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Tip of the Month August 2010

It’s August and Summer is coming to a close…..There is still time for a weekend getaway or a quick trip to the coast! As we plan our last summer road trip, I thought I would share some of our gas saving tips!   NO you don’t have to navigate with left turns to save gas……

Mind your maintenance. A well-tuned car burns less gasoline, so get your oil and air filters changed regularly.

* Not sure if your filter needs changing? Take it out and hold it up. If you can’t see any light coming through, it’s too dirty.

* Check your tire pressure monthly (you’ll get the most consistent results by using your own gauge when the car is cold). Americans driving on under-inflated tires waste 4 million gallons of gas each day and reduce their tires’ lifespans.

* Oil-change shops urge us to change the oil in our vehicles every 3,000 miles, but most cars nowadays don’t need oil changes that often. In fact, most manufacturers say you can go 7,000 miles without a problem. Change less often and it really can save your engine and the planet – not to mention your wallet.

Clear the clutter. Every 100 pounds you carry inside your car lowers its fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent. So if you don’t need it, don’t have it in your trunk.

Mind your Manners. Fast, aggressive driving is a big fuel waster. Try to maintain a constant speed – most cars reach peak efficiency while cruising between 55 and 60 miles per hour – and avoid rapid acceleration and braking, which can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40 percent (and make everyone else on the road hate you).

Keep your cool. Need relief from the heat? Use the air conditioner if you’re going faster than 40 miles per hour, since a lot of engine power at high speeds goes to reducing drag. When you’re cruising around town, it’s more efficient to roll down your windows.

Think different. Could some of your short trips be made on public transportation or by walking or riding a bike? Combining trips helps, as does carpooling with friends. Courtesy of SierraClub.org

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Tip of the Month~June

Top 10 Essentials for your Wilderness Adventure:

1. Water and Water Purification.


2. Extra Food.


3. Matches & Fire starter.


4. First-Aid Kit.

5. Sun protection (sun screen, hats, glasses etc.)


6. Pocket knife or Multi-Tool.


7. Rain Gear & Extra Clothes.


8. Compass & Map.


9. Whistle.


10. Flashlight.

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Earth Day & Wear The Earth

Earth Day & Wear The Earth

Thursday, April 22, 2010 @ 12:00 noon
St. Rose Dominican Hospitals – San Martín Campus
8280 W. Warm Springs Rd.

Join Tiffany Parks (Owner) of Wear The Earth for an Earth Day Lecture on sustainable fashion.

Presented in conjunction with St. Rose Dominican Hospital & Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

Space is Limited RSVP 702-616-4910

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Tip of the Month~EASY GREEN GARDEN TIPS~

With the weather warming up it’s the perfect time to get outside and start cleaning up the garden, planting and enjoying the sunshine. Here are some helpful and fun tips to get you and your family off the couch and out the door!

Happy Spring~~

https://weartheearth.wordpress.com/eco-tips-for-2009/

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Tip of the Month~February

February  2010

Wear the Earth ~Tip of the Month

Be label-conscious.  When you are shopping, take a minute to read the small print.

An increasing number of labels not only list ingredients but also provide indicators about environmental performance.  Look for products that are approved by Independent certification boards, such as Energy Star, FSC, USDA Organic, Fair Trade,etc.

These labels guarantee that a product has a lower environmental impact than other comparable ones.

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January Tip~How to Recycle your CFL’s

Over the holidays one of our CFL flood lamps burned out. It got me thinking, by now most of us have made the switch to CFL’s in some of our lighting both at home and in the office. But what a lot of people don’t know is that these lights need special care in disposal. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) have mercury sealed within their glass tubing. The same is true of linear fluorescent tubes, leaving consumers wondering how to recycle their light bulbs. The obvious concern of many consumers is carrying out proper energy-saving light bulb disposal that doesn’t harm the environment.

Without mercury, these lamps could not operate. Since mercury is a naturally occurring element (Hg on the periodic table) which is toxic to humans, this might seem troublesome. But it’s really not. The mercury is only released when the bulbs break. So, as long as they remain intact or in use~No Worries! The key to success is to recycle light bulbs containing mercury at the end of their useful life. Recycling keeps harmful mercury vapor out of landfills, groundwater and the atmosphere.

Sounds easy enough. So how do you properly dispose of Energy Efficient Light bulbs:

Since most bulbs are broken during installation and removal. To cut down on the risk of creating a mess, slide a small sandwich bag over the bulb prior to handling it. That way, if the bulb slips from your hand and falls to the ground, the mess will already be contained.

Once the bulb is removed all you have to do is drop it off at a local recycling center. Fortunately, proper energy-saving light bulb disposal is getting more convenient all the time. Most Home Depot stores have a recycling bin for disposal. Another great knowledge resource is EARTH911.com This site will help you narrow your search for an option that makes it easy for you to recycle fluorescent light bulbs and protect the environment.

So, you may be thinking what if I accidentally break a CFL?

According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), these are the procedures to follow if a bulb is smashed:

* Open the windows and let the room air out for 15 to 30 minutes

* Using disposable gloves, scoop the glass onto a piece of cardboard.

* Wipe the area with a wet paper towel.

* For smaller pieces of glass and powder, use duct tape to pull up the fragments.

* Put all of the debris as well as the duct tape and gloves into a plastic bag, put into a bulb recycling kit or contact your town office for information on disposal of hazardous materials.

* Wash your hands.

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Happy Holidays~December Tips

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10 Tips to make your Holiday “Greener”!

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