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Eco Village North Pole AK

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

Exclusive Landscaping & Paving Inc
(907) 488-8833
1570 Richardson Highway
North Pole, AK
 
Craig Taylor Equipment Co.
(907) 452-1192
1733 Well Street
Fairbanks, AK
 
Holm Town Nursery Landscaping
(907) 457-3544
1301 30th Avenue
Fairbanks, AK
 
Scott Enterprises
(907) 451-9949
416 7th Avenue
Fairbanks, AK
 
Holm Town Nursery Inc
(907) 451-8733
1301 30th Avenue
Fairbanks, AK
 
Polar Supply CO Inc
(907) 452-4743
Po Box 71511
Fairbanks, AK
 
Aborists
(907) 474-0294
115 Leuthold Drive
Fairbanks, AK
 
F S & G Aggregate Inc
(907) 452-3834
381 Wiese Court
Fairbanks, AK
 
Killion Land Co LLC
(907) 452-5950
515 7th Avenue Suite 120
Fairbanks, AK
 
Great Northwest Houston LLC - Topsoil
(907) 479-0410
2920 College Road
Fairbanks, AK
 

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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