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College publications are given 2-part "pub numbers" that are used to identify them. The first part (the prefix) is a set of letters that indicates which series the document belongs to. A series is a grouping of documents that share similar content.

The second part of the pub number is just a sequential number.

Series: Home and Environment

Planning a Zero-Waste Event
2/4/2015 (new)

The goal of a zero-waste event (e.g., meeting, business event, birthday party, field day, wedding, etc.) is to minimize the amount of waste produced. The key to hosting a zero-waste event is good advanced planning. This publication will guide you as you plan and carry out your event. | HENV-105
web only | 8 pages | 1,897 words | 34 downloads | PDF: 3,353 kb

Residential Rain Garden: Design, Construction, Maintenance
5/1/2014 (new)

This publication covers the design, construction, and maintenance of residential ran gardens. Rain gardens are one of several stormwater management practices that homeowners can use to reduce their property's negative impact on water quality and flooding. | HENV-205
web only | 15 pages | 6,021 words | 156 downloads | PDF: 6,000 kb

Understanding and Protecting Kentucky's Watersheds
11/8/2013 (new)

Regardless of where you are, you are always in a watershed. A watershed is any area of land that drains water to a single water body such as a stream or lake. | HENV-206
web only | 3 pages | 6,687 words | 92 downloads | PDF: 2,511 kb

Managing Insects and Spiders in the Home
8/29/2013 (new)

This guide is designed to help you tell the "bad" bugs from the harmless ones and to show you a few basic steps that you can take to detect the most common indoor pests and to prevent problems before they happen. | HENV-401
web only | 11 pages | 4,738 words | 83 downloads | PDF: 7,891 kb

How Water Use Impacts Septic System Performance
7/25/2013 (new)

The purpose of this publication is to discuss home water use patterns and suggest water conservation measures that could improve septic system performance and reduce the risks of hydraulic overload or other kinds of system failure. | HENV-509
web only | 4 pages | 1,613 words | 41 downloads | PDF: 1,000 kb

What is a Watershed?
6/21/2013 (new)

A watershed is an area of land that drains water to a single water body. Watersheds are as small as a few acres draining into a stream or as large as several states draining into the ocean. Smaller watersheds join together to make larger watersheds. Kentucky is divided into seven major watersheds, or basins. Knowing what watershed you live in is a first step toward protecting water quality. | HENV-204
500 printed copies | 8 pages | 586 words | 57 downloads | PDF: 4,306 kb

6/21/2013 (new)

As stormwater moves across lawns and paved areas, it picks up bacteria, nutrients, sediments, heavy metals, and chemicals before traveling through the storm sewers to our water bodies. Because the stormwater is not cleaned or treated, it creates harmful conditions for the environment and for us. | HENV-203
500 printed copies | 8 pages | 501 words | 106 downloads | PDF: 3,675 kb

Planting Along Your Stream, Pond, or Lake
6/21/2013 (new)

Kentucky has more than 90,000 miles of rivers and streams and thousands of ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and wetlands. You can improve your surroundings and the quality of your stream, pond, or lake by planting an area called a riparian buffer or buffer zone. | HENV-202
500 printed copies | 8 pages | 710 words | 111 downloads | PDF: 3,979 kb

Landscaping Septic Systems with Native Plants
2/15/2013 (new)

Septic system components sometimes have unsightly aboveground pipes, risers, ventilation systems, or large mounds. Homeowners can improve the appearance of these functional features through site design and, in particular, plant material selection. | HENV-508
web only | 6 pages | 2,782 words | 89 downloads | PDF: 1,384 kb

Saving Water at Home
10/17/2012 (new)

By conserving water, we decrease our demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water. Simply put, by conserving water we save energy. | HENV-601
web only | 7 pages | 3,036 words | 54 downloads | PDF: 1,902 kb

Flood Conditions and Your Septic System
9/19/2012 (new)

The most common septic systems used in the United States employ soil treatment area to treat and disperse wastewater into the environment. The soil treatment area consists of a network of perforated pipes within gravel-filled trenches. Under normal environmental conditions, well designed and managed septic systems work very well at dispersing wastewater and removing pathogens from the wastewater before they reach groundwater or surface waters. | HENV-507
web only | 3 pages | 1,078 words | 17 downloads | PDF: 1,002 kb

Impacts of Additives on Septic System Performance
9/19/2012 (new)

Septic system additive vendors often market their products as necessities that improve septic system performance or repair failing systems. Rather than address specific products, this publication examines general categories of these additives. This publication also describes the treatment functions of septic systems and the available scientific data regarding the effectiveness of septic system additives. | HENV-505
web only | 4 pages | 1,438 words | 20 downloads | PDF: 697 kb

Importance of Wastewater Biological Oxygen Demand in Septic Systems
9/19/2012 (new)

