Happy St. Patrick's Day! Although this holiday may be associated with shamrocks and beer, it's also a great excuse to "go green" in your home. Did you know that the U.S. creates about 208 million tons of municipal solid waste a year? Not only can green methods help the environment, they can also save you money! Take a look at some of the simple everyday switches you can make within your house:
- Air-out laundry: Now that it's (almost) spring, it's a great time to line-dry your laundry. Not only will you save a lot of energy, your clothes will also be as fresh as a spring day! Additionally, wash your laundry in cool water instead of scalding hot water to decrease energy costs.
- Curtains and drapes: In addition to being stylish, curtains and drapes can also help retain energy within your home. These fixtures can cut down on both your heating and cooling expenses by helping to retain warmth in the cold winter months and blocking out sunlight in the summer. Be sure to browse our selection online!
- Energy-efficient lighting: "Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) use 66 percent less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer," writes Ann Archer of MSN Real Estate. "Replacing a 100-watt incandescent bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save $30 in energy costs over the life of the bulb." It's also important to remember to turn off lights after you leave a room.
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