from The Tower Bell, of
The First United
Methodist Church of Downers Grove.
Our air, water and
soil are being
polluted at alarming rates and natural resources being depleted.
United Methodist Women invite you to take personal responsibility and
Green" by changing day-to-day habits.
#1 Go Green
of energy used
for washing clothes is
heating the water. Wash your clothes in cold water using cold-water
- Wash and dry full
loads of clothes.
|#2 Go Green
- VCR,TVs, stereos,
personal computers, monitors and printers continue to draw a small
amount of power when they are switched off. 75% of the electricity used
to power home electronics is consumed while products are turned off.
Unplug the appliance or plug them into a power strip that you can
switch off to cut all power when not in use. Get in the habit of
switching off the power strip.
- Unplug battery
charges when the batteries are fully charged.
|#3 Go Green
- Use trigger spray bottles instead of aerosols
- Launder old sheets, tear them into rags and
keep them under the kitchen sink for wiping and cleaning instead of
|#4 Go Green
- Turn off the shower when lathering up. You'll
get used to it and
save gallons of water. (This is common practice in the Southwest.)
- Buy a kitchen timer for the kids to time their
showers for no more than 8-10 minutes.
- Keep clean, empty frozen orange juice cans on
hand for discarding cooking grease.
- Spring Cleaning? Clean out your car trunk. For
every 50 pounds of junk you lug around, you lose about 1/4 MPG.
|#6 Go Green
- Drive less - combine errands, take public
transportation and car-pool. Split the cost; save on pollution.
- Trade in your SUV for a vehicle that uses less
energy, one that runs on corn-based fuel, or one of the new hybrids.
|#7 Go Green
- Planning a graduation party or shower? Make
your guest feel
special by using china and silverware rather than paper or Styrofoam
- Look for ways to reuse existing containers of
|#8 Go Green
- Install a low-flow shower head or fit a flow
restrictor into your current shower head. A low-flow sink faucet
aerator can save 280 gallons per year. These also save hot water
- Turn off the water while brushing teeth or
shaving. Turning off the water on only to rinse can save up to 10
gallons of water per day.
|#9 Go Green
- Start a compost bin. Your plants will love the
mulch and you'll have less garbage
- Plant a tree along with your other landscaping
projects this year.
|#10 Go Green
- Ride a bike or walk to where ever you need to
go. Great for not only the air but your health as well.
- Avoid lengthy idling times while waiting for a
train to pass. Turning off and starting an engineer uses less gas than
letting the engine idle for 30 seconds.
|#11 Go Green
- Good: Set your dryer for only as long as it
takes to dry clothes. You will save energy and wear and tear on your
- Better: Use a clothesline. The sun's energy is
|#12 Go Green
- Use environmental friendly medicine for insect
- Bee stings - apply a thick paste of baking
soda and water
- Chigger bites - rub bites with a moist
- Mosquito bites - soak bites in salt water
prevent bites, avoid wearing perfume, bright
colors, and flowery painted
|#13 Go Green Tips:
get those old bikes out of the garage? Working Bikes
Cooperative will refurbish used bicycles for people needing
transportation in Nicaragua, Cuba, Kenya and Ghana. Some are sold to
Chicagoans to raise funds for shipping. Call the nearest drop-off site
- North Aurora, Sally Smith, 630-966-0727
- LaGrange, The Wheel Thing Bike Shop,
- Villa Park, Jenny McBride, 630-719-7960
|#14 Go Green Tips:
- When shopping for back-to-school or work
choose garments you can wear more than one season, and select from
complimentary color groups so that you can interchange pieces and use
- Don't succumb to the "Shop till You Drop"
Instead, each time you want something, ask yourself, :Do I really need
this?" Remember, fossil fuels are burned each time an item is produced.
In the process gases are emitted that trap heat in our
|#15 Go Green Tips:
- Raise your lawn mower blade to at least three
A higher cut encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root
system, and holds soil moisture
- Water lawns during the early morning hours when
temperatures are lowest to reduce losses from evaporation. Avoid over
watering by setting a timer. A hearty rain eliminates the need for
watering for as long as two weeks.
|#16 Go Green Tips:
- Take your lunch to work and avoid a mid-day
- Make a resolution this year to pack waste-free
lunches for school or work. Or come as close as you can. Reuse some of
those take-out boxes.
|#17 Go Green Tips:
- Choose consumer products that have less
packaging than their competitors.
