1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

January 14, 2009

Airetrak Bathroom Fan Control

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.

The bathroom ventilation fan may be able to be used to help provide fresh air to help reduce moisture and improve indoor air quality. Make sure the fresh air is coming from a clean outside source. The Airetrak bathroom fan control from Tamarack Technologies is one low cost way to adapt your existing bath fan for this use. When needed it allows full fan capacity for extra ventilation for example when showering. Then adjusts the fan speed downward for constant ventilation to meet fresh air needs.

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 Additional Information: http://www.tamtech.com/store/universal-fan-control,Product.asp

The Airetrak line of bath fan controls allow builders and homeowners to meet ASHRAE 62.2 guidelines for indoor air quality, and also make the home Energy Star capable.

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December 28, 2008

:363 Clothes Washers

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.

1:5:10:363 EcoTip: The energy efficiency and water used by clothes washers can vary dramatically. In general side load washers are more economical than top load units. When rating clothes washers – EPA also considers how much water is removed by the spin cycle. The more water that remains behind – the more energy wasted in the dryer.

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EPA’s EnergyStar program has rated clothes washers for water consumption and energy efficiency. You can view a list of the top qualifying models at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=clotheswash.search_clotheswashers

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January 26, 2008

:026 Replacement Payback

Suggested Review – :022, :023 :025

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

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1:5:10:026 Tip: When you decide to replace your refrigerator – the energy guide will help you determine the amount of money you are likely to save.

You’ve already determined your annual cost to operate your current refrigerator in :022, and :023. Simply compare that to the annual estimated energy use guide (the yellow sticker) posted on the appliance.

Now the bonus: Many public utilities are offering rebates, credits or discount coupons as a bounty to get rid of old energy wasting refrigerators and freezers. Make sure you check with your utility to see if they have one of these programs. They may have limits on what you must buy. 

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Additional Information

EPA has a refrigerator replacement cost calculator at: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=refrig.calculator

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January 25, 2008

:025 EnergyStar Appliances

Suggested Review – none

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

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1:5:10:025 Tip: Today’s action is to check your energy use meter to see how much energy you saved by cleaning the refrigerator coils. Record this in your journal.

The tip is about the Environmental Protection Agencies EnergyStar Program.

According to EPA “ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.” Whenever you purchase a new major appliance – this program can help you choose one that will use less energy.

When you make a new appliance purchase, there are two costs:

1.) the initial purchase price

2.) the ongoing electricity use

Both should be considered – and the EnergyStar Program can help. One important savings that is provided by EnergyStar approved products is a very low trickle current use when in standby mode.

Tomorrow I will talk about calculating the payback period for replacing your refrigerator. This same calculation can be used for any appliance.

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Additional Information

The EnergyStar website http://www.energystar.gov/ is the starting place for researching which appliance models are the most efficient. It also serves as a good reference for tax credit information and other energy saving programs.

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