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Making Everyday Earth Day – Tips On Energy Efficient And Sustainable Living

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Today is Earth Day!!

For the past 40 years people have come together on April 22nd to celebrate eco-friendly education around the world.

Here are some facts about energy efficient and sustainable living, courtesy of Erica Christoffer, Web Producer for REALTOR® Magazine

Energy Use & ENERGY STAR

Upgrading single-pane windows to ENERGY STAR windows can save a home owner between $126 and $465 in energy costs per year.

An ENERGY STAR washing machine can help save 6,700 gallons of water per year.

Remember to turn off power strips and unplug electronics (TVs, computers, printers, and charging devices) because stand-by power can account for as much as 5 to 10 percent of a home’s energy use.

Building with Brick

Homes with brick veneer use 2 to 7 percent less energy than those with fiber cement siding.

Brick has a 100-year lifespan, or longer.

Clay bricks are recyclable. They can be reused in other structures or broken down to make new brick.

Consumer Waste

Every year, nearly 900 million trees are cut down to provide raw materials for American paper and pulp mills.

In the U.S., about 28 billion bottles and jars are thrown away every year.

Each year, Americans throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups — 500 years from now, they’ll still be sitting in a landfill.

Full Article: Honor Earth Day By Passing On These Quick Facts

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