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Apply Reduce, Reuse, Recycle While Going Green In The Kitchen

 

Going green in the kitchen encompasses everything from what you eat to how you cook it  There are tons of things you can do in your kitchen that will help lessen your impact on the environment. From using a water saving faucet, to energy efficient appliances to cleaning with non-toxic cleaners, going green in the kitchen can be great for the environment as well as for your budget.

 

 

REDUCE

One little thing you can do is reduce your use of paper towels.  The average family uses several rolls of paper towels a week but you can reduce your usage by keeping some cloth towels handy in the kitchen and use those for wiping your hands,  spills and other uses that would normally call for a paper towel. I like micro fiber cloths  You’ll save money on paper towels and there will be less of them in the landfill which, in turn, helps the environment  Also, the less paper towels that are manufactured, the less pollution in the air from those manufacturing plants.

Use microfiber cloths to clean up spills. They are also great to clean glass, stainless steel, and stove tops, microwaves etc. By doing this you reserve the use of paper towels for draining bacon and other fried foods. Use cloth napkins, avoid paper, Styrofoam and other convenience items Reduce by Using rags for items like scratch cover polish and just throw them away. Also use rags for other chores like cleaning cabinets, walls , woodwork and floors. These can be washed and reused as long as there is any use left in them.

REUSE

Any Item can be reused including clothes, rags, furniture, Glass jars,  Just think a minute and you will add a lot to the list.  I save paper from the printer like that last page they just have to add on at the end with one sentence on it. I cut them in half 5 1/2 x 8 and clip a stack with one of those big black clips to form a pad. why buy steno pads when this work just as well. You reduce the need to make more paper. You reuse  the paper at hand , and when it is no longer needed you recycle the paper you wrote on.

 

Did you realize that some types of cooking are more energy efficient than others?  While many cooks love a gas stove, the fact is that the newer model electric stoves are more energy efficient  Not only that, but if you opt for a toaster oven or microwave instead of using your big oven, you can drastically reduce the energy needed for cooking. Another method of cooking that greatly reduces the amount of energy being used are convection ovens. Many microwaves have convection oven features in them  use it whenever possible as it cooks more evenly and saves a great deal of energy.

Reduce the cost of Energy with LED Bulbs

I save quite a bit by putting dimmer capable Led bulbs in the fan light. You can dim them down to use as a night light. The electric company gives you 5 Led bulbs if you bring incandescent bulbs in to their scheduled day, I t is held approximately once a month. In our town it is held at the senior center.  My favorite place to by bulbs is  Batteries & bulbs and more. I  bought some dimmable bulbs there last week and the electric company  pays them a rebate. On one package of bulbs I saved &7.00.

REFUSE

Another thing you can do in the kitchen to help the environment is buy local whenever you can. While this might seem like a small thing, transporting food is actually a big drag on the environment. Flying bananas into upstate New York from the tropics can be costly in terms of air pollution.  Not to mention that foods from the grocery store can be loaded with pesticides which damage the environment and your health with GMO’s  Your local growers probably don’t put so much junk on their crops.  Plus, it’s nice to support the farmers in your own community. We have a farm market on the town Green every Wednesday & Sunday. Seniors can get a book of coupons at the Sr. Center. Each coupon is worth $3.00. We also have  produce stand at one of the gas stations and another stand at a nursery in a nearby town.  Just google for farm markets in your area.

 

Using reusable cloth grocery bags, reusing jars I use canning jars for leftovers  This also saves because you can see what is in the jar and it doesn’t get forgotten to be lost. Composting organic materials are great ways to reduce waste.  You can compost your kitchen scraps, paper and even cardboard.  This will make great fodder for your garden and does double duty as it acts as an organic fertilizer saving you from buying fertilizer which saves you money and ensures that harmful chemicals don’t leach into the environment from commercial fertilizers you might have had to purchase.

Note: Some paper is needed to have a proper mix.

RECYCLE

Possibly the most important thing you can do to be greener in the kitchen is to recycle. Make sure you get a good handle on all the plastic and glass materials you use that can be recycled.  Check the rules at your landfill as to what has to be separated out and buy yourself some bins to help you keep things separate. My goal is to get enough people recycling so much that they pick u[ recycling every week and trash twice a month.

