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We've compiled these lists of easy things you can do to help the environment:
Adjust Your Refrigerator and Water Heater
Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home, typically accounting for about 18% of your utility bill. The Department of Energy recommends setting the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F to get comfortable hot water and reduce energy expenditure.
Try composting as a way to use your kitchen and yard waste to benefit your garden. Not sure how to get started? Check out these composting resources at the library.
Reduce Plastic Waste
The library has started recycling newspaper bags. You can do the same by bringing yours to the Bag2Bag recycling bin at Sunset or another participating store. They also accept dry cleaning bags and other plastic bags and some shrink wraps. See the Bag2Bag site for more information on what they recycle.
Reduce Paper Waste
Pay your bills online and switch to paperless statements.
Think before printing. Set your printer default to double-sided and use Print Preview to print only the pages you need. Save files on your computer instead of printing them for your records.
Go Green at the Grocer
Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
Concentrated detergents save on plastics and water.
A carrot typically travels 1,838 miles to reach your table. Shop at your local farmer’s market in season, or check for signs in your grocery store indicating locally grown and made foods.
Buying organic produce helps reduce pesticides and groundwater contamination.
Between 5% and 20% of your home electric bill comes from vampire electric use--the energy used by appliances when turned off. Unplug small appliances and chargers when not in use.
Check out the Kill-a-Watt meter from the Multimedia Department to see which of your appliances are using the most energy.
Since the formation of the library's Green Team, we have accomplished a number of goals to make the library a greener, more environmentally friendly place:
Follow these links to have a Green Holiday Season!
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