:: The Slate Green Challenge

While cleaning might not be your favorite chore, in some cases it might help to reduce your impact on the environment and put a little ease on the old pocketbook. Vacuuming the coils of your refrigerator can work toward eliminating dirt buildup, which helps the energy-sucker run more efficiently. Likewise, cleaning the air filters in your air conditioners and hot-air furnaces helps save 5 percent of the energy used to heat and cool your home. If you are in the market for new appliances this holiday season, make sure you shop for the eco-efficient Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star label.

Looking to trim off a few pounds after the holiday? Look no further than The Slate Green Challenge with Treehugger. Join the pledge to trim twenty percent off our collective carbon emissions and learn simple ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Throughout the process we will provide all sorts of tips and information on topics such as transportation, holiday shopping, water and electricity. The first 500 to complete the challenge will look lean and green in their new t-shirt provided by our sponsors at I'm Organic. ::Slate Green Challenge Welcome ::Slate Green Challenge Week 5: Electricity

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