Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Go Green Tulsa!!

ReGreen Tulsa
20,000 Trees by 2010!

December 2007’s devastating ice storm destroyed or heavily damaged Tulsa’s beautiful trees. The ReGreen Tulsa program is a joint effort of Mayor Kathy Taylor, Tulsa’s Tree Advisory Committee and the local non-profit organization Up With Trees.

The ReGreen Tulsa Goal is to plant 20,000 trees by December 2010, on both private property and public sites.

Please check out the ReGreen Tulsa website for more information.

Building a Green Home

Land/Lot- reclaimed or unused infill plots, utilize and build upon the sites orientation to the sun and prevailing breezes and existing landscape features

Utilization of resources- recycled products & materials

Energy efficiency- energy Star windows and appliances

Water efficiency- tankless water heaters

Indoor environmental quality- employing air tight home techniques

Durability- using products that have a long life

Ease of maintenance

Overall global/Environmental impact

Living Green


Use rechargeable batteries

Turn off lights and other equipment when not in use

Set your thermostat to run more efficiently while you are outside the home

Change a light bulb – compact florescent light bulbs use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light, and they last 10 times longer

Choose Energy Star appliances and office equipment – the energy savings will pay back the initial extra investment within a couple years

Get a home energy audit – check for drafts; caulk holes and cracks in walls, ceilings and doors; use a programmable thermostat (so the system runs more efficiently when no one is home); insulate the water heater; seal and insulate the heating and cooling ducts (many utilities will assist with this audit process)

Get regular HVAC system maintenance/tune-ups

Print on both sides of a sheet of paper

Distribute documents electronically vs. printing hard copies

Use renewable energy (i.e. electricity supplied from energy sources such as wind)

Water conservation

Plant a tree

For more information on building or remolding your home to be green please contact me:

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