It’s fun to light up a lantern or pumpkin on Halloween night, but would you leave them on all year? Some devices (TVs, coffee makers, printers, computers, and electric clocks) are always active …and they’re quietly sucking up energy. Spooooooky! Unplug these energy vampires (that’s a real term) until you actually use them. You could see a lower electric bill as well!
How do you rate? Do you…
o make a list beforehand
o use fewer one-use produce bags
o buy local
o buy in season
o buy less meat
o bring your own grocery bags
o buy less plastic/individually wrapped items
o extra credit: walk, bike, carpool to the store
Celery level (you checked 1-2): Great start! Try something else on your next trip!
Lime level (3-5): Pat yourself on the back and keep up the good work!
Zucchini level (6 or more) You’re amazing! Please share your tips with the rest of us!
Any other eco-ideas for the grocery?
Like all other steel or aluminum cans, empty aerosol cans are recyclable, which could give you added incentive to finish up that can of whipped cream! Can you recycle these curbside? Check your local recycling guidelines- in my county they go to scrap metal recycling.
bug spray & sunscreen
degreasers (like WD40)
What happens to these cans in their next life? Picture a world of recycled bike and car parts, rebar and steel beams, appliances, and- yep- new cans (some of which are already 25% recycled metal).