Archive for the ‘GIGA Tips’ Category

When To Second Guess

August 24, 2010

Schedule Time for Second Guessing
Questioning whether or not you’ve made the right decision can be a useful way to make sure you’re on the right track. But if you second guess yourself at the wrong time, you may feel tempted to give up on important commitments. Don’t question yourself when you are most vulnerable. Instead, schedule a time to review your decision critically when you are in the right frame of mind. For example, don’t wonder whether you should abandon a plan to talk more during meetings when you are walking into the conference room. Rather, tell yourself that you will question the decision ten minutes into the meeting, once you’ve had time to get used to the idea. Setting a time will also help you second guess once rather than nagging yourself with doubts.

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Green vs Clean

August 16, 2010

1) Bottled Water vs. Tap Water. Myth: Bottled water is better for you. Fact: Bottled water is less regulated than tap water, and in a 2008 study by the Environmental Working Group, 38 contaminants were found in 10 of the top brands of bottled water. Also, plastic bottles leach harmful chemicals into the water. Finally, if you like things clean, then why add to the huge amount of plastic that exists in our oceans and landfills? That stuff is not going anywhere, and eventually it will show up on your beach and in your backyard. That’s pretty gross.
2) The Disinfection Obsession. Myth: Green cleaning products aren’t as effective as antibacterials. Fact: Unless you are a surgeon requiring a sterile environment, good old soap and water or even home made concoctions like vinegar and baking soda are just as effective cleaning agents as antibacterials – sans the side effects of toxic chemicals, indoor air pollution, and water pollution. These don’t sound so very clean to me.
3) Use and Toss. Myth: Single use products are more hygienic than reusable ones.  Fact: Actually, you can get a better clean from cloth towel than a paper towel, without the paper waste and mess. Cloth towels are more absorbent and stronger and therefore are more effective at getting the grime out of your kitchen. Use and wash is still better than use and toss, and if your mess is not a wet one, you can even reuse your cloth towel a few times before washing it, making it even more environmentally preferable to paper.
4) Kleenex vs. Handkerchief – I got nothin’ here – sorry, you won’t catch me blowing my nose over and over in the same hanky. Even I have my limits….but I am open to suggestions!
5) The Hippie Stigma. Myth: People who are passionate about the environment are tree-hugging hippies who don’t shave, wear deodorant, or shower regularly.  Fact: We are not in the 60’s anymore.

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Georgia Ink Cartridge Recycling Initiative

July 28, 2010

Georgia Ink Cartridge Recycling Initiative.

Toner Cartridges have a significant environmental footprint:

  • Over 375 million cartridges end up in landfills each year (total weight of these cartridges is equivalent to 112,463 Volkswagen Beetles).
  • Plastic takes 1,100+ years to decompose.
  • Our Landfills are at capacity and disposal fees are continuing to increase.
  • Chemicals from the cartridges are polluting soil and water supplies.
  • A large toner cartridge requires nearly 4 quarts of oil in its production.
  • Ink Jet and Toner cartridge remanufacturing saves over 38,000 tons of plastic and metal from landfills.

Green In Gwinnett Tip

June 10, 2010

Choose fewer ingredients
A long list of ingredients often indicates the presence of questionable chemicals that may be harmful to you or the environment. This is especially true for personal care products, food, and cleansers. Simplify what you buy.  Buy organic if available.  Organic foods have less ingredients because they don’t include the harmful chemicals that could be added in non-organic foods…

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Green In Gwinnett Tip Speeding

April 26, 2010

Do the Speed Limit

Did you know that rapid acceleration and braking is the fastest way to waste gas? Do the speed limit and increase gas mileage by 33%! Your gas mileage will decrease more rapidly over 60 mph.

Save on those speeding tickets too! Atlanta has the new Super Speeder law with very high fines!

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Faucet Aerators Save You Money

March 28, 2010

If you’re looking to cut your water usage and save money, faucet aerators are the single most effective water conservation tool at your disposal.

Depending on your water consumption habits and current faucet type, adding an aerator can cut your water use by as much as 50%. At only $5-$10 dollars these simple to install devices will pay for themselves in a month or two and you will notice the difference on your next utility bill.

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Gardening Gwinnett Indoors

March 19, 2010

If you happen to live in a house or apartment with limited outdoor space, you can still work wonders by gardening indoors. The inside of your home has the added advantage of being a controlled environment that is independent of the weather conditions outside. With indoor gardening, you will still need to take ambient temperature, moisture, air circulation, and the availability of natural and artificial light sources into account. Spider plants are ideal for growing in hanging baskets. The more creative urban gardener can experiment with orchids, bamboo, and ferns.

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Gwinnett Indoor Gardening Tips

December 19, 2009

Here in Gwinnett there are many homes, townhomes, condos and apartments with limited outdoor space. However you can still do gardening indoors. The inside of your home has a controlled environment that is independent of the weather conditions outside. With indoor gardening, you still need to take ambient temperature, moisture, air circulation, and the availability of natural and artificial light sources into account. Try hanging plants or if you are creative you can experiment orchids, bamboo, and ferns.

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Green In Gwinnett Tip Nov 4th 2009

November 4, 2009

GIGA

Green and Sustainable

When you landscape use native plants.  Native plants typically cost less, use less water, and are easier to care for.  Plus, your yard will look right at home.

Did you know that if every U.S. household replaced just one light bulb with an Energy Star bulb, we’d save enough energy to light three million homes for over a year?  Pretty amazing huh? Simple.  So let’s make some simple changes Gwinnett!  The prices on CFL bulbs have come way down.  The Lowe’s in Suwanee sells them for a very reasonable price and they seem to have frequent sales there.

Reduce your carbon footprint and energy bill next summer by using a table, ceiling or whole-house fan which will extend the typical human comfort range, usually between 72 and 78 degrees F,to around 82 F by simply adding a breeze of about 1.9 mph. So when the heat becomes unbearable reach for a fan before the thermostat. A typical fan uses about the same amount of energy as a 100-watt light bulb, which is dramatically less than any air conditioning unit.

 

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-James Chronicle