Simple Ways You Can Care for the Earth in Your Own Home:
3 easy actions you can do with your family! Give it a Try!
1. Check your hot water heater --
Did you know your hot water heater accounts for about 20% of all the energy used in your home?
There are a few simple things you can do to save energy and save money:
  • Turn your water heater down to 130 degrees, which is hot enough to kill deadly bacteria, and still save energy.
  • Also, insulate your heater with a pre-fab 'blanket,' but be careful not to block off air vents on gas heaters. This can save you 7-8% of your energy usage.
  • You can also drain 2 quarts (or 2 liters) of water from your hot water heater every 2 months from the valve at the bottom of the tank. This prevents accumulation of sediment and prolongs the life of your water heater.

  • 2. Stop Junk Mail --
The junk mail Americans receive in just one day is not only a nuisance, but could produce enough energy to heat a quarter of a million homes!
  • If you saved up all the unwanted junk mail for one year, you would have the equivalent to one and a half trees, which would add up to 100 million trees every year in just the United States.
  • To help stop junk mail, write to: Mail Preference Service, Direct Marketing Association, 11 West 42nd St., PO Box 3861, New York, NY 10163-3861. By writing to them, you can reduce junk mail by up to 75%.
  • You can recycle the rest of the junk mail you receive.
3. Home Appliances --
Did you know that America's refrigerators consume 7% of the nation's electricity, which is the equivalent to more than 50% of the power generated by nuclear plants.
  • To allow your fridge to run more efficiently, you should clean the condenser coils annually. By raising the temperature in your refrigerator by 10 degrees, you can save 25% of your energy.
  • With air conditioners, you should clean or replace filters each month. This will save electricity and money.
For additional tips and ideas visit:
http://www.tvakids.com/electricity/conservation.htm

Go on a Walk with a Special Adult in Your Life.
1. Notice all the different kinds of plants in your neighborhood
2. Make list.
3. When you get home visit: http://green.kingcounty.gov/gonative/
4. Here you can create an interactive native plant guide to document all the plants you find in your community!

Make Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag:
YOU WILL NEED
Canvas tote bag
Cookie cutters
Pencil
Fabric paint
HERE'S HOW
1. Lay the canvas bag flat.
2. Place a cookie cutter on the fabric and draw around it.
3. Paint the cookie-cutter shapes with fabric paint.
4. Allow paint to dry.
5. Give to someone to use to use at the grocery store!
To order blank canvas bags visit:
http://www.ingreetings.com/onwholortot.html