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Score Super (Water and Energy) Savings

1/30/2014 10:26:00 AM

Tags: save energy, save water, Washington D.C., Earth Gauge

When the Broncos and the Seahawks hit the field on Super Bowl Sunday, they’ll be playing in the NFL’s most energy-efficient stadium, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. Compared to the original Giants Stadium, MetLife Stadium – which is nearly twice the size – has reduced energy use by about 30 percent by using an automated lighting control system and energy efficient window coating that reduces heat gain. Water-efficient plumbing reduces the stadium’s water demand by 25 percent, compared to Giants Stadium. And, MetLife Stadium is reducing its waste by providing compost bins and expanding its recycling efforts. In 2012, the stadium composted 153 tons of waste and pulled 152 tons of recycling from its waste stream.

Viewer Tip: Take a page from MetLife Stadium’s playbook: Use some of the same strategies to save energy, save water and reduce waste at home. Oh, and you’ll save money, too.

Save energy with efficient lighting. Replace traditional light bulbs with energy-saving light bulbs. Use lighting controls, like dimmers, motion sensors and timers, to automatically turn lights on and off as needed.

Install energy-efficient window treatments. Awnings, blinds, draperies, window coatings, insulated panels and other window treatments can help keep the heat in during winter and out during summer. Learn more about your options from Energy.gov.

Save water with efficient products. According to EPA’s WaterSense program, toilets are by far the main source of water use at home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Replace old, inefficient toilets that use as much as 6 gallons per flush with WaterSense labeled models that use less than 1.3 gallons and are independently certified to perform well. Your family could score savings of up to $120 per year on water costs!

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Recycling just one aluminum can saves the amount of energy needed to power a laptop computer for five hours! Before you toss a household item in the trash can, find out if it can be recycled. Visit search.earth911.com to find out what you can recycle, how and where

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(Sources: The Alliance to Save Energy. “Here Are the NFL’s 5 Most Energy-Efficient Stadiums,” http://www.ase.org/blog/here-are-nfls-5-most-energy-efficient-stadiums; MetLife Stadium. “Sustainability,” http://www.metlifestadium.com/stadium/sustainability; EPA. “WaterSEnse Program,” www.epa.gov/watersense, EPA. “Reduce, Reuse, Recyle,” http://www2.epa.gov/recycle)



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