Spring 2016 Sustainability Tips

If you’ve got a computer, and most of us do, you can do a simple thing to simplify and unclutter your life. Take a few minutes to receive and pay your bills electronically. Almost everything from your phone bill to your credit card statement can be viewed online and often these companies will discount you a few dollars for going paperless.

To save more pennies, turn off your electronics when not in use. A computer left on for 24 hours can use a lot of electricity—up to 1000 kilowatts. And, even when your TV or computer is off, it is still using power. Many appliances aren’t really off when you turn them off—they are in low power “sleep” mode instead. Either unplug all your electronic devices or use a power strip and flip of the switch when you’re done.

Use less disposable items to save on having to re-buy the same things. Go for eating ice cream in a cone rather than a cup. Use your travel mug when buying coffee. Keep your water bottle handy. Don’t forget your reusable shopping bags.

It’s a fantastic new trend to say no to disposable shavers and go back to an old fashioned “safety razor” like the one your dad used. They’re just as safe and handy as disposable razors, but much cheaper to use and produce much less waste. A single blade will give between 10 to 15 shaves on each of its two sides.

Upgrade your lights. Changing light bulbs with the new low cost LED lamps can save ten times the amount of energy than a regular bulb while lasting for many years. Don’t for-get to turn off lights when not in use.

If you can get motion-sensitive lights, give them a try—they turn off when no more motion is detected. Also, if you like using outdoor lights go for the solar powered ones.
Are you a hoarder? A hoarder in training perhaps? Simplify your life as much as possible.

Only keep belongings that you use/enjoy on a regular basis. Making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the future.

To reduce what you have—and give your old items a chance at a second life, visit GiveBackBox.com.

From there you can print a label that you can apply to a box from Amazon.com or other online retailer. Put your donations in the box, add the label and ship! You can even print a donation receipt from GiveBackBox.com, and you don’t have to deal with old boxes.

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