Green Team & Green Tips

 


 

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12.14.14  LED (Light Emitting Diode) holiday lights use up to 95% less energy than larger, traditional holiday bulbs and last up to 100,000 hours when used indoors. LED holiday lights use .04 watts per bulb, 10 times less than mini bulbs and 100 times less than tradtional holiday bulbs. Over a 30-day period, lighting 500 traditional holiday lights will cost you about $18.00 while the same number of LED lights costs only $0.19. As an added bonus, if one of the LED lights burns out the rest of the strand will stay lit.


12.7.14  According to t he EPA, about 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Even rechargeable batteries find their way into the waste stream eventually. Go battery free this season. Those are the gifts that are often longer appreciated anyway.


11.30.14  After Thanksgiving dinner you’ll probably end up taking home a ton of leftovers. Plan ahead for unique and different recipes that you can use that leftover turkey for. Maybe try making a turkey soup, turkey salad or freeze it it use later.


11.23.14  When planning your Thanksgiving menu this year, think local.  Food grown or raised in your region has fewer food miles. The carbon emissions associated with local foods are smaller. The plus for you is that local fruits and veggies usually taste better because they’ve been picked at the peak of freshness, rather than produce shipped from thousands of miles away that had to be picked before ripening.


11.16.14  Going green for Thanksgiving is a great way to kick-off the holiday season. Use  slow cooker recipes for more energy-efficient cooking, if you are traveling carpool with the family and neighbors, and maybe try creating a menu using local and seasonal produce.


11.9.14  Thanksgiving is approaching, and all of the food looks so delicious, but be sure not to pile up your plate. Start off by taking only what you know you’ll really be able to eat. Enough edible food to feed 49 millions people ends up in landfills in the United States each year.


11.2.14  Once Halloween is over, recycle your pumpkins, the straw you used to build scarecrows and any other organic material by composting it. For inedible items, add them to your composting pile for great, nutrient rich soil in the spring.


10.26.14  The holidays are approaching quickly. Plan out your weekend errands to cover all of your locations in one efficient trip! This will save gas and time.


10.19.14  Instead  of purchasing commercial Halloween decorations, buy locally-grown pumpkins, gourds and Jack-o-Lanterns. It helps the community and saves you money. Plus once Halloween is over, you can compost them. You can also make your own decorations by cutting and molding construction paper which can be recycled after the holiday. It will bring out your creative side and be fun family time as well.


 

10.12.14  Instead of giving out high-sugar candy, consider giving pennies for UNICEF, pencils, erasers, or temporary tattoos. Besides reducing the waste of all the single-served packaging, you’ll be providing a healthy alternative to candy. If your kids won’t let you give up food treats, consider small boxes of raisins which have recyclable paper packaging.


10.5.14  Before packing away those summer clothes, go through them and determine which items to keep, which items to repurpose into something else (cleaning rags, craft projects, etc. ) and which to donate.


9.28.14  Instead of increasing your energy consumption via home and gym exercise machines, take advantage of hiking and biking trails. One big advantage to the great outdoors – it’s 100% free and always interesting!


9.14.14  Compost it! Compost helps improve soil so it holds more water and plants grow better. Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally. Food scraps and kitchen waste also make good compost, and you save money on fertilizer or other additives.


9.14.14  Fill up a water bottle instead of buying disposable plastic water bottles (to decrease the energy) used in producing, transporting, and disposing plastic bottles.


 

9.7.14  Keep your refrigerator between 37 and 40 degrees and your freezer at 5 degrees. Check your refrigerator door seals: close the door on a piece of paper that is half in and half out of the refrigerator. If you can pull the paper out easily, you may be leaking cold air and wasting electricity.


8.31.14  Buy products in reusable containers such as glass jars and sturdy plastic dairy tubs instead of disposable ones. Not only is it good for the environment, but it saves you money on storage containers too!


 

8.25.14  Do not throw out your toxic household wastes, such as paint, paint thinner and car fluids, in the garbage or down the drain. Check with your local facilities for proper disposal.


8.17.14  Use cold water when only using small amounts of water. Even if the hot water never reaches the faucet, you are paying to heat it.


 

8.10.14  Don’t leave your computer on when not in use. Even in “sleep” mode, your computer is wasting energy and costing you money.


8.3.14  Turn your faucet off while brushing your teeth. Letting your faucet run for 5 minutes uses about as much energy as a 60-watt lightbulb consumes in 14 hours.



7.27.14  Reuse your sandwich bags. By just washing them instead of throwing them away, not only will you help the environment, but you’ll save cash as well!


7.20.14  During hot weather, don’t top off your gas tank. Refuel your car or truck in the early morning or the evening when it’s cooler. A small fuel spill may not seem like much, but every spill evaporates and adds to air pollution, and fuel pumps with vapor recovery systems can feed a spill back into their tanks – after you paid for it.


