More Green Tips from C4C
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6/3 Spring is here and it makes us want to freshen everything in our home--even the air! Unfortunately, inside our home we breath in chemicals that have been linked to developmental and sex-hormone abnormalities as well as cancer. The culprit? Air fresheners. They're used in about 75 percent of U.S. homes, to the tune of $2 billion a year. This spring, consider tossing the chemicals and trying natural fresheners like baking soda or essential oils. Trade in the flowery-scented aerosols and freshen the air in your home with cut flowers or fresh citrus.
6/10 Spring-cleaning? Avoid cleaners containing phosphates. They biodegrade totally and quickly. But when they get into rivers and lakes, they cause algae blooms, robbing the water of oxygen, blocking sunlight, and ultimately killing marine life. Make your own – check out womensvoices.org and earthshare.org for easy to make safe cleaners.
6/17 Instead of wood mulch, plant more native plants. Plant roots are more effective in holding soils and plants take in carbon dioxide. Incorporate a variety of drought tolerant native species. This will help reduce watering needs.
6/24 Time to get growing. No place for a garden, just Google container gardens and see what you can grow on your deck or patio. The freshest, tastiest vegetables come from your own garden.
7/1 Did you know… Americans use 500 million drinking straws every single day? Don’t forget to say ‘no straw please’ when you go out to eat – keep Earth Day all year round.
7/8 Cleaning your dryer's lint filter can slash its energy usage by as much as 30%! So clean the filter after every use and every once in awhile, give it a good wash. Don’t forget to clean the ducts and area behind the dryer as well as the outside exhaust vent. Built up lint can also be a fire hazard!
7/15 Do you know a Climate Change Denier? Learn more yourself by checking out this link: Climate Central, an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public.
7/22 Around 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used to send junk mail to Americans every year, according to greendimes.com. You can stop 75% of unsolicited mail by registering on the Mail Preference Service on the Direct Marketing Association Website (for a fee of $1). Within 90 days, most unsolicited mail will stop.
7/29 Turn down your hot water heater so that the tap water isn't scalding. If it's time for a new water heater, choose an Energy Star model to save about 7% — or a more advanced technology, like a tankless water heater that can save 30% ($140) or a solar water heater that can zero your bill ($475). While the up-front cost isn't cheap, the investment will pay off over time.