August is National Water Quality Month

As we are thinking about the fun of Labor Day and the last hurrah for Summer, we wanted to re-post this article about Water Quality Month. It’s a good reminder year-round!

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Summer is a time when many people are enjoying water in some form or fashion. Whether you’re swimming in the ocean, kayaking down the James, fishing in your favorite lake, or simply enjoying a few giant glasses of water in the hot, hot sun – water is all around us. Since August is National Water Quality Month, it’s a good time to consider ways to contribute to keeping our water clean and safe (a lesson we should carry with us year-round).

Here are some easy tips that you can make a part of your daily routine from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

  1. Choose gravel over asphalt when possible. Porous surfaces can stop pollution streams when it rains.
  2. Never flush nondegradable products. They can throw a huge wrench into the sewage treatment process and wind up littering beaches and water.
  3. Don’t let paint, used oil, chemical cleaners, or other questionable household products go down the drain. These items contain toxic ingredients we don’t want in our water supply.
  4. Pick up after your dog. You’re not just being a good neighbor – scooping up pet waste keeps bacteria from running into storm drains and water supplies.
  5. Be a careful car owner. Perform regular maintenance to reduce nasty liquid emission, and go to the car wash – they have drain systems that keep the bad water in check.

You can read more the full article here.

Remember – water is essential to life. Let’s do what we can to keep it clean!

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Creative Conservation Gives Back: Habitat for Humanity

At Creative Conservation, giving back to the community is important to us. That’s why we’ve joined the Contractors Circle for the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity.

Having a roof over our head can be something that is taken for granted – but not by the Habitat families. We believe in Habitat for Humanity’s mission of making affordable and safe housing a reality for low-income families. Creative Conservation is proud to be a part of the Contractors Circle, to provide our services to those in need – in our own backyard!

Read more about the Contractors Circle here.

Find out more about Habitat for Humanity here.

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7 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Happy First Day of Summer! We are big fans of this season here at Creative Conservation and The Home Energy Store. Of course, along with fireworks, beach trips, and cookouts come the hot Summer days and humid nights. As the heat settles in for the long haul, keep your home cool with these seven tips:

  1. Keep your blinds closed. Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and utilizing shades, curtains and the like can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
  2. Regulate your own body temperature. Keep your body cool from the inside out – examples are drinking iced drinks (water, lemonade, tea, etc.) and using a cool rag on your head and wrists.
  3. Use your fans. Turning on your bathroom and kitchen fans will pull out the hot air that comes from showering, the oven, etc.
  4. Grill out. As previously mentioned, Summer is the perfect time of year to have an outdoor BBQ. Using your oven increases the temperature in your home – so cooking outside will minimize the amount of heat in the home.
  5. Invest in long-term energy solutions, such as spray foam insulation. Spray foam keeps the cool air in and the hot air out – and vice-versa in the winter months.
  6. Shade the outside of your windows. You can use an awning, plant a tree outside your window, or purchase a special shade that will let light in.
  7. Mind the doors. Closing off rooms will prevent the cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. You’ll want to capitalize on the cooler night hours, too, letting air flow naturally through your home.

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Five Reasons to Seal Your Crawl Space

Your crawl space is an important part of your home. It promotes air circulation, provides access to plumbing, electrical and other wiring, and — most importantly — serves as the actual foundation of your home.

And, yet, it is often one of the most neglected spaces in a home. Because of their location, crawl spaces can easily become damaged by moisture, extreme temperatures, and water vapor levels. Once this happens, the structural integrity of your home can be compromised.

Restored Crawl Space

 

Here are five reasons why you should have your crawls space properly sealed and repaired:

  1. It can improve your home’s indoor air quality and temperature. Keep your home cool in the Summer, and warm when the weather is cold.
  2. It can help you avoid costly structural damage. Taking the time and effort NOW before any potential problems reveal themselves will save your sanity in the long run!
  3. Deter pest and rodent infestations. No one wants creepy critters roaming around inside their home – having a sealed crawl can help keep them out.
  4. Lower electric bills. Saving money on a monthly basis is a great reason to have your crawl repaired.
  5. Control humidity and bulk water. This can reduce mold or mildew – leading to better air quality for your entire household.

Read more about Creative Conservation’s crawl space repair program here.

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Get Your Patio Ready for Summer at the Home Energy Store

This month at the Home Energy Store, we are focused on getting ready for summer! One of our featured products is the POLYWOOD line of patio furniture.

POLYWOOD furniture is made from 90% recycled plastic bottles and containers. Not only is this furniture environmentally-friendly; it’s heavy-duty material will keep it on your patio in the event of strong storms. The POLYWOOD line is unaffected by the rain, snow, sleet, wind, saltwater, chlorine and mildew. Easy care can be achieved with soap and water which will keep it clean and ready for use for years to come! The furniture comes in 14 different colors. Find out more about POLYWOOD on their website.

Get your patio ready for summer with POLYWOOD and other beautiful, energy-friendly products at the Home Energy Store!

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