20 Ways to Live a Greener Life

Posted: Dec 26, 2014 by ecoREsource Properties

Homeowners can benefit greatly by practicing these green tips; they can save money, live in a healthier environment, and reduce their carbon footprint — helping to make this planet a better place.

 

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances - The more energy efficient an appliance is the less it costs to run. See Energy Star ratings when you buy your next appliance.


Try to Limit Your Laundry Washing - Instead of doing lots of small loads throughout the week, wash a couple of large loads in cold water with environmentally friendly detergent. Whenever possible, hang dry to save on electricity.


Recycle - You might be surprised by what you can reuse at home. Also, instead of throwing away plastic, paper, glass and metal, take it to your local recycling center.


Learn to Preserve - Don’t throw out over ripe fruit and vegetables; small-batch jams and pickling are great alternatives to wasting food.


Use Compact Fluorescent Light or LED Bulbs - These bulbs use 70-75% less energy than standard incandescent bulbs and last 8 to 10 times longer.


Help Your House Be More Energy Efficient - Keep your blinds and curtains closed for the majority of the day. Your house will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter saving you money and making the house more comfortable.


Conserve Water - Every day, on average, Americans use 40 billion gallons of fresh water. There are numerous ways you can save water inside and outside your house. Consider adding low-flush toilets (with rebates from your local municipality) and installing rain barrels on the downspouts.


Grow Your Own Food - By growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs, you are helping to reduce your carbon footprint, and eating healthier, fresher food grown without dangerous chemicals.


Consider Buying a Hybrid Car - Fuel-efficient, hybrid cars are becoming increasingly popular. Hybrids are high-tech autos that get great gas mileage, reduce polluting emissions and earn you a tax break.


Use Green Cleaning Products - Don’t harm the environment or your family; green cleaning products offer a great alternative to those harsh chemicals included in many traditional cleaning products.


Switch to Green Power - Most of our electricity comes from coal, nuclear, and other fossil fuel power plants. Renewable energy sources (solar, wind & hydro) can produce electricity with fewer environmental impacts. Contact your local  power company to switch to renewable sources.


Install a Programmable Thermostat - This will save you up to 10% on your energy bill each year.


Increase Fuel Economy - Increase your fuel economy by making sure your tires are inflated properly, your car is properly tuned, and oil and air filters are clean.


Plant a Tree - Trees around your home can increase its value by up to 15% or more. They also help cool your home and neighborhood, break the cold winds to lower your heating costs, and provide food for wildlife.


Unplug Things That Glow - Unplugging appliances and electronics that glow could save you $200 a year.


Fix That Drip - Repair a leaky toilet and you can save $30 a year, which may not sound like much, but it means you save 73,000 gallons of water.


Upgrade Your Insulation - Adding insulation and caulk can prevent leaky ducts, walls, windows, and doors and can decrease your home’s energy bill by 20 to 30 percent.


Reduce Junk Mail - The average American receives 40 pounds of junk mail each year, destroying 100 millions trees.


Start a Compost Pile - Composting is good for your garden and the environment.


Keep Your Freezer Full - A full freezer runs more efficiently than an empty one.