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Going green in your home can save you money

Today is Earth day and it should be time for you to be considering how you can make your home greener and save some money in the process.

LED light bulbs are a great way to start, they are extremely energy efficient and they will last you 10 years before you will need to replace them. They will also help save you money on your energy bill.

Another great way is to invest in energy star appliances and televisions. Having an Energy Star television alone will help reduce your energy costs by 30 percent. You can save up to $800 a year by switching your appliances to more energy efficient ones. If you can’t afford to replace your current appliances there is another way to help you save. Try not to pre-rinse or dry your dishes in the washer, use it strictly for washing. This can help save you $20 of water per cycle, per year.

A programmable thermostat will save you a lot of money on your energy bills, especially here under the hot Las Vegas sun. It is recommended that you keep your air conditioner set at 78 degrees during the summer to reduce your energy costs. Consider putting up some drapes or window treatments as well to reduce the amount of hot sunlight coming into your home throughout the day.

Make an at home cleanser using items you already have in your cupboards. This recipe came from Sophie Uliano, author of Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life. The spray can be used on refrigerators, countertops, walls, doorknobs, toilet seats, and sinks. Here is the recipe:

Gorgeously Green All-Purpose Spray
• 32-ounce plastic spray bottle
• 2 cups water
• ½ cup distilled white vinegar
• ¾ cup hydrogen peroxide
• 20 drops of tea tree oil
• 20 drops of lavender or lemongrass essential oil

Fill a large 32-ounce plastic spray bottle with the water. Add the vinegar, castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, and lavender or lemongrass essential oil. In the hot summer months, add about 10 drops of citronella essential oil to the spray, as it is an excellent insect repellent. It is also suitable for acrylic, ceramic tile, wood, marble and granite.

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