Most everyone wants to do their part to protect the environment. You may think it takes a lot of effort, time, or money. The good news is that just a few small steps can add up to make a big difference.
Here are 4 easy energy saving tips to help make your home more eco-friendly:
1. Use less water
Saving water is all about small steps, here are a few that will help save big.
- Shut off the water while you brush your teeth
- Take showers that are a minute or two shorter
- Only flush the toilet when you need to
- Only run full loads of laundry and dishes
2. Use less energy
If you don’t have the money to buy a hybrid car or convert your house to solar power, you can make a big difference with small changes.
- Buy energy efficient appliances. They may be more expensive, but make up for the increased cost in lower energy bills.
- Unplug chargers when you’re not using them. Cell phone and other chargers use up powers even if there’s nothing attached to them.
- Put devices with remotes, like T.V.s, VCRs, and stereos, on a power strip and turn it off when you’re not using them. These devices use a lot of power to run the remote receiver even when the device is off.
- Walk or ride your bike for short trips.
- Buy local produce. It takes energy to transport food and other products across the country. Buying local not only supports your local economy, it helps them use less energy.
When it comes to saving energy and water, it’s a great idea to get the kids involved. You can even make it a game. Have them track how much water and electricity everyone is using. You can compete to see who uses the least water. You can often count on your kids to help keep you on track when given the task.
Most of us know the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, but when we work on conserving, we often leave ‘reuse’ out of the picture. While you can often find tips on how to reuse common products from other people, what you need most is creativity.
With a little thought there are many items around your home that can be reused:
- Toilet paper holders can be used to sow seeds for the vegetable patch.
- Old yogurt containers can be cut into strip to make plant labels.
- Old food jars can be refilled with homemade foods or can make great impromptu vases.
4. Use environmentally friendly products
When you go to the grocery store, you probably see more and more “natural” or “eco friendly” products every time. However, just because these products are more natural than regular products doesn’t mean they’re entirely natural. Plus, they’re often expensive.
- If you want an inexpensive alternative, Vinegar is a great way to clean glass and other surfaces.
- Need to remove stubborn stains? Just add some baking soda to your vinegar cleaner. Some quick searching online will lead you to hundreds of other natural safe home-made cleaning products.
We all know that going green is better for the environment, but it’s also better for you. These energy saving tips can also help you save money, which is a win-win for us and the environment.