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ECO TIPS
What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Basics
  • Use Compact Florescent Lights. Replace all of
    your light bulbs and save energy and dollars.
  • Buy Energy Efficient Products. http//www.energyst
    ar.gov/
  • 3. Drive less. Walk, bike, carpool or take mass
    transit more often.  You will save one pound of
    carbon dioxide for every mile you do not drive!
    Demand good public transportation.
  • Recycle. You can save 2.400 pounds of carbon
    dioxide per year by recycling just half of your
    household waste.
  • Repair instead of replace. Repair what can be
    fixed rather than throw away.
  • 6. Check your tires. Keeping your tires
    inflated properly can improve gas mileage by more
    than 3. Every gallon of gasoline saved keeps 20
    pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere!

Jewish Thought on the Environment
One generation goes and another generation comes
but the Earth remains forever. Kohelet
(Ecclesiastes) 14
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
Basics 7. Use less hot water. It takes a lot
of energy to heat water. Use less hot
water by installing a low flow showerhead (350
pounds of CO2 saved per year) and washing
your clothes in cold or warm water (500
pounds saved per year). 8. Use less water.
It is precious. 9. Opt-out of junk mail. Get
off all of those lists. One will have less to
recycle if one never gets it in the mail in the
first place. Contact 888-567-8688 to Opt-out.
Also contact the three credit bureaus. Get forms
at www.ftc.gov/privacy/cred-ltr.htm. Another
website for credit bureaus is www.optoutprescreen.
com/?rft. To stop catalogs go to
www.abacusoptout.com. 10. Avoid products with
a lot of packaging. Reduce your amount of
garbage. 11. Adjust your thermostat. Moving
your thermostat just 2 degrees in winter and up 2
degrees in summer you could save about 2,000
pounds of carbon dioxide a year with this simple
adjustment.
Jewish Thought on the Environment
Babylonian Talmud Ta'anit 23a One day Honi was
journeying on the road and he saw a man planting
a carob tree he asked him, how long does it take
for this tree to bear fruit? The man replied
seventy years. He then further asked him are you
certain that you will live another seventy years?
The man replied I found grown carob trees in
the world as my ancestors planted for me so I
too plant for my children. "...As my ancestors
planted for me, so I too plant for my children."
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Basics
  • 12. Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb one
    ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
  • Eat Less Meat.
  • 14. Donate used items to thrift stores or
    charities and buy from them. BUY SECOND HAND.
  • Turn off electronic devices. Simply turning off
    your television, DVD player, stereo, and computer
    when you are not using them will save you
    thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.
    Plug devices into a power strip and turn strip
    off to prevent phantom draw. That is electricity
    used even when the device is turned off.
  • 16. Use Green Energy. Demand it if it is not
    available.
  • 17. Calculate your Carbon Footprint.
    www.carbonfootprint.com
  • 18. Use Green Energy and buy offsets.
    www.mydteenergy.com/products/greenCurrents
    www.nativeenergy.com

Jewish Thought on the Environment
For six years you shall sow your land and gather
in its yield but the seventh year you shall let
it rest and lie fallow, so that the poor of your
people may eat and what they leave the wild
animals may eat. You shall do the same with your
vineyard, and with your olive orchard. Exodus
2310/11
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Basics
  • 19. Help pass legislation to reduce greenhouse
    gases by 80 by 2050 or before.
  • 20. Help get your city to pass the US Mayors
    Climate Protection Agreement.
  • 21. Stay Informed and Get Involved. Follow your
    passion, take on an issue. Learn the most recent
    news and scientific research, and find more
    solutions. SPREAD THE WORD.
  • 22. Encourage your city government to put an
    environmental
  • expert in Climate Change on staff to
    advise all city
  • departments on ways to reduce carbon
    emissions.
  • 23. DEMAND that your local, state and federal
    legislators take action and VOTE accordingly!!
    That includes the participation in an
    international treaty.
  • 24. CONSERVE AND CONSUME LESS - Reduce,
    Recycle,
  • Reuse. Buy only what you need.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
God saw all that God had made, and found it very
good. Genesis 131
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Water
  • 1. Do not waste water. It is precious and our
    life source.
  • Hot water probably is the second biggest energy
    expense
  • in your home often adding up to about 20
    percent of your total energy bill. Most water
    heaters are set for 140 degrees. That is hot! Too
    hot Water heated to over 120 degrees will need
    to be cooled down, which is wasteful, so turn
    down the thermostat on your water heater.
  • 3. Locate your water heater as close as
    possible to where water will be needed. Hot water
    loses heat as it travels, even if the pipes are
    insulated.
  • 4. Insulate the pipes. You will save heat,
    particularly on those long runs to the upstairs
    bathroom.
  • 5. Be sure to insulate hot water pipes that
    travel through unheated areas such as cold
    cellars. Use tubular or wrapped pipe insulation.
    Both are easy to install.
