Austin Green Tips
Recycling 10 pounds of aluminum cans reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 16 pounds. Energy saved using aluminum scrap versus virgin aluminum ore is 95%.
An estimated 15% to 30% of a home’s total heating and cooling energy is lost through poorly sealed duct-work, costing consumers about $5 billion dollars annually. Call today for an Energy Audit and save some green.
Paper or plastic? Neither! Take a cloth bag with you when you go shopping and not just to the grocery store.
All beverages, regardless of how green their ingredients or packaging, face the same challenge - the amount of oil consumption and emissions involved with transporting. If you enjoy a good beverage, you can have a more environmentally friendly drink by buying from a local beverage company.
A home's location directly affects the owner's ecological footprint. Look for a house close to work and shopping, minimizing the need for auto transport.
If every house in the U.S. replaced just one box of 48 oz. petroleum-based powder laundry detergent with a vegetable-based product, we could save 96,000 barrels of oil. Enough to heat and cool 5,500 U.S. homes for a year!
A couple of drops of essential oil on a cloth sounds like a very easy, cheap and very green way to go! If you're also wanting the fabric softening qualities that normal dryer sheets provide, try throwing 1/2 a cup of vinegar in with your washing - that's the washing load, not the dryer load.
Buy fresh foods instead of frozen - Frozen food uses 10 times more energy to produce.
Buying locally grown food supports local farmers and minimizes the environmental costs of transporting the food to market. Do we really need to eat asparagus flown in from Argentina in the dead of winter?
When you receive unwanted mail, take a minute to call the company (usually toll-free) to remove your address from its list. Forty four percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.
Did you know dry cleaning is a hazardous process that uses toxic chemicals and poisons the environment, our clothing, and us? Eighty percent of the dry cleaners in the U.S. use a solvent called perchloroethylene, or perc. Perc has been linked to cancer, liver and nervous system damage, infertility, and hormonal disruption. Some 57 million pounds of perc are used each year by the country's 34,000 dry cleaners, and around 12 million pounds are released into the air.
Switch to vegetable-based/chemical free cleaning products. Did you know if every household in the U.S. replaced just one bottle of 28-ounce petroleum-based dishwashing liquid with a vegetable-based product, we could save 82,000 barrels of oil a year?
Every ton of paper that is recycled saves 17 trees.
The talc in bar soap causes the buildup in showers. Switch to liquid soap or the natural soaps without talc and eliminate the buildup. Clean your shower once a week with a good orange based cleaner to keep water spots at bay and your shower sparkling.
Try using video conferencing to replace in-person meetings that require air travel whenever possible.
Ban synthetic air fresheners from your home and use soy candles instead. Many of the air fresheners contain phthalates; hormone disrupting chemicals that have been linked to reproductive problems. Phthalates have even been found in air fresheners labeled all natural or unscented.
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