Let’s face it, we all know that we need to reduce some of our home’s negative impact on the planet, but we may not want to put in a huge amount of time, money, or effort to the cause. Solar panels are costly and they aren’t practical for every home. But there are practical things you can do in every room of the house in order to make your life at home a bit more green.
There are a number of rooms in your home, but the living room is where the most activity happen. The first thing you should do to go green is replace your incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They will save a ton of energy over the years and emit much less greenhouse gas. Second, make sure you unplug your TV and other electronic devices when they are not in use. TVs are usually on standby for 17 hours of the day. Save electricity by simply unplugging them. Third, open up your blinds instead of turning on lights. You can save quite a bit on heating and energy use by using sunlight.
The kitchen is the heart of any home and with so many appliances running at all times, it can be one of the most energy-sucking rooms in the house as well. Use these tips to ensure that you are as green as possible. First, make sure your fridge is in a shady part of the room and not touched by the natural sunlight so it can stay cooler without working as hard. Second, any time you replace appliances, get Energy Star Certified options to use less energy. And third, use your microwave instead of your oven when possible. You’ll use 50% less energy with this device.
Most rooms have multiple bedrooms and each of them can save energy and contribute to renewable energy sources in a number of ways. First, ensure that the rooms have energy efficient windows in them to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Second, get creative and repurpose old furniture instead of buying something new. And third, when you want to redecorate, use eco-paints that have low levels of organic compounds.
Bathrooms go through a lot of use in one day and you can save energy in that room as well. First, turn off the water any time you are not using it, like when you are brushing your teeth or shampooing your hair. Second, open the windows to get rid of humidity instead of using a fan. And third, fix any leaks when you notice them to cut back on water usage.
The best thing you can do for every room of the house at once is to sign up with Star Energy Partners as a renewable energy provider for all of your electricity. You’ll pay less, have reliable service, and know that your carbon footprint is lessening.
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