Archive for the ‘TEP Tips’ Category


Close your Damper

When you’re not using your fireplace, close the damper to keep the warm air in your home. Being smart about your airflow will help you reduce your energy costs this winter.

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Change Direction

Ceilings fans can pull warm air to the ceiling and redistribute it to warm the entire room. Changing your blade rotation to clockwise in the winter will allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees lower (to save money) without compromising comfort. You’ve got the power to save money on your energy costs!

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Keep it Covered

Pool and spa covers are worth their weight in savings. Cover your pool to prevent heat evaporation and reduce pool heating costs by up to 85%. Covering your spa as well will keep your water warmer during colder months. Reduce your pool pump’s run time from 8 to 12 hours in the summer to just […]

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You’ve got the power to save money on your energy costs

Remove exterior summer shade screens and open inside window coverings to let the sun shine in during the day. This free radiant heat will go a long way towards heating your home. Close your drapes, blinds or shutters at night to keep the heat you’ve collected during the day to comfort your home all night […]

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The Lunch Box

I interviewed Ann Cooper, known as the Renegade Lunch Lady, who is taking school lunch programs by storm, getting salad bars in schools. She says “We are killing ourselves with the food we eat. We can change that!” Check out The Lunch Box, an online toolkit providing menus and recipes for all schools.

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The Family Dinner

Don’t forget about the Family Dinner! Try really hard to avoid fast foods.  Life expectancy of our children is now lower than ours. For great ways to connect with your family around meals, check out The Family Dinner by Laurie David.

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Know About Water Shortages

Educate yourself about water! Mrs. Green’s comment: This is one of my passions. With google, you can research what world experts are saying about water shortages — where they are occurring already and what the future looks like around the globe. Maybe you will be inspired to make changes in your life like I was. […]

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Local, local, local.

Shop, eat, buy locally whenever you can. Make it a practice and share with others! It makes good business sense and it’s good for t the planet.

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Recycle Your Cooking Oil!

Recycle your cooking oil. If you live in Tucson, check out where. NEVER throw it away. There is NO MORE AWAY!!!

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Create an animal habitat wherever you live…

…no matter how small or how large your space is! We did one thing – bought a finch feeder for our front yard. Habitat created!

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