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February, 2009

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Go Green to Save Green

Go Green to Save Green

It's not always easy being green. Consumers often pay a premium to have a more eco-friendly home. Believe it or not, it is possible to go green and save money at the same time. These tips will not only make a difference for the environment, but also add some green in your wallet.

Light Years Ahead

Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) not only last ten times longer than incandescents, but also use 75 percent less energy. Their cost of approximately $7 each may seem steep at first, but you will save up to $60 in electricity per light over their lifetime.

Control the Flow

According to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense® program, an average of 100 gallons of water is consumed by Americans each day. To reduce your overall water use, install a water saving bathroom faucet that is certified to meet WaterSense criteria, such as Moen's traditionally-styled Muirfield® bath suite, available at Lowe's in single- or two-handle configurations. Muirfield bath faucet flow rates are optimized at 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), providing a great performance while reducing water usage up to 32%.

Here Comes the Sun

During cooler months, keep your blinds or drapes open throughout the day to let in natural solar heat. This simple trick can reduce your heating bills by 10 percent. Blocking out sunlight with exterior blinds or shutters during the summer can also cut your utilities by up to 33 percent.

Indulge in a Shower

By switching from a bath to a shower, you not only save time, but also money. A typical ten minute bath requires 30 – 70 gallons of water, versus 25 gallons under a 2.5 gpm showerhead.

Want to conserve even more resources? Install Moen's new Nurture™ multi-setting showerheads, available at Lowe's. Unlike some low-flow showerheads that simply restrict the water flow, Nurture showerheads feature a flow-optimized spiral pattern, treating you to a full, enveloping spray. Plus, with a flow of 1.75 gpm (compared to the industry-standard 2.5 gpm), you'll feel good knowing that you're using 30 percent less water and also reducing energy costs - as less hot water is used -without sacrificing the shower's performance.

Feel the Heat

Have your furnace checked yearly to make sure it's running properly and efficiently; and tuned every two years. Not only will you save 10 percent on your heating bills, but you'll also save approximately 2,500 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Take It Down a Degree

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, you can subtract 5 percent from your utility bill for every degree you lower your home's temperature. Be sure to add layers of clothing or put on a sweater during the cooler months!

Follow these tips and you'll be on the right track for an eco-friendly home!

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