Green Tip of The Day

Next time you fill up on gas, make sure not to top off your gas tank. Once the nozzle clicks off the first time the gas you're paying for is not going into your tank. You’re wasting money on gas that is stuck in the hose or getting ready to spill on the next person. Topping off your tank damages the vapor recovery system that's designed to minimize the amount of vapors released into the air. Gas vapors pollute the air with volatile organic compounds that are harmful to our lungs and our environment.


Green Tip of The Day

Make better informed decisions to help protect our oceans and your health. The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program researches and evaluates seafood products for sustainability and then develops recommendations to help consumers and businesses make ocean-friendly seafood choices. Their "Super Green" highlights products that are currently on the Seafood Watch "Best Choices" list, are low in environmental contaminants and are good sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. You can use their online database, print out a pocket guide, or get recommendations on your mobile device. Check it out today!


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Avoid the “Dirty Dozen.” Buying only organic produce is not an option for anyone and knowing which organic produce is worth the extra cost can be confusing. The Environmental Working Group offers a great resource with its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides, along with a list of the 15 cleanest fruits and vegetables. According to the EWG, you can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and instead eating the least contaminated produce. You can print out a wallet-size list or download the iPhone app at http://www.foodnews.org/. You will spend your grocery money more wisely, send a message to the food industry about how you want your food grown, and cut harmful pesticides from your diet.


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Use a faucet-mounted water filter to filter your tap water. Properly filtered tap water is purer than bottled water, less expensive and better for the environment. Unlike bottled water, tap water is regularly tested for safety. A simple, faucet-mounted water filter can improve its smell and taste. If you're not sure you want to spend $35 for a water filter, consider this . . . according to the New York Times, a person drinking only bottled water will spend about $1,400 a year compared to the 49 cents it costs for a year's supply of tap water. Also consider the environmental cost. One and a half million barrels of oil are used every year to manufacture disposable plastic water bottles for the U.S. That's enough to fuel 100,000 cars for a year. About 80% of those bottles will end up as litter or in landfills where they’ll take at least 450 years to break down!


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Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat allows you to preset temperatures for different times of the day, so you can leave temperatures lower when you're out and warmer when you're home (reverse during the summer). A programmable thermostat is relatively inexpensive ($30 to $50), easy to install, easy to use, and can save you 10% to 20% on your heating and cooling costs.


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Pack a lunch for work in reusable, non-plastic containers. By preparing your own food you'll be better able to avoid preservatives, reduce waste (think of all those ketchup packets and napkins in take-out bags), and save money. Remember to also bring a reusable mug, cutlery and napkin. Real silverware and a cloth napkin make a meal more enjoyable anyway.


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Reuse office supplies whenever possible. Does a paper clip really lose its usefulness after a single use? Paper clips, envelopes, folders, and such can typically be used multiple times. Click here to learn more about keeping green at work.


Green Tip of The Day

Rethink how you print. First, consider if something can be read online or emailed rather than printed out. If you have to print, print only the specific text or pages you need and print on both sides of paper. Keep misprints for scrap paper. Print addresses directly on envelopes instead of printing mailing labels.


Tell the FDA to 'Just Label It!'

Speak up today and tell the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). You care about how your food is produced, and have a right to know what you are eating and feeding your families. Multiple surveys show that more than 90% of all consumers support labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms.

A petition (Docket # FDA-2011-P-0723-0001/CP) has been filed with FDA calling for labels on food that have been genetically engineered. More than 500,000 Americans have already submitted comments in support of the petition, bur the battle is far from over! Let your voice be heard. Please take a moment to submit your support for the petition.

Simply go to http://justlabelit.org/takeaction and take action today!


Green Tip of The Day

Use less laundry detergent. It's a little known fact that you really shouldn't use the manufacturer's suggested amount of detergent. Use ½ to ¾ of the recommended amount and you will save money, reduce the amount of suds polluting our waterways, cut down on detergent bottles and get your clothes just as clean if not cleaner than before. Un-rinsed detergent on your clothes can actually attract dirt!