  • 6. Use a tankless water heater that heats
    water just as it is needed.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
The mountains rose, the valleys sank downunto
the place which Thou hadst founded for them
Psalms 1048 Who sendest forth springs into the
valleys they run between the mountains Psalms
10410
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MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Water
  • 7. Be sure to turn off your water heater when
    you leave for vacations and weekend trips.
  • 8. Replace old water heaters with energy
    efficient models
  • 9. Drain your water heater two or three times
    a year. This removes excess sediment and allows
    the heating elements to operate more efficiently.
  • 10. Take showers instead of baths. You will save
    energy and water. Use the bathtub only for an
    occasional luxury soak.
  • 11. Install a low-flow or water-saving head on
    your shower. These devices can cut hot water
    consumption at shower time by 50 percent.
  • 12. If you do use a tub, do not drain the water
    immediately in the winter. The heat from the tub
    water will radiate into the bathroom, warming it.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
They give drink to every beast of the field, the
wild asses quench their thirst. Psalms 10411
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MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Water
  • 13. Be sure to turn off all faucets when done
    and turn off--completely! One drop per second
    from a water faucet equals 200 gallons per month,
    2,400 gallons each year. Leaky faucets are
    expensive!
  • 14. Skip showers on days when you do not need
    one.
  • 15. Install a tank dam in each toilet.
  • 16. If the toilet is not a low flush design,
    drop two quart
  • plastic bottles filled with water in the
    tank.
  • 17. Reduce the number of toilet flushes.
  • 18. Catch warm-up water from showers and use on
    gardens.
  • 19. Turn off water while brushing teeth and
    shaving.
  • 20. Only run dishwasher when a full load.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Who waterest the mountains from Thine upper
chambers the earth is full of the fruit of Thy
works. Psalms 10413
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Water
  • 22. Do not keep water running while hand washing
    dishes.
  • 23. Reuse water used for boiling as a soup base.
  • 24. Use cold water detergents and cold water.
    Only the
  • greasiest of clothing needs water warmer
    than 80 degrees.
  • Cold water washing techniques can save you
    from 5 to 10
  • each month.
  • 25. Wear clothes until they actually need to be
    washed.
  • 26. Wait for a full load before washing clothes.
  • 27. Wash car on grass or gravel so runoff does
    not go
  • directly into the sewer system.
  • 28. Do not leave the water running while washing
    the car.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Who causeth the grass to spring up for the
cattle, and herb for the service of man Nto
bring forth bread out of the earth, Psalms 10414
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
Water 31. Mulch garden to retain moisture. 32.
With larger gardens consider drip irrigation or
grey water systems. 33. Capture
rainwater for your garden and other irrigation.
Cover with screen or lid to prevent mosquito
breeding. 34. Repair all water drips. 35.
Install faucet aerators. 36. If using a water
softener make sure it is adjusted
correctly to not waste salt. 37. Use
biodegradable soaps.
Jewish Thought on the Environment
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
making the face brighter than oil, Nand bread
that stayeth man's heart. Psalms 10415
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Reduce Cooling Costs
  • Program your Programmable Thermostat for cooler
    temperatures when you need them and warmer
    temperatures when you do not. Adapt to warmer
    temperatures such as 75 F and 78 F. We love
    those temperatures in the winter!
  • When evenings are cool, open your windows instead
    of using air-conditioning. A natural ventilation
    system is the most energy-efficient way to
    provide air flow in your home. Cross-ventilation
    is created when some combination of openings are
    on opposing walls permitting a free flow of air
    from one side to the other.
  • During the warmer months keep extra lighting to a
    minimum. It adds heat to your home as well as
    light. Using compact florescent bulbs will help.
  • 4. Shades, blinds and curtains should be
    drawn during the heat of a summer day. This is
    especially important on the south side

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And God said 'Let the waters under the heaven be
gathered together unto one place, and let the dry
land appear.' And it was so. Genesis 19
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Reduce Cooling Costs
  • 5. In hot weather, keep the humidity low by
    simple things such as covering pots when you cook
    and opening the window when you take a shower to
    let steam and moisture escape.
  • Awnings help in the summer, especially on the
    south and west windows.
  • 7. Plant deciduous trees at the south side of
    your home or building for shade. They block the
    sun and cool your home.
  • 8. Replace old air-conditioners with newer Energy
    Star efficient models. www.energystar.gov/
  • 9. Have your air-conditioning checked before the
    season
  • starts.
  • Clean or replace your air-conditioner filter at
    least once a
  • month. This reduces operating costs by
    helping the unit
  • to work more efficiently.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And God said 'Let the earth put forth grass,
herb yielding seed, and fruit-tree bearing fruit
after its kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon
the earth.' And it was so. Genesis 111
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • Reduce Cooling Costs
  • Place your air-conditioner at the shady side of
    the home.
  • It works more efficiently there.