- Write a note to the stores where you shop
encouraging their management to stock items that use minimal packaging
materials. Let them know that in makes a difference in where you shop
and the products you choose.
|#18 Go Green Tips:
Clogged drains? Hair can get clogged in the tub drain
- Sometimes just cleaning the trap by hand can do
the trick.Or use a plunger or a plumber's snake.
- Use a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and
vinegar, or salt and baking soda followed by 6 cups of water. Let the
solution sit overnight.
- As a last resort, pour 35% hydrogen peroxide
solution down the drain, wait a few minutes - then plunge.
|#19 Go Green Tips:
- Lower your water heater thermostat to 120o.
Purchase a thermal water heater blanket and install according to
manufactures directions. It will save energy and pay for itself.
- Have a fireplace? When not in use, keep the
flue damper tightly closed. Until you close it, warm air escapes 24
hours a day!
|#20 Go Green Tips:
- Buy Organic foods. This reduces the use of
pesticides thus preventing them from getting into the soil, water, food
chain, and you.
- Instead of purchasing chemical pesticides for
garden and house plants, add one capful of dish soap to 1 gal. of water
and spray it on your plants.
|#21 Go Green Tips:
- Concerned about recent reports that ocean fish
populations may be devastated by 2048 due to over-fishing? You can help
prevent this by purchasing only farm raised fish for consumption.
- Chlorine is the standard bleaching agent used
making paper. It produces dioxin which is released into our waterways
during paper processing and then ends up in the food chain. When
purchasing stationery and computer papers, ask for chlorine-free paper.
|#22 Go Green Tips:
- Vacuum warm-air registers, baseboard heaters
and radiators regularly. Make sure they are not blocked by furniture,
carpet or drapes. Consider having ducts professionally cleaned.
- Clean or replace furnace filters once a month
or as needed.
Go Green Tips:
- Turn your thermostat back 10-15% during the
night when you plan to dive under the covers and save 10% on heating
bills during the year. You can do this by installing a programmable
- If you already have an automatic thermostat,
take a couple of minutes to set it or check the program. It is easy.
Directions are usually just under the cover panel.
|#24 Go Green Tips:
- Don't keep your refrigerator and freezer
unnecessarily cold. Recommended temps are 37o-40oF
for the fresh food compartment and 5oF for the freezer
- Move your refrigerator out from the wall and
vacuum its condenser coils once a year, unless you have a no-clean
condenser model. It will use less energy with clean
|#25 Go Green Tips:
It takes a lot of crude oil and natural gas
(non-renewable resources) to make and ship the disposable plastic water
bottles and grocery bags we use so readily.
- Instead of the plastic, disposable water
bottles that pile up in your recycle bin or end up in landfills, use a
refillable water bottle and tap water. Studies have shown that tap
water is often just as healthy. If you have doubts, buy a water filter
for your tap.
- Instead of using all those plastic bags the
grocery stores push on us, take your own reusable bags to the store
made of canvas, hemp or string. Check out www.reusablebags.com. A set
of 5 durable, mesh string-bags with pouch runs $24.95.
|#26 Go Green Tips:
- Dishwasher vs. washing by hand? Use the dishwasher (with full
loads) and scrape rather than rinse before loading. The average
dishwasher uses 8.7 gallons of water per load. Washing by hand can use
10-20 gallons of water.
- For cooking fuel efficiency match pots to the appropriate size
burner (gas or electric). A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes more
that 40% of the burner's heat. Keep gas burners clean to ensure
#27 Go Green Tips:
- The Dept. of Energy estimates that carefully positioned trees can
save up to 25% of a typical household's energy used for heating and
cooling. 3 trees, properly placed, can save an average of $100-$300 in
energy cost annually.
you have additional suggestions to help conserve our natural resources,
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