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8B Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Innovations improve home efficiency Our homes are a great measuring stick of how far we've progressed in the past 20 years, especially when it comes t o their efficiency in terms of saving us energy and money. Here are the top three innovative technologies that can improve the efficiency of our homes: Home automation It wasn't that long ago that an automated home was a focus of science fiction. Today, adding the convenience and control of our indoor climate, lighting, electronic media and home security is increasingly affordable and accessible through home PCs, smartphones and tablet applications. With home monitoring systems, you can track energy and water usage in real time, spot key sources of energy loss and make immediate adjustments. Insulation If your home is more than 10 years old, there's a good chance it has fiberglass or cellulose insulation behind its walls. While these were once the insulations of choice, there are many holes in these technologies. Since they are difficult to install perfectly and can sag or settle over time, they can leave gaps and seams. It's like leaving a window open 24 hours a day in the freezing cold. Experts remind us that insulation advancements have brought us spray foam insulation options that won't settle, sag or leave any gaps. Spray foam acts as an air barrier and can deliver up to 50 percent energy savings over older insulation options, while making our homes healthier, quieter and more comfortable. Appliances and HVAC Appliances and heating/cooling systems are essential in American homes -- and, not surprisingly, they are constantly undergoing improvements. New energy-efficient refrigerators use less than half the energy of models that are 12 years old and use 75 percent less energy than those produced in the late 1970s. If you have a conventional natural-draft furnace made before 1992, it might only operate between 55 and 78 percent efficiency. Upgrading to a new induced-draft condensing furnace can increase efficiency to above 90 percent as a result of more efficient heat exchangers and electronic ignition. Earth Day origin traced to California Though Earth Day is , occurred in Southern synonymous with protecting California in 1969. the environment, the holiday Over a 10-day period that can trace its roots to an began Jan. 28, 1969, just 6 environmental disaster that miles off the coast of Santa llcnlHnnnl I I I I I I I I I I I 1 $$$ Coupon S$$ Coupon $S$ (;r'pc, '$3 00 OFF ' I bag of I I dog food I I s2 OFF any large I  ,i bag.of I I cat food I I Nature'sVarieties - Blue Buffalo I I Natural Balance - Taste of the Wild I I I I 283-9605 362 Crescent St., Quincy I (next to Feather River Fitness) I I " I Expires May 31, 20151 LCoupon $$$ Coupon $$$ Coupon SSS Barbara, roughly 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the Santa Barbara Channel and onto the beaches of Santa Barbara County Thousands of birds and marine animals, including dolphins, elephant seals and sea lions, were killed as a result of the spill, which at the time was the largest such spill to ever occur in United States waters (it is now the third largest spill after the - DeepWater Horizon spill, in? 2010 and the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill). Though devastating, the Santa Barbara oil spill proved inspiring to Sen. Gaylord Nelson, of Wisconsin, who is today considered the founder of Earth Day. Nelson used the sense of social consciousness that prevailed throughout much of the United States in 1969 and the outrage at the Santa Barbara oil spill to infuse energy into a growing movement to raise awareness about air and water pollution. Control Your Power Control Your LifeT" ENERAC The Most Affordable & Home Stand-by on the GENERAL CONTRACTORS INC. arth Day ateaching opportunity for parents Earth Day has been around for more than 40 years, and during that time, it has inspired millions of people to increase their awareness of, and their appreciation for, the environment. Since the dawn of the 21st century, people increasingly have adopted eco-friendly lifestyles and attitudes, and the continued embrace of environmentally friendly practices and principles has made the struggles of Earth Day pioneers, like former United States Sen. Gaylord Nelson, more than worth it. Nowadays, children grow up learning about the environment in school and at home. For example, many households participate in their community's recycling programs, and such households are raising eco-conscious children, perhaps without even recognizing they're doing so. While a transition to a more eco-conscious lifestyle might not be seamless, it's far easier than many might suspect and even easier for kids who have Lessons show kids their efforts make an impact and increase the likelihood they'll continue this eco-friendly lifestyle well into adulthood. yet to develop a lifetime of habits that might not be so . eco-friendly. With Earth Day upon us, the following are a few ways parents can get their kids involved in activities or lifestyl that benefit fle roces .......... .......... :,, reducing waste, so conservation techniques don't involve sacrifice. Instead, they involve being more responsible when it comes to using our conserve energy. Address eating habits Over the last several years, the opportunities to eat in an eco-friendly manner have increased dramatically. Organic foods have grown more and more popular, and parents can use this growing .trend to teach their kids about the environment. When shopping for groceries, choose organic products that weren't grown with pesticides or harmful chemicals and explain this difference to kids. Shopping locally provides another opportunity for parents to involve food when teaching kids about the environment. Explain to kids that shopping locally reduces reliance on fuel because products don't need to be shipped, be it through the air or on the ground, to your community, minimizing fuel consumption. Teach conservation Conservation provides another easy opportunity for parents to instill eco-friendly ideals in their children. Conservation is about constant reminders kids need when it comes to dental hygiene. But use thes e daffy reminders about brushing and flossing as an opportunity to impart a lesson about the environment. Instead of keeping the faucet running while brushing your teeth, turn the faucet off and encourage kids to do the same. Whenthey ask why, explain that this helps conserve water, and show them how it's just as easy and effective to clean teeth without the water running as it is when the faucet is on. This teaches kids that conservation is simple and often just requires minimal effort to make a big difference. There are additional lessons about conservation that parents can impart. For instance, when grocery shopping, always make a list before leaving the house and explain to kids that you do this so you don't have to make two trips to the store and'waste the gas that the second trip would require. In addition, encourage kids to turn the lights off when they leave a room to better Purchase recycled products Recycling is a practice that many of today's kids grew up witdas a result, many of hi take it for nd, ' ' failing to fully realize the positive impact they're making whenever they recycle. If recycling is as natural to kids as breathing, then it's no surprise they might not recognize its impact. One way parents can address this issue is to purchase products made from recycled materials. A host of products are made from recycled materials, from the paper you put in the printer to the toys under the tree on Christmas morning. Explain to kids why you're choosing these products, and let them know such products wouldn't be possible without their own recycling efforts. Another way to help kids realize the value of recycling is to make crafts from recycled products. For instance, make a papier-mache globe to celebrate Earth Day by using old newspapers as your primary material. Such lessons show kids their efforts make an impact and increase the likelihood they'll continue this eco-friendly lifestyle well into adulthood. LUMBER #2 & BTR (lx12 * lx8 lx4) WE'VE GONE GREEN! We Recycle: Batteries Aluminum Steel Waste Oil Waste Oil Filters Cardboard AND WE'RE SOLAR! Herren Tire Center 116 E Main Quincy 283-1450 M-F 8am - 6pm Sat 8am - 5pm .