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In January's Do It Green! Minnesota E-Newsletter:
* Start 2017 With Energy Savings
* Green Events
* Green Resources
START 2017 WITH ENERGY SAVINGS
Are you considering a green resolution for 2017? How about concentrating on reducing your energy use? The average Minnesota family spends over $4,000 annually on energy (includes natural gas, electricity and gasoline costs) and produces over 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Start out 2017 with a resolution to reduce your energy usage with these simple steps:
- Get an energy audit.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
- Weatherize doors and windows.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs
- Set your hot water thermostat just below the normal setting or around 120F.
- Close your fireplace damper to prevent heated air from escaping your home.
- Add insulation to your attic to bring it up to current code. It reduces ice dams and maintains temperatures indoors year-round.
- Unplug appliances and gadgets when they are not in use. Consider using outlet strips so you can easily turn off multiple devices at once.
- Keep snowdrifts at bay. If snow blocks the intake or exhaust of furnaces, water heaters, air-exchangers, or other equipment, it can lead to problems ranging from inefficient to dangerous. After each storm, do a quick check to make sure everything is clear.
- Put on an extra sweater and lower your thermostat in the winter. You'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs for every degree you lower the heat (in the 60-70 degree range).
- Replace or clean furnace filters as recommended. Dirty filters restrict airflow and will increase energy use.
- Buy wind power.
Print our handy Energy Checklist
and post it on your refrigerator to give you ideas for energy savings throughout the year!
Check out these Do It Green! Minnesota Green Living Articles for more information about energy: Energy Saving Appliances
, Upgrading Your Home's Energy Efficiency
, Energy Saving 101
, and Finding and Sealing Air Leaks in Your Home.
Get household items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic. Residents can bring small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more to receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. Fix-It Clinics teach troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash.
Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic, Saturday, January 14th, 12-4PM, Minnetonka
Ramsey County Fix-It Clinic, Saturday, January 28th, 10:30AM-1:30PM, White Bear Lake
Zero Waste Grocery Shopping
Reducing our use of packaging can help us save money and conserve our natural resources. Learn tips and tricks for "zero waste" shopping at the Seward Co-op Friendship Store. Event is free but registration is required. Wednesday, January 25th, 6-8PM, Minneapolis. Register here…
Fix-It Tech Event
Fix-It Tech events are free community technology education events providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support. Get your questions answered and your problems fixed. First come first served. Saturday, January 28th, 11AM-3PM, Saint Paul. Learn more…
Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition and community engagement initiative of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program. Lanesboro Arts, Commonweal Theatre Company, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, Lanesboro Museum, and Friends of the Root River are partnering to develop and present dynamic local programs and engagement initiatives that will bring together the storyline of the Root River Watershed. These activities will run concurrently with the exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute and the Minnesota Humanities Center. January 7th – February 19th, Lanesboro. More info...
Recycle Your Holiday Lights
Don’t know what to do with those old or no longer-working strings of holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Either way, recycle your old lights! To find the nearest location to you, call your City or County Solid Waste and Recycling Department. Hennepin County has year round drop-off facilities in Brooklyn Park and Bloomington for holiday lights. More info..
Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide
Wondering what to do with no longer needed items that are cluttering up your home? Don’t just throw items in the trash! Check out Hennepin County’s Green Disposal Guide to find information on the best way to recycle, reuse or dispose of household items. More info…
MWMO Mini Grants Available
Have an idea for promoting clean water and habitat in your community? Apply for a Mini Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization Stewardship Fund. Learn more about Mini Grants, ask questions and network with others at the upcoming info session on Wednesday, January 18th. More info…