 

Lastly, you want to keep the environment in mind when you clean. Cleaners full of chemicals can be bad for the environment and the fumes from these can be harmful to the health of yourself and your family.  There are plenty of natural things you can use for cleaning like vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil that will help keep your kitchen sparkling without harming you or the environment.

I recommend Melaleuca products. I have used them exclusively since 2005

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Microsoft Bi Annual UpGrade

Several days ago there were annoying regularities on most computers. Some were delivered good sound and disrupted video and others Normal Video and disrupted or sound you could hardly hear. They apologized  as it took most of the day  and evening to rectify the situation The irregularities on this site were probably   due to Microsoft and not your computer. For those of you  that commented on it, I hope all is back to normal now.

 

How To Live Green With Sue Kelly News Letter August 2016

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7. Please send your requests for future posts or expansion of present subjects to me At suekelly@howtolivegreenwithsuekelly.com

I am planning a post on Fracking and it’s effects on health, the environment and safety.

Also some information from CDC on damage to the environment and health.

If you can think of other areas I have not touched let me know by email

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Melaleuca. Not exactly an ordinary name. Then again, Melaleuca isn’t exactly an ordinary company.

In less than 30 years it has grown from a little startup in rural Idaho to a billion-dollar enterprise doing business in 17 countries around the globe. It has become one of the largest catalog and online retailers in North America. And it is the largest manufacturer of consumer packaged goods in the Northwest. Today, more than a million people shop with Melaleuca every month.

From the beginning, it was destined to be different. Probably because it was created to put people first. People before profit. People before anything else. It’s mission? Enhancing the lives of those we touch by helping people reach their goals.

People reaching goals… well, that’s the stuff life is all about. And not just any goals. Big goals. The desire to be happy. To be well. In every aspect of life. That’s what makes Melaleuca different. Melaleuca is The Wellness Company. And by wellness, we mean complete wellness. Total wellness. In four distinct but connected areas.

It starts with improving your health with a full line of world-class wellness products, supplements, nutrients, functional foods, and breakthrough innovations that naturally and effectively reduce weight, increase nutrition, and advance health. So people can live with vitality and purpose at every stage of life.

Melaleuca is also on a mission to improve our environment with non-toxic, home-cleaning products that are safer for your home and allow you to live clean without the hazards of harsh chemicals. Melaleuca is a world leader in concentrated products. Products that require less water to make, less fuel to ship, and less plastic to package. It’s better for the environment inside your home… and outside.

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It’s unlike anything else but that helps Melaleuca on its mission to improve your overall quality of life. Your personal wellness. To give you more time to enjoy the things you love, with the people you love the most. The health to do the things that matter most. And the resources to make it all happen.

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What is Freecycle all about? Freecycle IS An Alternative To Keep Useful Things Out Of Landfills.

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**WHAT IS FREECYCLE(R) ALL ABOUT?**

FIRST, WHAT IT “ISN’T” ABOUT

Freecycle is NOT about giving only to the poor. It is NOT about getting as much free stuff as we can. It is NOT about getting things to earn money on the side. It is NOT about getting rid of junk that would be better off in the landfill. It is NOT about posting a “wish list” for expensive items and expecting a fairy godmother to fulfill it for us. It is NOT a community bulletin board for finding rentals, dentists, mechanics, or advertising our businesses and services or special events.

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Freecycle IS about keeping useful things out of the trash. It IS about giving away something that has no use in our life anymore to someone who could extend its usefulness a little longer. It IS about giving gifts to people while clearing out our own clutter. It IS about creating, building, and sustaining an environmentally aware community.

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When we post an OFFER, we’re offering to give someone a gift. It is up to us to give this gift to whomever we feel would be the best recipient. We’re not obligated to give our gift to someone who is rich, poor, single, married, has no kids, has 1 kid, has 15 kids, has a car, doesn’t have a car, or has a purple octopus named George living in their backyard. We can choose the most polite, the rudest, the funniest, or the shortest response to receive our gift. We can put their names in a hat and do a draw, or we can wave our magic fingers over our screens and pick one that way. We can choose the first, 3rd, or 53rd respondent. We can wait 24 hours and then decide. It is up to us.

