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Using rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs is more cost effective then throwaway batteries.
Point-of-use and tankless water heaters eliminate water waste.
Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use.
Turn off kitchen, bath and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing.
Computers that are not accessed remotely should be turned off at the end of the business day and on weekends unless otherwise directed.
Looking for no- to low-cost ways to save energy during hot weather? Here are a few simple tips to help you reduce your energy use:Set thermostats no lower than 78 degrees.Use electric fans instead of...
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show put on by professionals.Stay at least 500 feet away from the show. Many states outlaw most fireworks.If someone is setting...
Fix defective plumbing or dripping faucets. A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. That not only increases water bills, but also increases the gas or electric bill...
Clean out your car, extra weight decreases gas mileage by 1% to 2% for every 100 pounds.
Bring a reusable bag for your purchases.
Clean with reusable wipes and scrubbers. Spring cleaning doesn't have to result in a trash can full of used paper towels. Instead, try reusable scrub brushes or homemade cloth cleaning rags....
Bake your cookies in batches.
Keep a lid on the pot; water comes to a boil faster.
If you’re dead-set on washing your car at home with the kids, here’s how to keep the impact at a minimum:Park on gravel or grass so soapy water soaks into the ground, becomes filtered and recharges...
Invest in a reusable bamboo utensil travel set & eliminate the use of plasticware when at work, on the road or traveling.
Buy second-hand clothing. 
Recycling uses for everyday objects:Best reuses for a fabric softener sheet: Keep drawers and luggage fresh. Wipe the lint screen of your dryer. Clean lint and pet hair off furniture. Eliminate...
Maintain your vehicle. A poorly maintained engine can use up to 50% more gas and produce 50% more carbon dioxide than one that runs properly. This is a great green tip that will save you money on gas.
Consider investing in an irrigation controller with a rainwater sensor. Find rebates here: http://www.socalwatersmart.com/?page_id=2979. 
Replace air conditioner filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit.
Keep some of your worn-out clothes for rags and label the rest as "rags" for Goodwill to recycle.
Find creative ways to decorate your table with few napkin folding tricks, discarded leaves/branches from the yard, or just seasonal fruit…
Save trees & reduce unwanted junk mail by visiting www.catalogchoice.org to eliminate those unwanted catalogs.
Choose tablets (pain reliever, for example) in a glass or at default a plastic jar (usually a recyclable #2), instead of the tablets individually wrapped in aluminum/plastic.
Keep a beautiful cactus nearby in your office to freshen the air as you work. 
Don’t set the temperature colder than necessary. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36° F and 42° F. Set the freezer control so the temperature is between -5° F and +6° F. A small thermometer...
Share a magazine subscription with a friend, not only will you share the cost but you will cut down on the amount of trees used!
Find a sustainable dry cleaner that offers a reusable garment bag and non-toxic cleaners. 
Clean cuts and scrapes with soap and water, forgo the plastic band-aids and let air-dry.
Avoid pressing the accelerator to the floor when climbing hills if you possibly can. You will, of course, lose momentum by going "easy" on the pedal ... but if you can still maintain a safe speed, do...
After purchasing plants, return plastic containers to the nursery.
Install rainwater and gray water catchments (check your city ordinances for the latter).
If you're in the market for a new car, remember this: Vinyl tops and sunroofs reduce mileage, since these accessories tend to disturb the otherwise smooth flow of air across the roof panel.
If you must buy new, buy quality with minimal tags (leave the shoe box at the store).
Plants that have been treated with pesticides and/or herbicides (weeds and lawn clippings) should be avoided.
Remember to bring extra jars to the grocery store when shopping for company (including take-out).
Don’t let the computer run all day. Only power on the computer, monitor, printer and fax machine when you need them. Don’t leave them on after you’re finished working. Computers and other office...
Forget about Q-tips, they are not good for you anyways. Do your research.
For faster composting keep your pile or compost bin in direct sun.
Reuse old clothing by donating it to a local charity.
Consider organic: Due to the way crops are raised, organically grown food receives less exposure to toxic agricultural chemicals. To the say the least, natural farming builds healthy soil and healthy...
Learn to love your tap water. 
Refrain from driving on rough surfaces whenever you can. Dirt or gravel roads can rob you of up to 30% of your gasoline mileage.
