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Green Tips

The following is a list of ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

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LEED

Make your home LEED certified home, saving you money on utilities and helping our environment. Importantly it adds value to your property and many come with tax credits.

For more information:LEED

 
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Solar

Reduce your electricity bills by investing in Solar Panels. The LADWP has an incentive plan.

Please visit their website at: LADWP Incentive Plan

 
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Roofing

Replace that old roof, because most roofing material manufacturers have their own line of energy-efficient products; which will help you save money on your energy bill.

For more information: Green Roofing

 
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Double Paned Windows

Upgrading to energy efficient windows can save 7-15% on energy bills. Double paned and vinyl windows, once installed can be claimed as a tax credit through energy star.

For more info visit: Milgard and Energy Star Tax Credit

 
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Insulation

In addition to reducing energy cost for heaters and AC, Insulation helps reduce moisture, and outside noise. Tax credits are also available.

For more information: The Home Depot and Atticat Tax Credit

 
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Tankless Water Heater

Tankless or “ instant hot” water heaters heat water when you need it, rather than keeping 50 gallons plus of water constantly hot. These water heaters are also built to last 20 or more years. Bosch a water heater producer provides the taxpayer with tax credit.

For more information: Bosch , Nortiz , Takagi , and Rinnai

 
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Flooring

Bamboo flooring is rapidly gaining in popularity as a home design element that can be enjoyed with minimal environmental impact. The plant’s incredible versatility has allowed it to become a raw material for flooring. Bamboo is a grass, but when mature it possesses a hardness that’s greater than many woods, including popular flooring choices like red oak, white oak and northern hard maple. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource, growing quickly and when ready, harvested and processed into flooring. While bamboo is uniquely beautiful, it’s also a fast growing plant that’s actually tougher than many woods when allowed to mature. And while it may take more than 70 years to replace a tree, bamboo stalks can re-grow spontaneously and mature in four to six years.

More information: Bamboo Flooring Environmental Benefits and Bamboo Flooring

 
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Go Vegan

Go vegan or reduce the amount of meat in your diet. Senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld reported that the meat industry is "one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems." (Green Your Diet)

You can also get a free starters guide at: Try Veg

 
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Landscaping

Traditional grass lawns need a lot of water. Install drought tolerant landscaping or fake grass to reduce your water bill. You can find these kinds of grass at Lowes and The Home Depot.

For more information on drought grass to LADWP incentives: LADWP incentive

For more information: Lowes
The Home Depot

 
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Reusable Bags

Bring your own bag instead of choosing paper or plastic. Why contribute to the 228,000 plastic bags that are distributed by the city of L.A. every hour. Bringing your reusable bag with you to any store you can reduce the amount of plastic ending up in landfills and oceans.

 
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HVAC Filter

Change your HVAC filter regularly. By changing your filter regularly it can have good airflow and help maintain your system, but most importantly save money on your energy bill. The Home Depot is a great place to purchase your HVAC filter.

For more information: HVAC Filter

 
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Energy Star Appliances

Many old refrigerators and other appliances consume a lot more energy than the new Energy Star appliances. Use the following to calculate your current refrigerator cost.
Energy Star Calculator

For more Energy Star products please visit: Energy Star Products

 
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CFL bulbs and LED lighting

Don’t forget your CFL bulbs! If you can have a regular bulb you are currently using 90% of energy just to heat up the bulb. With the CFL it used 75% less energy to heat up the bulb due to the gasses that flow through the tube. This energy efficient bulb can be found at your local grocery store and department store. LED technology is improving drastically and provides a "nicer" light and finish than fluorescent fixtures.

For more information on LED lighting and CFL bulbs:
Halo LED Lighting
CFL Bulb