A low cost high return energy management investment is to have an ongoing employee awareness marketing program for all your employees. Communication is the key to having everyone on the team paying attention and participating in stopping energy waste. Your people have to know the goals, what they can do, feedback, and some recognition when things are done well.
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- Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home and lower the temperature when you go to bed or when you are not at home. This will ensure optimal home heating and save energy.
- For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about 2 percent off your heating bill.
- Cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for eight hours a day.
- Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows. Use locks on your windows to make them tighter and draft resistant.
- Insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement and outside walls. Also cover through-the-wall air conditioners to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
- Reducing air leaks could cut 10 percent from an average household’s monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets.
- Keep shades and curtains open during the day on the south side of your home to allow solar heating. Close them at night to retain heat.
- Don’t block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt and dust free. Close vents and doors in unused rooms.
- Have your heating system serviced once a year and regularly replace furnace filters. During the heating season, change or clean furnace filters once a month.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
- Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your energy bill. If you have children in the house, this is also a safety measure
- Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.
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What do the Flexi Companies do? We motivate people with visual communications…to help meet your objectives.
We are a full service provider that specializes in providing creative marketing messages and materials for our client’s external and internal marketing projects (such as employee participation & performance initiatives).
Our creative design team partners with clients on their goals – from concept to completion – to create solutions that move people to actions that help achieve those goals.
We use our three websites to work towards a single goal: To motivate people to behaviors that make a difference.
We help organizations stop environmental waste, encourage work safety, improve quality process and market ideas effectively. We do this by producing customized environmental awareness marketing and motivational products with awareness messages and reminders that people need to help reach the goals. Products include: posters, decals, booklets, promotional products, displays, special visual effects, digital gif files, incentives, games, awards, and more.
We design and produce unique awards and incentives that encourage your people to participate in initiatives. Recognition awards, combined with an enthusiastic awareness process, help to create focus and spirited efforts toward goals. Award-supporting programs include an initial kickoff celebration, handouts and ongoing reminders of the goal.
We produce unique and informative lobby, conference room and trade show displays that are lightweight, modular, reconfigurable, and portable. Our unique Flexi display system is manufactured in-house and can include integrated monitors, as well as 3-D graphics and backlit signage, both of which can be updated as needed.
At Flexi, we combine years of experience with enthusiasm, inquiring minds, and fresh ideas to ensure a message that will fit the personality of your organization and help you succeed in reaching larger goals.
We have been a key partner to: 40% of Fortune 100 companies; universities; manufacturers; K-12 schools; hospitals; hotels; the U.S. military (all branches); and government agencies ( local to federal).
Let us help you reach your goals. Contact us to discuss your organization’s employee participation or marketing needs.
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Nursingschools.net has 100 good green ideas for moms. Use our products to create environmental awareness
January 18th, 2011
Becoming a mom means investing in the future. Your children, and your children’s children will live on this Earth long after you’re gone-and knowing that sort of thing makes a lot of moms more eco-conscious than ever before. A woman who may have thought little about recycling before can turn into a green-minded mom with a desire to make the world a healthier place to live. Whether you’re a newly green mom, or a lifelong eco-crusader, these tips offer great ways to help preserve the Earth for future generations.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle with these tips.
- Have fewer children: Consider limiting your number of kids to two.
- Use reusable bags for everything: From groceries to library books, get lots of use out of your reusable bags.
- Use Gmail as a baby book: Record daily achievements in a dedicated Gmail account.
- Live simply: One of the easiest ways to go green at home is to simplify and acquire less.
- Let kids sort recycling: Get your kids involved when you’re recycling.
- Be a good example: Be green to raise a green child.
- Recycle everything: Find a way to recycle everything, unless you can reuse it or find a way to not acquire it in the first place.
- Be happy with what you have: Learn to live with less.
- If you don’t absolutely need to use it, don’t: Cut down on waste and chemicals by simplifying.
Be healthy and green with the help of these tips.
- Give up smoking: It’s healthier for you, your baby, your family, and the environment.
- Try natural oils: Use olive oil to moisturize baby.
- Avoid overusing antibacterial products: Continued use of antibacterial products can lead to superbugs.
