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END OF SUMMER ENERGY-SAVERS

The kids are back to school, temperatures are turning cooler, and depending on your point of view, the chaos is either winding down or just beginning!  Now's the time to start thinking about what you can be doing to prepare for the heating season ahead, and save yourself some money!  Here are some things that you can be doing before the cold weather sets in.

FUN SUMMER TIPS

 

These tips will help you go green while having fun this summer . . .

 

KEEP IT COOL THIS SUMMER

Use fans first when cooling your space.

 

These tips will help you keep cool and save energy this summer.

 

START A COMPOST PILE

Reduce, reuse, recycle, compost?  That's right, composting is an important part of the three R's.

USE ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION

Choosing to use alternative transportation options can have more benefits than just reducing your carbon footprint.  You can save money on gas, car repairs, insurance and even car payments if you choose to go without a car altogether.

6 SIMPLE HEAT-SAVING TIPS FOR WINTER

•Install an Energy Star rated, programmable thermostat.  Set the program to automatically lower the thermostat at night and during the daytime hours when no one is at home, and see up to a $100 savings on your annual heating bill.

 

Follow these easy, inexpensive tips to save on your heating bill this winter.

 

UPGRADE YOUR WATER & SPACE HEATING EQUIPMENT

Did you know that in Western New York water and space heating accounts for 73 percent of residential energy use?  Needless to say, upgrading your water and space heating equipment to more energy efficient models can provide significant savings on your utility bills.

CHANGE THE WORLD. TAKE THE ENERGY STAR PLEDGE!

You can save energy and money, and help in the fight against global warming by taking small energy-saving steps at home. Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge now to learn how you can be part of the solution.

MAKE THE SWITCH TO CFL's OR LED's

MAKE THE SWITCH TO CFL's OR LED's

Did you know that incandescent light bulbs are 90 percent inefficient?  About 90 percent of the energy used by an incandescent lamp is expelled as waste heat.  This also adds to cooling loads, wasting even more energy and money.

STOP PHANTOM LOADS!

 

Did you know that many of your electronics and appliances continuously draw power even when they are turned off?  It's true, and although it's only a small amount of power, when you think of all of these items you may have around your home, it really adds up.

USE GREEN ROOF BLOCKS

Source: www.greenroofblocks.com

Green Roof Blocks can be the difference between wanting a green roof and actually building a green roof.

 

DON'T DUMP THE DEHUMIDIFIER!

We capture the water from the basement dehumidifier for reuse as part of the initial fill of laundry water. In the grand scheme of things, this is about 4 gallons per week in the summer, but it is better than sending it down the drain.

USE OCCUPANCY SENSORS IN UNDERUTILIZED SPACES

Motion, or occupancy, sensors are a great way to reduce energy use for lighting and HVAC systems in rooms that are not in constant use, such as conference rooms and private offices. 

RECYCLE BATTERIES

Ed wrote: At Saint-Gobain Structural Ceramics, we built three clearly marked boxes out of 1/2" plywood with handles that are marked for battery recycling.

 

GREEN NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

 

Think green in 2012 when making your resolutions.

 

HOW TO GREEN YOUR HOLIDAY DECOR

Make your own ornaments and decorations.  Once upon a time, decorating the home and tree was a family event, why not bring that back?  Go on a scavenger hunt with the kids and find items around the house and the yard that can be `recycled` into holiday ornaments.  It will provide hours of family fun, and when you use as many `found` objects as possible, you'll be teaching the kids how to reduce, reuse and recycle at the same time!

 

Think green when decorating for your holiday festivities by following these tips.

 

HOW TO GREEN YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY

Turn down the heat before guests arrive. Take advantage of the added heat a room full of people brings. You'll save a little energy and everyone will be more comfortable in the long run.

 

Think Green when you play your holiday party with these tips.

 

HOW TO GREEN YOUR GIFTS

Consider reusing newspapers to wrap gifts this holiday season. It will save you money and be good for the environment.

 

Follow these tips when making your green gift buying decisions this year.

 

Trina wrote: Putting down newspapers in flower beds or vegetable gardens before putting down dirt or mulch helps to keep the weeds down, as well as

This month's tip is from Ed Dudkowski of John W. Danforth Company, August's Green Tip submission winner. Ed wrote: `Cancel subscriptions to unwanted trade publications, catalogs and magazines. I found that my recycle bin was constantly being filled with publications that I did not request. Last month I took the time to cancel four of these. Think of all the resources that could be saved if each one of us cancelled just a single publication. All of the energy and raw materials used to publish, print, transport, and recycle thousands of pages would be saved!`

Cancel subscriptions to unwanted trade publications, catalogs and magazines. I found that my recycle bin was constantly being filled with publications that I did not request.

This month's tip is courtesy of July's Green Tip submission winner, Mark Nestorowich of Lightspec. Mark suggested delivering all material and equipment submittals electronically via either email or digital email to significantly reduce paper use and waste on construction projects.

Mark suggested delivering all material and equipment submittals electronically via either email or digital email to significantly reduce paper use and waste on construction projects.

KEEP A PITCHER OF WATER IN YOUR REFRIDGERATOR

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Such a simple action as filling a container of water from the tap and placing it in your refrigerator provides several benefits in terms of energy and water savings, as well as your health.

Water in your fridge saves energy & improves health.

 

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STOP PHANTOM LOADS!

 

Did you know that many of your electronics and appliances continuously draw power even when they are turned off?  It's true, and although it's only a small amount of power, when you think of all of these items you may have around your home, it really adds up.

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