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How to Help Your Friends & Neighbors Save Money on Energy

**How to Help Your Friends & Neighbors Save Money on Energy**



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Step 1: Get the facts
Download a full checklist of energy-saving tips at CreateTheGood.org.

Step 2: Offer to do a walk-through
Offer to do a walk-through of friends’ homes, so you can help them identify ways they can reduce their energy spending. Start by closing vents and doors in rooms that aren’t being used.

Step 3: Clean heat and A/C sources
Make sure radiators, vents, and baseboard heaters aren’t blocked by curtains, furniture, or carpeting. If any heat or air-conditioning source is dirty, help clean it.

Step 4: Check their water heater
Look at their water heater and suggest lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Reducing the temperature by 20 degrees can save nearly $50 per year without sacrificing comfort.

Step 5: Look for drafts
Check for drafts. Improperly sealed ducts in attics and garages alone can boost utility bills by 25 percent. And look for gaps around windows, doors, and pipes that connect to the house from the outside. If they have a window air-conditioning unit, encourage them to either remove or cover it during the winter.

Tip
They may need professional assistance to seal gaps, but the price for the service can be worth the long-term savings.

Step 6: Explain the 10-10 Rule
Explain the 10-10 rule: Lowering their thermostat in winter by 10 percent for eight hours, like while they sleep, can shave 10 percent off their heating bill.

Tip
People age 65 and older should consider local public-health directives and weather warnings before adjusting their thermostats.

Step 7: Ask about air filters
Ask when they last cleaned or replaced their furnace or A/C air filter. A clean one can save 10 percent on their energy costs.

Step 8: Use efficient bulbs
Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy, and last up to 10 times longer. That can translate into savings of up to $30 over one fluorescent bulb’s lifetime!

Did You Know?
Help with energy or home weatherization costs may be available for eligible residents. Check with your local utilities and department of social services for more information.
how to help your friends and neighbors save money on energy spread the word it's easy to reduce energy consumption by sharing these tips you'll help friends and family use less energy and save money you will need an energy saving checklist and the willingness to help others step 1 download a full checklist of energy saving tips at create the good org step to offer to do a walk-through of friends homes so you can help them identify ways they can reduce their energy spending start by closing vents and doors and rooms that aren't being used step 3 make sure radiators vents and baseboard heaters aren't blocked by curtains furniture or carpeting if any heat or air conditioning sources dirty help clean it step 4 look at their water heater and suggest lowering the temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit reducing the temperature by 20 degrees can save nearly fifty dollars per year without sacrificing comfort step 5 check for drafts improperly sealed ducts and attics and garages alone can boost utility bills by twenty-five percent and look for gaps around windows doors and pipes that connect to the house from the outside if they have a window air conditioning unit encourage them to either remove or cover it during the winter they may need professional assistance to seal gaps but the price from the service can be worth the long term savings step 6 explain the 1010 rule lowering their thermostat in winter by ten percent 48 hours like while they sleep can shave ten percent off their heating bill people aged 65 and older should consider local public health directives and weather warnings before adjusting their thermostats step 7 ask when they last cleaned or replaced their furnace or AC air filter a clean one can save ten percent on their energy costs step 8 replace incandescent light bulbs with Energy Star compact fluorescent bulbs which use 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer that can translate into savings of up to thirty dollars over one fluorescent bulbs lifetime did you know help with energy our home weatherization costs may be available for eligible residents check with your local utilities and Department of Social Services for more information you are the power that creates the good for more information visit create the gorg

How to Reduce Your Home Heating Costs

**How to Reduce Your Home Heating Costs**



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Saving the planet and saving money go hand-in-hand when you reduce your home heating bill.

Step 1: Get your furnace tuned up
Get your furnace tuned up before winter sets in. Doing this annually will keep your furnace running efficiently.

Step 2: Install a programmable thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the heat when no one is home and at night while everyone is sleeping.

Tip
Lowering the heat to 72 degrees and putting on a sweater is a carbon-free, money-saving way to stay cozy.

Step 3: Use curtains to regulate heat
Close curtains and quilted blinds at night to help keep heat from escaping through windows. Open them during the day to let in the sun’s warmth.

Step 4: Cover your heating system
Use a boiler blanket and pipe insulation to keep heat inside the heating system where it belongs. Before using a blanket, consult your owner’s manual—make sure the blanket you plan to use is safe for your boiler.

Tip
Ask your gas or electric company if they do free energy audits, in which they appraise each room for its energy efficiency and make cost-cutting recommendations.

Step 5: Look into utility company rebates
Look into your utility company’s efficiency programs. Many will pay for programmable thermostats and some even subsidize roof insulation.

Step 6: Seal cracks
Hold a piece of toilet paper near windows and door frames to check for drafts. Sealing cracks with weather stripping can save big bucks.

Tip
If you improve your home’s energy efficiency by replacing an old boiler, furnace, or water heater, or by investing in storm windows and doors, you’re entitled to an energy tax credit.

