There are many different ways to go green at home. There are big ways, like investing in solar panels, and there are smaller ones like growing your own vegetables. Even if you do just one or two of the below five things, you can make a big difference for our environment — and you’ll see the results on your bills.
Upgrade outdated appliances — This one requires a bit of an investment, but you just may be wasting more money keeping old appliances than you’d spend replacing them with new ones. Eighteen percent of a typical home’s energy bill can be attributed to appliance use. By upgrading to newer Energy Star appliances you’ll consume 10- to 15% less energy and water than standard models.
Monitor your temperature — Nearly half of a home’s energy usage goes toward heating and cooling. Keep your filters clean, consider a new/more efficient furnace, and make good use of ceiling fans. Also, turn the heat or A/C up or down, depending on the season, while you’re out of the house. Just a few degrees can make a nice dent in your energy bills.
Save Water — Putting an aerator on your faucets can cut your annual consumption by half. You can also install low-flow toilets, which use just over half the normal amount per flush.
Switch out your bulbs — Replacing your light bulbs can save you money even though the upfront cost per bulb is higher. CFL bulbs use 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs. Replacing a 100-watt regular bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save you $30 per bulb.
Buy greener cleaners — There’s an abundance of green cleaning products available these days, so there’s no longer a need to clean with products that are toxic to both you and the environment. A simple online search will reveal which products are greener than others.