This week’s green challenge is to look for GreenGuard or Energy Star certified products. Seeing GreenGuard’s label ensures that the product you are purchasing has minimal affect on the air in its surroundings. Purchasing products that are not GreenGuard certified can lead to harmful chemicals being released in to the air in your home and inhaling these chemicals can cause many health problems. GreenGuard certifies anything from household paints to furniture and baby supplies.
Fun (or not) fact: If you purchase something new and can smell “new-car-smell”, that is a sure sign that chemicals are being released from the item. Air them outside for a while if at all possible.
Also, thanks so much for all the support. We had an awesome time at the Washington DC Regional this weekend and can’t wait to see everyone in St. Louis! Check out our Facebook page for more updates.
This week your challenge is to change your lightbulbs. Installing a compact florescent bulbs (CFL) is the easiest way to conserve energy – and also money! These lights are special because they convert the majority of their energy to light instead of to heat. They consume about 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer. If you replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb with a 25-watt CFL, you can save up to $83 over the life of the bulb. (check out THIS LINK for more information)
Also, The WiredCats can’t wait for our second regional in Washington D.C. next weekend! Good luck to all teams!
Today’s challenge is…. plant your trees! We handed out 100+ trees at Peachtree this weekend, so if you’ve got one, get it in the ground! Care instructions can be found on the paper attached to your sapling. Help offset your carbon footprint and send us pictures!
Also, congrats to all teams on success at Peachtree!
Only 2 weeks until the WiredCats’ first regional (Peachtree)! We can’t wait to un-bag the robot!
For this challenge, we thought we’d try something more fun. Who doesn’t love food?? This week when you go to the grocery store, see if you can find any locally grown foods to purchase. By selecting these foods, you help prevent trucks from having to drive hundreds of miles to deliver food and therefore you are also decreasing pollution.
Thanks for going green and local! Good luck at regionals!