Back To School With A Green Touch


On Aug 9th 2012 a blog by My Town San Antonio compiled a set of useful information and ideas for parents getting ready for the school year.  Titled “Energy-Saving Back-to-School Tips” I have included the entire post here for your use.  I especially like the reminders about what we can do at home to conserve energy.

A new school year is upon us, and nationwide, as kids head back to school this year, it’s never been more important to pay attention to the environmental impact the products and services we use have on the environment.

To help you kick of the school year in energy-saving-style, we’ve pulled together a few green back-to-school tips from the San Antonio Express-News and other great sources:

  • Green your back-to-school routine: Purchase recycled or recyclable school supplies and buy things you’ll need all year in bulk. (Tip from City of San Antonio)
  • The write stuff: Buy pens and mechanical pencils that can be refilled and reused, rather than wooden pencils and stick pens.
  • Try back-to-school ‘swaping’ instead of back-to-school shopping: Hold a back-to-school swap with friends to get new clothes, accessories and shoes or check out sites such as SwapStyle.com.
  • Pack your lunch: “Bringing” instead of “buying” has a lot of benefits! You’ll save money and the environment by packing your own food in reusable containers (reducing waste).

As you send kids out of the house and into the classroom, don’t forget about energy use at home.

  • Do a home check-up: Use CPS Energy’s “Do-it-yourself check-up” to make sure your home is operating at peak efficiency, and save $5 on your energy bill.
  • Check for water leaks: Check the meter when no water is being used. After two hours, check it again. If the number has changed, there’s a leak somewhere.
  • Take control: Use a programmable thermostat or ceiling fans to regulate the temperature in your home. CPS Energy suggests keeping room temperatures between 78 and 80 degrees during the summer months. For each degree cooler, costs can rise 7 to 10 percent.
  • Monitor electronics: Computers, graphing calculators, printers – it seems like a lot of school supplies nowadays plug in or run on batteries. Purchase rechargeable batteries instead of new, and invest in a Smart Power Strip.
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