general business practices

Our internal General Business Practices audit was implemented to examine items and criteria that would typically be evaluated in a home energy evaluation. As a result, we have taking the following measures;

light bulb Light Bulbs
Where possible, we have gradually switched our lighting systems to accommodate fluorescent and compact florescent light bulbs. Compact florescent light bulbs use up to 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. If every North American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year, more than $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. Standard incandescent bulbs use only 5 to 8 percent of their energy to produce light. The rest is dissipated as heat.

Motion Detectors
Motion or occupant sensors detect not only the presence of a person in a particular area but also detect the absence of a person as well. The way they work is fairly simple and straightforward. The motion detector itself is designed to sense both the presence and the absence of a person, send the appropriate message or signal to what is called the control unit which then processes the information and sends a signal to a controllable switch which then either opens or closes a relay which either turns lights on or turns them off. The occupant sensor is a very effective energy savings device because of its capability to turn off lights when a room or area is not being used.

Computer Monitors
ENERGY STAR qualified computer monitors use from 25–60% less electricity than standard models, depending on how they are used.

recycleUsing Recycled Paper
We have pledged that all new printed material such as brochures, letterhead, information packages will be printed on paper with 100% recycled content. It is common sense that making new paper from old paper is easier on the Earth. It helps to conserve forests, because it reduces demand for wood. It conserves resources and generates less pollution during manufacturing since the fibres have already been processed once. As well, it reduces solid waste because it diverts unusable paper from the waste stream. Paper with 100% recycled content reduces the demand on forests for wood; conserves energy, chemicals and water consumed during paper manufacturing; and reduces both solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions."

Recycling Program
Everyone knows recycling means less waste going to our landfills. Thanks to our dedicated staff, we have implemented a recycling program that has had great success. In the coming years we plan to further reduce the amount of waste which is sent to our landfill. That being said, the greatest environmental benefits of recycling are related not to landfills, but to the conservation of energy and natural resources and the prevention of pollution when a recycled material, rather than a raw material, is used to make a new product.

Pesticide Use
We have opted to stop the use of pesticides on our property and this is why. Pesticides can potentially affect everyone’s health. They can put people and animals at risk, particularly young children due to their smaller size and under-developed immune systems. Although the effects of pesticide use over several years or a lifetime of exposure are not fully understood, the immediate health effects on people who are accidentally over-exposed to pesticides may include: headaches, dizziness, nausea, tiredness, stomach cramps, and skin and eye irritation.

Pesticides also pollute water. Protecting the quality of our drinking water, along with potential health effects described above, are key reasons for the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home’s decision to stop the use of pesticides.

Water Conservation
By planting drought resistant plants we have reduced our need for seasonal watering. Many native plants can survive on rainwater alone. Our overall outdoor plan includes reducing the amount of grass thereby reducing the amount of watering required. In the meantime, while following the City of Waterloo by law for watering and through our automatic timers we water the lawn early in the morning or evening hours to minimize evaporation loss. It also achieves greater soil saturation and provides better absorption of the water.