If you are looking for ways to “go green” at home, then this easy guide is a good place to start. These 10 easy tips will help you save energy and money. Changing a few of your habits and being more environmentally conscious will help reduce waste in landfills, lead to a cleaner and preserved environment, and keep more money in your pocket at the end of the day.
1.) Switch Your Lightbulbs
One of the easiest ways to start saving energy is to switch all of your lightbulbs to CFLs. These lightbulbs are more energy efficient and will save you money on your electric bill, in the long run.
2.) Switch Your Appliances
Another great way to save energy and cut down monthly electricity and heating costs is to switch all or even just a few of your appliances to an energy efficient model. Just look for the energy star label on appliances.
3.) Change The Way You Do Laundry
Washing your laundry in cold water instead of hot can save tons of energy and lower monthly costs at the same time. Washing and rinsing in cold water uses an average of 0.3 kWh per load vs. washing and rinsing with hot water which uses an average of 4.5 kWh per load. Wow! All you have to do is look at the numbers to see that by washing in hot water, all you’re doing is wasting money and energy. Furthermore, there is really no need to wash clothes in warm or hot water, unless you are trying to remove stains. Another way to be more green and save money in the process is to make your own laundry detergent or opt for an all natural detergent sold in stores. Here is an easy recipe for making your own detergent at home. If you are looking to switch to store bought, all natural detergents, a few brands you might consider include Honest Co. , Seventh Generation, or Method. Using a clothes line or hanging your clothes around the house to dry rather than using your dryer is another great way to save energy and lower costs.
4.) Turn Off Lights
Another easy way to go green and save more money, doesn’t even require much effort on your part. Simply turn off lights when you aren’t using them. In addition, try to limit how many lights you have on at once, or opt for using natural lighting whenever possible. If your curtains or shades are drawn, open them up and let in that beautiful sun. You will save a lot of energy this way!
5.) Unplug Items
That phone charger you left plugged in but aren’t using, might not seem like a huge deal, but you could save a lot of energy by just taking the time to unplug it. Do a daily check where you walk around the house and unplug any appliances that aren’t being used at the moment, until you get in the habit of always unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use. Turn off your computer, TV, and other items off completely at night before you go to bed.
6.) Switch To Paperless
Switching all of your credit card and bill statements to paperless is a great way to save paper. Not only is it greener, it saves you the hassle of having to securely shred all that mail each month. You can also sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers and pay any bills you may have online. Re-using any paper you have around the house is another way to save resources. Instead of buying more notebooks, why not re-use all that scrap paper laying around the house? Its even great to give to the kids to color on when they’re bored. When it comes to cleaning the house, use old t-shirts, rags, and cloths instead of buying paper towels. If you have a baby, you might consider switching to cloth diapers.
7.) Keep Up With Home Maintenance
If you have a leaky faucet, a toilet that runs, or bad drafts in your windows and doors, you are wasting a lot more energy and money than is needed. To avoid wasting more energy and paying higher heat, electric, and water bills, repair that leaky faucet, get that toilet to stop running, and invest in some plastic wrap or caulking to fix all drafts and seal in heat.
8.) Recycle Trash
Instead of throwing everything away, invest in a few recycling bins or start your own compost. There is no better way to save the environment than recycling.
9.) Cut Costs
Being more strict with how often you shop, where you shop, and what types of things you shop for, will help you be more green and save more money in the long run. Before you run out to get that new coat you think you need, why not check your local Craigslist or Freecycle first? Does your city have a yard sale group on Facebook? How about your local thrift store?
10.) Change The Way You Commute
If you drive to work everyday, consider riding your bike a few times a week or walking on foot if you don’t live far. Are there any carpool options where you live? Sometimes certain companies will set up a carpool party, where employees meet up at a certain place and take turns driving everyone to work everyday. Maybe you and a few co-workers or friends could set up a carpool if you are having trouble finding one. Driving less will save energy, reduce air pollution, and just think of all that money you’ll save on gas.