Air leaks in your home can significantly increase heating and cooling costs. To find air leaks, have an energy audit conducted that uses a blower door test to lower the air pressure in your home. Once the air leaks are located, seal them using caulking or weather stripping.
Solar energy is being used more and more around the home, including landscape lighting and solar water heaters. A more common use of solar energy that has been around for years is drying clothes on a clothesline.
When buying new furniture or cabinets, check with the manufacturer to see if the products you are considering release no or low levels of VOC. Also, see if the company follows sustainable forestry practices and/or makes their products from recycled materials.
Rather than throwing away items you no longer need, why not give them to someone else to reuse instead? The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots, online community that’s easy to use with millions of members all around the world.
We all know solar water heaters can help the environment but there may be a few things you don’t know about them.While most solar water heaters require electricity to operate, they cost only a tenth the operating cost of a regular water heater.
Many people are upset about the mercury content in compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), but there’s a much greater amount found in fluorescent tubes. In fact the amount of mercury found in the first CFLs could fit on the tip of a pencil, and today’s CFLs have half that amount. Plus, there are a number of very safe and efficient ways of deposing of the bulbs.
Greenwashing is the attempt by companies to make their product or business practices seem more environmentally friendly than they really are. To avoid greenwashing when buying energy efficient or eco-friendly products, be sure to research the product and the company that makes it to see they’re really green.