Green Tips at home
- Adjust your thermostat a few degrees warmer in summer and cooler in winter or open a window instead of running air conditioning at all.
- Turn off fans and air conditioning when not home.
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows and insulate walls, attic, crawlspace, and ceilings.
- Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning and heaters regularly.
- Minimize opening your oven door when in use. It reduces the temperature by 25-30 degrees every time.
- Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees.
- Refrigerators and freezers use more electricity than any other household appliance up to 1/6th of the electricity used at home. Keep them clean and full and open them sparingly to save energy and money.
- Run only fully-loaded washing machines and dishwashers, and use natural dishwashing soap.
- Wash clothes only when they are dirty. You could save a load a week and about 160 gallons of water a month.
- Your dryer will use less energy if you clean the lint filter after every load.
- Try drying your clothes outside. They, look, feel, and smell great.
- Wash clothes with cold water to save money and energy on heating. New products are developed to clean just as well in cold water.
Water & Gardening
- Gas lawn mowers may contribute as much as 5% of our air pollution, according to the EPA. A great alternative is a push mower. It's not only pollution free - but gives you a free workout with every use.
- Save between 1,000 and 8,000 gallons of water a year by installing faucet aerators and high-efficiency showerheads.
- Turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth to save gallons of water every day.
- Water the lawn in the morning or evening to use less water. Watering during the day wastes water because it evaporates in the sun.
- Try composting your kichen waste into your garden – free and natural nutrients for your yards.
- Leave grass clippings from mowing to decompose and return nutrients to your yard.
- Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
- Avoid the phantom load from appliances that drain energy when not in use by unplugging them or turning off powerstrips.
- Replace light bulbs with environmentally friendly compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Switch to using all rechargeable batteries.