Earth-Friendly Family Make-Over - Home Segment


Do you worry that you're life is one big busy merry-go-round that doesn't leave time for separating the junk mail from the trash? Are you sick of that nasty cold air coming through your living room windows on a cold winter night? Do you have a superfund toxic waste dump in your garage of old gas cans, oil, anitfreeze and paints?

Then it's time for an in-home visit from Kim Carlson, eco-stylist and her EarthSmart Team known as the "Green Five". They will drive up in their Toyota Prius hybrid that gets 50+ miles to the gallon courtesy of Denny Hecker Toyota (call Chris Sumner 651-455-6000 for an EarthSmart spin in a new and improved '04 Prius)

The Green Five

Eco-Stylist - Kim Carlson
The EarthSmart Consumer

Waste Woman - Dianna Kennedy
Eureka Recycling www.eurekarecycling.org

Energy Man - Rich Huelskamp
Sunswarmth www.sunswarmth.com

Construction Guy - Greg Boyle
Boyle Construction popeyeboyle@yahoo.com

Green Foodie - Mike Phillips
Chet's Taverna www.chetstaverna.com

Tips

•  Get an energy audit from your electricity provider.

•  Install window film on the outside of the window BETWEEN storm and window for invisible sealing.

•  Caulk the inside of the storm window with Red Devil Zip-A-Way-Removable Sealant or another removable caulk (leave a some space in the caulk at the bottom of the window to allow condensation to drain).

•  Replace incandescent and halogen light bulbs with compact fluorescents.

•  Use fluorescents in ceiling light cans on the top floor of a home to provide a cooler option so that frost doesn't develop in the attic.

•  Calculate your savings at Xcelenergy.com

•  Use a hygrometer to monitor humidity levels. Acceptable range 30-50% humidity.

•  Use bath fan periodically to remove unwanted humidity.

•  Bring old gas cans to the hazardous waste facility and replace with "no-spill" cans with vapor recovery.

•  Exchange gas lawn mower for an electric mower or reel mower.

Other Information & Resources

www.reddevil.com/product.cfm  - Look for Zip-A-Way Removable sealant

www.3m.com   - go to home improvement and repair products to find window film

www.xcelenergy.com   - Online energy analysis

www.commerce.state.mn.us   - energy saving information from Commerce Department

www.eere.energy.gov/consumerinfo    - energy saving information

www.mn-ei.org   - click on "air"

Lawn Mower Exchange Program - Colleen Coyne 612-334-3388  x109


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