Environmental concerns have long been front page news. Global warming, rising energy costs, and diminishing natural resources means that we should all invest a little time and effort into reducing the mark we make on our planet.
Our individual carbon footprint matters, and it is the individual’s responsibility to minimize their imprint on the Earth. Take a moment to read a bit about what steps can be taken to operate a more eco-friendly household.
The refrigerator is one of the biggest energy hogs in the house. To maintain a healthy temperature for food, the refrigerator has to draw energy around the clock. Besides purchasing an Energy Star energy efficient fridge, here are a few inexpensive tips to reduce the amount of energy needed to keep food cool.
Turn the dials inside the refrigerator to a warmer setting. Obviously, it needs to be cool enough to keep the food at a safe temperature, but the fridge does not have to put chunks of ice in the milk.
Keep the freezer and refrigerator as full as possible. When there is more food inside, the appliance does not have to work as hard to keep the desired internal temperature.
In the bathroom, the shower is a significant source of water usage. Heating the water also takes energy. Investing in a low-flow shower head is much more efficient than it was a few years ago. Tech advancements in the design have made low-flow shower heads quite enjoyable.
High efficiency toilets are another great way to save on water usage. An average toilet uses over twice the amount of water per flush as a high efficiency toilet.
The electronics typically found in the living room draw energy, even when they are not being used. It helps to invest in an energy power strip that can be turned off when devices are not being used.
To save on heating and cooling costs, try hanging blackout curtains in every window. Blackout curtains are specially made to keep out the heat from the sun’s rays. They will not make the room pitch black, but they will keep the home’s HVAC unit from working so hard to maintain a steady temperature.
The bedroom is a source of great waste for many people. Clothing and other adornment materials are often tossed aside with little to no use. If the closets are packed full of unused apparel, it is time to clean house. Make a stack for keeps and a stack for Goodwill.
Secondhand clothing and furniture is a great way to reduce unnecessary waste. Reusing these items reduces the overall demand for more and keeps excess materials out of landfills.