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Posted by Kathy Foran on 10/14/2018

It may be a great initiative for you and your family to do what you can to become more environmentally friendly. Saving the planet starts at home! There’s so many different ways that you can make your home more eco-friendly. We’ll give you a few ideas here. Even if you commit to making one change each month, you’ll notice a big impact over time. 


Replace Your Lightbulbs


CFLs are known as compact fluorescent lightbulbs. These come in many different sizes and colors. Incandescent bulbs are now obsolete, because CFLs are much more energy efficient. Keep in mind that CFLs must be disposed of in a recycling center because they do have a trace of mercury in them. They are overall much better for the environment.


Get An Energy Audit


You can arrange to have an energy audit through your utility company or an independent contractor. This can help you to find areas of your home where insulation is lacking. You may even be able to get a rebate form your utility company for completing something like this.  


Turn Down The Heat


You can keep the temperature of your water heater down to 120 degrees. You should wrap an insulating blanket around your water heater in the winter if it’s not insulated. If the heater is gas, be sure there’s room for ventilation. To help keep pipes form freezing in winter, you need to keep your heat running, but make sure it’s around 64 degrees. 

The same principles go for cooling devices and air conditioning units in the summer months. In this case though, you’ll need to make the temperature higher. 


Turn Off What’s Not In Use


Everyone in the house should be in the habit of turning things off when they’re not in the room, or not using the item. Leaving televisions and lights on wastes an immense amount of energy. Also, when you buy appliances, make sure that they are Energy Star rated.  

 

Conserve Water


Water is another type of energy we often take for granted and waste. When water needs to be warmed for showers, dishes and laundry it’s often running for long periods of time. You can take shorter showers to help with this. You may even consider shutting the water off while you’re soaping up. You’ll even want to shut the water off when you’re brushing your teeth. These little changes can make a big impact on the environment.  


Use Power Strips


If you use power strips and turn them off when they’re not in use, you can save up to 10% on your power bill. You’ll also want to take the time to shut down computers and office supplies like printers in order to save more energy. These items use power even when they’re in a “power saver” mode.





Posted by Kathy Foran on 8/28/2016

Going Green We live in a world with finite resources. It makes good sense to live in a way that is aware of the environment, going green, while working to leave a better, cleaner planet for our grandchildren. You may say that sounds good, but what can one person do? The answer is a whole lot! Going green does not have to be a struggle. The choices we make daily affect our impact on the earth, so make good choices. There are many ways that you can start to live a greener life today! Trees As Gifts Next time you decide to brighten someone’s day with a silly gift or a delivery of flowers, why not buy them a tree. Planting a tree is fun, an earth-friendly way to celebrate a milestone event that lives for years and years, and benefits the environment in a way that truly keeps on giving and giving. You can choose a lovely shade tree or a flowering fruit tree for someone that has room for a new addition to their landscape, or give a gift of a container planted dwarf tree for greenery indoors or on the deck or balcony. Greenery indoors helps to remove toxins and pollutants from the air and celebrates life in a way that cut flowers never can. Shop Locally Forget purchasing food that has traveled miles to get to your house. Buy local and buy fresh. Shop at the farmer’s market and support local businesses. Much of the food purchased at supermarkets is prepackaged, and you end up paying for wrappings, plastic trays, tape, and plastic wrappings that end up in the landfill. Be part of the solution and not a part of the problem. Always use recyclable bags for shopping and avoid foods with excessive packing materials. Let There Be Light Take advantage of natural light to set the rhythm of your day. Get up early to do your chores using natural light rather than waiting until evening when you have to turn on lights to see to work. If you are building or remodeling, consider adding lots of windows to take advantage of natural light in all seasons. Choose eco-friendly lighting fixtures and bulbs to reduce energy consumption and save money. Energy efficient light bulbs reduce energy consumption by 75 percent over standard light bulbs. Turn down the thermostat to save energy. Keeping the home two to five degrees cooler than normal during winter months has a significant impact on fuel consumption and energy use. Put another blanket on the bed or wear a sweater and you will be more than comfortable. Stop Wasting Food While millions of people in the world are starving, most people in America waste a huge percentage of the food they grow or purchase. As much as 40 percent ends up in the compost bin or landfill. Make it a family goal to not over purchase when shopping: buying only what you can consume before produce, meat and products start to spoil. Walk More, Drive Less Not only will you save money, walking or bicycling to work is a great way to lose a few pounds, get in shape, and ease up on the amount of fossil fuels you use. If you can’t walk or bike to work, ride in a carpool or use public transportation whenever possible. Get Rid Of The Clutter In Your Life Clean out closets and drawers, getting rid of clothing and items that no longer serve a purpose. Recycle useable items and let them serve someone else.




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