  • Cook less and do not heat up the kitchen. Eat
    more salads
  • and lighter foods that do not require the
    stove or oven to
  • prepare.
  • Keep storm windows and doors in place during the
  • summer months if you use
    air-conditioning. Just as they
  • prevent heat loss, they also prevent heat
    gain.
  • 14. Wear lighter looser clothing in the summer.
  • Insulate your attic and walls to hold in the
    cooler air.
  • Use box fans, ceiling fans and attic fans instead
    of air-
  • conditioners.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And God said 'Let the waters swarm with swarms
of living creatures, and let fowl fly above the
earth in the open firmament of heaven.' Genesis
120
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What YOU Can Do to Stop Global Warming from
MI-COEJL Mich Coalition on the Environment
Jewish Life
  • At Work
  • 1. Always use a Programmable thermostat.
    These thermostats allow one to control heating
    and cooling costs.
  • 2. Lower your thermostat in the winter and
    raise it in the summer. Be sure to lower or raise
    thermostat at the end of the day, as appropriate
    for the season to save even more when rooms are
    not being used. A programmable can be set to do
    this for you.
  • Closing drapes and shades at night can save as
    much as 16 percent on your heating bill. Better
    yet are insulating shutters that pop into window
    frames and fit snugly.
  • 4. Turn off lights and equipment. At the end
    of the day be sure to turn off all lights and
    equipment including monitors, printers, fax
    machines, etc.
  • 5. In general, larger monitors use more
    energy. Also think LCD monitors, they use less
    energy.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
God saw all that God had made, and found it very
good. Genesis 131
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Jewish Life
  • At Work
  • 6. Setup computers to use the energy saving
    option.
  • 7. Use only energy-efficient lighting such as
    compact fluorescent light bulbs. (CFL) Whenever
    possible to use natural light.
  • Use EPA Energy Star rated copiers, fax machines,
    computers etc. www.energystar.gov
  • Use low-flow water fixtures and install
    dual-flush toilets or low-flow or waterless
    urinals for replacements or when remodeling.
  • 10. Set copy machines and printers to default
    to
  • double-sided copying and printing.
  • 11. Carefully preview your documents before you
    print. Avoid the paper waste of reprinting. Use
    that waste for scrap paper.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
"Meditation on creation is obligatory," said an
eleventh-century Jewish philosopher. "You should
try to understand both the smallest and greatest
of God's creatures. Examine carefully those which
are hidden from you."
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Jewish Life
  • At Work
  • 12. Establish a carpooling program. Provide
    places for
  • bicycle storage. Provide incentives for
    employees to take public transportation. Let
    people work from home.
  • 13. Make business travel carbon neutral.
    www.nativeenergy.com or www.jnf.org/goneutral/in
    dex.html
  • 14. Recycle. Separate and recycle paper,
    cardboard, glass,
  • plastic, metal and batteries. Recycle
    construction waste and return carpeting, ceiling
    tiles and other materials to manufacturers.
  • 15. Think before you print. Do you really need
    hardcopy? Printing, photocopying and faxing use
    energy. Email more and attach documents.
  • Use recycled paper with at least 30 post
    consumer recycled content. Recycled paper uses
    less energy to manufacture and uses fewer natural
    resources.
  • 17. Use the blackle.com site for searching
    instead of google. The black screen uses less
    energy.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
LDOR VDOR from generation to generation This
is the token of the covenant which I make between
me and you and every living creature that is with
you, for perpetual generations. Genesis 912
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Jewish Life
  • Lighting CFL Information
  • 1. Use outdoor automatic timers. Using timers
    can cut your outdoor lighting energy use
    significantly. Also consider using motion
    detectors that turn on when something moves close
    to them and turn off after a few minutes. Both of
    these options are automatic so you do not need to
    remember to turn lights on and off.
  • 2. Keep light bulbs and light fixtures clean.
  • 3. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Light-colored walls will reduce the amount of
    artificial lighting that you will need.
  • 5. Use skylights and natural lighting whenever
    possible to allow the sun to provide your light.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
"The Earth is God's, and the fullness thereof
the settled land, and its inhabitants." (Psalm
241)
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  • Lighting CFL Information
  • 6. In some cases, ceiling lights may be
    unnecessary. Lighting the individual spots where
    people are reading or working is less expensive
    than lighting an entire room. Its called task
    lighting and gives individuals better control.
  • 7. If whole rooms are to be lit, one large light
    bulb is cheaper to use than several smaller ones.
    It requires
  • six 25-watt bulbs to produce the light of
    a single 100-watt
  • bulb single 100-watt bulb (or CFL
    equivalent).
  • Use dimmer switches. They can save energy by
    making it easy for you to reduce a room's
    lighting intensity. These can also be used with
    individual lamps.
