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Break The Habit!

This is for everyone and anyone who wants to add “use less energy” to their new year’s resolution list!
You already know there are a bunch of energy sucking habbits we have like leaving the water running while we brush our teeth, not taking cell phone charger’s out of the wall outlet while not in use; all of that has GOT to stop! And not just to “cool our globe” but to save you some extra cash each month of that electricity bill! So I have compiled a list of habbits and how to break them.
First thing you ought to know is that breaking or getting in to the habbit of doing something takes about 30 days give or take a bit. So you have got to stay committed from day 1! Alright let’s get started:

Cell Phone Charger.
Now a days almost everyone has a cell phone! I’ve even seen 6-7 year olds running around with cell phones! Crazy right? Well I recently got my first cell phone for my birthday and first thing I had to do was pop in the battery and charge up right? It took about an hour and a half and when I was done, guess what? I left the charger in the wall outlet! The next time I needed to charge my phone I thought immedietly “I cannot let this become a habbit!”. So now I never leave the charger in the wall and here’s some tips for those who do:

  • Leave a message on your phone in the form of a ‘banner’ saying something along the lines of ‘unplug the charger’ or anything similar. This way when your phone’s all charged up you can open it and be reminded to do so!
  • Most people unplug the cord from the phone first, maybe you should try unplugging the charger from the wall first?
  • If you text (most of us do) ask a good pal to tell you to unplug the entire charger each time you tell them “hey I gtg soon. battery’s dying”
  • You can also do the above tip with e-mailing and IM if you have either of those on your phone!

And not only do we leave cell phone charger’s plugged in. But for kid’s with game boy’s and nintendo DS’s, cameras, really anything that needs to be charged up from time to time! The tips above can work too!

Leaving the Water Running
Alot of people do it, and alot don’t. I am glad that I never leave the water running while I brush my teeth each morning and night! I mean think for a second how much water you’ll use if you left that sink running each and every time you go to brush your teeth! It’s even worse if you brush your teeth a lot during the day; like every time you eat something! So here’s some tips:

  • Most, if not all, of us have a mirror in front of them when the brush those pearly whites right? Well grab a sticky note, preferrably a big bright one, and write on it in black ink “TURN OFF THE WATER!!!”. Anything that will get your attention.
  • If you and a friend both have this nasty habbit, and happen to text/call each other then every morning when you go to brush your teeth tell the other person to turn off the water! And have them do the same. It’ll be easier to break a habbit if you have a buddy by your side… or well… texting you.
  • I’ve heard about these special faucets you can get that limit the water flow but you can’t really notice. I reccomend you get one of these if you simply just can’t not turn off the water. Or just get one and start turning off the water to reduce your water use even further! I’m sure you can pick one up at a hardware store like home depot or something.

Not Flipping The Switch
This is a big one. A ton of people will leave a room for a long period of time and leave the lights on. I’m really really intense about this with my family becuase it means a bunch of wasted electricity and more money out of my folks pockets (which doesn’t make them too pleasant to be around). My brother does this all the time during the school year! I can’t count how many time’s I’ve walked up stairs lugging my backback behind me to find that he left the lights on since earlier this morning when we went to catch the bus. I try not to give him a hard time about it but I slip occasionaly. So here’s some tips for all you people like my brother:

  • Make it your job to go around the entire house and check each and every light switch before you leave the house. Double check any lights that you tend to use the most.
  • Last person to leave the house is responsible for any lights that are left on. When the bill comes it’s money out of their pocket. Don’t let it be you!
  • Put sticky notes on all the light switches that remind you to flip the switch (use common sense and only put notes on lights that are used. For example I’m not going to put a note on the switch in the guest room! No one is ever in there!)
  • set a reminder on your phone (if you have the capability).

