Day is April 22 but going green year round makes environmental sense. Worried
that being earth-friendly means growing your own food or going solar? Put aside
that all-or-nothing way of thinking and read on for easy tips on going green,
right in your own home.
Not too hot, Not too cold: Watching your
thermostat is an easy way of conserving energy. More than half of a home's
energy use is for heating or cooling. In the colder months, commit to shaving
the temperature a few notches down from 68 degrees for big savings. Small tricks
like adding a sweater for warmth and keeping your furnace filter clean can help.
In the hotter months, use fans instead of air conditioners when you can and be
sure to switch off the AC when you're not at home.
Green Appliances: Did you know appliances
older than ten years are energy hogs? Upgrade to "Energy Star" appliances which
use up to 50 percent less energy than their older counterparts. According to
the Energy Star site, if just one in 10 homes used energy-efficient appliances,
it would be equivalent to planting 1.7 million new acres of trees. Wow!
Bright Bulb: Compact Fluorescent
Light bulbs (CFLs) use 66 percent less energy than a standard bulb and last up
to 10 times longer. Time to see the light!
Be Water Smart: Conserve this
crucial resource with simple steps such as watering lawns every other day,
running dishwashers only when full and shutting off the water while brushing
your teeth. And consider conservation products such as low-flush toilets and
aerators on all household faucets.
Avoid Plastics: Break that bottled
water habit, which adds up to billions of plastic bottles in landfills, by
using a reusable BPA-free water bottle. Say no to plastic grocery bags and yes
to reusable cloth bags. Tired of needing an endless supply of zip lock baggies
to send your kids to school with lunch? Look for reusable packaging online.
Clean Green: Say good-bye to
harsh chemical cleaners and hello to the dozens of natural, earth-friendly
cleaners now on the market. Using toxic chemicals to "clean" your home, clothes
and bodies just doesn't make sense.
Garden Green: Educate yourself
about natural, chemical-free gardening and lawn products. A thick, weed-free
lawn doused with chemicals is not a thing of beauty.
Earth Eats: Eating organic and
local foods helps reduce the amount of chemicals you consume and the amounts of
chemicals and fuels required to produce your food. Support local farmers'
markets and local retailers when you can. Driving to the mall costs you money
and your local retailers needed business.
more ideas on greening your home, visit www.earthday.org.
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