TOP TEN TIPS TO GO GREEN
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 15:57:56 GMT
1. Use recycling bins. Most of the material around us is recyclable, ranging from paper to boxes; plastic bottles to aluminum cans. Look at the label for the universal recycle symbol. Containers with the universal recycle symbol can all be disposed of through curbside recycling bins, which are delivered to recycling centers.
2. Adjust your thermostat. Save energy and money by setting your thermostat a few degrees lower during winter months and higher during summer months.
3. Switch light bulbs. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). CFL bulbs prevent nine billion pounds of greenhouse gas emission every year and lasts ten times longer than alternative light bulbs.
4. Unplug appliances. When electronic appliances are not in use, unplug them. Post signs asking to turn off lights and conserve energy. This will save the lifespan of electronic appliances and light bulbs. Consider installing motion detector lights in prayer halls that turn off automatically when no one is in the room.
5. Conserve Water. When using water for wudu (ablution), turn off the faucet immediately after completion. Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high and can be found at local hardware stores.
6. Arrange carpools. When traveling to the mosque for Friday prayers and Taraweeh, consider traveling in carpools. This will lower traffic congestion and ensure parking lot safety near your local mosque; furthermore, it will save you money used for gas and the ozone from CO2 pollution.
7. Eat smart. Encourage others to cook smaller portions and to purchase less meat and more organic produce. Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Purchasing from local farmers stimulates the growth and success of local businesses.
8. Use water filters. Use water filters to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Water filters can be found at local hardware or department stores. Water filters will save you money on purchasing bottled water by the cases and is healthier to consume.
9. Encourage others. An effective way to spread the message of recycling is to promote awareness of recycling benefits at your local mosque by reaching out to community leaders or members.
10. Be mindful. Talk to your community about the importance of environmental sustainability. (Refer back to tips 1-9).
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