Green Up Your Home Energy Usage the Easy Way

Green Living

So many people believe that living “green” is time-consuming and difficult.  It couldn’t be farther from the truth!  By using some common send and making some simple changes, you can see improvements in energy usage, water conservation and lowering utility costs.

Saving energy can be so simple and may remind you of things your family did in generations past. Think about this: Instead of using your dryer during summer months, use the sun. There is simply nothing better than the smell of clothes dried outdoors.

By drying clothes outside, you’ll save on electricity as well as laundry chemicals and have the benefit of getting to spend time in nature. While you are thinking about sources of energy, turn off lights in rooms that have banks of windows unless you really need them. Simply shutting off lights can decrease energy usage in an amazing way.

Also, consider doing your chores later in the evening. Instead of running the washing machine or dishwasher during the day, set them to run as you go to bed. You’ll pay less for the energy and put less strain on the electrical grid system. Conserving water can also be simple. Instead of pouring half consumed glasses of water down the drain, use them to water pots of plants or pour them into your outdoor rain barrel.

Decreasing your energy usage, costs and increasing your water conservation can be so easy. Instead of trying to make sweeping, difficult changes, try these tips to help you green up your home energy usage the easy way.

The Best Ways To Conserve Water

With the push to live greener, many people have been switching over to environmentally friendly practices such as recycling, buying Energy Star rated appliances, and re-purposing. One area that people don’t always talk about, though, is the need to address problems caused by global warming and to conserve water.

There are many ways to conserve water and it is important to do so. Did you know that if you only run your washing appliances, such as your dishwasher and washing machine when they are totally full, you can save up to 1000 gallons of water a year?

If you need to run more frequent cycles, consider a dishwasher that is “drawer” style that has two smaller compartments. In addition, if you skip using the garbage disposal and compost your scraps instead, you’ll save water. Adding plants to your yard in the cooler seasons where there is more rain will save on the water needed to help them grow. Connecting a rain barrel to your downspout can also provide a source of water for plants.

Simply stepping out of the shower two minutes faster over one month can save more than 100 gallons of water. If you see that your shower or other plumbing fixture is leaking, make sure to fix it right away. Leaking fixtures are a huge waste of water. You can even add a water saving aerator to save on consumption and live an eco-friendly life.

These quick tips can help you to save on one of our most precious commodities – water. Try them today and see how easy it is to do your part and become a steward of our earth!

Eco-Friendly Camping

Camping can be one of the summer’s greatest joys. A wonderful way to make family memories that last, camping can also be a way for kids to learn more about the environment. Believe it or not, there are ways that your camping experience can become more eco-friendly. Read on for some tips as to how to turn your next camping trip into a green adventure:

  • Bring reusable plates and utensils. While it may be tempting to buy paper plates and plastic utensils for camping, it is also bad for the environment. You can purchase reusable plates, napkins and an inexpensive set of silverware that will last you for years of camping trips.
  • Buy green gear. Nowadays, more and more camping gear is being made from recycled materials or being resold. Whether sleeping bags, tents or bags, you can check to see what they are made of or simply buy used items at local garage sales or consignment shops.
  • Use camp bathrooms and showers. This may sound like a no-brainer, but taking a bath in a local pond with your favorite soap can damage the ecosystem. Camp bathrooms and showers are properly set up to dispose of waste and wastewater and are also more sanitary for you to bathe in. Read also this post about green living within your means.

The next time you go camping, consider ways that you can protect the environment while enjoying the great outdoors. By using regular plates and utensils, buying used gear, and taking advantage of campground facilities, you’ll have fun and protect our natural resources at the same time.