Saturday, 16 Feb 2008

Go Green While Saving Green

Kill two birds with one stone.  Go green while saving green.  There are many ways to save money and the environment.

  • Use CFLs (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) – While the initial cost is somewhat higher than standard bulbs, CFLs use less energy.  If you install CFLs in your most-used fixtures, you can easily recoup their initial cost.

  • Bricks aren’t just for building – Consider putting a brick (or something similar in mass) in your toilet tank.  Because this displaces some of the water, each flush will use slightly less water.  You won’t notice a difference in your flushing but you will save water and money.

  • Unplug unused appliances – Do you leave your hairdryer plugged in all the time?  Appliances draw power even when they’re not in use.  Unplug small appliances when you’re not using them.  You’ll soon see a difference in your power bill.

  • Invest in power strips for items such as TVs and computers – One benefit is protecting your equipment from electrical surges.  Also, you can turn off the power strip (reducing energy usage) when you will be away from home for long periods of time.

  • Use a rain barrels – Rain barrels can be purchased or constructed very cheaply.  By collecting rainwater to use for gardening or other outdoor need, you can reduce the amount of water that goes to waste as well as save on your water bill.

  • Install an attic fan – If you live in a particularly warm climate, summer cooling bills can be high.  Attic fans draw out hot air which helps lower the ambient temperature in your home.  This decreases the load on your air conditioning unit, saving power and money.

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