It’s All about Saving Money and Conserving Natural Resources… for Ourselves and Future Generations
Serving Southeast Wisconsin
Going “green” is much more than a popular pastime. It’s become an absolute necessity as our non-renewable natural resources continue to dwindle, mass pollution grows, marine life is in peril, and for many other reasons.
Here are some simple yet highly effective ways you can conserve energy AND natural resources at home.
- Take care of leaky faucets and pipes as soon as you notice them. A leaky faucet alone can waste up to 100 gallons of water every week.
- Older toilets use up to 5 gallons of water per flush. New toilets are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, and some go as low as 1.3 gallons per flush. And since toilets account for 26% of your annual water usage, converting to low-water consumption toilets will save literally tons of water every year.
- Older shower heads and faucets also consume more water than older models.
- By giving your lawn a good soaking with each watering, you won’t need to water it as often.
- High water pressure can force water where it is not intended to be. If your water pressure is above 80 psi, we recommend installing a pressure regulating valve. This will also help to reduce wear and tear on your entire plumbing system, including fixtures.
Heating & Cooling
- Make sure all ductwork and vent registers are not blocked by furniture.
- Have your ductwork checked for cracks and leaks. Also, undersized ducts make your heating and cooling systems work much harder than they need to.
- Leave all interior doors open at least 2 inches if the room does not have its own return air intake vent.
- Insulate your attic.
- Install solar screens, awnings, or plants to shade windows and walls during the summer months.
- Keep filters clean and inspect them monthly.
- Insulate your doors and windows…it’s estimated that unsealed windows and doors adds up to hole about the size of 12 to 20 bricks…can you imagine the loss of warm or cool air from a hole that size?
We all know how much good is accomplished through recycling, but if you need even more incentive, here are some “eye-popping” statistics to consider…and remember:
- About 40% of the waste in the U.S. is paper, but nationwide we only recycle about 25-30% of our paper waste.
- Americans throw away close to the equivalent of 30 million trees a year, just from newsprint alone.
- In America we discard enough motor oil per year to fill 120 supertankers.
- Landfills are filling up and closing at the rate of approximately 2 a day.
- A glass bottle thrown away today will still be there in the year 3000.
- In the United States, one in every six trucks is a garbage truck.
- You would be able to circle the earth 436 times per year with the Styrofoam cups that are used in the United States.
These statistics are accurate, relevant, and alarming. So we urge you to take an even more active role in your home and in the community to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
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