I know that I can’t be the only person who strives to make their home a more enviornmentally friendly area! Going green helps you save money as a home owner, and it helps protect the enviornment for future generations. It’s the ultimate win-win!
Set Cooling and Heating Temperatures Correctly
You probably already know how much energy your A/C, refrigerator, hot water heater, and heater suck up. Set your refrigerator to 37 degrees, and keep your thermostat at about 68 degrees during the day. Keep your hot water heater set between 120 and 140 degrees.
Let The Light In
Feeling chilly? The most effective form of “green heat” comes from the sun! Open your blinds to allow rays of sunlight to warm up your home. In the Spring, open your windows at night to cool your home, at almost no cost!
Check for Radon
Did you know that Radon is a radioactive gas (naturally found in soil) that seeps through the foundation of your home? I didn’t either! Radon is the second leading-cause of lung cancer in the country! Keep your family safe by repairing any foundation cracks, and testing for radon. Visit Home Depot for a radon-testing kit.
TVs, computers, and other electronic appliances can consume just as much energy in standby as they do when they’re being used! Unplug any devices when you’re finished using them!
Go Leak Free!
It’s time to replace, recaulk, and repair any broken seals around your home. Make your home as leak free as possible, and you’ll be so glad that you did! Fixing any leaks around your home can dramatically reduce your energy bill. Try it and see!
Use Your Appliances (Better!)
How often do you throw in a load of laundry? How big are these loads of laundry? Instead of throwing a bunch of little laundry loads in, wait until you have a full load to wash. Be sure to clean your lint filter after each usage! Also, use the “air dry” setting on your dishwasher, it works just as well!
Grow Plants Indoors
This is definitely my favorite tip on the list! Plants have natural air-cleansing properties, and some varities actually work to seriously clean the air. Plant Spider Plants, Palm Trees, and Boston ferns around your home to clean the air. This tip definitely allows you to breathe again!