Give It a Rest!
Tons of people (like myslef) spend a bunch of time on the computer, weather it’s for school entertainment, or work! But when we need to go somewhere or do something that takes us away from the screen for a while we tend to just leave the machine running. With today’s fast-paced life we don’t have the time to shut down the whole computer only to have to fire it back up again after a while! We need it to be ready to go when we are, so we just leave it sitting. What we should be doing is putting it on ‘sleep’ mode. This is when the computer is still on and ready to go but in a state where it uses less energy than when normally running. Less power used = less money to pay! How can you get in the habbit of putting your computer to sleep?

  • Open up any program that allows you to type. Microsoft Word, MS Paint, even the ‘notepad’ program already installed on most computers! Before you do whatever you need to on the computer open up one of those programs and type something like “put it on sleep”, this way you’ll always have a reminder!
  • Sticky Note Time! Leave a sticky note somewhere nearby the screen, if your on the go and using a laptop put it by the mouse pad
  • if your getting online to IM a friend then have them tell you to put your computer on sleep each time you say “brb” or “gtg 4 a minute”. And you can do the same!

The Super Showers.
A whole bunch of us are very bad at limiting our shower time. Some of us even take a whole hour to shower (diggin the rhymes?)! I, unfortuneatley, take about 25 to 35 minutes to shower. I want my shower time to be reduced to 10 minutes at the most! I went to a summer camp with my cosuin one year and each girl was limited to a 2 minute shower. So I was thinking how to get as clean as I could using up only the two minutes. Before jumping in the shower I began to put shampoo in my hair and lather it up! I ended up knowing that 2 minutes was longer than it sounds. So now I have some tips for those of you who like to take long showers:

  • Have a stopwatch? If so great! Have an iPod (most of them have a stopwatch feature)? Super! Time yourself next time you shower, then try and cut it down each time!
  • Set an alarm to go off at a certine time. If you begin to shower at 8pm then set the alarm for 8:20 letting you know to finish up. Set the time shorter as needed.
  • Take a bath! Some people don’t like the idea of soaking in the same water for a long period of time but hey, if your up for it do it! Taking a bath will use less water than if you shower.
  • Set a time limit for yourself to shower. Then have a friend or family member time you with a stop watch. If you go over your time limit you owe them 50 cents, if you go under your time limit they owe you 50 cents. Do this for about a month or so (and ajust the price if you’d like) or until you get in the habbit of shorter showers.
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The Media Contest Winner!

We had a total of about 4 or 5 entries, not what I expected but a pretty good turn out. Anyway I won’t drag this out any longer! The winner is Frosty93 hear’s Forsty’s entry:

Can you be considerate to her?
Can you spare her
Several moments
Of your care
And good thought

The Earth is saying something
I want to know what it’s calling out
I want to learn what it’s all about
Global Warming, Going Green
I’m not sure what to do

Stand up
We have to do something
It’s our home
We can’t ignore it anymore
You know you have to
You know you want to

Every little thing you do
It matters
Don’t be afraid
Give it a try
and stand up for the Earth

If you try it
I will too
Stand up
She just needs some attention
Just a little attention

It’s easy to look away
It’s getting harder
Day by Day
Don’t stop
Stand up

The Earth is saying something
I want to know what it’s calling out
I want to learn what it’s all about
Global Warming, Going Green
I’m not sure what to do

Everyday is a new day
It’s never too late to help
Every little thing you do
It’s helps in some way
So give it a try

Don’t think that your too young
There’s always room for help
Stand up for what you believe
Our help is getting smaller
Give it a try
And don’t give up

The Earth is saying something
I want to know what it’s calling out
I want to learn what it’s all about
Global Warming, Going Green
I’m not sure what to do

Just stand up
Give it a try
Believe in what you do
And try
As hard as possible
To not give up

Beautiful right? Very heartfelt I think! So good job to Frosty! And according to my last post about the contest Frosty wins:

  • A blog post about their website/youtube channel or other URL of their choice.
  • Multiple tweets so all of our 64 followers can check out the site
  • Announcements on our youtube channel and forums
  • SECRET BONUS PRIZE: 1month Ad spot on the side bar of the blog!

