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Klenda Austerman LLC
RSA Marketing Services
Martinizing Dry Cleaning
BG Products, Inc.
BG Kansas, Inc.
Document Resources, Inc.
Hall's Culligan Water
Midwest Single Source
Prairie Fire Coffee Roasters
Volume V, Issue 3
Begin the New Year with a Green Pledge
Every year on January 1, many of us fall into the same resolutions of joining a gym, eating better and being a better overall person. We've seen resolutions come and go but there are pledges that can really stick with a person for 2016. Making green resolutions are not only easy but doable and provide that personal fulfillment we need to keep the resolution all year long.
Before you begin a resolution, commit to one that best fits your daily habits. Then pick a few that fall outside your normal comfort zone. A sense of accomplishment and challenge will make the best resolutions possible. Here are a few tips to go green in 2016.
Turn off lights and appliances when not in use
As always, turn off the light when leaving a room. Put all appliances and electronic devices on power strips to turn them off easily by flipping the switch.
If no one is watching TV, turn it off.
Drive less and walk more
Are you close enough to walk to shops, school or work? Plan driving trips and cut down on
fuel costs by combining errands. Consider teaming up with neighbors or workmates.
Never buy bottled water again
Lose your bottled water addiction and it will help reduce the 275,000 tons of plastic sent
landfills each year.
Watch out for build up
Remove build-up in the clothes dryer's lint trap before every load. Removing built up lint not only reduces the
risk of fire but also will increase drying efficiency and save
up to $34 per year. Also, consider consolidating loads, drying
loads with similar fabrics together.
Keep out of hot water
Identify and fix water leaks in your home. Leaky faucets and
shower heads can be a big source of waste. Repairing these fixtures can save $100 per y
ear. Don't forget to inspect the hot water heater for leakage. At a rate of one drip per second, homes can waste gallons of water in a short time.
Seal the gaps
Air leaks can occur in unusual and out-of-the-way places like crawl spaces, attics, overhangs, garages and porches. Have a home performance Energy Star contractor investigate problem areas and recommend how to make your home's openings air-tight. This could increase your home's energy efficiency by up to 20-percent.
Count on the small things
When possible, use the smaller appliances like a microwave and toaster oven, especially when heating or re-heating small portions. This effort will use 80-percent less energy than a conventional oven.