Saw lots of programs and ads for “green” lifestyles. Thought I would add a few suggestions on things that could easily be done to help save the planet.
1. Eliminate those little stickers on fruits and vegetables you get in grocery stores — no one looks at them anyway and they waste paper and time. They are there to tell the consumer where and if it is conventionally grown, organic or genetically engineered. I just found that out from this blog, http://energyfanatics.com/2009/04/24/fruit-label-organic-genetically-engineered/. When were they going to tell us about that? I had no idea!! There has got to be a better way.
2. Require all new construction to have a passive solar water heating system. There are systems that work with pumps or even better with gravity. You can build onto an existing home with reused materials (http://www.ehow.com/how_6106598_build-passive-solar-water-heater.html) Free hot water for a small investment — pretty cool. Here is a longer explanation of the process from a commercial standpoint. http://www.benfranklinplumbingaz.com/phoenix-plumber-pipeline/index.php/uncategorized/solar-hot-water-heater-options/
3. Have all outdoor lighting supplemented with solar power — then only use the electric grid when necessary. They are doing in in Dubai, an oil producing nation. http://www.solarstreetlights.net/projects.html
Just some thoughts after Earth day. Every day should be Earth day!!