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Green Living Tips

                         It’s All about Saving Money
                   and Conserving Natural Resources…
                         for Ourselves and Our Heirs.

Green Living

Going “green” is much more than a popular thing to do.  It’s become an absolute necessity, and for a wide variety of reasons.

At Burton, we’re happy to do our part to share with you some very simple to implement green living and energy-saving tips.  If you have any of your own you’d like to share, send them along and we’ll be happy to post them on our site…and give you credit (with your permission, of course!)

Plumbing

  • Take care of leaky faucets and pipes as soon as you notice them.  A leaky faucet alone can waste up to 100 gallons of water every week.
  • Older toilets use up to 5 gallons of water per flush.  New toilets are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush, and some go as low as 1.3 gallons per flush.  And since toilets account for 26% of your annual water usage, converting to low-water consumption toilets will save literally tons of water every year.
  • Older shower heads and faucets also consume more water than newer models. 
  • By giving your lawn a good soaking with each watering, you won’t need to water it as often.  
  • High water pressure can force water where it is not intended to be.  If your water pressure is above 80 psi, we recommend installing a pressure regulating valve.  This will also help to reduce wear and tear on your entire plumbing system, including fixtures.

  Heating & Cooling 

  • Make sure all ductwork,vents and registers are not blocked by furniture.
  • Leave all interior doors open at least 2 inches if the room does not have its own return air intake vent.
  • Insulate your attic and have your ductwork checked for proper sealing and cracks.
  • Install solar screens, awnings, or plants to shade windows and walls during the summer months.
  • Keep filters clean and inspect them monthly.
  • Insulate your doors and windows…it’s estimated that unsealed windows and doors adds up to a hole about the size of 12 to 20 bricks…can you imagine the loss of warm or cool air in a hole that size?

Recycling

We know recycling is beneficial, but here are some facts (some may be startling) that serve to emphasize the point..

  • About 40% of the waste in the U.S. is paper, but nationwide we only recycle about 25-30% of our paper waste.
  • Americans throw away close to the equivalent of 30 million trees a year, just from newsprint alone.
  • In America we discard enough motor oil per year to fill 120 supertankers.
  • Landfills are filling up and closing at the rate of approximately 2 a day.
  • A glass bottle thrown away today will still be there in the year 3000.
  • In the United States, one in every six trucks is a garbage truck.
  • You would be able to circle the earth 436 times per year with the Styrofoam cups that are used in the United States.

These statistics are accurate and valid; they help to illustrate the importance of recycling in the United States. So please start taking an active role in helping your community recycle and better your environment and prevent global warming.

All brought to you as a public and community service by your friends at Burton.

 

 

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