Go Green At Home

Going green often doesn’t take too much effort. By following simple steps, you can contribute to the earth in big ways. Here are some such methods:

  • Switch off lights and fans when not in use. Make sure all switches are off before you go to sleep. This can save hours of electricity from being wasted.
  • Close the tap while brushing. It is said that leaving the tap open during the recommended two minutes of brushing can use up to 5 gallons of water every day.
  • Take a bag along whenever you go to a shop. Shops charge you for every bag that you buy from them. Taking your own bag can save you money and also protect the environment.
  • Encourage children to switch off computers and other video games devices after they have finished playing.
  • Use public transport whenever possible. By driving your own vehicle, you are adding to the pollution in the atmosphere.
  • Refrain from using vehicles if you have a short distance to cover. Walk that distance. It is also beneficial for your health.
  • If you will be away from your computer for a long time, make sure you put it on sleep mode before you go. This will have save the energy consumed by the PC.
  • Change the settings in your printer such that it prints on both sides of the paper. This helps to save a lot of paper.
  • Other ways to save paper are reducing the margin and size of the font and images. An even better way would be to use soft copies instead of print outs.
  • Use organic waste from the kitchen as compost for your garden.

These are only a drop from the ocean of easy ways to go green at home. But, every little step makes a big difference. Start small, today!

 

10 WAYS TO SAVE ENERGY AT HOME

  1. Change or clean your AC’s air filters at least once a month to keep your system running at peak performance.
  2. Replace standard bulbs with CFLs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy-efficient than regular bulbs, while giving off the same amount of light.
  3. Use microwaves and toaster ovens to cook or warm leftovers. You’ll use less energy than cooking with a conventional oven.
  4. Dust your fridge the next time you dust your house. Check the coils behind the refrigerator — and use coil vacuums or dusters to clean it off and keep costs down.
  5. Use copper-bottomed pots and pans that use heat more efficiently when cooking on the stove.
  6. Always wash with cold water, laundry detergent works just as well, and you’ll save 40 cents per load.
  7. Reduce the strain on your AC by applying reflective coating. This will help you save by decreasing the amount of heat coming into your home.
  8. Set your refrigerator temperature between 30 and 42°F. Use the power-save switch if you have one.
  9. Turn off your oven or burners when food is almost ready and let existing heat finish the cooking for you.
  10. Match your pot size to the burner on your stove. Heat is lost when small pots are used on large burners.

These tips will help you save energy, ultimately reducing your expenses.