April 1, 2010

One Thing That’s Green!

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In this special 10th Annviersary year, we celebrate a decade of value, style, award-winning service and making a difference in our planet. In 2008, we launched our One Thing That’s Green initiative to encourage our Crewmembers, Customers, partners and local communities to take action and make one change that benefits the environment. Today, we ask that you celebrate JetBlue’s 10th birthday by continuing to honor Planet Earth and doing not one, but 10 Things That Are Green!

Stay tuned for more tips and an online pledge later this month. And don’t forget to Do One Thing that’s Green volunteer in your local event- ask your local leadership for more information.

Check out these 10 Green Tips and join us in making a difference:

1. Think “refresh” not “remodel” when planning your next home update. One of the greenest approaches is working with what you already have. In the kitchen, new paint and updated hardware for cabinets can give you a new look without producing the landfill waste that a remodeling project generates.

2. Remodel with recycled materials. Buy lightly used cabinetry at a building salvage shop, find countertops and backsplashes made of recycled aluminum or glass, and purchase locally-made new materials. Purchasing local products reaps great environmental savings in fuel and other transportation costs.

3. Dry a few loads in succession to take advantage of leftover heat in the dryer.

4. Purchase an ENERGY STAR®-qualified washer rather than a non-qualified model. It’ll save you an average of $50 a year on your utility bills. Over the life of your new washer, you’ll save enough money to pay for the matching dryer.

5. Replace a refrigerator bought in 1990 with a new ENERGY STAR®-qualified model. In most households, the refrigerator is the single biggest energy consuming kitchen appliance. By purchasing a new ENERGY STAR® fridge, you would save enough energy to light the average household for nearly four months.

6. Purchase an ENERGY STAR®-qualified dishwasher. They use 44% less water and are 25% more energy efficient than non-qualifying dishwashers.

7. Resist opening the oven door during cooking. Each time you open the door, you lose about 25-30° of heat.

8. Purchase a humidifier. Optimally humidified air helps to naturally alleviate cough and cold symptoms. Humidification allows you to breathe and feel better and recover faster from your cold.

9. Maintain appropriate levels of humidity in your home. You’ll naturally prevent hardwood floors from separating at the joints, plants from drying out and wallpaper from peeling off the wall.

10. When possible, walk instead of drive.

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