Make the Environmental Switch with your Thermostat! “Switch the ‘Stat”
November 26, 2013
HRAI – The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada has released a new call to action campaign. This campaign is called “Switch the Stat” and focuses on the mercury contamination sent to landfills via old thermostats.
Old mechanical thermostats have one to four switches, each containing 2.5 grams of mercury, which is a potent neurotoxin. It only takes one gram of mercury to contaminate an eight-hectare lake to the point where the fish are not edible for a full year.
If you participate in “Switch the ‘Stat,” you’ll conserve energy, save money, and prevent mercury releases to the environment.
Step 1 – With the help of your “Switch the ‘Stat” contractor, switch to a newer, more energy-efficient programmable thermostat.
Step 2 – Responsibly dispose of your old mercury-containing thermostat through your local “Switch the ‘Stat” contractor.
A recycling facility will dismantle the thermostat, recycle the parts and prevent the mercury from contaminating air, soil and water.
As we are a “Switch the ‘Stat” contractor and stand strong against mercury contamination, we have a bin located at our 5 Hill Street location just off of Lancaster. Please feel free to stop by with your old thermostat to be recycled or if you require help installing, contact us at any of the sources below.
If you have any questions, concerns or require additional information please feel free to comment below or contact us at any of the sources provided. email@example.com, 519.579.5330, Twitter @HoggMechanical, Facebook Hogg Heating & Air Conditioning
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