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Going Green on the Great Sacandaga Lake


Save the planet – and save some money, too
Help your bottom line by producing less carbon dioxide

1. Adjust your water heater. If you lower the thermostat on your hot-water heater from about 145 degrees to 120 degrees, the change isn’t likely to be noticeable. This step could save you more than $20 a year if you heat water with gas and more than $50 if your water heater is electric.

2. Upgrade old cooling systems. If you invest in a central air-conditioning unit with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 14 or higher, you could reduce your carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 1,500 pounds a year. If you use a window air-conditioning unit in your home, consider replacing it with a new unit that meets Energy Star qualifications. That step could reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by more than 100 pounds a year. Also, remember to clean the filters in your cooling and heating systems regularly and to seal any leaks in central air-conditioning ducts.

3. Buy a programmable thermostat for your home. They cost between $30 and $100, but that’s money you’re sure to make back over the course of a year because your energy bills will drop. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust your home’s temperature on a predetermined schedule, so you don’t unnecessarily waste energy when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping.

4. Don’t drive so fast. Driving your vehicle 55 mph instead of 65 mph can improve your mileage by about 15 percent and reduce emissions considerably. You’ll also get better mileage if you avoid quick starts and sudden braking whenever you can, and if you keep your tires properly inflated to the maximum recommended pressure.

5. Watch that idle time. Letting your engine idle for more than 30 seconds will burn more gasoline than restarting the engine, so turn the engine off if you expect a lengthy wait. Instead of idling at a drive-through for several minutes, park the car and go inside.

6. Map out your errands. Do multiple errands on the same morning or afternoon and plan out your trip ahead of time. Consolidate drives to locations that are close to each other. If possible, park your car in one spot and walk when you get there.

7. Take a break from driving. Consider walking, biking, taking a bus or carpooling whenever feasible. And if you have more than one vehicle, drive the one with the best gas mileage whenever you can.

8. Mow your lawn with care. Lawn mower engines don’t use a tremendous amount of gasoline, but they create more than their fair share of NOx, a main ingredient in smog. You can avoid emissions altogether by opting for a low-cost manual reel mower.

9. Do laundry efficiently. Horizontal-axis (front-loader) washing machines use far less water and 60 percent less energy than top-loaders. Regardless of the type of machine you own, save energy and money by using cold water instead of warm or hot. Run only full loads when drying clothes, and dry two or more loads in a row to make use of the heat already in the dryer.

10. Think about your refrigerator. Don’t locate this particular appliance in direct sunlight or next to the stove or dishwasher. Also, unplug that extra fridge, especially if it’s just keeping a six-pack cold.

from msnbc


10 Everyday Pollution Solutions
Your Guide to Going Green

from the Environmental Working Group

Use cast iron pans instead of nonstick.
Read about Teflon health concerns.


To avoid chemicals leaching into food, go easy on processed, canned or fast foods and never microwave plastic.
Read about Bisphenol A, a toxic food-can lining ingredient associated with birth defects.


Buy organic, or eat vegetables and fruit from the "Cleanest 12" list.
Find out more about the "Dirty Dozen."


Use iodized salt to combat chemical interference from the thyroid.
Read about rocket fuel's effect on the thyroid.


Leave your shoes at the door. This cuts down on dust-bound pollutants in the home.

Buy products with natural fibers, like cotton and wool, that are naturally fire resistant.
Use our list of products and manufacturers to avoid the chemical flame retardant PBDE.


Eat low-mercury fish like tilapia & pollock, rather than high-mercury choices like tuna & swordfish.
Check our Safe Fish List to see which fish to avoid and what's safe to eat.


Filter your water for drinking and cooking. How does your tap water stack up?
Search our tap water database to see what you're drinking.

 

 

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What is the Best Light Bulb for Me?


As American consumers and businesses struggle with the myriad of light bulb choices available to achieve energy efficiency and other objectives, Lutron Electronics has created an easy-to-read website designed to answer the basic question, “What is the best light bulb for me?”

The new site compares standard-socket (E26) incandescent, screw-in compact fluorescent (CFL) and halogen bulbs. The bulbs are evaluated in a variety of categories, including efficiency, price, performance, controllability and quality of light.

According to the site:
Incandescent bulbs provide rich, warm light quality, excellent color rendering and controllability, but are the least efficient.
Screw-in CFL bulbs are generally the most energy-efficient and have the longest life. However, they provide the least pleasing light quality, do not start up instantly, sometimes flicker and are not disposable due to their mercury content. Additionally, they are not dimmable with a high degree of quality or reliability.


Halogen bulbs, an efficient variety of incandescent lighting, are up to 30% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. When dimmed by just 30%, they offer the benefits of CFL and standard incandescent bulbs without any of the drawbacks.


This new site complements Lutron’s energy informational website launched last year to provide detailed data about the energy-efficiency capabilities of Lutron dimming.

from www.goinggreenmatters.com


     
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