Monday, May 24, 2010

14 Quick tips and Interesting Facts ...

It's time for some quick tips and interesting facts:
  1. Pour left-over wine into an ice cube tray and store in the freezer. When you next need wine to cook with, grab some "wine-cubes". That way, not a drop of wine is ever wasted.

  2. Bumblebees often nest in compost piles. So, when one is spotted emerging, try not to disturb them ... they pollinate a wide variety of plants, they won't sting unless provoked, and they naturally die off in the fall.

  3. In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.

  4. Even though approximately one-half of beverage containers are recycled annually, Americans trash more than 270 million beer and soft drink bottles every day.

  5. Looking for an environmentally conscious spouse or friend? Try joining local "green" groups to meet people of like mind.

  6. Rather than give cut flowers, give potted plants (organic, of course).

  7. Cleaning your dryer's lint filter can slash its energy usage by as much as 30%.

  8. Every week about 20 species of plants and animals become extinct.

  9. Rain Forests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.

  10. Staying within the speed limit and smoothly accelerating can save up to 25% of a vehicle's typical gasoline use.

  11. Bamboo, which now can be found in many products (even clothing), is a sustainable material which has natural antibacterial and odor prevention properties ... and, because of it's porous texture, can keep one cool on a hot day and warm in the winter.

  12. Open a box/package of bar soap on one end and let it dry out for a few weeks before using it. This removes the excess moisture content from the soap and makes the bar last longer.

  13. Going on vacation? Remember to turn off the water heater ... and save energy!

  14. According to NOAA, an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil (5,000 barrels) a day is still leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (that after the initial "fix").

Do you have any tips and/or facts to share?

As always, I would love to hear from you!