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January 23rd & 30th Tip of the Week

Hello Campus Community,

 

We have two sustainability tips for you since we missed last week!  The January 23rd tip of the week on “winter energy savings ideas” is brought to you by Cal Erwin-Svoboda.The January 30th tip of the week on “40 easy ways to go greener at home-besides recycling” is brought to you by Gary Hay. Thank you both Cal and Gary for the tips!

 

January 23rd Sustainability Tip of the Week: By Cal Erwin-Svoboda

Winter Energy Saving Tips

Winter months mean a spike in utility bills. There are tons of cost effective ways to prep your house/apartment for the winter months. Implementing a few of these tips might help lower your monthly utility bills. Winter Energy Saving Tips (via PNM Resources, New Mexico)

 

My Secret Tip To Winter Energy Savings

You can easily ‘section off’ portions of your house/apartment that you don’t want to heat by mounting a curtain rod over a doorway and using a heavy panel of curtain to create a barrier to keep the heat only where you need it. This can also be achieved by shutting doors to bedrooms, bathrooms, etc that you do not need to heat.

January 30th Sustainability Tip of the Week: By Gary Hay

40 Easy Ways to Go Greener at Home – Besides Recycling

1.  Plant an herb garden.  It’s good to have a reminder around of where our food originates.

2.  Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).

3.  Create a homemade compost bin for $15.

4.  Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” label).

5.  Stop using disposable bags – order some reusable bags, or make your own.  My favorites are Envirosax and Flip & Tumble.

6.  Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.  Then watch The Story of Bottled Water, a short movie about the bottled water phenomena.

7.  Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.

8.  Turn off lights when you leave the room.

9.  Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can — open your curtains and enjoy natural light.

10.  Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.

11.  Better yet, walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.

12.  Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.

13.  Turn off your computer completely at night.

14.  Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.

15.  Pay as many bills as possible online.

16.  Put a stop to unsolicited mail — sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.  While you’re at it, go ahead and make sure you’re on the “do not call” list, just to make your life more peaceful.

17.  Reuse scrap paper.  Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.

18.  Conduct a quick energy audit of your home.

19.  Subscribe to good eco-friendly blogs.  My favorites are The Daily Green,TreeHugger, and Keeper of the Home.  Of course, you gotta subscribe to Simple Organic.

20.  Before buying anything new, first check your local Craigslist or Freecycle.

21.  Support local restaurants that use food derived less than 100 miles away, and learn more about the benefits of eating locally.

22.  Fix leaky faucets.

23.  Make your own household cleaners.  I’ve got quite a few recipes in my e-book.

24.  Line dry your laundry.

25.  Watch The Story of Stuff with your kids, and talk about the impact your household trash has on our landfills.

26.  Learn with your kids about another country or culture, expanding your knowledge to other sides of the world.

28.  Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.

29.  Unplug unused chargers and appliances.

30.  Repurpose something – turn one of your well-worn t-shirts into basic play pants for your baby.  Or save egg cartons for paint wells, seed starters, treasure boxes, or a myriad of other crafts.

31.  Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

32.  Switch to cloth diapers – or at least do a combination with disposables.

33.  Switch to shade-grown coffee with the “Fair Trade” label.

34.  Use a Diva Cup for your monthly cycles.

35.  Use cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Be frugal, and make these rags out of old towels and t-shirts.

36.  Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.

37.  Read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and open your eyes to the way conventional food is processed. Watch Food, Inc. while you’re at it.

38.  Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen.

39.  Five-minute showers – make it a goal for yourself.

40.  Donate to – and shop at – thrift stores such as Goodwill.  You’ll be recycling perfectly usable items, and you’ll be supporting your local economy.