Save Energy and the Environment with Green Tips!
- Use recycled and rechargeable batteries. Disposable batteries contain toxic chemicals, and manufacturing them takes about 50 times as much energy as the batteries produce.
- Use cold water in your washer when possible. As much as 90% of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heating water.
- Consider installing a clothesline in your backyard or basement to allow your clothes to dry naturally.
- Clean your dryer’s lint trap. Your dryer will work more efficiently.
- Use alternative building materials that don’t come from trees, such as recycled plastic lumber for rot-free decks, and cabinetry made from recycled newspapers.
- Switch to a low-flow shower head to reduce the amount of hot water and energy used during showers.
- Organize your refrigerator and freezer so that items can be found quickly. This will allow the door to be closed sooner!
- Use a microwave oven for heating or cooking, and use the serving dish! A microwave oven uses half the power of a conventional oven, and cooking your food in the serving dish means one less dish to wash.
- Use a dishwasher instead of doing the dishes by hand. A dishwasher uses less water and energy. However if you wash your dishes by hand, use a basin when rinsing. By dipping dishes in clean rinse water instead of turning on the facet for rinsing, you can save about $100 per year.
- Use reusable canvas bags when you shop. Some retailers (Target, Whole Foods) even pay you to do so!
- Walk or ride your bike to school or work.
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