10 Steps to help you “go green” in Virginia

There is a tremendous amount of information about going green on the news, television shows, and coming from corporate America. So how do you decide if “green” is right for you? Simple, do you like to save money, want to do less to maintain your home, want to use less resources to achieve the same goals – if you answered yes, then you are ready to go green. There are simple things that you can do to get started. Here are some no / low cost steps to get you on your way.
  1. Turn off the overhead lights and use lamps. Even better use LED or CFL bulbs.
  2. Use rechargeable batteries.
  3. Adjust your fridge temp to 37 degrees and your freezer to 0 degrees, while your at it, turn your thermostat back 1 degree.
  4. Recycle – it cost more to send something to a landfill than it does to recycle it. Do your locality a favor, don’t put it in the trash can.
  5. Print on both sides of the page.
  6. Fix any drips and install aerators on your faucets.
  7. Carpool or plan your trips to minimize driving – or even better, walk.
  8. Use reusable grocery bags – this will reduce the overhead of your favorite places to shop which will reduce their need to raise prices.
  9. unplug or use a power strip – a television draws as much electricity turned off as a 60 watt light bulb does turned on.
  10. Shop local for everything from your food to your architect! Less driving is good on the pocketbook and putting money back into your local economy makes your community stronger.


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  1. Troy Lucas Reply

    We have planted some improvements for the next owners of our home. When we bought our house it had 1 very large pine tree and 2 decorative trees, all placed in unbeneficial positions. We have since planted 6 more maple trees in hopes the next owners will enjoy a lot more shade around the footprint of our house and some decreased cooling bills in the summer. Better than cheap, they were all free as young saplings from the in-laws’ house.

    • harrisonburg architect Reply

      A very nice gift to the neighbors and to the neighborhood! You can also increase your energy efficiency by shading your heat pump from the harsh summer sun, but be sure to leave it enough room to breath.

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