With all of this discussion about global warming, you might be wondering if there’s anything we can do in our homes to reduce our carbon footprint. Luckily, there are easy changes we can make that will minimize the amount of energy and resources used on a day-to-day basis. Consider making some of these changes to your home for more eco-friendly living!
Swap out your current light bulbs for low wattage bulbs. Although these bulbs are dimmer and may take a bit longer to brighten when turned on, they last longer and will help you save money on electricity bills over time. Motion sensor lights will also reduce the amount of electricity used each month, as lights will only power on when they are needed as opposed to remaining on unnecessarily. Finally, installing light dimmers will conserve electricity because you can adjust the strength of the light to your needs.
Update appliances to new, energy friendly models that will maintain the same function, while utilizing less energy. Appliances like refrigerators and washing machines are designed to work more efficiently by using less. Another energy saving trick is to unplug appliances when they’re not in use. This is also a good safety precaution to keep in mind.
Monitor your water usage by installing low flow toilets in your home. These toilets can save gallons of water each month without having to minimize flushing. Also, take time to monitor any dripping faucets. Although excess dripping may seem insignificant at first, this amount of water can add up over time, leading to wasted resources.
Conserve Heat/Cool Air
Check windows in your home for any unwanted air leaks. Fixing these leaks will help conserve heat in the winter and cold air in the summer because your home will no longer have to overcompensate for the escaping air. Another conserving trick is to wash clothing in cold water to give your hot water heater a break. As a bonus, this will prevent clothing dyes from running together.