April 03, 2007

A Little Maintenance Makes a Difference

I've recently begun the process for getting my writing and design studio certified by the city of San Francisco as a "green business." The process starts with an eight page checklist of steps to take to make my premises greener. Within these pages are some things that both homeowners and renters can do to help reduce their footprint:
Ban the draft.
  • Add a draft blocker to your door. [different styles;DIY]
  • Close the flue on your fireplace when not in use.
  • Weatherize your windows.
Lose the leaks.
Tune in, clean up, turn down.
  • Do an energy audit on your home to get a handle on where your utility money is going each month.
  • Clean the vents on your appliances and replace their filters to make them run more efficiently (check your fridge, your water heater, and your washer and dryer).
  • Turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater instead. Also turn down the temprature on your water heater (you may need to do some adjusting to find the right level, but there's no reason it needs to be going full blast).
  • Add low-flow showerheads, faucets and toilet tanks.

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4 Comment(s)

Anonymous christal said...

please check my site out, I am currently trying to raise funds & awareness for the new orleans green project. they are one of the few resources actively working towards rebuilding a more sustainable post katrina new orleans.
http://nolagreenproject.chipin.com/nola-green-project

7:08 PM  
Blogger Jessie Jane said...

Christal,

I'm publishing your comment because it looks like you and the Green Project are on the right track. I would suggest that you provide some more details about your background, your relationship to the Green Project, and what you're trying to accomplish overall.

I think you'll find that you'll get a greater response this way.

Best,
Jessie

8:04 PM  
Blogger David said...

just letting you know that your link is missing an "s" in front of the work stock. its roughtockstudios as of now. nice work by the way

8:09 AM  
Blogger Jessie Jane said...

Thanks, David—that's what I get for writing late at night...

1:28 PM  

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