Eco-Proof Your Home
There are plenty of great reasons to make your house more green. Not only will it benefit the planet (and that’s a good enough reason as it is), it can also increase your home’s value for futures sales and make you more energy-efficient- saving you money in the long run.
Change Your Lighting
Still using regular old light bulbs? Invest in LED or CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs. These last way longer than your old bulbs and use less energy, bringing your energy bills down and saving electricity.
Low-flow plumbing features allow you to restrict the amount of water that flows from our faucets, showerheads and toilets. You’ll lose far less water and reduce the amount you’re wasting.
Insulate Your Home
If you’re having to pump up the heating every winter to stay warm, you may benefit from improving your insulation. By making sure your windows are properly insulated, you’ll stop heat from escaping from your house and prevent drafts from getting in, meaning you can turn that temperature down and feel the warmth.
Turn Down The Air Conditioning
If you live in an area with particularly hot summer, it’s tempting to crank the air conditioning up high to reduce the sweat. However, air conditioners use up huge amounts of energy and could be costing you a fortune. Try to open windows and doors up in the summer and time the air conditioner to only come on at particular times. Wear light, airy clothing and utilize ceiling fans, which use less energy.
Get Rid Of Bags
Still using plastic shopping bags each time you get groceries? This is a huge problem in the US, with around 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags showing up in dumps every year. Re-use the plastic bags you have and get some long-life carrier bags to bring with you to the grocery store.