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April 7th, 2009:

Green Tip$ for You and the Planet

Now that Spring is here we can open our windows and let the fresh air into our homes. We turn to thoughts and actions of cleaning and refreshing our homes and lives in preparation for a long summer.  The economy is helping us focus our attentions closer to home now, with thoughts of how to now only save our planet but ours budget too. The great thing is we can accomplish both!

Here are a few simple tips for saving money and the environment at the same time while not affecting our quality of life.

  1. One easy thing to do is to unplug your gadgets while not using them. Chargers use pfountain-and-lights-2x2ower even when not being used, so unplug your laptop, iPod, MP3 and cell phone chargers when not in use. Now that doesn’t hurt at all!
  2. Of course we all know to replace our usual light bulbs with compact fluorescents (CPL). According to Popular Mechanics Magazine, CFLs require about 25% of the power that incandescent light bulbs use for the same amount of light. So cut your power bill without cutting your light.
  3. Do you listen to the water run while you are brushing your teeth? It is like a brushing song, the sound of running water! So next time your brush, turn off the water while you brush. Simple and saves your money too.
  4. Put a barrel under one or more of your downspouts to collect rainwater to water your garden. Fresh rainwater is better for plants than chlorine laden water from our public water sources. We have done this for the past few years since the South has had such drought problems.
  5. Open windows to allow fresh air to flow when the weather allows rather than use air conditioning.  Fresh air, wonderful and free!

This is just the beginning of the possibilities. There are so many ways we can be environmentally friendly as well as budget friendly. Good for both the planet and your bank account. Now go out and use your own creativity to reuse, renew and recycle.

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