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January 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Save Energy and Save Money!

  • Set your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to save on heating and cooling costs.
  • Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
  • Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine wash clothes goes to heating the water.
  • Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used up drying your clothes.

Save water to save money!

  • Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead. They are inexpensive, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
  • Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. This little devise will conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
  • Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden.

Less gas = more money (and better health!).

  • Walk or bike to work, if possible or car pool. This saves on gas  while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.

Skip the bottled water.

  • Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates waste.  Think about it!
  • Bring a reusable water bottle, preferably aluminum rather than plastic, with you when traveling or at work.

Borrow instead of buying.

  • Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This saves money, not to mention the ink and paper that goes into printing new books. (Buy a Kindle!)
  • Share power tools and other appliances. Get to know your neighbors while cutting down on the number of things cluttering your closet or garage.

Buy smart.

  • Buy in bulk. Purchasing food from bulk bins can save money and packaging.

Keep electronics out of the trash.

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