GreenTips

GreenTipsWHY TREES ARE SO IMPORTANT:
• The most cost-effective way to meet the threat of global climate change is by restoring tree cover to the world's barren lands.

• We can take CO2 out of the atmosphere by simply planting trees. Through photosynthesis, trees take CO2 out of the air, replacing it with life-giving oxygen.

• Each tree planted in the humid tropics absorbs 50 pounds (22 kg) of carbon dioxide every year for at least 40 years - each tree will absorb 1 ton of CO2 over its lifetime!

GreenTipsENERGY SAVING TIPS:
• The more we use renewable energy, the more we benefit the environment, strengthen our energy security, create jobs locally, and help improve our economy.

• Purchase energy-efficient products, operate them efficiently, and incorporate more daylighting into your home using energy-efficient windows and skylights.

• Energy for lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill. Examine the wattage size of the light bulbs in your house. You may have 100-watt (or larger) bulbs where 60 or 75 watts would do. You should also consider compact fluorescent lamps for areas where lights are on for hours at a time.

• Lighting controls can be used to automatically turn lights on and off as needed, preventing energy waste. The most common types of lighting controls include the following: Dimmers, Motion sensors, Occupancy sensors, Photo sensors and Timers

• For energy savings and convenience, consider turning off your computer monitor if you aren't going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes. Turn off both the CPU and monitor if you're not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours.

• Water heating can account for 14%–25% of the energy consumed in your home. You can reduce your monthly water heating bills by selecting the appropriate water heater for your home or pool and by using some energy-efficient water heating strategies.

GreenTipsRECYCLING FACTS:
• Recycling one ton of paper would:
  1. Save enough energy to power the average American home for six months.
2. Save 7,000 gallons of water.
3. Save 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
4. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE).

• Recycling paper reduces greenhouse gas emissions that can contribute to climate change by avoiding methane emissions and reducing energy required for a number of paper products.

GreenTipsWATER-SAVING TIPS/FACTS:
• Federal regulations mandate that new showerhead flow rates can't exceed more than 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at a water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch (psi).

• New faucet flow rates can't exceed 2.5 gpm at 80 psi or 2.2 gpm at 60 psi.

• You can purchase some quality, low-flow fixtures for around $10 to $20 a piece and achieve water savings of 25%–60%.

 


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