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Debra Atlas
An environmental journalist, blogger, radio personality, and speaker, Debra Atlas pens Distinctly Green, a newspaper column that profiles the newest green innovations, technologies, and services. She also writes for numerous online publications including Sierra Club Green Home, her own blog Envirothink, and the internationally-acclaimed Red Ferret Journal.

How to Save Money on Gas for Your Car – 20 Easy Ways

By Debra Atlas

gas pumpIt’s no secret that the price of gas is continually rising. According to data from the Energy Information Administration, the national average for a gallon of regular gasĀ in mid-January 2009 was $1.83. Three weeks later, the price was $3.44, and in 2012, the average price exceeds $4.00 in some areas.

With no estimated date in sight as to when prices will come down, consumers need to be smart about how to save on fuel costs before they reach the pump. Fortunately, there are many ways to save significantly – without requiring a great deal of effort on your part.

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How to Recycle Plastic – Facts & Reasons Why You Should Start

By Debra Atlas

plastic recyclingConsumer confusion about what can and can’t be recycled grows as more communities embrace curbside recycling programs. It doesn’t help that those numerical recycling codes (#1 through #7) on plastic containers are both difficult to read and impossible to understand.

If the option is easily available, people will generally opt to recycle, rather than simply discard their recyclable products. However, some types of plastic may require a bit more effort and diligence on your part to reach a willing recipient. You may be wondering, is it worth the trouble? Why should you bother recycling plastic at all?

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