Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | By I Love A Clean San Diego | No Comments
The San Diego County Water Authority recently launched a campaign to encourage San Diego County residents to Live WaterSmart. The agency provides many free resources to support water-use efficiency as a way of life and encourage sustainable changes to homes and landscapes. This approach helps ensures our region will have sufficient water supplies for years to come.
Resources provided by the Water Authority and its partners include:
Other great WaterSmart tips:
- Check for leaks in your system by monitoring your water bill for abnormal changes in usage. Use your water meter to check specific areas for leaks.
- Mulch, mulch, mulch! Add mulch around trees and plants to retain moisture in the ground.
- Regularly check your irrigation system for runoff, leaks and broken sprinkler heads. Upgrade to a water-efficient system to be as WaterSmart as possible!
- Wash full loads of laundry and dishes to save on water and energy.
- Incorporate native and low-water plants into your garden. In addition to saving water, these plants typically are easier to care for. That’s good news for those of us who don’t have a green thumb!
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving and lathering.
- Scrape food waste into a composting container instead of rinsing it down the drain.
- Replace older appliances and fixtures with efficient WaterSense® models; take advantage of rebates to save money.
- Irrigate in the evening or early morning; turn off irrigation systems when it rains and for at least 48 hours afterward
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | By Keith Gaby | No Comments
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt used his current position to try to block some of the EPA’s most important air-quality rules.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | By 1Thing Admin | Comments Off on Green Tips for the Holidays
So you live a green lifestyle all year long. You recycle, you minimize your impact by bringing your own bags and using a reusable cup for your morning coffee, you drive a low-emission car, and program your thermostat….you are set, right? Did you consider ways to green the holidays???? It doesn’t have to be difficult to make a difference!
* An obvious way would be to buy recycled wrapping paper, but you could take it a step further and use your old newspaper, or wrap it in another gift, such as a tablecloth, a scarf or a reusable shopping bag.
* As for the tree, real or fake? Cutting down trees and branches for decorations kills or injures trees, but a lot of the fake pine stuff is made from PVC which is toxic and energy intensive to make the plastic which releases gasses. There are fake pine decorations made from polyethylene which doesn’t carry the same health risks. Or use a potted real tree that can be planted in the spring.
*If you do use a real tree, be sure to give it new life at the end of the season! Mulch it or chip it. For more ideas check out the National Christmas Tree Association (www.realchristmastrees.org) and learn how to recycle it.
*LED lights are easy to find and will use a fraction of the energy that lights used to use. Use a timer for outdoor lights so they don’t stay on all night!
*Try upcycling! Get a little creative and turn something discarded into something usable. Recycle your old candles, jeans, tissue boxes, revamp glass bottles and jars, or turn old cookie tins into new fabulous gift tins. Pinterest.com is full of great ideas, just search UPCYCLE. There are thousands of ideas, surely one will appeal to you and your skill level.
Glass Bottles and Jars
Give cookie tins a new life
*Give green. Instead of giving someone another dust collector, donate to a charity that you or your recipient believe in. It’s a win-win! Some ideas to get you started:
Gifts that Give More
70 Years of Family Farming
*If you do shop, shop local. Support the businesses in your local community and spend less gas driving all over. Art and craft shows are prevalent this time of year and you can support a local artist and give a gift of something thoughtful and artful. Pottery bowls can be esthetically pleasing and functional, or a hand knitted hat is stylish and warm.
*Eco-friendly gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Try gift cards for a group of friends to take a cooking class together. Make some jelly or jam, or bread that can be frozen for later. Be really green and give a worm composter so less food waste goes into the landfill. Try cloth dish towels and napkins as a gift to replace the paper ones. Give a fancy reusable water bottle or coffee/tea travel mug. Be super practical, and give LED bulbs or a blanket for the hot water heater. Reusable shopping bags are handy too! Programmable thermostat. Bus/train passes. Glass storage containers. A basket of nontoxic cleaners. Beeswax candles. Coupons to exchange for your time (ie babysitting or sharing a meal). Donate time to a local environmental group.
Eco Friendly Décor
Unique and Cheap Eco Friendly Gifts
Green Gift Ideas
* December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day! Otherwise known as ordinary baking soda, bicarb has so many uses it belongs in every green house. Surely you have used it for your baked goods….but have you tried it as a facial scrub? Toothpaste? Or even deodorant? A paste of baking soda can relieve the itch from bug bites, and putting it in a bath can help relieve itchy skin and help you relax. Use it as a scrub to remove burnt on stuff from your pots and pans, mix it with vinegar to clean your sinks and tub, or even sprinkle it on your carpet before vacuuming to remove odors. And if you overindulge this season, use half a teaspoon in a glass of water to help with heartburn and indigestion.
51 Uses for Baking Soda
Monday, November 28, 2016 | By Jeremy Symons | No Comments
America needs an EPA administrator who is guided by science, respects America's environmental laws and believes in protecting public health.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | By Scott Weaver | No Comments
A senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump wants to shut down NASA’s world-leading climate science work. It would hurt farmers, businesses, vulnerable states and the economy as a whole.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | By Keith Gaby | No Comments
The forces that are moving us towards a cleaner, safer world are strong – and Trump’s election hasn’t changed that.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | By Max Greenberg | No Comments
Some of the most important climate and energy achievements of the last eight years—including many that were Wilderness Society priorities—are on the chopping block with President Trump in the Oval Office. It will be more important than ever to stand up and let our lawmakers know what is important to us.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | By Caroline Mosley | No Comments
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Just days after the election, President-elect Donald Trump sent a signal about the direction of environment and energy policy by tapping climate-science denier Myron Ebell to lead the transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 | By Sam Parry | No Comments
With the right argument and a good dose of listening skills you may be able to connect even with the most ardent denier.