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Posted by on Jul 6, 2011 in Articles, Green, How To | 0 comments

Green Light Bulbs? – Running an Eco-friendly Home

Alright, so maybe the light bulbs don’t look green, but the new fluorescent light bulbs may just be a smart start toward going green. Cleaner and proved to be longer-lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs, they use less energy too. And isn’t using less what going green is all about? Summer, this summer in particular, is the perfect time to start.

As stated before, fluorescent bulbs may cost a little more up front than incandescent, but they will pay off in the long run with a longer life and energy savings. This is a good way to start as far as making purchases goes, but there are other, simpler ways as well. For starters, keeping your home as insulated as possible goes a long way toward energy savings, whether from air conditioners or heaters. There are specialists out there in detecting energy leaks in your home, and can also provide you more information as to what needs to be done. This can range from tightening a few screws to installing more energy-efficient windows. Above all, remember it’s your call as a homeowner.

Other ways to save costs on the cheap can be as easy as flicking a switch. Seriously. Did you know that you can experience drastic energy savings just by turning lights off when you’re not in the room? Keeping faucets, water heaters, and other fixtures maintained can also go a long way. You may not even have to invest in more energy-efficient, though expensive newer models.

The same goes for your vehicle. Although you may want to consider walking or biking when possible or even upgrading to a fuel-sipping model of car, what if you already have a gas guzzler and are on a budget? The way you drive weighs heavily into the fuel equation. Most cars experience peak gas mileage between approximately 45-60 MPH, so keep a check on your lead foot. Also, regular oil and filter changes can not only improve the life of your car, but can save at the pump as well.

And there’s a few tips for making your life, and your world, a little greener. From your friends at InParisTexas.com!

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