Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day 2011

Happy Earth Day everybody! Earth Day Is About Working Together to Safeguard Our Planet! I started my Earth Day early: had to be up at 4am to run Saki Tumi out to the airport for her flight to St. Petersburg, then it was back home to blog and tweet and facebook and... looky here! Even Google observes Earth Day!

Here are a bunch of EARTH DAY 2011 Freebies, Steals & Deals!

On April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, over 20 million people participated in about 2,000 colleges and universities, 10,000 primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of cities across the United States.

Earth Day falls on Friday, and if nothing else, it will be a day here in New York to wish for the return of spring sunshine and a chance to ride bikes, hose off the windows, clean out the car or putter in the garden.
This simple stuff will save energy -- and money -- right now.


1. Unplug

* Unplug seldom-used appliances, like an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage that contains just a few items. You may save around $20 every month on your utility bill.

* Unplug your chargers when you're not charging. Every house is full of little plastic power supplies to charge smartphones, PDA's, digital cameras, cordless tools and other personal gadgets. Keep them unplugged until you need them.

* Use power strips to switch off televisions, home theater equipment, and stereos when you're not using them. Even when you think these products are off, together, their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.

2. Set Computers to Sleep and Hibernate

* Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity. In Windows, the power management settings are found on your control panel. Mac users, look for energy saving settings under system preferences in the apple menu.

* Configure your computer to "hibernate" automatically after 30 minutes or so of inactivity. The "hibernate mode" turns the computer off in a way that doesn't require you to reload everything when you switch it back on. Allowing your computer to hibernate saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch.

3. Take Control of Temperature

* Set your thermostat in winter to 68 degrees or less during the daytime, and 55 degrees before going to sleep (or when you're away for the day). During the summer, set thermostats to 78 degrees or more. (Click here for a more detailed summer energy-saving tip.)

* Use sunlight wisely. During the heating season, leave shades and blinds open on sunny days, but close them at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows. Close shades and blinds during the summer or when the air conditioner is in use or will be in use later in the day.

* Set the thermostat on your water heater between 120 and 130 degrees. Lower temperatures can save more energy, but you might run out of hot water or end up using extra electricity to boost the hot water temperature in your dishwasher.

4. Use Appliances Efficiently

* Set your refrigerator temperature at 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit; your freezer should be set between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the power-save switch if your fridge has one, and make sure the door seals tightly. You can check this by making sure that a dollar bill closed in between the door gaskets is difficult to pull out. If it slides easily between the gaskets, replace them.

* Don't preheat or "peek" inside the oven more than necessary. Check the seal on the oven door, and use a microwave oven for cooking or reheating small items.

* Wash only full loads in your dishwasher, using short cycles for all but the dirtiest dishes. This saves water and the energy used to pump and heat it. Air-drying, if you have the time, can also reduce energy use.

* In your clothes washer, set the appropriate water level for the size of the load; wash in cold water when practical, and always rinse in cold.

* Clean the lint filter in the dryer after each use. Dry heavy and light fabrics separately and don't add wet items to a load that's already partly dry. If available, use the moisture sensor setting. (A clothesline is the most energy-efficient clothes dryer of all!)

5. Turn Out the Lights

* Don't forget to flick the switch when you leave a room.

Employers who want to make every day Earth Day could create a carpool program, plant trees on their grounds, or change all light bulbs to Energy Star-qualified bulbs.

6. 10 Eco-Friendly Gadgets
Modern propaganda credits the founding of Earth Day to U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. You won't find Ira Einhorn's name listed in any of the Earth Day promotional literature, as the organizers have taken great pains to distance themselves from the "Unicorn Killer"--- In 1970, during the first Earth Day event, which was televised globally, Ira Einhorn was on stage as master of ceremonies.

A friend and contemporary of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, and acquaintance of authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsburg, Timothy Leary, Alvin Toffler, and Isaac Asimov, Einhorn held the floor for a half hour, during the first Earth Day celebration, in Philadelphia, kissing Edmund Muskie on the lips before surrendering the microphone to the Senator from Maine. There is no evidence that Muskie rejected his advances, or that anyone associated with the event had ever voiced any disagreement with Einhorn's place as a key organizer until after his arrest for the murder of Holly Maddox. Due in large part to his influence, Einhorn escaped punishment for his crime for a quarter of a century.

Ira Einhorn knew all of the right people. Executives from Sun Oil and AT&T showered him with support, financial and otherwise. Ira Einhorn was the man who could make Earth Day happen as, it seems, he did, denials notwithstanding.
A few years back Genesys, a global multimedia conferencing service, surveyed more than 18,000 people among its Global 1,000 customers. It found that 88 percent think car and air travel to meetings have the largest negative impact on the environment, far greater than paper and plastic goods used in the course of a physical meeting.

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