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Earth Day was Apr. 22, this is in honor of that!

Posted by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 6:16 AM
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Earth Day was Apr. 22 - and this is in honor of that!

Top 10 tips for saving energy and carbon emissions around the house and around town:

1. Shut off the car! If you'll be running idle for more than 10 seconds, turn off the car. It only takes 10 seconds to be using more gas than it takes to start back up today's modern cars.

2. Unplug electronic devices! When we aren't using our electronic devices (DVD, computer, toaster) we should unplug them. Even turned off they are still drawing 40% power! (Who knew?)

3. Buy reusable grocery and produce bags! We all have to go to the grocery store so often. Why not take reusable bags or bring our own plastic bags when we go?

4. Group your errands together. If you can take care of several errands in one round trip, it saves evergy and carbon emissions. So let's try our best to plan ahead the night before.

5. Reuse and recycle! Do an online search for your local recycling locations, you'll get resources for a list of items you can recycle and who to call or where to take them. And if it can't be recycled consider buying recycled materials or containers that can be recycled or reused! Every peice we can keep out of the landfills, the better for all of us!

6. Plant a tree! Did you know one tree will take care of 1 TON of CO2 in its lifetime? If you don't know where to plant a seedling, check with local parks or family, or simply go to to figure out your carbon use as a household, and to purchase a tree to be planted to help off set your carbon emissions.

7. Use environmentally friendly products. Everything you use goes down your drain. The more we have to clean out of our water, the more resources we are using to do so.

8. "Have a light bulb moment." Switch from traditional light bulbs to compact flourescent light bulbs (CFLs) where ever possible. The new energy efficient bulbs use up to 60% less energy. You should recycle these CLFs, locate your local recycling location to do so. They contain mercury and should be disposed of properly.

9. Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket (check at home improvement stores) and save up to 1000 lbs of CO2 a year.

10. Move to the two degrees of savings. Moving your thermostat down 2 degrees in the winter and up 2 degrees in the summer can save one ton of CO2 per year.

I hope you found just one step you and your family might be able to take to join forces in making a difference in the planet we are leaving to our kids!

by on Jul. 25, 2007 at 6:16 AM
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