Step 7: Fill outdoor cracks
Review the outside of your home for cracks that are draining heat and caulk them.

Step 8: Clean radiators
Keep baseboard heaters and radiators clean and make sure your furniture and curtains are not blocking the vents.

Step 9: Centralize your winter life
Since pioneer times many a family has found warmth by gathering around a stove in winter. If you live in a big house, try sealing off little used rooms and/or an entire wing when the snow flies.

Did You Know?
Lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees while you’re at work can decrease your heating bill by 12 percent.
saving the planet and saving money go hand in hand when you reduce your home heating bill you will need a furnace tune-up a programmable thermostat heavy curtains or quilt blinds a boiler blanket weather stripping and cotton optional sweaters and energy on it and storm doors and windows step 1 get your furnace tuned up before winter sets in doing this annually will keep your furnace running efficiently step 2 install a programmable thermostat so you can lower the heat when no one is home and at night while everyone is sleeping lowering the heat to 72 degrees and putting on a sweater is a carbon-free money-saving way to stay cozy step 3 close curtains and quilted blinds at night to help keep heat from escaping through windows open them during the day to let in the sun's warmth step four use a boiler blanket and pipe insulation to keep heat inside the heating system where it belongs before using a blanket consult your owners manual make sure the blanket you plan to use is safe for your boiler ask your gas or electric company if they do free energy audits in which they appraise each room for its energy efficiency and make cost-cutting recommendations step 5 look into your utility company's efficiency programs many will pay for programmable thermostats and some even subsidized roof insulation step 6 hold a piece of toilet paper near windows and door frames to check for drafts sealing cracks with weather stripping can save big bucks if you improve your home's energy efficiency by replacing an old boiler furnace or water heater or by investing in storm windows and doors you're entitled to an energy tax credit step 7 review the outside of your home for cracks that are draining heat and them step 8 keep baseboard heaters and radiators clean and make sure your furniture and curtains are not blocking the vents step 9 since pioneer times many a family has found warmth by gathering around a stove in winter if you live in a big house try sailing off little used rooms and/or an entire wing when the snow flies did you know lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees while you're at work can decrease your heating bill by 12%

How Much Water Does a Leaky Toilet Waste?

**How Much Water Does a Leaky Toilet Waste?**



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The average household in Edmonton uses 15.4 cubic meters (15,400 litres) of water each month. But leaks or changes in your regular water use can increase your water consumption more than you may think. Here’s how quickly a leaky toilet can cost you money.

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**Wildfire On Hawaiian Island Of Maui Forces Thousands To Evacuate | TIME**



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Saving Money with Your Home Landscape

**Saving Money with Your Home Landscape**



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Here’s how the landscape outside your home can lower energy use and utility bills on the inside. From our sustainable landscapes series, see how smart tree placement and green roofs and walls dramatically improve energy efficiency. Learn more at www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes.
traditional suburban development has resulted in rows of single-family homes on large bear Lots with few trees these Lots exacerbate the energy inefficiency practices found within homes while homeowners can take simple low-cost steps to make the inside of their homes better insulated and more energy efficient few know that the landscape can be part of the solution landscape architect's use basic green technologies like smart tree placement and green roofs to help make homes energy-efficient tree placement can have a significant impact on indoor temperatures and energy use large trees should be planted on the west east and south west sides of a home exact tree placement depends on the size of the house and lot during spring and summer strategically placed trees provide shade reducing temperatures by between 20 and 45 degrees if the home has an air conditioning unit tree shade can help it run more efficiently in hotter months paths of summer shade can also keep parking lots and paved areas cool reducing ambient heat in the fallen winter deciduous trees shed their leaves allowing a home to receive more direct sunlight and absorb more heat reducing energy needs homes that are exposed to direct winds during the winter use more energy to keep the inside warm natural wind breaks can be created with rows of tall trees and dense bushes planted perpendicular to the wind direction evergreens which keep their leaves year-round can be planted to the north and northwest of the house creating a powerful wind break even residential homes can add low-cost yet well designed green roofs green roofs can provide insulation keeping a home cool in the summer and warm in the winter the US Environmental Protection Agency says a typical two to three story building can experience 15 to 25 percent savings in summertime energy costs another alternative is green walls green walls are constructive trellis like structures that enable plants to grow vertically placed on the side of a home driveway or patio these structures can reduce the ambient air temperature by up to 10 degrees subsidies and rebates can help homeowners install solar panels which help reduce energy needs and costs over the long term in the northern hemisphere solar panels are installed to face south and work best if there's no tree shade covering them on homes that already have solar trees can be planted to avoid casting shadows on the panels today strategic tree placement and green roofs and walls provide benefits which aren't often used in a residential context this is unfortunate as their benefits go way beyond energy savings higher energy efficiency means less carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere trees and green roofs also act as carbon sinks they absorb co2 they also create oxygen which they release back into the atmosphere these systems create healthier environments for both communities and ecosystems not least of all trees help us create beautiful and comfortable environments in which to work play and live