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Neighbors of DuPage

Green tips from the Lisle Park District

May 22, 2015 10:25AM ● By Katelyn Nelson

Save energy

o       Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save heating and cooling costs.

o       Install Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

o       Turn off lights and televisions when not in use.

o       Unplug appliances when not in use.

o       Use a drying rack or clothesline to dry your clothes.

Save water

o       Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.

o       Take shorter showers.

o       Landscape with native plants.

o       Use a rain barrel to conserve water.

Skip the bottled water

o       Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water.

o       Use a reusable water bottle when working out, or at work.

Think before you buy and shop smart

o       Use a reusable or cloth shopping bag for all your shopping needs. Keep them in the car so they are always handy.

o       You can recycle all your old plastic shopping bags at most grocery stores.

o       Buy in bulk when possible to save trips to the store.

o       Choose ECO-friendly options when available (i.e.—cleaning products, personal care).

Reduce your landfill utilization

o       Keep your cell phones, computers and other electronics as long as possible. Recycle them responsibly when the time comes.

o       Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes.

o       Start composting.

o       Recycle according to guidelines set by your municipality.

o       Recycle all your paper in the paper retriever bin located at the Community Center.