Compost decomposes fastest between 120 and 160 degrees F. Decomposition will occur at lower temperatures, but it takes much longer.
Do not use everyday antibacterial products, they make bad bacteria stronger.
Don't "rev" your car's engine prior to shutting it off. This practice wastes fuel and washes oil from the cylinder walls to boot.
Reuse paper clips (available in bulk) instead of staples, or a staple-free stapler.
Choose whole foods close to nature’s source: when you eat a lot of packaged foods, you are also creating large amounts of garbage that Mother Nature has trouble digesting. The less trash we create...
Reduce your carbon footprint! Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Save up errands and shopping trips so you need to drive fewer times. If...
Do not compost fats, pet droppings, or animal products. They will attract pests to the pile and can spread disease.
Use the energy-saving settings on your computer. The monitor only needs to be so bright. 
Make your own checker set by reusing your old bottle caps.  
If you have grass clippings and don’t want to use them in a compost pile you can leave them on the lawn to decompose.
Use an alum stone or straight baking soda as antiperspirant.
Rinse and break up your egg shells before adding them to your compost pile. This gives them a head start and you will be less likely to find undigested shell later when you go to use your compost.
Seal your ducts. Leaking ductwork accounts for 25 percent of cooling costs in an average home, so have your ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor.
When driving a manual-shift vehicle, change to a higher gear as soon as possible ... but don't overdo it, as this will cause the engine to "lug," resulting in premature wear.
Sweep your floors with a boar bristle or silk broom, wash with a wet microfiber mop and a few drops of castile soap.
Install an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat – It can save up to $100 per year in coastal areas and over $150 inland and pays for itself in less than 12 months. Make sure to install it...
Reuse the stuffing from old pillows and comforters into new items. Reuse the pillow covers for rags.
You can use your compost as mulch around trees and plants to retain moisture.
Invest in a pressure cooker (halves the cooking time).
Check your tires monthly. The average vehicle has at least one tire that is over or under-inflated. This causes your vehicle to work harder, using more fuel. Save gas by checking your tire pressure...
For shaving, (re)use a safety razor and shaving soap (any rich soap, such as Alep soap will do).
Trim plant obstructions away from path of spray heads and save 15-20 gallons of water per day. 
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...
Does your compost pile smell? It's probably due to a large number of anaerobic microbes, which are working hard to break down your compost, but creating a smelly situation in the process. To cut down...
If you cannot find it in bulk, find a supplier (bring your jar to the ice cream shop, a pillow case to the bakery for your bread, or your bottles to the winery/brewery)... or make it (mustard, salad...
Save your old coffee grinds and reuse them for great fertilizer for indoor and outdoor plants!
Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
Combine errands into one trip. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.
Find a bulk garden center, and refill reusable sand bags with dirt, rocks, compost, etc.
Shop around for different gasolines. Some autos run better—and more economically—on certain brands. Given an equal price, go with the gasoline that seems to work best in your car.
Help start a new compost pile with aged manure, cottonseed meal, alfalfa meal, blood meal, or compost starter. They are rich in nitrogen and help jump-start the microbes responsible for breaking down...
Iron fewer things and use a homemade starch in a stainless spray bottle.
When carrying extra loads in your car, try to distribute the weight as evenly as possible throughout the vehicle. By piling a lot of weight in the trunk, you force the front end of the car upward,...
Switch from toothpaste to homemade tooth powder, in a glass parmesan dispenser. Use a wooden compostable toothbrush.
Don't overfill your fuel tank, but do try to keep it on the "high" side as a rule. A gasoline tank that's filled over capacity will slosh its load onto the street, and dribble when the liquid expands...
Reuse empty votive tins (and the wick base) to make new votive candles for company with bulk beeswax and lead-free wick.
Don't let your engine idle for long periods of time when warming it up, even on cold mornings. Modern cars usually require only about a minute's worth of running— at the most —before they can be...
You can use your compost by sprinkling some screened compost on your lawn and on the soil of houseplants. 
Reduce your cosmetics and consider homemade substitutes such as cocoa powder as bronzer and homemade balm that works on eyes, lips, hair and nails, and in lieu of disposable feminine products, invest...
Keep your windows closed when you drive, especially when you're traveling at highway speeds. Air drag—caused by open windows—can reduce mileage by as much as 10%.
Install shades, awnings or sunscreens on windows facing south and/or west to block summer light. In winter, open shades on sunny days to help warm rooms.