 7.13.14  Compost it! Compost helps improve soil so it holds more water and plants grow better. Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally. Food scraps and kitchen waste also make good compost, and you save money on fertilizers or other additives.


7.6.14  eCycle it! Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and reduces mining processing. eCycling also helps avoid land, air and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium.


 6.29.14  Make it a full load! Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Don’t pre-rinse dishes – tests show pre-rinsing doesn’t improve dishwasher cleaning, and you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about 4 gallons per wash.


6.22.14  Take the two mile challenge. If your destination is equal to or less than two miles away, leave the car in park and make it a walking trip. You’ll get some exercise while cutting down on pollution — and your gas bill.


6.15.14  Shade your air conditioner. Don’t locate central air conditioners in direct sunlight. Place window units on the north side of your house, which remains more shaded. A shaded air conditioner uses up to 10% less energy to operate.


6.8.14  Keep your house cooler this summer by using a dehumidifier. It takes the humidity out of the air, making the house feel much cooler. They are relatively inexpensive and are much more energy-efficient that a whole air conditioning system.


 

 

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3.10.13 Turn off your water when brushing your teeth. You could save up to 4 gallons of water! Your one-year effect: 2,880 gallons of water saved!

 

3.17.13 When you stop for coffee in the morning, bring a reusable mug from home; refills are cheaper & no trash to throw away!

 

3.24.13 For every degree you lower the thermostat, you’ll save between 1 and 3% of your heating bill! Do the same thing in reverse with air conditioning.

 

3.31.13 Open your curtains and enjoy natural light. Only use your lights/electricity when necessary.

 

4.7.13 Buy recycled products. By buying recycled, you’ll consume 55% less energy for paper products, 33% less energy for glass, and 90% less energy for aluminum.

 

4.14.13 Try using a rain barrel. Not only does it reduce storm runoff, it also keeps money in your wallet by reducing your water bill.

 

4.21.13 Don’t wash your own car. Commercial car washes require an average of about 45 gallons of water per car, while home washers can use up to140 gallons.

 

4.28.11 Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can— open your curtains and enjoy natural light.

 

5.5.13 Donate to—and shop at—thrift stores. You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, you’ll be supporting your local economy, and you’ll be saving money.

 

5.19.13 Share a magazine subscription with a friend. Not only will you share the cost but you will cut down on the amount of trees used!

 

5.26.13 If every U.S. home replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star bulb, we’d save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year.

 

6.2.13 Many families pend over $260 each year on paper towels and napkins. Switch to cloth napkins, sponges, and cloth towels or wipes.

 

6.9.13 The new energy efficient light bulbs, when broken, can be taken to Home Depot, which will recycle them.

6.16.13 During sunny months, use a clothesline. Line-drying makes your clothes smell fresh and clean, and can prevent 600 lbs of CO2 over six months.

 

6.23.13 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 degrees.

 

6.30.13 When you’re in the market for a new computer, consider a laptop. It saves space, goes anywhere and uses five times less energy than desktop models.

 

7.7.13 Instead of using plastic bags for produce try reusable bags – they are better for the environment and keep produce fresher.

 

7.14.13 Give your car a tune-up.  It improves mileage and reduces wear and pollution.  Every 100,000 who get a tune-up will eliminate 60 tons of CO2.

 

7.21.13 Put green plants in your office. Plants cheer the place up, improve air quality, absorb toxic gasses from office equipment and maintain humidity.

 

7.28.13 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.

 

8.4.13 Adjust your thermostat when you aren’t home.  A two degree adjustment while you’re at work can prevent a ton of CO2 a year.

 

8.11.13 Pay your bills online. It saves time, postage, and trees.

 

8.18.13 Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market. For more information on the Lexington Farmer’s market visit:  www.lexingtonfarmersmarket.com

 

8.25.13 Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of tools cluttering your closet or garage.

 

9.1.13 Unplug unused chargers and appliances.

 

9.8.13 Buying EnergyStar-certified appliances saves you money, conserves water and energy, and eliminates large amounts of greenhouse gases and pollutants.

 

9.15.13 Save energy and increase the life of your computer by putting it to sleep during the day instead of using screensavers.  At night turn it off completely.

 

9.22.13 Pack lunches in lunch pails and canvas bags instead of throwaway paper bags. Consider re-using plastic sandwich bags, or only using durable plastic or glass containers.

 

9.29.13 Properly inflated tires roll easier, last longer, reduce engine wear, improve gas mileage, and prevent 250 lbs of CO2 a year from polluting the atmosphere.

 

10.6.13 Recycle! If every U.S. citizen recycles half of their annual waste, we’ll recycle a 280-million ton mountain of trash – the equivalent of 550 Empire State buildings.

 

10.13.13 Collect the cool water as you warm your bath in a pail. Rather than wasting it, use it to water your plants.

10.27.13 Make it a habit to print on both sides or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts. Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible.

