Brittany Jacobs

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  • ::Last Day of The Slate Green Challenge!

    December 15, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Think a screen saver reduces your electricity usage? Think again! A moving-image screen saver consumes as much electricity as a computer in active use and a blank screen saver is only slightly better. When you leave your home or office turn off your

  • The Slate Green Challenge

    December 13, 2:26 PM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Paper manufacturing is one of the six most energy-intensive American industries, accounting for about 35 million tons of CO2 each year. There are numerous ways to positively impact your paper usage around your home and office like printing double-sided

  • ::The Slate Green Challenge: Week 8 - Home & Office

    December 11, 11:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Looking for an inexpensive way to reduce your carbon emissions at home? Try making your own household cleaners from natural ingredients. Many conventional cleaners are made with petrochemicals and other potentially toxic chemicals. By creating your own

  • ::The Slate Green Challenge: Week 7 - Water

    December 8, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Struggling with high energy bills? Your home water heater could be the culprit, as it accounts for approximately 14 percent of your energy usage. If your gas water heater is more than 10 years old, you might consider replacing it. A water heater that

  • ::The Slate Green Challenge

    December 6, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    You might be surprised to find out that using your dishwasher is typically more efficient than handwashing those dirty dishes. Washing your dishes by hand uses an average of 10 to 15 gallons of water, while automatic dishwashers use around 8 gallons.

  • ::The Slate Green Challenge: Week 7 - Water

    December 4, 11:40 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    If you are using a conventional showerhead with an optional flow restrictor, you can save more water and substantially improve the quality of your shower with the purchase of a high-performance showerhead. Efficient showerheads, which you can find for

  • ::Deck The Halls With The Slate Green Challenge

    December 1, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Looking for the perfect holiday gift that doesn’t increase your carbon footprint? Giving gifts such as concert tickets, music lessons, and restaurant gift certificates do not require gift-wrapping and use minimal resources. Treehugger’s list of holiday

  • ::The Slate Green Challenge

    November 29, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Opening up holiday gifts can be fun and exciting, but all of that wrapping paper helps add to the 1 million extra tons of trash that is created during the holiday season. If every American household wrapped three gifts in recycled materials, we could

  • ::The Slate Green Challenge - Week 6

    November 27, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time for some of us to start hanging those beautiful energy-wasting holiday lights. Before you rush out to string those cheap incandescent bulbs, think about replacing them with lightemitting diode (LED) strings.

  • :: The Slate Green Challenge

    November 24, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    While cleaning might not be your favorite chore, in some cases it might help to reduce your impact on the environment and put a little ease on the old pocketbook. Vacuuming the coils of your refrigerator can work toward eliminating dirt buildup, which

  • :: Reduce Your Impact with The Slate Green Challenge

    November 22, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Although compact fluorescent light bulbs require higher upfront costs, they use two-thirds less energy and last eight times longer than the average life span of an incandescent bulb. One simple CFL purchase of less than ten dollars has the potential to

  • The Slate Green Challenge: Week 5 - Electricity

    November 20, 1:22 PM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Nowadays, it’s hard to live without your iPod, laptop, alarm clock, cell phone, television, and all those other modern conveniences that make life a little easier (and more fun). But, did you know that leaving these devices plugged in while not in use

  • Eco-friendly gift boxes from Saul Good Gift Co.

    November 17, 3:45 PM by Brittany Jacobs in Green Home

    With the holidays right around the corner, you might be stressed about finding the perfect gift for both your business associates as well as your loved ones. Saul Good Gift Co., a Vancouver, BC-based business, might be your one-stop-shop this season.

  • The Slate Green Challenge

    November 17, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    It goes without saying that we each get at least one article of clothing each holiday season that we could really do without. (How many scarves does one person really need?) Instead of tossing your unloved, unwanted duds in the garbage, try donating

  • The Slate Green Challenge - Week 4

    November 15, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Over the past few years, organic produce has been a hot topic and one which you hear about on an almost daily basis. But what about other organic crops? Cotton, one of the most widely grown crops, uses about 25% of the world’s insecticides and

  • Welcome to week 4 of the Slate Green Challenge

    November 13, 3:06 PM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    We all know how good it feels to go out on the town in a new outfit, so why not show it off to your whole neighborhood? Line-drying your clothing not only saves money, but also decreases your yearly carbon emissions up to 350 pounds per person per year.

  • The Slate Green Challenge

    November 10, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Although driving a hybrid car conserves over one ton of carbon dioxide per year, we realize that not everyone is ready to go out and buy a brand new car. However, if you were really serious about reducing your impact, adopting a vegan or vegetarian

  • The Slate Green Challenge

    November 8, 9:30 AM by Brittany Jacobs in Culture

    Hopefully by now you’ve made a commitment to read labels, purchase organic, and support local farms. (If so, we applaud your efforts to live a greener lifestyle!) However, have you noticed in what type of materials your favorite products are packaged?

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