10 Green Tips


1. Share

Before you toss a book, sweater, chair (or anything), consider sharing it with friends and family, or giving it to a reputable charity. Many of our things can lead “9” lives! Try GCS’s Freecycle, or one of our many Swaps.

2. Make the Switch

Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. Replacing one incandescent light bulb with a CFL keeps 150 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere every year.  Last year, GCS worked with an organization called Junior Energy to help get families to make the switch.

3. Use the Sun & Unplug

Use lights only when necessary and turn off when leaving the room. Idle chargers for phone, i-pods and other devices still draw power when connected to outlets. Unplug chargers when not in use, and consider getting a “Smart Strip” for areas in your home, like entertainment centers, where many electronics can be powered down together.  To find out more, check out Terrapass’s Energy Vampires.

4. Turn Down the Heat

Setting your thermostat just 2 degrees lower in winter and 2 degrees higher in summer could keep 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere each year. Be moderate with your temperature settings and turn off the heater or air conditioner when leaving your home.  See ConEd for more energy saving tips.

5. Eat Local

Why buy an apple from Chile (5,000 miles away) when you can buy one from upstate NY? Buy at your local farmer’s market or farm stand and drastically reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions while supporting your local economy!  Chef Sheehan is committed to using local produce!

6. Contain Yourself

Get reusable coffee mugs, reusable lunch containers, reusable water bottles, and reusable grocery bags. Smart, compact versions are available everywhere.

7. Consume Less and Recycle More

Production, use, and disposal of products and packaging contribute to habitat destruction and global warming. More than 60% of municipal solid waste is recyclable, yet only about 13% gets recycled. You can save 2,400 pounds of CO2 per year by recycling just half of your household waste.  Check out Center for A New American Dream’s Tips for Families and Offices.

8. Make it Last & Use Half

Take good care of electronics and other non-renewable items. Consider your purchases an investment to avoid unnecessary waste and toxic run off. For example, while 2% of our consumer waste is made up of electronics, it accounts for 70% of toxic waste.  When you reach for the plastic, think about using less – shampoo, cling wrap, dishwashing soap, etc.  We often over use things out of habit, creating more plastic for the landfill.

9. Ride a Bike

Did you know a gallon of gas produces 20 pounds of CO2? Walk, ride a bike, use public transportation, or carpool whenever possible!  Read more at Transportation Alternative’s Website!

10. Get Involved and Spread the Word

Find out about recycling days, city programs and community events. Get involved in your building’s recycling program.  See the New York City’s Waste-less Program for hundreds of ideas.  Find out about how to work together to make every home greener, more efficient and then…spread the word!

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