Eco-Friendly Home Tips: Get Your House Ready For Earth Day!

Eco-Friendly Home Tips

Celebrate Earth Day with these eco-friendly home tips!

Earth Day is almost here. Take the time to appreciate all that our planet does for us and celebrate the occasion by adopting environmentally friendly practices. A few small changes can make a big difference. Check out these eco-friendly home tips!

Invest in Energy Efficient Products.

As technology advances, so do methods to make it more efficient. From washing machines to light bulbs, there are many products and appliances that use energy efficiently. Make the investment and reduce the amount of energy that you use in your home. You’ll save both energy and money.

Reusable Items.

Plastic is bad for the environment. It takes thousands of years to degrade, meaning the more you use, the more land you need to dispose of it. From shopping bags to water bottles, plastic is used to make all sorts of disposable goods. Make an effort to use reusable bags, bottles, and mugs. This simple switch helps to reduce plastic production and waste.

Power Down Your Electronics.

Your electronics use lots of energy. Be sure to turn them off when you’re not using them. However, be wary of phantom energy drain. Even after you turn off your appliances, sometimes they still consume electricity. Either unplug your electronics or invest in a power strip. If you choose to use a power strip, be sure to turn off the power strip when you power down.

Use Water Wisely.   

Despite the fact that the Earth’s surface is mostly water, fresh water only accounts for a very small percentage. Because of its scarcity, it’s important to conserve water. Be smart about your water consumption at home. Take shorter showers, turn off the water when brushing your teeth, and limit the frequency that you water your lawn.

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Going Green for Earth Day 2014

April 22 is Earth Day, and this annual global celebration is a great opportunity to make some environmentally friendly changes in your life. Here are a few easy, fast, and free ways to transform your lifestyle and your home this Tuesday.

  • Unplug and power down.

Personal computers now come with convenient ways, such as sleep mode and lock screens, to temporarily turn off your computer and return to your work later. Resist this temptation, especially if you’re heading to bed or you’re on your way out of the house.  According to “50 Ways to Help the Planet”, turning off your computer could save up to $14 per year in electricity costs.

  • Go paperless.

These days, almost every bill can be paid online. If you still receive credit card bills, loan statements and utility rundowns in your real-life mailbox, it’s definitely time to upgrade. Visit your bank’s website first; some offer automatic payment options that will consolidate all your bills in one place. While you’re at it, you can also opt out of credit card offers.

  • Use your cruise control and obey the speed limit.

Keep your vehicle at a consistent speed whenever possible. Accelerating and braking both tax the engine more than usual; that’s why stop-and-go rush hour traffic reduces your mileage by so much. Make a commitment to drive the speed limit this week, and turn on your cruise control if you’ll be driving long distances.

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