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Success E co LIVE GREEN Kermit The Frog might sing that “It’s Not Easy Being Green” but thankfully he’s warbling about his skin color and not the environment. It’s easy to start lowering your environmental footprint with the following tips. T E X T BY SA N DY L I N D S E Y 1. 2. Electricity Save: Unplug appliances when not in use. When applicable, use a “smart” power strip that senses off appliances and cuts “phantom” energy use. Thirst Quencher: Make your next reusable water bottle aluminum. It offers better insulating properties and calcium build-up doesn’t stick to aluminum like it does to plastic. 3. Clothes Try: Wash clothes in cold water when possible. As much as 85% of the energy used to machine wash clothes goes to heating the water. Also, try to air dry clothes whenever possible. 4. Faucet Wisdom: Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet in your home and office. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high. 5. Perfect Match: Grab matches at the next restaurant or bar you visit. Most are made with recycled materials and all are biodegradable. Disposable lighters are not. 6. Tool Exchange: Share power tools and other appliances with people near you. You’ll get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things you store. 7. 8. Savvy Style: Read fashion labels and buy clothes that don’t need to be dry- cleaned. This saves on cleaning costs and cuts down on toxic chemical use. Personal Electronics: Keep your cell phones, computers and other electronics as long as possible and donate them when the time comes so they don’t end up in a landfill. 9. Recycled Hardware: If you can’t donate your old electronics, recycle them. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is an increasingly dangerous environmental problem. Tips compiled with the assistance of The Worldwatch Institute; WorldWatch.org. 44