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In this section:
  1. Housekeeping
  2. Energy Savings
  3. Lawn + Garden
  4. Waste
  5. Water Usage
  6. Handy-work + Renovations


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Housekeeping

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Laundry
  • FREE! Wash your clothes in cold water.
  • FREE! Air dry your laundry when possible
  • See more tips on how you can Make Your Laundry Green.
Green Cleaning

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Electricity Usage

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The Energy Performance section of this website provides a number of tips and resources for enhancing the efficiency of your home or facility. For example, you can weatherize your home, choose a greener power supplier, utilize strategic landscape for energy reductions, or install a cool roof. Be sure to take a visit for more information in addition to the steps below.

Lighting
  • FREE! Turn off lights in spaces that are unoccupied.
  • $ Switch to CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 66% less energy than old incandescent bulbs, and can last more than a dozen times longer!
  • See these Tips for Efficient Lighting
Energy Supply
Home Energy Savings
  • Consumer Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Explore your options for saving energy and using renewable energy at home and at work
  • $—$$ Do an energy audit. Check out The Home Energy Saver Do-it-yourself energy audit tool.
  • FREE! Plug hardware into a power strip with an on/off switch (or a smart power strip) so the whole desktop setup can be turned off at once (make sure to power down inkjet printers before killing the power–they need to seal their cartridges). Printers, scanners, and other peripherals that are only used occasionally can be unplugged until they’re needed.
  • FREE! Turning off machines when they are not in use can result in enormous energy savings. Common misconceptions lead people to believe that screen savers reduce energy use by monitors (they do not), or that equipment lasts longer if it is never turned off (it will not).
  • FREE! Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance, or using a power strip and the strip’s on/off switch to cut all power to the appliance.
  • NO/LOW COST! Consider buying a laptop for your next computer upgrade; they use much less energy than desktop computers, resulting in long-term savings.
  • FREE! To maximize savings with a laptop, put the AC adapter on a power strip that can be turned off (or will turn off automatically); the transformer in the AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop is not plugged into the adapter.
  • FREE! Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use.
  • NO/LOW COST! Studies have shown that using rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs is more cost effectivethan throwaway batteries. If you must use throwaways, check with your trash removal company about safe disposal options.
ENERGY STAR Resources

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Lawn + Garden

Mayor's Spring Clean Up - April 20, 2013

  • FREE!—$$ Plant a tree. Some local programs will do free tree giveaways.
  • FREE!—$$ Provide habitat for local creatures. The City is currently working towards becoming a Certified Wildlife Habitat (CWH) Community. Residents and individual property owners can make improvements to their properties and become certified CWHs, which will help the City meet it’s requirements.
  • FREE!—$$ Practice xeriscaping by using plants native to your climate that require minimal watering and possess better pest resistance. If local code allows, consider diverting “gray water” for irrigation.
  • FREE! Compost kitchen scraps to use in your yard or garden.
  • FREE! Grow your own kitchen vegetable and/or herb garden.

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waste

Waste Prevention + Reduction

Mayor's Spring Clean Up - April 20, 2013

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Water

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Save Water

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Handywork

Handywork + Renovations

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Home Improvement

Use the Home Improvement Toolbox on the U.S. SBA website to identify specific energy saving improvements for your home, and view tips for common home improvements.
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