General : Phorum 5
Topics of Potential Interest to NJSAS Members
The use of renewable resources.
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Date: November 21, 2019 09:54PM
Eco-friendly means a development or decision which results in a beneficial effect on the environment or at least not causing environmental damage.
Replace your refrigerator with a new one if it isn't an Energy Star model. It's the costliest appliance in your house energy-wise, and a new one will pay for itself in energy savings.
Take reusable cloth bags to the grocery store so you don't have to use plastic bags.
Bike or walk to work once a month.
Install old-fashioned window awnings. They keep your house a lot cooler than drapes or blinds on the inside of windows. White reflects heat best
If you don't use your fireplace, have it insulated and blocked off so heat from the house doesn't get sucked up the chimney.
Buy your electricity from a supplier that sells renewable energy such as wind or solar.
Shop at farmer's markets to support the use of local farmland and avoid foods that have been shipped long distances.
Don't eat seafood unless you know that it was caught sustainably.
Grow the native plants, which need little water or fertilizer and no pesticides. It's less work in the long run and provides living space for insects and birds.
Try using ceiling fans instead of air conditioning. To keep cool, use a dehumidifier, close drapes during the day and open windows at night.
Take a train to your next out-of-town meeting instead of driving or flying.
If it's time to replace your car, make fuel efficiency a key criterion. The most fuel-efficient vehicles on the market are small, lightweight cars and gasoline-electric hybrids. If your old car is running well, keep it tuned up; it may be easier on the earth's resources than manufacturing a new car.
Growing plants on roofs cool down buildings and absorb carbon dioxide. Across neighborhoods, this can make a real difference.
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