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Green Tips

Here, you will be able to find several tips for making your home green and efficient. These ideas generally are money-saving too! Continue to check in for more tips added regularly.

1. Install CFL bulbs when your incandescent bulbs burn out. They will pay for themselves very quickly, see how Len Penzo explains.

2. Take advantage of community programs from the expected recycling services to paying a $4 monthly fee for solar power in your home.

3. Buy used clothes. It saves money and prevents unnecessary consumption of resources. And just because it’s used doesn’t mean it has to look bad. Lighter Footstep has some tips for buying used clothes.

4. Conserve. Be conscious of when you are using electricity, water, gas and try to do those things less. Something that can help monitor yourself is the use of a “Smart Meter” for your home.  It can tell you when you are using the most electricity and make it easier to control your “carbon fooprint”; and even better: save you money.

5. Decrease your use of all petroleum products. Plastics are the easiest to reduce, as its difficult to live in Mid-Missouri without driving. Use the reusable shopping bags and refill your water bottles instead of buying more. When you do end up with plastic, just recycle it so it doesn’t end up in a landfill for millions of years.

6. For every degree you move your thermostat down in the winter or up in the summer, you will decrease your heating and cooling costs by 3%. Keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees in the summer and at 68 degrees in the winter.

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