We are very mindful of the significance of being environmentally friendly in your own home, but most people don’t have the time or money to include solar power panels to roofs or the capability to sell the household car and ride bikes! But, there ARE simple strategies to going green in your house which could even help you save money too!
1. Set your thermostat 2-3 degrees less than normal in winter and 2-3 degrees higher during the warm months. Not only will you be going green in the home, but you will probably be surprised about the influence on your heating and cooling bills.
2. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. 85% of the energy coming from an automatic washer emanates from heating water. There are many detergents now available for cold water washing.
3. Set your water heater to 120 degrees. It is safer for your children and saves energy at the same time.
4. Purchase a water purification for the sink rather than buying bottled water. It will be cheaper in the end and you will have less waste to the landfill. Also, buy a stainless-steel water bottle for your gym and fill-up before going!
5. Use homemade, non-toxic cleaning products just as one easy way of becoming environmentally friendly in your own home. Try pouring vinegar and baking soda in a drain to unclog, use half vinegar and half water is a glass cleaner, and try rubbing a cut lemon in baking soda and use being a pot scrubber. Or purchase non-toxic cleaners from Mrs. Myers or Seventh Generation. Both are available for your local grocery store at a reasonable price.
6. Unplug electronics the clothes airer and TURN OUT THE LIGHTS when leaving a space. (You wouldn’t leave the water running, would you?)
7. Add plants to your decor. English Ivy and Peace Lilies tend to be easy to look after and take away pollutants like formaldehyde through the air.
8. The number one consumer of electricity in your house could be the refrigerator. Be sure your fridge is scheduled to 37 degrees plus your freezer to zero degrees.
9. Remove your reputation from junk mailing lists. Go to and have your business removed. Great way to save paper!
10. Use reusable grocery bags instead of paper or plastic bags. Nearly 100 billion plastics bags are disposed of each year!
Going green in the home is a simple course of action whenever we all simply make a few small changes to our everyday lives. And the GREEN bills you save is going to be pretty great too!