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Easy ways to go green at home


Easy ways to go green at home
It is not costly to go green at home. If done properly, it can both save money and save the planet -- all at once!

It is vital for us all to live gently on the Earth today to protect our children's future. Unfortunately, many people think it is too expensive to be environmentally conscious. However, it doesn't cost a fortune to go green at home. If done properly, it can save money and save the planet -- all at once. With the prospect of global warming close at hand, it is our duty to do our part to go green.

Use energy efficient light bulbs

Replace the traditional light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL). The bulbs may be more expensive up front, but they will last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and they will reduce your electric bill.

If you can't afford to replace all the bulbs in your home, start by changing them out one at a time as the old bulbs burn out. In the rooms that you haven't changed to CFLs, consider replacing two lower wattage bulbs with one higher wattage bulb. For example, a single 100 watt bulb can be used to replace two 75 watt bulbs with minimal discernible change to the light output. This simple change uses up to one-third less electricity.

Tip: A simple and effective way to go green at home is to reduce energy usage at home.

Save water throughout your home

Lower your water heater settings

For every 10 degrees lower on your water temperature, you are saving between 3 to 5 percent on your bill. Many times your hot water heater will be set to 140 degrees Fahrenheit per the manufacturer.

If your dishwasher has a booster heater, you should be able to reduce this setting to 120 degrees. If it does not, then you will want to set it around 130 degrees depending on the manufacturer's instructions.

When the water temperature is reduced to 120 degrees, it will help reduce the mineral buildup in your water heater and pipes and save you money.

Tip: Modern washing powders are so good that they don't really need hot water. Your washing machine uses most of its energy heating the water, so wash your clothes cold. They will clean great while you go green in the home.

Adjust your thermostat

The house mice do not need to be comfortable while you are at work. If you hate coming home to a stuffy house, set the thermostat to 85 degrees while you are at work or outside the house.

When you are home, start at 78 degrees and gradually get cooler until you find the warmest temperature that feels comfortable. During the winter set the temperature at 50 degrees when you are at work, then start at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and slowly increase the temperature until you feel comfortable upon your arrival at home.

Tip: Making small daily changes in your air conditioning or heating for short periods can lead to spikes in power consumption which increase your bill. Find a good temperature for each season and stay with it.

Use green cleaning products

Chemical exposure is bad for both you and the environment. Not only are they expensive, but no one needs to be breathing in chemical fumes and polluting the water supply just to have a clean house.

Fortunately, it's easy to use food-grade household items as green cleaning products.

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