Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Ecology: 10 Ways To Fortify The Environment For Under $10

Author: Jim D. Ray

America's beautiful landscape represents the natural brilliance of a nation founded on truth, freedom, and the well-being of all its citizens.

As technology progresses, America's ecosystem suffers the greatest toll. Automobiles, industrial parks, and consumer waste have grown in record numbers over the past twenty years. It is essential that we seek to ensure conditions favorable to the renewal of our country's natural splendor.

Here are ten ways you can fortify your local ecosystem for $10 or less:

1. Don't litter. It's just one cigarette butt, pop can, or plastic wrapper out the window – but with over 200 million motorists in America, that can add up to a lot of litter. Repairing existing damage to the environment begins one piece of potential litter at a time.

2. Recycle the basics. Many communities have recycling programs in place, yet some people find it too difficult or time consuming to make use of them. Basics such as aluminum cans or newspapers are easy to sort from the rest of the trash. To locate your community's recycling pick-up schedule or drop-off locations, visit: http://www.earth911.org .

3. Join the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation promotes the preservation and growth of tress, both in national forests and residential settings. A membership is $10 and includes ten free tree seedlings sent by U.S. mail for planting in your yard or community. Donations are also accepted, used for planting trees in America's national forests affected by fire or insect infestation. Visit the National Arbor Day Foundation web site at: http://www.arborday.org .

4. Conserve gasoline. Now more than ever, conserving gas should be an easy-to-implement method for both aiding the environment and saving money. Try running errands during a morning or afternoon stroll, or walking to your lunch spot. Not only are the health benefits significant, there is immense natural beauty to be experienced that oftentimes goes unnoticed in the car.

5. Purchase ink-jet or toner refills for your printer. Instead of purchasing new printer cartridges, look for refill kits. Refilling printer cartridges can be significantly cheaper, and require less resources than new cartridges. When purchasing a new ink jet or laser printer, be sure cartridges accept biodegradable inks.

6. Plant a garden. Growing your own fruits and vegetables can be a rewarding, inexpensive experience for yourself and your family. Gardening also saves money at the grocery store, offers fresher produce, and increases the nation's food supply. If you live in an apartment, consider planting a windowsill herb garden.

7. Participate in Internet banking. Internet banking (and on-line bill payment) is a great way to reduce the amount of monthly paperwork received by U.S. mail. With great progressions in on-line security, Internet banking is a safe, reliable way to review statements and make payments. A free service for many customers, visit your bank's web site to find out if Internet banking/on-line bill payment is available.

8. Install timers on outdoor lighting. Purchasing and installing timers for outdoor lighting fixtures is an effective, inexpensive way to conserve electricity. Dusk-to-dawn or motion timers will keep your lights from staying lit after daybreak. Timers are also great for indoor lighting and televisions.

9. Replace furnace filters regularly. Although typically a home maintenance reminder, replacing furnace filters every six months can help maintain the efficiency of your furnace, conserving energy. Filters that aren't changed regularly can become clogged with debris, causing your furnace to operate longer than necessary.

10. Pass this list to a friend. The best way to fortify the environment is to spread of knowledge that will increase efforts to protect it. Share this helpful reminder list with a friend, or e-mail it to colleagues and friends. An increased awareness will ensure America's future environment is healthy and strong.

About the author: Jim D. Ray is a parapsychologist with a diverse background in multiple subject concentrations, including business, psychology and parapsychology, criminal justice, philosophy, education, internet technology, physics, and vocal performance arts. Jim can be reached by e-mail at: jray@web-presence.net .

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