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More Green Tips and Facts

Tips on what you can do in your home to help save the Earth and big bucks too.
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  • Programmable thermostat

    Programmable thermostat

    Invest in a programmable thermostat and set it way up or down (when everyone's at work/school, and asleep at night); program it to turn "on" shortly before folks get home/wake up/ Save: If used properly, as much as $150 a year. Bigger picture: If every U.S. household turned the thermostat down...

  • Hot water heater settings

    Hot water heater settings

    Set your hot water heater no higher than 120 degrees. Setting it higher wastes $36 to $61 annually in heat lost to the surrounding basement area and more than $400 a year in demand loss.

  • Turn off the tap

    Turn off the tap

    Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. This will save as much as 10 gallons a day, a person. For a family of four, that's 14,400 gallons of water a year.

  • Use a Cloth Bag

    Use a Cloth Bag

    Paper or plastic? Neither! Take a cloth bag with you to the grocery store. There's much debate over paper vs. plastic shopping bags. Plastic requires less energy to produce and uses less space in landfills than paper, while paper is biodegradable and comes from a renewable resource. Bill Schleizer,...

  • Plant Trees

    Plant Trees

    Trees help reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that 100 billion metric tons of carbon over the next 50 years could be sequestered through forest preservation, tree planting and improved agricultural...

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