Clean The Environment In Your Home
The earth is a place where you can live on, eat on, and breathe on. It’s an environment all in one.
-If you have a thermostat, lower it to about 65 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night. For example, if every household in the U.S lowered its average heating temperature 6 degrees over a 24-hour period we’d save the equivalent of more than 570,000 barrels of oil per day.
-Responsibly dispose of old appliances containing refrigerant. For instance, CFC & HCFC refrigerant must be removed from an appliance before it is discarded.
-Did you know that burning coal to produce the energy to light the bulb creates about 936 pounds of carbon dioxide. And also a single 100-watt indicates light bulb burning for 12 daylight hours each day for one year. A fact: dimmers save energy by making it easy to reduce light intensity. Tips to people who install house hold things like faucets - install a flow-control aerator.
-Did you know that instead of throwing away an old computer try to keep your printer clean, and upgrade your PC?
-Tips if you’re a carpenter or a building contractor - don’t by plywood made from timber clearcut from rain forests.
-If your house is like most homes in America, it loses furnace heat through the roof or attic, through walls, joints, and cracks, out the doors and windows, and even through electrical outlets and switches. Though you waste several hundred of dollars a year if your house leaks like a sieve, the environmental consequences are even more astonishing, because every energy-wasting situation in your home not only costs you money, but promotes air pollution, acid rain and global warming at the same time. For example, heating one home with oil for a year creates 6.5 tons of carbon dioxide, the primary culprit behind global warming.
-No matter how much you insulate, at some point you will still need to turn on the heat. You can make each unit of energy go farther by taking the following steps:
-Lower your thermostat to about 65 degrees during the day and 60 degrees at night
-Consider a heat pump
-Keep your heating equipment in top operating condition
-Keep windows near your thermostat tightly closed
-Install a clock thermostat for your heating system
-Buy a proper size gas furnace that incorporates an
automatic stack damper or induced draft fan, or an oil furnace with a flame-retention head burner
-Lessen heat loss if you use your fireplace when the furnace is on
-Install a whole-house ventilating fan
-Keep daytime lights low or off
-Do your cooking and use heat generating appliances in the early morning and late evening hours whenever possible
-Turn your window air conditioner off when you leave a room for several hours
-Clean or replace air conditioning filters at least once per month
-If you have no air conditioner, keep windows and outside doors closed during the hottest hours of the day
-Use vents and exhaust fans to pull heat and moisture from the attic, kitchen, and laundry directly to the outside
-Give up smoking or discourage smoking in your home. If you are a smoker, smoke outdoors instead. Ventilate rooms in which smoking is taking place. Scientific evidence indicates that smoking may increase the risk of cancer associated with exposure of radon.
-If you suspect that the paint in your house contains lead, have it tested. Your kitchen is the environmental hot spot of the house. It is where you use significant amounts of energy (in cooking, refrigeration, food processing, microwaving, and dish-washing). It is also where you create the most garbage. Virtually everything you do in the kitchen affects the environment one way or the other with, in some cases, significant impacts on your health.
-Check your water to make sure it is clean and if at all possible, use bottled water
-Check your toilets for leaks and when buying new toilet, select a water-saving model. You can also save up to fifteen percent of the water you use to flush your toilet by installing weighted plastic bottles in your toilet tank.
-Take showers instead of baths. A shower uses one-third the amount of water a bath does. If you normally take a bath everyday, in a year you should save 58,000 gallons of water, enough to meet the daily water needs of more than 250 families.