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Going Green This New Year

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In the New Year, you may think about altering your lifestyle for the better. Have you ever thought about going green in your home? This could help your family save money on costly energy expenses as well as encourage healthier living. If you are considering becoming sustainable, there are some things you need to know about before getting started.

The lights you use in your home play a large role in the green movement. Did you know there are new light bulb regulations for 2013? California is implementing a new energy efficiency standard for incandescent bulbs that will save consumers money. Traditional 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out, like the 75-watt bulb in January 2012. In their place, consumers will choose from LEDs, halogens, and CFLs that use less energy. Therefore, good home lighting can mean using fewer spotlights and more dimmers, and when possible, buy warmer LEDs and halogens. In addition to changing your light bulbs, here are some other transitions you can make to become a green family:

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• Stop using paper and plastic bags for groceries. Instead, use a reusable bag.
• Switch your monthly bills to e-billing.
• Recycle anything and everything you can.
• Paint only with no-VOC formulas.
• If you are replacing appliances, look into Energy Star models.
• Walk more, particularly if your destination is less than 30 minutes on foot. It’s good for your health and the environment.
• Take public transit.
• Choose a green hybrid or electric car if you are in the market for a new one.
• Refuse to buy foods that are unnecessarily packaged, such as fruits and vegetables.
• Grow your own fruits, veggies, and herbs.

At S. Sanders Company Insurance, we hope these tips help you and your loved ones go green this year. Just as important as protecting the environment is protecting your home. You don’t want to be at risk for accidents or injuries as you make this lifestyle change. Therefore, having the right homeowners insurance can help you find the peace of mind you need to become a sustainable household.

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