When people think about ways they can make their homes greener, they tend to think they need to have a life whereby their roof is made of solar panels, their garden is a wind farm, they have self-sustaining vegetable patch and gutters that recycle their water. Yes, this would be fantastic. It would be the ideal world in which to live, but it isn’t necessary to go to those lengths.
Doing your part and making your home that little bit greener is just a matter of easy eco-compromises, and that is what we are here to show. We’re here to show that going greener can be as simple as changing a light bulb… literally.
Replace Your Bulbs
There was a time when energy saving light bulbs emitted that horrid light, but that is no longer the case. Now the only difference is that CFL light bulbs emit about 400 pounds fewer greenhouse gases. That means they will save you almost seventy percent more energy than incandescent bulbs.
Who supplies your energy is never given as much thought as it should be. But simply picking up the phone and transferring to someone like American Power and Gas can make your home greener, make your bank balance happier and offer you better rebate programs. This money saved could then be put into your green efforts and save you even more money. Wowzer.
The most effective way to save your home’s energy consumption by fifteen percent is to plug your electric items into an extension lead and then turning this off at the switch when you go to bed. Having your appliances on standby is horrendous when it comes to wasting energy, so make your life easier by having fewer switches to flick.
When the winter comes back around and you turn your thermostat up to 28 degrees Celsius, it is well worth knowing than you can save over $60 a year for every degree you turn your thermostat down by. So, if you can get used to wearing a jumper indoors and living in conditions of 25 degrees, you could save almost $200.
For some reason or another, the microwave has garnered an unfortunate reputation. However, by using your microwave instead of your conventional oven you could use half as much energy. Half. That’s a huge amount of energy to save. All you need to do is learn how to cook some delicious foods in the microwave and you’ll be as happy as Larry.
Taps and toilets, they are the two biggest culprits in the water waste game and reducing waste is key to a healthier planet. First off, flushing toilets account for a third of all indoor water waste, which is where a low flow toilet can be super amazing. The other handy trick that can save you almost 200-litres of water a week, which is why we recommend you turn the tap off when brushing your teeth and get any leaks fixed. Oh, and why not use a cup of warm water to shave with instead.