LETTING OTHER PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE NEED

When we post a WANTED message, or respond to an offer, we’re requesting a gift. The odds are that no one on this list will be able to give us what we’re asking for. But sometimes somebody will see a WANTED for a bowling ball and go “AHA! I have one in my closet!” But, you know what? Just because we’re rich, poor, single, married, have no kids, have 1 kid, have 15 kids, have a car, don’t have a car, or have a purple octopus named George living in our backyard, does not mean we’re more worthy of receiving a gift from a fellow Freecycle member than the average person living down the street.

Sending emails that don’t say “please” or “thank you” are a way to not receive an item. Sending emails with nasty comments in them are one way to find ourselves in a bit of trouble.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN FREECYCLE

When you want to find a new home for something — whether it’s a chair, a fax machine, piano, or an old door — you simply send an e-mail offering it to members of our Freecycle group.

Or, maybe you’re looking to acquire something yourself. Simply respond to a member’s offer, and you just might get it. After that, it’s up to the giver to decide who receives the gift and to set up a pickup time for passing on the treasure. You can even post a Wanted message to the group because somebody might have just the exact thing you really need stored away in a closet.

One main rule: Everything posted must be free, legal, and appropriate for all ages.

YOU’RE BUILDING A COMMUNITY BY PARTICIPATING

We’re part of a community. In every community, there are people who don’t get along. And in most communities, when two people don’t get along, they just avoid each other. To do that on Freecycle, all you have to do is set up a filter to send any email from someone you don’t want to hear from straight into your trash bin.

So, just remember: If you’re offering a gift, it’s up to you to decide who gets it.

And if you’re requesting a gift… well, be patient. Your turn will come eventually, but if you’re not careful your name could end up on a ‘will not give to’ list. You may want to try making an OFFER to the list, just to see how the process works. Look in your closet or in that box you haven’t unpacked since you moved in two years ago. Prime stuff for Freecycle!

Above all – keep on keeping “stuff” out of the trash!

Recycling What You Consider Waste Now & Save

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Do you throw out the bones in the trash?
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One of the main things we need to do on the road to living green is to reduce the refuse that goes to landfills. Waste reduction can become a growing practice that can make a huge difference. our grandmothers did it generations ago. You will be surprised how simple it is.
Instead make your own broth it is simple and will be free compared to buying broth at the store in boxes that go in the landfills.
Save your chicken bones in the freezer. In the case of a holiday turkey I divide the bones into 2 gallon bags and you get two batches of broth. I remove the sharp bones on the drumsticks for safety.
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Put the bones in a large kettle or stock pot.
Add 3 quarts of water and fill an additional 1quart measuring cup to add at the end.
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Add a large onion diced
1-3 carrots diced
1 to 1.5 cups of celery sliced thin
Add you favorite herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano and parsley.
Add salt & pepper to taste . If your salt is restricted add no more than 1 tablespoon of salt
Bring it to a boiling boil with the cover off and boil for 35 minutes.
You can tell when it is done when the bones float to the top. Let cool and remove the bones and veggies and discard.

imagesYou can put the strained broth in 1 qt wide mouth canning jars but leave some space at the top so the jars won’t break in the freezer. You have the option of using 1 qt plastic containers instead. When you know a recipe will call for broth defrost the broth taking it out the night before.

homemade-chicken-noodle-soup-collage3When you make soup from the broth always start with carrots, onion and celery use any left over veggies in the refrigerator even mashed potatoes with thicken the soup a little. You can always take 1 boneless chicken breast out of the freezer and cut it in desired sizes to add more protein.you can also ad some rice noodles, or barley for variety. Great soup never the same twice. If you are a small family you can always put the soup in a 1 qt. canning jar while it is still quite warm and put on a dome lid. leave it on the counter you will hear a metallic click as it seals It will keep in the refrigerator for weeks until you need it
Also take the vegetable water from steaming vegetables and freeze in ice cube trays. Keep a bag of these in the freezer for when you need a small amount of broth for the wok or frying pan when cooking

