1 Green Thing: Still bored? More ‘going greener’ tips to get you away from the TV

By Jan Herbert
Rockford Park District

Whether you were “green” before the color was fashionable or whether you’re just ready to find the “shade” that works best for you, here’s information about doing just “one green thing.”

I still have a few more suggestions on how to relieve your boredom and get greener…

– Work in the garage. Clean the inside of your car (you can probably fill the recycling bin with those plastic bottles, old newspapers and such).

– Check the pressure on your tires while you are there. Fill the windshield wiper fluid. Make yourself an emergency kit bag to keep in the trunk.

– Back in the house, do a check throughout the house looking for “vampire power” usage. Anything plugged in is drawing power, so unplug unused appliances. Chronic offenders (and we all do it) include toasters, cell phone chargers and coffee pots. Where you can, put multiple items on a powerstrip you can flip off when the items are not in use. If you can see a light on it…it is using power. Come up with a game to help train yourself and the rest of your family members. It is good now, and you will be teaching a valuable lesson for the future.

– If you have the talent, fix the leak you have been ignoring. You know, the drip in the tub or that toilet that runs? Whatever you cannot accomplish yourself, call a professional. It may cost now, but you will save money in the end.

– Work on your computer. You can adjust settings for easier reading to avoid printing everything out to do so. Change your power settings to optimize battery usage and activate sleep mode after a period of activity. Call a geek friend to get you started.

For more information, e-mail Jan Herbert at JanHerbert@RockfordParkdistrict.org.

From the June 15-21, 2011 issue

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