Thursday, October 25, 2007

9 little ways to go green

  • Take your refrigerator's temperature... it should be between 37 and 40 degrees
  • Moving your fridge out of the sun, or away from a range can save you money and energy... any 1 degree temperature change above 70 degrees makes your fridge use 2.5 times more energy
  • Use your dishwasher... if you have one, especially an Energy Star one, it saves 5,000 gallons of water and roughly 230 hours each year!
  • Fix a leaky faucet and toilet
  • Change your shower head to one that uses less water ... for example 1.5 gallons per minute vs. one that fills a gallon in 20 seconds.
  • Put extra rugs in your entry way and USE them to wipe your feet -- this means less pathogens, cleaner air quality, and thus, less chemical cleaning and less frequent vacuuming.
  • Put a sweater on in the winter and keep your heat turned down
  • Use the sun to heat your home... open shades when it's sunny and close them when the sun sets
  • and, of course, use energy efficient light bulbs!

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