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Picture Yourself Going Green: Step-by-Step Instruction for Living a Budget-Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less by Erinn Morgan

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Chapter 3. Week One: Green Your Home

Week One: Green Your Home

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THE ONE PLACE YOU CAN MAKE THE MOST difference to the environment and your family’s health is in your own home. On average, most Americans spend at least 14 hours a day in their abode, much of which is focused on household chores and activities that consume a significant amount of energy and water.

The typical U.S. household consumes about 11,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) each year, which rings up an average annual electricity bill of $900, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This equates to an average “carbon footprint” for a U.S. household of 19 metric tons of ...

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