Saving Energy

Making green choices means more than simply buying energy efficient appliances or recycling the newspaper. Those are great steps! But it's also about recognizing how much we already have, and how to make the most of it.

Expert Tips

Whether it's remembering to flick off the light switch or making a major change like buying a hybrid...green choices mean a brighter future. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Manage Your Sprinkler

Make sure you're watering your lawn or garden...not the driveway or sidewalk. Water during the coolest part of the day, or in the evening, when water won't evaporate as quickly under the heat of the sun and more will make it to your garden.

Get Wrapped Up

Get Wrapped Up

Skip the wood stove or fireplace. A fireplace can exhaust as much as 24,000 cubic feet of heated air per hour to the outside. Instead, cozy up on the couch with a comfy blanket. It'll keep you toasty warm and lower your heating bills.

Welcome the Sun

Rearrange rooms to make more use of natural light in your home. Lighter wall colors will also help reflect light back into the room to keep things bright.

Use Those Blinds

Use Those Blinds

Close your curtains and shades at night and open them during the day. You'll be amazed at how much warmth you can get from the outside light during the day and how much heat you can conserve by keeping windows covered at night.

Don’t Do it Twice

Don’t Do it Twice

As you clean surfaces, dust, dirt and grime will settle in the lowest spot. Don’t waste water cleaning and rinsing twice. Instead, when cleaning, start from the top and work your way down.

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