Whenever you can, park your car in such a position that you won't have to back up when you're ready to leave. Reversing to back out is just an extra maneuver that—of course—uses extra gasoline.
Consider a few natural alternatives: a corn silk tea for prostate relief, a senna leaf tea for constipation relief or an oatmeal bath for skin relief.
Drive in a straight line whenever possible. Choose the route that offers the fewest corners and curves, and— when motoring on the highway—avoid switching lanes continually.
Bring a jar of a homemade consumable, or your favorite bulk item wrapped in Furoshiki as a hostess gift. Give the gift of an experience as a birthday present.
Too much of any one material will slow down the composting process. If you have all leaves, all grass clippings, or an overload of any other single type of material, it can throw off the balance of...
Reinvent your leftovers before they go bad. Go thru your recipe binder/box and only keep the recipes that can be achieved with zero waste in mind.
Keep your feet on the floor when you're not using the foot pedals. By resting your shoe on the brake or the clutch while you drive, you're not only wearing out mechanical components, but also...
Turn your trash can into a big compost keeper. Use your tiny compost keeper as a trash can (on the market, the sizes for these seem to be reversed).
A poorly maintained engine can use up to 50% more gas and produce 50% more carbon dioxide than one that runs properly. This is a great green tip that will save you money on gas.
Algae and seaweed make excellent additions to your compost pile. Be sure to rinse off any salts before using.
Ditch the trash can, strive to use your compost and recycling bins exclusively.
Use your library to read business magazines and books, sell your books or donate them to your library for other people to enjoy.
Check your tires monthly: The average vehicle has at least one tire that is over or under-inflated. This causes your vehicle to work harder, using more fuel. Save gas by checking your tire pressure...
Reuse old aluminum foil by judging whether you it is clean enough to use again. If you're using it for bread or dry goods, you should be able to shake it off and set it aside for next time (provided...
Let houseplants absorb toxins and clean your air. Open a window instead of plugging in an air freshener.
Reinvent your leftovers before they go bad. Go thru your recipe binder/box and only keep the recipes that can be achieved with zero waste in mind.
The air conditioner in vehicles requires additional energy from the engine. This means greater fuel usage. On those days when it’s not too hot out, go green by turning on off the air conditioner to...
Laundry washing once a week saves time and dryer energy costs, use a laundry detergent sold in bulk, full loads, and cold water cycles as much as possible. Savon de Marseille, dishwasher detergent,...
Use, Reuse and Request recyclable paper packing material when shipping (incl. paper tape), print postage and addresses directly on your envelopes, use surface mail, use a return address stamp instead...
Reuse single-side printed paper for grocery shopping and errands list, use your lettuce cleaning water to water plants, open your oven after baking in the winter (cool your oven, warm your house)...
Any appliance that involves heating—like a blow dryer or a water heater—is energy intensive. Use these things as infrequently as possible. Taking shorter showers saves not just water, but energy.
Dropping off children at school not only cause unsafe traffic congestion, but also creates greenhouse gasses from vehicles that idle. There have been a number of schools that have established "...
Avoid the use of serving platters/dishes: When serving straight onto dinner plates, it simplifies, saves water from extra cleaning, and it allows for a plate presentation.
Sweep your floors with a boar bristle or silk broom, wash with a wet microfiber mop and a few drops of castile soap.
For body/face soap, find a package-free solid soap. To exfoliate, use bulk baking soda. For a mask, use bulk clays (French, Kaolin, Bentonite, etc...), mixed with water or apple cider vinegar.
Shop the farmer's market: they'll take the egg carton and the berries baskets back for reuse. Your veggies will also most likely be free of plastic and stickers.
Arm yourself with a reusable water bottle, a couple grocery totes, a few cloth bags and reusable jars and bottles.
Arm yourself with a reusable water bottle, a couple grocery totes, a few cloth bags and reusable jars and bottles.
Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed, make sure they are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or drapes.
Always obey the speed limit. Actually, whenever you drive above 40 miles per hour, you not only consume extra fuel (because the engine is turning at an increased rate of speed) but also waste...
Get your 5 Rs right: Refuse what you do not need, Reduce what you do need, Reuse what you consume, Recycle what you cannot Refuse, Reduce or Reuse, and Rot (Compost) the rest. 
Replace toxic home cleaners with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Or use another organic all natural cleaner!
