Recycle: Request your Big Blue rolling recycle bin from the City of Dallas. Dial 311 to have yours delivered.
Reduce and Reuse: Be a green shopper by reducing consumption first, then look for packaging that can be reused and recycled.
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: CFLs use 75-80% less electricity to make the same amount of light, last up to 10 hours long, and give off 70% less heat.
Be Water Wise: Install low-flow toilet fixtures and/or place a plastic bottle of water in the tank to reduce the water used with each flush.
Go Paperless: Receive and pay your bills online.
Unplug: Everything you leave plugged in for convenience draws energy, even when not in use.
Rainwater: Collect rainwater for landscape irrigation.
HVAC Maintenance: Replace filters regularly. Install a programmable thermostat. Have a technician inspect and repair the unit twice yearly.
GREEN terms to know:
Alternative Energy: From sources that do not produce harmful emissions. For example, the sun, wind, or running water.
Environmental Impact: Any change to the environment, harmful or helpful.
Gray Water: Any dish, shower, sink, or laundry water used. It may be reused for purposes such as landscape irrigation.
Green: The movement that incorporates environmental awareness, social responsibility, and bioregionalism.
Nonrenewable Resource: A natural resource that can't be replenished because the rate of formation is slower than the rate of consumption.
Sustainability: Economic activity that meets the present needs of a company without compromising the future while serving and protecting the environment.