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Sierra Club finally taking a stand against wood burning?

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:10 pm

Sierra Club finally taking a stand against wood burning?
Cold-Weather Comforts: Fireplace Usage
December 14, 2010

Now that you've winterized your home, what to do to wait out the snowstorm? This week's tips provide a few ideas to keep you busy without hurting the planet

Tip #2: Think Twice About Fireplaces

Everyone loves sitting around a roaring fire during winter. But too much wood-burning can really blacken the sky. To prevent air pollution, light fires only for special occasions; all that coal in the hearth is bound to soil Santa's suit. You can also look for an EPA-certified fireplace when you are planning installation.

Tell us: How do you green your fireplace?

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Winterize Your Home: Ditch Your Wood-Burning Fireplace
January 22, 2009

Though we're already well into winter, many of us are still seeking green solutions to keeping our living spaces warm and comfy. This week's tips are about how to winterize your home in ecofriendly ways.

Tip #3: Ditch Your Wood-Burning Fireplace

Wood-burning fireplaces spout excessive heat and pollution out the chimney – and rapidly burn through logged wood. To keep your hearth and its heating abilities green, switch its energy source to natural gas. While using fossil fuels is never ideal, in the case of fireplaces, doing so definitely leaves a smaller footprint.

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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