In my folder for Earth Day is a guide for Lowering Emissions. It contains Actions, Why it Makes Sense & websites for more information. Here are some excerpts for my Earth Day, Every Day posting #18.
1. Avoid running the tap while shaving, doing the dishes, brushing your teeth, etc. Partially fill your sink with water and stop about 80% of that clean water from going down the drain.
2. Install a low-flow showerhead with a shut-off lever, which allows you to interrupt water flow. This showerhead uses 60% less water (Less than 3 gal. per min.) than standard fixtures and costs between $5 & $15.
3. Take a quick shower or a small bath. A five minute shower uses 50% less water thana bath. If you prefer baths, keep water level below 3 inches. Save water, save energy.
4. Keep window curtains open during the dayÃÂ in winter, allowing passive solar energy into your home and saves as much as 5% on home heating. In the evening, close the curtains to keep the heat in.
5. Get a home energy audit. Some utility companies do this for free or offer rebates to help with upgrade costs. OR call s home performance contractor or get a do-it-yourself tool by the Dept of Energy & the EPA.
Before the end of this month, I plan to post more of these hints & links that cover the workplace, the kitchen, etc.