There are simple, easy low cost changes that we can make within our homes to help us save energy, overall cost and lessen our impact on the planet. Below I’ve listed some easily incorporated suggestions that we can employ to begin our journey to a greener, more efficient lifestyle.
2 | Displace water in your toilet tank with a weighted 2-liter plastic bottle, a toilet tank bank or a brick. Toilets use more water than washing machines or showers. Investment: Free! Savings: 0.5 gallon per flush.
5 | Install a programmable thermostat so that your heating/cooling system runs only when you need it. Investment: $36. Savings: Reduce home energy use by up to 33%.
6 | Line-dry your clothes (the dryer is an energy hog). If you don’t currently reside in the Caribbean, sunny Florida or a southwestern state, it may not be as easy as when your grandma did it. Also, many homeowners’ associations ban clotheslines, but if it isn’t an issue in your locale, you can save a ton of money with this. Your clothes and linen feel better against your skin and experience less wear and tear.
9 | Save money and packaging: Grow herbs and veggies at home . No yard? No problem, some container gardening ideas can be found here.
10 | Install foam light-switch and outlet sealers , they insulate to prevent heating and cooling loss. Investment: around 33 cents each ($20 for 60 seals from Ace Hardware). Savings: Reduce home energy use by 2%.
Imagine how much incorporating a few of these low cost ideas into your life can save you short-term and in the long run.