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Consider Induction Cooktops

If it’s time to replace your cooktop or range, it’s a good idea to consider induction models.  Induction models first appeared in stores in the 1980’s and are now the preferred option for many people because of their energy efficiency. They resemble smooth glass-top...

Compost at Home

You may be surprised to learn that many of your Washington Grove neighbors are composting their home yard, leaf, and food waste. Rather than sending these materials to landfills, they are putting this waste to much better use — while also helping to reduce...

Convert to Heat Pumps

Heat Pumps in Washington Grove We know a large portion of GHG emissions is attributed to heating and cooling in Montgomery County, primarily due to residential reliance on natural gas furnaces and boilers. In Washington Grove, we rely on fuel oil and propane, which...

Charge Up with Electric Vehicles

On this page: Benefits of Driving an Electric Vehicle Electric Vehicles: Three Main Types Electric Chargers: Three Levels Related Resources Benefits of Driving an Electric Vehicle Reduce Greenhouse Gases. Every gallon of gasoline burned in your internal combustion...

Practices to Use Less Plastic

Easy Take your own bags when you shop. Decline the plastic utensils in your take-out orders. Stop buying plastic bottles of water; use refillable bottles. Avoid using plastic straws. Change of Habits Rinse, dry, and reuse lightly used plastic bags. Use paper bags or...

Conserve Your Home’s Heat

Here are some actions you can take to help keep your home warm and use less energy: 🏠 Nudge your thermostat down at night and when you’re away from home. 🏠 Drafts cause discomfort and waste energy. Insulate ducts and block air leaks around windows,...

Reduce Waste

On this page: Unnecessary Mail Party Supplies Reusable Cups and Bulk Drinks House Cleaning Gas Efficiency Local Produce   Unnecessary Mail Reduce the catalogues you receive by following the steps at CatalogChoice.org. In addition, inside of each catalogue,...

Grasscycle!

When you let grass clippings fall where you cut them, you’re practicing grasscycling—that is, recycling the grass. Because the clipped grass contains nutrients and moisture, it’s good for your lawn. The clippings decompose fast. Here are a few benefits of...

Shrink Your Laundry Energy Use

Want to wring a bit of energy efficiency out of your laundry energy use?  Perhaps some of these ideas will work for you: 🧺 If the temperature of the water in your tank is set at “Scorching,” lower it and save on heating the water. 🧺 Most likely your...

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

What’s Your Carbon Footprint and Why Does it Matter? Your carbon footprint is your total output of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). When we drive and travel, when we heat our homes with oil or gas (or with electricity generated by fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and...

Schedule a Home Energy Audit

Our homes in the Grove tend to fall into three categories when it comes to energy efficiency.  Those built originally as summer cottages with no insulation, those built with little concern for retaining heat or cooling before energy codes began requiring insulation,...

Switch to Renewable Electricity

Please Note: When this article was posted in June 2021, electricity generated from renewable energy could often be purchased for less than Pepco’s price. That is generally no longer the case. Offers change on a daily basis, and currently (May 2022) most are not to the...

Banish the Vampire in Your Home

Vampire energy is wasted electricity that leaks from appliances that are turned off but still plugged in. The less of these critters the better for energy efficiency. Here are some ideas to banish vampire energy: 🧛‍♂️ When you’re in the...
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