Earth Day and Energy-Efficiency Tips

Visit the EPA website for Earth Day events, and consider a few tips to make your home more energy efficient year-round.

| April 20, 2012

  • A young girl protects the planet.
    A young girl protects the planet.
    iStockphoto.com/Bart Coenders

  • A young girl protects the planet.

Pearl River, New Jersey — Most people carefully watch their time and money, making sure neither are wasted on unnecessary activities or expenses. With Earth Day on April 22 and in an effort to be more green, why not also consider how your home’s energy is used and how to prevent it from being wasted.

Don’t forget to check out the event map to attend an Earth Day event or volunteer at such an event. The Environmental Protection Agency has a list and more on the agency’s Earth Day website.

These energy-saving tips come from Sally Morse, director of creative services for Hunter Douglas, a leader in custom window fashions, and are designed to help conserve your home’s resources and your pocketbook as well.

1. Go Green, Literally 



Saving energy in your home isn’t entirely based on adjustments made in the home but also changing what is outside of it. To cut down on utility bills, get a green thumb and strategically update your landscaping. A natural and beautiful addition, plant deciduous trees on the south and east sides of the house and evergreen trees and shrubs on the north and west to provide shade and act as a windbreaker. Well-positioned landscaping can save up to 25 percent of your home's energy a typical household uses for heating and cooling according to the world-renowned Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

2. Insulate Common Energy-Loss Areas  





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