Save water & energy by defrosting food in the fridge, not by running water to thaw it. For more tips: www.energyupgradeca.org. 
Refill your bottles with bulk shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is short, you also have the “no-poo” option: rinse your hair, massage baking soda in, then rinse, with vinegar for shine. Or use a...
Wash only full loads in a dishwasher and use the shortest cycle that will get your dishes clean. If operating instructions allow, turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle, open the door and...
Use a power strip on your equipment, refill your printer cartridges, make paper with double-side printed paper, take packing material that you receive to your local shipping center for reuse...
Buy in bulk or at the counter, bring reusable bags (dry goods), jars (wet items such as meat, deli, fish, cheese, oil, peanut butter) and bottles (liquids: oil, soy sauce, shampoo, conditioner).
Air-handling systems move air throughout a building and therefore directly affect the comfort of building occupants. Fan systems can be upgraded and adjusted to optimize the delivery of air in the...
Use refillable pens, piston fountain pens, mechanical pencils, refillable white board markers and donate extra office material (paper, pencils) to your public school's art program.
Drip irrigation is an efficient and economical method of watering. Experts say that drip irrigation is at least 90 percent more efficient than other irrigation methods and reduces runoff and...
Think before you buy:Go online to find new or gently used secondhand products. Whether you've just moved or are looking to redecorate, consider a service like craigslist or FreeSharing to track down...
Welcome alternative house cleaning tools: a metal scourer on stainless, a wooden brush for light scrubbing, an old toothbrush for hard to reach places and microfiber cloths for everything else (...
Boost the energy efficiency of your business, save money, and fight global warming with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program. The places where we work, shop, play, and learn spend $200 billion on electricity...
Install high efficiency windows, which are 40% more efficient than standard windows. Consider replacing single-pane windows with double-pane windows that are gas-filled with high performance glass (e...
Lower the thermostat on your water heater. A setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit provides comfortable hot water for most uses.
Be certain your vehicle is in top mechanical condition at all times. Keep it tuned and periodically check its points, plugs, and especially air filter ... to see if the components are in good...
Use drought tolerant and native plants, replace your lawn with short native grasses.
Be judicious about using the fireplace – looks cozy but, after all, it is a big hole in the house where heat can escape. And it doesn’t do much for air quality, either.
Use worn-out clothing items made into rags on your un-washable messes (wax/auto grease/glue/caulk).
Turn your water heater down to 120° or the "Normal" setting when home, and to the lowest setting when away. Water heating accounts for about 13% of home energy costs.
Welcome natural cleaning alternatives: Castile soap on floors and sinks, homemade all- purpose cleaner, baking soda for scrubbing jobs, and vinegar for mildew.
Space heaters provide extra warmth to chilly corners or rooms; just remember they are not intended to replace home heating systems. For fire safety, keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from...
Approximately 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in North America every year. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. Check with your...
Shop the farmer's market: they'll take the egg carton and the berries baskets back for reuse. Your veggies will also most likely be free of plastic and stickers.
Follow a plant-based diet:  Following a plant-based diet not only is good for your health, it’s also good for the environment.  More greenhouse gas emissions are produced by livestock than plant...
Donate your old towels to a local animal shelter; clear room in the house & give a furry friend a soft place to rest.
Seal your ducts. Leaking ductwork accounts for 25 percent of cooling costs in an average home, so have your ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor.
Use bulk liquid castile soap as a dish/hand cleaner, baking soda as a scrubber (in a stainless Parmesan dispenser) with a compostable cleaning brush (a wooden one with natural hair). Purchase...
If you’re composting with a compost pile, bigger is often better. Heat builds up with a big pile. You don’t want to get much bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet though.
If you’re composting with a compost pile, bigger is often better. Heat builds up with a big pile. You don’t want to get much bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet though.
According to Energy Star, qualified ice machines are 15% more energy efficient and 10% more water efficient than standard models. For ice machines, the water savings can be a huge deal. Most ice...
The average vehicle has at least one tire that is over or under-inflated. This causes your vehicle to work harder, using more fuel. Save gas by checking your tire pressure monthly and it will also...
Use the moisture sensor option on your dryer, which automatically shuts off the machine when clothes are dry. Dry two or more loads in a row to take advantage of the heat still in the dryer. And...
