Lifestyle

Make Your Home a Green Home

While using renewable energy in place of fossil fuels or other harmful energy sources can do wonders for your wallet as well as the environment, if you are not in a position where you can make the switch, there are other things you can do in order to do your part.

Here are some simple ways to save your wallet and ease your mind. Do your part in keeping yourself and the environment happy.

Lighting Tips

Switch to Energy Saving Light Bulbs

According to ENERGY STAR, a single ENERGY STAR qualified light bulb is going to save you about $6 a year on your electricity bill. It is estimated to save you about $40 before it must be replaced. Take a moment to think about how many bulbs you have in your home. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

No One Home, Why Are There Lights On?

If you leave a room or leave your house, turn most of your lights off. It’s okay to leave something on to keep burglars away but if you leave too many lights on, all you’re doing is hurting yourself and your wallet.

Open Those Curtains

If it’s a beautiful day outside and the sun is shining, why not open up those curtains or blinds and let the free light in? There’s no need to keep your lights on all of the time. While you’re at it, open up those windows and get some air flowing.

Keep Waste to a Minimum

Recycle Your Plastic Bags, Get Reusable Ones

While plastic bags have become the norm for many people, they are extremely harmful to the environment. Did you know a single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to break down? Luckily, there are eco-friendly bags out there that can be used time and time again; better for the environment and they don’t take up as much space in your home.

Reusable Water Bottles

If you use water bottles, you may want to consider switching to reusable bottles. Not only are they more sanitary but they last you a lot longer; saving money in the long run and reducing the amount of waste. Investing in a water filter is quite affordable and gives you the high quality water you are looking for.

Go Paperless

Instead of having your bills mailed to your house, you should consider paying them online. You’ll be saving paper and paying online is much faster. No more filing your paperwork and trying to remember where you left the bill.

Reuse Paper

Ever have scraps of paper laying around and not sure what to do with them? Why not put them in a bin or basket and use them to jot down notes or make your grocery list? You can also give extra paper to your children so they can use them to doodle on.

Keep Paper Towel Use to a Minimum

Paper towels are something many people have become used to, but cutting back on them can save you a lot of money. Use cloths instead of paper towels to clean your counters, your floors, pick up spills and so forth. It takes a bit of getting used to but it is definitely worth it in the long run.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

This goes for anything. Always recycle whenever the opportunity arises. Yes, it takes a few moments to sort but the benefits are long reaching.

Use Less Electricity

Buying a New TV? Look For Energy Star

If you are purchasing a new television, selecting something that is energy-efficient is a must. These TVs are going to last longer, use less energy and leave a much smaller carbon footprint; which is always a good thing.

Unplug and Turn Off Electronics

Whenever you aren’t using an electronic, it’s important to shut it off or unplug it. It’s amazing how much energy can be wasted just by leaving items on for a few hours. Over time energy really adds up.

Save Money on Water

Use Cold Water Instead of Hot

Hot water uses more energy, so whenever possible; switch on the cold instead. You can also lower the temperature on your hot water heater. Both options save you energy and money.

Cut Down Shower, Washer/Dishwasher Times

Decreasing the amount of time you are in the shower can save you a pretty penny each month on your water bill. You can also cut down by only running your washer and dishwasher if they are full.

Use Less Gas

Walk instead of Drive Whenever Possible

If you are going somewhere close by, consider walking or riding a bicycle instead of driving. You’ll save gas and you also get exercise which is always good!

Combine Trips or Carpool

Find yourself going out each day? Maybe you can combine your trips or carpool with friends to save gas, money and time.

Joseph Shrim is an environmental scientist who works to preserve and protect the environment. He writes blogs and articles which include environment policy, ecology and organic chemistry. He also conducts environmental science programs called Part P training for everyone.

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