Refill Your Kettle

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After your kettle has boiled and you’ve emptied it, before it cools down, add some water for next time. While the kettle is still hot. This takes advantage of energy you have already used and paid for, and will help the cold tap water warm up and so save energy next time you brew.

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Green Dating Tip

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Go to the park! Sounds cliched? Think again it’s totally the new mauve (which is the new white, which was the new pink which was the new black)! With the Middle Eastern winters you don’t need a sweater, but even when it’s colder there’s nothing like a warm drink when bundled up. Bring a thermos […]

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How to Make Home-Made PESTO!

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Ever since returning from Italy, Ilana and I have fallen in love with Pesto! Pesto has many wonderful heath benefits. Basil, the main ingredient, contains flavonoids that protect cells from radiation and oxidative damage. It also contains potent volatile oils that are anti-bacterial and effective at warding off unwanted bacteria, as well as containing anti-inflammatory […]

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Green Your Dorm!

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With the traditional bi-annual Israeli university strike nipped in the bud a lot of students are on their way to their new dorm room. Here are a few tips to keep it  green. Reduce – Moving to a new place is a great time to rethink how you do things. Just because it was done […]

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Best Way to Defrost Food

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The best way to defrost food is in the fridge. It not only keeps the fridge cool, meaning the fridge itself will use less energy to stay cool, but often people leave food out too long with defrosting which causes their food to collect unwanted bacteria. Many other people use their microwave to defrost food. […]

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Winter Gas Savings

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Cold is on its way in, as tends to happen this time of year, and along with it different driving conditions. Rain and snow seriously inhibit a car’s performance and with it the mileage. Here are a several tips to help you save for these upcoming months: Tune up! Make sure that everything is in […]

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Save Your Etrog!

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With the holiday of Sukkot midway through now is the time to start thinking about what to do with your four species when the holiday is out. I would suggest composting the leaves. I know this is controversial, since they were used for a mitzva, but considering that usually they are thrown onto the ark […]

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Green Your Repentance

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The Jewish Day of Repentance, Yom Kippur, is a day of introspection and self-evaluation. While doing so make sure not to sin in the green realm. On a day that no one showers and most people are out of the house for most of the day, in synagogue, there is a relatively low eco-print. But […]

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Clean Up After Fido

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It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. EPA even estimates that two or three days’ worth of droppings from a population of about 100 dogs would contribute enough bacteria […]

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Honey

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It is customary on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana, this past Tuesday and Wednesday) to have apples with honey to bring a sweet new year. In honor of this custom I would like to list several benefits of this wonderous sweetener. Being green is about being healthy to the world around you, as well […]

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Deliver

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Considering the rising price of gasoline it is probably cheaper to get your groceries delivered than to take your car to the supermarket. Yes, the delivery van will be doing the driving for you, so why bother? Well, they deliver multiple deliveries for the same amount of gas that you would use to go and […]

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Plunge Away!

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The other day I was showering and when I stepped out of the shower I found that my house had showered with me. Hair had gotten stuck in the drain and backed up the water forcing it to exit out all over my floor! It was a nightmare. (These things usually happen right before company […]

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Tasty Water

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Are you sick of that sick taste from water bottles? It’s great to refill your bottles again and again, but they end up tasting bad. For water storage it is better to use glass bottles rather than plastic bottles. They can be used repeatedly without the aftertaste caused when repeatedly using plastic bottles. Just be […]

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National Pollution Prevention: Volunteer

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Volunteering is a great way you can raise your awareness during the US National Pollution Prevention week. Can we honestly ask others to make changes if we are not working ourselves? It’s not always easy to volunteer but there are many different levels and degrees of involvement one can take. In three easy steps you […]

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Go Digital

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Many companies now offer to send a bill via email instead of it’s snail contemporary. Call your bank, phone company and others to see if you can make the switch. You’ll be surprised, some offer discounts and insentives to make the switch! In Israel, Orange now offers such benefits. Looking to green your life? Find […]

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Do You Crochet?

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If you don’t, perhaps you know someone who does? Save your old t-shirts. If cut & sewn into long strips connecting them into one big ball of “yarn” they can be crocheted or knitted into heavy afghans, blankets, bedspreads, lap covers, rugs, or clothing, such as hats, scarves, or shawls and ponchos. Guaranteed, that you’ll […]

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Become An Artist

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There are so many wonderful things that you can do with odd household throw-aways. Be creative and think outside the box, or INSIDE the box in some cases… Cereal boxes can make stylish and colorful bookmarks. Use empty tissue boxes to store extra plastic bags. Ever find that your chips get crushed? Pop them into […]

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The Ripple Effect

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Harness the power of the ripple. When you drop a small pebble in a big pond it sends out waves in every direction affecting the entire pond. There are many ways that you can harness this power. One way is by donating US$1 to your favorite eco-cause (check out some options at www.onebuckfortheplanet.org). If you […]

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Back to School – Recycled Paper

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Every ton of paper, roughly 200,000 sheets, that is recycled saves approximately 17 trees. The average school tosses 38 tons of paper each year, the equivalent of 644 trees. When you buy notebooks and paper think green and spend a couple extra to get recycled (it’s not always more expensive). Raise the awareness in school, […]

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