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Going Green Can Save You Green

Earth in children`s hands“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

– Native American Proverb

Earth Day is Monday, April 22.  It’s meant to inspire each of us to take better care of the environment and to take pride in the world around us. By following the energy savings tips below, we can not only be better stewards of the earth, we can also “save some green!”

When it comes to your car:

In the market for a new or used vehicle? Be sure to check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Vehicle Guide and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Economy Guide. These resources provide information on the emissions and fuel economy performance of different vehicles.

Many factors – some that you may not even think about – affect the fuel economy of your vehicle. Here are some tips to increase a vehicle’s fuel economy:

  • Go easy on the brakes and gas pedal – avoid hard accelerations.
  • Reduce time spent idling.
  • Remove that roof rack if you’re not using it – and improve your fuel economy by 5 percent.
  • Take unnecessary items out of your trunk.
  • Use cruise control on the highway to help you maintain a constant speed.
  • Check your tire pressure regularly. Under-inflation increases tire wear and reduces your fuel economy by up to 3 percent!  Don’t know the correct tire pressure for your vehicle?  Look on the door to the glove compartment or on the driver’s-side door pillar.

When possible, combine activities and errands into one trip – using less gas saves you money, and reduces the carbon footprint.

Yikes! With gas costing almost $4 per gallon, why not consider using public transportation, carpool, walk, or bike when possible? Your efforts will not only help to reduce air pollution, they will help you save on fuel costs.

When it comes to your home:

Make your home a star – an Energy Star! When you do home maintenance, also do a home energy audit to find out how you can save money by making your home more energy efficient. Find more energy savings.

Here are some more tips:

  • Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Don’t pre-rinse dishes – tests show pre-rinsing doesn’t improve dishwasher cleaning, and you’ll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about only about 4 gallons per wash.
  • The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact only one percent of all water on the planet is available for humans. Buy fixtures and products that are water efficient. You can use less water to get the same job done just as well.
  • A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower saves water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are. Save even more water, and money on your water bill, by installing a water-efficient showerhead.
  • Leaky faucets can waste thousands of gallons of water each year, like money down the drain. Repair or replace old or damaged fixtures.
  • The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load. If you buy a new washer, shop for a high-efficiency washer that needs less than 28 gallons of water per load. For even greater savings, wash only full loads of laundry or be sure to choose the appropriate load size on the washing machine.
  • Keep your appliances in good working order and follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for operation and maintenance. If kept in good working order, your appliances should last a long time and not end up as waste before their time.

Discover more ways you can reduce waste and help make a difference in the enviornment.

Source: U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency.

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