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How To's and Tips

For Bay restoration to be a success, we all must do our part. Our everyday actions - from fertilizing our lawns and using water to driving our cars to work and school - have a major impact on the Bay, one that can't be fixed by government and non-profit restoration partners alone. By making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations to enjoy.

Save Energy

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Unplug appliances like coffeemakers, toasters and televisions when they are not in use. For harder to reach outlets, you can plug devices into a power strip that can easily be switched off.

Dispose of Mercury Thermometers Properly

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Use non-toxic thermometers. Dispose of mercury thermometers at a household hazardous waste facility.

Conserve Water

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Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water rather than under the faucet.

Conserve Water

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Scrape or wipe off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher to skip the pre-wash cycle and save water.

Save Energy

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Most of the energy required for washing clothes is spent heating water. To save energy, set your washing machine to cold water or the woolens setting.

Save Energy

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Much of our home energy is supplied by coal, the burning of which sends pollutants into the air. If possible, set your thermostat at 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to cut down on your energy use.

Reduce Waste

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Instead of single-use products, use reusable cloth items like canvas grocery bags, cloth napkins or cloth diapers.

How to Recycle Your Electronics

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Each year, between 22 and 55 tons of electronics are disposed of. Most end up in an incinerator or a landfill, but you can help keep our air, land and water clean by recycling your mobile phone, personal computer and other electronic devices. (Read Article)

How to Pick a Crab

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The summertime crab feast is a Chesapeake Bay tradition. Learn how to dig in with this guide to picking a blue crab. (Read Article)

Use Chemical-Free Personal Products

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Use chemical-free lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to keep chemicals from washing off of our bodies and into our waterways.

Use Chemical-Free Cleaning Products

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Use chemical-free cleaning products to keep chemicals out of our waterways. Plain soap and water can rid surfaces of bacteria and are safer for our water supply.

Conserve Water

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Put a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up. Use the extra water for plants or pet bowls.

Fix Leaky Faucets

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Fix leaky toilets and faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.

Turn Off the Faucet

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Turn off the faucet while you shave, brush your teeth and wash dishes. Save water and the Bay.

Dispose of Chemicals Properly

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Follow safe (and legal) disposal methods for household chemicals like paint or motor oil.

Dispose of Medicine Properly

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To keep medicine out of our waterways, don't pour expired or leftover drugs down the sink or flush them down the toilet. Instead, return unused medicine to a consumer drug return location or foul your medication with coffee grounds or cat litter and put it in the trash.

Conserve Water

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Put a sand-filled jug in your toilet tank. You'll save about one half-gallon of water with each flush.

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

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Install a low-flow showerhead, which can save about one gallon of water per minute.

Keep Your Drain Fat-Free

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Don't pour fat, oil or grease down your drain. They can clog pipes and lead to sewage overflows over time.

Take Shorter Showers

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Take shorter showers. Cutting your shower time by five minutes can save 10-12 gallons of water per shower.

Conserve Water

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To save water, only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

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