Driving More Efficiently To Reduce The Use of Fossil Fuels

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Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.1
Driver feedback devices can help you drive more efficiently. A recent study suggests that they can help the average driver improve fuel economy by about 3% and that those using them to save fuel can improve gas mileage by about 10%.2
That’s like saving about $0.07 to $0.23 per gallon.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 5%–33%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.11–$0.76/gallon
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Observe the Speed Limit

While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 mph.
You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying an additional $0.16 per gallon for gas.3
Observing the speed limit is also safer.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 7%–14%*
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.16–$0.32/gallon*
* Average savings, assuming drivers are willing to slow down 5 to 10 mph and fuel costs $2.29 per gallon.

cargo-box2Avoid Hauling Cargo on Your Roof

Hauling cargo on your roof increases aerodynamic drag (wind resistance) and lowers fuel economy.
A large, blunt roof-top cargo box, for example, can reduce fuel economy by around 2% to 8% in city driving, 6% to 17% on the highway, and 10% to 25% at Interstate speeds (65 mph to 75 mph).4
Rear-mount cargo boxes or trays reduce fuel economy by much less—only 1% or 2% in city driving and 1% to 5% on the highway.
If you need to use an external cargo container, removing it when it’s not in use will save fuel and money.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 2%–17%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.05–$0.39/gallon
Remove Excess Weight

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Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by about 1%.5 The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle’s weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
Fuel Economy Benefit: 1%/100 lbs.
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.02/gallon

stop_idlingAvoid Excessive Idling

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Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes about 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle.6 Learn more…
If you’d like to promote idle reduction in your area, the Clean Cities IdleBox Toolkit can help you get started.
Fuel Cost Savings: $0.01-$0.02/min

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Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Conserving Energy In Your Home Will Reduce Fossil Fuel Usage

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Green Lighting Tips:

• Turn off the lights that you are not using.
imagesBuy compact fluorescent bulbs, which reduce energy use by up to 75 percent. Set a goal of at least replacing the bulbs that are most commonly on in your home. direct-led-fluorescenta19_dm_led_bulbLED Bulbs are the most efficient bulbs at present. You can buy some that can be dimmed. Although they are more expensive you save in the long run. For example a four bulb kitchen Fan light would cost $49.00 for 4 bulbs, but when you think of how often the kitchen light is on it won’t take long to recoup the cost. An added advantage is that you can dim it down to the lowest setting for a night light. I do this and it is ideal since the bathroom door is just outside the kitchen.
• If your older children live with you, put them in charge of the electricity bill. They’ll make sure all the lights are turned off if they are responsible to for paying for the electricity.
• Do not place lamps near a thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat produced from the lamp which can change how often your furnace or air conditioner will run.
• Consider safer, more efficient Energy Star torchiere lamps over popular halogen torchiere lamps. The halogen lamps can cause fires, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. While relatively inexpensive to purchase, halogen lamps are expensive to operate.
• Use dimmers, timers and motion detectors on indoor and outdoor lighting.

Heating and Cooling Your Home:

• Change or clean your furnace and air conditioner filters regularly to keep heating and cooling systems running efficiently.
• Dust can restrict airflow and stress the system. Filters can be washable or disposable. Measure the existing filter to make sure to buy a filter that fits properly. It is best to keep several filters on hand as replacements during the cooling season.
• Instead of disposing of a dirty furnace or air conditioner filter, you could vacuum it once per month and spray it with Endust or a similar product which restores the dust-catching ability of the filters. You can reuse the filter two or three times this way.
thermostat_11894428Install a programmable thermostat to regulate your heating and cooling when you are not home.
• Test windows and doors to see if they need new weather-stripping by lighting a candle and moving it around the perimeter of the window or door. If the flame flickers, you need to install new weather-stripping. Don’t put the candle near curtains or blinds though.
• Get your furnace and air conditioner inspected every few years.
• Install window film for windows that you don’t open often, or that seem drafty.
• Plant deciduous trees outside windows on the south side of your house to provide shade in summer and allow sunlight in winter.
• If you live in a house or apartment with water-heated radiators, put foil-faced insulation board between the radiators and the outside walls, with the foil side facing the room.
• Avoid water beds which use a lot of energy to heat in the winter. If you have a water bed, insulate around it and cover it with many blankets to keep the heat in.
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• Make sure draperies, furniture or rugs do not block vents. These vents should also be cleaned regularly with a vacuum or a broom.

