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Easy Ways to Go Green Around the Home

by JS Realty

Going “Green” doesn’t have to mean going overboard. Here are a few ways to go green that are quick, easy and not too hard on the wallet.

Replace light bulbs
If you haven’t already, switch your incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs.  The main difference between the two is that compact fluorescent convert a majority of the energy used into light whereas incandescent convert the energy into heat.  Compact fluorescent also use less energy and last longer than incandescent.

Do full loads of laundry or dishes
Wait until your washer or your dishwasher is full before running a load.  It will save a lot of water.   When doing laundry use the cold water setting rather than hot, it takes more energy to heat up the water, and there are many detergents that are designed to work well in cold water.

Donate old clothing
Bring your clothing that doesn’t fit anymore to a shelter, to Goodwill or give it to a friend that would like it.  By doing so you’re letting it be reused instead of sitting in a landfill.  You could really be helping out someone in need.

Unplug
When you’re not charging something or using something that needs to be plugged in, electricity still flows though the power cords even if the item is not charging or in use.  You’ll not only use less energy but you’ll save on your power bill.

Check your refrigerator
If your fridge and freezer are colder than they need to be, you are using more energy than you have to.  For a fridge, the ideal temperature is between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.  Don’t go higher than 40 degrees Fahrenheit or you’ll risk bacteria growth.  A freezer should be kept between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit.  If either one is less than those, adjust the temperature and you’ll save energy.

Adjust your thermometer
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of the energy that is used in homes, air-conditioning and heating energy make up almost half.  Use less energy by having a lower house temperature in the winter (not too low though, make sure it’s still well above freezing!) and a little higher house temperature in the summer.  You’ll reduce your energy intake and also save on your monthly electricity bill.

Use less chemicals
Chemicals are very bad for the environment and there are many natural ways to clean your house without releasing all of the harmful vapors into the air.  Use lemon and vinegar as a natural cleaner.  You might even have lemon and vinegar in your kitchen right now.  Check out some other ideas here.

Use less paper
Opt out of getting bills in the mail, see if you can get them emailed to you or if you can just sign up for auto payment.  You’ll use less paper and you’ll also have less clutter around the house.

Top Highlights of Duluth Heights

by JS Realty

Duluth Heights is one of Duluth’s largest neighborhoods in terms of area.  There are 3 main routes through Duluth Heights, Hwy 53/Central Entrance, Arrowhead Rd and Rice Lake Rd/Arlington Ave.  Duluth Heights has a great mix of houses, shopping and dining.  Sometimes referred to as the Miller Hill Area or Above the Hill, Duluth Heights is a great neighborhood to live in.

Places of Worship
There are many places in Duluth Heights that you could go to worship, including but not limited to, St John’s Free Lutheran Church, Eastridge Community Church, Lincoln Park Congregation, Jehovah’s Witness, Mount of Olives Baptist Church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livingstones Fellowship, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church, North Star Baptist Church and Water’s Edge Church.

Enger Park Golf Course has been established since 1927 and was built near Enger Park Tower.  This golf course has 27 holes and has traditional layouts.  There are several challenges to the park including holes that run through wooded areas and water hazards.  There is a snack bar that you can stop by and enjoy during the day.  Breakfast is served daily as well as favorites like burgers and hotdogs, grilled chicken and so much more!

Parks
There are several parks located within Duluth Heights that are perfect for spending time in to enjoy nature or to have a picnic with friends and family.  Parks located within the neighborhood include, but are not limited to, Enger Park, Duluth Heights Park, Woodland Gardens, Web Woods and Pennell Park. Visit Duluth parks and rec website for more information. 

