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USING ENERGY WISELY IS GOOD FOR OREGON. Pacific Power teams up with Energy Trust of Oregon to remind you that you are never too young or too old to learn how to be energy efficient. It starts by turning off lights and electronics that are not in use, using energy-efficient appliances and weatherizing your home or business. It’s called being wattsmart ® . It not only saves energy, it saves money. You’ll find great energy-saving answers and incentives to save at


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Go Green in the Kitchen

here’s eating green, cooking green, cleaning green and buying green. But when you combine and implement all of those methods into your daily kitchen routines, then you are truly living a green lifestyle. Employing energy-efficient cooking with equipment made from sustainable materials not only is important to your overall health, but also to the well-being of the environment. Green living is in your purchasing habits, too, and can affect the food you eat, the appliances you use and even the flooring you use in your kitchen. Fortunately, there are easy steps to take one at a time that will help build your kitchen into a green gourmet of sorts.


When looking to purchase a new refrigerator, dishwasher or freezer, look for the EnergyStar label to get the most bang for your buck. The logo is placed on all qualified products that meet specific standards for energy efficiency mandated by the federal government. These products exceed those minimum standards for efficiency and quality can lead to big savings on energy and costs for you in the long run. According to, EnergyStar-qualified refrigerators are 20 percent more energy-efficient than non-qualified models.


The stove is one area of wasted energy use in the kitchen. Especially on many new models, preheating is a thing of the past. You can conserve that 10-15 minutes of heating time by placing your roast in the oven immediately, and also by turning off the oven five to 10 minutes early and letting the residual heat finish off your dish. Also, consider using the microwave for smaller items that don’t require the oven. EnergyStar estimates that you can reduce cooking energy by as much as 80 percent when using the microwave instead of the oven.


Read the list on the back of your current cleaner. If you can pronounce all of the ingredients that went into making that bottle of cleaner, then you are probably using a safe product. If your dishwashing liquid, detergent or surface cleaner is comprised of petrochemicals, then you should consider the alternatives on the market. Many companies specialize in producing natural, plant-based cleaning products that are healthy for you and your family to breathe, touch and be around. There are also many recipes for DIY cleaning products using household ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda that can combine to form an all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner.



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Rain Barrels for Conservation


ater conservation is at the forefront of economic concerns for groups such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the U.S. Geological Society’s Water Census, daily per capita water use in the U.S. is 98 gallons for domestic use. This includes both indoor and outdoor use. One efficient way to conserve some of that wasted water is by using outdoor rain barrels, designed to collect and maintain harvested rain for later use. They reduce main water use, have a positive impact on both your wallet and the environment and help enhance your self-efficiency.


Stored water may be used for watering gardens, agriculture and washing cars. The EPA urges against using rain barrels for drinking, especially when other water supplies are available, inexpensive and of good quality. It takes much effort to ensure that stored water remains uncontaminated and properly filtered. But, by using simple ground rainwater tanks that can be hooked up to your home’s gutter systems, you can store hundreds of gallons of water per year that can make a big impact on optimizing your outdoor activities.



Rain barrels, if used on a small scale for outdoor use, are rather inexpensive to purchase and install. Most of the time, a homeowner can install multiple barrels without professional assistance. Simply remove the bottom portion of your gutter where

you will be placing the barrel and install the barrel underneath your exposed gutter. The barrel will catch all of the rainwater and melted snow that your gutter sends into it. Many rain barrels come equipped with a hose-hookup at the bottom, making for easy water transfer to water your garden, wash your car or spray down your home.


water-saving features in your faucets, showers and The U.S. Geological washing machines – these Society estimates that if all are the three domestic U.S. households installed areas that we rely on for water-saving features, water most of our water use. They use would decrease by 30 are also the areas that propercent, saving 5.4 billion duce the most waste gallons per day. This would because of leaky, underperalso result in an annual sav- forming systems. ings of more than $4 billion. Consider installing

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Recycle Your e-waste


e are trained from an early age the importance of recycling our paper, plastic and glass materials. But what about our electronic items?

As our infatuation with our phones, computers and televisions continues to grow, so too does the importance of properly recycling them. By choosing to throw your old electronic devices in the trash, you are sending them to sit in a landfill or to be incinerated, both of which can cause major environmental damage. Water and air pollution has been tied to this careless act, which can easily be remediated by taking advantage of your community’s clean-up days or by using programs offered by electronics retailers, recycling centers or environmental groups.


Electronic waste is any electronic device that is broken, donated, discarded or at the end of its useful life. This includes cell phones, computers, laptops, televisions, printers, scanners and any other electrical device. The United States alone produces up to 50 million tons of e-waste each year, of which only 20 to 25 percent is recycled safely. The other 75 percent ends up in landfills. These statistics, provided by, are eye-opening reminders about the importance of proper e-waste disposal.


PROPER DISPOSAL Many of the materials found in electronic devices – including lead, mercury and cadmium – are extremely hazardous. In landfills, these chemicals can leach into the soil dur-

ing rainfall or release into the atmosphere when burned. These chemicals not only can have dangerous impacts on the heath of the planet and animals, but also can cause serious respiratory problems when inhaled.

