GO GREEN! Tips Posted at the Way to GO GREEN! Labyrinth
First Night St. Petersburg, Dec. 31, 2007
1. Ride a bike to and from work.
2. Buy locally produced food.
3. Reduce consumption.
4. Buy items with less packaging.
5. Donate unused items to local charities.
6. Invest in energy saving household appliances.
7. REDUCE-use less of the planets recourses.
8. REUSE-find creative ways to reuse items.
10. Buy recycled products whenever possible.
11. Carry refillable water bottles.
12. Plant a native species tree.
13. Turn off all electronics at the power supply. Many devices still use energy when not in use.
14. Use cloth grocery bags instead or paper or plastic.
15. An energy star washer and fridge can reduce CO2 emissions by 660lbs per year
16. Move your thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two in the summer.
17. Bottled water is not better for you than tap water – United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization
18. Only .014% of the earths water is available for drinking.
19. Only .26% of the Earth’s water is available for human consumption.
20. Seventy percent of the water used by humans is to irrigate crops.
21. Fix any leaky faucets or water drips.
22. Let the rain wash your car.
23. Install water saving faucets.
24. Use compact (squiggly)fluorescent light bulbs.
25. Insulate your home against heat loss
26. Fix air leaks in your home with weather stripping and caulking.
27. Use rechargeable or solar rechargeable batteries.
28. Insulate your water heater and pipes.
29. Use non toxic cleaning alternatives in the home.
30. Avoid the use of aerosols.
31. Use castor or mineral oils to lubricate hinges and switches instead of lubricants containing solvents.
32. Use water-based latex paints instead of solvent-based paints in the home.
33. Check with local facilities for disposal of household toxic wastes (paint, paint thinner, and car fluids).
34. Compost your food waste.
35. The fridge should be kept at 38-42°F (3-5°C), the freezer at 0-5°F (-17 to -15°C).
36. Try to open the fridge door less frequently and for a shorter duration to conserve energy.
37. Keep the door gasket clean on your fridge to make sure the seal isn’t broken by dried food.
38. Use pressure cookers which use very little energy and are best for food that is “low on the food chain.”
39. Water will boil more quickly if there is a lid on the pan.
40. Cooking frozen foods uses more energy; thaw them out first.
41. Using electric kettles to boil water consumes half the energy needed to boil water on the stove.
42. Eat lower on the food chain; fruit and vegetable production requires far less energy than meat production.
43. Grow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs without using pesticides.
44. If you eat meat, buy free-range, organically raised meat and poultry products. These have been raised humanely and on untreated feeds.
45. Don’t let the water run while doing dishes.
46. Under ideal conditions, do not kill spiders because they help to control pests.
47. Use matches instead of butane-filled lighters.
48. Buy movie and event tickets online. Plain copy paper is easier to recycle than the paperboard used for most tickets
49. Get rid of some of the chargers and LED-lighted appliances which continuously suck energy.
50. Use paper clips, staples, string or non-toxic glue instead of adhesive tape when possible.
51. Organize a beach clean-up.
52. Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees, two barrels of oil, 41,000 kw of energy, 3.2 cubic yards of land fill space and 60 lbs. of air pollution.
53. About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable.
54. Recycling creates six times as many jobs as land filling.
55. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a television for 3 hours.
56. The U.S. creates 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of its natural resources.
57. The overall recycling rate for plastics is only 9%.
58. Use organic, biodegradable house cleaners and laundry detergent.
59. Consider using devices powered by renewable energy sources (solar attic fans or pool heaters).
60. Use fewer napkins. Using one less napkin per day could keep more than one billion napkins out of land fills.
61. Before shopping “green,” do your research: read labels and ask questions.
62. Eat less red meat.
63. Make sure sprinklers are not pointed towards the sidewalk or street. This wastes water.
64. Try to line-dry clothing
65. Know your greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, ozone…
66. Inflate car tires properly; this maximizes gas mileage
67. Fixing a leaky toilet will save 140 gallons of water each week.