The Turn Towards Green

The Turn Towards Green

Johann Siemens Field Photo

The trend to “go green” is still going strong and isn’t likely to go away. Here are some ways to make your home greener.

Lighting

LED lights use less energy than traditional bulbs which also means they can save you money. Incandescent bulbs are the most commonly used and least expensive, but they use the most energy and last on average 1,200 hours. If you have incandescent bulbs, consider adding a dimmer switch.

Unplug

You might not think about it, but your electronics can still use energy while being off. Adding a power strip between your outlet and your electronics can make it easier to “unplug” them when not in use by simply switching the strip off.

Save energy and water

There are many ways to save energy and water through upgrading or checking your appliances. Newer toilets with low flow can save money in water costs, along with replacing your old showerhead. Many kitchen appliances are more efficient than ever. Look for the ENERGY STAR-rated symbol when updating your appliances. Is your water heater also costing you? Try adding an insulation blanket around it to lower the running cost. Running a full dishwasher when possible saves more water than washing the dishes by hand can lower the flow rate. Even a change to washing laundry by using a front-loading washer and cold water for three loads a week can save you money.

Small, everyday actions

Use cloth grocery and produce bags.

Turn down your AC and heating a few degrees.

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

Use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic ones.

Clean drains using baking soda, water, and vinegar instead of harsh chemicals.

Reuse packing peanuts to add to the bottom of potted plants to help drainage.

Used coffee grounds are perfect for flower beds of acid-hungry plants.