How To Go Green At Home Without Breaking The Bank

Going green and protecting the environment doesn’t have to be expensive. Making some small changes around your home can add up to substantial energy savings. Some changes can also save you money each year.

Start with your water consumption. With an aerator, you can use less water when you take your daily shower. Dishwashers and washing machines may consume large amounts of water, too. If your machines are several years old, consider upgrading to newer models.

Always run your washing machine with a full load. Smaller loads may not save as much energy as washing fewer loads. Additionally, choose energy-efficient lighting options: Replace incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs. LEDs are about 90 percent more efficient than traditional light bulbs. You can also recycle LED bulbs to reduce landfill waste. Harsh home cleaning solutions can produce greenhouse gases; opt for homemade cleaning solutions instead. Lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil are useful cleaning agents you can use throughout your home.

Your home’s heating and cooling system requires energy and money to operate. You want your family to be comfortable all year long, but if you’re noticing increases on your energy bills, it may be time to upgrade your HVAC system. While this replacement is an upfront expense, you’ll save money on HVAC energy costs each year. Proper maintenance is a critical factor in keeping your system running as efficiently as possible no matter its age. Schedule semiannual checkups before the cold winter months and sweltering summer weather.

See the infographic below for more details on how to save energy in your home.