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It happens to us all occasionally -- leftovers lurk in the fridge long enough to be both unidentifiable and scary to open. Lifehacker reader Nick offers a neat trick for getting rid of those odiferous problems without unnecessary nastiness.

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Buying a new mobile phone is always exciting, but in this mobile-saturated nation getting a new device invariably means working out what to do with the old one. As part of our ongoing Earth Month coverage, here's Planhacker's comprehensive guide to options for disposing of your old phone.

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Just because a product claims to be "green" doesn't mean it will always deliver on that promise, and actually checking up on it can be difficult. So it's reassuring to know that regulatory bodies do keep an eye on this stuff. Right now, the ACCC is taking green energy supplier Global Green Plan back to court for failing to actually deliver on its promise of selling environmentally-friendly power plans.

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Purely in terms of reducing energy bills, making the IT systems in your workplace "greener" can save a small fortune, which is always a good thing to boast about on your CV. Here's some simple strategies to help the environment in your office.

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Dear Lifehacker, I’m a student using a MacBook Pro for uni on which I’ve got Mac OS X & Windows 7 dual booted. I’m constantly switching between the two depending on what I need to do (though Windows is my preferred OS). Recently I’ve noticed that the battery lasts longer on the OS X side than it does on the Windows 7 side, even when only browsing the internet. Why is this? Does this mean that OS X is more energy efficient (& hence environmentally friendly) than Windows?

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Leaving a charger plugged in to the wall for your mobile phone can seem convenient, but it has two disadvantages: you can end up with a bunch of chargers lying around and looking tangled and ugly, and your chargers will draw a small amount power even when there's nothing connected. Belkin's Conserve Valet charger station is a neat way to solve both problems.

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We all know that using the power management facilities on our PCs is a sensible idea to reduce energy usage, but it's often hard to conceptualise just how much difference doing that can make. The University of Sydney introduced automated power management technologies into its student labs, and saw huge reductions in its environmental impact as a result.

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Most domestic airlines and many international carriers offer the option of paying for a carbon offset when you fly, but relatively few people take advantage of them. Is there any point in making flying more expensive, and does it make any real difference to the health of the planet?