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Eco Village South Sioux City NE

You don't have to live in an eco-village in South Sioux City 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.

Ace Lawns
(712) 258-9370
223 South Allan Street
Sioux City, IA
 
Jensen Sprinkler
(712) 276-9518
2621 S. Cleveland St
Sioux City, IA
 
Earl May Nursery & Garden Center
(712) 276-4776
4141 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA
 
Reams Sprinkler Inc
(712) 258-7326
1010 Gordon Drive
Sioux City, IA
 
Tru Green Chemical Lawn
(712) 279-9553
601 Main Street
Sioux City, IA
 
Waterfalls by Wisner
(712) 233-2323
2807 Memorial Drive
Sioux City, IA
 
Foulk BROS Plumbing & Heating
(712) 258-3388
322 West 7th Street
Sioux City, IA
 
Greenway Lawn Care
(712) 239-2654
P Ouest
Sioux City, IA
 
United Rental Cor/Sioux City
(712) 258-4583
6015 Gordon Dr
Sioux City, IA
 
Ferdig Contracting
(712) 233-2533
4404 Military Road
Sioux City, IA
 

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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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