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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Naturopathic Family Health
Five Branches University
Oak Meadow Dental Center
Eucalyptus Dinner Series, Raw Foods
The Bay Area Pain & Wellness Center
Bikram Yoga Mountain View
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Burrell School Vineyards & Winery
Harrell Remodeling, Inc.
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The Sobrato Cancer Center
Ta’s Healing Center
Church of Scientology Los Gatos
Healthy Smiles Dental Care
Cinnabar Health Collective
HLD Group Landscape Architecture
VitaClay Rice & Slow Cookers
Classic Homeopathy, Sandra Kamiak
Lori McIntosh Photography
Waldorf School of the Peninsula
Dr. Davydova’s Dental Office
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Published on Jun 19, 2011
Published on Jun 19, 2011
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