  • 9. Turn lights low when watching television to
    reduce glare and save energy.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
"Even those creatures you deem superfluous in the
world - like flies, fleas, and gnats -
nevertheless have their allotted task in the
scheme of Creation (seder beresheet)." Midrash
Exodus Rabbah 101
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  • Lighting CFL Information
  • 10. To reflect more sunlight into south-facing
    windows in winter, cover the ground beneath them
    with a light-colored material, such as white
    pebbles.
  • Install Energy Star compact fluorescent light
  • (CFL) bulbs and recycle them. www.efi.org
    Earth911.org
  • www.eere.energy.gov/consumer. Ikea stores
    recycle CFLs or
  • hold them for local municipal Hazardous
    Waste days.
  • For information on selecting CFLs go to Alliance
    for Climate Protection www.climateprotect.org/ah1
  • 13. For questions regarding CFL recycling and
    mercury see www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/promoti
    ons/change_light/downloads/Fact_Sheet_Mercury.pdf
  • 14. Consider solar options for your outdoor
    lighting.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses
against you that I have set before you life and
death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so
that you and your children may live. Deuteronomy
3019
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Jewish Life
  • Recycle/Reuse
  • 1. Make sure used tires, motor oil and car
    batteries are properly recycled.
  • 2. Request that coolant be recycled every time
    your car air conditioner is serviced.
  • 3. Reuse plastic and paper bags and all other
    disposable items over and over before recycling.
  • 4. Recycle paper, newspaper, cardboard,
    plastics,
  • glass, batteries and metals. If you live
    in SE Mich. contact
  • www.socrra.org and/or www.rrrasoc.org to
    see if they service
  • your community. Otherwise go to
    www.earth911.org.
  • 5. Use cloth when possible such as
    handkerchiefs and dish towels and napkins.
  • When one must use paper products use recycled
    products such as printer paper, toilet paper,
    bathroom tissue, napkins, paper towels, etc. Go
    to
  • www.nrdc.org/land/forests/gtissue.asp.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Keep them alive with thee. Genesis 619
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  • Recycle/Reuse
  • Compost, compost, compost your organic kitchen
    waste. Keep a covered container at your sink to
    hold the waste and make a weekly or bi-weekly
    trip to the compost. Go to www.epa.gov/compost/
    to get a complete list of what you can compost.
    The short list is fruit, vegetables, tea bags,
    coffee grounds, leaves, grass clippings and yard
    waste. Compost is a great fertilizer for your
    garden.
  • 8. Capture rainwater for your garden and other
    irrigation. Cover with screen or lid to prevent
    mosquito breeding.
  • 9. Practice grass recycling. Leave grass
    clippings on your lawn where they quickly break
    down and add needed nutrients to lawn.
  • Properly recycle compact florescent light bulbs.
  • Go to www.Earth911.org, www.efi.org
  • www.eere.energy.gov/consumer. Ikea stores
    recycle CFLs
  • or hold them for local municipal
    Hazardous Waste days.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Finding God in nature can be a deeply Jewish
experience. This isnt some new age fad. Its
an ancient Jewish practice. Jewish liturgy is
infused with descriptions and images of nature as
an expression and embodiment of the Divine. Yet
for more than a thousand years, Jewseven Judaism
itselfhave been distant from nature.
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  • Recycle/Reuse
  • Recycle construction waste and return carpeting,
    ceiling
  • tiles and other materials to
    manufacturers.
  • Only purchase items that are reusable and/or
    recyclable.
  • 13. Develop a recycling program for your
    community if it does not have one.
  • Stay in hotels that recycle.
  • Donate used items to thrift stores/consignment
    shops/charities and buy from them.
  • Find ways to reuse items before recycling them.
    Such as reusing spray bottles by refilling them.
  • 17. Reuse paper, print on back sides, cut up for
    notepads.
  • 18. Save and reuse cardboard boxes, wrapping
    paper, envelopes and packing materials. Give
    excess packing materials to your local shipping
    store.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
God saw all that God had made, and found it very
good. Genesis 131
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  • Fall Tree Planting
  • 1. Plant a tree. A single tree will absorb
    one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
  • Plant deciduous (leafy) trees at the south side
    of your
  • home or building. In the summer they
    block the sun provide
  • shade and cool your home. In the winter
    they lose their leaves
  • and allow the sun to heat your home.
  • Plant evergreen shrubs and trees on the north
    side of the
  • building to block cold winds.
  • 4. Plant trees to absorb CO2 and to provide
    shade.
  • Plant fruit trees and organic gardens.
  • 6. Dig up unneeded concrete and plant there.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And God said 'Let the earth put forth grass,
herb yielding seed, and fruit-tree bearing fruit
after its kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon
the earth.' And it was so. Genesis 111
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  • Reduce Heating Costs
  • Use a GREEN and CLEAN option for your
    electricity. Go to
  • my.dteenergy.com/products/greenCurrents/in
    dex.html
  • 2. Install an energy efficient furnace.
    Choose an Energy Star
  • model.
  • 3. Be certain your furnace is tuned up and
    replace the filters
  • as frequently as needed to save energy.
