Did you know... With threat of global warming many people are looking for ways to help save the environment. One easy and effective way is with a light bulb! It takes 18 seconds to change a light bulb, so how many has your state changed? Find out through a new campaign hosted by Yahoo. Here states and cities can compete to see how many pounds of coal and dollars they have saved, cars that they collectively kept off the road and pounds of CO2 they have prevented from entering our atmosphere by replacing incandescent bulbs with compact florescent lamps (cfl's). When you purchase a cfl anywhere in the US it will be added to www.18seconds.org !
For more info on green living try http://www.thegreenguide.com/
Green Options of Berkley CA, recently published an article with Top 20 No-or Low-Cost Green Building Strategies [PDF]. Feel free to click on over for more information on each strategy.
•· Orient Building To Maximize Natural Day lighting
· Place Windows to Provide Good Natural Ventilation
•· Select a Light-Colored "Cool Roof"
•· Provide Overhangs on South-Facing Windows
•· Install Whole-House Fans or Ceiling Fans
•· Eliminate Air Conditioning
•· Provide Combined-Hydronic Heating
•· Install Fluorescent Lights with Electronic Ballasts
•· Install High R-Value Insulation
•· Select Energy Star Appliances
•· Design Water-Efficient Landscapes
•· Install Water-Efficient Toilets and Fixtures
•· Use Permeable Paving Materials
•· Use 30-50% Flyash in Concrete
•· Use Engineered Wood for Headers, Joists, and Sheathing
•· Use Recycled-Content Insulation, Drywall, and Carpet
•· Use Low- or No-VOC Paint
•· Use Formaldehyde-Free or Fully Sealed Materials for Cabinets and Counters
•· Vent Rangehood to the outside
•· Install Carbon Monoxide Detector
Now for a local DID YOU KNOW....
In Arizona where water conservation is always an issue, the push for more energy efficient homes is increasing. Awareness of a building's environmental footprint, and rising costs for energy usage, is creeping into many buyers' thoughts when considering new construction.
"Tucson is home to some extremely well planned green urban communities. As Arizona is very much feeling the effects of years of drought and the resulting forest fire devastation of 2002, topics such as water conservation, forest management, thin-diameter tree products, and mankind's relationship to our environment are on our minds and in our newspapers. "-USGBC Arizona Chapter http://chapters.usgbc.org/arizona