Eco-Tips

Green it up!

Here are a few little things that you can do to help minimize your energy consumption.  It’s the little things that can add up.  We have all heard the standby “greening” topics like turn the lights off when you leave a room, use low VOC paints etc. This is all good advice but here are a few tips you might not have thought of.

Five simple things you can do to live a bit more sustainably at home today!

Tip #1: Cancel your junk mail.  Eco-Cycle has all the steps you need to stop the tree killing junk mail you never read. http://www.ecocycle.org/junkmail/index.cfm

Tip #2: Put a bucket under your faucet while you warm up your bath or shower water. Later use the water for your household plants or garden.

Tip #3: Unplug your chargers! And other standby power suckers… They are called vampires, all the things in your house that suck your energy when you aren’t looking.  One easy way to do this is to put various chargers, DVD players, etc on a power strip, simply switch it off when you leave.  The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has determined that our plug loads could hog as much as 5-10% of all the electricity we use!

http://standby.lbl.gov/faq.html

Tip #4:  Adjust your programmable thermostat when you go out of town.  Surely your plants don’t need it to be 75 while your gone maybe they will settle for 85?

Tip #5: Be a savvy packaging shopper.  Packaging shopper? That’s right, look for products that come in smaller packages, recyclable materials, materials made from recycled products etc.  Encourage product sustainability with your sustainable purchasing power.

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About clarkrichardson

Clark Richardson Architects practice design with the goal of creating contemporary architectural experiences through form, sustainability and detail. We specialize in green building, sustainable residential and commercial design and have architectural studios in Santa Fe and Austin and a design studio New Orleans.
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