News : Green Tips: Petersen Engineering

Jun 12, 2013

This week's Green Tips come from James Petersen and the team at Petersen Engineering, a Portsmouth company committed to energy efficiency and green design.

1. Monitor water use. Track your monthly water use. This is a great way to detect leaks or changes in use patterns. Businesses should share water use trends and conservation plans with your employees. Tracking use will show that you care about how much water is used, and then others will care, too.

2. Purchase wisely. Consider water usage when purchasing dishwashers, washing machines, and toilets for your home or office. Water use data, in addition to energy use, is published online by EnergyStar for every appliance available in the marketplace. You'll discover that performance varies.

3. Water efficiency in toilets: Upgrade toilets with water-efficient models, which can use up to half as much water as your standard model, and oftentimes work better than the one you're replacing.

4. Check toilets for leaks. Put food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there's a leak. A leaky toilet can easily double your monthly water use.

5. Eliminate landscaping that requires watering. Choose landscape plants that don't need irrigation, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Stop fighting with your lawn in an attempt to grow the perfect homogeneous landscape that can't exist without your constant intervention. You'll be surprised how much free time you'll have.

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