Green Home

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The responsibility of a greener environment rests on all of us. But it's easier than you think to make your home a little greener, and get back a little green in your pocketbook in the process. Below, please find some simple tips for greener living at home.

  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.
  • Avoid plastic cutlery and dishware, instead use metal utensils and look for recycled paper plates.
  • Make sure your home is leak-free. Check your water meter when you are certain that no water is being used. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak!
  • Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!
  • Take shorter showers. Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.
  • In the shower, turn water on to get wet; turn off to lather up; then turn the water back on to rinse off. Repeat when washing your hair.
  • Don’t let water run while brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving.
  • Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other similar waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  • Select cold water for washing clothes.It saves 80% of the energy that would be used for hot water and saved about $60 a year.
  • Keep windows and doors closed in heated and air-conditioned areas.
  • Move your refrigerator. Leaving space between your refrigerator and the wall increases air circulation around the condenser coils, allowing the fridge to operate more efficiently.
  • Raise/lower your air conditioning. By changing the temperature by two degrees all year, you can save about 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year.
  • Plug anything that can be powered by a remote control or that has a power cube transformer (little black box) into a power strip, and turn it off, and/or unplug, when not in use.
  • Automatic dishwashers are more efficient than hand-washing. If you use an automatic dishwasher, avoid pre-rinsing dishes.
  • Switch to compact fluorescent from regular incandescent bulbs and use 60% less energy and save 300 pounds of CO2 a year.
  • Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
  • Choose refillable, reusable containers made of glass, ceramic, or stainless steel.
  • Choose organic.