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Save Energy. Save Money. Save the Environment with Energy Star!

Preserving resources for future generations has always been a huge part of Native American culture. And now, with energy costs rising, finding ways to save energy is more important than ever, because saving energy saves money… and the environment!

is a program established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through energy efficiency. The blue ENERGY STAR label is the symbol of energy efficiency in products, homes and buildings. The ENERGY STAR website offers information about how you and your family can save money, not just by buying energy efficient products, but also by doing things like reducing your hot water use, switching to energy saving CFLs, and weatherizing your family’s home to keep warm air in and cold air out.

Simple actions can make a big difference. Did you know that it costs almost $20 a year to leave one light on for 8 hours a day? Turning off the lights when you’re not at home is one of the easiest ways to save your family money and energy costs. To save even more, your family can use lights with motion sensors, or install dimmer switches. Or better yet, ask to install ENERGY STAR certified CFL or LED bulbs. Each bulb uses 70% to 90% less energy, and lasts 10-25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

Check out the ENERGY STAR Ways to Save page to learn all the ways you can save.

Dear Auntie, Is it okay to ID as native if I need to relearn my culture? I'm losing confidence despite other natives accepting me and so many posts with positive messages. The judgment always seems to come from non-natives and it makes me want to hide my identity.

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