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You don't have to live in an eco-village in Alton to have a green, energy-efficient home. Improving your home™s energy efficiency is often a matter of changing the way you live, and not even all that drastically.

Yard Massage
(618) 462-1405
603 Pearl Street
Alton, IL
 
Milton Flower Shop
(618) 462-1732
1204 Milton Road
Alton, IL
 
Naylor CHAS R Landscaping
(618) 462-9939
3277 Seminary Street
Alton, IL
 
Clay East Supply
(618) 466-3551
5331 Godfrey Road
Godfrey, IL
 
Market Basket
(618) 466-7800
6015 Humbert Road
Godfrey, IL
 
Complete Scale Company Division Of
(618) 462-3682
299 East Elm Street
Alton, IL
 
H L R Enterprises
(618) 466-4927
3510 Old Straube Lane
Alton, IL
 
J & R Landscaping
(618) 258-1939
4912 2nd Street
Alton, IL
 
McAdams Landscaping Inc
(618) 466-7582
320 Pearl Street
Godfrey, IL
 
Flower & Garden City
(618) 254-1582
606 East Edwardsville Road
Wood River, IL
 

Lessons from an Eco-Village

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You don't have to live in an eco-village to have a green, energy-efficient home. Improving your home's energy efficiency is often a matter of changing the way you live, and not even all that drastically.

Energy efficiency is right at our fingertips, says Ted Montgomery of the Ten Stones community in Charlotte, Vt. Your hands turn on the hot-water faucets, turn on the lights, decide whether or not to let your car idle for 10 minutes to warm up, he points out. Things like that are right at your fingertips. It's mostly behavioral.

In addition, he notes, the measures we can take to reduce our impact on the environment also cut costs. Sharing things like lawn mowers -- which we do" are efficient-resource activities. When you're talking about your own home, there is the standard list: Watch the infiltration, tighten up all of the places where air gets in, look at your thermal envelope and keep your heating equipment up to date. Look at the way you consume your hot water, and consider turning down the temperature of your water heater. If you aren't using compact fluorescents, you should be.

Pay attention to your energy intake" and spend a little more in the beginning -- and the experts say you will save in the end.In the long run, it's not more expensive, Montgomery says. Energy efficiency is less expensive in the long run. It's a matter of being clever about how you do it.

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