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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-11-07 04:41 PM
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47. Let me ask what you do to cut back energy (and water) usage
I have always lived in water-rich places. I know, however, that water is a resource and I respect it and don't waste it; the same with oil or other energy sources. I:

1) carpool or take the bus almost exclusively, unless I walk
2) do not water my lawn
3) have a low flush toilet
4) do not use a dishwasher (uses more water than washing by hand)
5) re-use as much water as possible (e.g., water houseplants with water from peoples' water glasses, etc.)
6) do not use air conditioning and turn the heat down or off at night
7) keep my recycling down by drinking tap water, re-using water and coffee cups and glasses at work
8) attempt to use everything from plastic bags to other sides of sheets of paper at least twice. I boycott Starbucks, partly because of packaging issues
9) turn off all electricity I am not using
10) unplug small appliances during the day (toaster, etc.)

A lot of energy in the SW is generated by hydro-electric power. It breaks my heart to see Las Vegas and all the waste - not just lights, but the swimming pools and air conditioning, and cars.

What are you doing?

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