  • Upgrade your wall and ceiling insulation. Seal
    and insulate
  • ducts, doors and windows.
    www.simplyinsulate.com
  • When selecting insulation, make your decision on
    R-value, not inches. R-value refers to the
    material's "resistance" to changes in
    temperature. The numbers are efficiency ratings
    and are a more accurate guide than material
    thickness. The recommended R-values differ from
    geographic region to region. Check with your
    state Department of Energy.
  • 6. The Federal government and many states
    offer tax credits for insulating your home and
    high efficiency furnaces. Be sure to save all
    your receipts for tax time.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
LDOR VDOR from generation to generation This
is the token of the covenant which I make between
me and you and every living creature that is with
you, for perpetual generations. Genesis (912)
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  • Reduce Heating Costs
  • 7. Find and seal other leaks at your location
    with weather
  • stripping, caulk or insulation.
  • 8. Install a ceiling fan. Change the
    direction of the fan to push
  • warm air down in the winter. Choose an
    Energy Star model.
  • 9. Install storm windows and replace existing
    windows and
  • sliding doors. Consider replacing single
    pane windows with
  • double pane. Double-glazing generally cuts
    heat loss by 50
  • percent. Triple-glazing saves even more.
    Again look for the
  • Energy Star label.
  • 10. Consider a plastic layer over single pane
    glass if too
  • expensive to replace.
  • 11. Keep window curtains open during the day.
    This allows
  • passive solar energy into your home and
    can save on heating.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
"Meditation on creation is obligatory," said an
eleventh-century Jewish philosopher. "You should
try to understand both the smallest and greatest
of God's creatures. Examine carefully those which
are hidden from you."
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  • Reduce Heating Costs
  • 13. Turn your thermostat down 2 degrees in
    winter. For every
  • 2F you lower your thermostat, you save
    2 on your heating
  • bill. Be sure to lower the thermostat at
    the end of the day. A
  • programmable can be set to do this for
    you.
  • Lower the thermostat several degrees when
    entertaining
  • three or more guests. The combined body
    heat will keep
  • everyone warm.
  • 15. Whenever possible, heat your body, not your
    house. Use
  • heavy quilts on your bed. Wear sweaters
    and warm socks
  • around your house. You will be much
    warmer for less money.
  • 16. Keep closet doors closed. There is no need
    to heat
  • storage spaces.
  • 17. Heat-producing fixtures and appliances may
    cause your thermostat to keep your home
    uncomfortably cool. Place lamps, TV, etc at least
    3 feet from the thermostat.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Finding God in nature can be a deeply Jewish
experience. This isnt some new age fad. Its
an ancient Jewish practice. Jewish liturgy is
infused with descriptions and images of nature as
an expression and embodiment of the Divine. Yet
for more than a thousand years, Jewseven Judaism
itselfhave been distant from nature.
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  • Reduce Heating Costs
  • 18. Keep the moisture level of your home high
    during winter,
  • either with a humidifier or lots of
    plants. Higher humidity
  • makes the body feel warmer so you can
    turn your
  • thermostat down and save energy.
  • 19. Remove screens in winter. Even fine-mesh
    screening can
  • block up to 20 percent of the sunlight
    that could enter and help
  • warm your home.
  • 20. Remove window air conditioners for the
    winter. If they are fixed in place, seal them
    with caulking or tape. It also helps to cover
    them with an airtight, insulated jacket to avoid
    heat loss. www.energyhawk.com/heat/heat14.php
  • Replace exterior doors. Replace exterior doors in
    poor repair with insulted core doors or add storm
    doors.
  • Some utility companies provide special rates for
    electricity used during "off-peak" hours. Check
    with your local utility company, and, if
    possible, plan to operate your appliances (range,
    washer, dryer and dishwasher) during these
    "off-peak" times.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
One generation goes and another generation comes
but the Earth remains forever. Kohelet
(Ecclesiastes) 14.
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  • Reduce Heating Costs
  • 23. Consider sealing off north-facing windows
    entirely in
  • winter/cold weather months.
  • 24. Plant deciduous trees at the south side of
    your home or
  • building. In the winter they lose their
    leaves and allow the sun
  • to heat your home.
  • 25. Plant evergreen shrubs and trees on the
    north side of the building to block cold winds.
  • Consider a berm (making a narrow shelf of earth)
    along the north side of the building to help
    insulate. This berm can take the form of raised
    garden beds which can also allow one to care for
    plants and vegetables more easily.
  • Have an energy audit done for your home and/or
    business.
  • Incorporate passive solar design into your home.
    Also consider installing solar panels and/or a
    wind turbine.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
"The Earth is God's, and the fullness thereof
the settled land, and its inhabitants." (Psalm
241)
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  • Reduce Heating Costs
  • 29. The common fireplace usually causes a net
    loss in heat.
