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Greening your home: What does it really take?

In today’s environmentally conscious times, it seems we’re surrounded by the need to shop, act and live “green.” Some of our choices are easy and small, while others can be big and costly.

 According to Ed Detgen at Danze, Inc., some of the most important green choices we can make involve decisions to live more green within our own home. But what does living green really mean?

 Reducing water usage is a great way to incorporate green practices in your daily routing. Detgen offers up these tips on how to immediately conserve water (and save money) in your home:

 * Replace older toilets (1992 or earlier) with newer, high-efficiency models. They operate at 1.28 gallons per flush and could save 11 gallons of water per toilet per day.

 * Be sure to turn off the tap when brushing your teeth – it could save nearly 3,000 gallons of water per year.

 * According to the Environmental Protection Agency Water Sense program, if every household in the United States installed WaterSense-labeled bathroom sink faucets, we could save more than $350 million in water utility bills and more than 60 billion gallons of water annually, plus $600 million in energy costs for heating the water.

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