Green Tips

Fabric Softeners

Conventional Fabric softeners even when “fragrance-free” contain a host of chemicals.  To avoid toxins, make your own: pour half a cup of white vinegar into the fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine or put the vinegar during the rinse cycle

Safe Cookware

Avoid nonstick cookware coated with Teflon made with the chemicals PFOA and PFC.  In 2013, PFOA was found to be dangerous  and replaced with PFCs which have not proven to be any safer.  Better options are cast iron, stainless steel, carbon steel and ceramic coated cookware

Interested in Composting!

Check out Green America’s article “Pick a Composter, Any Composter” on its website that provides details on some of the most popular options. Green Tip brought to you by Earth Community Circle action group. Click here for more ideas/

Laundry Efficiency

What’s more Efficient, a Front-Loading Washer or a Top-Loading?  A top-loading washer can consume almost 50 percent more energy and twice as much water as a front-loading washer of the same capacity.Consumer Reports has found that the most efficient washers need less than 10 gallons a load. (Mr. Green, Sierra Club) Green Tip brought to you by Earth Community Circle action group.  For more ideas: http://uuasheville.org/social-justice/green-sanctuary/

Fuel Economy

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s official source for fuel economy information site: www.fueleconomy.gov.  On this site you can find information on such things as how to calculate your fuel costs, tips on driving more efficiently and side by side comparisons of a variety of car models.

LED Bulbs

LED bulbs are now the way to go for energy-efficient lighting. If you have any incandescent bulbs, go ahead and replace them now. If you have compact fluorescent bulbs, wait till they burn out to replace them. LED bulbs are super cheap (less than a dollar) at Habitat ReStore and close to that at certain other stores, including Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes and Goodwill. 

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