13 “Going Green” Myths—Busted
The truth about when to turn off lights or use your air conditioner.
Myth: You should always turn off the lights every time you leave the room
Fact: Turn off incandescents if you’re leaving the room for more than five seconds; CFLs, if you’ll be gone at least 15 minutes.
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Myth: You don’t really need to unplug small electronic devices
Fact: Unplug. Even easier, plug everything into power strips with on/off switches. Keeping things unplugged is better for the environment—plus, it’ll save you a lot of money.
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Myth: Washing in cold water won’t get your clothes clean
Fact: Washing your clothes in warm or even cold water will get rid of almost any grime, except for the worst dirt or oily stains. Switch from hot to warm water to cut energy use in half; cold, to cut it even more.
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Myth: It’s better to wash dishes by hand
Fact: Use the dishwasher, but stick to full loads, use the pot-scrubber option only if necessary, and hit the no-heat or air-dry option.
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Myth: Scour clean every jar you plan to recycle
Fact: Don’t fret over getting that peanut butter jar squeaky clean. Rinse out what you can, then recycle.
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Myth: Leave soda bottle tops on for recycling
Fact: Off with their heads! Or just stop buying plastic bottles altogether.
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Myth: Paper is better than plastic. Or, plastic is better than paper
Fact: Paper and plastic are both lousy choices. Grocery shop with your own reusable canvas bags.
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Myth: In public restrooms, paper towels are better than hot air dryers
Fact: If there’s a choice, go for the hot air.
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Myth: It’s fine to leave your computer on when you leave work for the day
Fact: If you won’t be using your machine for 20 minutes, turn off the monitor. If it won’t be needed for more than two hours, turn off the computer.
Myth: Those ‘paper-only’ blue recycling bins are literally for only paper
Fact: You can toss in newspapers, cardboard, magazines, envelopes with the plastic windows, and even the occasional staple.
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Myth: You’re better off letting your car idle
Fact: Idle for 30 seconds if you must. Longer than that: Turn it off.
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Myth: But you should idle your car in really cold weather before driving
Fact: Turn it on and go.
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Myth: You should always drive with the windows down/AC off to save on gas
Fact: On the highway, do what feels most comfortable. But around town, try to drive with the window down. Your hair will be a mess, but you’ll save some gas.
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