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Simple Steps to Green your Pasadena Home and your Wallet – Part 1

In this Green Living series, we will look at some suggestions on how Pasadena home owners can save money by reducing energy consumption and being friendlier to the environment.

The average home spends about $1,900 a year on energy costs.  But you can lower your energy bills and help save the environment at the same time!  Cutting back unnecessary energy use is an easy way to reduce energy consumption while saving money.

Lighting and Electronics

  • Replace standard incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs

If all Californians replaced five bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, it would be the equivalent of taking 275,000 cars off the road.

  • Turn off unneccessary lighting in your Pasadena home and use task or desktop lamps with compact fluorescent light bulbs instead of overhead lights.
  • Unplug electronics, battery chargers, and other small equipment when not in use.

If all Californians unplugged electronics when not in use, it would be the equivalent of taking 120,000 cars off the road.

  • Use surge protector power strips to switch off televisions, monitors, printers, home theater equipment, and stereos when you’re not using them.  Even when you think these products are off, together, their “standby” consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75- or 100- watt light bulb running continuously.
  • Enable the “sleep mode” feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity.  In Windows, the power management settings are found on your control panel.  Mac users, look for energy-saving settings under system preferences in the Apple menu.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at what Pasadena home residents can do with Heating and Insulation.

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Complete Pasadena Green Living Series:

Part 1 – Lighting and Electronics Tips

Part 2 – Heating and Insualtion Tips

Part 3 – Kitchen and Appliance Tips

Part 4 – Water Conservation



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