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Archive for April 2011

Get Off The Pot

Sometimes I can over-think things. Or think about it and put it aside. Or grumble about how my water bill went up again but don’t install a low flow toilet. I can think about carpooling with a friend but that won’t make their car magically appear at my front doorstep.

The power is in the doing.

So get that sticky note that’s been stuck to the fridge since last year and do the thing you’ve been putting off. Get the momentum going. Take some little steps and make it so.

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Get A Green Return

The Canton Public Library in Michigan is Celebrating Earth Day all week (April 18-22) see what our guest blogger Laurie Golden, Marketing & Communications Manager, has to share:

Libraries are the ultimate practitioners of the three Rs of the green lifestyle. Just think of the trees and money you’ll save by checking out books from your local library instead of purchasing them, thereby reducing your consumption. And talk about reuse! You can read a book or watch a DVD over and over, then return it to the library for someone else to use. When it comes to recycling, you can donate your old materials to libraries for used book sales.

Libraries also have other resources to help you go green, like books and other materials on living green, growing your own foods, using sustainable materials and reducing your energy costs. Plus, informative programs to help you plant a sustainable landscape, learn about nature, alternative energy and more. Check out a Kill-A-Watt and monitor the energy consumption of your appliances. Many libraries are taking it a step further, with LEED certification, like the Ferndale Library and Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood Branch. It doesn’t get more green than that!

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Drafting

I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t like to see my money get thrown out the window. I’m guessing you don’t either. With the rough winter months behind us, so are the high energy bills, right? Don’t let the lure of the warm spring weather lull you into a sense of lower utility bills, remember running the AC in the summer poses the same problem.

With the price of gas going up at the pump brings the promise of higher consumer energy bills, too.  I’ll bet you’ve already felt it. According to dropyourenergybill.com, air leaks and drafty windows and doors, you could be wasting as much as 35% of your energy dollars through them.

Plug hole in it. Save some money

Well, here’s an easy way to find out if money is getting sucked out of your home and wallet.  Hold a lit candle near the seam of the door or window and if the flame or smoke bends towards it – bingo!

Easily remedied. Just head over to your local hardware store for some window and door weather-stripping or caulk. Styrofoam plugs seal off energy loss around outlet plugs and light switches inside your home. I’ve even seen a “Weatherizing For Dummies Kit”, doesn’t get easier than that!

We all know the cost of energy isn’t going down, so get yourself one of those door snakes or dogs – or whatever they are – chances are you can get not only one, but two! Two! All for the same low price.

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