December 7, 2010
DKI Offers ‘Green’ Holiday Tips
Wood Dale, IL – Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., North America''s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, is offering tips for those who want to go ‘green’ for the Holiday season by saving money and helping the environment. Each day, each American (on average) produces 5 to 10 lbs of waste. During the holidays, that number can increase as much as 25%.
DKI offers the following tips to help you enjoy a ‘greener’ holiday-for both the environment and your wallet:
Green Holiday Tips
Make your own wrapping paper with recyclable newspaper or other reusable cloth items such as blankets, pillow cases, towels and scarves. If every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover about 45,000 football fields.
Decorate your home or Tree using LED lights. LED lights use 90% less energy than conventional holiday lights and could save your family over $40 during the holiday season on your electric bill.
Buy trees that are pesticide-free and less harmful to the environment.
Recycle your tree. Each year, close to 10 million Christmas trees end up in landfills. Many cities offer recycling programs.
Bring reusable tote bags with you when you shop.
The spirit of the holiday season is about giving. Donate to a charity that helps the planet. For example, make a donation in someone’s honor to an organization that is dedicated to cleaning up our communities.
Use timers for all your outdoor decorations.
Put on that ugly holiday sweater to stay warm. Turning the temperature down five degrees on your thermostat can save you 10% off your energy bill.
Give a gift that keeps on giving. Plant a tree in someone’s name.
Install a programmable thermostat. Keep your house at 68 degrees F during the day and 60 F at night while you sleep.
Did you ask Santa for a new cell phone? Recycle your old phone at retailers such as Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T. Every year, over 100 million cell phones are thrown out, where harmful elements such as mercury contaminate our landfills.
Buy gifts that are made from recyclable materials such as jewelry.
Give the gift of membership to a garden, zoo, or museum.
Start the New Year right by recycling your old phonebook. Many towns and cities that don’t have curbside recycling have locations where residents can drop off their old phonebooks.
Need a wild gift idea? Help a wild animal in need by sponsoring a zoo animal.
Use rechargeable batteries for electronics.
Instead of throwing them out with the rest of your garbage, consider donating your old electronics-televisions, computers, or radios to area thrift stores, taking them to a local hazardous waste facility, or a company that recycles electronics.
Buy products made from recycled materials with minimal recyclable packaging.
Carpool when you are shopping with friends or family.
In October 2009, DKI became the first and only Green Certified restoration services organization in North America. All DKI Members are required to be Green Risk Certified. The green risk certification training gives DKI Members the knowledge necessary to evaluate damage to an existing "green" building and understand what must be done in order to work on it and build it back in such a manner that it remains "green."
“As an environmentally conscious company, we are constantly looking for ways to help reduce our carbon footprint,” said Dale Sailer, president of DKI. “We have a large focus company-wide on going ‘green’ and not only are these solutions easy, they offer cost savings as well.”
For more information about DKI’s Green Risk Certification, please visit www.disasterkleenup.com/green to learn more.
Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., headquartered in suburban Chicago, is the largest disaster restoration contracting organization in North America. DKI member companies provide full service restoration to their customers: emergency response, water damage mitigation, fire and contents cleaning, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. DKI returns damaged property to its pre-loss condition quickly and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to our consumer, insurance, and corporate customers. For more information about Disaster Kleenup International, Inc., visit our website at www.disasterkleenup.com or contact Michele Donahue at (630) 350-3000.