Environmental Tips - Part Three

<b>Did you Know?</b><br />It takes 70 to 90 percent less energy to make recycled paper and using it saves five pounds of carbon dioxide per ream of paper.

Recycled Paper

It takes 70 to 90 percent less energy to make recycled paper and using it saves five pounds of carbon dioxide per ream of paper.

 

Using recycled paper also means fewer trees are used and more forests are left intact worldwide.

 

Energy is also saved because every ton of recycled paper can save more than three cubic yards of landfill space and it also reduces the need for incinerators.

Appliances

When it’s time for new appliances you should replace older ones with newer more energy efficient ones. A good rule of thumb about replacing appliances is that if the price to repair an old one is half the price of a new one than you should get a new one because many new appliances are much more energy efficient.

 

However experts say you may want to consider first repairing an older model even though it may be less energy efficient. The reason is that if you can squeeze out a few extra years on your old appliance it keeps the appliance out of landfills for that much longer.

 

Getting appliances that use less energy will also save you money on your utility bills too.

Waste Recycling

It’s becoming a lot easier to recycle items that you would normally throw into the trash.

 

You can save 2,400 pounds of carbon dioxide a year by recycling half of the waste your household generates. Manufacturing products can produce up to three pounds of CO2 for every pound of product.

 

By recycling, you also reduce the amount of trash going into landfills and reduce the energy that is used to incinerate trash.

Car Pooling

About 30 percent of U.S. greenhouse gases are released from transportation and sharing a ride is one of way of reducing those gases. Each gallon of gas can blow almost 20 pounds of CO2 out the car’s exhaust.

 

By car-pooling you not only reduce carbon emissions you alsocan save money on gas.

 

Sharing a ride with someone just two days a week can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,500 pounds a year.

Hybrid Car

Hybrid cars emit lower levels of pollutants than regular cars and can save drivers on gas because of their increased fuel economy.

 

On average, driving a hybrid can decrease emissions of CO2 by about 3,000 pounds a year if your car gets at least three miles more per gallon than your current one.

 

You can also save money on gas because you can get up to 60 miles a gallon with some hybrids.

Local Products

Buying products made closer to where you live helps reduce carbon emissions that are created when items are shipped.

 

A five-pound package shipped by air across the country creates about 12 pounds of CO2 and 3 ½ pounds if shipped by truck. Buying local products also helps out by keeping money in your community.

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