Enjoy the Summer and Stay Safe with Tips from the EPA

June 16, 2012

EPA logoJune 20th is the official kickoff to summer and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created a list of summer safety tips to help Chicagoland homeowners save money, cut energy costs and protect the health of their families as the warm weather becomes a constant.

Some of the tips the EPA points out to enjoy a happy and healthy summer are:

  1. Save money by using Energy Star appliances. The average home spends roughly 20 percent of its utility bill on cooling. By changing your incandescent light bulbs to EPA Energy Star qualified lighting, which use less energy and produce 75 percent less heat, homeowners can lower their cooling bills. Click here to find out more ways to save money and be more energy efficient.
  2. Practice  safe sun habits to prevent skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S. and the most common cancer among 20 to 30-year old adults. Click here to find out how to reduce your risk.
  3. Utilize EPA’s apps on your smartphone. From the AirNow app, which gives location -specific current air quality info, to the Ultraviolet (UV) Index app that provides daily and hourly forecast of the UV radiation levels from the sun, EPA apps are available to help you stay safe and healthy as the days grow longer. Click here to find out more about EPA apps.
  4. Use water wisely outside your home. Use the WaterSense labeled weather-based irrigation controller that uses local weather reports to determine the best time to turn your sprinkler system on. Click here to find out more about having water sense.
  5. Improve your indoor air by making sure your home is free of mold, consistently checking your carbon minoxide detector and testing your home for radon. Click here to find the best ways to improve your indoor air quality.
  6. Recycle and avoid wasting reusable products. Americans generate millions of tons of waste in home and communities each year, but it is easy to reduce, reuse and recycle. Find out great ideas to avoid unneeded waste in your home by clicking here.

Summer is the best time of year to be with the family while the weather is warm. Amidst all the fun in the sun, don’t forget to keep your family safe and continue to practice environmentally safe habits.

About The Author

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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