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Happy Birthday Israel!

May 8, 2008

Israel Independence Day

Together we can make the next 60 years greener than ever!

Here are 60 ways to get you started on the path to a cleaner future:

1. Turn off the lights: Save electricity.

2. Unplug: When electric gadgets are done charging and not in use unplug them. Even when turned off appliances still draw power.

3. Turn off your computer: Instead of leaving on your screensaver you could save 83% of your computers CO2 emissions.

4. Print less: Reuse the other side of paper you don’t need.

5. Use compact fluorescent bulbs: CFLs use 1/4 the electricity and last several years longer.

6. Laundry: Only do laundry when you have a full load; using warm or cold water, not hot.

7. Dryer: Hang clothes to dry instead, this will reduce the CO2 of your laundry by 90%. Over its lifetime a t-shirt will add 9 lbs of carbon dioxide into the air.

8. Vintage clothes: Try to buy vintage clothes, which do not use the energy concerned with producing and shipping. Try having a closet swap with friends, get some new outfits for yourself while recycling things you no longer use.

9. Defrost fridge/freezer regularly and dust the coils: Your fridge will work more efficiently and its temperature will be more accurate.

10. Fridge settings: Keep refrigerators set to 4C and freezers at -15C.

11. Update appliances: Replace refrigerators older than 15 years with an energy efficient one.

12. Recycle water: Reuse water from washing dishes, laundry, and bathing for watering your grass, plants, and more.

13. Boil water: Only boil as much as you need.

14. Showers: Install low-flow shower heads to save water. Try taking shorter showers and turning the water down when washing your hair.

15. Stop using bottled water: Instead install a water filter, so water doesn’t have to be shipped causing CO2.

16. One trip to the store: Try to buy everything you need for a week in one trip.

17. Don’t use plastic bags: Use reusable cloth bags for your groceries. 500 billion plastic bags are used a year and less than 3% are recycled. The rest end up in landfills and take 1,000 years to biodegrade, while emitting harmful gases, or the plastics damage mammal and plant life around the world.

18. Buy locally grown produce (try growing some yourself): If you ask us, it also tastes better!

19. Buy products made close to home: Try the “100-mile-diet” and only buy products that come from a 100-mile radius of your house.

20. Eat less meat: The meat industry generates 18% of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions, even more than transportation. You can save 1.5 tons of CO2 per year by being a vegetarian.

21. Use recycled goods: Buy recycled paper, reuse bags, and salvage old items.

22. Maintain and repair the items you own: Taking your shoes to the shoemaker is generally less expensive than buying a new pair.

23. Recycle: Recycle paper, plastic, and glass.

24. Reduce garbage: Buy products with minimal packaging.

25. Commuting: Use public transportation, walk, bike or carpool

26. Tires: Check monthly to make sure your tires are fully inflated.

27. Air filter: Check your car’s air filter monthly and change as needed, boosting efficiency 10%.

28. Engine tune-up: Regular engine tune-ups can improve your gas mileage.

29. Trade in your car: Buy a hybrid or a fuel efficient car and save 1 ton of CO2.

30. Don’t speed: Stick to the speed limits, gradually accelerating and slowing down, and you’ll save significantly on gas.

31. AC in the car: When driving over 65 KPH air conditioning uses less gas than opening the windows.

32. Don’t sit in idle: If you are going to sit in idle for over a minute turn off your car.

33. Exercise: Use your muscles to run, walk, and bike instead of driving to the gym.

34. Travel: Try to travel by land and sea when it’s possible to avoid air travel.

35. Vacations via bicycles: Consider renting bikes instead of a car your next vacation.

36. Hotels: Do the same things you would do at home. Conserve electricity when you are not in the room, as well as reusing towels and linens.

37. Plant a tree: They beautify our land and cities, clean our air and prevent desertification.

38. Pay bills online: Don’t waste paper and save trees.

39. Natural cross ventilation: Open the windows not the air conditioning.

40. Dishwasher: Only run full loads to save energy, water, and soap.

41. Don’t waste water: Turn faucets off when you aren’t using water. Stay away from using hoses, try and use buckets to wash cars and use the hose only for a final rinse.

42. Rent or borrow items you don’t use often: Movies, ladders, power tools, and even a cup of sugar from your neighbor.

43. Borrow a book instead of buying one: Or visit the used bookstore for lower prices and fun finds.

44. DIY: Do-it-yourself! Learn a new craft and make gifts for friends all on your own – knitting, sewing, jewelry-making… it’s up to you!

45. Don’t litter: Take your trash home after a nature trip and throw it away properly.

46. Don’t throw away mercury: Items containing mercury such at batteries, fluorescent bulbs, irons and oil-based paints need to be recycled.

47. Use natural based creams: Now you can buy sunscreen and mosquito repellent made from natural ingredients – they’re healthier for you and your kids.

48. Compost: Compost your kitchen and garden scraps for and use it to help your garden grow!

49. Thermostat: Keep the temperature a few degrees higher in summer and lower in winter.

50. Weatherproof your home: Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows to control heat, air and moisture leakage.

51. Wear warm clothes and turn down the heat: Add decorative blankets for guests to cuddle up in when the weather gets cold.

52. Use fans instead of A/C: It’s not so bad, we promise.

53. Work close to home: Find out if you can work from home one or many days a week, otherwise try and find a commute that is close. You’ll be helping the environment, as well as conserving your own time.

54. Check the labels: When buying appliances read the labels to make sure it is energy efficient. Measured in kWhs per year the lower the energy number the more cost efficient it is to run.

55. Reduce pollutants: Cut down and properly dispose of herbicides, pesticides, and cleaning products.

56. Report illegal activities: Environmental enforcement can’t be everywhere, but you can help.

57. Don’t throw away things that can be used: Instead of throwing good things away, recycle them by giving them away. Check out Freecycle to give away or receive used items for free. (

58. Enjoy recreational activities: Play sports, read, and entertain yourself without using electricity or gasoline.

59. Stay informed: Use tools like this to educate yourself with ways you can help the environment.

60. Get involved: Lend your support to help stop large polluters where you live or give a day to help clean up a beach. Your involvement can make a big difference!

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