April 22nd is National Earth Day. This is your chance to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
March 1st, MVTV Wireless went green… by encouraging it’s cooperative members to switch to paperless eStatements, paper consumption has been significantly reduced and customers are saving $2 each month. Way to go MVTV MEMBERS!
Granite Falls’ very own Advocate Tribune compiled 4 earth-friendly home improvement ideas.
- Choose the right materials. Start the planning stage of your project by selecting materials with low impact on the environment. For example, reclaimed wood is durable, versatile and renewable, and can add beauty and timelessness to your home.
- Rent your project tools. Before you go out and buy all the tools and equipment you need for each home improvement project, do a little research to find out what you can rent. Not only does this save you money, but it also limits energy consumption, pollution and waste associated with manufacturing, storing and maintaining new equipment.
- Hire savvy professionals. If you’re undergoing a serious remodel, you’ll most likely be working with a contractor, designer or other professional to review your plans and turn them into reality.
- Use energy efficient equipment. If possible, make sure the appliances, tools and equipment in your home have the ENERGY STAR label. This means that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) qualifies that product as energy efficient.
Here are some simple every-day practices for your home and office…
1. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
2. Always unplug power packs when an appliance is not in use. You know, those plugs with the big cubes on them? They suck energy even when the gizmo at the other end is turned off.
3. Set your thermostat to 68° F in winter and put on a big, cozy sweater.
4. Close windows and blinds to keep the house cooler in the summer and warmer in winter.
5. On hard-surface floors, sweep or use a washable microfiber mop cloth instead of vacuuming.
6. Put recycling bags wherever you recycle (in the office, in the kitchen—wherever you read the mail). Then, only touch each piece of mail once and “file” appropriately.
7. Choose pet litter in compostable packaging.
For more information about Earth Day, visit The History Of Earth Day.
Remember… Conserve more, consume less!
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