BBB on homes: Cut costs, save on energy expenses with these tips

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Homeowners can take steps themselves to conserve energy and recycle, if they choose, and BBB has provided some basic tips, including advice compiled by the Energy Department (energy.gov) below: Just remember to turn fans off when you leave, since the cooling effect created by the breeze only works for people, not rooms. Reduce hot water use If you take shorter showers and only wash full loads of dishes and laundry, you can help reduce heat buildup in your home and save money on your water bill, too. Consider alternative forms of energy Solar energy can help save the environment with the added benefit of saving homeowners a little money; however, consumers need to be wary of the less-than-reputable and unqualified contractors that breeze into town promising a variety of "green" services at discount prices.

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