-- According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family spends about $2,000 a year combined on household heating, cooling and electricity costs. One way to help reduce those costs is to think about how to save money when nobody is in the house. If you turn back your thermostat by seven to 10 degrees for at least eight hours a day, it's estimated you can reduce your costs by as much as 10 percent. You can save even more if your home is empty for longer periods of time. Over a year, you can reap a few hundred dollars in savings with this one simple switch.

-- Ever wonder how to recycle unusual things like rubber flip-flops, dehumidifiers and mattress box springs? When it comes to the odd and atypical, there is an online resource to help you make sure it gets diverted from the landfill. The website RecycleNation (recyclenation.com) is an online database that helps make recycling as easy as possible. This regularly updated site lets you search by recyclable and matches up your geographic location to find the recycler nearest you. Results offer contact info and hours of operation of recyclers in both the United States and Canada.

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