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Easy Tips on Going Green

Going Green

A 12 step program for going green: You may be surprised how simple, low cost fixes will impact your energy usage.

  1. Most households spend over 50 percent of their energy budget on heating and cooling. Every degree you lower the thermostat saves up to 3 percent on your heating bill. The same goes for raising the thermostat in the summer months. Invest in a programmable thermostat to save even more.
  2. Shutting down your computer at night can save an average of $90 of electricity each year. Always unplug appliances when not in use.
  3. According to experts, nearly 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used to produce junk mail every year. To stop most unsolicited mail, you can register online with companies that will contact the companies to stop the mail. There are sometimes fees, but the savings are immeasurable.
  4. Enroll in online bill payment programs. Paperless billing delivered by email helps the environment by saving fossil fuels and keeping millions of tons of paper out of the landfill each year.
  5. Go green with alternative cleaning products. Instead of buying commercially available toxic products, save money by purchasing vinegar, lemon and baking soda for cleaning. Use old t-shirts and towels instead of disposable paper towels for added savings.
  6. Purchasing rechargeable batteries can save money over time. In general, the less you rely on disposable items, the less money you'll spend. This also keeps toxic battery chemicals from leaching into landfill groundwater.
  7. Conserving water makes eco-sense and saves dollars and cents. Never let the faucet run while brushing teeth or washing dishes. Reuse a bath towel instead of laundering after every use. Fixing leaking faucets, taking shorter showers and switching to dual flush toilets are simple solutions to save big bucks and conserve natural resources.
  8. Wash clothes in cold water for huge savings. 90 percent of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating when most clothing can be easily washed in cold water.
  9. Switch incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). Energy saving CFLs use 75 percent less energy and are now available in dimmable, bug repelling, candelabra and flicker styles.
  10. Use your local library instead of purchasing books and magazines. Books can be checked out at no cost and returned rather than disposed of. CDs and DVDs are available as well. Over time, you can money and and you'll help keep paper and plastics from landfills.
  11. Americans waste nearly 2.9 billion gallons of gasoline every year – $78.2 billion dollars - and you may be surprised at how it happens. Idling your car’s engine for more than ten seconds means needlessly wasting gasoline - more gas than is used for startup. Turn off your engine whenever possible.
  12. Simple, inexpensive maintenance on your vehicle can add up to big savings. Changing the air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent and save you up to 28 cents a gallon. Keeping tires properly inflated can save up to an additional 5 percent on fuel costs.

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