Condo Media - June 2011 - (Page 18)

HOMEOWNER’S CORNER Good for You and the Environment Reduce Waste, Power Down and Save Money eing careful about what you buy, consume and throw away may not seem all that exciting even for the most committed environmental steward. But efficient daily practices and a little old fashioned common sense are good for the environment and your bottom line. B • Purchase recycled paper products, such as office paper, bathroom tissue, etc. • Set up an area to collect recyclable paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, tin and plastic. unit (like your personal computer) is powered down. • Turn off lights. When you’re not in the room or not in the house, there’s no need for all the lights to be on. • Clean and replace furnace or air conditioner filters. Dirty filters block air flow, increase energy bills and shorten equipment life. • In the warmer months, keep the shades and blinds down on south-, east- and west-facing windows. In the colder months, open them up and let the sun in. • Activate “sleep” features on your computer and office equipment. When they go unused for a long period of time, they power down. • Make waste reduction a priority in your home. • Evaluate the waste you generate to identify and reduce your greatest sources of waste. • Measure the volume or weight of the garbage you generate and set measurable reduction targets. • Reject wasteful consumption by carefully considering what you need and buying products that last. • Purchase products with minimal packaging or packaging that can be recycled, or buy in bulk. • Use cloth napkins, cloth lunch bags, sponges/dish rags, reusable plates and reusable coffee filters instead of paper alternatives. • Repair or donate older or unwanted equipment and household goods to local charitable groups, rather than dispose of them. • Purchase durable furniture and equipment or products made of recycled material to reduce waste from inferior products. • Compost outdoor wastes such as grass clippings, leaves and kitchen waste (no meat or onions). Looking to cut back due to a tight budget or ready to go green? Follow these 10 quick and easy tips to accomplish both. • Unplug appliances and electronics. TVs, computers and kitchen appliances, as well as cell phone and laptop chargers all use energy when they are plugged in — even if they are turned off. • Use power strips. “Smart” power strips automatically turn off when electronics are off or when one main • Lower the thermostat. Wear a sweater around the house and put an extra blanket on the bed at night. • Use fans instead of air conditioning when possible or combine their use to bring the air temperature down a bit. • Close vents and doors to unused rooms. • Wash your laundry with cold water; it is just as effective. Check with the Alliance to Save Energy at for more energyand money-saving tips or to subscribe to their free online newsletter. CM 18 CONDO MEDIA • JUNE 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Condo Media - June 2011

Condo Media - June 2011
From the CED’s Desk
Editorial Board
CAI News
CAI Regional News
Asked & Answered
Homeowner’s Corner
Fuel Economy
Vendor Spotlight
Legislative Update
Advertisers Index
Classified Service Directory

Condo Media - June 2011