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.

Less Packaging

Cut down on packaging by choosing tea bags that don’t have strings and tags or are in individual wrappers.

No More Hormone Eggs

As reported in Consumer Reports, eggs labeled “raised with no hormones” are no different from eggs that don’t have that claim.  By law, chickens that produce eggs cannot be given hormones.

Gaskets Save Energy

Every once and a while, check the rubber gasket on your gas cap to be sure it’s not cracked and allowing gasoline to evaporate because of a poor seal.

Save Energy While Cooking

Your oven or pot retain heat well so consider turning off the stove or oven several minutes before timer rings. Your food will continue cooking.

Keep Sewer Systems Healthy

Avoid putting tissue paper and facial paper and wipes into toilet.  These products do not easily dissolve in water.  Sewer systems are designed for only human waste and toilet tissue.

Bee Vigiliant

Do not use products containing neonicotinaids (neonics). Some chemicals associated with the neonics’ family are Acetamiprid, Cothianidin and Imidacloprid and are known to be harmful to bees. Read labels on products in your home and local garden center. Avoid using neonics.

Exhaust Fans

Switch on bathroom exhaust fans when using hair spray or nail polish.  These products release VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

Banks and Climate Change

Who’s funding the fossil fuel industry? Check out “Banking on Climate Change—Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2020”  from Rain Forest Action Network ( ran.org )