Green Biz Wichita Thanks the Following Companies for their Membership Level
Prairie Pride Plants -
Nat and Gerry Barton started their nursery in 2005 to grow and share their love of native Kansas plants with other people. A true mom and pop shop, they strive to grow all plants in recycled containers, and recycle all items possible.
Kansas Global Trade Services
Kansas Global Trade Services understands the complexity of international business. As experts in the area, they know the risk and costs involved and the importance of ensuring you see a return on your investment. Let Kansas Global be your guide in the international marketplace.
Wayman Oil Company
Wayman Oil Co. provides propane services for residential, commercial and agricultural customers, as well as leak and pressure checks. Their focus on propane delivery keeps the price of propane affordable for their customers.
Your Time Professional Concierge Services
Personal assistant services for busy individuals. Professional services for companies and corporations. Your Time is a licensed, insured and locally-owned concierge company ready to assist you.
LED Source Wichita
Understanding how LED lighting truly works and knowing the difference between LED lighting products can be a daunting task. At LED Source our LED lighting experts separate fact from fiction and help to lessen the confusion surrounding LED lighting.
Volume V, Issue 4
Winter Weather Sustainability
It's cold and dark outside and January is only the beginning. Here are a few ways to keep warm and feeling snug about your sustainable choices this winter.
Dark Sky at Night
The International Dark-Sky Association says in order to reduce light pollution choose the lowest possible wattage. A 40-watt incandescent bulb, or a nine- to 13-watt compact fluorescent lamp, is sufficient for most outdoor uses. Add shielding that points the light downward for any source brighter than a 100-watt incandescent. And for security applications, use motion-sensor lights. They save energy and also draw attention to intruders.
For an average home in a cold climate, reducing home energy usage by just 15-percent saves the equivalent of 500 pounds of coal a year. Even if your home is insulated, small cracks can add up to big losses. To see significant savings hold a lit incense stick near doors and windows to find leaks then caulk them. Add a storm door and install weather stripping around doors and windows. Seal patio doors with rubber compression strips and door insulator kits and seal entry points for TV, phone and water lines with expanding foam insulation.
Excuse to Drink Wine
Annual carbon dioxide emissions could be avoided if 97-percent of U.S. wine made to be consumed within a year was sold in boxes instead of bottles: about two million tons. Then consider the annual carbon dioxide emissions of 400,000 cars: about two million tons.
Light a Fire
When you light a blazing fire on a cold winter day it looks and feels wonderful but it can be an inefficient endeavor. A fireplace sends most of the heat in your house straight up the chimney emitting as much as 24,000 cubic feet of air per hour to the outside.
Reduce heat loss
by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox or open the nearest window slightly - about an inch - and close doors leading into the room.
Install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room and check the seal on the flue damper and make it as snug as possible. Lastly, if you're planning to install a new one consider a gas fireplace. These provide the enjoyment of looking at flames but can be 70-percent more efficient than regular fireplaces. --