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Green Your Home


Read below for tips on greening your residence.

  1. Run your clothes washer with cold water whenever possible. Also consider allowing clothes to air dry (the old-fashioned way) rather than always using your dryer.
  2. Wash clothes and dishes in full loads for optimum water use.
  3. Garbage disposals use excessive amounts of water, so instead consider creating a compost pile.
  4. Install water efficient showerheads and aerators on faucets.
  5. Turn the water off in your shower or faucet when shaving or brushing your teeth.
  6. If you need to let your shower or bath run to heat up, catch the first bits of water and use it to water your houseplants.
  7. Skip the bath and take a shower, a quick shower.
  8. Place a water bottle filled with water or pennies in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used. Make sure the bottle is away from all operating mechanisms and that at least 3 gallons of water are left in the tank in order for the toilet to operate properly. Also consider purchasing low-flush toilets.
  9. Check for toilet leaks by placing a little food coloring in the tank. If within 30 minutes the color has run into the bowl, you need to have your toilet leak repaired.
  10. Recycle, recycle, recycle! This includes bringing in old cell phones to Town Hall for recycling, and utilizing the Household Hazardous Waste days for items that are not curbside recyclable.
  11. Pay you bills online to avoid all that extra paper mail. Added bonus - no stamp required!
  12. Keep houseplants around to help filter your indoor air.
  13. Protect your family from Indoor Air Pollution.
  14. Limit your use of aerosols which usually cannot be recycled and may contain VOC's.
  15. Use reusable products such as cloth napkins or a permanent water bottle rather than purchasing one-time use items like paper napkins or bottled water.
  16. Plant trees. They absorb carbon dioxide, which is a big cause in global warming. They help reduce soil erosion, they welcome wildlife, and they can be a great place to meditate or play near. Also, the shade they provide in the summer can keep your home cool while in the winter they can block the cold windy air. Add shrubs and bushes for more protection.
  17. Consider building green.
  18. Buy Energy Star appliances. The Energy Star rating means the product is more energy efficient - on average, about 30% more efficient. This saves you money on your electricity bills and reduces pollution.
  19. UNPLUG. Unplug your appliances and electronics until they're being used. Even when shut off, these items use energy when plugged into the wall. So before leaving work or school, unplug those fans, stereos, coffee makers etc.
  20. Change your lighting over to energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs. They might cost more than a normal bulb, but they last much longer and save you money on your electric bills. For optimum brightness, check the color rendering index (CRI) - shoot for above 80.
  21. Ask your utility provider if they'll do an energy audit of your home.
  22. Ensure that their is plenty of insulation. Use weather-stripping around windows and doors to avoid drafts, and make sure ducts are properly insulated. Insulate water pipes to get hot water faster.
  23. Keep your house heated near 62 degrees in the winter, and have your AC set at 78 in the summer. A few degrees change from your normal temperatures can save you money, reduce pollution from energy usage, and go basically unnoticed by you and your family.
  24. Make sure all the filters in your home are clean and maintained. This includes heating and cooling system filters as well as filters on appliances such as the lint filter in your dryer.
  25. Clean the coils on the back of your fridge every six months to keep it running efficiently.
  26. Turn your hot water heater down a couple degrees.
  27. Eat at least one meatless meal a week. Producing meat is much more energy inefficient than eating the grains and plants that grow the animals you get your meat from.



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