Going green is an ever-growing movement to reduce harm towards the environment by reducing carbon footprint. Here are seven tips you can use in your own home to not only save the environment, but also save money.
1. Switch to Energy Star-Rated LED bulbs.
These bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer. It’s great for the environment and will save you a whopping $30 off your electric bill for each bulb over its lifetime!
2. Plant Trees Around Your House.
Planting trees on the south and west sides of your house, along with shading the air-conditioning unit, can save about $250 a year on cooling and heating.
3. Install Dimmer Switches
Install dimmer switches in the living and dining rooms along with bedrooms to help cut about $37 a year off of your electric bill.
4. New Showerheads
New showerheads by legislation must have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute or lower, so replacing your old showerheads will not only save you money, about $45 a month for a family of four, but will also save water for the environment.
5. Insulate Water Heater
One nifty household trick to go green is to wrap an insulating blanket around your water heater to keep heat in and lower the running cost by as much as 9 percent.
6. Running a Full Dishwasher
Here’s a trick that may seem untrue. Running a full dishwasher uses half the amount of water and energy as it takes to wash the same amount by hand. Washing machines today are designed to power wash, so save water by not rinsing before loading.
7. Faucet-Mounted Filter
Install a faucet-mounted filter and switch to refillable bottles. By using a simple $30 faucet filter and using a refillable bottle, a family of four can easily save $1,250 a year and reduce the number of plastic going into the environment.