Green Tips for February, 2019
Feb 3 We now have FILTERED WATER available from a tap on the sink in our kitchen to use to fill your reusable water bottle and pitchers for events at the Federated Church! This is one more step towards being a GREEN CONGREGATION! A big thank you to Steve Downs Chair of the Property committee who responded to the request from Emily Whittemore and the Care for Creation (C4C) committee for the water filter in the kitchen to help reduce our use of plastic water bottles!
Feb 10 Brrrr….it’s cold outside. How difficult to save energy in the winter when it is dark and cold. One easy way to cut your energy use and save 2% on your energy bill is to turn off the lights. Be mindful about shutting lights off when you leave a room. If you have a forgetful family member or roommate, paste reminders on the switch-plates or consider installing motion-detector switches. Make sure you have replaced your bulbs with CFLs or LEDs.
Feb 17 Get a humidifier to add moisture to the air. The air inside your home can become very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. You can also increase the humidity in your apartment with a collection of house plants.
Feb 24 It's tempting to leave the car -- and the heat -- running when it's cold outside, but if you think you'll be sitting still for longer than 10 seconds, turn the car off instead of idling. Your car consumes more gas running for 10 seconds than it does when you turn it off and restart the engine. Cutting down idling time is a simple way to save extra fuel during winter, and it's also easier on your car's engine. If you combine your trips on errands, it will help keep your engine warmer and save gas.