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5 Green Tips for Drafts & Insulation

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Identifying drafts and ensuring you home has proper levels of insulation are two ways to reduce your home heating expenses. Weatherization incentive programs sponsored by the government could also save you thousands of dollars when you make insulation upgrades.

Identify your drafts – According to the US Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your home energy use. Finding the sources of your drafts is the first step in addressing them. Simple things such as a candle or incense can help you determine the source. If the source is a crack in a wall or around the baseboards, seal these. If the draft is coming from a door or a window, read the ‘Doors & Windows” section of this guide for suggestions.

Use a draft snake – If you have a drafty door, use a draft snake to stop the flow of air. These can be purchased at a DIY store, or made from an old bath towel.

Inspect and Increase your insulation – Increasing your insulation is one of the best ways to save on your home heating expenses. You will want to inspect the level of insulation you have in your walls, your attic, around your ducts and in your basement.

The federal government will reimburse you for 30% of the cost (up to $1500) for highly efficient insulation. Additionally, low-income households can qualify for an average of $6500 worth of weatherization improvements to their homes through government programs administered by each state. To find the government incentives for your region, read the “Rebates, Tax Credits & Financing” section of this guide.

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Top 5 Benefits of a Sustainability Audit – #2 Lowers Business Risks

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Benefit #2 – Lowers Business Risks

Organizations face many different kinds of risks on a daily basis.  A sustainability audit helps identify initiatives and tasks that reduce or eliminate these risks.

Compliance Risk – The number and complexity of international, national and regional regulations that address the environmental impact of product, services and business activities is increasing. Companies can find themselves with significant compliance and reporting risk if these issues are not managed and reported properly.  A sustainability audit can help identify compliance and issues.

Reporting Risk - In the face of mounting pressure to be transparent, a growing number of organizations are choosing to report on sustainability. Sustainability reports help readers understand how well the reporting organization is doing on the triple bottom line.  By not reporting, an organization risks its relationship with stakeholders, customers and the public.  A sustainability audit can help organizations create better reports. Continue reading

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Top 5 Benefits of a Sustainability Audit – #1 Lowering Costs

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Benefit #1 – Lowering Costs

Lower costs are one of the largest and most immediate benefits of a sustainability audit.   In the face of rising fuel, natural resources and waste stream costs, finding opportunities to eliminate waste and increase efficiencies in these areas save real money (and helps the environment) and provides real financial results.  Below is a list of some of the areas a sustainability audit will help lower costs:

  • Energy usage
  • Water consumption
  • Waste management
  • Fuel consumption
  • Packaging and shipping
  • IT spend
  • Heating & Cooling expenses
  • Environmental compliance
  • Business transportation

What is a Sustainability Audit?

A sustainability audit is a powerful tool.  A sustainability audit takes an inventory of all of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to the best practices in their industry.  In essence, an audit is a gap analysis and a maturity analysis of the sustainability practices of an organization. It is meant to document ‘what you are doing’ and ‘to what extent’ across a wide range of categories.  By doing so, and organization can better know where to concentrate is efforts and resources to get the maximum impact. Continue reading

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