Simple Steps to Greener Living in Your Home

We spend a great deal of time in our homes, relaxing, sleeping, and just living.  There are a variety of steps you can take to make you home more eco-friendly.  While some may cost tens of thousands of dollars, there are smaller changes you can make to help the environment.  As you earn and save more money, you can move on to the more expensive changes.

Here are some eco-friendly changes you can make that don’t cost a fortune:

1.  Line dry your clothes.  Unless you have a load of towels or blankets, there is really no need to dry your clothes with a dryer.  Save the energy and just hang up your clothes.  If you can’t hang them outside, bamboo hanging racks are inexpensive, and the clothes will dry within a few hours in the summer and within 24 hours in the winter.

2.  Conserve your water.  If you steam vegetables in a steamer, don’t throw out the nutrient rich water underneath the steamer.  Instead, use it to water your plants.  If you have hard water, consider investing in a water softener system like Harvey Water Softeners.  Not only will you get rid of lime scale, but you won’t use as much water because you won’t need to run pre-wash cycles on your dishwasher and washing machine.

3.    Install a programmable thermometer.  If you are at work for 10 hours a day, program your thermometer to lower the temperature in your home by 5 to 10 degrees.  Then, 30 to 60 minutes before you return home, have the thermometer increase the temperature to what is comfortable for you.  Likewise, at night, if you like to snuggle underneath blankets, drop the temperature again and have it increase an hour before you wake in the morning.  Not only are you conserving resources, but you will save substantially on your energy bill.
Many think that making “green” changes to your home cost tens of thousands of dollars.  While some changes do cost that much, you can begin by making simple behavioral changes that don’t cost much money but have a big impact on how you live.

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  1. I love this list! It has some things I never even thought about. I love the idea of using the water I have left from steaming vegetables to water my plants. Definitely something I will start doing! Thank you!

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