woman picking vegetables from backyard garden
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Sustainable Savings

Today, family members supply the fireplaces with fallen trees and the dinner table with fresh produce, eggs, and fruit from out back. Instead of TV Guide, they read utility bills out loud over dinner. "The kids know that gas comes in therms and power in kilowatts," says Christine. "We say, ‘Here's the bill: When you leave a room, turn the light off.' They self-monitor, they really play a role."
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