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Simple Energy Savings Tactics You Can Borrow From Celebs

At first, you may think you can’t afford to do the same energy-saving and carbon-footprint reducing things that celebrities do.

While you may not be able to do everything they can, you can certainly do some of those things. And they all make a difference.

So take a minute to see what some of our leading celebrities are doing to save energy and reduce their environmental impact – and apply what you can:

1. Lisa Ling, a Leading Television Journalist

Lisa’s home is the first carbon-neutral one in all of Santa Monica. That you may not be able to pull off.

However, she uses all LED lights (completely within your reach – just wait until your store has them on special), has great insulation (may take a couple years to audit and install yours), and uses zero-VOC paint.

You can easily do all those things within just a few years – or even sooner.

2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The former Seinfeld star goes all out with energy savings. She uses natural daylighting to illuminate her home. You may be able to replicate that to a small degree without totally breaking the bank.

She also has rooftop photovoltaic cells, which are becoming more affordable these days. Her energy-efficient appliances, however, are easily within your reach. You simply have to do your research before making a purchase.

3. Tricia Helfer

You only know who she is if you watched Battlestar Galactica. She was certainly popular to sci-fi fans.

Anyway, Tricia has an entirely off-the-grid home. That may not be doable for most.

However, she does use rainwater collection systems to provide for her water needs. You can start simply by using a barrel to collect rainwater for gardening or watering your lawn, for example.

She also has masonry heaters (also called a ceramic heater), which periodically burn a fuel and then radiate the heat at a constant temperature for a longer period of time.

4. Daryl Hannah

This 80s icon devotes much of her time to promoting green causes. She’s an expert in her knowledge. And she even takes it to the extreme – willingly getting arrested on a few occasions for her actions.

Hannah has a moss-covered stone couch in her living room. Maybe that doesn’t appeal to you…

But you might feel interested in the fact that she uses greywater recycling, which simply refers to reusing the water from sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. Hannah also has a large organic garden.

Anyway, some of those ideas are a bit extreme. But many are simple and practical and easily within your reach.

Which make most sense for you and your budget?

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