- Give oatmeal baths: Treat inflamed skin with oatmeal baths.
- Don’t pump gas when you’re pregnant: Stay way from gas fumes.
- Use calendula oil: Instead of diaper cream, try calendula oil.
- Use probiotics: Probiotics can treat poop problems, prevent allergies, and more.
- Ventilate your home: Open windows regularly to get fresh air in your home.
- Use an aspirator: Before turning to drugs, try using a bulb syringe.
Diapers are a fact of life for most families, but with the help of these hacks, they don’t have to be an environmental burden.
- Use cloth diapers: Make use of cloth diapers that can be cleaned and worn over and over again instead of thrown away.
- Go biodegradable: Buy biodegradable or compostable disposable diapers.
- Reduce the number of diapers you use: Pick more absorbent diapers, and strategically time diaper changes to cut down on your diaper quantity.
- Wash diapers on cold: Save money on energy by washing your diapers on cold instead of hot.
- Potty train as early as possible: Cut down on the number of diapers you use by potty training early.
- Create old school wipes: Keep damp washcloths in plastic bags.
- Try elimination communication: Pay attention to potty patterns, holding your baby over the toilet when it’s time.
Holidays & Gifts
Make the holidays and gift giving more eco-friendly.
- Give reusable Easter basket grass: Veggie Booty makes great edible basket grass.
- Shop online: Instead of hitting the mall, get your gifts sent to you.
- Give reusable gift wrap: Use gift wrap that can be used over and over again.
- Create a wish list: Avoid unwanted and unused gifts by using a wish list.
- Give gifts in reusable shopping bags: Instead of disposable gift bags, give reusable shopping bags.
- Donate to charity: If you have no use for a gift, just give it to a charity.
- Make fabric gift bags: Make these easy fabric bags to give gifts in.
- Wrap without wrapping paper: Wrap in newspaper with festive ribbon, or solid colors you can use all year.
- Start a book swap: Organize a book swap among friends.
These tips will help lower your food’s impact on the world.
- Breastfeed: Breastfeeding leaves virtually no carbon footprint.
- Eat safe and sustainable fish: Be aware of which fish are low in mercury and caught or farmed sustainably.
- Buy local: Support your local farmers market.
- Feed organic foods: Look for organic foods for your kids.
- Make your own ice pops: Blend and freeze your own ice pops to save resources and avoid toxins.
- Stop using paper towels and napkins: Make use of reusable materials instead of paper.
- Use washable breast pads: Instead of disposable pads, use washable ones.
- Skip bottled water: Cut out plastic bottles, opting for glass and other reusable containers.
- Don’t use BPA bottles: BPA in baby bottles can cause health problems.
- Use washcloths as napkins: Use old baby washcloths all day as kid napkins.
- Go selectively organic: Go organic just for the worst fruits and vegetables, so you don’t go broke.
- Eat alterna-meats: Vegetarians can eat healthy alternatives to processed meat.
- Buy frozen in bulk: It’s not always easy to find fresh, local vegetables, to get them frozen if you need to.
- Let kids pick out vegetables: Kids are more likely to try something they chose themselves.
- Cut paper towel use: Clean your high chair, walls, floor, and more with a washcloth you hang in the kitchen.
- Buy only what you need: Don’t waste food-buy only what you need.
- Avoid white sugar: Substitute honey, agave nectar, or raw sugar when kids are old enough.
- Make your own baby food: Create your own baby food at home.
Kids go through clothes at an alarming rate, but these tips can minimize their impact.
- Buy secondhand baby clothes: Pick up cheap used clothes that can be reused-and that have already been offgassed.
- Swap clothes: Use sites and networks like ThredUp to share clothes and other items.
- Save yourself from bedbugs in used clothing: Use pre-loved clothing without worry by following these steps.
- Hack a baby dress: Repurpose fabric into this super easy dress.
- Buy organic: Pick up organic fabric clothes, like cotton or bamboo.
With these tips, your kids can stay clean and green.
- Go natural: Choose natural shampoos and other toiletries for your baby.
- Limit baby care products: Just use water to wash a baby instead of creams, soaps, and lotions.
- Wash hair with ketchup bottles: Rinse your child’s hair with an empty ketchup bottle.
