In this, our “Eco” issue, we have several stories about how some of our local businesses are helping us reduce our carbon footprint in different ways.

In one, a custom home builder talks about their whole-house approach to constructing a home that’s not only beautiful and comfortable but will make you smile when you get your utility bill, and the owner of a company that specializes in remodels who offers suggestions on ways you can achieve significant energy savings while improving the looks of your largest single investment.

In another story, you’ll read about how a company that installs pools, creates inviting outdoors living areas and provides landscaping services strives to “go green” whenever possible. This is done through a variety of means, including using filter pumps for pools that require less “run” time (thereby decreasing energy use) and selecting native plants that require less water and, as a bonus, attract butterflies and other beneficial insects.

And in our Giving Back column, you’ll learn about a nonprofit’s plans to replace the fluorescent lights in Moore’s public schools with more energy-efficient LEDs.

Other highlights:

–        An interview with Oklahoma’s newest governor, who discusses his plans to make Oklahoma a Top 10 state.

–        Well-known chef Anthony Compagni (Benvenuti’s Ristorante and Volare Pizzaria) talks about what makes his latest business endeavor, Press & Plow Fine Wine, Spirits and Provisions, unique.

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