Green Resolutions for 2009

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With the end of 2008 comes the traditional time for resolutions. Many will make personal vows to develop better habits like exercising or eating healthier. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection hopes Floridians also will consider adopting 'green' resolutions for 2009.

It's easier to make resolutions than keep them over a year. That is why the state Department of Environmental Protection came up with a 12-month list of ways to become more environmentally responsible.

'Whether it's December 31st or July 31st, now is the best time to get started on some of these environmental friendly habits,' says DEP spokesman Doug Tobin

The January resolution is e-cycling - disposing of electronics in a responsible way and offers web links to help. February promotes spending time outdoors. March focuses on saving water.

For April, the resolution is to celebrate Earth Day by looking at ways to reduce waste.

'Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers saves enough electricity to heat a home for 17 hours,' Tobin adds. 'Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours.'

A full list of DEP's12 green resolutions is available at www.dep.state.fl.us .

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