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Enviro-Mich message from "John Rebers" <jrebers@nmu.edu>

Here are suggestions from http://an-inconvenient-truth.com/whatyoucando.html

The web site has fancier formatting than below.

You can also go to Go to
for more information about what individuals can do to make a difference in
the environment.

What You Can Do

	Buy energy-saving appliances.
Look for the ?ENERGY STAR? label when you shop. Visit www.energystar.gov for
more information.

	Install efficient shower heads.
Or at least clean your older shower head to help reduce carbon dioxide
emissions and water use

	Lower the temperature in your hot water tank to 120 degrees.

	Insulate your home, hot water heater, and all water pipes.

	Recycle cans, bottles, paper, plastic, and newspapers to reduce
carbon dioxide emissions. If your community doesn?t offer recycling
services, request them.

	Buy products that are made of recycled materials.
Including recycled paper for your printer.

	Keep car tires inflated.
This cuts down on fuel costs, unnecessary emissions, and lengthens the life
of your tires.

	If buying a new car, invest in a hybrid.
If you live in a city and do a lot of stop-and-go driving, the new hybrids
are a great way to help cut back on emissions.

	Plant deciduous trees around your home to increase shade and lower
carbon amounts. Reforestation ? even in your own back yard ? is one of the
best ways to balance your personal emissions.

	Invest in ?Green Power? for electricity in your home.
See www.epa.gov/greenpower for more information.

John Rebers
From: owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
[mailto:owner-enviro-mich@great-lakes.net] On Behalf Of Sarah Alexis
Sent: Monday, November 20, 2006 9:26 AM
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: E-M:/ Ideas Consumers Can Truly Use

I joined this list not because I am well-educated on all things
environmental, but because I want to learn more, understand better, and
ultimately help save our planet.  I've found very little information how to
begin to do that, and I'm hoping for some help.  Unfortunately, I don't have
the money to install solar panels on my roof, replace all of my
appliances, or any of the more costly options available to homeowners.  What
I can do is remind my kids to turn off the lights; have leaky faucets fixed
immediately; turn the furnace down at night or when I'm not home.
Surely there are people on this list who know more than that - what can I
do, in a way that is either free or inexpensive, or at the very least will
be extremely cost effective, to help make my home and/or vehicle a little
more eco-friendly?

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