Buying Green Appliances & Equipment

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Wells Fargo financial expert Sherry Littlejohn discusses the various green appliances and equipment that are available to you.

    Sherry Littlejohn: Hi, I am Sherry Littlejohn with Wells Fargo and Company. Today we are talking about how to use eco-friendly appliances and equipment in your home and office to cut down your bills and help the environment at the same time.

    Energy costs are one of the largest operating expenses in office properties and at home. You can start with some easy steps, such as turning off the electronic equipments when not in use and unplugging chargers and adapters.

    Use natural light when possible. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Fix drafty windows and doors. Weather stripping is inexpensive, but can save you a lot on your energy bill.

    Wasting resources cost money, it also takes a toll on your environment. Drink filtered tap water rather than bottled water. In the United States nearly 25 billion water bottles end up in local land fills according to earth911.

    com.

    When purchasing equipment for work and home, ask for products with energy star label. An energy star label computer can use 70% less electricity than computers without that designation, according to the U.

    S. Department of Energy.

    You can save paper by removing yourself from mailing list. The amount of junk mail that United States households receive each year equals 100 million trees and three million cars worth of pollution, according the Environmental Protection Agency.

    I mean gosh! You can save water by fixing leaky faucets and installing and low flow shower heads in toilets. A leaky faucet can waste 5000 gallons of water per year, according to the U.

    S. Department of Energy.

    At home, consider switching to renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power for household use. Check with your utility provider to learn more about your renewable power options. It's also important to try reuse and recycle more.

    There are plenty of place where you could donate or recycle your old stuff. And if you deed something, try buying if used. You can also pick up free stuff on websites such as freecycle.

    com.

    All of these steps can really help improve the environment and save money at the same time.