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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-29

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Conserving Energy




Chanukah is a good time to institute some
environmentally friendly measures.

home water heater to the Warm set-
ting (120F).
Water heaters are the second-largest
energy users in the home. Hot water
ur everyday lifestyle choices
use accounts for about 20 percent of
— the millions of small,
the home's total annual energy con-
daily decisions humans
sumption. Many of us mix cold water
make — involve producing
in anyway because, it's too hot, so turn
and consuming energy. These choices
have a significant impact on the green- the heater setting down to Warm.
Also, consider installing low-flow
house gas emissions produced, con-
showerheads. They can reduce hot
tributing to the dangers of global
water consumption by 20-40 percent.
Day 3: Lower the thermostat 3
_ Practicing energy conservation,
degrees from the usual setting.
something we all can do, may mean
"Don't fight the seasons," Sklar says.
changing the way we use energy, or
Energy use is reduced for each
the amount of energy used. It can also
degree we lower the thermostat in the
mean changing the types of
winter. Lower the thermostat
energy in our home.
by just 3 degrees and the ener-
'All of us have the ability to
gy consumption is reduced by
make one day's worth of ener-
nearly 10 percent. The same
gy last more than one day,"
applies to raising the thermo-
says Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg of
stat 3 degrees higher in the
Congregation Shir Tikvah in
summertime. Adjusting both
Troy and a board member of
settings can prevent, on aver-
the Michigan Coalition on the
age, the emission of nearly
Environment and Jewish Life
Rabbi Arnie
1,100 pounds of carbon diox-
Sleutel berg
ide annually.
To reduce our daily contri-
Day 4: Skip a car trip.
bution to greenhouse gas
The use of cars, vans and
emissions, we can start small
Utility Vehicles (SUVs)
— using the eight days of
is responsible for about one-
Chanukah to begin on a path
third of America's greenhouse
toward energy conservation,
gas emissions. Instead of using
one day at a time.
a car when we-need to go
"Think how making simple
somewhere today, let's choose
lifestyle changes, multiplied
to walk, run, skate, hike or
by the thousands of Jewish
Michae 1 Sklar bike, or take public transporta-
homes in our community,
tion. Even a carpool is a better
quickly become significant,"
says Michael Sklar of Huntington
Day 5: Start a scrap paper pile.
Woods, MI-COEJL chairman. "Then
More than 40 percent of all waste in
we can go on to make changes that are
U.S. landfills is paper products. Start a
broader and more comprehensive."
pile of used paper (printed only on
one side, for example). Use the backs
Here's A Plan
for printing drafts of documents, writ-
ing notes, making shopping lists, etc.
Day 1: Change at least one regular
Also, buy recycled paper products
bulb at home to a Compact
whenever possible.
Fluorescent Light, or CFL.
Day 6: Give your home a Chanukah
CFLs fit in regular light sockets, last
gift from Energy Star.
up to 10 times longer than standard
Energy Star is a U.S. program joint-
incandescent bulbs, and use only a
run by the Environmental
quarter of the energy to produce the
Protection Agency and the U.S.
same amount of light — a modern-
Department of Energy to label and
day miracle.
promote energy-efficient appliances
Day 2: Turn the temperature of the
and products. In addition to refrigera-
tors, cooling and heating units, dish-
Sara Bernstein is program manager for
and washing machines, ener-

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