What is Green Living?
Everyone may have their own personal definition of what Green Living means to them. But green living is basically making conscious decisions where you consider the impact your decisions have on the environment and earth – or being environmentally friendly. These home related green tips will be beneficial for both you and the environment, giving you the ability to make a global impact all while saving money and energy at the same time.
Reduce Energy and Water Consumption:
- Swap out incandescent light bulbs for LED lights. These lights have a longer lifespan, will reduce the electricity used, and will burn cooler.
- Use outdoor solar lights that are not only a beautiful touch to your landscape but may also deter thieves.
- Tune up your AC system each year to improve efficiency, as well as clean or replace filters monthly or as needed. Insulate and seal all ducts and air leaks so your money isn’t flying out the window or a crack in the window.
- Install a programmable thermostat to reduce your AC and heating bills. Programmable thermostats allow you to raise or lower the home’s temperature to the best comfort level at the time you need it (i.e. mornings, or early evenings when the family is home).
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- When replacing appliances, fixtures, and toilets, choose high efficiency and water conserving models.
- Air dry clothes vs. using a clothes dryer, at least occasionally. Clothes dryers are one of the top home appliances proven to consume the most energy.
- Close blinds or shades on the south and west facing windows during the day to keep the heat out during the warmer months.
- Turn off lights when not in use.
- Always wash clothes in cold water – hot water wastes both water and electricity, and most detergents are formulated for cold water anyway.
Other Green Living/Environmentally Friendly Tips:
- Work near home, carpool, or use public transportation.
- Be aware of toxins and use (i.e., use nontoxic pesticides, cleaning products, and paints).
- Buy locally grown vegetables and products with minimal or biodegradable packaging.
- Recycle, and buy products that contain recycled material.
- Use canvas shopping bags.
- Buy products made without sweatshop, child, or slave labor.
- Invest in or make purchases from socially responsible companies.
These are just a few Green Tips to get you started on Green Living. Being an energy-smart and environmentally conscious homeowner and consumer is always worthwhile. For more great home tips and information on how you could protect your home and your family, please visit www.FirstProtector.com.