Simple Tips For How to Go Green

Authors: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

As seen this morning on MSNBC:

Say “No” to Junk Mail

  • You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail
  • Catalog Choice, maintained by the Ecology Center in Berkeley, provides a free service that lets consumers identify catalogs they don’t want and it notifies the merchants directly. Visit for more information

Clean Your Dryer’s Lint Screen

  • Cleaning out your dryer's lint screen after each load is an easy way to save energy and reduce fire hazard
  • Believe it or not, a dirty lint filter can cause your dryer to use as much as 30% more energy

Wash in Cold Water

  • According to the US Department of Energy, as much as 90% of the energy used to wash clothes in a conventional machine is used for heating the water
  • For an individual, washing an average of three loads every week, the total savings will be about twenty seven dollars a year. For a family of four, the savings are closer to eighty or one hundred dollars, depending on how much laundry is washed

Retrofit Your Home

  • A typical U.S. family spends about $1900/year on home utility bills
  • Simple, relatively low-cost measures such as air sealing, insulation, and lighting and appliance upgrades can reduce a building's energy use by 30% or more

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