Our role in creating a healthier environment is not limited to our construction strategies and the installation of green appliances. At FBHC, we teach tenants how to properly use and maintain the sustainable, green measures in their homes. We ask our tenants to use eco-friendly cleaning products, and we encourage the conservation of water and energy. It is our hope that through the joint efforts of tenants, members of our corporation, and outside partners that our environmental initiatives will become a reality.
There are many ways to conserve water at home. Here are a few tips:
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day.
- Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. Every time you flush five to seven gallons of water is wasted.
- Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush. Letting the water run while you brush is wasteful.
- Rinse your razor in the sink. Fill the sink with a few inches of warm water. This will rinse your razor just as well as running water.
- Use your clothes washer for only full loads. Automatic clothes washers should be fully loaded for optimum water conservation. Avoid the permanent press cycle, which uses an extra 5 gallons for the extra rinse. For partial loads, adjust water levels to match the size of the load. Replace old clothes washers with Energy Star rated washers, which use 35 - 50% less water and 50% less energy per load.
- When washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing. Gather washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a spray device or a pan of hot water.
Conserving energy at home is easy. Here are some quick tips:
- Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They use 75% less energy, produce less heat, and last longer than standard bulbs.
- Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use. Screensavers do not conserve energy. Shut down the system if it will not be in use for over 2 hours, and configure settings to take advantage of standby and sleep mode features on your computer for shorter periods of time.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips. Turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use. TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power.
- Use Energy Star appliances. These products meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Remove air conditioners and window fans during the winter. This will greatly reduce drafts and prevent wasted heat.
- Keep radiators clear. Radiators surrounded by furniture or covered by clutter do not heat rooms as efficiently as those in the open.