Thanks to my friends over at Proud Green Home, families can find ways to revitalize their surroundings in true green fashion, as economically this will save on one’s utility bills, and overall provide individuals with a fine return on investment.
Listed below are eight (8) great ways to aide for the green cause. For this may offer some suggestions to assist in making small contributions to the bigger picture of living efficiently and effectively. As one make slight upgrades, this does help in the quest for improving the community and the overall environment.
* Maintain a low-flow shower head. This would save water usage and water heating costs by at least 30 percent, as shower time would not be impacted. Earlier this year my town featured an ecology fair as these replacements were distributed for free. Contact your local town as there may be incentive programs available.
* Thermostats changeouts. Installing a programmable device like this would keep that extra green right in your pocket, as setback capabilities are used.
* Ceiling fans. Having an energy savings fan could save you at least $100 for every couple of months. Also behavioral issues like turning off the fans when not in use is also an added bonus.
* Faucet aerators. This is applied at the end of the faucet as the release of water is placed through smaller opening, as this holds back on additional flow. An inexpensive adjustment indeed as this cuts back usage in half.
* Replacing a dishwasher with an energy star related one. This would save about 10 gallons of water per washing cycle. It may be slightly more than what you are paying for, though in the long run it’s a great cost savings.
* Tighten your air by weatherstripping and caulking. Drafts have a way to creep into your home via windows and doors. The little bit of effrt would save about 10-15 percent of incurred heating and cooling costs.
* Install low-flush toilets. One can resort from using a toilet that uses 3.5 gallons of water per flush to a revised one that uses less than a gallon per flush. The effort certainly is better than watching your money disappear.
* Replace bulbs with compact fluourescent ones. This is the most common of all replacements where cost can range anywhere from $2-$5 per bulb, though it could save more in the long run, lights lasts longer, and energy is reduced by 75 percent.
Real adjustments starts with the real you. Have a blessed day, think green, and be safe.