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  What Can You Do?

  1. Visit the Museum and see Running the Numbers.
  2. Bring in your plastic bottle tops to the Museum.
  3. Take action to be more sustainable. Compliments of the SBparent.com
    “Going Green” e-newsletter here are some “Green Tips” from the Community Environmental Council.

CEC logoLooking to reduce your energy consumption? Here are Green Tips from the
Community Environmental Council

CEC's new website provides information on easy steps to green your life, as well as deeper green suggestions for those ready for bigger changes. Here is an abbreviated list. For detailed information visit www.CECSB.org, and look for the Take Action and Resources pages.

  • Replace your light bulbs and turn off the lights - CFLs are three times more efficient and last 10 times longer than incandescents.
  • Drive less and get a more efficient car - carpool, take the bus or train, trip chain to eliminate unnecessary driving, ride a bike or walk, or telecommute or use flex time.
  • Find and eliminate phantom loads - Appliances use energy even in standby mode. Use a power strip to easily turn off items when they aren't in use.
  • Reduce your waste - Eliminate disposable water bottles, plastic bags, and other unnecessary purchases from your life. Bottled water uses as much energy to reach you as if it was a quarter filled up with oil! If Californians cut our plastic bag use in half, we'd save 2,000 barrels of oil a day and keep plastic out of our oceans.
  • Conserve water- Running the tap for five minutes can use as much energy as running a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours — depending on where the water comes from. Most of us realize that it takes energy to heat water, but we don’t think about the energy needed to pump, treat and transport it. In fact, according to the California Energy Commission, each year 19 percent of all electricity, 32 percent of all natural gas and 80 million gallons of diesel fuel are used statewide for water-related activities.

Fix leaks, install low flow shower heads, low flush toilets and faucet aerators. Use laundry machines and dishwashers sparingly and practice smart landscaping.

 

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