green homes

There is a lot of data that’s being shared in the media on a daily basis on how important it is to the environment for us to make wise eco-friendly choices as it directly relates to our home life. Yet, did you know that “going green” does not only make our earth a better place, but it also can keep quite a few dollars in your pocket too?

If you have been considering becoming more energy efficient at home and you’d like some tips on how you can do just that, we have five proven and effective ways for you below:

Get a programmable thermostat and ceiling fan. It’s usually not until we experience extreme weather temperatures that we start to adjust our thermostat several times throughout the day. The problem with doing that is it can cause your energy bill to spike up in the process. There are two ways to keep this from happening. One is by installing a programmable thermostat where you can preset the temperatures for when you’re both home and away. The other is by either purchasing a couple of ceiling fans or using the ones that you already have more often. In the summer, it will help to keep the air circulating. During the winter months, if you turn it counterclockwise, it will push the warm air down closer to where you and your family are sitting.

Swap out your showerhead and toilet. Being that our water bill tends to be one of our lowest expenses, we tend to not think too often about how much water we may be wasting. However, if you swap out the shower head and toilet that you currently have (and maybe try installing a flow meter to keep track of your water usage) and start using some low-flow ones instead, you can save as much as 60 percent of the amount of water that you currently use on an annual basis.

Let clothes and dishes air dry. Dishwashers and washers and dryers tend to use quite a bit of electricity in order to keep our dishes and clothing clean. But, if you don’t need to immediately use your plates or glasses or if you have some other underwear to put on, consider allow these things to air dry. By doing something just this simple, after a couple of months, you should start to notice a drop in your energy bill.

Get rid of your plastics. According to many environmental data resources, there are over seven billion pounds of plastic and 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags that are discarded each year. You can do your part to “lighten the load” by recycling the plastic that you do have, making a concerted effort to not purchase any more plastic dishware and to take a reusable cloth bag with you while you’re grocery shopping. That will keep you from stockpiling plastic bags under your kitchen sink.

Install new filters regularly. And finally, perhaps one of the easiest things that you can do is make sure that your air filter, furnace filter and lint screens in your dryer are either replaced or cleaned out on a regular basis. That’s because clogged filters can make your units and appliances work harder than they have to. So, make sure to check your air and furnace’s filters every three months and to clean out your lint screens following each load of laundry. It’s these types of little things that can mean a lot when it comes to conserving energy.

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