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Tips for making your home environmentally friendly

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WILMINGTON -- People all over the world this weekend attended tuned in and logged on for the Live Earth concert series that promoted going green.

So what can you do to make your home environmentally friendly?

You can try wrapping an insulated blanket around your water heater. It helps you use less fuel and keeps your water hot longer.

You can also use energy saving light bulbs to help you conserve energy and money.

Ace Hardware employee Tony Nichols said, "It's 26 watts of energy as compared to a 100-watt light bulb that uses 100 watts of energy, they're fluorescent lights, so it's a little bit brighter light, each bulb will save about ten dollars a year on a electricity bill."

Nichols also recommends using weather strips around your doors and windows. They keep the cool air in and the hot air out.

You should also change the filter in your furnace once a month.

Try planting a few trees.

You can reduce home cooling costs by as much as 50 percent and grow yourself a little shade.

Phone Books

New phone books are hitting doorsteps around our area. So what do you do with the old ones?

Don't throw them in the trash -- recycle them.

AT&T says their yellow pages are 100 percent recyclable and the paper used to print the directories contains 40 percent recycled paper.

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