4/22/13

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Top ten tips for making every day Earth Day.

Happy Earth Day my friends!  

I was going to go into this big post about how important our planet is, and how very important it is for us as parents to teach our children how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, but honestly, with all of the global warming warnings,  you would have to have your head in a hole to not know all of this already. 

So to keep it short and sweet I have found a few great tips to share with you on how to make every day Earth Day!




Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.  Easy!

I also found this great article on the New York Daily News.... 10 easy tips for saving the planet without having to waste your comfort 


1. Cut down on the “vampire effect.” Even when not turned on, an electronic appliance that is plugged into a power source still draws energy.“The Department of Energy estimates that America wastes 5% of electricity on the vampire effect,” says Josh Dorfman, author and host of the television show “The Lazy Environmentalist.” “That’s a lot of wasted energy and money.” We could unplug all of our electronics every time they are not in use, but that's annoying. Dorfman suggests using devices like Belkin's Conserve Energy-Saving Products that automatically eliminate the vampire effect.

2. Buy food from farmers' markets. “The carbon impact of transportation is reduced,” says author and eco-expert Alexandra Zissu,37. “These small farms use their land more efficiently. And, if the food is organic, which it almost always is, no chemical pesticides will have been used.”

3. Flush less water. Most toilets wash 3.5 gallons of water away with each flush. Sure, it would be nice to install a high-efficiency toilet, butthat’s not the most practical thing for New Yorkers who rent. Instead, Dorfman suggests installing a Toilet Tank Bank made by Niagara Conservation, which essentially is a water balloon placed in the toilet tank and saves up to .8gallons per flush.

4. Stop brown-bagging lunch. Instead, pack it in a reusable container and use a reusable water bottle. This eliminates plastic utensils and containers, and limits the use of paper napkins. You can even use your wares if you go buy lunch. “Think about how waste-free you can make your lunch,” says Zissu. "If you’re going to buy a slice of pizza, do you need the paper plate? Some places will even serve you in your own reusable containers.”

5. Shower smarter. The average shower head spits out 2.5 gallons of water per minute. That means that a person who takes a 10-minute shower every morning uses over 9,000 gallons of water a year. Cut back by installing a shower head that is EPA approved. Look for the Water Sense seal of approval. Dorfman suggests installing Evolve’s Roadrunner shower head, which flows at only1.5 gallons per minute and conserves hot water until you are actually ready to shower.

6. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Zissu suggests that New Yorkers wait until their dishwashers are completely full to turn them on and to use the “air dry” cycle if possible. “Also, most modern dishwashers don't need you to rinse the plates before putting them in," she says. "That just wastes water.”

7. Drop the shades. It’s just not possible to survive in New York City during the summer without an air conditioner. Make that AC more efficient by lowering the shades in your apartment. Sun streaming through windows heats up an apartment and makes an air conditioner work harder.

8. Use natural household products. Regular household cleaning product scan be incredibly toxic. Zissu cites one study that claims the second large stair pollutants in major U.S. cities, behind cars, come from household cleaning compounds. Use natural cleaners in your apartment. “Green cleaning product swill have a list of ingredients,” she says, “whereas conventional cleaning products do not because they are government-protected trade secrets.”

9. Compost. New Yorkers can greatly reduce the amount of household trash by composting. “Separate your compost and keep it in your freezer so it doesn’tsmell,” says Zissu. “Then take it out to a local composting site.”

10. Properly dispose of old electronics. “It’s important to keep electronics out of our landfills,” says Dorfman, “because when they are exposed to high heat they release toxic chemicals into the air, water and ground.” He suggests selling old electronics on websites like Gazelle.com or disposing of them at proper locations around the city.







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Forgive him readers, for he knows what he does, and does it anyway...

I present FTD's continuation of the top tips to make it Earth Day every day... #11-20

Top Tip #11 - Save GALLONS of water and toilet paper by simply pooping and whizzing when you have a shower! The wife's loofah makes a wonderful, reusable butt-cleaner.

Top Tip #12 - Drivers...put a few kilos of pebbles and rocks into your gas tank so you can fill up your car for less money!

Top Tip #13 - Save electricity by shortening all the leads to your electrical appliances.

Top Tip #14 - Run out of Christmas wrapping paper? Simply get some 'Happy Birthday' paper and write 'Jesus' after Happy Birthday!

Top Tip #15 - Drivers...deflate your car tires before going to the gas station so you can get your moneys worth when you pay 75c to fill 'em up.

Top Tip #16 - A pear makes an perfect chicken-leg substitute for vegetarians!

Top Tip #17 - Going for a drink after work? Reduce your carbon footprint by giving a pint of blood to the Red Cross first...Hey Presto - every drink is like a 'double'

Top Tip #18 - Goths...save money and the environment by NOT buying expensive black nail-polish. Simply strike each fingernail sharply with a mechanics hammer.

Top Tip #19 - Mix together some human hair, ramen noodle dregs, potato skins and congealed fat to make an organic plug for any kitchen sink.

AND finally... Top Tip #20 - Save landfill paper-towels by 'nuking' recently washed pots and pans in the microwave on 'high' for a minute or two.





 Please, do your part to make every day Earth Day 




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