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How Consumers can save $550 a year on energy costs



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Bill Swietlik has worked in EPA's Office of Water in Washington DC since 1988. In 2009, he  created the EPA Green Homes website.  This website provides pages of useful, practical information and advice for the homeowner or apartment dweller to live a greener, more energy efficient life at home.

While he was developing the website, he and his wife  decided to implement as many of the recommendations as possible to see if they could live greener, and after six months the results came in!

  • They are using 35% less electricity,
  • They are using a bit less water,
  • They are recycling 75% of all our household waste,
  • Most storm water runoff stays on our property during each rainfall,
  • They are gradually eliminating our ½ acre of lawn (and all the work that goes with it) and turning it into a garden of native plants by re-naturalizing our yard.
  • They purchased 100% Green Power (renewable electricity) from the local utility through their renewable energy program.
  • And, they've done all this with minimal expense and are saving almost $550 a year on energy bills!
EPA's new Green Homes website is at  www.epa.gov/greenhomes


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 1/27/2010
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