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Top 10 Easy Ways to Green Your Home

Top 10 Tips for Homeowners to 'Green' Their Homes

On Feb. 20, 2009, The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that its March/April 2009 issue of Preservation magazine features numerous easy tips for homeowners to "green" their homes. These tips can help save energy, save money and preserve homes. This year's annual "green" issue includes numerous green ideas. It also features the "green" restoration of a Hudson River cottage and the transformation of a dilapidated school in Colorado into an eco-friendly arts center.  

While the March/April issue offers a myriad of green tips, Preservation editor-in-chief James Schwartz narrowed down his top ten tips for homeowners who want to green their homes, as follows:

1. Add or upgrade your attic insulation. You'll reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 20%.

2. Close fireplace dampers. An open damper means you're paying to heat (or cool) the great outdoors.

3. Turn your refrigerator up to 38-40 degrees, and your freezer up to 5 degrees. (Don't worry: the rum raisin ice cream will still be frozen).

4. Unplug appliances (cell phone chargers, TVs) when not in use. The EPA estimates that electronics drawing power when turned "off" cost the average homeowner $100 per year.

5. Install compact fluorescents. They use a fraction of the energy consumed by old-fashioned incandescent bulbs.

6. Turn down the water heater to at least 130 degrees. Then wrap it with a pre-cut jacket or blanket to save 4-9% in heating costs.

7. Add individual thermostats to old radiators so that each operates on its own "zone."

8. Install low-volume showerheads and dual-flush toilets to save water.

9. Use ceiling fans to circulate warm air in winter, and reduce perceived interior temperate in summer.

10. Maintain windows and storm windows, and consider window treatments: A close fitting shade can reduce heat loss in winter by 20 percent or more!

Schwartz said the best thing about these ideas is that they're fast and easy. "We discovered that going green doesn't have to be complicated," he said, adding that no matter where you live -- whether it's a condo, new cottage, or an old house -- "preserving resources and saving on your energy bill just makes sense."


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