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Do It & the house

 

In the Morning

  • Brew “certified” local coffee.
  • Green “to go.” Not brewing at home? Take a travel cup to your favorite java joint; they may fill it at a discount.
  • Fill a water bottle from a filtered tap, cheaper & healthier
  • Truly turn off electronics. UN Plug your devices — the mobile phone, ipad, blackberry, theTV and DVD player, or the computer and printer — into a UL-certified power strip; switch the whole group off for the evening to prevent phantom electrical draw.

At Work

  • Double up. Configure your office printer or copy machine so it prints on both sides of the page and follow the office guide
  • Put it to sleep. If you’ll be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes, change it to “sleep” mode.

Running Errands

  • BYOB. Bring your own Reuse bags… put a note on the fridge, REMIND yourself every day… Take reuse bags….

Before Bed

  • Truly turn off electronics. UN Plug your devices — the TV and DVD player, or the computer and printer — into a UL-certified power strip; switch the whole group off for the evening to prevent phantom electrical draw.

 

Start ‘Em Young

 

  • Game off? Yep, get the kids to turn off video games (both the TV and the console) after they’re done playing, and you’ll win back about $100 per year.

     

  • Pitch in. Have your kids collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles to redeem for cash to spend on a treat.

     

  • Don’t tap out. Teach children to turn off the water while brushing their teeth. Leaving the tap running during the recommended two minutes of brushing can waste up to five gallons of water a day.

     

  • Book it. Dr. Seuss’s 1971 book, The Lorax, stars a creature who “speaks for the trees” against those who’d cut them down. Talk about the message with your tykes

 

Green My Ride

  1. Slow down. Driving 10 mph above 60 is like adding nearly 50 cents to the price of a gallon of gas, since higher speed equals more guzzling.

     

  2. Get pumped. Once a month, check the pressure of each of the tires against the guidelines listed in your car’s manual; add air if needed. Doing this can improve mileage by about 3 percent.

     

  3. Air out. Replace filters regularly. A new oxygen sensor alone can improve mileage by as much as 15 percent.

 

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