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ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY

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WHY SAVE RAINWATER!?

Approximately 40% of water used in summer is used outdoors which is when most areas face water shortages and have water restrictions. This water shortage period is when plants and trees require water the most. As populations grow, water shortages occur, more and more cities are incorporating metering systems as a way of monitoring and restricting fresh water wastage. Saving rain water saves money and helps the Environment - The more rainwater is used, the less the need to use chlorinated or other chemically treated tap water. The more we use rainwater, the less that will go into storm sewers where it is mixed with oil and other toxic residues from streets, parking lots etc. allowing for more use of settling ponds to remove these toxins. www.gardenwatersaver.com


WHY SAVE RAINWATER!?


Approximately 40% of water used in summer is used outdoors which is when most areas face water shortages and have water restrictions.  This water shortage period is when plants and trees require water the most.  As populations grow, water shortages occur, more and more cities are incorporating metering systems as a way of monitoring and restricting fresh water wastage.  Saving rain water saves money and helps the Environment - The more rainwater is used, the less the need to use chlorinated or other chemically treated tap water.  The more we use rainwater, the less that will go into storm sewers where it is mixed with oil and other toxic residues from streets, parking lots etc. allowing for more use of settling ponds to remove these toxins.


~ How to Collect Water With Rain Barrels

~ Rainwater Harvesting 101

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WHY SAVE RAINWATER!?

Approximately 40% of water used in summer is used outdoors which is when most areas face water shortages and have water restrictions. This water shortage period is when plants and trees require water the most. As populations grow, water shortages occur, more and more cities are incorporating metering systems as a way of monitoring and restricting fresh water wastage. Saving rain water saves money and helps the Environment - The more rainwater is used, the less the need to use chlorinated or other chemically treated tap water. The more we use rainwater, the less that will go into storm sewers where it is mixed with oil and other toxic residues from streets, parking lots etc. allowing for more use of settling ponds to remove these toxins. www.gardenwatersaver.com


GETTING KIDS INVOLVED


Environmental Kids Club - Anything and everything!

Clean Air for Kids - What does air quality mean?

Kids Footprint - Find out how big your ecological footprint is!

A Walk In the Woods - A safe walk for you and the woods!

EEK! Environmental Education for Kids - Learning more!

State of Ohio Environmental Education Resources

Kids Saving Energy- Learn How to Save Energy with Tinker Bell

Arbor Day Foundation - Inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

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WHY SAVE RAINWATER!?

Approximately 40% of water used in summer is used outdoors which is when most areas face water shortages and have water restrictions. This water shortage period is when plants and trees require water the most. As populations grow, water shortages occur, more and more cities are incorporating metering systems as a way of monitoring and restricting fresh water wastage. Saving rain water saves money and helps the Environment - The more rainwater is used, the less the need to use chlorinated or other chemically treated tap water. The more we use rainwater, the less that will go into storm sewers where it is mixed with oil and other toxic residues from streets, parking lots etc. allowing for more use of settling ponds to remove these toxins. www.gardenwatersaver.com

Easy Ways To Save Energy

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Easy ways to save energy around the house:


Outside your home

  • Use solar powered lighting around your house.
  • Use motion sensor lighting in areas that do not need to be lit at all times.

Water

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water-heating costs.
  • Repair leaky faucets immediately and use low-flow shower heads. (A family of four, each showering for five minutes a day, uses 700 gallons of water a week; you can cut that amount in half by using low-flow aerating showerheads.

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Furnace/Heating/Cooling

  • Have your furnace and ductwork inspected annually by a professional to ensure your equipment is operating safely and at peak efficiency.
  • Look for holes or cracks around doors, light and plumbing fixtures, and other places where air may leak into or out of your home.
  • Caulk, seal and weather strip all openings from your home to the outside.
  • If your home has single-pane windows, as almost half of U.S. homes do, consider replacing them. New double-pane windows with high-performance glass are available on the market. In colder climates, select windows that are gas filled with low-emissivity (low-e) coatings on the glass to reduce heat loss. In warmer climates, select windows with spectrally selective coatings to reduce heat gain.
  • More attic insulation may be needed if the ceiling joists are visible. R-30 to R-38 insulation levels (10 - 16 inches of blown) are recommended.

