ECO Tips

4/27/2015

Energy Star

Look for EPA's ENERGY STAR label to help you make the most energy-efficient purchasing decisions. The little blue star is on more than 60 kinds of products, including appliances, lighting, heating and cooling equipment, electronics, and office equipment. Over their lifetime, Energy Star products can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 130,000 pounds and save you $11,000 on energy bills.

Tip: Even if the sticker price for Energy Star products is higher, the actual price usually turns out to be lower when factoring in energy savings.

Source: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm



4/20/2015

Bright Ideas

Lighting accounts for 12% of ALL energy consumption in the United States. By replacing 5 of your most frequently used lights with Energy Star qualified products you can reduce energy consumption, helping both the environment and your pocketbook.

Tip: Turn off the lights when leaving the room and use natural light whenever possible.

Source: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index



4/13/2015

Go Paperless

Paper makes up close to 15% of America's total waste, weighing in at roughly 44 million tons. While recycling rates are getting increasingly higher, it is important to eliminate the use of paper whenever possible.

Tip: Sign up for e-mailing lists as opposed to mailing lists. Switch over to online billing whenever possible. Do things electronically; correspondence, school-related work and office related work can oftentimes be done online.

Source: http://www.epa.gov/waste/nonhaz/municipal/pubs/2012_msw_fs.pdf



4/6/2015

Don't Be Trashy

Almost all goods come packaged. In fact, packaging for consumer goods accounts for almost 30% of America’s waste, which is roughly 72 million tons. Many companies are looking at ways to make packaging more sustainable.

Tip: Avoid buying individually packaged items whenever possible; buying in bulk not only saves money, but reduces both resource consumption and waste production.

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3/30/2015

Practicing the 3 Rs to Make a Difference

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Reducing your consumption, reusing what you already have and recycling what you throw out are the best ways to reduce energy consumption and conserve valuable natural resources. Make throwing an item away the last resort when it cannot be reused or recycled. Recycling or donating makes a difference! It’s an act of good will for the environment and the community.

Source: http://www.epa.gov/osw/wycd/downloads/consumer.pdf

Barry University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate no longer used cell phones, books and other items to not only reduce the amount of waste, but to also help social justice initiatives such as

Better World Books collections bins are located in the Library, Powers and Garner. Dade Recycling bin, used to collect cell phones and other items, is located in the lobby of Thompson Hall. These are year round locations.



3/23/2015

Are you breaking Florida’s law by trashing rechargeable batteries?

Under Florida law, it is illegal to discard nickel-cadmium or small sealed lead acid rechargeable batteries or products containing such rechargeable batteries in the trash. The batteries must be recycled or sent to a facility permitted to dispose of those batteries. Rechargeable batteries include those used on laptops, small electronics, hearing aids, watches, calculators, smaller equipment and backup power supplies, portable electronics and toys, consumer electronics, portable power tools, phones, old style cell phones and small equipment.

Sources:

Barry University provides students, faculty and staff with a place to drop-off rechargeable batteries, ink cartridges, cell phones and other small electronics for proper recycling year round. The main collection bin, labeled Dade Recycling, is located in the Thompson Hall Lobby. Additional locations will be announced.



3/16/2015

Look for Leaks

Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year we hunt down the drips during Fix a Leak Week in March. Remember that fixing the leaks can save valuable water and money all year long!

In the bathroom -- where over half of all water use takes place:

  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Showers use less water than baths, as long as you keep an eye on how long you've been lathering up!
  • Learn tips on how to Shower Better here!

Source: http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html



4/14/2014

Get rid of the "disposable" lifestyle.

Americans throw away 113 billion disposable cups, 39 billion disposable eating utensils and 29 billion disposable plates each year. The strain on landfills is obvious, but these products also consume more energy and materials than durable ones, even when washing is considered. Plastic disposables do not biodegrade and may end up as part of the floating flotsam in the ocean that kills wildlife.

What you can do:

  • Carry your own containers and utensils for take-out meals.
  • If you are serving a large crowd:
    • Ask guests to bring their own tableware.
    • Borrow extra from a neighbor or guest.
    • Rent supplies from a rental shop.
  • Have lightweight, washable tableware set aside for picnics and potlucks.
  • Be proactive in your work place, school, church or other organization.

