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Green Facts
  • In one year there would be enough waste to fill dustbins stretching from the Earth to the Moon. (Source: LGB Publications)
  • Using power strips saves three quarters of office power which may be consumed when machines are off but still plugged in
  • Up to 90% of new glass can be made from reclaimed scrap glass, which saves energy and raw materials (Source:British Glass)
  • Every ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees. (Source: The Green Parent website).
  • The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle is enough to power a light bulb for four hours. (Source www.practicalhelp.org.uk)
  • Through energy use the average home emits more harmful CO2 gas than the average car. (Source: ETSU)
  • Using a hose to wash your car wastes up to 300 litres or 33 bucketsful of water. (Source: Southern Water website)
  • You can just about halve the power used by your LCD monitor by setting it to run on low brightness (20 Watts compared with 34 Watts on full brightness)
  • If your computer has got a big old-style monitor, you can cut its energy consumption in half by switching to a flat screen. Better still, switch to a laptop - you'll use 90% less electricity
  • Paper makes up more than 50% of office waste. Guess how much double-sided printing saves?
  • The best office paper is FSC certified, chlorine free and at least 50% recycled content
  • Computers in sleep mode usually use less than 10% of the energy than when they are sitting around waiting for you or hard at work
  • Save water and trees - put this at the bottom of your emails: “It takes one liter of water to make three sheets of A4 paper. Do you really need to print this?”
  • Screen savers don't save energy - they save screens
  • Fluorescent bulbs use approximately 80% less energy than traditional bulbs


The Big Picture
  • There are at least 25,000 tons of garbage produced in Beirut every day. (ELARD organization, 2010)
  • Recycling one ton of cardboard and paper saves two tons of wood, according to the Ministry of Environment
  • Energy Star products currently save Americans around $3.5 billion annually
  • Imported fossil fuel accounts for 97% of the energy bill in Lebanon (Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation Project, 2010)
  • By using energy more efficiently at home, you can reduce your emissions and lower your energy bill by more than 30%
  • 72% of world energy is consumed by infrastructure, industry, buildings and residential markets (Schneider Electric, 2010)
  • 60% increase in the demand for electricity in new economies is expected by 2030 (International Energy Agency, 2007)
  • By 2050, energy demand will double and the world’s population will increase by 46% (www.worldenergy.org)
  • White and cream color reflect sunlight by 60 to 90% (Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation Project, 2001)
  • Only 1% of houses in Lebanon use solar water heaters, compared to 50% in Cyprus (Lebanese American University, 2010)
  • 80% of buildings in Beirut are wrongly oriented, attracting unwanted sunlight and heat (Lebanese American University, 2010)
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