|Did you know that your house may be full of energy vampires? These “vampires” are appliances and electronics that continue to suck electricity even when they are switched off! The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that 10 percent of the electricity used in an average home is consumed by products that go into stand-by mode when not in use. According to ABC News, a typical family spends $120 dollars per year on the electricity used by vampire appliances such as cable and DVR boxes, and video game consoles.
This month, Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Committee has launched a “Vampire Energy” campaign to help Wellesley residents identify these energy-wasting devices and stop them in their tracks! This campaign features conservation tips that will help Wellesley residents lower energy use and save money–and bring the town closer to the goal of lowering energy usage by 10 percent by 2013.
Wellesley Green Schools has created a homework assignment for the public, parochial, and private school students in kindergarten through grade 6 to coach their families in finding and zapping these “vampires.” Follow these simple steps to rid your home of energy vampires:
Nothing says, “Welcome home” like a stack of junk mail!
Wellesley resident Jessica Langerman returned from vacation last month and faced a huge pile of unwanted catalogues, ads, and solicitations.
Jessica set to work and discovered that with a little determination, you can get off the commercial mailing lists that data brokers use to sell your personal information. You will no longer have to waste time handling unwanted mail, and you will be doing something positive for the environment. The production and distribution of bulk mail has a shockingly negative impact on the planet, contributing to deforestation, landfill mass, and the waste of billions of gallons of water.
There are a number of web-based organizations that can help you by removing your name from the databases of direct marketers.
Here are a few:
CatalogChoice.org offers a free service online–just go to the web site to sign up. The organization also offers a free app for the iPhone called MailStop Mobile, which allows you to take a picture of a piece of unwanted mail and upload it automatically.
PaperKarma.com is another free iPhone app that allows you to simply take a photo of unwanted junk mail and automatically upload.
41pounds.org is named for the 41 pounds of junk mail each American is estimated to receive every year. For a fee, this organization will contact 20 to 30 direct mail companies and have your name removed from their mailing lists.
The satisfaction of reclaiming your privacy while benefitting the environment could make opening your mailbox a little more pleasurable!
Many Local Businesses Have Signed up for Wellesley’s Power To Choose Program
Perhaps your office, studio, store, restaurant, etc. is wondering where to start or what they can do next to lower their carbon footprint?
Be the sustainable champion in your work environment.
Signing up for renewable energy is an easier start. Next you can learn how businesses have less impact with “green” paper supplies, office products, cleaning supplies and much more.
Learn more about what eco certification / cooperation can mean for you business at email@example.com.