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Go Green To Save Green in this Economy

May 26, 2009
Summer time and the livin' easy  (Photo: Sanch)

Summer time and the livin' easy (Photo: Sanch)

Go Green to Save Green this Summer!

By Mike Sanch

As we all know, South Texas summer’s can get really caliente! This usually means your utility bills are going to rise with the temperatures, because your air conditioner will work overtime trying to keep your house cool.

With the summer here, it’s also a good time to be aware of the environment and take steps that will help your wallet, as well as la tierra. In these uncertain economic times, now is a good time to pick up on some of these money saving habits.

Here are some tips to save some green, while being verde.

1. Set your thermostat between 75-78 degrees: or whatever you can accept and be comfortable with. According to the Department of Energy, for every degree warmer you set your thermostat, you save up to 4% of energy your air conditioner uses.

2. Dry Your Laundry Outside: Clothes dryers use a lot of energy and attributes to our consumption of precious resources. You can save money on your electric bill at the end of the month by hanging up your clothes outside on a clothes line. The hot sun and warm summer breeze will dry your clothes naturally, and you will get some exercise as well.

3. Cook Outside: Electric stoves and gas stoves use a lot of energy, and they also warm up your house, so your air conditioner will have to work harder. Hang outside under a tree and B-B-Q, that way you don’t have to have the air conditioner on inside.

4.Go to the Library or other Public Spaces(or book store): The Public Library is a great community resource, and has a friendly and helpful staff. The library has many magazines, books, and computers that can keep you entertained and indoors in the air conditioned building. Public buildings always have the air on, so go to the library so you don’t have to have the air on at your casa. If the Library doesn’t  live up to your “cool”-“hipster” standards, just seek out your nearest Barnes  and Nobles. You might even learn something.

5. Stop Drinking Bottled Water: Bottled water is very expensive when you compare the cost to tap water. Also, the plastic bottles usually end up polluting our earth, and are not environmentally friendly.

So, this summer,enjoy your Mother Earth while also taking care of her. Have fun!

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