- Bathe with your baby: Share a bath with your baby, and save water while enjoying bonding time.
- Turn the water off: When showering and brushing teeth, turn off the water until you need it.
Playtime & Creativity
Play green using these fun tips.
- Styrofoam castle: Turn Styrofoam package inserts into a make-believe castle.
- Make nontoxic play-dough: Save money and avoid toxins with homemade nontoxic play-dough.
- Play with nontoxic toys: Give your baby safe, nontoxic toys to play with.
- Reuse Tyvek enveloped as homemade boats: Make sailboats with old Tyvek envelopes.
- Strawberry basket bubbles: Dip strawberry baskets into bubble solution for cheap and fun bubble machines.
- Play with cardboard boxes: Make houses and castles with large cardboard boxes.
- Use rechargable batteries: Buy rechargable batteries for toys and games.
- Scribble on telephone books: Let your kids use telephone books as scribble material.
- Create a reuse fun bin: Keep bottle caps, toilet paper rolls, and more in a bin to get crafty with.
- Use outdoor craft supplies: Make use of sticks, pinecones, and more.
- Go to a Home Depot kids workshop: Visit these workshops to teach your kids how to build birdhouses, flowerpot holders, and more.
- Reuse page a day calendars: Use old page a day calendars as doodling paper.
Household & Cleaning
Clean your house without hazardous chemicals by making use of these tips.
- Clean with baking soda: Put baking soda to work in your bathroom.
- Make your own laundry detergent: Here’s how to formulate your own laundry detergent.
- Use natural cleansers whenever possible: Make or buy natural products when you can.
- Declutter: Clean out your clutter and sell it to cut down on the items in your home.
- Be extra careful when washing play areas and toys: Be mindful of the products you use to clean the things your children use the most.
- Live in a smaller space: Enjoy environmental friendliness, constant togetherness and limit too much stuff with a smaller home or apartment.
- Dust with an old fashioned feather duster: An ostrich feather duster picks up dust and leaves a dry surface that doesn’t attract more dust.
These tips can make your child’s school a greener place to be.
- Bring a lunch box to school: Instead of a paper bag, use a lunch box, or repurpose old shopping bags.
- Send notes in junk mail envelopes: Repurpose old junk mail envelopes for teacher notes.
- Pack food in washable plastic containers: Instead of plastic baggies, use containers.
- Start an organic garden at school: Compost and start an organic garden at your school.
- Walk, carpool, or take the bus: Get to school by walking, carpooling, or taking the bus.
Furniture & Design
Keep these tips in mind when designing your child’s nursery or bedroom.
- Use low-VOC paint: Look for low-VOC paint for your nursery or kids rooms.
- Kitchen utility cart changing table: Instead of buying a changing table, get a kitchen utility cart that you can put to use later.
- Buy a crib made from organic materials: Get an earth friendly, organic crib.
- Use sunlight: Turn off overhead lights and open your blinds instead.
- Decorate with DIY decals: Create eco friendly and reusable decor with DIY decals.
- Repurpose broken cribs: Old cribs can be used as baby gates and garden trellis.
Go green in your own backyard using these tips.
- Go on litter patrol: Take your kids out to pick up litter in your neighborhood.
- Plant something: Teach kids how to take care of a living organism.
- Get kids to help with weeding: Pay kids a penny per weed.
- Start seeds in egg cartons: Start a kids vegetable garden with plastic egg cartons.
- Use natural alternatives to bug spray: Make your own natural bug spray.
- Play in the water sprinkler: While watering the lawn, get your kids to play in it and cool off.
- Plant a tree: Grow a memory and foster a love of nature by planting a tree.
- Catch fireflies: Collect fireflies for light and interest-and remember to let them go so they don’t die.
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For 40 years we have been the leader in developing effective employee, customer and community environmental awareness programs for organizations throughout the USA. That’s our history; today our future is all about continuing the quality work we do by providing new ideas, new concepts that will help organizations encourage employee participation for their environmental initiatives into the future.
Our best work is ahead of us. Take a look at our web site. www.awarenessIDEAS.com. See what we have that can work for you. When you have a need that we have not addressed, let us know and we’ll work on it.
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