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Fun summer tip #1 is to download green apps.  These days cell phones that support mobile applications are becoming the norm, so why not download apps that provide information and resources that just might help you save money while helping the environment?  The following tips are from the Green Genie application for iPhone.

  • Have your car professionally washed.  This is my personal favorite.  I've often felt like I had to make excuses as to why I can't wash my own car when I head for Delta Sonic.  Not anymore!  Did you know that many professional car wash locations recycle and reuse their water, not to mention that they are just plain more efficient than we are with a bucket and a hose?  That's a potential savings of 100 gallons of water per wash!  Plus they prevent oil and dirt runoff from entering the sewer system, all while saving us the time and hassle!  I'm not too lazy or too busy to wash my car, I'm helping the environment!
  • Drink local microbrews.  Really!  It's not likely to save you money, but eating and drinking locally produced foods is better for the environment, and the local economy!  Importing food and beverages has a much higher transportation cost, using as much as 17 times more fossils and emitting 5-15 times more carbon dioxide as items produced locally.
  • Save Money on vacation.  Before you leave, turn down the temperature on your water heater and turn up the temperature on your air conditioner, if you have to leave it on at all.  Stop the vampire loads while you're gone by unplugging your electronics, like the TV, stereo and computer.  It won't make a huge difference, but it all adds up!
  • Adjust your pool pump timer.  Reconfigure your settings so that the filter isn't running during peak usage times when many utilities charge a higher rate.  You also may be able to reduce the time your filter runs by two hours or more per day.  Try gradually reducing its run time, by say an hour, and check the water clarity after a few days.  If it's still good, try again.  Your wallet always benefits from energy conservation!
  • Use a solar pool cover.  It will raise your water temperature by 4-5 degrees, and reduce water loss from evaporation, saving up to 12,000 gallons of water in one year.  If you regularly heat your pool, you will save up to 50 percent in energy costs for pool heating.
  • Don't Water!  Don't Mow!  Xeriscape!  Tired of getting up early to water or mow before the heat of the day kicks in?  Why do it at all?  Instead, use drought resistant plants and grasses that are native or well adapted to the local area in your landscape design.  Once established, drought resistant plants that are well adapted to the climate and soils will need little to no watering.  Depending on the grasses used and how much actual "lawn" space is left, there will be less to mow and frequency could be as little as once per season.  There are even combinations of plants and grasses that are very weed-resistant!  Click here for more information on xeriscaping.
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This month's tip is from Ed Dudkowski of John W. Danforth Company, August's Green Tip submission winner. Ed wrote: `Cancel subscriptions to unwanted trade publications, catalogs and magazines. I found that my recycle bin was constantly being filled with publications that I did not request. Last month I took the time to cancel four of these. Think of all the resources that could be saved if each one of us cancelled just a single publication. All of the energy and raw materials used to publish, print, transport, and recycle thousands of pages would be saved!`

Cancel subscriptions to unwanted trade publications, catalogs and magazines. I found that my recycle bin was constantly being filled with publications that I did not request.

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