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sus·tain·a·ble @ Town Square provides green living ideas

sus·tain·a·ble @ Town Square provides green living ideas

By Tina Patel. CREATED Apr 14, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- sus·tain·a·ble @ Town Square is three day guide to living green in Las Vegas. The event begins Friday, April 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and continues Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday’s activities will center around how to reduce your environmental footprint and feature the fresh 52 Farmers & Artisan Market, master gardeners, Las Vegas Roots, chef demonstrations and more.  Saturday will focus on ways to reuse products and feature various organizations collecting items to give back to those in need. Soles for Souls will be on hand taking shoe donations, the Salvation Army will collect clothing for those in need and the Animal Foundation will be collecting towels and blankets for animals in shelters around the valley.  Sunday, you can learn about recycling.  Opportunity Village will be on hand offering free paper shredding and the kids can take part in children’s crafts with recycled products.

Recycling Tips
-If you are not already recycling at home, there is no better time to start.  Contact Republic Services to learn more about the programs available in your area. Republic Services now offers co-mingled collection - removing the need for you to sort.
-Demand that your company also recycles.  Create a green team that takes a look at what waste your company creates in waste optimize your recycling by making adjustments wherever necessary.
-Refer to Earth 911.com to find local recyclers in your area.
-Start using re-usable water bottles.
-Reading the daily newspaper online saves more than 2000 gallons of water per year.

Energy Tips (provided by NV Energy)
-In warm months, set the thermostat to 78-80 degrees when home and 5 to 10 degrees warmer at night or when you're not home.
-Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
-Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Don't forget your computer. Most new computers have sleep settings.
-Don't use screen savers - they prevent CPUs and monitors from going into power-saver mode.
-Install a hot water heater blanket but be careful not to cover vents or temperature settings.
-Replace furnace and air conditioner filters at least quarterly.
-If your furnace is over 10 years old, consider replacing it.

Water Conservation Tips (provided by Southern Nevada Water Authority)
-Only run dishwashers when they are completely full.
-Consider purchasing a high efficiency washer which uses about 40% less water.
-Installing low flow aerators in your home can save as much as 1,000 gallons per faucet per year.
-Investing in a high-efficiency toilet can save more than 4,000 gallons of water per person each year.
-Contact SNWA for a free indoor water kit which includes (1) low flow kitchen water fixture and (2) bathroom aerators.
-Cover your pool with a pool cover and get a rebate from SNWA ranging between $50 to $200.