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Green Living Guide - Quick little tips that make a big difference!

Seasonal energy saving - as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling.

Did you know?

About half the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. When you leave your home, this little change can help you save:

Summer: Adjust your thermostat to 80° and close your shades

Winter: Adjust your thermostat to 60° and open your shades

More heating and cooling energy-saving tips »

Make your yard water friendly

Did you know?

Nearly all of Delaware’s rivers and streams – 94%, the highest amount in the region – are so bad that fish can’t thrive. Stormwater is the source of about 15 percent of the nitrogen entering the Cheskapeake Bay alone. You can help! Choose native plants - they need less watering and are more likely to feed birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Use pesticides sparingly or not at all.

Make your yard certified water-friendly »

Buy recycled toilet paper.  270,000 Trees down the toilet.

Did you know?

270,000 trees are flushed down the drain every day. Many eco-sounding terms don't have laws regulating their use. Don’t get tricked! For recycled paper and wood products, look for the official FSC logo above (the WWF considers FSC to be more credible than the recycle symbol).

Buy recycled toilet paper.  270,000 Trees down the toilet.

Did you know?

Using solar panels can cut 3-4 tons of carbon pollution for a 2 person household. Solar panels are getting more affordable than ever with tax incentives and lease-your-roof options. You can get your home green powered by simply using a green energy provider that works with your utility provider.

See how much solar panels save for us! See up to the minute solar panel savings at Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Ashland Nature Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve.

Interested in learning options in our area?
Utility green power options in Delaware »
Solar panel companies in Delmarva »
Compare solar quotes on EnergySage »

Green your ride. Image electric car and pollution cloud cut in half.  Word bubble from house says Just think how low it would be with solar panels!

Did you know?

On average an electric car can cut carbon pollution to half that released by a gas-powered car. Online, you can learn about and compare high mpg, electric, and hybrid vehicles at places like NRDC's green cars overview »

References

1. According to EnergyStar.gov, “as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling”. A programmable thermostat can help. Source: Energy-saving heating and cooling tips »

2. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urban and suburban stormwater is the source of about 15 percent of the total nitrogen entering the Cheskapeake Bay. Source: Delaware's dirty water and yard runoff »

3. Studies show that approximately 1,850 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef while approximately 39 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of vegetables. Source: Why Meatless Mondays »

4. According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 270,000 trees are flushed down the drain every day. Source: WWF Tissue Issues »

5. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household emits approximately 20 metric tons of carbon pollution each year. By installing a solar power system, a typical two-person household eliminates between 3 and 4 tons of carbon annually. Source: Statistic and math by EnergySage - Why go solar? which used the information from Household Emissions Calculator Assumptions and References »

7. According to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), "on average electricity can cut carbon pollution to half that released by a gas-powered car – even less in areas with cleaner generation". Source: NRDC's green cars overview »

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