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Updated: March 31, 2012 7:00 PM
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100+ tips to help you live greener all year round



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For every 10 minutes you shower
, you may be using up to 25 gallons of water. If every GH reader used a WaterSense-rated showerhead (epa.gov/watersense), 120 million gallons could be saved in just one day — that's 182 Olympic-size pools! — and $88 million a year.

Windows and doors can be major causes of heat loss, with faulty windows adding 10 to 25 percent to your heating bill. Open blinds during the day to let sun in. At dusk, close them to trap heat.

CFL bulbs work best in rooms where they'll be left on for at least 15 minutes. Frequent on-and-off (say, in a closet or pantry) can shorten bulb life, so the replacement cost can outweigh energy savings. — Todd J. Kent, GHRI senior test engineer

Configure your office printer or copy machine so it prints on both sides of the page.

Pay bills online, or set up automatic check paying from your bank account. No envelopes, no postage — and no late fees, if you're on an automatic plan.

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