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Top Enviro Money Savers

  • Fewer Disposables. Try using fewer paper towels and paper napkins. I picked up a package of 50 terry cloth shop towels at Costco for the same price as a mega-pack of Bounty paper towels. The shop towels are the perfect size for a paper towel replacement (and more absorbent), and that one-time purchase will last indefinitely. I can’t say that I never use a paper towel for anything, but I use far fewer now than before. We’ve also started using basic cotton cloth napkins almost exclusively. They’re just as easy as paper napkins and far less expensive in the long run. 
  • No more bottled water. Consider buying a reusable, BPA-Free bottle and fill it with tap water. Most bottled water is tap water anyway. If you don’t like the taste of the water that comes out of your tap, consider an inexpensive filter. Depending on how much bottled water you and your family drink, you could see tremendous savings here — not to mention the positive impact on the environment when you reduce the number of plastic bottles coming out of your home. 

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Top Water Savers

  1. Never put water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.
  2. Verify that your home is leak-free, because many homes have hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
  3. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.
  4. Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)
  5. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  6. Take shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
  7. Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the tub only 1/3 full. Stopper tub before turning water. The initial burst of cold water can be warmed by adding hot water later.
  8. Don't let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
  9. Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
  10. Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.

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Top Home Energy Savers

    Appliances and Electronics
  • Purchase energy-efficient products and operate them efficiently
    Lighting
  • Purchase energy-efficient products, operate them efficiently, and incorporate more day lighting into your home using energy-efficient windows and skylights.
    Electric Heating & Cooling
  • Purchase energy-efficient electric systems and operate them efficiently.
  • Incorporate passive solar design concepts into your home, which include using energy-efficient windows.
  • Incorporate passive solar design concepts into your home, which include using energy-efficient windows.
  • Select an energy-efficient heating system that doesn't use electricity.
    Electric Water Heating
  • Purchase an energy-efficient electric water heater and operate it efficiently.
  • Or select an energy-efficient water heater that doesn't use electricity.

Source: US Department of Energy

Top Eco Driving Tips

  • Check your cars tire pressure regularly
  • Avoid driving short distances – a cold engine produces 40% more emissions
  • Avoid revving your car like a Formula 1 racer
  • Accelerate your car gradually rather than pushing your foot to the floor
  • Slow your car down gradually rather than slamming on the brakes

Latest Earth Fact

About 400 billion gallons water is used worldwide each day.

Latest Lifestyle Tip & Idea

Replace paper napkins with cloth napkins

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