Become Green - Green Tips At Home

Just making a few minor adjustments to your home life can equal huge reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, and not to mention save you some money! In order to assist you, here is a list of nine easy steps that will help you get started.

Tip One
Smart Heating and Cooling – Minor chores such as regularly cleaning out air filters and having heating/cooling equipment regularly maintained by an expert can not only increase the comfort of your home, but it can also decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Also, consider replacing your heating/cooling units with high efficiency models for the best performance.

Tip Two
Switch Out 5 Lights – Changing just 5 conventional light bulbs in the most frequently used fixtures in your home to Energy Star bulbs and you can have a significant positive impact on the environment as well as your pocketbook. If every household in the United States implemented this simple step, it would eliminate an amount of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that of almost 10 million automobiles.

Tip Three
Use Energy Star Products! – Look for products that are Energy Star qualified. Whenever shopping for new products like home appliances and electronics, be sure to check for the Energy Star logo. This ensures that the product you’re purchasing is an efficient and environmentally friendly investment.

Tip Four
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse! – Many communities offer recycling programs. If you have access to one, be sure to take advantage of it. Several materials can be recycled, such as beverage containers, paper, and more! Also, there might be recycling centers that will exchange your recyclables for cash in your neighborhood.

Tip Five
Utilize Green Power – When renewable energy sources such as the sun or wind is used to create electricity, it’s referred to as “green power”. You can either buy renewable energy credits, or you can modify your home to use green power. One popular way to generate green power in your own home is to install solar panels.

Tip Six
Insulate Your Home – It’s a great idea to locate and seal air leaks in your home, as well as add more insulation. The biggest problem spots are usually basements and attics.

Tip Seven
Greener Yard – Instead of using a gas or electric powered lawn mower, consider using a push mower. They emit absolutely zero greenhouse gasses, and they also provide a great workout! If you do decide to use a power lawn mower, be sure it is a mulching mower, as they can greatly reduce grass clippings.

Tip Eight
Manage Water Use – Conserving water in your home is fairly easy to do. It’s also another big money saver. Water systems require a great deal of energy in order to purify distribute water. By saving water (especially hot water), you can effectively lower greenhouse gas emissions. When purchasing water related products and appliances, look for the EPA’s WaterSense label to ensure it’s an environmentally friendly product.

Tip Nine
Word of Mouth – By letting your friends and families know all the benefits of being more environmentally conscious at home, you’ll be doing a great service to your community, as well as your planet!