Eco-tip provided by: http://earthleaders.org/~earthlea/programs/green-lifestyle/lifestyle-eco-tips/



4/7/2014

Home Repair Recycling

Anyone familiar with home repair can tell you that there is usually some kind of debris left over. No matter what the project, anytime something new goes in, something old is discarded. That said, there are some unexpected recyclables hidden among your home repair rubble, and with a little extra effort, you can help ensure that they serve a second life rather than waste away. Check out five common items that often end up wasted: http://earth911.com/news/2013/03/11/home-repair-recycling/

Eco-tip provided by: http://earth911.com/news/2013/03/11/home-repair-recycling/



8/5/2013

Eliminate bottled water

Kick the bottled water habit by installing a water filter on your faucet and purchasing a reusable water bottle. Aim for a water bottle that does not leach chemicals, by looking for ‘BPA Free’ labels, or by choosing stainless steel.

Eco-tip provided by GreenFaith: http://greenfaith.org/files/eco-tips-for-how-pdf



7/29/2013

Car washing tips to conserve water

Wash your car on the lawn, and you'll water your lawn at the same time. As an alternative, use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Eco-tip provided by Water Use It Wisely: http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/



7/22/2013

Did you know that producing a hamburger takes this much water?

Eat a bit less meat, especially beef. A typical hamburger can take 630 gallons to produce. (Learn more about the water embedded in your food with National Geographic's "The Hidden Water We Use" interactive.)

Eco-tip provided by National Geographic Freshwater Conservation Tips: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/top-ten/



7/15/2013

Save up to 175 gallons of water a month!

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.

Eco-tip provided by Water Use It Wisely: http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/

At-Home Guide to Water Conservation: http://www.homeintelligence.ca/resources/at-home-water-conservation-guide/



7/8/2013

Let the rain water your lawn!

Watering lawns with sprinklers consumes more water than any other home use. Stop watering -- your grass will turn green again when it rains, and as we know from living in Florida, it rains almost every afternoon in the summertime. If you must, water lightly early in the morning when temperatures are cooler. Also, check your sprinklers to make sure they are only watering plants and not paved areas, fences, or buildings.

Eco-tip provided by the Center for Earth Leadership: http://earthleaders.org/~earthlea/files/6313/4099/9770/Conserving_Water.pdf



7/1/2013

Which one is more water efficient…dishwashing or hand washing?

Dishwashing is a relatively small part of your water footprint – less than 2% of indoor use – but there are always ways to conserve. Using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing, especially if you run full loads and select the appropriate settings. Energy Star dishwashers use about 4 gallons of water per load, and even standard machines use only about 6 gallons. Hand washing generally uses about 20 gallons of water each time.

Eco-tip provided by National Geographic Water Conservation Tips:http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips



6/24/2013

Use your clothes washer for only full loads

Students in apartments who have to use communal laundry rooms or commercial laundromats probably know this already, but automatic clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. With clothes washers, avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an added 20 liters (5 gallons) for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old clothes washers. New Energy Star rated washers use 35 - 50% less water and 50% less energy per load. If you're in the market for a new clothes washer, consider buying a water-saving frontload washer.

Eco-tip provided by eartheasy: Solutions for Sustainable Living: http://eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm



6/20/2013

Toilets are the biggest water consumers inside your house.

Toilets are the biggest water consumers inside the house, and a medium leak can waste 150-200 gallons of water per day. Check your toilets for leaks by putting food coloring in the tank and waiting ten minutes. You have a leak if color appears in the bowl.

Eco-tip provided by the Center for Earth Leadership: http://earthleaders.org/~earthlea/files/6313/4099/9770/Conserving_Water.pdf



5/27/2013

Avoid Plastic Bags!

With the average household using 900 plastic bags every year, the cumulative environmental impact is enormous. For starters, plastic bags require petroleum as a raw material, and the manufacturing process emits toxic waste into the air and water. Once discarded, plastic bags either sit in a landfill for or create a litter problem because they are so lightweight and hard to contain. Finally, they don't biodegrade in the environment but rather break into smaller and smaller pieces. In the North Pacific, oceanographers have located a 3.5-million-ton floating mass of plastic debris. Tens of thousands of turtles, whales, dolphins, seals and birds die every year due to plastic bags because they often mistake the plastic debris for food, such as jellyfish. When eaten, the plastic gets trapped in the gut, preventing food from being digested.