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  • Install plastic sheeting or storm windows over old or leaking windows. Eliminating air leaks in your home can save you as much as 10 percent in energy costs.
  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees. Consider installing a programmable thermostat that maintains a lower temperature in your home during times when you are away.
  • Maintaining consistent temperatures within a few degrees will help save money.
  • Use your fireplace sparingly. Warm air can escape through the chimney so close the damper when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Remove or reposition any furniture or other items that may be blocking floor or return air vents.
  • Limit the use of bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans – they can pull warm air from your home quickly.

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  • When/after showering open your bathroom door to allow the heat to circulate to other rooms
  • Open draperies and blinds on south-facing windows to allow sunlight to enter in daylight hours to take advantage of the warm sunrays. Close draperies and blinds on these windows at night to maintain heat.
  • Water heating can be expensive, but there are a number of ways to lower your costs One way is to use less water.
  • When buying a new water heater, compare EnergyGuide labels to find an energy-efficient model.
  • Insulate your hot-water storage tank and pipes, and drain a quart of water from your water tank every three months to remove sediment that impedes heat transfer and lowers the efficiency of your heater (follow the manufacturer's instructions).
  • Set your water heater temperature to between 120 and 140 degrees, depending on family size.

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  • About 80%-85% of the energy used for washing clothes is used to heat the water. You can reduce this cost by using less water by washing full loads and using cooler water and cold-water detergents - switching the temperature setting from hot to warm cuts a load's energy use in half.
  • If you are in the market for a new washer, look for the ENERGY STAR and read EnergyGuide labels.

Electric

  • Armorcoat Safety & Security Films
  • Choose between clear and solar protection window films, both offering additional UV protection.
  • reject up to 99% of damaging UV rays that cause fading of carpet, furniture, draperies, etc.
  • some tinted Safety Films can prevent up to 80% of the sun's heat from the passing through glass.

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  • An energy audit will show you which areas of your home use the most energy and help you decide the most effective way to reduce energy costs. You can conduct a simple audit yourself, contact your local utility, or call an independent energy auditor for a more comprehensive examination.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents(CFLs); they are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 6 to 10 times longer. CFLs are more expensive than incandescent bulbs, but they pay for themselves by saving energy over their lifetime.
  • Turn off lights when not using them.
  • Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it.
  • Consider three-way lamps; they make it easier to keep lighting levels low when brighter light is not necessary.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Consider buying a laptop for your next computer upgrade; they use much less energy than desktop computers.

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  • Look for ENERGY STAR computers, copiers, printers, and fax machines when purchasing new equipment. ENERGY STAR products use about half the electricity of standard equipmentWash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Allow dishes to air dry instead of using the "dry" cycle on your dishwasher.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath to save on hot water.
  • When washing your clothes you can reduce drying costs as well: clean the lint filter after every load to improve air circulation, and don't over-dry clothes. Use the cool-down cycle to allow clothes to finish drying with residual heat. Also, periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it's not blocked.
  • Consider buying a natural gas dryer, the cost per load is less than an electric dryer.
  • Use power strips and turn them off when equipment is not being used
  • If you're shopping for an air conditioner, look for the Energy Star and EnergyGuide labels.

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  • Today, there are more options than ever to use renewable energy at home. A new home provides the best opportunity for taking advantage of passive solar energy. Orient the home to avoid overhead summer sun and to benefit from winter sun in cooler climates. Solar pool heating systems are very efficient and can cuts costs for heating swimming pools or hot tubs. The easiest way to take advantage of solar power is to buy electricity generated by renewable sources from your local utility. Under certain conditions, installing PV cells might be right for you.
  • Don't set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn it on. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense

Other Green Tips:

  • Use rechargeable batteries and make sure you dispose of used batteries properly
  • Use paperless bills and set an auto pay rather than using checks

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Easy Ways to Save Energy Outside the Home:

 

Save on Gas Milleage

  1. Avoid aggressive driving and observe the speed limit. Speeding, fast acceleration, and hard braking wastes gas.
  2. Lighten your load by clearing your car of extra weight, and remove roof racks or carriers if not used frequently.
  3. Keep current with car maintenance—clean air filters can improve gas mileage by as much as 10%.
  4. Properly inflated and aligned tires will improve gas mileage by 3%.
  5. Using the wrong grade of oil can reduce mileage by 1% to 2%.
  6. For longer-term savings, consider a high-mileage vehicle for your next purchase. See http://www.fueleconomy.gov/ for more on buying a fuelefficient car or truck.

-Tips taken from AEP & U.S. Department of Energy

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