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Eco Village Troutdale OR

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

Lifetime Remodeling Systems
4310 SE 52nd
Portland, OR
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Remodeler, Specialty Contractor
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EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm

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Windy Ridge Nursery
(503) 667-7037
1918 Southeast 302nd Avenue
Troutdale, OR
 
Allwood Recyclers Inc
(503) 667-5497
23001 Northeast Marine Drive
Fairview, OR
 
Montebello Landscape Maintenance
(503) 665-0548
3785 S W 5th Drive
Gresham, OR
 
CC Garden Maintenance
(503) 491-0536
1797 South West Pleasant View Drive
Gresham, OR
 
Olson & Jones Construction, Inc.
PO Box 19563
Portland, OR
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Remodeler
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2006 CotY Award, Chrysalis Award, EnergyStar, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Qualified Remodeler Top 500

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Circle S Landscape Supplies Limited
(503) 667-6820
22420 Northeast Halsey Street
Fairview, OR
 
Yates Landscape Services Inc
(503) 661-6065
Po Box 1931
Gresham, OR
 
Northwest Elegant Landscapes Inc
(503) 666-3240
Po Box 1005
Gresham, OR
 
Daves Tree Service
(503) 661-4559
68 Nw Birdsdale Ave
Gresham, OR
 
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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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