Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cape Cod Chronicle Column 1/20/11

11 for '11!

Think about what you use every single day for: morning shower, making coffee, work commute, drive to lunch, watching TV, doing laundry, etc. It all adds up. Now think about how much time, money and resources you’d save if you just used a little bit less each day. Some things to consider in 2011:
1. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees
2. Using cold water can save 90 percent of your washing machine’s power utilization.
3. Use products made from recycled content to cut down on your use of virgin materials.
4. Shorten your shower one minute and save 150 gallons of water per month.
5. Use Less Paper. If you have to print, print on both sides and recycle it when you can.
6. Use Less Packaging. Try buying from bulk bins and recycle your packaging.
7. Use Fewer Hazardous Materials. Always read labels, and try using natural pesticides and making your own cleaning products.
8. Use Less Gas. Slow down! 55 mph can give you 21 percent better mileage than 65 mph. Buy gas early in the morning or late at night to get more for your money.
9. Use Less Tech. Electronics drain electricity, use non-renewable metals and contain toxic chemicals. Use fewer electronics, turn off or "sleep" when not in use, and properly dispose of used ones.
10. Create Less Trash. The average American throws away 90,000 pounds of trash in his or her lifetime. Use reusables and recyclables whenever possible!
11. Use Fewer Disposables. They may be convenient, but not for Mother Earth. Again, reusables and/or recyclables!

11 for '11! Every little bit helps!
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