  • When a blaze is roaring, it takes your
    warm house air and
  • sends it up the chimney (unless you have a
    fire-place insert
  • device or a tempered glass screen).
  • If you must use an inefficient fireplace consider
    buying
  • and installing a heat-exchanger unit.
    This device effectively
  • reclaims the heat that would normally go
    up your flue and out
  • of your house.
  • 31. If you are trying to lower heating costs by
    burning wood,
  • remember to take all of the normal safety
    precautions.
  • Remember that most fireplaces are grossly
    inefficient and are
  • not suited for home heating. Wood stoves
    are better. Wood
  • furnaces are the best. Spend a little
    time researching what is
  • available in your area. It is time well-
    spent.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Keep them alive with thee. Genesis 619
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  • Reduce Heating Costs
  • 33. Do not bum green wood. It is a waste of
    energy and
  • dangerous. Green wood is high in creosote
    content. Creosote
  • can build up inside chimney walls and may
    eventually cause a
  • chimney fire, one of the leading causes of
    fires in the home.
  • 34. Keep a pot of water on your wood stove
    while it is in
  • operation. This will add some humidity to
    the air and help you
  • feel warmer.
  • For safety and efficiency, back your stove with
    metal sheeting or masonry. Both will help reflect
    heat back into the middle of the room.
  • Be sure to clean flues and chimney at least once
    every heating season.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
These are the generations of the heaven and of
the earth when they were created, in the day that
the LORD God made earth and heaven. Genesis 24
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  • Spring and Summer
  • Buy produce locally during the warmer months when
    there is a large variety. Buy local produce year
    round when you can. www.maplecreekfarm.com
  • Compost, compost, compost your organic kitchen
    waste. Keep a covered container at your sink to
    hold the waste and make a weekly or bi-weekly
    trip to the compost. Go to http//www.epa.gov/comp
    ost/ to get a complete list of what you can
    compost. The short list is fruit, vegetables, tea
    bags, coffee grounds, leaves, grass clippings and
    yard waste. Compost is a great fertilizer for
    your garden.
  • Recent research on lawn watering at Michigan
    State University showed that, counter to all
    prior wisdom on the topic, the best time to water
    lawns was at mid-day, for a very short time (not
    to soak the roots). The air conditioning effect
    of evaporation from just a short watering at
    mid-day reduced heat stress on the lawn, creating
    the best lawn of all the test plots.
    turf.msu.edu/docs/E0009TURF.pdf
  • Mulch your garden to retain moisture. It also
    reduces weeding, enriches the soil, helps control
    erosion and looks nice.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
These are the generations of the heaven and of
the earth when they were created, in the day that
the LORD God made earth and heaven. Genesis 24
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  • Spring and Summer
  • For larger gardens consider drip irrigation or
    grey water systems.
  • 6. Limit use of power mowers.
  • 7. Refuel power equipment in cooler weather or
    during the cooler part of the day.
  • Grass roots grow to the same depth as the height
    of the grass blades. For a healthier, weed free
    lawn maintain at least a 3 blade height. This
    shades the grass, preventing weed growth.
  • 9. Once cut, leave grass clippings on lawn for
    nutrients. Or add lawn clippings to compost.
  • Plant trees to absorb CO2 and to provide shade.
  • Plant fruit trees and organic gardens.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
No shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and
no herb of the field had yet sprung up for the
LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the
earth, and there was not a man to till the
ground but there went up a mist from the earth,
and watered the whole face of the ground. Genesis
25/6
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  • Spring and Summer
  • 12. Plant evergreen shrubs and trees on the north
    side of the building to block cold winds. Plant
    leafy (deciduous) trees on the southern and
    western sides of the building to block the sun
    and to cool the building.
  • Reduce lawn size and plant drought-tolerant
    native plants and herbs.
  • Dig up unneeded concrete and plant there.
  • Restore native plants along streams and repair
    stream erosion.
  • 16. Join a community garden.
  • If fertilizing use organic or slow release
    fertilizer.
  • Better yet reduce or eliminate the use of
    fertilizers. Use organic compost instead.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of weed killers.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Then the LORD God formed man of the dust of the
ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath
of life and man be-came a living soul. And the
LORD God planted a garden eastward, in Eden and
there He put the man whom He had formed. Genesis
27/8
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  • Spring and Summer
  • 20. Use pest and drought resistant native plants.
  • 21. Take care of unwanted pests without toxic
    pesticides.
  • Chip or compost yard waste instead of burning.
  • Consider a berm (making a narrow shelf of earth)
    along the north side of the building to help
    insulate. This berm can take the form of raised
    garden beds which can also allow one to care for
    plants and vegetables more easily.
  • Consider solar panels for heating your pool. If
    not be conscious of how much you are using to
    heat your pool.
  • 25. Use solar powered pathway lights instead of
    wired lights.
