Good Afternoon: 10 first steps to greener living

It all seems so daunting: Climate change. Carbon credits. Not to mention biofuels, hydrogen power and solar energy. The vocabulary of a new century. There’s a lot to learn.

The news is full of disturbing reports about global warming, threatened species, and the gradual realization that the way we live — particularly in developed nations — will have to change if we want to enjoy a clean and sustainable future.

But there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed. Every journey begins with a single step. We’ve rounded up the 10 easiest ways for you to start moving toward a lighter lifestyle. Some cost nothing at all. Others provide a lot of bang for your eco-dollar. In every case, these ideas will save you money, cut energy use, and help balance your household’s greenhouse gas budget — the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere to produce goods or electrical power.

So pick a few, and give them a try. Before long, you’ll establish the habits we all need to develop as we face the challenges of a resource-hungry planet.

1.) Make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
2.) Monitor your thermostat.
3.) Clean or replace your air conditioning filter.
4.) Unplug idle appliances and electronic devices.
5.) Buy a low-flow shower head with a shutoff valve.
6.) Drive smarter.
7.) Get an annual tune-up for your car.
8.) Dust off that bike.
9.) Go meatless once a week.
10.) Buy local; buy in season.

And you’re on your way

By the time you’ve taken a few of these steps, you’ll probably be thinking of other actionable ways to present a lighter environmental footstep. And that’s how meaningful change begins: consistent, incremental improvements to the way we manage our personal and community resources. Join with Lighter Footstep in fashioning a wiser and more sustainable future.

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Test Any HDMI Cable for Good Connection

Ethereal Home Theater EE-HDMITester HDMI Cable Tester

Professional installers can now avoid callbacks by verifying that all circuits and connections in an HDMI cable are intact with Ethereal Home Theater’s Elite HDMI Cable Tester. The only product of its kind on the market, the tester allows installers to ensure that the HDMI cable’s fragile internal copper wires have not broken during installation while making tight bends or through less-than white gloves handling. It’s very easy to use, the tester verifies each circuit within the cable with LEDs that light to confirm the operational status of nine check points. The HDMI tester unit requires two AA batteries.

  • Test any HDMI Cable for proper function
  • Easy to read display
  • Easy to use and no set up required
  • Used to test HDMI cables by professional installers
  • Price: $199.00
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    Grind Salt and Pepper with the Touch of a Button

    Domestic Innovations 20900 Salt and Pepper Grinder

    Food comes alive with a sprinkling of freshly ground peppers and spices! No more squeezing, twisting or cranking just press the button and presto instant ground spices!

  • Easy to refill and change batteries
  • 8 AA batteries included
  • Easy One Hand Operation
  • LED Light Illuminates Food
  • Easy one-touch grinding
  • Price: $21.98
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