Sunday, August 07, 2005

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Do Your Part!

Ever wondered what one person can do to protect the environment? Here are just a few easy and beneficial suggestions:

1. Recycle! Recycling really does make a difference by lessoning the burden on landfills and our natural resources. Find out more about recycling in your area.

2. Take a walk! Each gallon of gasoline used by a vehicle releases 22 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If you must drive, consider carpooling.

3. Do not slack on car maintenence. Keeping tires inflated properly, the oil changed regularly, and the engine tuned can increase a car's fuel efficiency by up to ten percent.

4. Switch three of the most used incandescent light bulbs in your home to more energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

5. When purchasing new appliances, be sure to look for those with the EPA Energy Star label. These appliances use 20-40 percent less energy than standard models.

6. Leave grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. The clippings act as a natural fertilizer when they decompose and prevents them from occupying unused space in landfills.

7. Think twice before applying chemical pesticides to your garden. Much of this toxic material winds up in our water systems after it is washed into the storm sewers by rainfall.

8. Planting trees and shrubs along side of your house acts as a natural insulator, making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

9. Install a low-flow showerhead. Showers account for 32 percent of home water use, and a family of four can save up to 20,000 gallons per year with these newer models.

10. Thinking about investing? Try investing in companies that are dedicated to protecting the environment or other socially responsible ventures.

11. Use your voice! Contact your elected representitives and tell them your opinions or write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper about environmental issues that matter to you.

12. Vote smart! Research each candidate before going to the ballot box. Look at each candidate's voting history for important environmental issues.

And finally, please support Greenpeace by making a donation to Blogging for Greenpeace!


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