It doesn’t matter if you are a renter, homeowner, or even still living at home with your parents, it’s safe bet to assume that you care about protecting the environment, and also saving money because who doesn’t want to save money? Here are some simple tips to protect or improve your home, while also saving you some green!
If you have plans to move in the near future, consider how walking or biking friendly your new home will be. If you are close to work, shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, you may be able to reduce your carbon footprint by walking, riding a bike, or even using public transportation – you might also save a few bucks on gas, insurance, and automobile maintenance.
Increase your brightness, not your bill
Do you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home? Replace them with more energy-efficient compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs or Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs which will save you about $6 a year in electricity costs per bulb and more than $40 over its lifetime. That can really add up! According to ENERGY STAR, if every American home replaced just one light bulb, we would save enough energy to prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Keep the temperature moderate
Keep an eye on your home’s thermostat. Adjusting it up a few degrees in the Summer or down a few degrees in the Winter can save energy and money. If you find it difficult to adjust to a more moderate temp, consider installing a programmable thermostat. You can set it to adjust the temp to be more energy-efficient while you are out of the house so you can still save money. During warmer months you should use fans and close the blinds but during cooler months open blinds to let in the sun’s warmth. Don’t forget to change your HVAC filter quarterly as well. A clogged or dirty filter can make your HVAC work harder making it less efficient and cause it to use more fuel.
If you have city water and have to pay for it, one easy way to reduce water usage is to install low-flow toilets. If new toilets aren’t in the budget, a simple trick is to take a 1-liter plastic bottle, fill it with water and place it inside the tank. This will reduce your water use per flush. Another way to save water is by placing an aerator on all of your faucets.
Switch up your cleaning supplies
Most cleaning supplies use harsh chemicals and can be pretty pricey if you buy several different ones for different purposes. Consider making your own to save money and the environment. Most only need some basic household ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and borax to clean everything from windows to tile.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Repeat this every time you think about using paper towels (use a rag instead) or buying items with wasteful packaging. Consider using refillable containers, buying in bulk, or liquids in concentrate that use smaller packaging. Look for products made from recycled content. And don’t forget to recycle!
Kill the vampire energy drain
Everything that is plugged into an outlet, whether on or off, is sucking energy. Vampire power costs U.S. consumers more than $3 billion a year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Unplug your electronics and appliances when they’re not in use.
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Assistant Corporate Secretary, Community Relations Officer