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Tips to Celebrate Earth Day 2015

Posted on April 22, 2015 by kim

Earth DayConserving energy and being aware of your energy consumption is good for a lot of things – including the environment and your wallet. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve put together a few easy tips to help you be more energy conscious and environmentally friendly.

1. Make sure your house is leak-free. Many homes have hidden water leaks that waste gallons upon gallons of water. To find out if you have a leak, read your water meter, wait 2 hours (and don’t use any water during this time), and read it again. If the reading is different you have a leak in your home.

2. Take shorter showers or replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow of water without adjusting the water temperature knobs.

3. Don't over water your lawn. Lawns only need watering every 5-7 days in the summer and every 10-14 days in the winter. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.

4. Turn off the lights, and open the blinds! You’ll enjoy the natural light and save electricity.

5. Turn everything (lights, TVs, entertainment systems, computers, etc.) off when you leave a room. That way you aren’t wasting electricity powering items you’re not using.

6. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

These easy fixes make a huge difference in energy consumption over time.  Consider incorporating some or all of these tips into your routine this spring and summer to save energy and money. ­

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