Burlington, Vermont is known for being one of the top eco-friendly cities in the U.S. There are several resources in Burlington and throughout the state of Vermont that support a “green” environment and are doing something active toward making our environment more eco-friendly. Listed below are just a few of those resources:
VERMONT GREEN RESOURCES
Vermont Gas: In addition to their Energy Audit program, they have numerous tips to increase energy efficiency in your home.
Burlington Electric Department (BED): Numerous tips & resources to increase energy efficiency in your home or business.
Efficiency Vermont: Provides technical assistance and financial incentives to Vermont households and business to increase their energy efficiency.
Vermont Woods Studios: Eco Friendly, Organic Wood Furniture store in Vermont
Seventh Generation: Burlington, VT based company that develops eco-friendly home cleaning products.
The Green Life: An eco-friendly online shopping site out of Burlington, VT that only sells “green” products. The site includes products that are sustainable, recycled, upcycled, or made of eco-friendly materials like organic cotton or bamboo.
University of Vermont Office of Sustainability: News, Calendar and Blog that promotes environmental responsibility.
VERMONT GREEN ARTICLES
Ecowatch.com: Article about Burlington, VT becoming First U.S. City to Run on 100% Renewable Electricity
Forbes.com: Article – In Pictures: America’s Greenest (And Least Green) States
Below are some tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint on our planet:
- Reduce. Avoid unnecessary consumption.
- Reuse. Buy items that are reusable and reuse them. Before you throw it away ask yourself, can I reuse this wrapping paper?
- Recycle. Recycling reduces landfill and saves resources.
- Don’t use laundry detergent that contain harsh chemicals. Find environmentally friendly powder or liquid detergents or buy a Miracle Wash Laundry ball.
- Try to shower under 5 minutes. A 10 minute shower will waste enough water to fill a pool over the course of a year! You can save more than 16,000 liters of water, $90 on the water bill and $150 on gas by taking shorter showers.
- Reduce your toilet flushes. A single flush toilet can use up to 12 litres of water. Follow the old adage – If it’s yellow, let it mellow….if it’s brown, flush it down.
- Wash your dishes by hand more often. A dishwasher can use more than 40 liters of water per cycle. Filling the sink and washing your dishes by hand can save lots of water and reduce your water bill.
- Go solar! Use the sun’s rays to heat your water and run your electricity. Although there is the expense of buying the solar panels, it will pay itself off in about 2 years and reduce your carbon footprint!
- Use LED or CFL bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. The electricity used over the lifetime of a single incandescent bulb costs 5 to 10 times the original purchase price of the bulb itself. Light Emitting Diode (LED) and Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) bulbs have revolutionized energy-efficient lighting.
- Turn off your TV and all electronic appliances at the power point when you aren’t using them and when you go to sleep at night.
- Plant trees around your home. Trees help to clean the atmosphere by extracting carbon dioxide from it. Use plants inside and around your home. Plants not only lower greenhouse emissions and provide habitats for wildlife, they can also lower home energy costs by keeping your place cool.
- Eliminate all petrol-powered mowers, blowers, and trimmers. This will cut as much air pollution as taking a quarter of the nation’s vehicles off the road!!
- Resist the temptation to open the oven door to check on cooking progress. Every time you do so, up to 25% of the heat escapes.
- Make your next computer a laptop. You’ll consume up to 90% less energy than a desktop computer.
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