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June 20, 2012
It's the First Day of Summer! EPA's 15 Hot Tips
EPA has released its 15 "Hot Tips for a Cool Summer" to save money, water, and energy while protecting health and the environment. Here is a quick recap:
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- Cool down your house or office. Swap out old bulbs for Energy Star qualified lighting which uses less energy and produces 75 percent less heat. Also, raise your thermostat by 2 degrees and use your ceiling fan to reduce cooling costs by 14 percent.
- Drive efficiently. Obey the speed limit, ease up on the breaks, avoid hard accelerations, and reduce idling time to increase gas mileage.
- Practice safe sun habits.
- Monitor beach advisory reports.
- Check the ultraviolet (UV) index and current air quality. When planning outdoor activities, use EPA's apps to review daily and hourly forecasts of UV radiation levels.
- Take a photo! Submit environmental photos to EPA's State of the Art Photo Project .
- Keep the bugs at bay. Use the right insect repellent and apply as directed.
- Conserve water. Water used outdoors as often wasted through evaporation, so water lawns and gardens in the morning when winds are calm and temperatures are cool.
- Practice outdoor green cleaning. The summer is a great time to wash cars, decks, and boats. But cleaning runoff and washwater can end up in storm drains resulting in the contamination of waterways. Use environment-friendly cleaning products.
- Breathe clean air. Because people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, indoor air quality is a major concern: mold, radon, and carbon monoxide are the biggies. Make sure to test your home and office to ensure that they are not present.
- Travel green. Look for Energy Star-certified hotels, which use, on average, 35 percent less energy and emit an average of 35 less greenhouse gas emissions than their peers.
- Cut down on waste and recycle. True in every season!
- Season firewood. Summer is a great time to prep for fall and winter cozy fires.
- Compost. Save landfill space, feed the soil, and prevent methane.
- Share your story. Submit a meaningful story or idea to EPA's Six Words for the Planet project.