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GRASS: CUT IT AND LEAVE IT


How to practice environmentally friendly lawn care.

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Conserve Energy and Save on your Natural Gas Bill

Elizabethtown Gas is excited to introduce energySMART, our new program designed to help you conserve energy, reduce your carbon footprint and save on your energy bill.

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WARMAdvantage

Program Overview
This program is designed to promote the purchase of high efficiency natural gas home heating systems and/or water heaters. To this end, the Program provides rebates towards the purchase of qualifying high-efficiency natural gas equipment.


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REFRIGERATOR OR FREEZER RECYCLING
By recycling 65,000 units to date, NJ residents have saved approximately 650,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to power 4,550 homes for an entire year!

Now that the holidays are over, you can finally get rid of that second refrigerator or freezer. We will pick it up for FREE, responsibly recycle over 95% of it, and you get $50. You'll also save as much as $150 a year through lower electricity costs! Call us today or schedule your pick-up on-line! Schedule an appointment.


APPLIANCE REBATES
If just one household in ten bought heating and cooling equipment that earned the ENERGY STAR®, we would prevent greenhouse gas emissions of 12 billion pounds (1.1 million cars).

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program has generous rebates to help you lower the cost of purchasing energy efficient appliances. If you are in the market for new heating and cooling equipment, a water heater, clothes washer or refrigerator; be sure to check out our great offers. Learn More.
Water Conservation

Saving water does more than make sure there's enough to go around. It also conserves energy and helps prevent the global warming that's harming water supplies in the first place. Using less water means less need for water pumping, distribution, and desalinization. According to the Worldwatch Institute, reducing these energy-intensive services could actually have a bigger impact on the climate crisis than mandating that homes and business use less energy.

The Solution

It's clear that it's time to conserve every drop. Click here for our list of easy ways to cut down water use!

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Install a Programmable Thermostat

The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills — nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling.  Heating or cooling your house when you are not home can waste fuel and money.

The Solution

Installing a programmable thermostat is one of the simplest things you can do to save energy, money and help fight global warming.   Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting their programmable thermostats and maintaining those settings.

Visit ENERGY STAR for more information and start saving right away!

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Flat Screen TVs

There are about 275 million TVs currently in use in the U.S., consuming over 50 billion kWh of energy each year — or 4 percent of all households' electricity use. This is enough electricity to power all the homes in the state of New York for an entire year.

The Solution 

When choosing your new TV, select an ENERGY STAR product..

  • ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.
  • You can find the ENERGY STAR on everything from standard TVs, to HD-ready TVs, to the largest flat-screen plasma TVs.

Visit ENERGY STAR for more information.

 

Replace Your Gas Mower

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends battery-powered mowers and when you compare the facts, it’s easy to see why:

Fact: A gas mower spews 87 lbs. of the greenhouse gas CO2, and 54 lbs. of other pollutants into your air every year.

Fact: Over 17 million gallons of gas are spilled each year refueling lawn and garden equipment – more petroleum than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.

Fact: Gas-powered mowers send over 1,800 times the hydrocarbons into the atmosphere when compared to the environmentally-sound choice of battery-powered mowers.

According to the EPA, gas mowers are responsible for nearly 5% of our nation’s total air pollution. Over 800 million
gallons of gasoline are used mowing our nation’s lawns every year. And if you operate one for more than 15 minutes, experts advise you to wear hearing protection.

The Solution

Battery powered mowers have come a long way. The Neuton Mower, which was selected for the 2009 Editors' Choice Award from Organic Gardening, was the choice of Cranford Environmental Commission member David DesRochers. 

 "I've had my Newton for 5 years and  I love it.  It's light weight, starts with the press of a button, and quiet enough so I can use it anytime, day or night. Best of all, I'm reducing my carbon footprint"

To learn more about Neuton Mowers, visit their web site at 
www.neutonpower.com.

 

Paper Products

Endangered forests are being destroyed to make toilet paper, facial tissues, paper towels and other disposable paper products.

The Solution

Not all tissues are created equally.  Making the right choice can help save millions of trees.  Print out the NRDC
Shop Smart, Save Forests guide for a list of earth friendly products.