Use 100% recycled and unbleached toilet paper individually wrapped in paper (if you have solar you could install an electrical washlet to your toilet seat).
Press the accelerator down slowly when you're starting off from a dead stop, and try to avoid pushing the pedal more than 1/4 of its full travel whenever possible. This practice will allow the...
Welcome alternatives to disposables (paper towels, garbage liners, wax paper, aluminum sheets, disposable plates, cups, etc....): Swap paper towels for reusable rags, swap sandwich baggies for...
Eat smart:If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it's even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.Buy locally raised,...
Water your plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and ineffective watering due to wind. 
Travel less and travel more carbon footprint friendly:Car share to work, or for the kids school run Use the bus or a train rather than your car For short journeys either walk or cycleTry to reduce...
When you stop for coffee in the morning, bring a reusable mug from home. Refills are cheaper & there is no trash to throw away!
Check out the Ways to Save, a Personalized Energy Savings Tools from Southern California Gas Company. One thing you can see by using Ways to Save is your household's unique energy-saving options....
Borrow instead of buying:Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books.Share power tools and...
Save natural resources -- as well as late fees -- by enrolling in online bill-paying options. Paperless billing not only saves trees, it also eliminates the fossil fuel needed to get all those...
Check out the Ways to Save, a Personalized Energy Savings Tools from Southern California Gas Company. One thing you can see by using Ways to Save is a Neighborhood comparison. See how your home's...
      Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).
Don’t waste food: Food production is an expansive, long and complicated process.  And by not throwing food away, you’re helping reduce climate changes and limiting the size of landfills. Need another...
Give major appliances the afternoon off; peak power usage on weekdays is usually between noon-6 p.m.
Carpooling is a very effective way to reduce greenhouse gasses, save gas, and go green. The challenge is finding someone who you commute with and know you are safe. Some companies have begun...
One of the easiest ways to save energy is to turn off equipment when it's not needed. Make sure that your building takes a long weekend by checking to see if your building management system is set...
Watering your lawn 1 to 2 days a week instead of 5 days a week can potentially save up to 840 gallons per week.
Set your thermostat to 78 degrees to help control summer cooling costs.
Wash your clothes with cold water rather than warm or hot water to save electricty & money on your electric bill.
With most vehicles, increasing your speed from 50 mph to 60 mph will increase gas consumption by about 20%. Speeding also reduces the life of your tires, so you will save more there too. So why not...
Check your sprinkler system for leaks, overspray and broken sprinkler heads and repair promptly--save up to 500 gallons per month.
Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing the leak can save up to 1,000 gallons per month. 
The following is a list of items that may take an initial investment, but should pay for themselves over the course of 1-4 years through savings on your energy bills:Fit energy saving light...
Keep lights and lighting fixtures clean, especially if you're reducing the number of lights you use. Dirt absorbs light. Let lights cool before cleaning them and never touch halogen bulbs with your...
As we head into the warmer Spring and Summer months, the South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) would like to share the top 10 energy-saving tips with you:Set your thermostat no lower than...
Reduce use of plastic & paper bags by using reusable totes. Most stores give a credit! Great designs at EcoGreenBags.com.
Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks. A loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5% or more.
Buy Only What You Need:Tire size, engine size, vehicle weight, all-wheel drive, and influence the amount of fuel your vehicle uses. Even power windows and power seats add weight to a car, making...
Electrical appliances can drain electricity when they’re not in use. Unplug unused devices or turn off powerstrips when devices are not in use to help reduce energy and save on costs.
 Eat less meat, and eat poultry when you do.  It takes vastly more energy to produce meat than fruit or vegetables, and vastly more energy to produce a pound of beef or pork than a pound of chicken...
To help save water for future generations, please check, twist, and replace:Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent...
When we think about preserving the environment, we often focus on efficient cars, light bulbs and recycling items like bottles, cans, plastic bags and newspapers.  But the food choices we make also...
Don't allow your car to idle for more than a minute. If you know that you'll be sitting in one spot for longer than 60 seconds, shut the car's engine off.
Be conscious of the energy it takes to produce all things. If you take a business card, remind yourself that it took energy to produce and you essentially expended it by taking one.
When building a new sprinkler system or maintaining an existing system, an inexpensive water pressure gauge can be used to check each faucet. Choose irrigation heads that will operate with the...
