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A guide to living smart, saving money

By Staff | Sep 29, 2009

Ecohome pamphlet now available

We are heading into the first full month of autumn, the glorious season of color and brisk weather. It now time to think of way to lower energy bills and continue with ways to be green in the home.

The latest eco@home publication is now available in Estherville City Offices, Estherville Public Library and the Emmet County Courthouse. This edition is brimming with all kinds of ideas on how to live smarter and save money. How can that not make sense (cents)? It is one way you and your fair city can become green together.

Each page is devoted to one topic and the list of suggestions is sure to intrigue you. For instance did you know that just by changing the furnace filter regularly, consumers could reduce heating bills by 5 to 15 percent? A clean filter also will do a better job of trapping dust and other unsafe toxins. Consumers who opt to purchase a reusable filter will really save money. Disposable filters are washable and can be used over and over and over again. Make sure air ducts have no leaks. Otherwise, unwanted dust and toxins will enter your living space.

Another page concentrates on home decorating with energy efficiency in mind. One suggestion is to create a reading nook where natural light is readily available. Natural light is free of charge. Another suggestion is to consider adding built-ins in northern-facing rooms, as they will offer more protection from that cold wind that doth blow! Ideas include shelving, banquette seating and window seats with underneath storage.

Did you know you can “go green’ with how you purchase coffee? The very next page includes numerous recipes for cleaning chores. These green ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and cornstarch are already available in the home. According to the Clean Water Fund, the average American goes through 40 pounds of toxic cleaning materials annually. Not only will you save money, you will be using toxin-free alternatives to keep your home sparkling and clean. There are ideas on how to clean the toilet bowl and carpeting. Other featured recipes include basic laundry detergent and spray disinfectant.

Pay attention to your appliances and they will save you energy dollars. The tip on this page encourages consumers to buy household items in bulk to reduce package and wrapping waste. Statistics from the United States Environmental Protection Agency show that Americans make about 80 million tons of waste every year when disposing these packaging materials. Yikes!

Do yourself, your wallet and our world a favor and pick up your FREE copy of eco@home today.