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Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

We all want to make our home more energy efficient, but breaking our old habits are sometimes the hardest part of living an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Everyone knows that turning off lights, replacing old incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient fluorescent lighting, and adjusting the thermostat, goes a long ways toward saving energy. Here are some easy tips to help you make your home more energy efficient, especially as we head into heating season and the holidays.

Energy Efficient Electronics

When we buy energy efficient electronics or appliances we are saving on our electric costs as well as using less energy which saves our resources.  Televisions with LED back-lit panels reduce energy needs and therefore costs. Televisions are a major energy hog, so when it comes time to replace one, try to purchase one made without lead or mercury, both of which are harmful to the environment.  Before buying any electronics, visit the manufacturers website to see if they support eco-sustainability and recycling programs.

Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy efficient appliance carry the Energy Star seal.When the time comes to replace an appliance, it will be hard for you not to choose an energy efficient model, since practically all newer model appliances carry the Energy Star approval. Energy efficient refrigerators use 20% less electricity and keep your food just as cold as regular refrigerators thanks to the use of more efficient insulation. Energy efficient range hoods use 65% less electricity than a regular range hood. Energy efficient dishwashers use 10% less energy and can save up to 4900 liters of water.  Be sure to check for the Energy Star approval before you buy your next appliance.

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Eco-Friendly Decorating Tips

If you’re planning to do some re-decorating, consider recycled paints, low or zero volatile organic compound paints, or milk paints. Volatile organic compounds are harmful compounds that are released into the air when normal paint dries and they can cause a variety of personal injuries such as headaches, nose bleeds, and even kidney damage. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams both produce Low (or No) VOC paints. Milk paint is produced from milk proteins, clay and limestone.  They are non toxic and eco-friendly. Homestead House produces Milk Paints.

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