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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day Energy Tips

Happy Earth Day! Doesn't it seem there is a lot more buzz about Earth Day this year than previous years?

In honor of Earth Day, USA Today listed the following energy-saving tips:

" Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

Replace outdoor lighting with a bulb or fixture equipped with a motion detector.

Buy appliances that have the ENERGY STAR label from the Environmental Protection Agency, because they use less energy and water than standard models.

Insulate walls and ceilings.

Add insulation to the water heater.

Lower water heater to 120 degrees and drain any sediment.

Install low-flow shower heads and toilets.

Check for and seal any cracks or gaps in walls particularly common in older homes with caulking and weather stripping.

Lower home thermostat.

Install a programmable thermostat to heat and cool rooms only when necessary.

Sources: Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund"

For more such information from USA Today go to: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2008-03-23-green-behavior_N.htm