Washing:

• Set your water heater to a lower setting or call a service person to adjust it for you.
• Put an appropriate insulation blanket around your water heater. I use cold water with Oxi-clean in
• Run your dishwasher without the “drying cycle” and just let dishes drip dry.
• Do full loads when you use clothes washers and dishwashers.
• To reduce the amount of dishes to wash, label the bottom of cups and mugs with family member’s names.
• Reduce the amount of towels to wash by labeling towels or hooks.
• Choose cold or warm cycles over hot cycles because heating the water for laundry consumes 90 percent of the energy of the laundry process.

Drying:

• Hang your clothes to dry either on a clothesline or a clothes tree, at least some of the time. In the winter, this is a natural humidifier in a dry room.
• Reduce ironing time by taking clothes out when they are slightly damp and hanging them up, or right away when the clothes are dry. If you get to the dryer too late, you can put a damp towel inside and run the dryer for a few minutes to get the same effect.
• Empty the lint trap after each use of the dryer.
• Dry light and heavy clothing separately for maximum efficiency.
• To make room for drying clothes, buy an expandable shower curtain rod and put it in the shower. Hang clothes on hangers.
• Install a dryer vent hood where your dryer discharges to the outside to reduce the amount of heat escaping from this hole.

Batteries:

• Buy rechargeable batteries and a recharger.
• Only purchase toys that don’t require batteries.

Refrigerators and Freezers:

• Keep condenser coils clean on the back of your refrigerator. Gently wipe and vacuum them once a year. Many fridges have a removable panel around the coils. Keep the back of the fridge at least four inches from the wall.
• Make sure the fridge door gasket seals tight. Test it by putting a piece of paper in a closed door. Pull on the paper and if it comes out too easily, you need to replace your gasket. Test at several places along the door. Another way to test: put a flashlight in your fridge and see if the light leaks out when you close the door.
• Check the temperature of your fridge and freezer by putting a thermometer in a glass of water. Put the glass of water in the center shelf in the center of the fridge. It should read 38-40 degrees Fahrenheit. The freezer should read 0-5 degrees Fahrenheit.
• If you have a large freezer, keep it in the basement or as cool a room as possible.
• The fuller the freezer, the more energy efficient it is.
• Let hot food cool down a bit before you put it in the fridge.
• Install your fridge away from direct sun or your rangetop or oven.
• Try not to use a second refrigerator.
• Make sure your fridge is absolutely level to ensure the door gets closed every time you open it.

Cooking:

• Use a microwave rather than an oven, range or toaster oven whenever possible.
• Choose small appliances over big ones, such as a toaster oven, electric teapot, rice cooker, electric frypan or a crockpot.
• Cover pans when cooking to keep heat in.
• Turn off the burner or oven before the food is completely cooked.
• Use a pressure cooker whenever possible.
• Make more food than you need for one meal and then heat the leftovers in a microwave.
• Bake with glass or ceramic pans which allow you to set the temperature in the oven by 25 degrees Fahrenheit lower than the recipe calls for.
• Thaw food on metal such as in a stainless steel pan.
• Keep the grease plates under your range burners clean to ensure the most heat is being reflected up.
• Use the appropriate size burner on the range – small for small pots, large for large pots.
• Don’t worry so much about preheating for most recipes, except fragile pastries or cakes.

