5 Green Ways To Save Money In Your Home
Going green is not just a phrase anymore, it’s a movement that can help save you money and help the environment. In fact, people are replacing items in their homes with appliances that are more energy efficient because it can help them save them money in the long run. Here are some great tips for different areas to help you go green and save.
Using a low-flow toilet can help you save on your water bill, but the upfront expense can be a deterrent. If you aren’t ready to spend $400 quite yet start by trying to put a small brick or sealed bag of rocks in the tank. This will offset some of the water without reducing the pressure. You can also switch your showerhead to a low-flow head. This can help you keep the pressure with less wasted water.
Try switching to propane. Propane actually costs about half as much as electricity and emits 60 percent fewer hydrocarbons, which contribute to smog. Appliances that use propane have a shorter payback period based on the energy savings. From the stove and refrigerator to the water heater and dryer, practically everything you need for your home is available for use with propane. You also can improve the energy-efficiency of propane tanks by using a Powerblanket. This can help improve the efficiency of your tank and end up saving you even more in the long run.
It is also a good idea to replace the weather-stripping and caulk around your doors and windows. When the weather-stripping gets cracked or the caulking begins to peel, it can let cool air escape in the summer and warm air escape in the winter. That can cause your HVAC system to work harder and can waste energy.
Stop handwashing those dishes. Newer dishwashers are actually more efficient and use less water than hand washing a load of dishes. Just make sure you wait to run the dishwasher until it’s completely full to maximize the savings.
Don’t use the dryer. Invest in a clothesline. For many, using a clothesline is only possible when weather permits. Even if you only line dry half the time you will still see energy savings.
Washing your clothes in cold water is another good way to go green and save in the laundry room. Today’s detergents don’t need hot water to work their best and that can save you about 90 percent of the energy normally used to do one load of laundry.
While replacing appliances may not be in the budget, there are many things you can do a little at a time to reduce the amount of energy you use and lower your expenses. Even little changes can save you big over time.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. She loves to connect with people on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kara.masterson.58.