Green Tips For Homeowners

Small Steps, Right Attitude, Big Changes

To me, there is much truth in the old saying “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Being intentionally eco-friendly has to do with celebrating creativity, being wise with what is given to us, and passing on those values to the next generation. I have found that nine times out of ten, practicing green alternatives in my home is the more cost effective option.  There are many little things we can do in our homes to play a part in reducing landfill waste, creating cleaner air, and preserving nature. When we get our kids involved, we double our efforts, helping them to understand why we do what we do.  When they get it, it’ll be second nature to them as adults—it will be that much easier to pass it down to their children. Here are a few easy, green choices we can make in our homes.  Make a point this year choose couple that you’re not already doing. You may find that they become a welcome habit.

  • Lowering your thermostat by just one degree can reduce energy costs by about four percent.
  • Use ceiling fans in the summer AND winter. In winter, to keep rooms warmer, reverse the direction of the blades to push warm air down.
  • Purchase major appliances with an Energy Star rating. An Energy Star-qualified refrigerator would save enough electricity to light a home for more than four and a half months compared to a 1990 model.
  • Repair leaky fixtures: one drop per second from a leaky faucet can waste as mush as 10 gallons of water each week.
  • Reduce water consumption and the cost of heating water by as much as 50 percent by installing low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets.