New Sustainable You: Energy Wasters, Recommended Reading

In June, the Yonkers Public Library launched a Zoom program, The New Sustainable You, presented by Crestwood branch staff member Jackie Leone. This program is brought to you in collaboration with Friends of Crestwood Library, Yonkers NNORC, WJCS, City Of Yonkers Office of the Aging and Westchester County Legislator Ruth Walter.

On Wednesday, July 21, at 1:00 PM on Zoom, the program will continue with a discussion of how to make choices that help us and our community to achieve a smaller carbon footprint. Please bring your experiences about recycling and sustainable purchases to share with the group.

(To join the Zoom Meeting, go to this link:
Meeting ID: 947 9608 6558 Passcode: 138782
Or dial by your telephone +1 929 205 6099  Meeting ID: 947 9608 6558)

During the last meeting of The New Sustainable You, there was a discussion about energy-wasting appliances in homes. Jackie has provided a list of some of the biggest energy wasters:

  1. Hot Water Heater
  2. Air Conditioner
  3. Refrigerator
  4. Oven
  5. Phone and computer chargers (unplug)
  6. Screen savers (better to power off the computer)
  7. Turn off lights and any appliances that are not in use
  8. Light bulbs (switch to LED bulbs)
  9. Be aware of energy vampires such as TVs and electronics that are plugged into power strips. If the appliances do not need to be drawing electricity all the time, unplug or shut off the power strip.

Books about Sustainability:

The Garden Awakening: Designs to Nurture Our Land and Ourselves by Mary Reynolds

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

How to Give up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum

Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy

The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet by Michael E. Mann

The Rise of the American Conservation Movement: Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection by Dorceta E. Taylor

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things by Peter Wohlleben

Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low- Waste Home by Julia Watkins

The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where We Go From Here by Hope Jahren

Sustainable Minimalism: Embrace Zero Waste, Build Sustainability Habits That Last, and Become a Minimalist Without Sacrificing the Planet by Stephanie Marie Seferian

The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins

Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash by Shia Su