|Tip #1: Unplug
Taking a few minutes to turn off electrical devices won't just help you save the planet,
it can also help you save a few bucks off your electric bill each month. At home, go
ahead and turn off the lights when leaving a room (chances are the walls and floor
won't mind the dark)!
Take an extra few seconds to shut down your computer and printer instead of letting
them idle, and-annoying as it sounds-make morning a routine of unplugging T.V.s, fans
and stereos before leaving for work. Like any routine, you'll get used to doing it in no
When you're looking to buy new major appliances, go for energy efficient models with
fewer frills-that ice maker requires more power than you think! Check out Energy Star
and Greener Choices for efficiency ratings for new purchases.
If you already own an appliance, remember to clean AC filters, insulate water heaters,
and do other simple maintenance to maximize energy savings. Simply put, less energy
= less pollution.
Tip #2: Use Less Water
Did you know that in the average home, the water heater is second only to the heating
system in energy usage? Here's how to use less:
Go ahead and turn the water heater down to 120°. Wash full loads of laundry in cool
water. If you've just got to use hot, rinse in cold. In the bathroom, skip the
water-wasting steam bath and opt for the quick shower. Install low flow shower heads
and faucet aerators, and turn the water off when you're shaving or brushing.
Have to let it run to heat up? Catch it and water the plants later. In the kitchen,
remember that you don't need to scald every plate and pot to get them clean, and don't
forget to turn the water off when you're scrubbing!
Thinking about the long haul? Try setting up a solar powered water heating system.
|10 Ways to Go Green