Going green isn’t just good for the environment-- it can be good for your bank account too. It’s easier than ever to do, and you don’t have to install expensive solar panels or stop shaving your legs. Here are some quick and easy ways to green your home.
One of the easiest ways to green your home is to change your light bulbs. The old standard incandescent bulbs use more energy than their green CFL (Compact Fluorescent Light) counterparts, and the squiggly CFLs last longer too. You can save up to $30 over the life of the bulb with just one change.
How Low can Your Flow Go?
Installing low-flow shower heads and faucets can cut your water bill down significantly. They’re inexpensive and super-easy to install. And if you really want to cut the water bill, install low flow toilets. Most low flow toilets use half the water of the old standards. If you don’t want to spring for new toilets, adjust the float valve so you use less water with each flush.
Use Greener Cleaners
If you really took the time see what’s in the cleansers you currently use, you’d be shocked. The chemicals are dangerous cocktails that kill germs, but don’t do you or your family any favors. Get some green cleansers. They’ll still do the job, but your goldfish won’t grow a third eye. You can also use green dry cleaning services.
Be an Energy Star
Swapping you your old appliances for new ENERGY STAR appliances might cost you in the short term, but you’ll be the winner in the long term. You can save anywhere from 10 to 30 percent on operating costs and there are even some rebate programs to sweeten the deal.
Save a Tree
There are lots of ways you can cut down the paper you use. Here are just some of the ways you can save a tree.
- Go paperless with your bills
- Take yourself off junk mailing lists
- Bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store
- Buy recycled paper products
Change Your Thermostat Stat!
Just the simple act of turning your thermostat down a little in winter and up a little in summer (62 and 78 degrees respectively) can save you up to ten percent on your heating and cooling costs.
Water Heater Love
You spend enough money heating the water, the last thing you want to do is let that heat bleed off before you get to enjoy it. Put an insulated jacket around your water heater and wrap those pipes. You’ll be able to lower the temp and save money.
No Leaks for You
Little air leaks around windows and doors can let hot air out and cool air in, seriously putting the bite on your winter heating bill. Weather-stripping and caulk can help you shore up any leaks. Consider getting a blower test done on your door to help you find any sneaky little leaks.