GREEN TIPS
TIPS FOR A GREEN WORLD

AT OFFICE
  • Shut off electrical equipment in the evening when you leave work.
  • Copy and print on both sides of paper.
  • Reuse items like envelopes, folders and paper clips.
  • Use mailer sheets for interoffice mail instead of an envelope.
  • Set up a bulletin board for memos instead of sending a copy to each employee.
  • Use e-mail instead of paper correspondence.
  • Use recycled paper.
  • Use discarded paper for scrap paper.
  • Encourage your school and/or company to print documents with soy-based inks, which are less toxic.
  • Use a ceramic coffee mug instead of a disposable cup.
  • Recycle printer cartridges.
  • Walk or ride your bike instead of driving, whenever possible.
  • Carpool or vanpool to get to work.

AT HOME - CONSERVE ENERGY
  • Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once a month.
  • If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms.
  • Turn off unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time.
  • Set your refrigerator temperature at 36° to 38° and your freezer at 0° to 5°.
  • When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25° to 30°every time you open the door.
  • Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so that it uses less energy.
  • Use a microwave whenever you can instead of a conventional oven or stove.
  • Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
  • Turn off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use.
  • Only use electric appliances when you need them.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.
  • Plant trees.
  • Use cold water instead of warm or hot water when possible.
  • Use reusable containers to store food instead of aluminum foil and cling wrap.

AT HOME - REDUCE TOXICITY
  • Eliminate mercury from your home by purchasing items without mercury, and dispose of items containing mercury at an appropriate drop-off facility when necessary (e.g., old thermometers, incandescent bulbs).
  • Learn about alternatives to household cleaning items that do not use hazardous chemicals.
  • Review labels of household cleaners you use. Consider alternatives like baking soda, scouring pads, water or a little more elbow grease.
  • Use traps instead of rat and mouse poisons and insect killers.
  • Leave grass clippings on the yard—they decompose and return nutrients to the soil.
  • Take actions that use non hazardous components (e.g., to ward off pests, plant marigolds in a garden instead of using pesticide).
  • Put leaves in a compost heap instead of burning them or throwing them away.

WAYS TO PROTECT AIR
  • Use solar power for heating.
  • Purchase radial tires and keep them properly inflated for your vehicle.
  • Paint with brushes or rollers instead of using spray paints to minimize harmful emissions.
  • Ignite charcoal barbecues with an electric probe.
  • Report smoking vehicles.
  • Avoid slow-burning fires to prevent pollution.

WAYS TO USE LESS WATER
  • Check and fix any water leaks.
  • Install water-saving devices on your faucets and toilets.
  • Don’t wash dishes with the water running continuously.
  • Install a low-flow shower head.
  • Turn off washing machine’s water supply to prevent leaks.

WAYS TO PROTECT WATER
  • Never dump anything down a storm drain.
  • Have your septic tank pumped and system i
  • nspected regularly.
  • Check your car for oil or other leaks, and recycle motor oil.
  • Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in the driveway.

WHILE SHOPPING
  • Buy items in bulk from loose bins when possible to reduce the packaging wasted.
  • Avoid products with several layers of packaging when only one is sufficient. About 33% of what we throw away is packaging.
  • Buy products that you can reuse.
  • Check reports for products that are easily repaired and have low breakdown rates.
  • Reuse items like bags and containers when possible.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
  • Use reusable plates and utensils instead of disposable ones.
  • Shop with a canvas bag instead of using paper and plastic bags.
  • Reuse packaging cartons and shipping materials. Old newspapers make great packaging material.