How-To's and Tips: In Your Home

Our everyday actions—from fertilizing our lawns to driving our cars—have a major impact on the Bay. But by making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations.

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    How to: Practice Gyotaku

    This Japanese art of fish printing was developed over 100 years ago as a way for fisherman to record the size and species of their catch.

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    Tip: Save Energy

    Unplug appliances like coffeemakers, toasters and televisions when no one is using them. For harder to reach outlets, plug devices into a power strip that can easily be switched off.

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    Tip: Reduce Hazardous Waste

    Use mercury-free, non-toxic thermometers. Mercury thermometers should be disposed of at a household hazardous waste facility.

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    Tip: Conserve Water

    To reduce water use in the kitchen, try washing fruits and vegetables in a large bowl or tub of water rather than under the faucet.

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    Tip: Conserve Water

    Scraping or wiping off your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher allows you to skip the pre-wash cycle and save water.

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    Tip: Save Energy

    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.

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    Tip: Save Energy

    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.

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    Tip: Use Reusable Products

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

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    How to: Recycle Your Electronics

    Each year, between 22 and 55 tons of electronics enter the waste stream. 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.

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    How to: Pick a Crab

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

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    Tip: Use Toxic-Free Personal Products

    Use eco-friendly lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to keep toxic chemicals from washing off of our bodies and into our waterways.

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    Tip: Use Toxic-Free Cleaning Products

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

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