Living Green

It's not just a color, it's a way of life

We may know the basics when it comes to living green: reduce, reuse, recycle. But what does "living green" actually mean in our everyday lives? Gerber Life answers that question with real-life examples of small changes and choices you can make on a daily basis to positively impact the environment. Examples of living green include packing your children's lunches in reusable containers and using canvas bags when you go grocery shopping. By watching for our online articles on topics such as these, Gerber Life makes it even easier to adopt a green lifestyle.

  1. How to Avoid Electric Bill Shock

    Electric bill shock will typically come to those who wait. Why wait when you already know that unpleasant surprises are waiting for you? You may want to review helpful devices that estimate electricity consumption in your home or business.

    After all, how can you save energy if you don’t know how much power you’re using? If your answer is “It’s impossible,” you’re right. Yet, there are ways to eliminate this uncertainty. Some help already exists and more is on the way.

    The PowerCost Monitor™

    This high-tech, but amazingly simple device offers real world feedback to you about how much electricity your home is using. The device tells you in both dollars and kilowatts (KW) what is happening consumption-wise in your house or office.

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  2. Daily Recycle Habits Save Money and the Environment

    Learning to adopt a daily recycle habit is easier than many other beneficial behaviors. Compared to quitting smoking, becoming a thoroughly positive person, or going back to college after years away from school, helping to create a healthy environment is a walk in the park.

    Establishing the Recycle Habit

    You may have heard that new habits can be formed in as little as 10 to 14 days. Everyday conservation and recycling can fit into this fast and easy time frame. These few tips will make it even easier and successful.

    Simple Recycling Suggestions

    • Get everyone involved. If you have a spouse and/or family, get them all involved, even small children. After a short period, everyone in your household will be consistent recyclers.
    • Locate a good area for recycle bins. While you needn’t prominently display your recycle bins, put them in a convenient place to promote the recycling habit and make it convenient to regularly (daily is good) deposit your goodies.
    • Learn to identify types of plastic (marked on bottom of containers). Many plastic products are recyclable, but some are not. Plastic containers come with their “code” number at or near the bottom. Learn which are recycling candidates and which are not. If possible, reuse those that cannot be recycled.
    • Do it daily. Like most habits, daily recycle activities must be practiced. Urge all family members to perform their particular recycling task daily. This keeps your home neat and hastens recycle habit development.
    • Recycle newspapers, magazines, and junk mail. These items can all be recycled, but keep them dry whenever possible. Newsprint and ink can degrade and “run” when wet. Even newspaper stock can break down when saturated. If possible, tie up these items with a piece of biodegradable string for easy handling.

    To further a healthy environment, opt out of receiving junk mail (opt-out.cdt.org), which reduces your paper recycle volume, saves trees, and requires less fuel to transport your donations to the dump or recycling collection station.

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