What you can do:

  1. Purchase the type of durable, reusable bags you prefer:
    • Woven plastic bags – large grocery stores
    • Canvas or nylon bags— http://www.reuseit.com/
    • Net bags – your local natural food store
  2. Develop a routine. Place the empty bags where you will always have them—in the car, on a hook by the door, in a purse, briefcase, or backpack.
  3. Rinse and dry produce and bread bags for reuse.
  4. Keep reusable bags in your shopping bag for purchasing produce and dry goods in bulk.

Eco-tip provided by: http://earthleaders.org/~earthlea/programs/green-lifestyle/lifestyle-eco-tips/



5/20/2013

Consider composting!

  • The average American creates 4.4 lbs. of garbage each day (1,600 pounds per year).

Starting an indoor or outdoor compost bin is easy, smell-free, and turns food waste into nutrient-rich soil. Learn how easy it is at: http://www.howtocompost.org or http://www.nyc.gov/html/nycwasteless/html/compost/composting_nyc.shtml

Contact your township—often townships provide compost bins for free or at a discount. In a small space or urban area, consider an indoor composter such as those described at http://www.naturemill.com/

Eco-tip provided by GreenFaith: http://greenfaith.org/files/eco-tips-for-how-pdf



5/13/2013

Use Reusable or Earth-friendly Dinnerware!

When planning parties and events, keep the environment in mind by using reusable or earth-friendly dinnerware.

Your waste will outlive you—plastic can take up to 600 years to break down in a landfill, and Styrofoam never breaks down. Start small with reusable utensils, since they can be easily collected and washed. Supplement as needed with recycled-content paper and/or biocompostable dinnerware: http://www.worldcentric.org.

Eco-tip provided by GreenFaith: http://greenfaith.org/files/eco-tips-for-how-pdf



5/6/2013

Get Rid of your Junk Mail!

  • Over 100 million trees are killed each year for junk mail.
  • Most junk mail is unwanted and ends up being recycled or goes in the trash.
  • Creating/shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas than 9 million cars. (http://www.41pounds.org/impact/)

Catalogs are a major offender. A catalog request can result in contact information being put into a database, ensuring you receive more catalogs. Companies also may rent or sell their mailing lists. You may diligently recycle all this junk mail, but reducing it would save a lot more trees.

What you can do:

  • Call the sender and ask to be removed from its list. When ordering from a catalog, note how many catalogs you are willing to receive per year.
  • Keep a stack of postcards handy with the message: "Please take me off your mailing list." Tape the label with your address onto the postcard and send it.
  • To reduce unwanted credit card solicitations, contact major credit bureaus at 1-888-567-8688 or go to http://www.optoutprescreen.com.
  • Cancel all publications you don't have time to read.
  • Guard your name and address. Information on warranties or contest entry forms may go directly to a marketing firm. When filling out applications, subscriptions, or memberships, state that you do not want your name released to other businesses. Stay away from store "buyer's club" cards.
  • Consider subscribing (for a small fee) to an organization that will remove you from junk mailing lists; a couple of choices are:

Eco-tip provided by Center for Earth Leadership: http://earthleaders.org/~earthlea/files/1013/4099/9781/Junk_Mail.pdf



4/29/2013

If you’re not doing so already, recycle!

Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours. Save energy and resources by recycling your glass, aluminum, plastic and paper. Check your city's recycling guide to find out what materials are recyclable in your area and whether or not your recyclables should be separated or commingled. If your city doesn't have a recycling guide, check directly with your waste management company.

Eco-tip provided by GreenFaith: http://greenfaith.org/files/eco-tips-for-how-pdf



4/22/2013

Bring your own reusable bottle or mug everywhere you go.

Make an Earth Day commitment to carry a reusable mug. If 50 customers a day in every U.S. Starbucks did this, the equivalent of almost 300,000 trees a year would be saved. If you forget your mug, ask for a ceramic mug for in-store orders and forgo the plastic lid for to-go use.

Eco-tip provided by: Center for Earth Leadership



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