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MONTHLY TIP FOR MAY:
HOW TO USE LESS GAS

As of May 5th, average national gas prices have reached $3.61 a gallon. Save yourself some money, (and the atmosphere some greenhouse gases), by reducing your gasoline consumption.

One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply take your foot off the gas when you see a red light ahead of you. By coasting to the intersection, you won’t waste gas. If your timing is good, you might even avoid having to accelerate as much once the light changes. Starting from a full stop uses the most gas. There is the added entertainment value of watching all the people who speed up and switch lanes to drive around you, only to then have to slam on the brakes. They never get through the light faster, and you'll have saved money and the environment at the same time.

Another key element to gasoline management is reducing your aggression. Relax. Life is short. If you slow down to the speed limit, avoid excessive lane changes, accelerate gradually and restrain yourself from peeling out at parking lots and intersections, you’ll help your tank go further. Plus, you might reduce your risk of stress-related stroke.


MONTHLY TIP FOR APRIL:
UNCLOG THAT DRAIN

When bathroom drains clog, it is usually because of a build-up of hair and styling products. Unfortunately, the first step to declogging any drain is to remove as much of the gunky build-up as possible using rubber gloves and needle nosed pliers.

Once you've taken care of the hard part, though, there are many natural methods that can rinse the rest of the drain clean. Our favorite involves products you probably already have sitting in your pantry.

First, sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda over the drain. Follow it with one cup of white vinegar, and immediately chase it all down with a kettle full of boiling water. Repeat as necessary.

Go Green Guidance is based in Phoenix, Arizona

Here, we have compiled quick ways for you to lower your carbon footprint without much effort.

WATER CONSERVATION

Arizona has one of the lowest annual rainfalls in the continental U.S., and with a long-term drought looming on the horizon, it is essential that residents work to reduce their water consumption and keep our available water pure. Although this may seem like an ordeal, there are many simple ways to conserve water that don’t involve anything extreme.

Outdoor Usage

Indoor Usage

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CONSUMERISM

The green movement is, by definition, against over-consumption. One of the best ways to be environmentally friendly is to waste less, make things last longer, even live in a smaller home. If you’re a shopaholic, though, don’t despair quite yet. Many companies are catering to the green consumer in a variety of ways, and your purchasing power could actually make a positive shift in the market if you use it wisely.

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ENERGY

Arizona is in the process of becoming the solar capital of the world, and large-scale renewable energy projects are going to make you feel a lot better about using the AC through the summer. Nevertheless, energy conservation is one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do, and it will definitely be easy on your wallet.

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FINE DINING

When you sit down to dinner, you probably don’t think about the energy used to put your meal on the table. Unfortunately, food production can be extremely resource consuming, and if changes aren’t made there, not much else will matter. There are some easy ways to minimize how your diet impacts the environment without having to give up the things you love.

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