Starfire Direct : Going Green : Saving Our Planet
Fire is ORANGE, but Starfire Direct is GREEN!
Our planet is a beautiful home to all of us. We enjoy lakes, mountains, animals, plant life and countless other things that only our planet makes possible. Sadly, our planet is being destroyed by pollution, waste and climate change. Starfire Direct is doing our part to impact positive climate change. We have purchased certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) which go towards natural wind energy investments. Basically, the power consumption caused by day to day business has an impact on energy resources. Our RECs deposit an equal or greater amount of natural energy back into the power grid. Essentially, this helps by using less nuclear energy as the natural energy is consumed first.
Starfire Direct has purchased 144,000kwh of Renewable Wind Energy. This has the annual environmental impact similar to growing 2,623 trees per year for 10 years, or taking 21 cars of the road for 1 year, or not using 234 barrels of oil. Keep in mind that Starfire Direct is a small company. Imagine if every company made this investment in our earth’s future!
The impact doesn’t stop there! As more companies join this fight to save our planet and purchase RECs, thousands of jobs are created. The more solar and wind power grids that are needed, the more our economy is boosted.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 easy steps you can take to “Go Green”
Step # 1 – Stop Junk Mail
Reduce paper waste by taking your name off junk mailing lists. Most senders of unsolicited junk mail get your name and address from one of three sources: Abacus Catalog Alliance (catalogs), Direct Marketing Association (fliers, brochures, etc.), or the credit bureaus (credit card and insurance offers). Here’s how to wipe your name from these lists:
- Abacus Catalog Alliance: Signing up permanently halts the catalog mailings from association members. Email email@example.com with your full name and current address.
- Direct Marketing Association: Stops direct mail marketing from association companies for five years. There is a $1 fee. Access forms here for online or mail-in submission.
- OptOutPrescreen.com: This joint venture of the three credit bureaus puts a stop to prescreened credit and insurance solicitations. Sign up to halt these mailings for five years, or stop them permanently. Call 1-888-5-OPTOUT, or fill out a form here.
Step # 2 – Save Water with Powder Detergents
Switch from liquid detergents to powders. Laundry liquids are mostly water (approx. 80%). It costs energy and packaging to bring this water to the consumer.
Step # 3 – Save a Tree, or Two or Three
Get tough on tissues. If every household in the U.S. replaced one box of 85 sheet virgin fiber facial tissues with 100% recycled ones, we could save: 87,700 trees, 226,500 cubic feet of landfill space ( equal to 330 full garbage trucks), 31 million gallons of water (Annual supply for 240 families of four), and avoid 5,300 pounds of pollution! Buy only recycled paper products for your office, bathroom and kitchen.
Step # 4 – Check Your Water Heater
Keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120°F. Save 550 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30 per year. Talk to your building or condo manager to upgrade the efficiency of the boiler in your building to magnify the savings.
Step # 5 – Lighten Up!
Replacing just 3 light bulbs with efficient, long lasting LED lights. Depending on how many you change out, this will save over 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year.
Step # 6 – Muscle Mow Your Lawn
Mowing for an hour with a gasoline- powered lawn mower can produce as much air pollution as a 350-mile drive in a car. Consider this alternative which emits nothing other than clippings and burns calories too: push a lightweight reel mower.
Step # 7 – Change Your Thermostat
Conserve fuel by turning down the heat at night and while you are away from your home or install a programmable thermostat. Setting the air conditioning thermostat in your building to 76 degrees in the summer will dramatically reduce your electricity bill and you’ll do your bit to save energy and the environment.
Step # 8 – Reduce Garbage
Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass. You can save around 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year by reducing, reusing and recycling.
Step # 9 – Use Recycled Paper
According to the EPA, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent due to holiday gift-giving. When wrapping gifts, remember to recycle and reuse. Also whenever possible use 100% post-consumer recycled paper when printing and save approximately 5 lbs. of carbon dioxide per ream of paper.
Step # 10 – Fill Your Dishwasher
Run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save approximately 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year. Why not set it to eco-mode to save even more energy and water?