Green choices—environmentally responsible alternatives

For everything you do, there’s a green choice that’s good for you AND the environment. Here, you’ll find information about how people, companies and organizations are embracing “GREEN TECHNOLOGY” and discovering environmentally responsible alternatives to older technology.

Are you confused by all the talk about hybrid cars? To make it simple, any vehicle that combines two or more sources of power that can directly or indirectly provide propulsion power is a “hybrid.” Most are a cross between a gasoline-powered car and an electric car. While you may think there are huge savings, there are trade-outs when making the purchase of a hybrid car. Examine the alternatives very closely so when you make the purchase, you understand the environmental statement you are making.

To help you make your decision go to If you want to learn how hybrid cars actually “work,” visit your local library or the “How Stuff Works” Web site at ) or the U.S. Department of Energy’s site at The Concerned Scientists group offers information at . They also report … “The United States currently imports over 60 percent of our oil products.” Wow.

There are simple ways, however, to “save” on energy costs. The following calculations show just how important just a little recycling can be:

A six-pack of recycled aluminum cans saves enough energy to drive a car 5 miles. (San Diego County Office of Education)

Recycling a 1-gallon plastic milk jug will save enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for 11 hours. (Society of Plastics Industry)

Recycling a 1-foot-high stack of newspapers saves enough electricity to heat a home for 17 hours. (Weyerhauser)

Imagine all that “energy” could be going out in your trash each week! Consider making a conscious decision to toss those items into a recycling bin. Your grandchildren will thank you for the world they are going to live in.

From the July 12-18, 2006, issue

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