Fresh fruits and vegetables come wrapped in their own natural package – peels and skins.  So, by eating fresh, wholesome foods, you’re cutting out the waste created by processing and packaging foods.
Just bag it! Help protect the environment when you shop. Keep reusable bags on your car seat or near your door so they are easy to grab when you go. And you can even combine shopping bags - just tell...
Eat locally grown and seasonal produce: When you shop at a Farmers Market and buy seasonal, locally grown products, you are supporting small organic farmers. At the same time, you’re also reducing...
Never throw away an old book, donate it to a library or to your recycling center, or a school! They can reuse it.
Walk or bike more often--it takes some practice to change the habit of using our vehicles, but think before you head out. It's a great way to save gas. It will not only prevent creating greenhouse...
Compost works well as a mulch to prevent weeds without chemical herbicides. You can also use it as potting soil for outdoor plants. 
EarthShare’s partner, 41pounds.org, can help you rid your life of waste by contacting 20 to 30 direct mail companies on your behalf to stop the majority of your bulk mail. For each person who signs...
Making use of public transportation is a great way to save gas and go green. The reason this tip is good for the environment is that one city bus filled with passengers can take 40 vehicles off the...
Skip the bottled water.Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.Bring a reusable...
Purchase your gasoline during the coolest times of the day, when the liquid is densest. Since fuel is sold by volume, the pump will register the same in heat or cool, but you'll actually be getting a...
Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving or washing dishes and save up to 40 gallons per day.
Newspaper or plain white paper from the computer is excellent for composting - just remember to shred it first to speed up the process.
Remember that using electricity is tantamount to using fossil fuel—something is being burned to produce your electricity.
The microbes responsible for breaking down your compost pile need a balanced diet of nitrogen and carbon. Nitrogen comes from green materials such as food scraps, manure, and grass clippings. Carbon...
Time your driving to avoid getting "caught" by stoplights. On many boulevards, traffic control signals are purposely scheduled to the motorist's advantage ... so that by traveling at the correct—and...
Reuse old spray bottles by first making sure they are okay to reuse (see the back of the bottle) and filling them with water to spray plants.
Wash your car at a commercial car wash that recycles its water and save more than 100 gallons per wash.  In addition to saving water, this helps reduce urban runoff pollution protecting your local...
As well as your primary carbon footprint, there is also a secondary footprint that you cause through your buying habits.Don't buy bottled water if your tap water is safe to drink Buy local fruit and...
Replace and recycle your old refrigerator and purchase energy-efficient models. Units only ten years old can use twice as much electricity as a new ENERGY STAR® labeled model.
The average vehicle has at least one tire that is over or under-inflated. This causes your vehicle to work harder, using more fuel. Save gas by checking your tire pressure monthly and it will also...
Computer power management can save up to $50 per PC annually, and even more if monitor sleep settings aren't already in use. If your monitor screen goes dark and appears to be off after a period of...
Clean or replace your air filters regularly, to help your AC run more effectively.
Replacing your five most frequently-used light fixtures or bulbs with ENERGY STAR lights can save about $70 a year in energy costs.
A fan uses way less electricity than AC & can lower temps by 5 degrees.
Give your appliances the afternoon off. Use your dishwasher, clothes washer & dryer, & other appliances after 6 p.m.
Save money by using your microwave, toaster ovens, slow cookers, & electric skillets instead of larger ovens & stoves.
Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. Adding compost improves soil fertility and stimulates healthy root development in plants. The organic matter provided in compost...
 Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways, patios and sidewalks and save at least 50-100 gallons each time.
Don’t leave your computer on all the time. If you leave the room for a few minutes, at least turn the monitor off.
Can you group errands into one trip instead of several trips? This is one of the easiest tips to save gas. Another one that is being used by courier companies is to run your errands in clockwise...
Get a power strip and turn it off instead of the devices that are plugged into it. Electronics draw power even when they are off simply from being plugged in.
Don't be a drip - fix that leak! Leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water each year, like money down the drain. Repair or replace old or damaged fixtures. If you're not sure you have a...
Try to use major appliances (washer, dryer, disher washer, etc.) during off peak hours to save some money! Call SBESC (310) 371-7222 to learn more about rebates and incentives from the utility...
Save stale bread and give it to the birds in the backyard (be sure to rip it small enough so they can eat it!).
