Supporting the EPA WaterSense® "Fix A Leak Week"
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WaterSense® have established "Fix a Leak Week" which is an
annual event celebrated in March. This year, we celebrate it on March 16-20, 2015. This event was established
to improve water efficiency and raise awareness. Americans are becoming more aware of the smart use of our
water resources by finding more water efficient fixes, uses and resources for future generations. This week long
event of "Fix a Leak Week" is a time Americans check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for
leaks. Water is essential to the survival of Earth. Only one percent of the water on the planet is
available for human use. Salt water and fresh water frozen in polar caps are not available for human consumption
and some water sources are not available for human access or use. It is time we tune into our own water use.
To begin, an easy way to understand our own water use is to take a look at our own water bills. Be sure to
review each monthly amount due as well as the monthly amounts of water used. Spend some time getting to
understand your water bills and seasonal activity. Now, for this week, take some time to investigate your
households plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Here are a few of our "Fix A Leak Week"
tips, fixes and examine tricks.
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March 20 Post:
All the "Fix a Leak" materials we have sited above were retrieved from The EPA WaterSense (http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/fix_a_leak.html).
Be sure to take some time to visit their informative website.
Do You Know Your Power?
Special Guest Blog By: Dominique Smith at USGBC-LA
Every month we open a bill from our energy company. Our power is measured in kWh and
dollars. Few of us have the time or the tools to analyze this in detail...until now.
There's an app for that!
I am participating in the Chai Energy Pilot Program, and my Chai (Gateway in picture below) arrived in the mail
last week. It is connected to my Internet router and communicates with my smart meter. It relays
energy use information to my iPhone on every appliance that is plugged in and turned on in the house.
It doesn't stop there, my Chai also lets me know that the fridge door was left open on accident. Then,
it lets me know that a new higher efficiency fridge would save me $5 dollars a month and there's a rebate
that I can use through my energy provider to get it.
The Chai Energy Pilot Program has major potential to change people's energy use habits
at home. Having a predictable energy bill and real-time use data is a game changer.
Here is a video about Chai Energy
Knowledge is power!
5 Tips for Helathier Indoor Living Space
- Use Natural Cooling
- Ceiling Fans / Fans
- Roof Overhangs / Awnings / Trellises
- Window Treatments: Blinds / Shutters / Drapes
- Shade from Trees
- Attic Fans / Solar-Powered Attic Fans
- Whole House Chimney Effect
- Take Advantage of Natural Lighting
- Solar Lighting Tubes
- Open Blinds / Shutters / Drapes
- Install Hydronic In-Floor or Baseboard Heat
- Obtain a Photovoltaic (PV / Solar) Study for your home
- Find out the sun's effects on your home and how to make use of it
- Look into installing Solar Panels
- Use Passive Solar Design
- Improve Indoor Air Quality
- Install an Air Purification System
- Keep a Healthy Level of Humiditiy - Dehumidify / Air Home
- Clean Floors Often (mopping and vacuuming with safe products)
- Remove Shoes at Front Door or Put a Mat at Entry Doors
- Purchase Healthy Indoor Plants
- Read WebMD's Ways to Improve Indoor Air