Green Tips! Cutting down on waste in your toilet and mailbox.

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1. Get a low-flow toilet OR make your existing one low-flow:

About 1/3 of the water used at home is flushed down the toilet. Old standard toilets use about 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. Low-flow toilets use about 1.6 gallons per flush. You can easily retrofit any toilet for low-flow efficiency without comprpmising performance by installing a toilet dam (water displacement device). Or, you can simply submerge a full plastic bottle or two in the tank!

 

2. Fix leaky faucets and toilets:

A leaky faucet or shower can waste 3,000 gallons of water a year! A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day! One way of testing your toilet for leaks is to add food dye to the tank (or cranberry juice to avoid using chemicals). If the toilet is leaky dye will appear in the bowl in 15 minutes.

 

3. Go barefoot! (inside)

Removing your shoes before entering someone’s home is not just polite, it also prevents you from tracking all kinds of chemicals and bacteria into the house. Anything from synthetic lawn fertilizer, lead, toxic cleaners and more can be hitching a ride on your shoes! A welcome mat outside and an entryway rug inside will also help collect toxins and prevent them from traveling throughout the house. So please remove your shoes, Namaste.

 

4. Plant a tree every year:

Trees are Mother Nature’s air purifiers. They remove carbon dioxide from the air and release tons of oxygen in it’s place. About half of the greenhouse gases that are causing global warming are carbon dioxide emissions. So plant a tree then give it a BIG hug!

 

5. Opt out of getting junk mail. Yes, you can:

It’s true! You can put a stop to all of the annoying junk mail in your mailbox! Approximately  100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used annually to produce millions of tons of mail that no one reads. To stop credit card offers go to www.optoutprescreen.com or phone at 888-567-8688. To get off of mailing and telemarketing lists, contact the Direct Marketing Association. Register online at www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html. Or, you can sign up for the government’s National Do Not Call Registry. The ban stays in effect for 5 years, after that you can reregister. Register online at www.donotcall.gov.

Stop your name from being sold. Did you know that when you order something online or over the phone you can request that your name not be lent, sold or traded? When you renew subscriptions ask for your name to be removed from the mailing list and don’t fill out warranty cards. Their commonly used to gather names for mailing lists and promotions. Most products are covered by the manufacterer’s warranty even if you don’t fill out the card. When you make a purchase online, make a note in the comment box that you do not want your name shared for any purpose without your consent.