November 2009

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A “How-to” Home Energy Audit

Nov23 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Green Building No Comments

A house is meant to provide families with shelter, protection, and comfort. We heat our home in the winter, turn on the AC during summer months, and use electricity for lights and appliances all year round. This constant and excessive use of energy goes unnoticed in most households. What many also don’t realize is that their homes are inefficient at maintaining the pre-set temperature (weather by heating or cooling) which leads to a loss of energy and higher bills. Realizing the bargain in increased energy efficiency isn’t the only reason to conduct a home energy audit; energy use also contributes to 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Take ownership of your home’s ecological footprint and in the process enjoy the return on your green investment.

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Green Jobs on the Rise

Nov19 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Economics and Finance No Comments

Throughout the economic recession unemployment rates have steadily increased and several companies are on the downward slope of completely disappearing from the market. Throughout bank failures, decreasing stock values, and drops in sales the green job sector has considerably increased, suggesting the industry’s sustainability. Pre-recession statistics conclude that the green job market was growing at a faster pace than traditional job markets.

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Simple Changes to Save Money: tankless water heaters

Nov09 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Sustainable Materials No Comments

Americans take an average of 15 minutes to shower, and use 2 gallons of water per minute. Therefore, every shower uses around 30 gallons of water – hot water that is. Not only does a 15 minute shower waste fresh water, but energy as well. Most homes use a conventional water heater fueled by natural gas, propane, fuel oil, or electricity; working as a standby reservoir storing 20-80 gallons of hot water. Conventional systems work by constantly heating the water in the tank when water demand is zero, also known as standby heat loss.

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Community Design and Health

Nov03 2009 // By: RESCUE GREEN // Categories: Sustainability, Environmental Health No Comments

According to The World Health Organization being healthy is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” How would you measure health? Does it involve having energy, following a healthy diet, and/ or family history of disease or illness? Many would agree that being physically and mentally healthy are key determinants of health. However, few would say that the built environment also influences health.

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