IZABELLA'S TIPS
Tips to save the environment by Izabella Hernandez.
Hi, I'm Izabella and I want to give you some tips on how we can reduce our impact on the environment. If we get better at this, there will be less litter in the world. I mean, that should be the obvious goal. Learn to live our lives and educate others to live their lives to just, you know, make less litter. Less litter created...less litter to pick up...less impact on the environment. That is the first step. Create less litter and then, help clean up the litter that is created. Let's all work on step one! Email me with more ideas! Email Izabella
 
 
TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER AT NIGHT
Everybody says to leave your computer in sleep mode, but you can save 40 watt-hours per day by turning it off at night. That's only 4 cents a day or $14 a year, but we're not trying to save money, we're trying to save the world!
 
DON'T RINSE THE DISHES
It sounds crazy, but if you skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher you can save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you're saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.
 
TELL YOUR MOM NOT TO PRE-HEAT THE OVEN
Unless she is making bread or pastries of some sort, she doesn't need to pre-heat the oven. It doesn't really doesn't make that much difference. Just tell her to turn it on when she puts the dish in. Also, when she's checking the food, tell her to look through the oven window instead of opening the door. Parents are usually pretty busy, even stay at home mom's. We should always try to help out.

EVEN DIAPERS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Did you know that by the time a kid is toilet trained, the parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, that's like 3.5 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year. Teach your parents to use cloth or a more environmentally-friendly disposable diaper, that way they are making a choice that has a more positive impact on our planet.
 
HANG DRY YOUR CLOTHES
Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes in the air. Believe it or not, the clothes will keep better color and will fit better. A cool benefit is that clothes will last longer and your parents will save money.
 
GO VEGETARIAN IF YOU CAN
I know...but the way they make meat causes lots of problems. Most of the employees at SeeMyBeach.com (That's who is helping me get my mission to help the world started) are vegetarians and they are hardcore against meat. At least try, because one less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. Listen to this! It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, that's insane! You will also save some trees because each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed. Plus, after cattle has been on the ground, it can't be used for growing food and then there is the methane gas thing. Just try to at least cut back on meat. 
 
ONLY WASH CLOTHES IN COLD OR WARM WATER
 Did you know that if all the households in the U.S. switched from hot-hot cycle to warm-cold, we could save the energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil a day. Only wash clothes when you have a full load and teach your brother to wash the clothes!
 
USE LESS PAPER NAPKINS
During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day per person. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year. Think about that!
 
USE BOTH SIDES OF YOUR PAPER
businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, that's 175 pounds per office worker! Here is how to fix this, set your printer's default option to print double-sided (it's called duplex). And when you're finished with printing documents, don't forget to take them to the recycling bin.
 
RECYCLE NEWSPAPERS
There are 63 million newspapers printed each day in the U.S. Of these, 44 million, or about 69%, will be thrown away. Recycling just the Sunday papers would save more than half a million trees every week.
 
WRAP YOUR PRESENTS CREATIVELY
You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique and cool by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give kids, younger than us, stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that's environmentally friendly and extra special for who you are giving it to!
 
AVOID BOTTLED WATER
Nearly 90% of plastic water bottles are not recycled and take thousands of years to decompose...really. Buy a reusable container and fill it with tap water, a great choice for the environment, your wallet, and probably your health. The EPA's standards for tap water are more stringent than the FDA's standards for bottled water. Add another layer
 
TAKE LESS BATHS!
Have a no-bath week, and take showers instead. Baths are awesome, but take almost twice as much water. Not only will you reduce water consumption, but the energy costs associated with heating the water. It's a win-win, except for the fun while taking a bath! We have to sacrifice for what we belive in...
 
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS
Here is a statistic for you, For every two minutes less in the shower, you conserve more than ten gallons of water. If everyone in the country saved just one gallon from their daily shower, over the course of the year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day. That's what I mean when I say that if we all do a little, it will mean a lot.
 
BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITHOUT RUNNING WATER
OK, You'll conserve up to five gallons per day if you stop letting the water run while brushing your teeth. The daily savings in the U.S. alone could add up to 1.5 billion gallons--more water than folks use in all of New York!
 
PLANT A TREE
Not everyone can do this, but if you can it's good for the air, the land, can shade your house and save on cooling and can also improve the value of your parents home. They can spend the savings on cool stuff for us! 
 
TELL YOUR PARENTS TO USE THE CRUISE CONTROL
If you are like me, you can't drive yet, but we sometimes must be guides for our parents. Let them know that when they use the cruise control the car, they can get up to 15% better mileage. Every little bit helps.
 
SECOND-HAND DOESN'T MEAN SECOND-BEST
You should consider buying items from a second-hand store when you can. Toys, bicycles, roller blades, and other age and size-specific items are quickly outgrown, so you can grab them at a cheaper price. Secondhand stores often sell these items in excellent condition since they are used for such a short period of time, and will generally buy them back when you no longer need them. What goes around comes around.
 
TELL YOUR PARENTS TO BUY LOCAL
Think about the pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever you can encourage your parents to buy from local farmers or farmers' markets. That supports the local economy and reduces the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in. Important stuff...
 

ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT
Tell your parents to adjust the thermostat one degree higher in the summer and one degree cooler in the winter. Each degree Celsius less will save about 10% on your parents energy use!
 
TELL MOM AND DAD TO USE THEIR OWN COFFEE CUP
Reusable cups not only cut down on waste, but keeps their beverage hot for a much longer time and coffee shops will fill their cup at the refill price.
 
HELP YOUR PARENTS CONSOLIDATE THEIR ERRANDS
Tell your parents to spend a few moments once a week to make a list of all the errands that need to get done, and see if they can work them into less trips.
 
 

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