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Share your Joy

January 6, 2015


I can’t believe it is 2015 already, can you?  This is the time of year when we reflect on what we have experienced the past year individually, nationally, and even globally.  One of my favorite videos to watch at the end of the year is TED Talks recap of ideas.  It’s fascinating to watch the discoveries, the ideas and just the passion each individual shows with what they present.  Here’s a spoiler alert, but the video ends with a quote by Andrew Solomon, “Forge meaning.  Build identity.  And then invite the world to share your joy.”

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Here at GreenHomes we like that quote a lot, especially the last part.  A big part of our work is inviting each of you into our joy; helping America to become more energy efficient.  Doing this extends the life of our resources for the generations to come and, well, extends the life of our pocketbooks, too.  Our joy is helping families all over America live comfortably and affordably.  This year, as we go into 2015, we are looking forward to continue to do that and we ask that you join us.  Let’s all share the joy!

Thanks for stopping by!

-April

Take control of your Home’s Energy Usage during the Holidays

November 25, 2014

title-ghaWow, the holiday season is here.  It seems to come quicker every year.  This week as you celebrate Thanksgiving, don’t forget to save some energy.  It turns out that the kitchen accounts for about 15% of the home’s energy.  With holiday traditions often including extra baking and entertaining, your kitchen will be getting quite the work out.  Here are a few tips to keep your energy costs down:

Reuse the heat.  Using the stove and oven will generate more heat in your house.  To offset the cost, turn down your thermostat.  And, with the extra heat from the kitchen, you won’t need the thermostat up so high.

Stock the fridge with leftovers.  Don’t be afraid to pack your fridge tight with leftovers.  Having a full fridge helps reduce the energy it needs to keep your foods cool.

Keep your burners clean.  Clean burners mean less grime and less grime means less energy needed to heat the burner.  Regular maintenance might be a pain, but it will pay off in the long run.

Just a few small changes can go a long way in saving energy and of course, money, all without compromising your holiday.  Enjoy your time with family and friends.  Give thanks for the many blessings that surround you.  And, if you need help saving even more energy in your home, give us a call.  We are happy to help.

Thanks for stopping by!
-April

Happy Veterans Day!

November 11, 2014

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It’s time to honor all of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  According to the Census Bureau there are more than 21 million veterans in the U.S.  Check out this infographic for a more detailed breakdown.  The numbers are astounding.  Chances are, with the large number of veterans still alive, we will pass one or two during the day today.  Take a minute to say hi and thank you, maybe even help them out.  After all, because of their sacrifice, we still have our freedom.

And, to any veterans who might be reading this, thank you.  We are humbled by your sacrifice and ever grateful that you fought to protect this great nation.

Here is a list of freebies we found for veterans across the United States, enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by,
April

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2014

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Halloween is a holiday I know I looked forward to when I was a little kid.  We always carved pumpkins and had a blast doing it.  Of course it was fun to dress up as well, but it was even more fun to get all the free candy!  Although, walking around at night in a costume isn’t the safest thing.  Good news is we can all help make Halloween a little safer for everyone in the neighborhood.  Here are a few tips:

  • Leave carving to the adults. Carving a pumpkin can be difficult for a little one.  Let them draw the face and you carve it for them.
  • Use reflective tape. With the addition of reflective tape on costumes or treat bags, this will help increase visibility.
  • Street lights aren’t everywhere and sometimes yards are dark, be sure to have flashlights with fresh batteries for your trick-or-treaters.
  • Make your home safe for trick-or-treaters. Check outdoor lights and replace burned out bulbs.  Clear sidewalks of debris for easy walking.
  • Look both ways. It’s difficult for motorists to see trick-or-treaters.  Be sure to look both ways before crossing.

More tips can be found on American Academy of Pediatrics website.

From all of us at GreenHomes, be safe this Halloween!  Share this post with a neighbor and protect the trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood.

Thanks for stopping by!

-April


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