Large Purchasing Decisions:

• Contact your utility company to see if they have a “check meter” which you plug into an appliance and get the exact voltage. This will help you decide whether it is worthwhile to replace an appliance.
• When shopping for home appliances and electronics, look for the “Energy Star” label. For more information, go to www.energystar.gov.
• Choose an energy-efficient front-loading washing machine.
• If buying a new dryer, find one with a moisture sensor that turns off when the clothes are dry.
• Avoid automatic ice makers which use substantial energy.
• Side-by-side refrigerator freezers use more energy than a typical model.
• When buying a new stove, the induction cook tops are the most energy-efficient. These look like a ceramic cooking surface, like a countertop.
• If available, buy “green power” that comes from non-polluting sources of electricity such as solar cells and windmills. For more information on green power availability, visit www.green-e.org.
• Replace very old windows with more energy-efficient ones.
• Choose a natural gas furnace over an oil furnace, which produces more CO2.
• Since dark colors absorb heat, choose a light-color roof shingle if you have a choice.
• You can apply a reflective coating to your existing roof. Two standard roofing coatings are available at your local home improvement store. They have both waterproofing and reflective properties and are marketed primarily for mobile homes and recreational vehicles. One coating is white latex that you can apply over many common roofing materials, such as asphalt and fiberglass shingles, tar paper, and metal. Most manufacturers offer a five-year warranty.

Winter Tips:

• Put on an air conditioner cover during the winter to reduce drafts.
• Wear slippers and light sweaters so you can lower the temperature a few degrees.
• Cover your legs and/or torso with a lap quilt or blanket when sitting still at home.

Summer Tips:

• Set the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher for the most energy-efficient operation.
• Install shaded window film to block extra sunlight and reduce air conditioning costs. Some states have tax incentives for you to do this. Some films are permanent so you might not install them if you want to get sun in your home during the winter.
• Use your microwave or outdoor grill instead of a range or oven to reduce the amount of heat you produce indoors.
• Use fans to move the air inside your home. This gives the sensation that it is 5 degrees cooler than the actual temperature.
• Shade windows on the sunny side of your home. Keep drapes closed or add room-darkening shades to block out the heat from the sun.
• Keep the outside portion of a central air conditioner clear from dried mud, debris and grass clippings. Check after an intense rain. Mud can splatter onto the unit and block the air after it dries.
• Plant trees or shrubs to shade air-conditioning units but do not block the airflow. A unit operating in the shade uses less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
• On hot summer days, avoid opening doors and windows in your home durin the afternoon. This allows cool air to escape and hot air to enter the home. Choose activities that are either indoors or outdoors and restrict activities that require many door openings to the mornings.
• Shift energy-intensive tasks such as laundry and dishwashing to off-peak energy-demand hours to increase electricity reliability during heat waves.
• Save jobs that produce moisture – such as mopping, laundry and dishwashing – for early morning or nighttime hours. The humidity from these activities can make homes uncomfortable.
• Make sure the attic is properly ventilated to relieve excess summer heat.
• Install a radiant barrier on the underside of your roof to reflect heat. A radiant barrier is simply a sheet of aluminum foil with a paper backing.

Miscellaneous:

• Turn off or even unplug your televisions when not in use. Televisions draw power constantly for the instant-on functionality.
• Compost kitchen wastes rather than use your garbage disposal.
• Recycle aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic, cardboard and newspapers. Using recycled materials in manufacturing consumes less energy than using virgin materials.

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Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc., unveiled the all-new next-generation Highlander and Highlander Hybrid mid-size sport utility vehicles (SUV) at a press conference at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show. The 2008 Highlander is significantly larger, roomier and more powerful than the vehicle it replaces.


Reduce the use of Fossil Fuels
Many of you have asked for more ways to promote energy efficiency while driving So here is an extension of my original post. We all want two things to preserve the environment and we really like the idea of saving money as well as wear and tear on our vehicles as an added incentive.
Everyone should be driving to save gas, or more accurately, driving in such a way that you do save gas and therefore money while also helping the environment by creating less pollution. This is all part of being green and saving money. You kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. Your car lasts longer, costs less to run, and you feel good about the cleaner air around you, for you are now driving to save gas. Here are great tips to help you.
How To Conserve Energy While Driving Video
• 1.Slow things down. At 70 miles an hour you are not driving to save gas. A car engine operates most efficiently at around 55 miles an hour. At that speed you will burn the gas you need and waste as little as possible. You will also get to where you are going just fine, so keep the speed down.