Enger Park is one of the larger parks in the Duluth Heights neighborhood.  In it you’ll find several areas with flowers, several shady spots under trees perfect for sitting, parts of the Superior Hiking Trail, a Japanese Rock Garden, a pavilion and Enger Tower.  Overlooking the Japanese rock garden is the Peace Bell Tower, which comes from Duluth’s sister city Ohara-Isumi City, Japan.  Up on a hill in the park you’ll find Enger Tower which was built in 1939 and is 5 stories high.  In 1939 the Crown Prince Olave and Crown Princess Martha of Norway dedicated the tower to a man named Bert Enger, a Norway native who made his home in Duluth and was a very successful furniture dealer.  The tower provides stunning views of the city and it’s a great work out to get to the top!

Duluth Heights Recreation Center
The Duluth Heights Recreation Center is located in Duluth Heights and adjoins the Duluth Heights Park.  It is a great building that is able to host many different kinds of events and is available to the public for renting and has a maximum capacity of 125 people.  Occasionally there is play gym that allows for young children to run around and play in an open area while still being indoors.

Local Restaurants
There are several places to eat in the Duluth Heights neighborhood, including but not limited to, Grandma’s Restaurant, Osaka’s, Bridgemen’s, Texas Road House, Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden, Perkins, Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Five Guys, Applebee’s, Chipotle, Old Country Buffet, Aztecas Mexican Grill, Pizza Hut, Culver’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Grizzly’s, McDonalds, Subway, Taco John’s, Burger King, Leeann Chin, Max Orient, Coney Island Deluxe, Kahala Restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts, Papa John’s, Steak Escape, Sbarro,  and Charley’s Grill Subs.

Local Businesses
Duluth Heights neighborhood has many local businesses including, but not limited to, 2 Dye 4 Salon, AAA, Adam’s Pest Control, Adamski Builders, A Doller Tree, Target, Best Buy, Shopko, Kohls, Dollar General, Michael’s, Office Max, Home Depot, Auto Value, Auto Dent Specialists, David’s Bridal, Northern Freight and Tools, Bed Bath and Beyond, TJ Maxx, Dunham’s, Duluth Hockey Company, Cash Wise Liquor, Build a Bear Work Shop, Chico’s, Charlotte Russe, Vanity, Barnes and Noble, American Eagle, Hollister, Schmitt Music, Cub Foods, Super One Foods, Wells Fargo, Ulta, The Children’s Place, Christopher Banks, Champs, City Looks, Clearwire, City Looks, Collector’s Connection, Computer Renaissance, Diamond Nails, Q-Nails, Dress Barn, JC Penny’s, Younker’s, Sears, Enterprise, Explorations, The Essence of Health, Famous Footware, Express, Firestone, First Photo, Game Stop, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and so many more.

Miller Hill Mall is located in the heart of the Duluth Heights neighborhood. It is conveniently located to downtown and I35.  Many visitors are from the Iron Range, Duluth, Wisconsin, Michigan and Canada.  The mall has 108 stores throughout and is completely indoors.  You’ll find several sit down restaurants as well as a food court.  The Miller Hill Mall also hosts many events throughout the year like arts and crafts shows.

School District
Students who live in the Duluth Heights neighborhood typically are part of the Duluth Independent School district #709.  There is no actual school building for Duluth ISD #709 located within the neighborhood.  There are two private schools located within the Duluth Heights neighborhood.  Lake View Christian Academy is for those who wish to send their children to a nondenominational, independent Christian School. It serves students from preschool to 12th grade.  Marshall School is a college preparatory School that serves students from 4th grade to 12th grade.  It has been around since 1904 and prides themselves on upholding their values of respect, integrity, compassion and strong academic habits.  There is also a charter school located in the Duluth Heights neighborhood.  Duluth Edison serves students K to 8th grade currently, and a high school is in the works.  They strive to have their students achieve academically as well as personally.

Twin Ponds is located near Enger Park in the Duluth Heights neighborhood. It consists of 2 different ponds, an upper and a lower that are both natural basins.  There is a creek that flows through the ponds known as Buckingham Creek which provides some natural circulation and the water is somewhat murky due to iron-ore that is found in the soil.  It can be used as a swimming area in the lower pond and there is a beach area.  The upper pond provides a great area to fish and is stocked yearly with rainbow trout.

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