An Electrical Sabbath

List activities that your family enjoys that don’t need electricity. Choose a few for your Sabbath Day.

 

Clothes Dryers Are Energy Hogs

A way to make them more efficient: use longer drying times on the heat lowest setting, use the maximum spin cycle on the washer or consider air-drying your clothes.

Know Your Refridgerator’s Climate

Check the thermostat in your refrigerator to ensure your food doesn’t spoil. The ideal temperature is at or slightly below 40 degrees. A good place for foods that won’t easily spoil is in the door. It’s the warmest section. 

Save on Energy

To find energy-efficient products that are certified by EPA’s Energy Star program go to www.energystar.gov. The site is a good resource for efficient products, information on rebates, and tips on other ways to save energy.

Choose Fragrance Free Products

Keep in mind when you’re reading the list of ingredients in personal care products that fragrance is the main ingredient associated with allergic reactions. Best to choose non-synthetic fragrances from plant essential oils.

Easy Way to Save Money

Set your water heater between “low” & “medium” (110-120 F); each 10-degree reduction saves 35% on water heating bills.

Nuke Your Dish Sponge

Kitchen sponges are moist and full of food particles—everything bacteria need to thrive. To keep your sponge “healthy,” microwave the damp sponge on high for one minute

Energy Savings Tip

Save energy by keeping in your body heat. Long-sleeved sweaters can add between 2-4 degrees in added heat.

Good Use of Plastic Bags

Do pick-up after your pets—cats as well as dogs. Fecal matter gets washed into the storm drains and is a source of pollution.

Buy Local Beer

Packaging accounts for 40% of an average beer’s emissions when you factor in transportation.  Good reason to buy local beer in cans.  Applies to wine purchases as well.

Another Reason to Use Cold Water

Clothing made with polyester, nylon and acrylic are sources of plastic pollution when laundered. If synthetic clothes are washed in cold water, the release of the micro-plastics in the material is reduced.  Another option: micro-plastic filters on washers.

Full Recycling Bin

If your recycling bin is filled-up, put extra in cardboard box and place it next to the bin for pick-up.

Soil Enrichment

Welcome mushrooms and allow them to grow in your yard and mulch. The mushrooms enrich the soil and provide nourishment for numerous organisms.

To Be Trashed

Disposable masks, sanitizing wipes and tissues  and plastic gloves are to be put in the trash.  These items are NOT recyclable

Lower Your Noise Footprint

Replace your gas-powered leaf blower with an electric one or better yet, with a rake. Gas leaf blowers are identified by the CDC and EPA as sources of harmful noise: “ this type of noise is not just an annoyance, it is a public health problem.”

Treasure Your Leaf Litter

Leaves will enrich your soil.  Rake them into small, low piles and then mow over the piles. The shredded leaves can then be gathered to use as mulch.

Yard Lights

Security yard lights kill thousands of moths. Replace these lights with motion-sensor lights that light-up only when motion is detected.

Help Local Wildlife

Install covers over your window wells to prevent small critters like frogs from entering and becoming trapped in the window wells. The plastic covers are an inexpensive fix and easy to install.

Curbie’s Recycling Tip

Squash the plastic bottles and cans if you can but do not flatten them like a pancake because they would be hard to separate from paper recyclables.