Try to maintain a steady road speed. Unnecessary slowing down and speeding up turns your car's carburetor into a "fuel hog". The best way to maintain constant forward momentum is to avoid tailgating...
Reuse your old toothbrush and use it to clean hard to reach areas like around the sink, your drains, faucets and grout.
Check your water bill and water meter frequently for high usage that could signal a water leak; repair household leaks promptly.  Fixing leaky faucets saves up to 20 gallons per day and fixing...
Despite the rainfall this winter, drought conditions still exist in California.Unlike past droughts, the limited water supply may continue over the next decade.It is so important that we all practice...
Give up your second vehicle. Years ago, it was uncommon to have two or more vehicles per household. In some cities, it is uncommon to only have one vehicle, but you will save gas if you can embrace...
It is important to maintain moisture and air in the compost pile. Keep your pile as damp as a well-wrung sponge. Be sure to check moisture on hot summer or windy days. Sprinkle with water when dry....
Reuse your used margarine and butter tubs by cleaning them and keeping them for leftovers (free ziploc containers!).
Don’t set the temperature colder than necessary. Set the refrigerator temperature between 36° F and 42° F. Set the freezer control so the temperature is between -5° F and +6° F. A small thermometer...
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year, a date designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Events are held worldwide to...
Vanpools are similar to carpools, except they generally involve more people. A vanpool is a group of 5 to 15 people who regularly travel together to work 30 miles or more (roundtrip) in a comfortable...
For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain. Give us a call (310) 371-7222 to learn how West Basin...
There is no Green Tip this week.....April Fools! A couple of quick calls to mail order catalog companies can free your mailbox from piles of junk. Switch to online bill paying to cut down on even...
Use a waste bin instead of flushing trash down the toilet and save up to 5 gallons per flush.
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives...
Plant trees and shrubs on the south and west side of your residence. The vegetation acts as insulation and provides shading, reducing thermal gain in a building.
Install an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat – It can save up to $100 per year in coastal areas and over $150 inland and pays for itself in less than 12 months. Make sure to install it...
Use your auto's accessories—such as air conditioning, heater fan, and power windows or seats—as little as possible, since they all draw energy from the car's engine and battery.
Installing faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads will cut water heating costs by 50% and save up to $300 per year. It will also cut water use by up to 50%. As much as 19% of California...
eCycle it! Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and...
It takes some practice to change the habit of using our vehicles, but think before you head out. Can you walk or bike instead? It's a great way to save gas. It will not only prevent creating...
Water your plants either early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and wind interference and save from 20-25 gallons per day. To learn more about rebates and incentives for water conservation,...
Reuse old glass containers with lids and save them for leftovers, or, make your own jam or jelly. Food safe airtight glass containers are great for storing rice, pasta, sugar and flour.
Trade in your SUV for a fuel-efficient car. In the late 1990’s, SUVs started to become a status symbol. Today, people are beginning to see them as luxury that pollutes. SUV’s require large engines...
If you have limited space for composting, then there are alternate small space options, such as vermicomposting. You can vermicompost, right under your kitchen sink, in a five gallon bucket from the...
Start off your New Year with a couple reuse resolutions: 1. Reuse pens and art supplies by donating them to local schools. 2. Reuse your old carpet. Even slightly dirty carpets can have a second life...
Save water to save money. 1. Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too. 2. Install a low-flow showerhead. They don't cost much, and the water and...
10 Tips for Reuse: 1. Reuse your blankets and towels. Bring them to a local shelter that will be glad to put them to good use and give animals a soft, warm place to sit. 2. Reuse seeds from fruit and...
Buy smart. 1. Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging. 2. Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use. 3....
Keep electronics out of the trash. 1. Keep your cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible. 2. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury...
Water your lawn only 2-3 days/week instead of 5 days a week or invest in a weather based irrigation timer that bases watering schedule/frequency on temperature and weather data. This can save...
Spread a layer of organic mulch around plants to help retain moisture and save water, time & money. This can save up to 20-30 gallons per day. Give us a call to learn more about Ocean Friendly...
Switch over to water efficient clothes washers, showerheads and toilets. Water-efficient showerheads can save up to 750 gallons per month. High-efficiency model toilets can save up to 17,500...
Run dishwashers and clothes washers only with full loads and save up to 50 gallons per week. To learn about more water conservation tips and workshops available, call us: (310) 371-7222.
