Looking for ways to be a little more green?
With these simple steps for going green, you can make your home more earth-friendly, help the environment, and possibly save you some green on your electricity bill.`
1) Green Your Clean
Washers, dryers, and dishwashers are big power drains in your home. Run them only when they are full to save electricity. (Plus, you won’t have to unload as often.)
2) Green Your Grill
If you’re a barbecue pitmaster, you probably feel that gas or charcoal is an important distinction. But for most of us, we need to understand that a gas grill burns cleaner, burns more evenly, has cleaner emissions, and produces less waste than a charcoal grill. Plus, you never have to mess with lighter fluid.
3) Green Your Car
It isn’t only what you drive – it’s how you drive. You should change the oil every 3,000 miles, bring your car in for regular tune-ups, and keep your tires properly inflated. Doing so can improve your fuel efficiency – which means you’ll use less gas and release fewer emissions.
4) Green Your Commute
The longer your drive and the more you sit in traffic, the more fuel your car burns. Instead, try to commuting during off-peak hours, carpooling, using public transportation, or working from home when possible.
5) Green Your Gadgets
Think of all the electrical appliances, computers, gadgets, and chargers plugged in around your home. Your rule of thumb should be: if you won’t use it in the next 48 hours, unplug it! Anything plugged into the wall is drawing energy – even if it’s just a little bit – so you can start saving money easily by unplugging the inessentials.
6) Green Your Guzzle
Drinking your favorite beverages from a reusable bottle doesn’t only save money, it also saves petroleum. After all, where do you think all that plastic comes from? Invest in a good thermos and water bottle instead!
7) Green Your Dinner
Remember, smaller is better. A microwave uses less energy to cook than an oven. A small pot boils faster than a big one. Match the size of the burner to the size of your pot or pan. Make smart choices, and you’ll save electricity. Plus, dinner will be ready sooner.
8) Green Your Kids
Stop constantly reminding your kids to turn things off. Instead, sit down with them for a simple conversation and explain why saving energy matters. They’ll appreciate learning about preserve the world they will inherit. And if you’re extra crafty, find ways to incentivize their efforts by setting a savings goal with a fun reward.
9) Green Your Water
Did you know your hot water heater can account for 18% of your energy bill? Turning down the temperature, using a thermal wrap on your water heater, and being careful with your water usage can turn hot water into cold cash.
10) Green Your Power
Of course, you need electricity. But not all electricity is the same. Choose a green energy plan powered by 100% renewable sources. Talk to your power company to see if they have more ways to help you save energy and money.