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Eco Village Yankton SD

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

Yankton Lawn Irrigation
(605) 665-4582
3806 Peninah Street
Yankton, SD
 
Professional Landscape
(605) 260-5296
214 Capitol Street
Yankton, SD
 
Sprinkler Systems of Yankton
(605) 665-3963
31147 445th Avenue
Yankton, SD
 
Cliff Avenue Greenhouse & Garden Center
(605) 362-9727
7310 West 41st Street
Sioux Falls, SD
 
Valley Green Lawn & Garden Center
(605) 348-6999
1996 Sedivy Lane
Rapid City, SD
 
Fejfar Plumbing & Heating Inc
(605) 665-9269
1209 West 9th Street
Yankton, SD
 
Weberg Lawn Care
(605) 665-1630
900 Peninah Street
Yankton, SD
 
Christensen Well & Irrigation Inc
(402) 254-6809
88005 Highway 57
Hartington, NE
 
Landmark Landscape
(605) 629-3755
Po Box 92
White, SD
 
Flowers & More
(605) 583-4604
611 Main Street
Scotland, SD
 

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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