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Christina Koch-Garcia

Green Tips

Your agent is going GREEN!

Earth day is everyday! Our actions everyday will heavily impact those of generations to come. A few simple gestures can help improve our environment:

1) Use energy efficient bulbs. They use nearly 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs, last up to 10 times longer, and can save you significant money on your electricity bill.
2) Lower your water heater temperature. Your heater requires about 5 % less energy for every 10 degrees it is lowered.
3) If you are thinking about replacing appliances, make sure to purchase energy saving models. Energy Star Appliances use between 25-75% less energy than others.
4) Unplug appliances when not in use. According to the DOE, around 75% of electricity for small kitchen appliances, VCRs, computers etc. is used while these items are turned off. ** (This must be true! The only electrician I ever knew always had everything unplugged when I listed his home)**
5) Change your filters monthly or quarterly, depending on the filter. Clogged filters can undermine the efficiency of your system and the quality of the air you breathe. Isn’t your health worth .50 cents?
6) Turn water off while brushing your teeth and lathering up. Literally keep your money from going down the drain.
7) Minimize energy and air leaks by sealing all cracks and holes around the house & weather striping doors and windows. Insulating areas such as the attic and garage can also significantly improve energy efficiency.
8) Use filtered water instead of bottled water. Refill or use the same water bottle regularly. The water bottle craze has created a plastic bottle crisis for our environment. We dump most of the magazines printed in the U.S. each year (about 8 million tons) into landfills.
9) Go Paperless. Elect to receive bill statements online. You’ll save money on stamps and envelopes, thereby reducing the amount of paper you would otherwise throw away. You can also elect to receive print and news materials online. According to the University of Oregon, Americans dump nearly 8 million tons of magazines into landfills every year.
10) RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE! Use a re-useable bag for grocery shopping. Did you know that in Germany you literally pay for not recycling? You are charged a premium at checkout for every product you buy in a can, jar or bottle. That adds up quick. In order to receive a refund, you must return all recyclables with your receipt. If our government adopted the same policy, they might not have to charge us income and property taxes. Hmmm