April 22, 2013

Edmonton Interior Decorator | Upscale Magazine | Greenhouse Effect part 3

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What are some other ways to go green and save energy (and money)?

To read parts 1 and 2 of this series, click here and here

 Put those smart phones to use with these "green" applications.

GoodGuide: This app instantly reveals whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible while you shop.

ShopGreen: Use shopgreen to save the environment and your pocket book. Shopgreen REWARDS the user by calculating, logging and saving green actions taken to reduce the carbon footprint. Daily tips and great green suggestions help making the correct decisions easier. Carbon savings are tracked within the built-in Eco-Bank. Location aware specials and discounts are offered through participating green friendly companies. Increase the Eco-Bank balance to receive rewards in the form of coupons and specials.

GreenMeter: Computes your vehicle's power and fuel usage characteristics and evaluates your driving to increase efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and cost, and lower your environmental impact. Results are displayed in real time, while driving, to give instantaneous feedback.

Easy Eco Blog: publishes easy to follow daily tips to make you more green or eco-friendly while helping you save green or cash.

Is it true that you can you save a substantial amount of money if you unplug all of your electrical devices, when they are not in use?

Yes, idle appliances are energy vampires! Stop this phantom power drainage by using a power strip for your appliances: tv, dvd, etc. Just turn the power strip off when not in use. A conservative estimate = $20/mo in savings.

Stop throwing away your money! Single use products are designed to bleed your wallet dry. Also, all that excessive packaging is piling up in our landfills.

You don't have to become an eco warrior to make a difference. Commit to simple, sustainable changes and they will have a positive impact on your wallet, the environment, and your health. When in doubt how or where to make changes, ask yourself: "How did my grandparents live?"






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