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Earth Day Tips from the Green Port Program

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Happy Earth Day from the Green Port Program!

Today is a great day to take a few moments to reduce your environmental impact. Here are a few things you can do from your desk at home or work right now:

  • Save energy by using a blank screen saver. Screen savers that cycle tropical fish or photos from your nephew's birthday generally do not save energy... in fact, some can cause your computer to burn even more energy.
  • If you have a double-sided printer, save trees by setting your printer preferences to automatic duplex printing.
  • Don't forget to turn off your computer each night. It's an urban myth that leaving computers and monitors on uses less energy than turning them off.

Visit Energy Star's Low Carbon IT Campaign for more information on this topic, and have fun doing something green today!

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Support environmentally responsible San Diego Bay businesses!

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The Port of San Diego's Green Port Program has launched the Green Business Challenge, an initiative to help San Diego Bay businesses go green. Sixty-seven business are taking part in the Challenge, which connects them with an easy to use sustainability tool and gives them access to free resources that can generate real cost savings, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced environmental performance.

In honor of Earth Day, some of the environmentally responsible businesses that are participating in the Challenge are featuring special offers. Help support these San Diego Bay businesses with the Green Business Challenge coupon sheet!

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Check out the Creek to Bay Cleanup!

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Check out the 8th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup, taking place on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This is a great way to honor Earth Day by volunteering your time to remove trash from San Diego's waterways and open space areas.

The Port of San Diego is sponsoring a site to prevent pollution in San Diego Bay. Check out the website to find a cleanup site in your neighborhood!

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Green Baking Tips

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Thinking about baking some goodies for your loved ones this Valentine's Day? You may not realize it, but your oven uses a lot of energy to plump up those heart-shaped cookies.

The next time you bake, try turning off the oven a few minutes before the recommended cooking time to save energy and cut costs on your energy bill. No need to worry about those last few minutes, there is plenty of heat to finish the job.

Bonus Green Baking Tip: Avoid opening your oven while baking. Each time you open the oven for a peek at your treats, the oven loses 25% of its heat energy. This can result in noticeable spikes in your energy use!

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Energy Saving Tip for Winter

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Did you know that heating your home can account for more than half your energy bill? Lowering the temperature of your programmable thermostat 3 to 5 degrees can save you 10% to 20% on heating costs.

This winter, try setting the thermostat to 68°F when you're home and a few degrees lower when you're at work. You'll be rewarded with noticeable savings on your monthly energy bill!

Visit Flex Your Power for more information.

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