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SMART GUIDE

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Clean green, bathroom edition.
As in the kitchen, try to avoid
toxic chemicals-including chlorine, ammonia, formaldehyde,
and bleach-in bathroom cleaners. Again, you can make your
own alternatives: Recipes for
bathroom disinfectants are easy
to find online. If you want a commercial product, opt for one of
the reliably green brands listed
in tip #9 above.

14. Cool your load. Use cold
water for your laundry. With warm
or hot loads, up to 90 percent of
your washer's energy consumption goes to heating the water.
Yet today's machines and detergents are optimized for cold
water, which cleans just as well
and can help clothes last longer
by preventing fading and shrinkage. Fun fact: If every Las Vegas
home switched to cold laundry
washing for a year, the city would
save enough energy to power
the entire Strip for almost a week.
While you're at it, use a detergent that's free of phosphates,
such as Ecos, Method, or Seventh
Generation, wait until you have a
full load to run the machine, and
wear clothes more than once if
they're not that dirty.

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Office
16. Print judiciously. When you
really need a hard copy, use both
sides of recycled paper. Ink-saving
fonts such as Ecofont (about $8
per year at ecofont.com) cut down
on toner by incorporating microscopic holes into each letter. When
your old printer is no longer serviceable and it's time to choose a
new one, look for a model that's
Energy Star certified. Stock it with
remanufactured ink cartridges or
soy-based toner.

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Skip the dryer. Dry what you can on
a line or rack. After your HVAC system,
your clothes dryer is probably your
home's biggest energy hog.

AAA Members can get a $1,000 rebate on new solar panel
installations from SunPower. They also get discounts on
Google Nest products, Energy Star electronics from Dell
and HP, and memberships with AAA House Manager.

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