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Summer Eco-fun

Sources: www.epa.gov, consumerenergycenter.org, www.begreeninfo.com, thedailygreen.com, organicauthority.com, greenlivingonline.com, majorenergyservices.com

tidbits

Green Tips

It’s summertime and the living is easy, according to George Gershwin’s famous song. There’s no reason it can’t be eco-friendly, too. These Green Tips will help you enjoy summer while downsizing your carbon footprint. BY Erin yasuda soto

fill ‘er up

green grilling

bug off

Steer clear of bug sprays that contain DEET, which is harmful to the environment. Try natural alternatives instead, such as sprays containing evergreen, lemongrass, or eucalyptus.

When it’s barbecue time, use a propane or electric grill instead of charcoal or wood, which pollute the air. To stay out of the kitchen altogether, consider purchasing an outdoor solar stove or oven.

sunscreen

Take special precautions while refueling your car on hot days, when harmful gasoline vapors are at their highest. High ozone days are the worst days to fill up. If you must, go to the gas station in the early morning or after dark.

summer pass

Slathering on sunscreen is key for skin care, but avoid using sunscreens that contain chemicals such as oxybenzone. A natural, mineral-based sunscreen is better for your skin and the environment.

safety

When planning a picnic at the park or beach, use reusable dinnerware, cups, and cloth napkins. If you must use disposables, then buy only compostable dinnerware and be sure to compost it.

pitch the

plastic

pool pointer

Avoid running your pool filter longer than necessary. Run it for only four to five hours at off-peak times. You’ll reduce your annual electricity consumption by 40 to 50 percent.

Boating on a lake is one of summer’s great pleasures, but to limit water pollution, fill your motor’s tank slowly so you don’t spill gasoline. Also, reduce the amount of time that you spend idling.

boat smart

Got kids? Get them a Youth Summer Blast pass from the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Kids 17 and under get unlimited rides on VTA buses and trains until September 1 for just $75. It’s a perfect way for kids to get to summer jobs, the movies, and the mall, without burning gas or borrowing your car.

Listen to Eucalyptus Magazine’s daily green tips on the radio at MIX 106.5 and 94.5 KBAY.

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Eucalyptus Magazine, July-August 2011  
Eucalyptus Magazine, July-August 2011  

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