Green News: December—a great time to save the environment

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.

DECEMBER, a great time to save the environment.

In the “olden days” when you went to bed during the holiday season, you turned out all the Christmas lights before doing so. Everybody knew they were unsafe (check the statistics about how many fires they start) as well as it being costly to be running lights all night. As the years have gone by, more often than not, you can see just as many decorations on the outside of homes at 4 a.m. as you can at 7 p.m. With rate increases coming, it is a lot smarter to purchase a timer and make sure the lights are OFF at your home or business!

The last thing my mom did before going to bed was to lower the thermostat. Nowadays, you don’t even have to think about it. Just purchase a set-back thermostat! Even a few degrees will show in your utility bills AND save the environment.

Don’t feel bad about purchasing a live tree! For every tree cut, two or three more are planted. And most fake trees are made from dreaded products. However, when the holiday is over, be sure your tree makes it to the recycling place for chipping. Or you might consider purchasing a potted tree that can be planted in your yard when spring arrives.

The University of Illinois Extension web site reports: “In 1856, Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States, was the first President to place a Christmas tree in the White House.” The site also says, “Teddy Roosevelt banned the Christmas tree from the White House for environmental reasons.”

From the Dec. 13-19, 2006, issue

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