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"We are living at a crucial time, where the balance of nature and weather are in constant change. Can you make a difference? You bet you can!!"

                                                                                 Kevin Barnes, Eco Entertainer


Kevin in Costa Rica

Kevin in Costa Rica


100 Eco Tips for the Environment

1.       Buy Products that are recycled, recyclable, reliable, repairable, refillable, and reusable.

2.       Reuse your grocery bags, or buy reusable cloth or canvas bags that you can reuse.

3.       Use mugs instead of disposable cups, cloth towels instead of paper towels.

4.       Use cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.

5.       Reuse newspapers to clean windows and mirrors instead of paper towels.

6.       Buy in bulk to avoid over packaging.

7.       Buy reusable plastic containers instead of using aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

8.       Read labels and research the products you buy.

9.       Buy rechargeable batteries and a charger.

10.     Limit or eliminate your use of disposable items.

11.     Use pump sprays instead of aerosols.

12.     Buy recycled paper products, including stationery and greeting cards.

13.     Buy recycled plain tissue paper and paper towels. Dyed and bleached paper pollutes.

14.     Buy products that will last.

15.     Mend and repair rather than discard and replace.

16.     Buy beverages in returnable containers, avoid non-recyclable containers.

17.     Reduce consumption wherever possible.

18.     Avoid impulse buying. Read labels and research the products you plan to buy.


19.     Share rides to work or school.

20.     To improve fuel economy, keep your car tires inflated to the proper pressure.

21.     Rotate tires every 7500 miles.

22.     Ride a bike, walk and use public transportation.

23.     Tune up your car regularly for maximum gas mileage.

24.     Donít speed; accelerate and slow down gradually.

25.     Buy a fuel-efficient car @ 35 miles per gallon or consider a hy-brid.

Energy Efficiency

26.     Donít use electric tools and appliances when hand-operated ones will do the job.

27.     Turn off lights when leaving a room.

28.     Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.  They use ľ of the energy.

29.     Air dry laundry when possible.

30.     Avoid keeping refrigerator or freezer to cold.

         Recommended temperature for fresh food is 38 degrees F. And for freezers itís 5 degrees F.

31.     Insulate your basement, attic and other areas.

32.     Keep lighting fixtures and light bulbs clean and free of dust. Save energy and bulb life.

33.     Use an automatic setback thermostat, to turn down heat when youíre not home and at night.

34.     Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.

35.     Capture free solar heat in the winter by opening curtains on south windows on sunny days.

36.     Close off unused areas of you home, and shut off heat vents.

37.     Ask your utility company for an energy audit to find energy waste in your home.

38.     Compare Energy Guide labels when buying new appliances.

39.     Install storm window or thermo pane window.

40.     Keep dryer lint screen clean.

41.     Run your dishwasher only when full, and use the energy-saver cycle.

42.     Use small electric pans and microwave ovens to reduce energy use.

43.     Donít leave unused T.V.ís or radios turned on.

44.     Use existing natural daylight before turning on lights.

45.     Read more books verses T.V. games.

46.     Avoid air-conditioning use as much as possible.

47.     Change air filters on a regular basis (monthly is suggested)

48.     RECYCLE-paper, aluminum, glass and plastics if possible.

49.     Plant trees. The shade can save energy.

50.     Do not let water run when its not actively in use for showering, brushing teeth, etc.


51.     Start an organic garden.

52.     Shop at local farmers market. Food is fresh, less packaging and less preservatives.

53.     Consider eating less meat. Meat production consumes a lot of energy, water and food.

Toxins and Pollutants

54.     Instead of ammonia-based cleaners, use vinegar and water, or baking soda and water.

55.     Donít use excessive amounts of detergent. Presoak dirty laundry.

56.     Use latex and other water-based paints instead of toxic enamel or oil-based paints.

57.     To remove rust, rub spots briskly with a piece of crumpled aluminum foil, shiny side up.

58.     Instead of toxic mothballs, use cedar chips.

Water Conservation

59.     To save water and energy, take short showers instead of baths.

60.     Water lawns and gardens at night to limit evaporation and save water.

61.     Install water-conserving showerheads and aerators on sink faucets.

62.     Repair leaks and drips as soon as possible.

63.     Use a broom to clean off driveways.

64.     Use a bucket of water to wash your bike or family car.

Preservation of Life and Environment

65.     Donít litter; pick up litter you see.

66.     Rent or borrow items you donít use often.

67.     Avoid products made from tropical rain forest woods, such as mahogany or teak.

68.     Compost your yard waste, fruit and vegetable peelings into rich garden dirt.

69.     Donít smoke.. Add years to your life, save thousands of dollars.

70.     Volunteer your time for a good cause now and then.

Philosophy and More!

71.     Buy eggs in cardboard containers not Styrofoam.

72.     Start a recycling program at your school or job.

73.     Educate your friends about the environment.

74.     Write a letter to the editor about your environmental concerns

75.     Talk to friends, relatives and co-workers about Earth Day.

76.     Plan an environmental activity for your club or scout troop, such as recycling.

77.     Join an environmental organization.

78.     Research environmental legislation, and write to your representatives and Congressmen.

79.     Reduce stress, play, slow down, laugh out loud, enjoy scrabble and games with friends.

80.     Before opening the refrigerator, know what you want.

81.     Buy products from companies that donít pollute or damage the environment.

82.     Notify radio and television stations of newsworthy stories of environmental impact.

83.     Appreciate and choose, when possible, meaningful work rather than just making a living.

84.     Breathe deep.

85.     Appreciate all forms of life around you.

86.     Plant fruit and nut trees.

87.     Avoid products that contain CFCs.

88.     For insects, use natural pest control products.

89.     Fix it- donít replace it (Thanks Grandpa).

90.     Consider a career in the environmental sciences.

91.     Use solar energy.

92.     Turn off lights every time you leave a room.

93.     Use ceiling fans.

94.     Use cold or warm water settings on your washing machine.

95.     Donate clothes, old furniture and appliances to charity.

96.     Stop your flow of junk mail.

97.     Use electric lawn mowers and weed cutters, gas ones pollute badly.

98.     Plant a garden and flowers too.

99.     Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.

100.  Copy this list and give it to a friend.   Remember you can make a difference, Thank you!

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