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  • on 20.12.2008
  • at 12:51 PM
  • by The Q

Energy Efficiency 0

Dec20

A simple guide on how to be better friends with mother nature.

  • Buy in Bulk! When you buy in large amounts, you save money. You reduce packaging and gas costs as well when you share the extras with friends and families.
  • Take your own reusable coffee mug each time you go get coffee. Think of all the paper cups you’ll prevent from ending up in landfills.
  • Washing clothes in cold water eliminates 2 lbs. of CO2 per load. Also, wash clothes less frequently-only when they really need it.
  • Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket and you’ll eliminate 1,000 lbs. of CO2 a year. Eliminate another 550 lbs. by lowering the thermostat to 120 F.
  • Use power strips to conserve. One flick of the switch cuts off energy to several different electronic devices as if they were all unplugged at once.
  • Can you figure out how to drive just 10 fewer miles per week this year? If so you’ll personally prevent 500 lbs. of CO2 from polluting the atmosphere.
  • Use a push mower to cut your lawn. Some old twostroke gas mowers spew as much pollutants as 40 cars. A push mower is clean and helps keep you in shape.
  • Give your car a tune-up. It improves mileage and reduces wear and pollution. Every 100,000 people who get a tune-up this year will eliminate 60 tons of CO2.
  • Put green plants in your office. Plants cheer the place up, improve air quality, absorb toxic gasses from office equipment and maintain humidity.
  • Landscape with native plants. Native plants typically cost less, use less water, and are easier to care for. Plus, your yard will look right at home.
  • Buy a programmable thermostat. It will automatically adjust the temperature while you’re at work. A two degree adjustment can prevent 1 ton of CO2 a year.
  • Paying bills online saves time, postage, and trees. If everyone switches to online banking, we’ll cut 1.6 billion tons of waste and 2.1 million tons of CO2 a year.
  • Install rain barrels to collect rainwater for your garden. Plants love it and you’ll conserve water.

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