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Eco-friendly printing statistics & household tips

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

As a buyer of green printing, you are likely aware of the impact of the paper and printing industry on the environment. For instance, recycling one ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity. That’s enough energy to power the average home for five months.

The average household uses, per person, approximately one 100-foot tall Douglas fir tree in paper and wood products per year. Here are some other household energy consumption statistics you may find interesting:

An older model washing machine uses about 41 gallons per load versus the high-efficiency washing machines which use less than 28 gallons of water per load.

A leaky faucet that drips just one drop per second can potentially waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year.

Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.

A refrigerator built 20 years ago uses 70% more energy than today’s energy-efficient models.

Energy Vampires

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Ordering green printing is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment while improving your eco-friendly marketing image. But there are many things you can do, both as a company and as an individual or family, to shrink your carbon footprint. We will use this forum to pass along tips from time to time on ways to make your daily life a little “greener.”

One area that many people are unaware of is what we call “energy vampires.” These are little electronic devices that draw small amounts of electricity even when they are turned “off.” Examples include Televisions, VCR’s, microwaves, stereos, computers and computer monitors. While you may (understandably) like the convenience of having a clock on your microwave, all of these little energy-suckers add up to make a noticeable impact on your electric bill, and work to increase your carbon footprint. To make it more convenient to turn these items all the way off, install a power strip and use the off switch on it to turn off multiple appliances at once.

At the office, the often rather large number of computer monitors make them an easy target for lowering your energy consumption. Powering down your computer at night rather than letting it go to sleep will not only reduce the electric bill, but will lengthen the life of the equipment as well. However, even when the computer is turned off, the monitor just goes to sleep. While sleeping, monitors continue to use electricity. Simply turning them off when not in use can save a significant amount of power. Turning off other small appliances, such as adding machines, can help too. All the little things add up!

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