Now I also wanted to let you know that deciding who won this was a tough decision. Some entries were very well done, one with a good bit oh humor in it 😉 and I saw a lot of effort in our other entries. And to show off their wonderful pieces of work I will post them in the “Fan Submitted Media” page! So check it out!

Thanks for all the entries and effort everyone! Mucho Apperciated!

~Alice


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Ideas for Living a Greener New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! And congratulations to you all, we’ve made it to 2010! Happy decade! 🙂 Now here’s a list of 2010 things you can do to kick off the new year and be green! Okay, just kidding, not THAT many tips! Only 50 tips today, because Jduck and I are too lazy to write 2010 green tips. 😉 

  • Start a recycling bucket in your garage/kitchen
  • Do a monthly neighborhood trash pickup walk with friends
  • Tell your friends about this website!
  • Join our Forums!
  • Switch lightbulbs to fluorescents
  • Start putting your computer on ‘sleep’ when not in use
  • Begin using organic products
  • Start your own Go Green Blog!
  • Email us some green suggestions
  • Start a garden
  • Put bird feeders around the exterior of your home
  • Follow us on twitter for green tips
  • Watch our green videos on youtube
  • Recycle your junk mail
  • unplug chargers in the wall outlets when not in use
  • Use lunch bags/boxes not brown bags
  • Paper or plastic? Neither get a re-useable bag!
  • Make a Green Chores list for yourself and family each week
  • Don’t leave the refrigerator door open so long
  • Turn lights off as you leave a room
  • Leave your iPod on ‘hold’ or turn it off, to save batteries
  • Take shorter showers (try and cut back each one by 2 minutes)
  • Don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth
  • Turn off any stereo’s when you leave a room
  • Try and cut back on using hair driers, they suck a lot of energy
  • Don’t talk on your home or cell phone so much.
  • Don’t text all the time either.
  • Put your cellphone on ‘lock’ when not in use, but when you need it on
  • Put a reminder on your phone to unplug the charger from the wall when your phone is done charging
  • Use a dish washer rather than hand washing your dishes. You’ll save more water
  • Are you old fashioned? Like Sending snail mail? Well switch over to email! Faster, better and more effecicant!
  • Suggest to your company/school about recycling paper
  • Cut down on your text time to save batteries
  • You know those little tabs you use to open soda cans? Well those can be recycled too!
  • Got some new clothes for Christmas? Well don’t throw out the old ones! Give them to goodwill or use them as craft material
  • Finish that Sudoku/word search? Well be sure to recycle it!
  • Done with the Sunday paper? RECYCLE IT!
  • Plan on buying someone a CD as a late Christmas Present? Well save some plastic and get em an iTunes card
  • Have a cat? Maybe start a catnip patch in your garden!
  • Hear about those new digitalized books? That little piece of plastic you can carry 100 books in? Buy one to save some paper and space!
  • Start saving up to buy some solar pannles
  • Whenever you have a class project due, put it on disc rather than paper
  • Don’t us “Air Freshener’s” they only fill your home with chemicals! Open some windows
  • Don’t buy mechanical pencils, alot of plastic goes into those pencils and lead cases
  • No one watching TV or listening to that music? Well shut it off!
  • Try not to use disposable dinner wear at parties
  • Why pay for a gym membership when you can exsercise AND get your shopping done?!
  • Participate in this years Earth Hour
  • Time to update the art supplies? But crayons made from soy, not petroleum and wax
  • Knot together the ends of a dish towel or rag and you have an elegant gift wrapping!
  • Extra plastic bags lying around? Turn them into trash bags!

(By the way. Each underlined tip/resolution is for every 10 things… just helped us make sure we had exactly 50!)

Thanks for your continuous support! You know that it is MORE than greatly appreciated! 🙂

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Merry Christmas! And Contest!

