Monday, March 19, 2007

The Latest Trend in Home Color? "Green."

Ten Things you can do now to create a greener home.

1. Light up. Replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.

2. Recycle. Basic, but still important.

3. Purchase Green Power. if available in your area, opt for green power.

4. Add Solar Power. Use federal tax credits and state buy-down programs to reduce emissions, and your energy bills.

5. Turn it Down, Turn it Up. Turn your heater down and your air conditioner up by three degrees.

6. Wash Cool. Do two loads of your laundry per week in cold water instead of hot, and hang things out to dry when you can.

7. Buy Smartly, Save Money. Energy Star appliances save money as well as 1,000 lbs. of CO2 a year.

8. Be Water Wise. Low-flow toilets can save up to 220,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four.

9. Use Green Paints. Buy no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) or low-VOC paints that can eliminate eye, nose and throat irritation, and more severe health threats.

10. Fan It. Installing a whole-house or ceiling fan improves interior comfort by circulating cold and warm air, and dramatically reduces the need for air conditioning, at one-tenth of the price.

For more great ideas on how to make your home greener, visit

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