- Customers who need air conditioning should set the thermostat at the highest comfortable temperature.
- If possible, customers should use fans instead of air conditioners.
- Don't use major appliances, such as electric dryers, ranges, washing machines and dehumidifiers -- if necessary, shift their use to night-time hours.
- Close blinds, drapes and curtains during the heat of the day.
- Turn off unnecessary lights and refrain from using computers.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Monday, June 15, 2009
Yeah, about 10 links later, I've yet to write about any of them, so today you get a whole roundup. Cleaning out the task list!
- A section of an old Manhattan rail line has been turned into a green space, complete with park benches. They also left parts of the old railway, in an interesting juxtaposition of the old and the green.
- Tired of receiving multiple phone books, especially when Google is way easier? Put an end to those useless deliveries.
- Possibly the cutest reusable shopping bags I've seen so far. (Just hard to justify ordering some when I already have a small army of cloth bags.)
- Can styrofoam really make biodiesel engines run more efficiently? It's about time it did something good. Very interesting, I must say.
- SunChips is working on creating a completely compostable bag. And they are helping the town of Greensburg, Kansas, one of the premier 'green' towns as a result of a devastating 2007 tornado.
- You can pretty much clean your house without harmful chemicals.
- A big contributor to trash are fast food containers, bags, wrappers and the like. A student at the University of the Arts created biodegradable fast food packaging for McDonald's. With them being part of my work life, I would very much love for McDonald's to follow this idea and take a step toward becoming McGreen.
And that's it until next time!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
One thing I was curious about was if Disney had made any effort to curb the effect of the millions of plastic bags they go through each year. Their bags are now 100% recycled, conveniently stated on the bag in English and Spanish. The bags also point you to Environmentality, dedicated to Disney's environmental mission. I know every other time my family has gone, we've come home with a small mountain of plastic bags with Mickey on them. This year, my parents also chose to get larger bags and use them as shopping bags instead of getting one bag at each store and creating another collection.
Sounds like I just need to become a Green Supervisor in Disney World! I could be all about the organic/recycled merchandising and recycling programs in the happiest place on Earth.