Going Green with Wena Tina- Life's A Garden, Dig It.

In 1826, J. C. Loudon wrote in An Encyclopaedia of Gardening, "For all things produced in a garden, whether salads or fruits, a poor man that has one of his own will eat better than a rich man that has none." To start a vegetable garden costs nothing but a few packs of seeds and rudimentary garden implements, and it saves enormous amounts of money, to say nothing of the food miles and the packaging that go into supplying you with fresh fruits and vegetables.

Going Green with Wena Tina- Buy Cardboard Egg Cartons

Going Green with Wena Tina- Cardboard egg cartons are normally made from recycled paper, which biodegrades relatively quickly, and are also again recyclable or compostable. Styrofoam or plastic cartons take a much longer time to biodegrade and their manufacture produces harmful by-products. Or better yet...visit a local farmer, bring your own basket and take your farm fresh eggs home to feed your family. Hatch this eggsellent suggestion.


GOING GREEN WITH WENA TINA-Eat less meat. To produce one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water—that's 40 times more water than is used to produce a pound of potatoes. Before buying beef, think about the immense cost of energy used to raise cattle and to transport meat to your supermarket shelf. Besides all this, cows consume enormous amounts of antibiotics and are a prodigious source of methane, which is the number-two greenhouse gas; livestock are responsible for almost 20 percent of the methane in the atmosphere.


Going Green with Wena Tina- Play it Cool

Avoid placing your air conditioner next to a TV, lamp, or other electrical appliance that generates heat. A heat source will confuse the unit's thermostat, causing it to misread how hot the room is and make the air conditioner run longer than it should. You can also program an air conditioner to start running 30 minutes before you arrive home (as with heating).

Going Green with Wena Tina- Build Green

A green roof is more than simply a roof with plants growing on it. It functions like a "breathing wall," consuming carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and emitting oxygen. Green roofs generally use low-maintenance, drought-resistant plants. Vegetation is planted or laid down as pre-vegetated mats on a thin layer of soil. More intensive green-roof systems may contain trees and larger plants, but these require deeper soil and are more expensive.

Wena Tina Does Not Like Dryers

The “Saving Electricity” website reports that the average dryer uses 3.3 kilowatt hours of energy and estimates an average of 11 cents per kilowatt hour. A small load of clothes takes about 45 minutes in the dryer, so the cost of that load is $0.36.

Some dryers are electric and others run on gas, but electric dryers notoriously consume more energy than gas dryers do. Overall, dryers in the U.S. emit 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and use 43 billion kilowatt hours and 443 million therms of natural gas.