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Top 10 No-Cost Tips to Save You Money & Help The Environment

Posted on Mon, Feb 25, 2013

Here at 360Chestnut, we want to make it easy for you be green.  While it does cost to be green sometimes, we have the 10 best ways you can go green today without taking out your wallet. In fact, these are tips to save you money.

  1. Get rid of all the junk mail you receive to your home and workplace.
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    Use the app Paper Karma to stop this from happening.
  2. Reduce amount time you shower.
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    Do you really need a 30 minute shower? Probably not. Try filling up your sink and use that to shave your legs rather than adding 5-10 minutes to your shower and wasting 40 plus gallons of water. Check out low flow shower heads if you can't part with a longer shower.
  3. Change the temperature of your hot water.
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    Decrease it to 120 degrees. This could save you from $30-$450 a year. The average American family spends $1,900 on electricity, hot water and heat, 25% of this is hot water.
  4. Have a ceiling fan?
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    In the summer, have it going clockwise and in the winter make it counterclockwise. The counterclockwise rotation creates a warming brreze and can cut back your energy costs by 10%.
  5. Winterize your AC/Water lines.
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    This one is a lot easier than it sounds. Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes from your central air system, and makesure you dn't have excess water pooled in equipment. If your A/C has a water shut off valve, go ahead and turn that off.
  6. Recylce your old electronics.
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    These should never end up in a landfill. There are plenty of great charities and programs that will donate your old phone to survivors of domestic violence. For your old energy inefficient appliances, recycle don't donate because if you don't want an energy guzzling appliance why would anyone else?
  7. Dry clean at home.
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    Anything that is made from natural fabrics and says "dry clean only" can often be hand washed or in cold water in a washing machine. Though leave prints and bright colors to the pros, colors bleeding into eachother is not what you want.
  8. Try to do your wash over night.
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    Energy costs are lower or alternatively use cold water.
  9. Should you DVR something when you are at work or in the middle of the night?
    Your cable box will remain on until you turn it off. If you record an episode of House Hunters International that was on from 1-1:30 am and don't turn it off in the morning your cable box will be running all day. That can add up in your bills.
  10. Get a home energy audit!
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    Okay, we admit this may cost you some green if you want a private, independent assessment, but it is a great idea. Some utility companies may give you a free energy audit, call yours today to find out more information.