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Make More, Waste Less: Five Energy-Saving Projects for a More Efficient Home

GOOD and Nest teamed up to bring you five energy-saving projects for a more efficient home.

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This spring, GOOD and Nest teamed up to seek out five inventive, hands-on solutions for energy-efficient living. For this Home Planet Challenge, we asked you to make, fix, tinker, reinvent, or create something to turn up the efficiency and turn down the waste around your home. The rules were simple: It must cost less than $250 and only use materials found in your household or hardware store. After narrowing the field to 19 of the most intriguing ideas, we invited the public to vote for the five best ideas.

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Why We Should Make It Easier for High School Grads to Take a "Gap Year"

When students take a year off before college to gain real-world experience, everyone wins.

Should more American students take a year off between high school and college to gain real-world experience, tangible skills, and some maturity? That's the thinking behind "gap years," a purposefully planned year of volunteer work and internships. Although they're growing in popularity in the States, they're still not as common here as they are in some other parts of the developed world. But after 12 years of studying, maybe encouraging graduates to take a year off and apply that book learning isn't a bad idea.

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