1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 5, 2008

:310 Voluntary Gas Tax

Filed under: :310 Voluntary Gas Tax — Tags: , , , , , — John Banta @ 7:17 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.

1:5:10:310 EcoTip: Now that gas prices have begun to come down it is time to start seriously preparing for when they go up again. By earmarking and saving the difference between the amount you would be spending if gas rates were at their peak, and what they are now, you can begin to build up a fund to help offset the purchase of some big ticket energy saver such as a plug-in hybrid, solar system or other alternative.

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By assessing a “voluntary” gas tax against yourself – you will be able to control how it is used (which I consider a much better option than having the tax collected by the government). The money that gets set aside now can be used to help fund other “green” projects by investing it in an environmentally friendly bank account or other project until you have enough saved to fund your goal.

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July 22, 2008

:204 Check the Trap

Filed under: :204 Check the Trap — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 5:47 am

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

1:5:10:204 EcoTip: All drain connections to the sanitary waste system must have a U trap (sometimes called a p-trap) that holds a few inches of water to prevent sewage gases from flowing back into the building. Sometimes the trap becomes dry allowing gases to back-flow creating a nasty odor. If you have odors coming from a drain, make sure it has a trap and try pouring a couple of cups of water down the drain. Tomorrow’s tip will deal with something else to try if this doesn’t work.

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Think about your daily water use. Sometimes an odor will develop in an infrequently used drain – like in an unused guest bath or a floor drain hidden under a washing machine. These will dry out and start to smell. In addition to being obnoxious – sewer gases aren’t healthy – So make sure the traps don’t dry out.

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