It doesn’t cost a lot of money to make earth-saving changes to your home and with just a few simple fixes you will be able to promote a healthier living style! Make sure you try these innovative ideas given by The Daily Green to create a greener home for you and your family.
1) Install compact fluorescent light bulbs
CFLs use less than a third of the energy that regular bulbs use and they last much longer. You will have lower energy bills within months and these bulbs even come in a variety of colors and styles to suit your needs!
2) Turn down your water heater
The higher the temperature of your hot water heater, the more energy and money you use each month. If you lower the temperature from 140 to 120 degrees, you can reduce your water heating costs by 6-10%!
3) Unplug unused chargers
Even if they are not charging anything, plugged in chargers for cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. continue to drain electricity. Americans in total waste billions of dollars every year by leaving their chargers plugged in so either unplug them or connect them to a surge protector that you can switch off!
4) Install a programmable thermostat
By installing a programmable thermostat, you can have much more control over the heating and it will always turn down the heat at night so the average family is able to save around $150 a year with these thermostats. They are easy to install with the instructions included and can be purchased at basic home improvement stores for between $50 and $100.
5) Use low VOC paint in your bedroom
Regular paints release volatile organic compounds (VOC) that can cause potentially dangerous indoor air pollution. Wherever you sleep, you want to make sure you use low VOC paints to help reduce this pollution!
These are just a few cheap and simple ways for you to help reduce the carbon footprint of your home. Follow these steps and you will not only save money, but save the environment as well!