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Green New Year's Resolutions

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Green New Year's Resolutions

Celebrate the New Year by GOING GREEN!

1. Change a bulb (or two). Switching to CFL light bulbs is one of the easiest ways to go green without changing the look of your home. Plus, since CFLs use 75% less energy than your traditional incandescent bulbs and last longer, you'll be saving money (another favorite New Year's resolution).

2. Go low flow. In just one typical bathroom, you have five inexpensive opportunities to make a big difference. Replace the showerheads with the low-flow variety. Add aerators to the faucets. And if you've got to replace an old toilet, consider a dual flush system.

3. Choose Energy Star applicances. If you're going to buy a new appliance this year (and you probably should if they're more than 10 years old), make it Energy Star. Most utility companies offer rebates on Energy Star appliances, helping you to save green while going green.

4. Consider replacing your paper towels with cloth towels. Not only do they come in more designs to complement your kitchen decor, but you'll save money. If you currently use two rolls of paper towels per week, you'll save over $100 year by switching to cloth... not to mention the waste.

5. Go native. When you landscape, consider using plants that are native to your area. Not only do they last longer, but they use less water and require less maintenance.

6. Permeable is the new "green" of hardscape design. An attractive stone path makes an elegant walkway, while allowing water and air to flow into the soil.

7. Cold is cool. It doesn't sound like much, but washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot gets them just as clean, and saves energy (the average family will save over $100 per year).

8. Kill those vampires! The vampire appliances that suck energy even when you're not using them. Just turn off your computer at night, and be sure to unplug your cell phone charger when you're not using it. Every little bit makes a difference!

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