  • 26. Use alternatives to lighter fluid like
    charcoal chimney or electric starters.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow
every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and
good for food the tree of life also in the midst
of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of
good and evil. Genesis 29
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  • Spring and Summer
  • 27. Wash cars on grass or gravel so runoff does
    not go directly into the sewer system. Remember
    not to leave the water running.
  • Plan vacations close to home.
  • Wherever you go think of low impact vacations
    instead of high impact vacations.
  • Also think low impact activities instead of high
    impact. Examples could be sailing and canoeing
    instead of motor boating, off-road biking instead
    of off-road motor vehicles. Other examples of low
    impact recreational activities are walking,
    jogging, hiking, biking, photography, camping,
    tennis, golf, swimming, gardening etc.
  • 31. When golfing walk instead of riding. If
    riding use electric carts instead of a gas cart.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Who causeth the grass to spring up for the
cattle, and herb for the service of man Nto
bring forth bread out of the earth, Psalms 10414
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  • Transportation
  • 1. Walk and bicycle more. Drive and fly less.
  • 2. Carpool more. Use mass transit where
    available.
  • 3. Plan - combine trips and take the most fuel
    efficient routes to destinations.
  • 4. Plan vacations for lower fuel consumption.
  • 5. Reduce commuting by working at home when
    possible.
  • Switch to a higher mpg and lower emission
    vehicle.
  • If you have more than one vehicle, use the most
    efficient
  • one when possible.
  • Do not idle your car more than a minute unless in
    traffic.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
God saw all that God had made, and found it very
good. Genesis 131
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  • Transportation
  • 11. Use your vehicles air conditioning
    sparingly.
  • 12. Reduce weight of vehicles by not hauling
    unnecessary
  • items.
  • 13. Accelerate gradually to save fuel.
  • 14. Use cruise control on the highway.
  • 15. Do not top off at the gas pump.
  • 16. Keep tires properly inflated.
  • 17. Fix oil leaks and keep car tuned up.
  • 18. Radial tires get better gas mileage.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
Finding God in nature can be a deeply Jewish
experience. This isnt some new age fad. Its
an ancient Jewish practice. Jewish liturgy is
infused with descriptions and images of nature as
an expression and embodiment of the Divine. Yet
for more than a thousand years, Jewseven Judaism
itselfhave been distant from nature.
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  • Travel
  • 1. Look for travel agencies that will help you to
    offset your
  • carbon emissions associated with business
    travel.
  • www.expedia.com www.terrapass.com Check
    out some other offset sites. www.jnf.org/goneutral
    /index.html or
  • www.nativeenergy.com
  • Turn your water heater to the lowest setting (or
    off) when
  • you travel.
  • Fly less. Take a train instead. Trains emit less
    CO2
  • emissions, per passenger, than going by
    plane. It is also
  • safe, fun and a great way to see the
    countryside.
  • Stop your newspaper when you travel.
  • Unplug appliances when you travel.
  • Use the courtesy van at your hotel.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
LDOR VDOR from generation to generation This
is the token of the covenant which I make between
me and you and every living creature that is with
you, for perpetual generations. Genesis (912)
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  • Travel
  • 8. Stay at hotels that recycle.
  • 9. Pack a night light for kids rather than
    leaving the
  • bathroom light on in the hotel.
  • Choose hotels that are green.
  • www.allstays.com/green-hotels/green-hotels
    .htm and
  • www.greenhotels.com and see their great
    tips at www.greenhotels.com/grntrav.htm
  • Hang your Do not disturb sign to avoid having
    sheets
  • and towels washed every day when staying
    at hotels.
  • Many hotel now also have signs saying if
    you don't want
  • us to change your linens, put this sign
    on your pillow and "if you don't want us to
    change your towels hang them back up and throw
    the ones you want changed on the floor. Make use
    of all of these signs and/or tell the management.
  • Plan vacation trips close to home.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
"Meditation on creation is obligatory," said an
eleventh-century Jewish philosopher. "You should
try to understand both the smallest and greatest
of God's creatures. Examine carefully those which
are hidden from you."
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  • Travel
  • 13. Plan low impact vacations such as sailing
    and
  • canoeing instead of motor boating. Think
    of off-
  • road biking instead of off-road motor
    vehicles.
  • 14. On vacation consider low impact recreational
  • activities such as walking, jogging,
    hiking,
  • bicycling, wildlife photography,
    canoeing, camping,
  • tennis, golf, swimming, football, etc.
  • Try a green spa. To find a sustainable spa near
    you,
  • check out the www.greenspanetwork.org.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
"...As my ancestors planted for me, so I too
plant for my children. Babylonian Talmud Ta'anit
23a
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  • Kitchen
  • 1. Increase energy efficiency of your
    refrigerator and freezer.
  • Keep these large appliances away from
    heat sources (direct sunlight, furnace and
    radiators) and other appliances (oven, stove and
    dishwasher) that can make them work harder to
    stay cool. At the same time, check the
    temperature settings. Keep your refrigerator
    temperature between 35F and 38F and the freezer
    compartment at 0F for maximum efficiency and
    safety. www.doe.gov www.pepco.com
  • Look for Energy Star qualified refrigerators.
