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TIPS for WORK
Bring in your own lunch along with utensils and a reusable water bottle. It is Green and also cuts down on calorie intake (especially if you don’t happen to like what you brought in for lunch).
To save on ink and paper
When printing drafts of papers, reports, etc, check your printer settings to see if you have a “draft” mode. This will save you ink.
Use two-sided printing of your draft/page and 4 PowerPoint slides/page for initial evaluation. In addition, all of the copy machines have an option for two-sided copying.
Make it a habit to think before you print: could this be read or stored online instead?
When you receive unwanted catalogs, newsletters, magazines, or junk mail, request to be removed from the mailing list before you recycle the item.
Make it a habit to recycle everything your company collects. Just about any kind of paper you would encounter in an office, including fax paper, envelopes, and junk mail, can be recycled.
TIPS for HOME
Set your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise because this will push warmer air down. Use the slowest speed.
Check your doors for drafts. You might be surprised how much cold air comes in through the smallest crevices.
Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
Is there cold air coming through electrical outlets that you rarely use? If so, insert the inexpensive outlet plugs.
Unplug appliances when you are not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use.
Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine wash clothes goes to heating the water.
Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying.
Open up your blinds on the south-facing windows during the day to allow the sunlight to warm your house. Keep windows covered that receive no direct sunlight. This will insulate the area from cold window drafts. At night, close all window coverings to retain heat.
Install compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out (check with your electricity supplier for discount coupons or stores that sell at reduced prices).
Skip the harsh cleaning supplies and use vinegar. Nature’s cleaning miracle, vinegar can be used to clean just about anything. Use it straight to clean kitchen floors or wash windows, mix it with baking soda and essential oils to clean sinks, and even use it to remove stains in your carpet.
Use natural fiber sponges and rags to do the cleaning. Avoid using paper towels and other one-time use tools.
Have a compost pile? If not consider starting one or getting a compost bin from your local hardware store.
Ashes from burning wood are a great source of nutrients for your compost or garden. However it is critically IMPORTANT that the ash be completely cooled before you store it in any container or spread it outside. Make sure there are no smoldering embers before removing ash from the fireplace.