10 Tips for Going Green and Saving Money at Home

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While going green is obviously good for the environment, it is also good for your wallet! There are a number of eco-friendly tips and tricks that you can employ around the house to shrink your bills. Read on to learn about ten of our favorite green ways to save some green.

1. Choose a Home with a Convenient Location

If you’re in the market for a new home, try to choose a house or an apartment with a convenient location. When you live near work, shops, and entertainment, you may not need a car, which would let you save a considerable amount of money on insurance, gas, and maintenance. Even if you do have a car, living close to your regular haunts means that you will do a lot less driving.

2. Replace Your Light BulbsAn illuminated CFL bulb surrounded by old incandescent bulbs.

Swapping out your incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs is another great way to save money. Each bulb you replace will save you around $6 per year in electricity costs and more than $40 over the bulb’s lifetime. Switching to CFL bulbs also has a positive impact on the environment. If every home in America upgraded just one light bulb, the nation would save enough energy to stop 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year. CFL bulbs are also recyclable and should be deposited at an EPA-approved location.

3. Keep an Eye on Your Thermostat

When you leave the house, make sure that you adjust your thermostat. Just a few degrees can make a significant difference on your energy bill. There are also a number of programmable thermostats available that will automatically change your home’s temperature throughout the day. If you want to cut back further on air conditioning and heat, you can use fans and close the blinds in the summer and let the sun in for natural warmth in the winter. It is also important to change your HVAC filter every three months to ensure safe and efficient air flow.

4. Use Low-Flow Toilets

Low-flow toilets can help your home save water. To make your own low-flow toilet, fill a 1-liter plastic bottle with water and place it inside the tank. Each time you flush, the bottle will reduce the amount of water your toilet uses.

Sponges, lemon, and a jar of olive oil.5. Create Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Rather than buying expensive cleaning supplies that are made with toxic chemicals, you can make your own natural cleaning solutions right at home. A quick Google search will turn up plenty of online recipes for solutions made from household items like baking soda, lemon juice, borax, and vinegar.

6. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Following the three Rs at home is both economical and eco-friendly. A few easy ways to save money and help the environment include:

  • Use rags in place of paper towels.
  • Buy products in bulk, concentrate, or refillable containers to cut down on package waste.
  • Choose products made from recycled materials.
  • Recycle eligible items.

7. Make Your Windows Energy Efficient

Even if your old windows are causing your home to lose heat or AC, you may not need to replace them. Instead of buying brand new windows you can make your existing windows more energy efficient by putting shrink wrap on them, caulking exterior joints, or hanging blackout curtains.

8. Clean Your Refrigerator Fan

When your refrigerator fan is clogged with debris, the motor has to work extra hard. Giving the fan a good cleaning will help your fridge run more efficiently.

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9. Decorate with Houseplants

Houseplants are a welcome addition to any home because they act as natural air filters. Popular decorative plants include red-edged dracaena, rubber trees, peace lilies, and English Ivy.

10. Beware of “Vampire Power”

“Vampire power” refers to the phenomenon in which electronics that are plugged into the wall drain energy, even when they are turned off. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that vampire power costs American consumers over $3 billion each year. To lower your energy bill, unplug your appliances when you’re not using them.

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References

“10 Tips to Green Your Home and $ave Money.” American Bankers Association, www.aba.com/Consumers/Pages/GreenHomeTips.aspx