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Ways homeowners can conserve water and energy

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With the recent celebration of Earth Day in mind, we stopped by the local Home Depot to find out ways that homeowners can conserve water and energy in and around their homes. First stop is the garden.

"With organic soils, it's going to provide a natural fertilizer and food for the plants. And then if you put down a bed of mulch three or four inches thick, it's going to help hold in the moisture so that you only have to water once a week versus every other day," said Home Depot Garden Department supervisor Roger Kelly.

Next up, we stopped by the electric department to learn more about lighting.

"The three primary light bulbs that people are going to have in their homes are incandescent, these are the light bulbs we grew up with, and then there is what they call CFL, which is a compact florescent light bulb. People mostly identify those with the swirly pattern and then there is the LED, which is a light emitting diode. Of the three of those, the LED light bulb will save you the most amount of money over time," said Home Depot Electric Department supervisor Tim Ronan.

While the new light bulbs may cost more up front, the savings over time will make up for that.

Ronan said, "You're saving quite a bit. Your typical 60 watt incandescent light bulb will cost you anywhere from $7 to $8 a year to operate in a light fixture, such as a lamp in your home, where an LED 60 watt will cost you about 1.25."

Our last stop took us into a place you think about conserving water, whether in the shower or the sink. But, there is one fixture in your bathroom that you can replace to cut your consumption in half.

Kelly said, "An older toilet would run, 2 to 2 ½ gallons of water versus new water sense ones which will run you 1.28 gallons per flush. Over the course of a year, it'll save you $90 in your water bill."

And if you're thinking of upgrading your appliances, make sure to look for the energy smart logo and see how much you could save on your bills.

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