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Are You in the Green?

How to go green to save green!

There’s a growing movement toward green living these days and there are a lot of great reasons to jump into this movement.  Some worry that being green will be more costly, but in reality, going green can save you some green!

We’ve discussed green living here before and below you will find some reasonably inexpensive and easy ways to transfer your home into a sustainable living mecca that will lower your bills.

  • The easiest place to start is a double saver—saving money and power.  Simply switch your current light bulbs out for fluorescent bulbs. These light bulbs last up to ten times as long as standard bulbs while only using one quarter of the energy. This simple switch can help you save up to 30 percent of your electricity bill each year.
  • Want to take the double saver a step further?  Besides switching off lights when you leave the room and turning off appliances, unplug electronics when they’re not in use.  Leaving your microwave, TV, computers percent of a household’s annual energy consumption.  What’s easier than pulling a plug?
  • Another great way to save is by switching out bathroom fixtures.  Purchase a low-flow or adjustable water head to save on water consumption (these can be as low as $20!).  If you’re feeling a bit more motivated, replace your toilet with a dual-flush model.
  • Work outside to cool off inside.  Plant trees around the house strategically (on the south and west sides; shading the air-conditioning unit, if possible) to save up to about $250 a year on cooling and heating.
  • Get a rain barrel. Buy one or simply use something old (an old bucket or something similar) to catch water from your gutters.  Doing this will reduce the amount of storm water that runs off your property and into overburdened sewers, causing erosion and spreading pesticides, oil and other toxins. Use the water for plants and save on your water bills!
  • Wrap an insulation blanket around your water heater and lower its running cost by up to 9 percent.

 

Going green is easy, can be fun and some of these quick changes can raise the value of your home.  Better than just helping yourself, you’re helping out Mother Nature too!

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Chuck Ruff March 23, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Funny... the guy who's preaching about the destruction of our constitution is attempting to censor the words people use.
SockPuppet March 23, 2013 at 03:57 PM
FourScore, yes, he's only concerned with aspects of the Constitution that suit his paranoid agenda. But names of certain colors, now, THEY must not be spoken!
Patriot March 23, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Domino, Wrong again. If "The Village Idiot" applies to anyone, it should be you. Open your eyes and your mind. Do your research. Global warming, false environmentalism, cap and trade, green buildings, GREEN etc all being used to hoodwink the American taxpayer into Agenda 21 and the redistribution of our wealth. You either drank to much of the Koolaid, are totally out of it, or you are aligned with those who want to destroy our republic.
Not Domino March 23, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Cindy, How can one safely dispose of fluorescent lights? Don't they contain mercury? Aren't LED lights safer? Fluorescent lights also have the very inconvenient characteristic of being non-dimmable. I usually only like my lights at full brightness when I am trying to read or do something requiring bright light, otherwise I like to run them at 1/4 or 1/2 brightness.
Cindy L. Marsh Tichy March 24, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Yes, there is a certain amount of heavy metal in each bulb. You would want to dispose of them properly, never in the trash. They can usually be recycled, not with your normal recycling, but at the county recycling center. Some towns also provide recycling for them. Hope that helps!

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