• Every time you plunge your foot to the floor, or brake hard, you are not driving to save gas – you are wasting it. Sure, it may look macho, but everything about your car suffers, and so does your pocket. When you are driving to save gas you will drive gently. You will accelerate moderately and brake smoothly. Always anticipate the need to slow down so that you don’t have to slam the brakes on at the last moment, or corner harder than you meant to. Driving to save gas comes easy when you think ahead.

• . Keep your tires properly inflated. Your engine uses some 20% of its efforts just overcoming the resistance of tire rolling. That percentage figure increases when the tires are under-inflated. The amount of gas you burn increases too. Keep your tires inflated at the manufacturers recommended level at all times, and only then will you start driving to save gas.

• Lighten the load in your car to a minimum at all times. We’re not talking about passengers here, but the junk that most people carry around with their cars. Go through the trunk and dump anything you don’t absolutely need. Do the same in the car’s interior. You will be surprised at just how much you have accumulated. It could be as much as 100 pounds. Carrying that much excess weight is not driving to save gas!

• . Only run your car’s engine when you actually need it. Consider this: it has been estimated that customers sitting in line in idling cars at Burger King waste an amazing 16 million gallons of gas a year. That’s certainly not driving to save gas! Starting your car uses about the same amount of gas as it will burn in one minute when idling. If you think you will be waiting longer than a minute, switch off. Driving to save gas is mostly common sense with a little thought. You can do it!

• Combine errands to reduce trips.
• Try to live close to your work or school.
• Avoid peak time travel.
• Research whether your employer can offer a subsidized mass transit program. Many municipalities have grants for employers.
• Some communities have car-share programs. With these programs, you pay an annual fee and then have access to a vehicle without incurring the costs of owning a vehicle. Most programs are in urban areas.
• If you need to rent a vehicle, rent the smallest one available. Sometimes you can even rent a hybrid vehicle.
• Become a member of the Better World Club for towing and other support services. The Better World Club gives rebates on renting hybrid vehicles and has a bicycle support program.
• Support industries that recycle tires by buying items made from tires. You can find doormats, roofing, playground material and asphalt.

Your Driving Style

• Learn how to properly start your vehicle. Fuel-injected vehicles do not need to have the gas pedal pumped.
• Avoid quick acceleration or sudden braking unless your life is in danger. Avoid tailgating because it requires more braking and accelerating.
• Use cruise control when highway driving.
• Improve your fuel efficiency by about 15 percent by driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph, so follow speed limits.
• Avoid idling. It uses more gas then stopping and re-starting your vehicle. Avoid drive-thru2007-hybrid-car-pictures-11. Instead, park and go inside.
• Put items inside the vehicle rather than on roof racks to reduce drag. If possible, remove roof racks when you are not using them.
• Avoid rough roads where possible. Smooth road surfaces can reduce fuel consumption.
• Refer to the owner’s manual to determine optimum gear shift points for manual transmissions. They are usually listed in miles per hour.
• When you use overdrive gearing, your car’s engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
Avoid riding your brake i.e. having one foot on your brake and one on the gas pedal.

General Vehicle Maintenance:

• Remove any extra weight in the vehicle, such as items you don’t need to use that are stored in the trunk.
• Give your vehicle a regular tune-up. Keeping your vehicle in top condition means it will run efficiently and get more miles to the gallon.
• Regularly check your vehicle’s tire pressure – poorly inflated tires waste gas and cause more pollution.
• One way to tell if your vehicle needs servicing is to keep track of your gas mileage. It should match what is listed in the manual. It will vary from season to season, but it should be close.
• Change your fuel filter at least once a year. A fuel filter can get plugged with debris. This slows the process of gas getting to your engine.
• A dirty air filter can cause an engine to consume more fuel. Rural vehicles traveling on dusty roads will need air filter changes more often. You can also purchase washable air filters to reduce waste.
• Re-refined oil performs as well as motor oil from original sources, and you should ensure that it is used whenever the oil is changed.
• Use the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil for your vehicle.
• If you change your own oil, put it in a clear container with a screw-on lid and bring it to a hazardous waste center.
• Purchase oil with the Energy Conserving II label which contains additives that help fuel efficiency.
• Invest in a filter that can be used for many oil changes. This varies from vehicle to vehicle.
• Check your driver’s manual to see if you need high octane gasoline. If not, buy lower octane gas.
• If it’s available in your area, purchase ethanol or “gasohol” instead of gasoline.
• Don’t top up your tank when filling because it causes air pollution and spills.

