A common misconception amongst homeowners and people in general is that “going green” takes a huge amount of time and work. However, the simplest tasks can make a huge difference in our ecosystem and environment. The truth is that there is a ton of easy (and even fun) ways to preserve energy in your family’s home, including:
- Swap out your bulbs. You can save nearly 400 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions by trading one incandescent light bulb with an energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulb. Think of how much good you can do by replacing all of the bulbs in your home! To conserve even more energy, turn the light off anytime you leave the room.
- Unplug when done. When you are not using a device, unplug it. If you only use your toaster once a day to make your morning toast, why would you leave it plugged in all day? That is such an unnecessary waste of energy. Another idea is to plug all of your nearby electronics into one main power strip, then you can simply turn off the strip with the press of one button when you are not home or are not using the devices.
- Open the blinds. Letting the sunlight into your home during the daylight hours can decrease your home’s energy production due to heat by nearly 10 percent. Not only will you be preserving energy, but also money, as your heating bill will be less. Plus, sunlight is a natural mood booster. It is a win-win, right? For extra warmth and energy preservation in the colder months, place rugs on your wooden floors.
- Turn it off. As mentioned before, you should unplug a device when you are not using it. The same goes with water. You should turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth rather than keeping it running the entire time. When you shave, use a cup of water to rinse your razor off rather than leaving the water running. Take showers rather than baths, and also minimalize your family’s tub time. Also, be sure to fix any leaks in your bathroom or kitchen, so that you are not wasting water daily.
- Reduce, reuse and recycle. We saved the most obvious, yet so very important tip for last. Your family should recycle its everyday items, such as water bottles, aluminum cans, cereal boxes, shampoo bottles, etc. Find a recycling center in your neighborhood, and ask them what items they accept. Place a recycling bin in an easily accessible area in your home, such as the garage or pantry. Your family can also donate unwanted items, including clothes, DVDs, books, toys, etc.
These are just a few of the countless ways that your family can go green in your home. Not only do these tips save the environment, but they also save you money!
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