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Green Living @ home

Green living starts at home. Take these tips into account to get a greener home and cut your energy bills. 

Green home

What a waste of energy

First of all you should have an energy audit for your home so you can see through which appliances you are wasting energy most. Most utility companies will provide this service or you can have it done by an independent contractor. Such an audit will not only tell you where and how you are wasting energy but will also indicate areas that are lacking insulation. Follow the suggestions indicated in the audit report.

An obvious measure you can take to no longer waste energy is to turn off any household appliances and machines when not in use. For example, make sure to teach your kids to turn off the lights when they leave the room. This will not only save energy but also money so it’s definitely worth trying.

Can’t stand the heat

If you don’t have one yet, a programmable programmable thermostat is something you really need. Programming the heat to turn down at night or while you’re gone will save a big amount of money and energy. Additionally, you can use shades to keep heat in during the winter and out during summer. Also in summer, open a window at night to let the cool night air in, and during the day just close your windows and curtains to keep the house cool.

Power strip

Power to the power strip

Did you know power strips are eco-friendly? Well, they most definitely are, and they’ll save you money. Just about any modern device draws power even when they are turned off. So, get your family to use them for any gadgets and devices, and when not in use just turn your power strips off. Definitely worth the try: you can save up to 10% on your energy bill! While you’re at it, also try to go green at the office, so computers don’t unnecessarily draw power.

Buy in bulk

When going grocery shopping try to look for food that hasn’t travelled too far from farm to fork. Local produce from farms close by are much more eco-friendly because they don’t need to be transported too far for you to buy them. Read the labels to see where they were produced. Also, try to buy in bulk to avoid large amounts of packaging. Buying your foods at farmers market, co-ops or community supported agriculture are a great way to buy more eco-friendly. You can take your own cloth bag to the market and have it filled up with foods to your liking.

Voila, some very useful green living tips for you to try at home. It’ll not only save you loads of energy but also big amounts of money. What’s not to like?