Pump Your Tires to Save Gas and Wildlife

• When your tires are pumped to their recommended inflation rate, you save gas. This helps wildlife because the more gas we conserve as a country, the less likely we will drill in wildlife-rich places, such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

• According to the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, American motorists may waste $2 billion annually because their tires are not properly inflated. If your tires are pumped to even four or five pounds per square inch lower than recommended levels, it increases your gas usage by 10%.

• Find out your recommended tire pressure in your owner’s manual or on the sticker that’s found on most cars near the driver’s seat (visible when you open your car door). Many gas station air pumps automatically tell your air pressure as part of the pumping process. You can also get a tire gauge for a few dollars to check the pressure at home.

Five More Gas Saving Tips

Tire Pumping

• Drive sensibly: Dramatic stop-and-go driving wastes gas.

• You’ll save about 33% of your gas purchases while highway driving and 5% while city driving.
• Keep your engine in good shape: If your car is running hard, or you fail an emissions test, get it fixed. And if there is one tune-up that you should take seriously, it would your oxygen sensor. A bad sensor can increase gas costs by 40%. Air filters protect your engine but if they get clogged, it can increase your gas costs by up to 10%.

• You’ll save about 4-40% of your gas purchases!
• Remove unnecessary weight from your car: For every 100 pounds of stuff that you keep in your car, you reduce fuel economy on average by 2%. This has an even bigger impact on smaller vehicles.

• You’ll save about 2% of your gas purchase for every 100 pounds of stuff you lug around!
• Combine your trips: If you can keep a list of things that you need to do in your car, then you can plan the best route. This saves gas and time. Plus it can be a fun educational activity with your kids to take a to-do list, a map of your community and work together to plan your errands. It makes them feel involved and teaches them about the costs of gas. Maybe your kids will even think of a better plan!
• Avoid driving altogether: Walk, bike and take public transit. It will save you lots of money! Try telecommuting.
• You’ll save 100% of your gas purchase!
(All statistics from www.fueleconomy.gov.)

Winter Tips:

• Emissions from a cold engine are much higher than from a engine that is warmed up enough for the catalytic converter to be working at high efficiency. However, in a well-tuned vehicle, you should not have to idle your vehicle to warm it up.
• Instead, you should start out slowly, not revving your engine, accelerate and slow down gently. Idling increases engine wear and emissions.
• Bring sand or non-clumping kitty litter in your trunk to get out of icy situations, but remove these heavy items in other seasons to avoid useless weight in the vehicle.
• Use antifreeze that contains propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. The latter is very toxic to pets and wildlife. The sweet taste of the antifreeze attracts animals.
• If you live in a cold climate, get a vehicle with a block heater. This will help your engine reach peak efficiency faster.
• If you drive a truck for a living and need to keep warm in the winter, you can avoid idling by getting a small auxiliary heater.

Summer Tips:

• If at all possible, turn off your air conditioner and drive with your windows open a bit instead.
• Cars older than 1995 often have systems which contain CFCs or chlorofluorocarbons, which threaten the ozone layer. It’s even more important to have air conditioning systems maintained in these vehicles.
• Park in the shade to reduce the need for air conditioning.
• Remove snow tires in summer to improve fuel efficiency.

Purchasing a Vehicle

• Buy the most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. This will reduce your gas consumption, cut CO2 pollution, and save you money at the gas pump.
• Purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle. You can get tax benefits for purchasing these vehicles.
• Purchase a lighter colored vehicle to reduce air conditioner use.

The Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

• Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy makes a report of the fuel economy of the cars for that year. Visit their site to learn the fuel economy of your car or find the most efficient cars you can purchase.

Tax Incentives For Purchasing Efficient Vehicles
(information from www.fueleconomy.gov)