Category: Take One Step A Day

Save water, energy and money using cold water

We should all save water no matter which state we live in. Water is life! California is suffering from lack of precipitation this year. The fourth snow survey of the season on April 1 revealed a continuation of California’s precipitation deficit during the state’s third consecutive dry water year. Although Northern California precipitation in March was above average, the drought continues. There just isn’t enough time for precipitation to accumulate to alleviate drought conditions. When Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January, he directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. Take a step and save water no matter where you live! TIPS: Please use cold water as much as possible when doing laundry and dishes. 1. Do your laundry after 7pm. 2. For your delicates, washing with cold water is the best. 3. Pre-treat for stains and allow clothes to soak before...

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Lower your energy bill during the summer

Take a green step and honor Mother Earth each and every day. Come together unified for a Greener America. Summer is in full gear and temperatures are soaring. 1. Use a fan instead of air conditioning. A fan uses less energy than a conventional air conditioning, plus it produces no fluorocarbons. It also requires less energy to manufacture. 2. When you cook open your windows for natural ventilation. 3. Close your curtains during the day to create insulation. 4. Open your windows at night to create air flow. Your wallet will thank you!
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Tips on how to select a sunscreen that is safe for you

Take a healthy step and select the right sunscreen: Summer is almost here and you need to select a sunscreen that works and is not harmful. UVA and UVB radiation is the primary cause for skin cancer. Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer. Please watch out for oxybenzone: It is a hormone disruptor which penetrates the skin and enters the blood stream. It is unfortunately allowed in many sunscreens, yet is linked to cancer and health problems. Many other chemicals found in popular brands of sunscreen can also go into our bloodstream. They will trigger organ toxicity, rashes and allergic reactions. Conventional Brands  such as Banana Boat, Coppertone Sport, Coppertone Water Babies, Bull Frog, Hawaiian Tropic, Walmart’s Equate brand and many other ones are rated the worst in terms of safety in the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide. Tips: 1. A good sunscreen should...

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Adopt green and healthy practices and start gardening

Take a green and healthy step and start gardening! Green practices keep money in your pockets and keep you healthy! Growing your own vegetables is a great way to eat fresh, know what you eat and save money. Plus you don’t eat GMOs. Even container gardening in your back porch can result in large savings on foods like tomatoes and herbs. Grabbing some tomatoes or salad from your very own backyard saves a trip to the store, keeps gas in the tank and  keeps you healthy too. Eat fresh, eat well and eat real foods. Your body, your family and wallet will thank you!
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DIY whitening solution

Take a healthy step and use lemon, white vinegar and baking soda as your natural disinfectants of choice. Make your own solution: You will save a lot of money and reduce chemical exposure for you and your loved ones. For cleaning hard surfaces: Solution #1: Mix : 1 cup of white vinegar 2 cups of  water 1/3 of cup of organic lemon juice Solution #2: Mix: 1 cup of white vinegar 2 tbsp of baking soda Scrub away: You will get a germ-busting disinfectant to whiten your porcelain sinks, bathtub, shower and toilets. Your white porcelain will sparkle!  Note: You can also use  solution #1 and #2 for your grout. Just apply with a toothbrush and scrub the grout. Leave on for 1 hour and rinse. Use a dye-free, non scratch scrub sponge instead of paper towels and you will have taken a giant green step today! For...

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