October 27, 2009
Winter is the time when we all like to be warm at home. Here are a few tips that will keep you warm and also save money this season:
Do not over heat your home:
         Keep your home temperature at 68 degrees (or lower)
         Install programmable thermostats with timers
         Wear warmer clothes
         Use an extra blanket or comforter at night

Holding heat in your home:
         Turn off heat in rooms that are not used on a regular basis. Closing off those rooms will save you about $60 each year
         Sealing gaps around windows and doors could save you an extra $40 per year
         Unused fire places can be blocked off
         Insulating your ceiling is the most cost effective way of keeping heat in your home and could save you up to $350 annually
         Using plastic insulation where possible will hold in heat as well

Using hot water wisely:
         Turning on your hot water uses a lot of energy.  Reducing the amount of hot water used will lower your energy bill. Tankless Water Heaters are an extremely energy efficient way to provide hot water on an as needed basis.  Look online ( to review some companies that manufacture these products.
         Wash clothes in cold water. Cold water detergents are available
         Don't rinse dishes under running water
         Reducing your shower time by 3 minutes will save up to 3,650 gallons of water annually.

Saving on electricity:
         Turn off and/or unplug your appliances such as cellphone chargers, microwaves, televisions, etc.  Utilizing this method can save you up to $50 a year.

Keep the air moist in your home. 
         Many of us have forced hot air heating systems which can cause our homes to be dry.  Air drying your laundry is one of the best ways of keeping moisture in your house.  Moist air also prevents dry skin and will help you breathe better.  Investing in a small humidifier will also help with keeping moisture in your home.
Looking for new great ideas!
We are always looking for new ideas on how we can all work together towards our goal of making both Avanti and Omnigraphics more sustainable companies (check out our MISSION statment at the end of this e-mail).

We encourage anyone to submit their ideas or thoughts on what we can do to anyone on the Sustainability Committee.  The members of the committee are: Cal Kerr, Athena Inempolidis, Nick Tritt, Matt Gall, Charlotte Hill, Dave Phipps, Liza Pulgini and Mary Butler (Omnigraphics).  

Stay Warm!


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                     OUR MISSION 
Our mission is to promote, support and measure sustainability throughout Avanti and Omnigraphics and to insure that each strategic decision takes into account its current and future impact on our environment.