often an hourly routine. At the same time, many households are looking to reduce their environmental impact affordably.

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Tuesday 04/28/2020
Common Moving Myths - Busted!
Posted: April 28, 2020

(StatePoint) You’ve finally found the perfect home. Now comes the hard part: moving. But don’t let misconceptions complicate the process. To keep frustrations to a minimum and make your move more manageable, here are five common moving myths, debunked.

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Monday 02/10/2020
How to Make Household Shopping a Breeze
Posted: February 10, 2020

(StatePoint) One of the most important parts of any household or personal care routine is shopping for all the items you need. With new products introduced to store shelves all the time, sorting the best from the rest can be a time consuming process.

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