All over the country some businesses, colleges, and other institutions choose to implement a sustainability week in order to help raise awareness for a variety of Environmental Issues from such as energy and water conservation. Unfortunately many people are completely unaware that a sustainability week exists. On top of that, many schools choose different times of the year to have a “sustainability week”.
Emily Cross of the Daily Illini wrote an eye opening article titled “Institutions need to play a more active role in Sustainability Efforts” . It details that institutions, such as universities and the media, are not making environmental issues a priority even though it is a topic that many people are concerned with. In the article Cross asks the reader if anyone at the University was aware that October 26 was National Campus Sustainability Day. She then goes on to ask if students are even aware that next week the campus is having it’s own sustainability week. The lack of promotional material is a problem not only in Illinois, but throughout the nation.
Universities, Businesses, and anyone else has the opportunity to make a difference. Sustainability shouldn’t be celebrated for just one day(Earth Day) or week, although it is great to pay extra attention to these issues throughout the year. Posters, Decals, Stickers, and Fliers are just some things you can use to spread Awareness everyday. Awareness Ideas was founded on the belief that we can help others make a difference which allows us to play a small part in saving the environment. With people being busier than ever concerns such as the environment drop down the list of priorities at many businesses and schools even though the employees and students really do care about these issues.
Visit AwarenessIdeas.com and let us create promotional materials on our time so you can do your part too!
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- Set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees when you are home and lower the temperature when you go to bed or when you are not at home. This will ensure optimal home heating and save energy.
- For every degree you lower your thermostat you save about 2 percent off your heating bill.
- Cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat back 10 to 15 percent for eight hours a day.
- Weatherize your home by caulking and weather-stripping all doors and windows. Use locks on your windows to make them tighter and draft resistant.
- Insulate or increase the amount of insulation in your attic, basement and outside walls. Also cover through-the-wall air conditioners to prevent cold air from leaking into your home.
- Reducing air leaks could cut 10 percent from an average household’s monthly energy bill. The most common places where air escapes homes are: floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, plumbing penetrations, doors, windows, fans, vents and electrical outlets.
- Keep shades and curtains open during the day on the south side of your home to allow solar heating. Close them at night to retain heat.
- Don’t block your radiators or heating vents with furniture or draperies. Keep your radiators, registers and baseboard heaters dirt and dust free. Close vents and doors in unused rooms.
- Have your heating system serviced once a year and regularly replace furnace filters. During the heating season, change or clean furnace filters once a month.
- Close the fireplace damper when not in use.
- Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to save money on your energy bill. If you have children in the house, this is also a safety measure
- Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.
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We have something new this year- Holiday Themed Conservation Posters.
I’m working a several more in the next few days so there will be a lot to choose from.
Decorate your office, factory, or school for the holidays with a message of conservation and eco-friendly tips.
Start a new holiday tradition!
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Why do we all waste so much energy when there’s so many simple things we could do to save it?
Our blog is full of ideas on how to save energy, but I wanted to bring up just one more:
Are you using an LCD monitor? I bet you are. If you’re not, you likely are using a fairly modern CRT monitor.
Did you know that modern monitors rarely have a problem with image burn-in? Considering that burn-in is the reason screensavers came into use in the first place, why are we still using them? In the case of LCD monitors, using a screensaver can actually lower the life expectancy of your monitor, rather than extending it! So you would be wasting money in more ways than one.
Instead of using a “screensaver”, the best thing to do is to just set your power management settings to turn off your monitor after a few minutes of inactivity. Not only would you be saving energy, but you would also be extending the life of your LCD!
See our website for more Energy Saving Ideas!
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“What…am I paying to heat the neighborhood?!? Shut the door!”
Did you have one of those Dads? The kind that dropped those one-liner gems that made you roll your eyes, but moved you to correct the issue?
Well it might have been irritating to hear at the time, but the message sure has stuck with me all these years! In fact, I’ve even used it myself a few times.
We all need reminding from time to time. Why not remind your employees like dear old dad used to do so that they will be more aware of the impact of their actions?
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