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Switch to Renewable Energy!

Especially when one wind turbine can produce enough electricity to power up to 300 homes. Check out ten more facts about renewable energy.

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Go paperless in the office.

Think about the paper, the ink, and the most painful thing ever: a papercut. The benefits of going paperless are numerous.

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Recycle!

It might sound simple, but did you know that recycling just one aluminum can saves enough electricity to power a TV for three hours?

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No more disposables!

Massive consumption of bottled water has produced tremendous amounts of waste.

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Make the switch to LED light bulbs.

Not only are they 90% more energy efficient than traditional light bulbs, they also last up to 10x longer.

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You can actually do something with dryer lint?

Birds use it to feather their nests so you can leave it in your backyard.

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Plug into those power strips.

Turn off the strip at night to avoid using phantom energy. Many electrical appliances continue to consume power when turned off.

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Don’t throw out your old sneakers; recycle them!

We know you love those sneakers but they have three holes in them! Maybe it’s time to let them go. Nike runs a recycling program that transforms those old shoes into materials used to create courts, tracks, fields, and playgrounds.

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Print double sided, and recycle that paper!

The environmental impact of producing 10 million pages of paper is:

  • 2,500 trees
  • 56,000 gallons of oil
  • 450 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 595,000 KW (kilowatts) of energy
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We always hear about recycling, but pre-cycling?

Reduce waste preemptively by making smart purchasing decisions like buying items in bulk to avoid excessive packaging.

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Empty out the junk in that trunk!

All of the extra weight in your car reduces fuel efficiency.

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Brush those teeth!

...but don’t forget to turn off the faucet while you do. You can conserve up to five gallons of water per day from just that simple action.

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Use that cruise control!

You paid extra for the features; don’t forget to use them. With cruise control, you could be getting up to 15% better mileage on your vehicle.

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Maintain your vehicle.

A vehicle with clean air filters, inflated tires, and fully functioning parts will improve your vehicle’s performance, saving gas and creating less pollution.

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Say no to plastic spindles!

The middle part of the cotton swab is known as a spindle. If everyone in the U.S. switched to paperboard spindles instead of plastic ones, the petroleum energy saved would be equivalent to over 1,500,000 gallons of gasoline.

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Batteries: Reusable is always better.

Purchase rechargeable batteries over disposable alkaline batteries. Rechargeable batteries consume less non-renewable natural resources and have a significantly smaller negative impact on the environment.

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Mmmm...fresh fruit right in your backyard.

Find out what trees are native to your area and plant a tree. It’s good for the air and the land. As an added bonus, fruit trees will offer fresh produce that you can be certain is organic.

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No more styrofoam!

If you have to use disposable plates and cups, avoid buying styrofoam products. Among other health concerns, styrofoam is non-biodegradable, meaning that it often ends up floating in our waterways as pollution.

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Paper or plastic? Neither!

We always forget to bring reusable shopping bags with us but there are so many foldable totes that fit right into our bags.

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Drip Drip Drip Drip...Watch for leaky faucets.

They can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day. Leaking toilets can waste up to 3,000 gallons per day.

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Nothing feels better than a refreshing shower.

The average family can save 2,900 gallons of water per year just by switching to low-flow showerheads.

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The coolest white rooftops.

Paint your roof white with reflective paint. You could save significantly on cooling costs.

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Workin' at the car wash!

We love the DIY projects, just not for washing your car. Car washes are often much more efficient with water consumption. So splurge a little, go to the car wash.

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We love the smell of laundry.

We’d love it more knowing that you washed those clothes in warm or cold water. Almost 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine is used to heat the water. Cut emissions, usage, and costs by switching to cold water washing.

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Consider going vegetarian (or join in on the Meatless Monday movement).

It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef. So swap out a few meals a week to reduce water consumption. In its 2006 report, the United Nations found that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined.

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Turn off those unnecessary lights!

We know how easy it is to forget, so check out free stickers that you can print out and put on your light switches to remind you to turn off the lights when you leave the room.

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Is your refrigerator running? Well you better go clean it!

Clean your refrigerator coils. All of the accumulated dust and gunk is draining your appliances’ efficiency.

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Better dig out those pots and pans. Don’t forget the lids!

Cover pots when you’re cooking to reduce heating time. Trapped steam cooks dishes faster.

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Let’s look at those sprinklers. (Not the dance move)

If you’re watering the lawn, do it during the coolest parts of the day or night so that less water is lost to evaporation.

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Share these tips and facts with your friends.

Spread awareness about living a sustainable lifestyle. We can’t do it without your help.