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Have a sustainable summer

July 02, 2012
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BLOOMINGTON, IN — Sustainability Dashboard Tools LLC has released its "Top 10 Ways to Make Your Summer Vacation More Sustainable," according to a press release.

The list includes suggestions for enjoying summer vacations, protecting the environment and promoting sustainability all at the same time, the release stated.

"A ''culture of sustainability'' is now evolving in many parts of the world," said Stephen Ashkin, chief executive officer (CEO) for Sustainability Dashboard Tools.

"This means we think about sustainability in everything we do, from the cars we drive, the products we use … even in how we vacation," Ashkin added.

According to the release, the top five ways to make your summer vacation more sustainable include:

1. Unplug: Many appliances, such as televisions, use electricity even when turned off. Unplug appliances from wall sockets to avoid wasting electricity while away.

2. Turn down: If you cannot unplug an appliance, turn it down; use "vacation" settings found on some appliances; adjust the thermostat or turn the air conditioning off altogether.

3. Water late: Install timers that automatically irrigate lawns and vegetation after 10 p.m. to use water most efficiently and minimize evaporation.

4. Travel on wheels and rails: Busses and trains require less fuel and produce fewer greenhouse gasses per person than commercial airplanes. And once you arrive, use public transportation.

5. Try a "stay-cation:" Close to home can be fun and uses less fuel and energy.

For the remaining tips, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.

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