A high BOD value means potential septic system problems for homeowners; a low BOD means fewer problems for homeowners. This publication describes the environmental impacts of BOD, shows how BOD is distributed in septic systems, and describes remediation strategies for excess BOD. | HENV-504
web only | 4 pages | 1,432 words | 9 downloads | PDF: 1,224 kb

Septic Tanks: The Primary Treatment Device of Septic Systems
9/19/2012 (new)

Septic tanks play an essential role in effectively treating wastewater in areas without municipal sewage treatment. Homeowners often assume that the septic tank in their backyard is their septic system. Actually, the tank is merely the first of a series of components that make up a well-designed septic system. | HENV-503
web only | 4 pages | 1,320 words | 20 downloads | PDF: 1,720 kb

Septic System Failure and Environmental Impacts
9/19/2012 (new)

More than one-third of new homes and over half of the mobile homes in the U.S. depend on septic systems. Here in Kentucky, approximately 40 percent of the homes have septic systems. This is common in the southeast, where there are more septic systems per capita than any other region of the country. | HENV-502
web only | 3 pages | 1,196 words | 21 downloads | PDF: 630 kb

Septic System Maintenance: Care and Feeding of Your System
9/19/2012 (new)

This publication provides homeowners with a basic introduction to septic systems by explaining how septic systems function and suggesting ways to better maintain systems and increase their longevity. | HENV-501
web only | 4 pages | 1,337 words | 33 downloads | PDF: 1,596 kb

Turfgrass Color: Indicator of Septic System Performance
9/13/2012 (new)

Many homeowners notice color differences in the turfgrass over their septic system soil treatment area. Most often, homeowners observe green or brown stripes in their turfgrass relative to the surrounding lawn. This discoloration is worth keeping an eye on because turfgrass color is often an early sign that serious problems are about to occur. | HENV-506
web only | 3 pages | 697 words | 19 downloads | PDF: 1,135 kb

Going Green: Living an Environmentally Responsible Life
7/5/2011 (new)

Adopting a green lifestyle means making deliberate choices to lighten our impact on the natural world. | HENV-706
web only | 7 pages | 2,724 words | 53 downloads | PDF: 1,392 kb

Natural Lighting
2/24/2011 (new)

Follow these home decorating and landscaping tips to reduce your energy consumption and utility costs. | HENV-705
web only | 4 pages | 1,110 words | 19 downloads | PDF: 2,251 kb

Tips for Conserving Water at Home
2/24/2011 (new)

By conserving water, we decrease our demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water. Simply put, by conserving water we save energy. | HENV-704
web only | 5 pages | 1,658 words | 34 downloads | PDF: 1,525 kb

Household Waste Management 4: Hazardous Waste
9/8/2010 (new)

Everyday products found around your house contain hazardous chemicals--everything from nail polish remover to household electronics to oil for your car. | HENV-104
web only | 4 pages | - | 9 downloads | PDF: 514 kb

Household Waste Management 3: Recycle
9/8/2010 (new)

Americans create about 5 pounds of waste per day, half of which is recycled in some manner, leaving roughly 2.5 pounds of waste per day going to landfills. | HENV-103
web only | 4 pages | - | 11 downloads | PDF: 936 kb

Household Waste Management 2: Reuse
9/8/2010 (new)

Reuse is essentially any action that extends the life of a product and keeps it out of the waste system. The process of reusing an item can start even before you purchase it. | HENV-102
web only | 4 pages | - | 9 downloads | PDF: 484 kb

Household Waste Management 1: Reduce
9/8/2010 (new)

Reducing, at the top of the waste management hierarchy, has the greatest impact on the environment and starts with you reducing the number of products you purchase and use. | HENV-101
web only | 4 pages | - | 11 downloads | PDF: 801 kb

Saving Energy and Money: Appliances
8/30/2010 (new)

Appliances are designed to save time and money, but if an appliance is not in itself energy efficient or is operated improperly it could be wasting money. Ensuring that you have an ENERGY STAR--approved appliance is one solution; another is the proper operation, location, and maintenance of appliances. | HENV-703
web only | 4 pages | - | 8 downloads | PDF: 889 kb

Saving Energy and Money at Home and on the Road
8/30/2010 (new)

This publication features 15 suggestions to help you save money, reduce your energy consumption, and preserve our natural resources. | HENV-702
web only | 4 pages | - | 10 downloads | PDF: 1,588 kb

Saving Energy and Money: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
7/28/2010 (new)

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a CFL lasts up to ten times longer, uses approximately one-fourth the energy, and produces 25 percent less heat while producing more light per watt than a traditional incandescent bulb. | HENV-701
web only | 4 pages | - | 9 downloads | PDF: 880 kb

Building a Rain Barrel
7/28/2010 (new)

Rain barrels offer a number of benefits such as helping to reduce stormwater runoff, decreasing municipal water usage, and potentially protecting your home's foundation. Impervious surfaces such as rooftops, parking lots, and roads prevent rainwater or stormwater from soaking into the soil. | HENV-201
web only | 8 pages | - | 107 downloads | PDF: 1,480 kb