    Look for an
  • Energy Star qualified refrigerator if you
    are in the market for a
  • new one. For example, a 2004 model uses
    less than half the
  • electricity of a 1994 unit. Generally,
    smaller refrigerators use
  • less energy, so pick the size that fits
    your storage needs.
  • www.energystar.gov
  • Maintain your refrigerator freezer for better
    use. Clean the refrigerator heating coils
    regularly. When you clean them, check the
    condition of the coils and components at the back
    of the unit. Keep the rubber door seals clean and
    tight. Foam seals degrade over time, replace them
    when needed.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And I will establish My covenant with you
neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by
the waters of the flood neither shall there any
more be a flood to destroy the earth. Genesis
911
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  • Kitchen
  • 4. Select the dishwashers no heat or air
    drying cycle.
  • Dishwasher use accounts for about 2 of a
    gas or electric bill,
  • most of it used to heat the water. Turn
    off the electric element
  • that heats the interior of the unit and
    the water to evaporate. It
  • is easy to do and will save on your water
    bill. Scrape off your
  • dishes instead of rinsing them and run the
    dishwasher only
  • when full. Also, Energy Star models are
    at least 45 more
  • efficient than the federal minimum and
    save up to one half as
  • much water. Avoid the rinse and hold
    cycle as it uses about 8
  • gallons of water just to pre-rinse the
    dishes.
  • www.energystar.gov
  • Use the dishwasher for full loads only.
  • 6. Halt the escape of oven heat. Check door
    gaskets on your oven for a snug fit by closing
    the door on a dollar bill. If the dollar slips
    out easily at any place, you are literally
    letting dollars of energy escape from your oven.
    You may be able to correct the problem by
    adjusting the latch. If this does not do it, buy
    a new gasket.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And God said 'This is the token of the covenant
which I make between Me and you and every living
creature that is with you, for perpetual
generations Genesis 912
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  • Kitchen
  • 7. Use the same "dollar bill test" to check the
    gaskets on your refrigerator and freezer doors.
  • 8. Do not stand in front of an open
    refrigerator trying to
  • decide what to eat or prepare for
    mealtime. Instead, keep a
  • checklist of your refrigerator's contents
    on the door and
  • check them off as they are eaten.
  • 9. When purchasing an automatic defrost
    refrigerators, look for a refrigerator with a
    "power saver switch." This turns off the defrost
    heater unit when humidity is low in the winter.
    It could cut your operating costs by 10 or 15
    percent.
  • Keep your freezer as full as possible. Foods will
    retain cold better than empty air, and make the
    refrigerator more economical.
  • 11. When cooking vegetables cut them into
    bite-size pieces. Steam them instead of boiling.
    They will cook faster and retain more taste and
    nutrition. Meat cooks faster in smaller pieces,
    too.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
I have set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be
for a token of a covenant between Me and the
earth. Genesis 913
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  • Kitchen
  • When boiling water, turn down the burner as low
    as possible to maintain the boil. Water will not
    get hotter than its boiling point. Too much heat
    creates excess steam and wastes energy.
  • When boiling anything on the stove, use the least
    amount of water possible. Also use a lid. The
    water will come to a boil faster and will not
    escape the pan.
  • 14. A pressure cooker uses much less energy than
    a conventional pan. Often the pressure cooker
    will do the job in half the time.
  • Cook several dishes in your oven at one time, or
    use the oven again immediately, while it is still
    hot.
  • Allow frozen food to thaw in the refrigerator or
    at room temperature. Cooking frozen food wastes
    energy.
  • 17. Turn off heat from a stove or appliance
    early. Use the stored heat to finish a meal.

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And it shall come to pass, when I bring clouds
over the earth, and the bow is seen in the cloud,
Genesis 914
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  • Kitchen
  • 18. Make sure there are at least four inches of
    space between the back of your refrigerator and
    the wall so circulating air can carry off the
    heat buildup from the refrigerator's coils.
  • 19. Microwave small meals. Microwaves are great
    for many cooking tasks and use one-third the
    energy of an electric oven. During the summer,
    they will not heat up your kitchen like an oven
    will. Toaster ovens and crock pots are also
    options.
  • 20. Compost, compost, compost your organic
    kitchen waste. Compost fruits and vegetables,
    teabags and coffee grounds, as well as leaf and
    yard waste. Compost makes valuable fertilizer and
    reduces the amount of waste in landfills. Keep a
    covered container at your sink to hold the waste
    and make a weekly or bi-weekly trip to the
    compost. www.epa.gov/compost/
    www.epa.gov/cpg/products/compost.htm

Jewish Thought on the Environment
And wine that maketh glad the heart of man,
making the face brighter than oil, Nand bread
that stayeth man's heart. Psalms 10415
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