Eriesense Erie Insurance
May 2011

You talked — we listened. Customers often write to us, noting that they would prefer to receive Eriesense only online. Online means one less piece of mail you have to look at and ask, "keep or recycle?" In response, we've merged Eriesense & More with the magazine creating this green version of Eriesense. It's the same great information — news from your neighborhood, tips on saving money, ways to stay safe — now packaged in an eco-friendly format. And, in this first issue, find tips on how you can be green, too. Read and enjoy!

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Go for the Gold… and the Green

Gas prices are soaring. Housing prices are still on the slide. In some areas, insurance rates may be going up, largely due to issues outside anyone’s control. (See “Why Rates Rise and Fall.”) How can anyone save money? One way is to go green. Check out these easy tips that are good for you, good for the earth, and good for your wallet.

Going Green: By the Numbers

  • 3 trillion. Gallons of water that can be saved each year if every household installed water-efficient appliances.
  • 3. The number of hours your television can run on the energy saved by recycling just one aluminum can.
  • 20. The number of trees that can be saved by recycling one ton of paper.
  • 14,000. Gallons of water that can be saved per year by upgrading to a 1.6 gallon or less toilet.
  • 2,738. Gallons of water saved by cutting your shower from 8 minutes to 5 minutes.
  • 75. Percentage of energy that can be saved by using Energy Star Compact Fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) compared to standard incandescent bulbs.
I'm with ERIE - Todd Bricken, Green Chef
Anyone who’s met Todd Bricken knows he’s humble, he’s green and he serves great food. As owner and chef of the Brick Ridge Restaurant in Mount Airy, Md., Todd believes in doing his part to make the environment healthier. His restaurant is partly powered by wind-energy, he grows many of the vegetables he serves and he composts kitchen scraps. Read his full story and find out why he’s with ERIE >

Driver’s Ed: Cutting out the Carbon

Does your carbon footprint show a lead foot?  Want to lighten up?  Breathe easy.  Greener travel options — smarter cars and smarter driving — will help you tread more lightly on the planet. Read more >

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Being an eco-friendly driver doesn’t mean just helping the environment. It means less cost for maintenance on your car, less money spent on gas and less risk for accidents. Find out how to be the eco-driver at and start calculating your savings.

Sense & Sensibility

Going green and living within your limits can help you decide what matters most. Columnist Kathy Felong writes about a woman who was green before green was fashionable. 
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