Sacramento Connect: Best of Blogs

Published: Saturday, May. 4, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 10CALIFORNIA LIFE

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings:

• Sacramento's ever-thrifty and clever Pam Farley, author of "Brown Thumb Mama," shares 50 ways to save more by using less:

"In my never-ending quest to save money, water, energy and the environment, I've tried lots of ways to save more by using less. Here are some ideas that will help you save, too!

"(Some examples) for the kitchen: Cook with your toaster oven, electric skillet and slow cooker whenever possible. Small appliances use less energy.

"The oven retains heat – and food keeps cooking – after the oven is turned off. Save energy by turning the oven off five minutes before your food is done cooking. Put lids on pans to retain heat and save energy, too. …

"You don't need a zillion pots and pans in the kitchen, or a zillion plastic containers either. Cut down to a few all-purpose pieces to save cupboard space and piles of dirty dishes."

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