Energy_Aware_and_Waste_Wise

					Title:
Energy Aware and Waste Wise

Word Count:
583

Summary:
Constantly bombarded with negative information about the environment,
finances and natural resources? Feeling overwhelmed? Each and every one
of us can do something to help our world - starting right where we are,
right now. Though not everyone can afford to donate cash or time to a
cause, there are endless tactics that will decrease an individual’s
contribution to the landfill and their resource consumption.


Keywords:
Save Energy, Save Money, Reduce Waste, Trash Talk, Book


Article Body:
Constantly bombarded with negative information about the environment,
finances and natural resources? Feeling overwhelmed? Each and every one
of us can do something to help our world - starting right where we are,
right now. Though not everyone can afford to donate cash or time to a
cause, there are endless tactics that will decrease an individual’s
contribution to the landfill and their resource consumption.

Mirrors, placed strategically in a room can be used to make use of
natural lighting more efficiently, and reduce energy use as well. When
placed near indoor plants, mirrors act like a second window creating
better growing conditions while giving the illusion of increased space
and greenery to the ambiance of a room.

When loading the clothes dryer, fluff the wet and tangled laundry before
tossing into the machine. This allows for immediate and more efficient
use of dryer energy. Very hot settings (which can actually shrink
clothing) can thus be avoided.

Typically, the heated air from a clothes dryer is pumped outside and
wasted. Consider purchasing a dryer vent converter - available at most
hardware stores. These are little boxes that divert the heated air from
the dryer into the house during the cold and dry winter months – making
better use of your energy dollar while saving a little on heating costs.
Be warned that this air is moist, and this may not be appropriate in all
situations. Homes with dry static air or wood heat would benefit from the
moisture, but buildings that already have a moisture problem (evident by
mould and mildew or sweating and frosted windows) will only have their
issues compounded by doing this.

Instead of buying disposable dryer sheets for static control, consider
using a liquid fabric softener with a reused rag or sock. Pour a
Tablespoon of the liquid on the rag, roll it up and squeeze (to soak up
all the softener) and toss in the dryer. Wash the rag periodically by
throwing it in with a normal load. Just imagine the number of dryer
sheets, the packaging they came in, along with the costs, energy and
resources to produce them that can be avoided by this one simple act.

There are many other little things we can do around our   home, to save
money and reduce waste. Instead of purchasing a plastic   drip tray for
potted plants, reuse plastic lids from peanut butter or   mayonnaise.
Often, just the right size of lid can be found for each   potted plant, and
most of these are dishwasher safe. Foil food trays also   serve this
purpose.

Plastic containers that fresh herbs are sold in make useful storage
packages in the kitchen. Dried herbs and vegetables store well in these
containers as long as the seal is airtight. We once bought some very nice
fresh ginger in Vancouver’s Chinatown and could not use it all in one
recipe. Dave placed the peeled and sliced root in the herb containers
covering it with red wine vinegar. Stored in the refrigerator it kept for
months this way and made it easy to add fresh tasting ginger to any dish.

These are just a few ideas to demonstrate how easy it is to make a
difference while saving some money. Imagine how many other small things
you can do around the home or office. Once the ideas have begun to flow,
they will cause a ripple effect cascading into other aspects of your
life. Then, hopefully, you will think twice before throwing anything into
the trash.

				
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