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Going Green with Devereux

For Devereux, going green makes sense. In 2008, we launched an organization-wide program to “go green.” We are not only doing our part to support the environment, but we are also saving money through the use of more energy-efficient products. The four operational areas we focus on include:

  1. Facilities: We assess all of our existing buildings to see where extra insulation, new windows, different lighting or other initiatives could save money and reduce resource consumption. All new construction will be developed from the ground up to reflect the “best green practices.”
  2. Transportation is another area of focus. Specifically, are exploring alternative fuels, hybrid vehicles, encouraging employee car pooling and employees’ use of public transportation.
  3. Equipment and Technology: We purchase energy-efficient equipment and technology to replace older equipment. We also look to reduce power usage by turning off or “hibernating” equipment not in use.
  4. Waste Management: Devereux is actively involved in an extensive recycling program to reduce the amount of waste we create.

Green Tips: What you can do

Start saving carbon today! Below is a list of just a few ways you can help reduce CO2 emissions.

At Home

  1. Replace an old hot water heater: Look for the ENERGY STARŪ label when purchasing a new hot water heater.
  2. Control your hot water heater temperature: For every 10 degrees you reduce your hot water heater’s temperature, you will reduce CO2 emissions by about three to five percent.
  3. Control heating temperatures: For every degree you lower the thermostat, you will cut energy use by about three percent.
  4. Choose energy-efficient appliances: Look for the ENERGY STARŪ label when purchasing a washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, air conditioner and refrigerator.
  5. Replace five bulbs: Replace five regular bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs in your most frequently used light fixtures. You will not only be helping the environment, but you will also save on your energy bills. Make sure you look for the ENERGY STARŪ label.
  6. Control air conditioning temperatures: For every degree you raise the thermostat, you will cut energy use by about three percent.
  7. Turn it off
    • Unplug appliances when not in use. (i.e. coffeemakers, cell phone chargers, etc.)
    • Shut off lights when not in a room.
    • Put your computer to sleep, uplug laptop power cords when not in use and turn off printers, wireless routers and other electronics.
  8. Be green in your yard: Use a push mower rather than a power mower. Compost your food and yard waste.
  9. Use water efficiently
    • Take a shower rather than bath: Baths use 15 to 25 gallons of hot water compared to less than 10 gallons for a five-minute shower.
    • Turn the water off while shaving or brushing teeth.
    • Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
  10. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Recycle your newspapers, beverage containers, paper and other goods.

At the Office

  1. Turn it off: Put your computer to sleep, uplug laptop power cords when not in use and turn off other office equipment and lights at the end of the day.
  2. Look for ENERGY STARŪ qualified products for the office
  3. Control heating temperatures: For every degree you lower the thermostat, you will cut energy use by about three percent.
  4. Control air conditioning temperatures: For every degree you raise the thermostat, you will cut energy use by about three percent.
  5. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Recycle your newspapers, beverage containers, paper and other goods. Bring your own utensils and mugs to work rather than using plastic utensils and cups provided by your employer.

On the Road

  1. Drive a fuel effient car: Review the EPA's green vehicle guide.
  2. Reduce driving speed: Take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal, avoid hard accelerations, reduce time spent idling and unload unnecessary items in your trunk to reduce weight.
  3. Pump up your tires: Under-inflated tires increases wear, reduces your fuel economy, leads to higher greenhouse gas emissions and release of air pollutants.
  4. Tune up and maintain your car: By properly maintaining your car you will help reduce CO2 emissions.
  5. Take a break from driving: Try carpooling, taking public transportation or telecommuting to work.
  6. Combine errands or ride your bike instead of driving: Whenever possible, combine activities and errands into one trip.

Green Tips

Devereux Going Green

Facts

Each American generates an average of 4.6 pounds of garbage per day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Energy use for a single family home's energy use for one year is more than 22,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Devereux National
444 Devereux Drive
P.O. Box 638
Villanova, PA 19085
(800) 345-1292