Green Action Tips

Dealing With Mold

A significant source of indoor air pollution is mold. Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health problems, including headaches, breathing difficulties, skin irritation, allergic reactions and aggravation of asthma symptoms.

If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.

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 Save Big, Cook Small

When you cook, cover pots and pans to keep the heat in – and keep your kitchen cooler – and always use the right sized pot. A 6-inch pot on an 8-inch burner wastes over 40 percent of the burner’s heat.

If you are just reheating food or cooking small portions, use a toaster oven or your microwave. That can save up to 80 percent of the cooking energy needed and also reduce cooling costs because a stove or oven will heat up your kitchen.

Click here for more tips on how to save energy when cooking.

 Take Water in a Reuseable Bottle

Experts estimate that the energy needed to make a plastic water bottle, process and fill the bottle, transport it to the store and deal with the waste is equal to filling a quarter of every bottle with oil. That’s enough energy to power 100,000 cars each year.

Instead consider taking along tap water, which many studies show can be as pure as bottled water. Or get a home filtration system and take your water in a reusable bottle.

Visit our showroom and pick up Callen’s reusable water bottle, so that you too can help save waste. It is made of green, safe materials, tapered and easy to hold, and it’s great looking. The bottles are filled with fresh clean water from our Everpure water filter system.

 Go Green on Grocery Bags

Each year Americans use an estimated 92 billion plastic grocery bags and 5 billion paper grocery bags, MSNBC reports. All those paper and plastic bags may seem free, but both choices come at a large cost to the environment.

Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.

What’s more, plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade, breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways.

Each high quality reusable shopping bag you use has the potential to eliminate hundreds, if not thousands, of plastic bags over its lifetime. Consider trying ultra light weight bags that roll up and go in a purse, jacket or backpack, so they are always with you when you shop.

Click here for a more in-depth, interactive review by MSNBC of the issues.

 No-Rinse Green Cleaner

Here at Callen we’ve had good results with this green cleaner that cuts grease, disinfects and leaves a clean, natural scent, all without harsh chemicals. Mix together 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 2 cups hot water, and 5 to 10 drops lavender essential oil. Stir or shake thoroughly


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