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In the house, there are many simple steps that can be done to reduce your carbon footprint, while saving some money.
From April-July, Goody Green Bag will give unique tips for a person in any shade of green. By practicing one more tip, we take one more step in our Greenhood.
In the house
- Cooling by using an air conditioner accounts for 7 percent of household energy use. Fans are an energy-thrifty alternative, using a fifth or less wattage needed for a window A/C unit.
- By reducing your water heater to 120 you save more than 6 percent in water heating energy.
- Most of the energy used by your washing machine goes to heat the water. Most loads will do fine with a cold wash. Using cold water whenever possible will save about $300 and 330 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
- Often detergent manufacturers suggest using more product than is necessary. Excess soap leaves residue in your clothes and does not get them any cleaner. Consider using less than suggested.
- By lowering your thermostat one degree in winter and raising it one degree in summer, you will not only save money but reduce Co2 emissions by 7.5 tons.
- Keep your fireplace damper closed when you do not have a fire going. About 8% of the heat from your furnace escapes through an open damper when no fire is burning.
- According to Commonwealth Edison, if every household in the U.S. replaced a standard light bulb with an energy-Star-rated CFL, that would prevent enough pollution to equal the removal of 800,00 cars from the roads.
- Up to 25% of a home's energy loss takes place through its windows. Close your curtains on warm days and keep the sun out.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs last 10 times longer and use a quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs.
- Replace filters or clean reusable filters on your furnace monthly. Vacuum vents and registers for better airflow. A clean furnace and its parts heats more efficiently
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