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Green Tips at home

Temperature
  • Adjust your thermostat a few degrees warmer in summer and cooler in winter or open a window instead of running air conditioning at all.
  • Turn off fans and air conditioning when not home.
  • Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows and insulate walls, attic, crawlspace, and ceilings.
  • Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning and heaters regularly.
  • Minimize opening your oven door when in use. It reduces the temperature by 25-30 degrees every time.
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees.

Appliances 

  • Refrigerators and freezers use more electricity than any other household appliance up to 1/6th of the electricity used at home. Keep them clean and full and open them sparingly to save energy and money.
  • Run only fully-loaded washing machines and dishwashers, and use natural dishwashing soap.
  • Wash clothes only when they are dirty. You could save a load a week and about 160 gallons of water a month.
  • Your dryer will use less energy if you clean the lint filter after every load.
  • Try drying your clothes outside. They, look, feel, and smell great.
  • Wash clothes with cold water to save money and energy on heating. New products are developed to clean just as well in cold water.

Water & Gardening 

  • Gas lawn mowers may contribute as much as 5% of our air pollution, according to the EPA. A great alternative is a push mower. It's not only pollution free - but gives you a free workout with every use.
  • Save between 1,000 and 8,000 gallons of water a year by installing faucet aerators and high-efficiency showerheads.
  • Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth to save gallons of water every day.
  • Water the lawn in the morning or evening to use less water. Watering during the day wastes water because it evaporates in the sun.
  • Try composting your kichen waste into your garden – free and natural nutrients for your yards.
  • Leave grass clippings from mowing to decompose and return nutrients to your yard.

Power

  • Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
  • Avoid the phantom load from appliances that drain energy when not in use by unplugging them or turning off powerstrips.
  • Replace light bulbs with environmentally friendly compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Switch to using all rechargeable batteries.