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  • Lori Lindsay

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Planting trees around your residence will provide a number of long term societal, environmental, and economic benefits for you and your community. 

Tree lined streets have a traffic calming effect, traffic moves more slowly and safely. Trees can be placed to screen unwanted views or noise from busy highways. Trees can complement the architecture or design of buildings or entire neighborhoods.


Trees reduce the urban heat island effect through evaporative cooling and reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches parking lots and buildings. This is especially true in areas with large impervious surfaces, such as parking lots of stores and industrial complexes. Trees improve our air quality by filtering harmful dust and pollutants such as ozone, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe.

Well placed trees can reduce your cooling costs in the summer by shading the south and west sides of your home. If deciduous trees are used they will allow the sun to pass through and warm your home in the winter. Evergreen trees on the north side of your home and shrubs around the foundation of your home can act as a windbreak to reduce the cooling effects of winter winds.

Instructions on how to plant a tree 

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  • Lori Lindsay

Do something Green Today

Saving water is critical to conservation efforts, especially in the West, which has been battling drought for decades. Here are some easy ways to reduce water consumption in your home. 

Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth. Showers use less water than baths. Additionally, you can turn off the water when soaping in the shower. Plug up the sink or use a wash basin if washing dishes by hand. Use a dishwasher—and when you do, make sure it's fully loaded! Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine. To save money on your energy bills, set your washing machine to use cold water rather than hot or warm water. 

A guide to WaterSense Products can be found here

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​The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.

Check out this EPA resource about checking for and fixing common household leaks.

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