Going green is beneficial for not only your home, but the environment as well. It only takes a few changes to vastly improve your home’s energy efficiency, and cut that electric bill down to size! Keep reading to learn how to save energy and money.
You can save a phenomenal amount of energy just by using less electricity every day. When a certain appliance is not in use, unplug it. Turn off the TV and lights when they aren’t in use. This is easy to do and saves a lot of energy.
Use cold water in your washing machine. When you heat up water, you consume much more energy as opposed to using colder water. As long as you have reliable clothes washing detergent, using cold water is just as effective. Additionally, always wash with a full load of laundry, as this helps to lower the amount of energy you use.
If you heat your home with fuel, talk to a technician about using biodiesel. Some systems can easily be changed to biodiesel without having to make major modifications or installing extra parts. Biodiesel burns much cleaner, is more efficient than petroleum, and will lessen the impact your home has on the environment in wintertime.
If you aren’t home, use a window covering. This keeps your home cooler naturally, reducing the strain on your air conditioner and saving energy. Usually the windows that face south tend to get more sun exposure. Make sure that all the windows are covered with dark curtains, blinds, roman shades, or whatever shade you choose.
Turn you appliances off when you are not using them. When you leave a room, take the time to turn off lights, the tv or the computer. Use power strips for your electronics, and make sure to turn it of when you are not using it. If it is in standby it’s still wasting power.
As mentioned, it doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a lot of time to go green! You can save a lot of money in utility costs by just making a couple changes. Apply the tips laid out here and share them, so you can start to see improvements to the environment.