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Eco Village Kapaa HI

You don't have to live in an eco-village in Kapaa 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.

Tropic Yard Care
(808) 822-9668
Po Box 16
Kapaa, HI
 
Windward Yard & Building Maintenance
(808) 822-7933
5344 Luana Street
Kapaa, HI
 
Need Something Done
(808) 822-3034
304 Kamokila Road
Kapaa, HI
 
Island Yard Service Inc
(808) 822-9541
Po Box 510075
Kealia, HI
 
Yamasaki Morton Landscape Architect
(808) 245-2106
Po Box 1828
Lihue, HI
 
ALII Landscaping & Maintenance
(808) 822-5704
361 Kaima Place
Kapaa, HI
 
Garden of Dreams
(808) 823-6141
4-871 Kuhio Highway
Kapaa, HI
 
Koloa Plant Service
(808) 822-7230
6581 Puupilo Road
Kapaa, HI
 
M Tanaka Store Inc
(808) 245-4926
2974 Kalena Street
Lihue, HI
 
Kauai Hydroseed & Landscape
(808) 245-8482
1786 Haleukana Street
Lihue, HI
 

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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