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  • BYOB

    Feb 16, 2011

    Bring your own bottle (of water). Ninety percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills. Refilling your own reusable bottle is an easy way to go green every day.

  • Box your Lunch

    Feb 16, 2011

    Skip the single-use brown bags and plastic baggies and instead opt for a reusable lunch box and sturdy, washable containers.

  • Vampire Energy

    Feb 16, 2011

    Did you know your appliances use electricity even when they're turned off? It’s called vampire energy drain. Yep, any device that remains plugged in can use up valuable energy. Even when not in use, your computer, stereo and even your blender are increasing your monthly energy bill and your environmental impact.

  • Is Your Home Energy Efficient?

    Feb 16, 2011

    Penelec and First Energy have teamed up to help you find out how you could reduce their electric bill by using their quick Home Energy Analyzer and providing tips on how to conserve.

  • Shower power!

    Jan 26, 2011

    A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower saves water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are.

  • Everyone can make a difference!

    Jan 26, 2011

    High school students can study links between everyday actions at their high school, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change. Become a "climate ambassador" leader in your school or neighborhood and motivate friends, schools, and community leaders.

  • Wait for the storm to pass!

    Jan 26, 2011

    Don't fertilize before a rain storm. Your fertilizer - along with your money - can just wash off your lawn and down the storm drain.

  • Environmental Conditions and the Elderly

    Jan 26, 2011

    Be extra aware of environmental conditions where older people live! As we age, our bodies become more sensitive to chemicals and environmental conditions.

  • Compost it!

    Jan 26, 2011

    Compost helps improve soil so it holds more water and plants grow better. Allow grass clippings to stay on the lawn, instead of bagging them. The cut grass will decompose and return to the soil naturally.

  • Make it a full load!

    Jan 26, 2011

    Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Don't pre-rinse dishes - tests show pre-rinsing doesn't improve dishwasher cleaning, and you'll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load.

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