Greening your home does not need to cost a lot of green. There are simple every day things you can do to make your home more friendly to the environment.
Ten Tips to Go Green
1) Wash clothes with cold water instead of hot. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, switching from hot to cold water will save 50% of energy per load.
2) Turn down the thermostat. Keeping the thermostat just one degree lower can reduce heating energy costs by about four percent.
3) Go retro and green - line dry clothes. According to Project Laundry List, clothes dryers are the 3rd largest energy draw in the home, behind the refrigerator and washing machine. You can save up to $10 per month just by using a laundry line.
4) When you are ready to purchase new appliances, think Energy Star.
5) Repair leaky fixtures: one drop per second from a leaky faucet can waste as much as 10 gallons of water each week.
6) Stop unnecessary mail including junk mail. Go paperless to pay bills. Each year, 100 million trees are cut down and turned into unnecesary mail, with Americans receiving a total of 400 million tons of it every year.
7) Kill 'vampire' electricity. Unplug small appliances and electronics when unused or plug them into a power strip and turn the strip off when not in use.
8) Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. This could conserve up to 5 gallons of water per day.
9) Choose products that are biodegradable or recyclable. Before purchasing, ask yourself whether the item is made of materials that can be reused or recycled when it is no longer needed.
10) Reuse your water. Install a rain barrel that attaches to your downspouts and collect rainwater off your roof. Use the water for gardens, lawns, houseplants and washing the car.
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Green Tips at Bankrate.com