Inflate tires to their maximum recommended limit. The slightly softer ride gained by keeping those rubber "shoes" cushiony can play havoc with gasoline mileage. Also, if you're in the market for new...
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. Give us a call for more...
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 maintenance. A well-tuned car burns less gasoline, so get your oil and air filters changed regularly. 1. Not sure if your filter needs changing? Take it out and hold it up. If you can't see...
October has been Energy Awareness Month since a presidential proclamation in 1991. For more than 15 years, government organizations — in partnership with businesses, associations, and concerned...
Fix defective plumbing or dripping faucets. A single dripping hot water faucet can waste 212 gallons of water a month. That not only increases water bills, but also increases the gas or electric...
Nearly 20% of household energy use comes from appliances. Choose EnergyStar appliances to save big every month on your bills!
The next time you wash your car, bring it to your local commercial car wash. Commercial car washes use less than half the water that you'd use when you do it yourself. Contact SBESC at (310) 371-7222...
Local officials who want to help youth and young adults connect with the emerging green technology and sustainability workforce can consider the following ideas. 1. Find out if your local community...
Green this year’s back-to-school shopping by reusing last year’s supplies, buying items that contain recycled materials, and packing a waste-free lunch.
A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives...
Leaving a computer on all day can cost about 21 cents per day, or about $75 per year. Unplug electronics and appliances when not in use – a task made easier by using multiple-outlet strips, which can...
Programmable thermostats can save up to $150 a year on energy costs when used properly. Use one that can automatically turn off your cooling system when you are not home, and turn your system on in...
If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Just make sure to turn it off when you leave the room (fans cool...
On average, households lose about 20 percent of their heated and cooled air through the duct system to the outside. To avoid wasting energy, have your ducts inspected to ensure they’re sealed...
Running your air conditioning at 78°F instead of 72°F can save between 6 and 18 percent on your cooling bill. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your...
Well-planned landscaping isn’t just for aesthetics -- properly placed trees around the house can save between $100 and $250 annually.
Placing lamps or TV sets near your room's air-conditioning thermostat can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary because the thermostat senses heat from the appliances. Set them apart...
Here are some ways you can stay cool without using your home’s air conditioning, courtesy of Southern California Edison: 1. Take a cool shower or bath 2. Wear lightweight, loose, light-colored...
One of the easiest ways to honor the earth is to stop flushing prescription, over-the-counter medications and veterinary medicines down the toilet. Unused portions of legal and illegal drugs,...
The filtration system for swimming pools is powered by an electric pump, which consumes a lot of energy.Because it consumes a lot of energy, there is opportunity there to SAVE a lot of energy.The...
The LA Metro website is a great place to visit and compare driving costs vs. vanpool costs.The Commute Cost Calculator does all the calculations . . . just type in the trip data and compare the...
Despite the rainfall this winter, drought conditions still exist in California.Unlike past droughts, the limited water supply may continue over the next decade.It is so important that we all practice...
Memorial Day weekend is prime time for shopping for new appliances. There are sales going on everywhere in the local “big box” stores as well as smaller appliance retail outlets. How old is the...
An old toilet can use up to seven gallons of water every time you flush. New ones use 1.6 gallons or less. Single-family residents have access to FREE high-efficiency toilets through West Basin's...
Los Angeles County homeowners, click here to enter a Sweepstakes to win a Greenpoint Rating for your home worth $2,000. Click here for the flyer. The deadline is Wednesday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m. Tell...
Hiring a Contractor 101: Once you’ve picked your contractor, the California State License board advises homeowners: 1) Don’t pay cash, 2) Don’t pay in full up-front, don’t let the payments get ahead...
Hiring a Contractor 101: Considering hiring a contractor for Energy Upgrade California or any home improvement project? California’s Contractors State License Board (CSLB) recommends homeowners...
15,000 South Bay commuters who use the MAX (Municipal Area Express) may be affected by route eliminations, or at least fare hikes. Vanpools are an excellent alternative. Qualified vanpools receive...
Take a look in the garage . . . . if there are old paint cans, old containers of turpentine, paint remover, or other unusable and possibly unstable household chemicals, the Sanitation Districts of...
The Gas Company has quite a few opportunities for rebates in 2012. Homeowners may take advantage of rebates on Energy Star qualified clothes washers ($35) and dishwashers ($30) as well as attic and...