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Education Trailer, Virtual Tour - Iowa DNR

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Uploaded on Aug 2, 2011

The DNR's mobile Education Trailer travels the state for most of the year to schools, local community events, county fairs and is always at the State Fair. The Education Trailer is all about telling your Eco-Story, how what you do at home, work and school affects the environment. It focuses on different rooms and the things you can do in those rooms to make Iowa a better place. To reserve the Education Trailer, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/La...
Kitchen: We use a lot of water and electricity in the kitchen. Energy Star appliances save a lot of both. Remember not to buy things that are over packaged like individually packaged servings like juice boxes. You can also grow your own fresh foods or buy locally, like at the local farmer's market.
Den: Recycling reduces our need for landfills, saves energy and decreases the amount of pollutants that negatively impact our climate. There are easy ways to conserve energy in your house like using a programmable thermostat or using a ceiling fan along with your air conditioning. Another energy conservation idea is to change your light bulbs to CFL or LED bulbs.
Family Room: Did you know that electronics make up about 20% of our energy bill? Most of that is phantom energy or the power used when the electronics are turned off. We can reduce phantom energy by unplugging electronics or by using a power strip that you turn off when you're not using them.
Bathroom & Laundry: The biggest environmental issue here is water usage. To reduce consumption in the laundry room, remember to clean the dryer's lint trap, don't over dry your clothes, don't wash heavy clothes with lighter ones and remember to always wash a full load. A leaky faucet can waste more than 3000 gallons of water a year, but a leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. Low flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce water use by 50% and can reduce your energy cost to heat the water by up to 50%.
Garage: The biggest environmental impacts from your garage relate to transportation, household hazardous materials (HHMs) and water quality. You can take the bus, bike or walk when possible, combine trips, carpool, inflate tires correctly or shut off the car if you are going to idle for more than a minute. HHMS include such things as paints, solvents, adhesives, cleaning chemicals, lawn chemicals, antifreeze, and motor oil. Drop off unwanted HHMs at a regional collection center. Locate the nearest one by visiting www.SafeSmartSolutions.org
For more information about the Education Trailer or the online registration form, visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/La...

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