BREATHE CLEAN AIR!
CLEAN IT GREEN
The average U.S. household spends approximately $600 on 40 pounds of chemical cleaning supplies annually. The business of chemical cleaning supplies is an 18 billion dollar annual business. They not only threaten our health but also end up in our rivers, soil, air, and oceans. Many of the products we use to clean our homes are a source of poisonous chemicals-toxins that may cause cancer, asthma, or other medical problems. You can save $580 annually by making your own non-toxic household cleaning products. You can find recipes for making your own non-toxic cleaning products using everyday items like baking soda, vinegar, and soda water at www.greenpeace.org/usa.
CO2 emissions are the largest contributor to global warming. You can reduce these emissions by purchasing Energy Star® qualified products. The average 1,500 square foot home collects 40 pounds of dust per year. Energy Star® qualified air purifiers will help you and your family breathe easier while saving you money and lowering CO2 emissions. Operating 35% more efficiently than standard models, an Energy Star® qualified purifier saves an average of 215 kWh per year, preventing 370.9 pounds of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere.
The easiest way to filter the air in your home is to use the heating and air conditioning systems already installed. The most common type of filter is the inexpensive fiberglass filter that only traps enough of the larger particles to keep your heating and air conditioning equipment from clogging up. Electrostatic filters are 97% efficient at filtering all indoor air pollutants including dust, bacteria, pet dander and mold spores.
VOC PAINT (No Volatile Organic Compounds)
The average adult spends approximately 80% of their time indoors – that’s 19 hours out of the 24 hours in a day. Indoor air quality is very important to maintain good health. Indoor paints expose people to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the paint for up to six months after application. The Freshaire Choice paint (only from the Home Depot) is the first-ever and only tinted paint to contain no VOCs or harsh chemicals.
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Small Appliances and Lights:
1. Use florescent bulbs.
2. Turn off small appliances and lights when not in use.
3. Install dimmer switches to reduce energy used by lights.
4. When buying new appliances, look for units with auto shut-offs to reduce wasted energy.
5. Unplug TV, cable box, computer, and other electronic devices while away from home.
6. Only leave items plugged in around the house that you use all the time. Plugged in appliances that are turned off are still using energy!
1. Use the energy saving cycle on the dishwasher and wash full loads only.
2. Clean drains and / or filters regularly on all applicable appliances to increase efficiency.
3. Only wash clothes when you have a full load.
4. Use the smallest pan possible when cooking, and cover pots to retain heat.
5. Reduce stovetop and oven use. Use a crock pot, toaster oven, or microwave whenever possible.
6. Turn off burners and oven just before cooking is completed. The burners will continue to give heat and will finish cooking the food.
7. Avoid opening oven door during baking.
8. Avoid excessive opening of refrigerator door.
9. Let hot items cool before placing in refrigerator.
10. Make sure the door gaskets have a tight seal on refrigerator.
11. Ask your local utility company to do an energy assessment on your home.