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Looks like there may be some money to subsidize replacing your old refrigerators and dishwashers!

Check out this article in the Washington Post: http://news.yahoo.com/s/bw/20090824/bs_bw/aug2009db20090821304909

And this article in the The Washington Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/x-17020-DC-Green-Living-Examiner~y2009m8d26-Cash-for-refrigerator-clunkers-new-federal-program-offers-appliance-rebates

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Have you checked your home’s indoor air quality lately? Check for pollutants, such as stuffy air, pet odors, lack of air movement, dirty filters on your HVAC, mold or mildew. Test for radon–get a test kit at www.nsc.org or through your hardware store (or ask us for a testing company). Get a carbon monoxide monitor.

A few ways to immediately improve your home’s indoor air quality include:
1. Ventilate! Open windows, make sure you’re using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom, etc.
2. Use non-toxic cleaning products, or homemade cleaning products, when possible (baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice).
3. Take off your shoes when you enter the house! All kinds of bacteria enter a home on the bottom of your shoes–this is particularly a concern if you have carpet.
4. Change your HVAC filters!
5. Clean and vacuum carpets and rugs frequently.
6. Pay attention to moisture in your bathroom and basements, install exhaust fans or use portable fans where moisture seems to be an issue.

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