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Greening At Home

Greening at home keeps more of the "green" at home: inefficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning units, windows leaking conditioned air, and appliances devour energy. This is money out of your pocket, and it's bad for the environment! The electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home — almost 8500 Btu's annually for an average home, puts more carbon dioxide (CO2) into the air than two average cars.

  • Residential Energy Use

    Seal Your Home

    Check ductwork, windows and doors for air leaks: use weather-stripping and caulk to stop drafts. Make sure you have sufficient insulation; you could save up to 20% on heating bills during winter and cooling in summer.

    Visit energy.gov for tips on leak sealing and caulking. Check the North American Insulation Association website for guidance on insulation at naima.org.

  • HVAC Tuneup

    Tuneup Your HVAC System

    Clean air filters regularly and have your heating and cooling equipment tuned annually by a licensed contractor to save energy and increase comfort at home.

    When it's time to replace your old equipment, choose a high efficiency model, and make sure it is properly sized and installed.

  • Energy Star

    When It's Time To Replace That Old Appliance...

    Look for products with an ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR products are available in more than 40 categories, including lighting, home electronics, heating and cooling equipment and appliances.

    If your local utility supports appliance recycling, find out how you can participate.

  • Routine Maintenance

    Routine Appliance Maintenance

    Check refrigerator coils regularly; dirty coils on the back or bottom of the fridge make the unit work harder which raises your energy bill.

    Check to make sure the door seals properly so cold air doesn't leak; a door hinge adjustment may be needed, or a new gasket if hinge adjustment doesn't solve the problem.

    TURN OFF & UNPLUG the appliance before performing maintenance!

  • Be waterwise!

    Be Water Wise

    Municipal water systems require a lot of energy to purify and distribute water. Don't let water run while shaving or brushing teeth. Repair leaky faucets and toilets promptly.

    These simple actions can help households save hundreds of gallons of water each month: saving water, especially hot water, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Unplug Electronics

    Unplug It

    Battery chargers use energy while plugged into the wall even when you’re not using it to charge your electronics. Unplug your appliances when not in use.

    Adjust power management settings for your computer to conserve energy.

    Use a power strip that can be turned off when you're done using your computers, printers, wireless routers and other electronics.

    Turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.

  • Energy Efficient Lighting Saves Watts & Dollars

    Replace Low-Efficiency Lightbulbs

    Replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) or LEDs. Check the package to match the bulb type with your fixture to get the best performance and life.

    Please dispose of CFLs properly, as many contain small amounts of mercury. Click here for EPA fact sheet on CFLs

  • Saving with Solar

    Use Renewable Energy

    Solar energy can be used to heat homes, buildings, water, and to make electricity. Today, more than 200,000 houses in the United States take advantage of the sun's energy.

    Find out about renewable energy incentives in your state: http://www.dsireusa.org/

  • Seasonal & Local Saves Fuel

    Buy Seasonal Produce

    Get greener by buying items grown or produced within 100 miles and you’ll reduce the amount of diesel fuel needed to ship food.

    You can get fresher food and help small-scale agriculture by shopping at neighborhood farmers’ markets.

    You will also save $$ by shopping for produce that is in season.

  • Combine Errands

    Think Before You Drive

    Save energy by carpooling, taking public transportation, riding a bike, or walking.

    Another way to reduce your carbon emissions is to combine errands when you do drive.

    Driving smart will lower the total miles you drive each year; you'll save on fuel and vehicle maintenance costs.

  • Renewable Fuels

    Cars & Renewable Fuels

    Before buying a new or used vehicle, check out the EPA green buying guide: http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/.

    Highly fuel efficient cars, hybrids, and vehicles that use cleaner alternative fuels help reduce greenhouse gases emissions.

    Reduce pollution from your current vehicle by getting regular tune-ups. Make sure your tires are properly inflated to achieve your vehicle’s optimal gas mileage.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

    Recycle cans, bottles, plastic bags, and newspapers. Support recycling by purchasing items that are reusable and/or recyclable.

    When you recycle, you send less trash to the landfill and you help save resources that would be used in manufacturing non-recycled products.


Spread The Word!

Talk with your family and friends about climate change. Let them know the ways you’re changing your lifestyle to help prevent more climate changes.

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