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20 Ways to Go Green

The Great Eastern Energy (GEE) team is excited to share our favorite ways to go green with you! We hope to inspire you to make a difference in our world through small changes that add up to big impacts. So take a look, make your own list, and share our message. Let’s all pledge to be a little more green!

The Great Eastern Energy (GEE) team is excited to share our favorite ways to go green with you! Check them out and share them with your friends:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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?

4. NO MORE DISPOSABLES!

Massive consumption of bottled water has produced tremendous amounts of waste. Stay hydrated with reusable bottles instead!

5. YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING WITH DRYER LINT?

Leave it in your backyard! Birds can use lint to feather their nests.

6. 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.

7. 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

8. KEEP ELECTRONICS OUT OF THE TRASH!

Donate or recycle them responsibly. Waste from electronics contains toxins, such as mercury, that are harmful to the environment, especially when they biodegrade in landfills.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. BATTERIES: REUSABLE IS ALWAYS BETTER.

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

13. 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.

14. SAY NO TO STYROFOAM!

Among other health concerns, styrofoam is non-biodegradable, meaning that it often ends up floating in our waterways as pollution. Use ceramic, glass or other options that can be washed and reused instead!

15. 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.

16. FRIENDS THAT COMMUTE TOGETHER, STAY TOGETHER.

By carpooling just twice a week, 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gases can be kept out of the air each year.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. SHARE THESE TIPS WITH YOUR FRIENDS.

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

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