What Can Residents Do

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Tips for saving energy today

  • Install a programmable thermostat.
  • Use compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
  • Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
  • Plug home electronics into power strips; turn off the power strips when the equipment is not in use.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • Air dry clothes in spring and summer for the ultimate fresh laundry scent!
  • Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving wastes gasoline.

ENERGY CONSERVATION: Changing your behavior to use less energy (example: turning off lights when not in use)

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Using less energy to complete a given task (example: switching to LED light bulbs)

Both of these methods of energy reduction are easy and among the most inexpensive ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

PA Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Quality

230 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335-3481. Ph: (814) 332-6940   PA Bureau of Air Quality

LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR AIR QUALITY! You survive for days without food or water, but you can only last a few minutes without air. YOU can have a direct impact on Cranberry's air quality. Contact Pennsylvania's Bureau of Air Quality to learn more about improving your air quality, have your air quality questions answered, or to report a potential air pollution event.

Green Building Tips for Your Home

Whether you are building a new home or renovating, incorporating some sustainable options will save you money, create a healthier environment for you and your family, and increase the re-sale value of your home!

New Buildings

Process: If you discuss sustainable options with your building and design team from the very beginning of the process rather than adding them in later, costs can be greatly reduced.

Materials: Your green home doesn't have to look different if you don't want it to. When choosing materials, remember that traditional components like cedar shingles, paint, and even siding can come in more sustainable options. Also try to source your materials locally to reduce the travel distance.

Existing Buildings

Before You Demo: Buildings are responsible for an enormous amount of waste. When you are tearing down old sections of your home, consider deconstruction over demolition so materials can then be re-used elsewhere to reduce landfill waste. There are services that specialize in this method if you need help.

Easy Fixes: If you will be renovating anyway, why not do some relatively easy upgrades that will increase the efficiency of your home? Replacing old windows or adding insulation will provide a return on your investment.

Solar Panels: Adding solar panels to your home can be very beneficial. According to a report by the Department of Energy, homes that add solar panels benefit from lower energy bills, a re-sale rate that is two times faster than non-solar homes, and a quicker value appreciation (up to 10% more in the same time frame). Check out Cranberry Township's Solar-Energy ordinance (#2010-397) before getting started.