Guess what day it is? Mike...Mike, guess what day it is??? Not only is it hump day, but today is also Earth Day! Instead of just planting a tree or going with the motto of reduce, reuse, and recycle; adopting a green lifestyle at home is an important part of the global drive to protect the environment. Learning how to be green at home is one of the easiest ways to make a meaningful contribution to the Earth!
Check out our green living tips below:
HVAC systems account for almost half the energy usage in the home. To reduce your energy uses consider setting your thermostat a couple of degrees lower in winter and a little higher in summer. Delaying the point at which your heater or air conditioner kicks in cuts down on your energy use. Or having a programmable thermostat can be highly effective in conserving electricity because they can be used to run air conditioning and heating systems only when they are truly needed.
Also, proper maintenance will keep your HVAC system running at peak efficiency as well. Furthermore, weather stripping windows and doors will provide insulation and reduce the need for heating or air conditioning.
Appliances can be some of the greatest culprits when it comes to energy consumption, especially the refrigerator. One sure way to go green when it comes to appliances is to purchase Energy Star qualified items. These appliances use between 10%-50% less energy than non-rated models, and they have to meet energy savings standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
In addition to choosing Energy Star products, it is also necessary to turn appliances off at the wall when not in use. Keeping them in stand-by mode might be convenient, but it uses power unnecessarily.
3. Water Consumption:
There are a number of easy ways to reduce your water usage. Repairing leaking pipes and faucets is one of the most effective ways to conserve water around the house. Using drip irrigation to water one's lawn is another major conservation tactic. Installing low-flow toilets, faucets and shower heads also saves water. Showers use less water than baths, and shorter showers offer an even greater savings. Do you leave the tap on while you are brushing your teeth? If you do, you are wasting water and money...
4. Lighting & Electricity:
One of the simplest and most effective ways to save energy is to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms, and to let sun light into the room during the day. Turning off televisions and computers that are not being used is another way to use less electricity. Because one of the single biggest users of electricity is the refrigerator, cleaning its coils and fixing faulty refrigerator seals is an important part of a household's plan for saving energy. How a person uses his or her appliances also makes a difference.
5. Composting & Solar Energy:
Composting, or the recycling of organic matter into soil and fertilizer products, offers a variety of environmental benefits. These include providing nutrients for plants to grow, increasing plants' resistance to disease, preventing soil erosion, and in some cases it is also a natural pesticide. In addition, composting reduces the need for commercial fertilizers that might leech into the water supply, and it also recycles materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
The sun is an endless supplier of energy to the Earth. Solar panels are human-made power plants that harness energy from the sun to turn into electricity without burning any fossil fuels to do so. When tree cover around the house is heavy, the best place to install panels is on the rooftop. Solar panels in the yard can also be mounted on devices that move the panels to track the sun's movement. Getting the most benefit out of solar panels, however, requires careful planning.
These may be our green living tips, but there are many more ways to live a green lifestyle at home. Share your green lifestyle tips on our FaceBook page: iSS FaceBook Page