Environmental Club Did You Know... Listed below are monthly ways you can “reduce, reuse, and recycle”. November Did you know that if every home in the United States replaced just one light bulb with one ENERGY STAR light bulb enough energy would be saved to light 3 million homes for one year, $600 million dollars annually in energy costs would be saved, and greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of 800,000 cars would be prevented? ENERGY STAR light bulbs use 75% less energy than conventional light bulbs saving $30 or more over the lifetime of the light bulb. You can make a difference by changing just one light bulb! Energy STAR light bulbs December Did you know that each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide? Billions end up as litter each year. In New York City alone if every person used one less plastic grocery bag each year, solid waste would decrease by 109 tons and save over $11,000 in disposal costs. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them. Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food. Please consider purchasing an environmentally friendly reusable grocery shopping bag for $1 from a member of the Environmental Club! Sources: Sierra Club, reusablebags.com January Did you know that each of us produces approximately 4 ½ lbs. of trash per day? Used paper and paper products make up the largest proportion of our trash (about 40%). It takes approximately 3688 pounds of wood, 28 billion Btus of energy, 216 pounds of lime, 76 pounds of ash, 360 pounds of salt cake, and 24,000 gallons of water to make just one ton of virgin, bleached paper. Please recycle, reuse, or reduce your use of paper whenever possible! Source: Connecticut DEP February Did you know that only 31% of plastic beverage containers are recycled? You can have a positive effect on the environment when you: (1) Reduce the amount of plastic that is discarded by recycling, (2) Reuse plastic containers by refilling just once to cut your use in half, and (3) Recycle all plastic food containers! Source: US Environmental Protection Agency March Did you know that Americans use 100 million steel cans and 200 million aluminum soda cans every day? Many of these cans end up in landfills as waste. Steel can be recycled and reused in new cars, steel girders for building, and of course food cans. It takes only 60 days for recycled aluminum cans to reappear on grocery shelves as a beverage can! Source: http://www.eia.doe.gov April Did you know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data for 2006 indicates that only 30.7% of glass beverage containers were recycled in the United States? Glass totaled 5.3% of all the solid waste produced in 2006 and glass is 100% recyclable! In as little as 30 days, recycled glass will reappear on the grocery shelf. Additionally, glass can be recycled over and over again without compromising the quality of the glass. You can make a difference by placing you glass containers in the recycling bin rather than the trash can. Source: http://www.gpi.org/recycling/ May Did you know that newspapers account for 6.5% of our municipal waste and are completely recyclable? Recycled newspapers are reused as paper, shingles, animal bedding, and insulation. Please do your part and recycle newspapers! http://www.des.state.nh.us/factsheets/sw/sw-11.htm Summer Did you know that by turning the air conditioner setting 1 degree warmer, you can save 3% in energy costs for each degree? So…if you set the air conditioner for 75 degrees instead of 72 you will save 9% in energy costs to cool your home!