Protect Our Air
Protect Our Air
- Upgrade to a Programmable Thermostat – If you don’t have one already, you can swap out your heating system's existing non-programmable thermostat for a programmable one. Bay Village residents can obtain one from Columbia Gas of Ohio at a deeply discounted cost. Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically turn down your heat when you are away from home. This can significantly reduce your gas bill and reduce air pollution. Visit http://www.energyfederation.org/columbiagasohio/default.php for prices and installation instructions.
- Lower the Temperature of Your Hot Water Heater – Lower your gas or electric utility bills. Overheating water wastes energy and pollutes the air. Set your cylinder thermostat to 60°C or 140°F. It can always be raised back up if your hot water runs out too quickly. Experiment to find the most energy efficient setting for your household.
- Adopt a Vehicle Anti-Idling Policy - Vehicle idling gets zero miles per gallon, thereby wasting fuel and creating unnecessary pollution. Running an engine at low speed (idling) also causes twice the wear on internal parts compared to driving at regular speeds. If you anticipate being idle for more than 30 seconds, then it is more fuel efficient to turn the car off than to let it idle. When it is safe to do so, turn your ignition off to prevent excessive idling.
- Increase Your Vehicle's Gas Mileage – Visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt064.shtm and http://www.fueleconomy.gov for fuel saving tips for any car.
- Do Not Burn Leaves – Not only is this illegal in Bay Village, but it contributes to air pollution. Instead, rake them to the curb so that they can be collected and composted by the city.
- Replace Incandescent lights with LED or Compact Florescent Light bulbs (CFLs) - Twenty percent of the average American household’s energy bill is for lighting. That’s why replacing energy hungry incandescent lights with energy efficient compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) makes sense for both your wallet and the environment. Although the initial upfront financial cost for the compact florescent light bulb (CFL) is slightly more, over the bulb’s lifespan, its total financial cost to the consumer is significantly less than incandescent (where total financial cost = its purchase price + cost of energy consumed). That’s because CFLs last up to 10 times longer and use up to 75% less electricity than the traditional incandescent light bulb.
How to get light most similar to incandescent: When purchasing LEDs and CFLs, check the bulb's kelvin (K) rating listed on the package or bulb base. Bulbs with a lower K rating (2,700 - 3,000K) offer a soft, warm light similar to an incandescent and are suitable for living rooms, bedrooms, etc. These bulbs may be identified as “soft white.” Incandescent lights typically have a rating of 2,700K.
- Take Advantage of 2011 Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency – See http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index for more detail.
- If You Qualify, Take Advantage of Free Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Low Income Families – The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) is a no-cost energy assistance program designed to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by income-eligible Ohioans, reduce participants’ household energy expenditures, and improve participants’ health and safety. See http://development.ohio.gov/Community/ocs/hwap.htm for details.
- Low Interest Loans for Home Weatherization and Energy Efficient Upgrades - ECO-Link is a partnership between the Ohio Treasurer of State and participating state banks to provide reduced-interest rate financing to Ohio homeowners for weatherization projects and energy efficient appliances in their homes. Participants receive a 3% interest rate reduction on bank loans for five years. See http://tos.ohio.gov/ForYou/Default.aspx?Section=ECO for program details.
- Home Energy Audit - Discounted home energy audits are offered through Columbia Gas. Seehttp://www.columbiagasohio.com/en/your-home/YourEnergySolutions/home-performance-solutions.aspx for more details.
- Buy Locally Grown Foods - Did you know that buying locally grown foods not only strengthens our local economy, but also helps significantly reduce greenhouse gases? How, you might ask? About 19% of all fossil fuel consumption (one of every three trucks on the road) and as much as 37% of GHG emissions are due to the long-distance industrial food system. It reduces energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from: Petroleum based fertilizers and pesticides; Long-distance transportation; Intensive processing of foods, meats and sugars; and Energy-intensive packaging. Check out this guide that details where to buy locally grown foods in Northeast Ohio.http://www.localfoodcleveland.org/buylocalfood/local-food-guide
- Buy Energy Star Rated Items for your home when purchasing new electronics or appliances. A useful consumer's list of most energy efficient electronics and appliances can be found in the products section of the site. Also build and/or renovate your home or business using the Energy Star standard instead of the minimum code requirement. The upgrades generally pay for themselves in a short period of time. Visit the Energy Star website for details. http://www.energystar.gov/ Additionally, check out their cool interactive tool to discover where you can save energy in your home: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=popuptool.atHome