In the spirit of the wonderful Holiday we’re making it snow here on coolourglobe.com! We also wanted to let you know of one of our first ever contests! It’s a media contest and here’s how it works:

You create a piece of media for the blog, something like a poem, or video, animation, story, essay, piece of music, or picture (any piece of media) related to Global Warming, or going green. Then submit it to us via email (coolourglobe@gmail.com) and we will select the top 3 (based on the amount of entries). If you win you’ll get a whole blog post about your fantastically brilliant website, youtube channel, or whatever URL you’d like us to advertise for you! And guess what? This blog gets at least 4-7 hits each day, maybe 16-20 at most on a good day. So no matter what your website will be seen by our blog’s viewers!
We’ll even tweet about it the whole time the post is up! We’ll also make announcements on our youtube channel, and we’ll let our Forumers know as well! Why give out all this free publicity? Well we appreciate all the visits you’ve all given us and we’re giving some back! So have at it and start creating your Green Media! The contest ends on the 3rd of January so you best get a jump on it now!

Thanks!

~Alice

NOTE: if you would like your work to be placed in the “Fan Submitted Artwork” page, please let us know when you submit your entry. If requested, your media will be placed there whether you win or lose. And all participants will be mentioned.

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Twitter Widget

Hey all! We have a twitter widget! I know it’s been around for a while but some of you haven’t noticed it yet (shame shame;)). Anyway, this widget will display my most recent 3 posts from twitter! If you click the title “My Tweets” you can go to my twitter page! Pretty neat huh?

This makes it easier for you ro check up on what I’m up to, and blog updates without having to go to twitter.com!
I know it doesn’t look very professional becuase it’s just words and some links but it is a very important part of our blog. See, sometimes I will talk baout updates on the CoolOurGlobe twitter that won’t be mentioned here. And it’s a great way to keep in touch with me and ask and respond to questions. I also use twitter to remind all my followers about contests or events we may be having on the forums so none of you miss out!

So yeah, I just wanted to let you all know that we do have a twitter.

Thanks, and followers are much apperciated!

Spaz125

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2012 The Movie

If you haven’t already heard there is an epic adventure film coming out on Friday the 13th about the supposed “End of Earth” on the proposed date of December 12th, 2012. Some believe that this date does mark the end of our beautiful planet, others seem unsure, and some are absolutely sure nothing at all could happen. As for myself, I fall somewhere in the middle, not too sure which is side is right. Of course no matter what we believe we’re all hoping for the best: nothing. And I’d like to graduate highschool before the end of Earth soooo yeah.
Anyway, I found a preview on YouTube for the movie and ever since I saw it I’ve been dying to see it! No matter what you think will or won’t happen on that mysterious date, you should still go see the film. It looks like a real adventure thriller type, and if you are a fan of explosions and destruction, this was made with you in mind. Check it out:

Tell me what you think of the movie in a comment, and if you think the world really MIGHT end on that date. Will you see the movie? Why or why not? Let us know!

Thanks,

Alice

 

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Green Works

If you haven’t seen the advertisements already then congratulations! Your about to receive your first look at “Green Works” home cleaning products!
We all know that when it comes to cleaning up your bathroom, kitchen, and other frequently messy areas, that using harsh chemicals and super intense cleaning products is no fun. But you want to have a clean home for your family and also want it to be eco-friendly? Well you can’t get both with the traditional around the house cleaners now can you?

You need Green Works! They have developed a natural cleaning and groundbreaking product that you’ll love. And becuase it comes from Clorox you get the same outstanding results Clorox is known for! Clorox’s “GreenWorks” products are 99% natural but still pack a punch when it comes to keeping your home fresh and clean.

Green Works has all of the tools you will need to keep your entire home clean: All-purpose cleaners, toilet blow cleaners, dish soap, window/glass cleaners, and even wipes!

But don’t take it from us, you can check out the GreenWorks website to get all the information you need on all the products your looking for. Just go to http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/
and click around.

Thanks! And happy cleaning!

Spaz125

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