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Have a Green Summer!

2013 June 20

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By Lina Younes

I was reviewing my electric bill recently. I noticed that there was an increase in the amount of energy used at home this year in comparison to last year. While we are already taken steps at home to be more energy efficient, we still can do more to save energy and money at home. So, I decided to share some tips  on how you can also be greener this summer.

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room! Pretty simple, right? But, I have to remind my daughter and other family members to do so frequently!
  • Unplug phone and computer chargers when you’re not using them.
  • Change home air filters regularly! This improves the efficiency of your A/C and saves you money in the short term and costly repairs in the long term.
  • Also, consider using ceiling fans. With the fans, you can raise the temperature of the A/C and still feel comfortable during the summer heat.
  • Seal and insulate your home.
  • Are you planning to update one of your appliances? Purchase an Energy Star product when buying new appliances and electronics for your home.
  • Do you have a leaky faucet? Fix it! Did you know that more than 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted from leaks in U.S. homes each year?
  • If you are planning to refurbish your kitchen or bathroom, get WaterSense labeled fixtures to save water and money.
  • Do you use a sprinker to water your lawn? Inspect it to make sure there aren’t any leaks or broken sprinkler heads. Set the sprinkler for early in the morning. And definitely don’t turn it one if has rained in your area!
  • Planning a family gathering this weekend? Make sure to use reusable plates and containers. Remember your three R’s  during the summer months!
  • Planning a summer day trip? Well, you should also consider getting your car ready for the journey. A well maintained vehicle with properly inflated tires will save you a lot of money in fuel and maintenance costs and will also reduce gas emissions.

Do you have other suggestions as to how we can be greener this summer? As always, we appreciate your input. Love to hear from you.

About the author: Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Outreach and Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. troxstar permalink
    June 20, 2013

    If your state has allowed the use of graywater for irrigation, get that set up. You’ll save using potable water and not sending relatively clean water to a treatment plant, saving electricity on that end, too!

  2. L. J. Knickerbocker permalink
    June 20, 2013

    Plant native deciduos trees on the west side of your home to provide shade from the scorching summer sun, but let the sun shine through in the winter months. The shade helps keep you home cooler through the summer and gives you leaves to compost or use as mulch for your garden and flower beds. Don’t want to rake? Just run over them with your lawn mower (with a mulching blade) and turn them into free soil amendments for your lawn.

  3. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    June 21, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    Thanks, Lina, for a good article! Enjoy the Summer!

    Live forever & prosper!

  4. Lina-EPA permalink
    June 21, 2013

    Those are all good tips. Thanks for your comments.
    Lina

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