 

11.3.13 Did you boil some corn in a pot, or wash some fruit in a bowl? Instead of pouring leftover water down the drain, keep it in a watering can for later use on plants.

 

11.10.13 Instead of putting your leaves, branches, and weeds into plastic bags only to be picked up by trash collectors, consider turning this lawn “waste” in to nutrient-rich soil ready for your spring garden!

 

11.17.13 Cover your air conditioner in winter.  Besides protecting your A/C unit, you can also keep air from entering your home, which is a good way to decrease utility bills.

 

11.24.13 To clean a sink drain, put ½ cup baking soda down the drain, then flush with hot water.

 

12.8.13 Did you know that we collect empty printer cartridges?  Bring in your used cartridges and drop them in the Empties4Cash box!

 

12.15.13 Instead of an artificial tree, choose a live tree.  They are a renewable resource grown on tree farms that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost 90% are recycled into mulch.  Plus, they smell like Christmas!

 

12.22.13 Avoid buying glossy foil or metallic wrapping paper. This kind of paper is difficult to recycle and it has no value for use as mulch since there are heavy metals used in the foil paper. The foil also makes it harder to reuse since it wrinkles and creases easily.

 

12.29.13 Bring Your Own Bags.  Some retailers pay you for every disposable bag you don’t take. Save the environment and save some money!

 

1.5.14 Recycle household items. There are many things that we purchase that have more uses than just what is intended. Save plastic containers and reuse them instead of buying Tupperware and research food products that can be used for other things, such as beauty products, household cleaners, and more.

 

1.12.14 Keep warm this winter. Perform regular maintenance on your furnace. If you have a forced air furnace, make sure to clean or change the furnace filter about once a month. Most furnaces will need to be professionally cleaned and tuned once a year.

 

1.19.14 Exercise outside whenever you can. Instead of increasing your energy consumption via home and gym exercise machines, take advantage of hiking and biking trails in your area. One big advantage to the great outdoors – it’s 100% free and always interesting!

 

2.2.14 Recycle your cross-trainers. After putting in all of that extra mileage, your new shoes are bound to lose their bounce.  Instead of tossing them, give your shoes new life with Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program. Worn out shoes are used to build new tracks, plus basketball and tennis courts. New life for old shoes!

 

2.16.14 Invest 2-3 hours to caulk or weather-strip the leaks around your windows and doors. With $25 in materials you can save $600 in heating costs over four years.

 

2.23.14 Composting food scraps can reduce their climate impact while also recycling their nutrients.  Food makes up almost 13% of the U.S. waste stream, but a much higher percent of landfill-caused methane.

 

3.2.14 Ask your utility to support green power.  Email or call your power company and tell them that you want them to both switch to sustainable sources like wind and solar and offer their customers more green power options.

 

3.9.14 Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can.

 

 

3. 30. 14 Plant for the planet. Strengthen your garden’s resistance to pests by planting resilient plants, by rotating the fruits and vegetables you plant, and by attracting friendly bugs to prey on the pesky ones.

 

3.16.14 It may sound simple, but just shade your windows. Use light colored blinds and drapes this summer which reflect light instead of absorbing it. It can save you big money on cooling costs.

 

3.23.14 Birds may be the most welcome harbingers of spring. Colorful to see, a delight to hear, birds lend grace and beauty to our surroundings and provide natural insect control. To make your residence or neighborhood an inviting sanctuary for birds, create places for them to nest, feed, drink, and wash.

 

3.30.14 Plant for the planet. Strengthen your garden’s resistance to pests by planting resilient plants, by rotating the fruits and vegetables you plant, and by attracting friendly bugs to prey on the pesky ones.

 

4.6.14  Choose concentrated or ultra cleaning products, which use 50 to 60 percent less packaging than traditional formulas while cleaning just as thoroughly

 

4. 20. 14  Have some more veggies with lunch and dinner!  Each time you replace a meat meal with a veggie one, you save at least 2.5 pounds of greenhouse gases.

 

 

4.28.14  Running a full dishwasher uses half the water and energy – or less – of washing the same dishes by hand.

 

 

5.4.2014  Composting can divert as much as 30% of household waste away from the garbage can.

 

 

5.11. 2014  Most landfills in North America are quickly filling up; many have already closed down. One-third of landfill waste is made up of compostable materials (eartheasy.com)

 

 

 

5.18.14  With compost, you are creating rich humus for lawn and garden. This adds nutrients to your plants and helps retain moisture in the soil.(eartheasy.com)

 

6.1.14  If you’re not home during the day, close all windows, curtains, and blinds to keep your house cool for as long as possible. If you’re home during the day and don’t want all the windows covered, cover them when needed. If the air cools down enough in the evening, open the windows to promote as much air circulation as possible.

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