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Keeping Your New Year Resolution of Going Green can be Cheap

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With the new year, many people set resolutions to try to reach throughout 2014, and some of those may include stop smoking, working out more and going green.
I think a lot of people, when they hear the phrase going green, they think they're going to be investing a lot of money or making some pretty radical changes to their home or lifestyle. It really doesn’t have to be anything like that.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- With the new year, many people set resolutions to try to reach throughout 2014, and some of those may include stop smoking, working out more and going green.

According to USA.gov, one of the top new years resolution is to reduce, reuse and recycle. KOLR10 News spoke with City Utilities, in Springfield, to find out how they are encouraging customers to eliminate waste to make a difference in your wallet and the environment.

Joel Alexander from City Utilities says changing simple things in your home can save you big bucks and can be absolutely free.

"I think a lot of people, when they hear the phrase going green, they think they're going to be investing a lot of money or making some pretty radical changes to their home or lifestyle. It really doesn’t have to be anything like that."

He says water is the biggest concern when it comes to saving in the Ozarks.

"We provide electric, water, natural gas, transit so we do a lot here in the Springfield community and of all the things we do, the one thing we can’t recreate is water," says Alexander.

According to City Utilities, turning off the water while shaving, washing your hair and even washing dishes can save hundreds of gallons of water a month.

"You can conserve water very simply by making sure that you use a full dishwasher or a full clothes washer when you do that."

Alexander says not only changing habits but spending a few dollars at a local hardware store can save in the long run as well.

He says keeping your house well insulated and using a programmable thermostat can make a difference.

"Anything a customer can do to conserve energy, whether it be by utilizing ways to seal your home up more."

Lights and appliances make up 28% of your energy use in a year so changing the light bulbs in your home can save energy and money too.

"It can be something as simple as switching over to compact fluorescent light bulbs from the incandescent."

Either way, Alexander says spending a few bucks now can help keep that New Year’s Resolution in reach.

"Just simple things around your home can be considered going a little bit greener and making big changes within your environment to conserve energy, to conserve water, and also at the same time, conserving your dollars."

City Utilities has a few of programs to help you save more. Simply by placing some of these items in your home, like a high efficiency toilet or a natural gas furnace, can help you get a rebate on your bill. 

The complete list of rebates include WaterSense High Efficiency Toilet Rebate, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, Programmable Thermostat Rebate, Natural Gas Furnace Rebate, Central Air Conditioner Rebate, Air-Source Heat Pump Rebate, Geothermal Heat Pump Rebate, Natural Gas Furnace Tune-Up Rebate, ENERGY STAR Certified New Home Rebate, Advance Pilot Program.
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