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Take the Cali Bamboo Green-Year Challenge
Bamboo Fencing. Solar Energy. Hybrid Cars. Green Building. Change.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the critical need to protect our planet both as individuals and as a nation. It’s hard to ignore this call for change; the message is heralded by politicians, celebrities, scientists, and even religious leaders.
It’s hard to imagine how one person swapping a traditional light bulb for a CFL could ever solve our earth’s massive energy problems. But it does. Our Cali Bamboo Green-Year Challenge has two levels: the Green Citizen which offers simple steps easily completed in a few minutes, and the Green Champion — tips for folks ready to go the extra mile. Good luck!
- Replace your traditional light bulbs with qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Swapping only 5 bulbs in your house will save you about $100 a year. If every home in the country participated we would cut greenhouse gas emissions by one trillion pounds. Learn more at this site about efficient lighting.
- Insulate your home with window coverings, and use CaliBamboo rugs on cold floors in the winter. Get the most out of the sun’s heat by opening south-facing blinds during the day. Check out our bamboo blinds, now in a variety of new colors.
- Consider biking to work 1 day per week. It’s far cheaper than a gym membership and costs nothing at the pump!
- Install a programmable thermostat in your home to lower your thermostat 10 to 15 degrees when you’re not home. You’ll end up saving about 10% yearly on your heating bill.
- Install a skylight to maximize on the sun’s rays and save on your electric bill.
- Replace your old vehicle with a hybrid car!
- Installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators will save a family of four up to $285 per year.
- A forgotten sprinkler can waste over 1,000 gallons of water per hour! Try installing a tap timer to ensure you don’t over-water. And choose a sprinkler that produces big drops rather than a fine mist, which is easily affected by the wind.
- Water your garden less often, but more thoroughly. This encourages your plants to extend their roots deeper, making them hardier, and less thirsty.
- Xeriscaping (pronounced “zeri-skaping”) saves water as well as time and money by landscaping with drought-resistant plants. Contrary to what you may think, this technique does not limit you to a desert-like garden; xeriscaping can also utilize classic Mediterranean styles, exotic-looking succulents and bamboo (of course!) to add beauty as well as an eco-friendly touch to your yard. Finish off your xeriscaped garden with some of our Bamboo Edging.
- Ditch the plastic bag. About 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide each year, and one fifth of these bags are used and tossed in the U.S. alone. These bags stay in landfills for up to 1000 years, or in oceans where they cause the deaths of 1 million sea creatures a year. The good news is that this is an easy problem to fix. Bring canvas bags with you to the grocery store, and opt for biodegradable garbage bags.