Green Tip of The Day

Cold water rinses detergent out just as well as warm or hot water, so always select the cold rinse option on your washing machine. Most laundry can also be washed with cold water as well, so give it a second thought next time you go to wash something in warm or hot water. Using only cold water for washing clothes would save you at least $100 a year.


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Swap your fabric softener with vinegar. Fabric softeners can contain harsh ingredients that build up on clothes and reduce their longevity. A simple alternative is to add a cup of distilled white vinegar during the rinse cycle (or in the softener cup if your machine has one). Vinegar neutralizes water's pH, helps rinse detergent out completely, eliminates static cling, reduces lint buildup, and leaves your clothes softer.


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If you go out for coffee, remember to bring your own reusable mug. They're eco-friendly and more enjoyable to drink from. Plus, many coffee shops will give you a discount for bringing your own mug. Starbucks has a nationwide policy of giving a $0.10 reusable mug discount on any beverage.


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Brew your own coffee at home. You’ll save money, a disposable cup, and all those unnecessary accoutrements (lid, plastic stirrer, cup sleeve, etc.). You can brew your favorite blend and know exactly what you’re getting in each cup – no synthetic creamers, syrup, or other artificial ingredients. Just avoid coffeemakers with single-use "pods.” They are extremely wasteful. A much greener and less expensive option is to purchase a permanent filter for your coffeemaker (they run less than $10) or use a French press which requires no filter and uses even less energy.


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Save water with simple changes you won't even notice. Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month. Using a broom instead of the garden hose to clean your driveway can save 80 gallons of water and turning the water off when you brush your teeth will save 4.5 gallons each time.


Green Tip of The Day

Keep your reusable shopping bags handy. You have to actually use the bags for them to be green. A reusable bag needs to be used 171 times to negate the environmental impact of one plastic bag. Keep a stash of bags in your car so they're always readily available. And remember they can be used for every type of shopping, not just groceries.


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Make being green a family initiative. Kids can help sort recycling and rip up old clothes and linens for cleaning rags. Have them sort through clothes and toys they've outgrown and then accompany you to donate them to a charity. Teach your kids to shut off lights and toys when not in use and to turn off the water when they brush their teeth. Explain why these are such important habits to keep and give them plenty of kudos when they act green all on their own. Click here for more tips on Raising a Green Kid.


Green Tip of The Day

Install an aerator, which costs about a dollar, on all your household faucets and cut your annual water consumption by 50%. If you are in the market for a new faucet, look for 0.5 to 1 gallon per minute (gpm) models.


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Install low-flow shower heads to save water without sacrificing pressure. An efficient shower head will save a family of four up to $285 per year. They typically cost less than $15 and are simple to install.


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Be an informed consumer when shopping for health and beauty products. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that hundreds of cosmetics sold in the U.S. contain chemicals the industry itself has deemed unsafe even when used as directed. After analyzing over 23,000 products, the EWG discovered that nearly 1 out of every 30 products sold in the U.S. failed to meet one or more industry or governmental cosmetics safety standards. Protect your health with the EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Safe Cosmetics, a pocket-sized guide to what ingredients and products to avoid when you’re walking down the health and beauty aisle.


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Go green when renovating your home. When you’re ready to get rid of dust-catching carpet or your vinyl floors wear out opt for environmentally-friendly options like bamboo or recycled linoleum or laminate. When it’s time to re-shingle, look for products made from recycled materials. If your siding needs replacing, consider fiber-cement products made from concrete and recycled fibers.


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Cut back on plastic. Americans throw out about 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags every year. According to the EPA, the processing and burning of petroleum (from which plastics are derived) is one of the main contributors to global warming. Keep a stash of reusable shopping bags handy so you always have some when you shop. As your plastic food containers wear out, recycle them and seek out replacements made of glass, ceramic, Pyrex, porcelain, bamboo, or high grade stainless steel.


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