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Tips to Waste Less

Yesterday was Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to help provide tips that you can use all year round to better our environment. We have looked to a few of our cable channels for some of our favorite ideas, including turning old t-shirts into reusable grocery bags and how to check your soil’s clay/sand ratio.

How to Improve Your Garden Soil – HGTV

A great garden, no matter if it is vegetables, flowers, etc. starts with great soil. If you have noticed that plants don’t seem to live very long in your yard or if you are just curious, try this trick for checking the sand, clay ratio of your soil.

 

Don’t Throw Those Out – Food Network

According to the USDA, “food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply.” Here are just a few easy and delicious recipes to keep in mind before throwing out those carrot tops, broccoli stems, etc.

 

How to Make a T-Shirt Bag – DIY Network

As we know, plastics are filling up our landfills, with some taking up to 1,000 years to decompose. Ditch the plastic shopping bag and grab some of those extra t-shirts that either don’t fit or have been stuffed in the back of your dresser for 10 years. There are just a few steps to turn that old shirt into a cute and reusable bag.

 

How to Make Dryer Sheets – DIY Network

While you are looking for old t-shirts to make your grocery bags, grab one more to create these simple and eco-friendly dryer sheets. Forget trying to read the list of chemicals used in dryer sheets, hoping it won’t irritate your skin. This DIY version has fewer ingredients than fingers on your right hand, plus they are reusable and customizable!

Earth Day 2018

Technology is continuing to become more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, everything from arming home security systems from an app on your phone, to your fridge texting you the grocery list. However, people are continuing to make strides in “Going Green”, or looking for ways to be eco-friendlier. Great Plains Communications has a few tips on how you can be more energy efficient in your home this Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

 

  1.  Be sure to turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

This could mean unplugging your phone charger when not charging a device, turning off your porch light when not in use and unplugging your toaster when you’ve finished making breakfast. Each of these might be a small act, but eliminating multiple devices has the power of being very effective in the quest for energy conservation.

  1.  Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescents and LED bulbs.

According to energy.gov, making the switch will result in around 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents and can last 3-25 times longer.

  1.  Wash clothes in cold water.

According to Consumer Reports, your clothes will come out just as clean using cold water as they would by using hot. Even your whites will end up cleaner than ever with cold water. Not only will you end up with a pile of freshly washed clothes, but you could end up saving an extreme amount of energy. In fact, 90% of energy you consume when running your washing machine is produced just from heating up the water for hot or warm loads.

 

These are just a few ways to make your home more energy efficient, saving you money on monthly bills and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to go green this Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to know how you plan to do so. Let us know what eco-friendly activities you have planned in the comment section on our Facebook page.

Earth Day – April 22, 2016

Technology is continuing to become more prevalent in our day-to-day lives, from making coffee in the morning, to when we turn off our lights at night. However, people are also starting to “Go Green”, by looking for ways to be more eco-friendly. Great Plains Communications has a few tips on how you can be more energy efficient in your home this Earth Day, April 22, 2016.

 

  1.  Be sure to turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

This could mean unplugging your phone charger when not charging a device, turning off your porch light when not in use and unplugging your toaster when you’ve finished making breakfast. Each of these might be a small act, but eliminating multiple devices has the power of being very effective in the quest for energy conservation.

  1.  Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescents and LED bulbs.

By making the switch, you could reduce your home’s energy use by around a third, to as much as 80%.

  1.  Wash clothes in cold water.

According to Consumer Reports, your clothes will come out just as clean using cold water as they would using hot. Even your whites will end up cleaner than ever with cold water. Not only will you end up with a pile of freshly washed clothes, but you could end up saving an extreme amount of energy. In fact, 90% of energy you consume when running your washing machine is produced just from heating up the water for hot or warm loads.

 

These are just a few ways to make your home more energy efficient, saving you money on monthly bills and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to go green this Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to know how you plan to do so. Let us know what eco-friendly activities you have planned for tomorrow in the comments below.

 

Make your Home Energy Efficient this Earth Day

As technology becomes increasingly prevalent in our society’s day-to-day routine, people often forget about simple ways of helping our planet by staying energy efficient. Great Plains Communications would like to share just a few steps you can take to make sure your home is energy efficient this Earth Day, April 22, 2015.

 

1.  Be sure to turn off all lights, appliances and electronics when not in use.

This could mean unplugging your phone charger when not charging a device, turning off your porch light when not in use and unplugging your toaster when you’ve finished making breakfast. Each of these might be a small act, but eliminating multiple devices has the power of being very effective in the quest for energy conservation.

2.  Switch your light bulbs to energy-efficient compact fluorescents and LED bulbs.

By making the switch, you could reduce your home’s energy use by around a third, to as much as 80%.

3.  Wash clothes in cold water.

According to Consumer Reports, your clothes will come out just as clean using cold water as they would using hot. Even your whites will end up cleaner than ever with cold water. Not only will you end up with a pile of freshly washed clothes, but you could end up saving an extreme amount of energy. In fact, 90% of energy you consume when running your washing machine is produced just from heating up the water for hot or warm loads.

 

These are just a few ways to make your home more energy efficient, saving you money on monthly bills and helping to reduce your carbon footprint. There are many ways to go green this Earth Day, and Great Plains Communications wants to know how you plan to do so. Let us know what echo-friendly activities you have planned for tomorrow in the comments below.