Story by Debi Lewis
Buying a wireless phone has become almost like buying a car – make, model, color, size and features are just a few of the things to consider. And once those decisions are made, the next question is what to do with the phone you are no longer using.
With more than 90 percent of people over 18 in the United States owning a cell phone, and more than half of all adults with a smartphone, according to Pew Internet Research, there are a lot of phones ready to be upgraded or discarded. READ MORE….
How will you celebrate Earth Day this year? A great way to commemorate Earth Day at home is to start a garden. You can use your smartphone with an app or two to help you have a successful gardening adventure.
To help you figure out what you want to plant in your garden and the optimum planting times for your area, check out the Garden Time Planner from Burpee. This app tells you when to sow seeds or transplant and has a large database of plants, where you can learn about their requirements, watch how-to videos and more!
Once you have purchased your tomatoes or petunias, download Landscape & Garden Calculators. This handy garden app tells you how far apart to plant what you’ve purchased, how much fertilizer to use, how much mulch you need, etc.
You want to be sure to stay on top of the watering regimen for a bountiful garden. The Garden Manager Plant Alarm lets you set alarms that remind you to weed, water and care for your garden.
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For some, getting in the holiday spirit means buying presents for loved ones, and for others, decorating around the house helps them get in the mood of the season. Next year, go green! Decorating with strings of sparkling lights is common practice. Earth 911 reports that holiday décor accounts for about 20 percent of annual retail sales and costs Americans about $9 billion annually. Using LED lights for your display will save energy and trim your electric bill.
For more tips from Verizon Wireless on how you can easily go green around the holidays, click through.
With drop boxes in stores throughout the United States, a free printablemailing label, and an eco-friendly trade-in program, Verizon Wireless makes it easy for customers to recycle old cellphones, as well as batteries, accessories, and tablet devices, during National Cell Phone Recycling Week and year-round.
Verizon Wireless offers its customers several options for recycling their old devices. HopeLine®from Verizon collects devices and accessories at the company’s 2,000 Communications Stores nationwide or by mail to help victims of domestic violence.
To learn how to donate phones, accessories or batteries to HopeLine, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline or go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnkDUsmkQlk to learn more about HopeLine’s recycling efforts.