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Don't pay to heat the outdoors. Seal and insulate your home to keep warm air inside. You could save up to $400 annually

Nov 25, 2010
Most people can handle sealing jobs if they have good quality caulk (i.e, not too watery) and learn to handle a caulk gun. Weather stripping is...
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Don't speed, save cash!

Nov 25, 2010
Slowing from 65 to 55 mph may boost your fuel efficiency by 15%; cut it to 55 from 70, and you could get a 23% improvement....

Fix leaky toilets, they can waste an extra 200 gallons of fresh water every day

Nov 25, 2010
Toilets can be the greatest water waster in a home, and inefficient toilets can use up to 20 gallons a day. But if the toilet is leaking water, the...
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Switch to a low flow showerhead. Choose one that "aerates the water" and you can keep up the pressure while halving water use

Nov 25, 2010
Using less water in the shower saves you the expense of heating it while also helping stave off drought, a serious problem, particularly in the...
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Find creative cooling solutions

Nov 25, 2010
To control heat intake, and effectively, energy-consumption, consider covering windows that receive a lot of sun with semi-opaque polycarbonate...
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Build walls with dirt

Nov 25, 2010
When in construction mode, consider using pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISE), which is a nearly perfect building material. The...
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Alternate heating systems

Nov 25, 2010
There are alternatives to forced-air heating systems, particularly in mild climates such as California. Consider a grid-tied photovoltaic approach,...
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Virtually nothing that you buy is environmentally friendly, maybe friendlier but not something that Mother Nature would be happy about

Nov 25, 2010
Sustainability rests on maintaining the health of the world environment. Its health, like our own, depends on not over-stressing the system, which...

Practice saying, "I am acting out of my care for whatever," rather than "I need such and such" 

Nov 25, 2010
Caring is what makes us human. Actions coming from our caring in key domains of life produce authentic and satisfying behavior. Needs beyond...
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Always make a list before you go shopping and stick to it

Nov 25, 2010
Impulse buying fills your house with items that have only marginal value to you, and will more than likely end up in the bottom of your closet....

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