There are many different ways to go green at home. There are big ways to save the environment, like investing in solar panels, and there are smaller ones like growing your own vegetables. Since not everyone has the time or the money to do everything we can do to be completely green, here’s a list of 6 easy ways to go green around your home. Even if you just do one of two of these things, you can make a big difference on the environment and you’ll see the results on your bills.
1. Upgrade outdated appliances: You may think this is an expensive fix, and it’s true that it does require a bit of an investment, but you’re probably wasting more money keeping your old appliances than you’d spend replacing them with new ones. 18% of a typical home’s total energy bill can be attributed to appliances use. If you buy Energy Star appliances you’ll use 10-15% less energy and water than standard models. And there’s a bonus- if just 1 in 10 homes updated to energy-efficient appliances, it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees!
2. Monitor your temperature: Nearly half of a home’s totally energy usage goes toward heating a 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 down or up, depending on the season, while you’re out of the house. Just a few degrees can make a dent in your energy bills and you’ll get used to it faster than you may expect.
3. 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.
4. Buy greener cleaners: There is an abundance of green cleaning products out there 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.
5. Switch out your bulbs: Replacing your lightbulbs can save you money even though the upfront cost per bulb can be higher. CFL bulbs use 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than standard bulbs, and replacing a 100-watt regular bulb with a 32-watt CFL can save you $30 per bulb.
6. Pick your wood wisely: If you love the look of hardwood flooring opt for one of the more eco-friendly options, like bamboo. Bamboo grows faster in nature and therefore has less of an impact on the environment than traditional wood floors.
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