5 Simple Green Changes You Can Make in Your Home
Going green doesn’t mean you have to bulldoze your home and start all over again. Even if your home is older and isn’t the most energy efficient or you rent and can’t alter your apartment, you can take a few steps to be more green. Not only does this prolong the health of the planet on which you live, but you might be surprised to find that you’re saving money after completing these steps.
1. Reduce Water Usage
Encourage your family to shower rather than take baths. Consider installing a low-flow shower head to further reduce water usage. Turn off water while you washing dishes, brush teeth or shave. When you’re running the dish or clothes washer, loads should be full. Otherwise, you’re wasting water. Finally, use less water by displacing some of the water in your toilet tank with a bottle full of water or a brick. Make sure it’s out of the way of the flushing mechanism. Your water bill will drop, and you won’t even notice the difference!
2. Sign Up for Recycling Service If You Haven’t Already
Sort through your trash to make sure you’re recycling everything that you can possibly recycle. If you’re unsure, check with your trash company. Never throw away batteries or electronics, which you can often recycle with electronics stores. If your children have outgrown or slightly damaged clothing, consider repairing it or donating to someone who can use it. Old clothes make fantastic rags for cleaning and working in the garage, too. Your family will be happy when they have to take out the trash less frequently, and you won’t be adding to the landfills.
3. Don’t Forget About Windows
Not only does a nice curtain or window panel improve the look of any room, it has some serious energy benefits. A fully-lined curtain blocks out rays of sun during the summer months, and you can open it up in the winter to let the light filter through to warm up your home. Plus, a closed curtain makes your rooms warmer in winter. An insulated curtain that reaches to the floor is ideal. If you experience harsh winters, put up shrinkable plastic over your windows to further prevent the cold air from seeping into your home. You can find kits at hardware stores.
4. Change Your Light Bulbs to Those That Are EnergyStar Rated Like Compact Florescent (CFLs).
Not only will you save 75% on your electric bills for those lights, but EnergyStar bulbs can last up to fifty times as long as a traditional filament bulb.
5. Use The Most Electricity During Non-Peak Hours
Run the washer, dishwasher and other appliances at night if you can. If you have a sprinkler in your yard, run it in the morning or at night rather than during the day. You can also use run off from rinsing food to water plants or your yard and reduce your carbon footprint that way.
This article was written by the team at Solar Market. For anyone looking to go solar, they have unbiased advice with some great tips on choosing solar power installers here.
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