1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 23, 2008

:358 Microwave Oven Tester

Filed under: :358 Microwave Oven Tester — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 5:04 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.

1:5:10:358 EcoTip: If you use a microwave oven, it is prudent to keep your distance and only use an oven that is properly operating. A number of microwave leak testers are available that can be used to provide a rough approximation of whether an oven is leaking or not.

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A Federal standard limits the amount of microwaves that can leak from a microwave oven. New ovens may not leak in excess of 1 mW cm–2at 5 cm and once placed in service may not leak microwave radiation in exceeding 5 mW cm–2 at 5 cm from the oven surface. The radiation level falls off quickly with distance, so staying 20 inches from an operating oven would reduce exposure 100 fold.

Interestingly enough – some European countries have safety standards that require workers wear safety goggles if exposed to microwave levels in excess of 1 mW cm–2 and some studies suggest that these low levels of radiation exposure can cause cataracts with cumulative exposure.

If your going to use them – it seems prudent to step away from the oven, and don’t let the kids watch the food cook.

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August 1, 2008

:214 Leak Alarm

Filed under: :214 Leak Alarm — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:40 am

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

1:5:10:214 EcoTip: Leak alarms work like a smoke detector for water. Place them in areas that may get wet but not be quickly discovered. If a leak develops the alarm alerts you so action can be taken to help limit expensive damage.

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June 10, 2008

:162 Save Well Water

Filed under: :162 Save Well Water — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:02 am

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

1:5:10:162 EcoTip: If you have well water you should check your well’s pump to see if it ever runs when water is not being used. If it does, its very likely you have a leak that needs to be tracked down and fixed.

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June 5, 2008

:157 Toilet Tank Leaks

Filed under: :157 Toilet Tank Leaks — Tags: , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:56 am

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

1:5:10:157 EcoTip: To check your toilet tank for leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl in a half hour or less, a leak is present.

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Some food colorings may stain your toilet tank or bowl. So be prepared to flush the dye away.

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