Green Projects

From simple things like turning down your water heater temperature to a full green makeover, there are all kinds of things you can do to save energy, live greener, and save money, too. For each green project, you’ll find help, incentives and information on how to get it done. Browse through the projects and pick a few you’d like to do. There’s something green you can do today!

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Lawn & Garden

Plant a Tree

Add a tree for shade, beauty and cleaner air.
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2015-05-30 22:50:38
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Energy

Wrap Your Water Heater & Hot Water Pipes

Keep your water warm and cozy by wrapping your water heater and exposed pipes.
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2015-05-30 16:41:13
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Daily Choices

Use Water Filters & Reusable Bottles

If you are buying bottled water you are paying too much!
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2015-05-30 23:23:38
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Energy

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Heating or cooling a house when no one’s home is like burning money.
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2015-05-30 19:46:37
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Daily Choices

Stop the Junk Mail & Use Paperless Billing

Get rid of your junk mail once and for all!
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2015-05-30 23:43:57
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Energy

Choose Energy-Efficient Products

They work like other appliances, but save energy every time you use them.
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2015-05-30 20:54:49
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Daily Choices

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

Bring your own bag and save 5 cents and improve our environment.
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2015-05-30 23:38:20
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Lawn & Garden

Create a Conservation Landscape

Plant native species for a well-adapted garden.
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2015-05-30 22:51:45
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Energy

Switch to Clean Energy

Choose how your electricity is generated -- from wind, solar or another renewable energy source.
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2015-05-30 20:54:17
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Daily Choices

Recycle Everything!

Put your used stuff back into the production cycle -- recycle!
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2015-05-30 23:56:39
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Energy

Clean Your Coils, Ducts & Filters

Keep your systems running smoothly and efficiently with a little light cleaning.
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2015-05-30 20:42:23
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Lawn & Garden

Keep Your Storm Drain Clean

Tidy up to prevent street flooding and stream pollution.
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2015-05-30 20:24:49
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Lawn & Garden

Install a Rain Garden

Harvest the rain!
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2015-05-30 20:16:32
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Lawn & Garden

Reduce Turf

Save time, money and sweat by reducing the amount of turf in your yard.
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2015-05-30 19:56:19
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Daily Choices

Shop a Farmers Market, Join a CSA

Have fun and stock-up on fresh food for the week at a local Farmers Market.
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2015-05-30 19:01:28
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Daily Choices

Choose Green Cleaning Products

Get your home clean and be green.
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2015-05-30 18:56:51
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Water

Inspect & Repair Water-using Fixtures

Leave the leaks to the media, not your plumbing!
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2015-05-30 18:41:48
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Water

Know Your Water Use

Use water like it's a precious commodity, because it is!
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2015-05-30 17:25:17
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Energy

Install Motion Detectors on Outdoor Lighting

Save money and keep burglars away -- on when you need them, off when you don’t!
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2015-05-30 16:51:42
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Energy

Caulk & Weatherstrip Everything

Plugging small leaks can add up to big savings.
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2015-05-30 16:48:05
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Energy

Understand Your Electricity Bills

Your bill can tell you a lot about your electricity use and potential savings.
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2015-05-30 15:56:06
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Transportation

Take a Stay-cation

There’s a world of vacation fun right here!
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2015-05-30 15:43:40
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Transportation

Maintain Your Car

A little air and TLC goes a long way toward better MPG.
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2015-05-30 14:54:53
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Transportation

Telecommute One Day a Week

Join the teleworking movement.
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2015-05-30 14:30:36
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Transportation

Walk, Ride a Bike, Go Mass Transit

Take a break from traffic and parking hassles.
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2015-05-30 14:10:58
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Energy

Maintain Your Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment

Get a handle on your biggest home energy users.
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2015-05-30 13:57:27
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Energy

Use ENERGY STAR Qualified Lighting

Change your light bulbs and save a bundle on energy costs.
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2011-10-26 20:55:06
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Daily Choices

Watch The Story of Stuff

Do you know how your stuff is made and where your stuff comes from? Find out!
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2011-10-24 22:35:59
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Transportation

Be a Better MPG Driver

The most important factor impacting your car’s MPG is you.
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2011-10-22 15:08:17
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Water

Install High Efficiency Water Fixtures

You’ll hardly notice the difference — except in your water use and bill.
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2011-10-20 18:50:16
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Energy

Change Your Appliance Settings

Raise your fridge, lower your water heater temperatures.
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2011-10-19 14:16:25
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Energy

Install & Use Power Strips

Save the energy your electronics still use when they’re turned off.
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2011-10-19 13:43:57
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Lawn & Garden

Install Rain Barrels

Capture rain water when it rains for use on plants later.
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2011-10-18 22:49:32
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Energy

Home Energy Assessment

Find out how you’re using energy & how you can save money.
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2011-10-18 16:29:27
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Energy

Replace Your Windows

New windows could save money and improve comfort, but make sure to cover the basics first.
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2011-10-15 20:54:35
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Transportation

Car Shopping Tips

Greener car, greener planet, more green in your wallet.
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2011-10-11 15:31:43
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Lawn & Garden

Improve Your Landscape Performance

Keep you garden and family healthy by using fewer fertilizers and pesticides.
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2011-10-10 19:53:09
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Daily Choices

Compost Kitchen Waste

Turn garbage into gold by composting your kitchen scraps.
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2011-10-10 19:12:00
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Water

Recycle Your Cooking Oil

One person’s waste is another person’s biofuel.
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2011-10-05 19:05:23
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Energy

Kill A Watt® Meters

Find out how much energy your appliances and electronics really use.
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2011-10-05 17:54:45
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