WHAT TO DO Making a difference in the area of e-waste is simple. Collect all of your old electronic materials and take them to an e-waste recycling facility. Professionals at these centers – located

across the country – are equipped with the knowledge and resources to properly recycle these devices. Earth Day Network partners with many recycling services providers and provides a searchable list of e-waste facilities.


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Earth-Conscious Gift Ideas



ave an Earth enthusiast among your family and friends? Green gifting has taken center stage, as buyers are opting for more unique options that help people lower their carbon footprint.

And just because they are creatively crafted doesn’t mean they have to be overly expensive. With a little research and open-mindedness, you can find that perfect green gift for even the quirkiest of recipients.

your friend or family member’s garden. Some specialty companies will even print personalized messages or pictures on the sides of the packets for a special touch. Opt for a perennial flower that comes up every year for an annual reminder of your gift and friendship. Seeds One of the least expensive, can also be just part of a larger gift basket filled with yet most thoughtful gift ideas can be seed packets for garden-related items. No


matter how you package them, seeds are a way of offering a sustainable gift that can keep on giving.


If available in your area, a nice bottle of local, organic wine can help bolster your gift-giving reputation. Purchasing an eco-friendly option also helps support local business owners who

brew, package and distribute the wine themselves. And with plenty of variety on the market, you should be able to find a bottle for any taste.


What better way to help support the favorite charity of your friend or family

member than by placing a sizeable donation in their name? Charities often will provide a certificate of appreciation or a documentation showing exactly how the donation was used. So no matter if the donation is $20 or $200, your special someone will take pride in the fact that their name is official attached to their favorite cause.


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Here are some great sites for your green home!

Enjoy nature and the beauty of In Lincoln City, the Indian Shores If bigger is better choose one these Salishan living when you site your home community offers lake side commons & 4 bank owned lots in a quiet area on one of two lots fronting this superb a beautiful, treed setting for two adjacent of SW Lincoln City to site your spacious golf course. MLS 14-310 & 13-1521 lots. MLS 13-1001 & 14-354 retreat or duplex. MLS 13-947+

Little in size, small in price but just right Looking to site a new business on the Hop, skip, jump on this level lot just a for the light footprint of your new home central coast? Check this Depoe Bay dbl lot couple blocks to the beach in NW Lincoln at the beach. MLS 13-1217 with wonderful ocean views. MLS 12-66 City, you’ll be so glad you did! MLS 13-2983

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Arbor Day Foundation Programs


ince 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees.

But the foundation is more than trees. It is a group of one million members, volunteers, supporters and partners, all dedicated to conserving the environment and educating the masses. Its educational programs are designed for learners of all ages and are easy to take part in. Here are a few:


This national program promotes community forestry management for cities and towns. More than 3,400 communities have met the four core standards of the program: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day. Together, more than 135 million people live in a Tree City USA, according to arborday. org.


Connecting children with nature is the goal of Nature Explore. The initiative is a collaboration between the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation, and is comprised of outdoor classroom design services, workshops and conferences, and family resources. There are


more than 200 Certified Nature Explore Classrooms across the nation, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.


More far-reaching than other programs, Rain Forest Rescue is an effort helped by donors to preserve precious

rainforests. One recent focus of the Arbor Day Foundation has been centered on Central America’s Maya Forest, which includes 13.3 million acres of tropical forest home to jaguars, macaws, eagles and monkeys, according to arborday. org. The foundation has worked closely with the locals in this area to implement sustainable forestry

and managed-logging approaches to help residents earn income while living in harmony with the forest.


When natural disasters strike, the Arbor Day Foundation provides tree relief to help restore air and water quality, as well as

beauty and shading that can be compromised by tornadoes and hurricanes. You can get involved in this vital program by donating to its Community Tree Recovery Fund, which allows the foundation to provide trees for distribution in communities when its partners in forestry are ready for that stage of disaster recovery.

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Know Your Earth


nless you pursue a geography degree in college, your formal education about the Earth generally stops in high school.

So depending on your graduation year, your Earthly knowledge may be a little rusty. Take our true-orfalse quiz below to reclaim your planetary proficiency. And challenge any children in your life to take the

quiz, as well. Just don’t be upset if they know more about the Earth than you do. The statistics were obtained from, while other facts are within this section’s previous pages.

1. The Earth contains 21 percent oxygen. 2. The Earth is the only planet to have one large satellite (the moon). 3. Venus and Jupiter are the two planets directly surrounding the Earth. 4. The Earth’s tilting motion is what gives us the seasons. 5. The Earth is 100 million miles from the sun. 6. The Earth is an exact sphere. 7. Earth Day was founded in 1960 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson. 8. Americans produce 50 million tons of e-waste every year. 9. EnergyStar refrigerators can be up to 5 percent more energy-efficient than non-EnergyStar alternatives.

10. EPA stands for Environmental Protection Agency. © FOTOLIA

Answers: 1. True; 2. True; 3. False (Venus and Mars); 4. True; 5. False (93 million miles); 6. False; 7. False (1970); 8. True; 9. False (up to 20 percent); 10. True.

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