HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Think your efforts at going green won't make a difference? Checkout these startling facts and figures from the folks at FOX.
1. If American households went online to view and pay theirbills, it would save over 16 million trees. Find out what servicesand options are available to you.
2. Use public transportation whenever possible. Every year,public transportation reduces gasoline consumption by 1.4 billiongallons--- that's equal to 108 million full tanks of gas.
3. If just 10 percent of U.S. households attached shut offnozzles to their outdoor hoses, we'd save enough water to fill over128,000 bathtubs - everyday.
4. Most baking instructions tell you to preheat your oven. Neverdo so for more than 10 minutes. If everybody reduced their oventime by an hour per year, we'd save enough energy to bake a billioncookies.
5. Moving your heater's thermostat down 2 degrees in winter andup two degrees in summer saves over 2,000 pounds of Co2emissions-which is over $100 on your annual energy bills.
6. Insulating your home's attic, pipes, ductwork, and floors cansave 25 percent on your energy bill. Ask a professional to helpmake your home more energy efficient.
7. In the course of a year, if everyone in the US compostedtheir kitchen scraps instead of sending them to the trash, theorganic waste diverted from landfills would cover the entire cityof San Francisco.
8. Next time you travel, consider a permanent tag for yourluggage. If travelers in the U.S. stopped using paper luggage tagsduring their trips, 60 million sheets of paper could be saved peryear.
9. Consumers will throw out about 400 million electronics thisyear. Sell, donate, or recycle your old electronics rather thanthrowing it away. Check your area for drop off locations.
10. Use leftover paper or plastic bags for your trash can. Whenone ton of plastic bags are reused, the energy equivalent of 11barrels of oil is saved, and 17 trees are spared.
11. Did you know that 40% of our energy consumption and carbonemissions come from our homes, offices, and schools? There aresimple steps you can take to reduce your energy use, save youmoney, and grow our economy. Speak to your local utility companyabout a free energy audit today.
12. Set your outside lights on timers or motion sensors.Reducing usage on a single outdoor floodlight can save you up to$120 a year in energy costs.
13. Recycle your newspapers whenever you can. Each year, 10million tons of newspaper are not recycled, but thrown away inlandfills. If we changed this habit together, we could save up to75 million trees.
14. Unplug your appliances when you're away on vacation.Residential households in the U.S. spend more than 5 billiondollars annually on standby power alone-which is 5% of all theelectricity consumed across the country.
ATTRIBUTION: Information loosely based on collective research from "Our Planet- Change is Possible" by Jeca Taudte and Tom Anderson and GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.
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