Tips and Tricks

  1. Check the inflation of your car tires. An under inflated tire can waste 5% of your cars fuel. In short, keep your tires inflated properly for better gas mileage.
  2. Wait till you have a full load to run the dishwasher. Washers use between 32 and 59 gallons of water for each cycle.
  3. Turn off the tap. A running water faucet puts 3 to 5 gallons of water down the drain every minute. Leaving the water running while brushing your teeth can cost you five gallons of water. Shaving can consume up to 14 gallons of water every time you shave.
  4. Get a tune up. A well tuned car uses 9% less gas than a poorly tuned one. That also means 9% less toxic emissions.
  5. It takes less gas to start a vehicle than to let it idle. Let your car idle more than one minute and you use more gas than turning it off and restarting it.
  6. Use rechargeable batteries whenever possible. Rechargeable cadmium batteries last much longer than alkaline batteries so they contribute less to our hazardous waste problem.  Recycle your old batteries at Home Depot.
  7. Paper or plastic? Plastic grocery bags may seem more convenient than paper but they will never completely disappear, even the ones marked “biodegradable.” Insist on paper which is not only reusable but completely degradable.
  8. Get a lot of junk mail? Don’t just throw it away, recycle it. Put it with your newspapers and make sure it gets recycled regularly. By the way, make sure you save and process your newspapers, junk mail, etc. in paper bags from your grocery store. That way everything is recyclable. Don’t have curbside recycling at home? Bring it to our recycling center in Roscoe on Saturday mornings.
  9. The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. Not only that, but all the glass you turn in for recycling is actually used to make new glass.
  10. Changing the filter on your air moving system, both heat and air conditioning, at least once a month can increase the air flowing through the system by as much as 20%, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.


Last Update: 05/22/2013