1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 1, 2008

:336 Keep Electronics Cool

Filed under: :336 Keep Electronics Cool — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:04 am

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:336 EcoTip: When electronic equipment temperature goes up the life expectancy goes down. The shorter the life the greater the waste.

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 Additional Information:

According to information from Middle Atlantic Products

Most studies have shown that for every 10ºF rise over 85ºF, digital equipment life is reduced by approximately 40%!

To help improve their longevity –

  • Don’t stack electronics.
  • Keep them away from heat sources and sunlight
  • Keep them clean and their vent openings clear and away from obstructions.

Of course turning them off when they aren’t being used will keep them the coolest.

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May 9, 2008

:130 Radon Monitoring

Filed under: :130 Radon Monitoring — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:06 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:130 EcoTip: If you are going to be doing more than a few radon tests or know that your building has a radon problem, you may want to purchase an electronic monitor. Family Safety Product’s monitors look similar to a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector, but are set to record radon gas.

Source: Family Safety Products

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 Additional Information

The Safety Siren -ProSeries 3 radon detector can be purchased (if you shop around) for about $100.00. It requires at least 48 hours of exposure to provide the first reading (but – so do all the other types) and then averages the readings from then on. You can clear the unit and move it to different parts of your home.

I like this system for buildings where you know you have a radon problem and want to be alerted if the mitigation system has stopped working.

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March 27, 2008

:087 Electronic Waste

Filed under: :087 Electronic Waste — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:01 am

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Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:088 Tip: Electronics frequently have a number of heavy metals like lead and cadmium. Many electronics manufacturers are setting up programs to take back their devices when they need to be disposed and some manufacturer’s will take other companies equipment when you buy a new one of theirs.

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Additional Information

A listing of manufacturer’s electronic recycling programs as well as community options is available at www.mygreenelectronics.com

They also provide information about less toxic electronic options.

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