Don’t rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher

Don’t rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher. According to squidoo.com, not only will you save time – you will save 15 gallons of water per load.

Back to school: Green supplies

If your kids are on their way back to school, help make the endeavor as green as possible. Buy notebooks and paper supplies made from recycled paper, refillable pens and water- based paints. Go to www.ecomall.com for recommendations on what to buy and what to avoid.

Secure the gas cap after refueling

Gasoline vapors are harmful to both you and the environment. They are toxic to breathe and contribute to ozone formation in the atmosphere. According to the EPA, you should secure the gas cap after refueling and avoid refueling on “ozone action days”, and if that isn’t possible, do so early in the morning or late in the evening.

Use recycled & rechargeable batteries

Use recycled & rechargeable batteries – disposable ones contain toxic chemicals. And, manufacturing them can take as much as 50 times the energy as the batteries produce!

Recycle aluminum cans

Don’t throw those aluminum soda or beer cans in the trash. Recycling aluminum cans significantly reduces energy consumption – 92% of the energy needed to produce new cans can come from recycling old ones. Aluminum is a special material that can be recycled over and over again. Used cans can be recycled into new cans in just 60 days!