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Green Tips for February 2013
Do you ever wonder what those numbers on your produce mean?
Thinking about updating or replacing your landscaping? Use native water-wise plants - they require very little water or maintenance once established.
Save water and money too. Santa Clara County residents can receive up to $125 by when replacing an old, high water-use toilet (uses 3.5 gallons per flush or more) with a high-efficiency version (uses 1.28 gallons per flush or less). Pre-approval is required, go to www.valleywater.org or call 877-874-8479 for details.
Green Tips for January 2013
Is eating healthier on your list of New Year’s resolutions? You can eat better and support your local farmer and joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to receive a weekly supply of seasonal, locally-grown veggies, fruits, & flowers. A few Bay Area options include: Full Circle Farm, Hidden Villa Farm, and Live Earth Farm. To find out about CSAs and Farmers Markets in your area, go to www.localharvest.org.
Buy yourself a few new plants to spruce up your home for the New Year. A two year study done by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of American showed that many common indoor plants can be used as sophisticated pollution-absorbing devices for your home or workplace. Great options include: Bamboo Palm, Chinese Evergreen, Chrysanthemum, Gerbera Daisy, Peace Lily, English Ivy, Dracaena Massangeana or Marginata, Corn Plant or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.
Reuse those old toothbrushes. First, throw them in the dishwasher to clean and then use them for spot-cleaning upholstery, those tight spaces around your kitchen faucet, the track of your sliding doors, your jewelry, electric shaver, vents & blinds, etc…
Green Tips for December 2012
Americans send 2 billion holiday cards per year. For an eco-friendly choice send ones made from recycled paper. Producing recycled paper reduces water pollution by 35%, air pollution by 74% and eliminates many toxic pollutants; it also uses up to 70% less energy!
If each of us wrapped just 3 of our holiday gifts in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields! Now that’s a great use for those comic strips!!!
Buy yourself a programmable thermostat for Christmas. The $100 gift will pay for itself in less than a year. And, turn down that thermostat – for every 1 degree you will save approximately 3% in energy. Maybe you’ll find a new sweater under the tree!
Happy Holidays Everyone! Here’s wishing you and yours All THE BEST!!!