SustainAbility Newsletter

Get a Programmable Thermostat

ThermostatIf you leave your thermostat on while nobody's home during the day, and if you don't turn it down a few degrees every night before you go to bed, then you're probably paying too much for heating. A programmable thermostat (cost: under $100) can automatically lower the temperature setting every weekday while you're at work and every night while you sleep. Having the temperature setting lowered to 55F for 8 hours every weekday (don't make it too cold while you're at work or the plumbing might freeze and other household items may be damaged by the cold) and 60F for 8 hours every night will lower your heating costs by about 15% if you previously ran your thermostat at 72F all the time.

Fast Facts

  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away is enough to heat 50 million homes for 20 years.
  • Earth is 2/3 water. but all the fresh water streams only represent one hundredth of one percent.
  • 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year.



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon International

The International Sustainability Council

Pioneer Thinking

EarthCraft Homes

The Natural Step

Animal Aid

Recipes For Sustainability


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10 Fast Facts About Solar Energy

Why not switch to solar energy? Whether you install PV panels, thermal panels, or merely use smaller solar‐powered devices to charge appliance batteries, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint.

Solar PowerWhen considering renewable energy options, there is so much information out there. How can you know what is true and what’s not? Here are 10 fast facts about solar energy, including why we need it!

Read and consider whether you are doing enough to conserve energy and reduce use of fossil fuels:

1) Each hour, of each day, more energy from the sun reaches our planet than is used by the entire global population in an entire year.

2) The projected annual growth rate for renewable energy sources is 7.2%, the fastest rate.

3) Over 3,500 square miles of federal land are currently awaiting permits for solar power development.

4) The U.S. ranks 5th in the world among nations producing the most CO2 home emissions (behind Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Estonia).

5) Use of electric lights results in 1/2 the pollution of all the cars on the road. Switching to LED lights use 75% less energy.

6) Solar PV is rated number 1 in growth for energy technologies.

7) MIT scientists have discovered a way to store solar power after the sun goes down (how cool is that?).

8) Every 2 months, a typical U.S. home uses one ton of coal to generate electricity.

9) Switching to a solar hot water heater (using solar thermal panels) can drastically reduce fossil fuel use. The typical 50 gallon electric water heater uses 11.1 barrels of oil a year, which translates into the same amount oil used by a typical 4 door sedan driven by the average consumer.

10) Between lower costs and tax incentives/rebates, PV solar panels are a viable option for just about any homeowner with a south‐facing roof. Payback on investment, through energy savings, is about 7‐9 years.



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 

The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Sustainability Campaign


The Royal Society of Biological Sciences

National Geographic

Double Oaks

Global Stewards

United States Department of Energy

American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)


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