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Top Ways to be Green at Home

1. Be Green at Home and Make Dramatic Heating and Cooling Savings

You can be green at home and realize tremendous savings by reducing the energy used for heating and cooling your home. It's both green and smart to keep your thermostat at 65° to 68° during the heating season (wear sweaters) and at 78° to 80° during the cooling season (use fans). You will greatly reduce your carbon footprint and save a lot of money.

2. Be Green at Home by Conserving Water

Droughts have reduced water supplies so prices will rise. You can be green and make important savings by conserving water usage at home in the following ways:

  • Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the shower while shampooing or conditioning your hair.
  • Put bricks or water-filled plastic bottles in your toilet tanks to reduce the water used per flush.
  • Don't flush your toilet after urinating -- "if it's yellow, let it mellow."
  • Don't use your toilet for trash.
  • Use your washer only with full loads and use cold water for the rinse cycle.
  • Use a dishwasher (with full loads) instead of washing by hand (uses less water).
  • Use the dishwasher's energy saving or speed cycle to reduce water usage.
  • Keep the faucet turned off while brushing your teeth, shaving, and washing your hands. (Don't let it run continuously.)
  • Fix leaking faucets and toilets as soon as leaks occur.
  • Avoid over watering your lawn.

3. Be Green at Home by Reducing Water Heater Energy Usage

  • Turn down your water heater to 120° instead of 140° or 150°. (Unplug it first.)
  • Use cold water for clothes washing and hand washing when possible. Using substantially less hot water is another way to effect savings and be green at home.

4. Save Electricity in Every Room

  • Be green at home and produce savings by conserving electricity in several ways:
  • Turn lights off when leaving a room.
  • As your light bulbs burn out replace them with compact fluorescents (CFLs) which use 1/4th the energy and last eight times longer.
  • When you need to replace an appliance buy a high-efficiency one.
  • When you are ready to buy a new computer, get a laptop which uses 1/5th the energy of a desktop.
  • Unplug TVs and sound systems when not in use.
  • Put computers to sleep at night or shut them down.
  • Consider using power strips that allow you to turn off multiple electronic devices with one button

5. Shop Green

  • Be green by shopping in environmentally friendly ways, such as:
  • Buy more fresh local fruit, vegetables, fish, and meats to reduce packaging and transportation costs.
  • Buy organic foods when affordable to reduce the environmental harm caused by fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Buy drinks that come in returnable bottles or recyclable containers.
  • Buy eco-friendly household cleaners instead of those laden with chemicals.
  • Shop less frequently and save gasoline and emissions by buying larger quantities.
  • Use sturdy shopping bags that you can reuse over and over. If you are caught without them ask for paper bags instead of plastic bags.

6. Learn More about Being Green

  • Be on the lookout for ideas and resources that can help you be even more green at home. You'll find many other ways to be green and to realize savings, too. An example is, if you take pictures, use a digital camera instead of one that uses film. You'll be keeping a number of chemicals out of the environment and will save a lot of money over the years.

Tips & Warnings

  • Being green at home is in your self interest and benefits everyone else, too.
  • You may not be able to convince other people to be green at home, but they may be interested in saving money!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/how_4807537_green-home.html

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