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Go Green!

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Easy Tips to Make Your Property More Earth Friendly

   
  • Lint Traps: Lower your energy bill by cleaning your clothes dryer’s lint trap before every load to improve air circulation, therefore cutting down on energy-wasting drying time.
  • Cold Water: Save $30 to $40 per year in water heating costs by washing and rinsing clothes in cold water. You can also save more than 3,400 gallons of water per year, according to Energy Star, by washing full loads instead of partial loads.
  • Drying: Many newer clothes dryers have moisture sensors that shut off the heat when they detect that the clothes are dry. If your dryer lacks this feature, try not to over dry your clothes. Operating the dryer for an extra 15 minutes per load can cost as much as $34 per year, according to Energy Star.
  • Compost: Food waste that winds up in landfills generates methane, a greenhouse gas that’s 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Take charge of your greenhouse gas emissions by composting food scraps (except meat) in a backyard composting bin or even a worm bin. A bonus: Your plants will love the nutrient-laden finished compost.
  • Green Cleaners: Switching to green cleaners reduces air pollution both indoors and out, minimizing exposure to both asthma and allergy triggers as well as chemicals that can be harmful to your health. Look for plant-based products from companies that have a complete list of ingredients on their labels.
  • Window Treatments: Aside from the aesthetic appeal, window treatments can save you money on home energy costs. During the summer months, close the blinds or curtains on your windows to prevent the sun’s energy from further heating your home. And during the winter, keep those curtains open to allow the sun’s natural light to help heat your home, which will put less stress on your heating system.
  • Lighting: Trading just one incandescent for a compact fluorescent (CFL) prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gases. The savings in energy are enormous.
  • Timing: Run water at off-peak times. Off-peak times are usually from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Many utility companies offer off-peak, reduced energy rates.
  • Unplug: Many appliances use energy even when turned off. This is called “vampire” electricity. Kill the vampire and save both energy and money by unplugging appliances when not in use.
  • Landscaping: Proper landscaping can add to the energy efficiency of your home by providing shade in the summer months and insulation in the winter months. The EPA suggests planting trees that lose their leaves on the western and southern sides of your home so in the summer, the trees will provide shade and block infrared radiation, keeping your house cooler. In the winter, when the trees lose their leaves, they will allow more sunlight to reach the windows and warm your home.
  • Thermostat: Heating your home is a must when you’re actually in your home, but when you’re at work all day and no one is in the house, there’s no need to keep the heating or air conditioning on. By purchasing a programmable thermostat you can determine the appropriate times of the day when you want the heat/air conditioning to turn on or off. This results in an annual savings of $180 according to the Department of Energy.
  • Easy Water: Another great way to recycle and conserve water is to put a rain barrel in your yard. During a normal year, a rain barrel could save you up to 1300 gallons of water. This is an enormous amount of water that you can use to water your lawn and garden and the best thing about it – it’s free!
 

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