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Don't get overheated about your heating bills

December Feature - Energy Efficiency

How were the heating bills this month? Are you telling yourself (like you do every winter and summer) that you have to do something about the energy efficiency of your home? Before you get started; get educated! There is a lot of misinformation out there about what will really reduce your bills in a noticeable way. Beyond the information provided below; consider having a home energy assessment performed by a certified BPI Building Analyst.  This process will pinpoint the exact needs of your particular home.

Priorities one and two when improving the energy efficiency of the vast majority of homes is air and duct sealing.


Watch the Weather, Wait to Water

The Southwest Florida Water Management District is encouraging residents who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rains and “watch the weather, wait to water.”

During the summer months of June, July, August and September, yards need no more than 3/4 inch of water every 2 to 3 days. If your lawn has received enough water from rainfall, then you can turn off your irrigation system and turn it back on when needed.


Keeping your Cosmetics Fresh

Though technology has made cosmetic preservatives more effective than ever before, they’re not invincible.

By keeping cosmetics beyond the three to five years that most preservatives are designed to handle, you may be lessening the products benefits. Once a container has been opened, the preservatives in the product begin to deteriorate. Eventually, age and repeated use overwhelm their capabilities. The natural bacteria that flourish on your skin and in the air and in rare cases may cause infection.


10 Steps to a Greener College Move-In

Even though students today are more concerned than ever about the environment, during the transition to college, those ideals often go by the wayside. On many campuses, the opening of school can be a very wasteful time. Cardboard boxes, Styrofoam packing materials, and heaps of unanticipated duplicates end up in huge piles of trash outside residence halls and apartments - not a very sustainable way to start the year. Dedee DeLongpre Johnston, director of sustainability at Wake Forest University, offers these simple suggestions to achieve a "greener" move-in by doing more with less.


Cleaning Healthy. Cleaning Green.

Green Cleaning - recipes for a healthy home

People spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors. Studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show levels of several common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside. Many of these pollutants come from the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from household cleaning products. Indoor pollutants can be reduced by limiting the number of chemicals used indoors. By following three basic guidelines you can improve your indoor environment, save money and help conserve natural resources.


Going Green...A Blessing Out Of A Crisis

Going Green . . .A Blessing Out of a Crisis

Eighteen years ago, we were organizing under our kitchen sink. We had been so careful, using all the special kid safety locks to keep our toddler away from hazardous cleaning products. In our distraction of reorganizing, our little Danielle picked up a toxic bathroom spray and sprayed it right in her eyes.

With my husband on the phone with poison control, and me holding our screaming, kicking daughter under running water, we counted the five agonizing minutes that seemed like eternity. Thank God she didn’t go blind. That was a tipping point for us, and the end of our use of hazardous cleaning products.



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