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Saving money at home

73 PLANT LEAFY SHADE TREES AROUND YOUR HOME Depending on where you live, one tree planted on the west side of your home can reduce your energy bills by 3 percent within five years. Hours Average number of hours per year that Americans spend cutting grass, pruning and doing all the other tasks PAINT YOUR ROOF WHITE In sunny climates, buildings with white roofs required up to 40 percent less energy for cooling than those with black roofs. At current utility rates, that means you could save $120 or more per year in cooling costs. that help keep yards beautiful. $40 Billion The estimated amount Americans spend on caring for their lawns every year. DO A NIGHTLY ENERGY SWEEP The savings from simply tuming everything off can add up quickly. It takes about $9 per year to run just one compact fluorescent light bulb through the night, $21 for a conventional bulb and $35 for a big ceiling fan on high. HANG YOUR LAUNDRY OUT TO DRY If you hang up just 50 percent of your laundry loads instead of using a conventional clothes SET YOUR WATER HEATER AT 120 DEGREES dryer, you could save almost $60 a year. A heater set at 140 degrees or higher can waste $36 to $61 annually. Saving Money at Home Help your home be more energy efficient and cut utility bills for years to come. The savings you'll reap on your utility bill could be eye-opening. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn," Center for Urban Forest Research, Design: Pamela Sison

Saving money at home

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Help your home be more energy efficient and cut utility bills for years to come.


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