Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ways To Be More Green

Building a compost bin is easy, cheap and can drastically reduce the amount of trash you produce. Yard waste accounts for more than 20 percent of all trash in landfills and food scraps make up ten percent of your waste. Compost adds nutrients to your soil that nothing you will find at Lowe's does. Visit this site for more info.

Cut Your Energy Costs
How many times have you heard to replace your lightbulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs? They cost a bit more but last years longer and use 66% less energy. Put it on your shopping list and then unplug energy-hogging devices like TV's, computers, VCR's and stereos. Standby power used in sleep mode accounts for 5% of the U.S. electricity use.

Take Your Own Bag
100 billion plastic shopping bags are consumed every year, none of them biodegradable. Plastic bags break down into small, toxic bits that leach into the soil and water sources. Carrying reusable cloth bags replace thousands of plastic bags over your lifetime. If you have to accept plastic bags, make sure you get the bag full. Too many clerks place only a couple of items in each bag.

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