Finding ways to protect and preserve our environment seems to be on everyone’s minds these days. So, if you’re searching for new ideas to add to your green routine or just feel like you aren’t doing enough, check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pick 5 for the Environment program.
Pick 5 encourages people to commit to five actions that promote conservation of the environment. The EPA provides a list of ten actions to help you choose your five. These actions range from using less water to eCycling. If after scanning the list, you’re still feeling stumped, Sylvane can help. Here are a few suggestions that help conserve the outdoor environment by treating problems in your indoor environment.
The EPA suggests conducting a home energy audit, installing programmable thermostats, turning appliances and electronics off when you aren’t using them, and changing your light bulbs to compact fluorescents. The EPA also recommends purchasing products that are Energy-Star qualified. Energy Star products have been deemed by the EPA as being high energy-saving, cost-effective appliances that don’t consume excess energy or pollute the environment.
The Danby DDR7009REE is an Energy Star dehumidifier that keeps humidity at the perfect level for your home using non-ozone depleting R-410A refrigerant, which is eco-friendly and energy efficient. Plus, the packaging that this dehumidifier is shipped in is made from recycled materials.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling is always a great choice for helping the environment. Some of the options that the EPA offers are purchasing products with less packaging, taking reusable shopping bags to stores, creatively reusing other products, and recycling unwanted goods.
Another option is to purchase products made from recycled materials, and long gone are the days when this just referred to paper! You can buy a variety of products made from recycled material — even appliances. For example, the Electrolux EL6984A Ultra Silencer Green Vacuum Cleaner is quickly becoming known as the greenest vacuum on the market. This canister vacuum is constructed using 55% recycled plastic materials, and it is packaged in 80% recycled, unbleached cardboard. Not to mention that 90% of the vacuum is recyclable at the end of its useful life.
Test Your Home for Radon
Radon is a highly toxic odorless, colorless gas that can be found in any home. The U.S. Surgeon General recently named it the second leading cause of lung cancer. The EPA recommends corrective action be taken if long-term radon levels in your home exceed 4 PCi/L.
To protect you and your family, use a radon gas detector, such as the Safety Siren Pro Series 3, to monitor radon levels in your home. Meeting the EPA’s radon testing criteria, this digital radon detector continually monitors and records radon levels in your home. Should levels exceed 4 PCi/L, the detector will chirp until a safe level is resumed.
To see the complete Pick 5 list and make your commitment, visit www.epa.gov/pick5.