What impact are you having on the environment? Many of us engage in very wasteful practices regarding energy consumption and other matters that affect the environment. There are simple steps you can take towards having a greener, more environmentally friendly house. If you want to make your home greener, then this article is for you!
Is it possible that the appliances you are using are energy hogs? If your appliances are several years old, the answer is most likely yes. Although many appliances now are designed to be energy efficient, this was not always the case, and many items such as microwaves that are older could be eating up a tremendous amount of energy in your kitchen. Make the switch to appliances that are more energy efficient, and you are likely to see a big savings in your utility bills!
Do you keep the heat or air conditioning on during the day while you are away at work? Why pay to make your house more comfortable in terms of the temperature when you are not even there to enjoy it?! Before you leave for work each morning, turn down the heat during colder months and turn off the air conditioning during warmer months. There is simply no sense in heating or cooling your house if you are not home!
Do you waste water without even being aware of it? The answer is probably yes. Think about your showers; do you turn off the water while you are soaping up? If not, why not? Turning off the water when you are soaping up can be a great way to conserve water. Likewise, do you leave the water running while you brush your teeth? If you do, turn that water off!
The types of light bulbs that you use can have a big impact on your energy efficiency. Are you using the most efficient light bulbs? Take a look at the bulbs you are currently using, then check out some at your local grocery store. Can you do better? You may be surprised.
Are your windows old? If so, it is likely that they are inefficient in terms of protecting your house from drafts. If your windows let in a lot of cold air, you are likely turning up the heat quite a bit to compensate. Nobody likes a draft, after all! Replacing your windows can go a long way towards being more energy efficient. And you will likely save quite a bit on your electricity bill, as well!
As easy and convenient as it is to recycle these days, there is simply no reason not to recycle! Chances are very good you live within just a few minutes from a facility that accepts recycling. Set up separate containers for your soda cans, if you drink soda, and your glass and plastic containers.
With just a few simple steps, you can be well on your way towards reducing your impact on the environment. It’s easy, and will often save you money in both the long and short run!