Earth Calendar for August 26th and August 27th
A typical household in the Midwest spends nearly $2,000. per year on energy. While up to half of the energy used goes toward heating and cooling, other home features like water heaters, appliances and lighting contribute to energy bills. Swapping traditional light bulbs for CFLs is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy at home and at work, especially during fall and winter, when fewer daylight hours and cooler temperatures keep people inside.
Look for light bulbs that have earned the Energy Star which means they meet strict energy efficiency guidelines from the Department of Energy and the US EPA.Consider these facts and figures:An average Energy Start qualified light bulb uses 75 percent less energy than a standard bulb and lasts about 6 times longer. Energy Star CFLs emit less heat than traditional light bulbs.Swapping one traditional bulb for an Energy Star bulb can save $40 or more over the life of the bulb. Swap 5 and save $200.Get tips for purchasing CFL light bulbs, including choosing light intensity, color and size at the website.
On Our Calendar: Get some pointers on kayaking, learn a little natural history and then head out onto the water to enjoy Winton Lake at sunset, Friday, September 6th, 7:30 pm. Friday Night Float is recommended for ages 8 and up and kids must be accompanied by adult on the water. Register at greatparks.org by September 4th.