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MLK Day of Service Event
Energy Saving Tips
MoCo Green Fest
Calendar of Area Events
Glenmont Local Park Clean-Up
Jan. 18, 2016
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE IS HERE AGAIN! ... and Green Wheaton is leading an event in Wheaton
at Glenmont Local Park
Come on out for some fun and fresh air, meet your neighbors and take active ownership in your local park!
Location: 3201 Randolph Rd, Wheaton, MD 20906
Near Wheaton High School
Date: Mon. Jan. 18, 2015
Time: 10am - 12pm
Sign up on Eventbrite
Gloves and trashbags will be provided. Dress warmly/ appropriately, with comfortable shoes. The clean-up will take place rain or shine.
Contact GreenWheaton with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
(everyone is welcome - feel free to just show up
- but we'd love to know your coming)
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Recycling Made Easy
Did you know:
69% of plastic bottles don't get recycled?
45% of aluminum cans end up in the garbage?
Did you know that recycling:
1 glass bottle saves enough energy to power a 100-watt lighbulb for 4 hours?
1 aluminum can will power your computer for 3 hours?
Maybe it's time to rethink recycling.
Take the pledge to make a difference in 3 easy steps with Recycle Often, Recycle Right:
1) Recycle all my empty bottles, cans, and dry paper.
2) Keep food and liquids out of my recycling.
3) Keep loose plastic bags out of my recycling (take them to the grocery store instead)
MoCo DEP Div. of Solid Waste Services has great resources for you to handle household hazardous waste, learn about EcoWise, get free paint, extensive donation options, electronics recycling, vegetable oil collection, textile and scrap metal recycling, as well as a book donation program. Check it out online
Save More Energy in 2016
Residential Energy Saving Tips
Learn 15 Things That Will Empower You To Save Money
- CFLs use 75% less electricity than incandescents, last up to 10 times longer and can save you up to $65 over the life of the light bulb.
2) WASHING MACHINES - In top-loading washing machines, use cold water to save energy and up to $63 a year. Detergents formulated for cold water get clothes just as clean.
- When not in use, unplug your TV. A plasma TV left plugged in costs an estimated $159.76 annually.
4) SHOWERHEAD - Install a low-flow shower head to achieve savings of 25%-60%. Showers use less hot water than baths; also consider taking shorter showers.
- When not in use, unplug your laptop. Left plugged in, it costs an estimated $15.90 annually.
6) WATER HEATER - Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees). You'll not only save energy, you'll reduce the risk of scalding.
7) GAMING SYSTEM
- When not in use, unplug your gaming system. A game console left plugged in costs an estimated $25.73 annually.
8) DISHWASHER - Wash only full loads of dishes, air dry and use cold water if possible. If washing dishes by hand, do larger piles at a time and remember not to leave water running in between.
- Windows account for 10%-25% of your energy bill. During the summer your air conditioner must work harder to cool hot air from sunny windows. Use curtains or shades to give your air conditioner and energy bill a break.
10) CEILING FANS - Ceiling and other fans provide additional cooling and better circulation so you can raise the thermostat and cut down on air conditioning costs.
11) AUTO TIRES
- Pump up your tires; properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by 3%.
12) WALK - You can save up to $115 per year on gasoline costs by reducing your miles driven 5% through biking, taking public transportation, walking or combining trips.
- Turning your thermostat back 10%-15% for 8 hours can save as much as 10% on your energy bill. Using a programmable thermostat makes this a user-friendly process.
14) LIGHTS - The average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting. Turn off lights when not in use. Wasted energy is wasted money.
- Set refrigerator temperatures between 37 and 40 degrees (F) and clean coils. Keep the refrigerator full; when the refrigerator is stocked, less cold air is lost when the door is opened.
Through energy efficiency and renewable energy incentive programs, Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) saves money for Maryland residents every year, and furthers the Governor's EmPOWER Maryland goal of reducing power consumption statewide 15 percent by 2015