4/27/2010 3:02:35 PM

Green Tips from PBI Project Polar Bear Contest Winners

The students who compete in our Project Polar Bear Contest are an inspiration to us all. Their contagious, "can do" spirit underscores the message that we can all make a difference. Here are just a few of the many carbon-reducing tips that our winning contestants suggest.

C02 Savings for Homes
Tips from the Canuck Nanooks Team
Grand Prize Winners (two teams tied)
Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Replace five incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They last eight times longer and use 75% less electricity. Savings: 500 lbs. of CO2 per year.
  • Turn lights & electronic devices off when not in use. Put electronic devices on a power strip and turn it off when not in use. Savings: 500 lbs. of CO2 per year.
  • Turn down your programmable thermostat by three degrees for eight hours every day and save 3-4% on your heating costs. Savings: 100 lbs. of CO2 per year.
  • Use curbside recycling. Savings: 3,000 lbs. of CO2 per year by recycling 30 gallons.
  • Take reusable bags with you for shopping. Save six bags per week/24 month/288 year or 22,176 in a lifetime! Savings: 29 lbs. of CO2 per year by not using plastic bags, 87 by not using paper.

CO2 Savings for Businesses
Tips from the There for Tomorrow Team
Grand Prize Winners  (two teams tied)
Louisville Zoo & Aquarium

  • Shut down computers and other office equipment at night. Savings: 200 lbs. of CO2 per computer/machine per year.
  • Program computers to go on "sleep mode" when not in use. Savings: 200 lbs. of CO2 per computer per year.
  • Check tire pressure in company vehicles monthly and keep them inflated at the proper pressure. Savings: 300 lbs. of CO2 per year per vehicle.
  • Drive 55 mph on the highway in company vehicles. Savings: 1,000 lbs. of CO2 per vehicle per year.
  • Adjust thermostats up in the summer and down in the winter. Savings: .79 lbs. of CO2 per sq. ft. of space per year.
  • Recycle. Savings: 3,000 lbs. of CO2 per year by recycling 30 gallons. Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent light bulbs. Savings: 100 lbs. of CO2 per light bulb per year.

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