The Care for Creation team is sharing the first “Green Tip” to kick off an environment focus in the weekly Sunday bulletin. Please be sure to look for the weekly tip and if you want to be even more informed, sign up in the Vestry to be a part of the “Act for Creation” action alert team. The purpose is for individuals to receive timely emailed calls to action of particular activities where your presence, or a phone call or letter writing in support of or against proposed environmental legislation might make a difference. We would like to acknowledge and thank the Unitarian Church of Barnstable for sharing their green tips with us and for their excellent example of being good stewards of our fragile earth!
4/15 This is the Year of the Bird: Phil Kyle CC Times says: Don’t take migration for granted. Next time you see that robin, osprey, hummingbird, sandpiper or any migratory bird, spend a minute thinking about its epic journey across the globe. Think about people from other countries who have been watching the very same bird just a few weeks ago and think about the work being done to protect habitat along the bird’s migratory pathway.
4/22 An easy way to clean green is to turn the dial on your washing machine to cold. Most loads don't need hot water, and 90% of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you and the planet.
4/29 Unplug Unused Electronics: Did you know that a cell phone charger could still consume electricity even when a phone isn't connected to it? In the average home, 25% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off! To stop these "phantom loads" when devices are not in use, unplug them or connect them to power strips, which can then be turned off. (Source: U.S.DOE)
5/6 Purchase non-toxic cleaning products. Use natural fiber sponges and cleaning agents that are biodegradable, phosphate-free, chlorine-free, and unscented. Use a scourer or rub harder on problem areas, rather than overusing cleaners. Try earth-friendly Bon Ami cleanser (www.bonami.com) – or make your own see: www.dailygreen.org, www.womensvoices.org , or www.ewg.org.
5/13 Reduce paper use. Use rags instead of paper towels; cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Buy post-consumer recycled paper and recycle it when you've used it – if possible.
5/20 Every moment you spend idling your car's engine means needlessly wasting gas, as well as rougher wear on your vehicle. Idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for startup. Overall, Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year, worth around $78.2 billion.
5/27 Save natural resources -- as well as late fees -- by enrolling in online bill-paying options. Paperless billing not only saves trees, it also eliminates the fossil fuel needed to get all those billing envelopes from them to you and back again. Plus, you'll save money on stamps.