It's easy to introduce your family to a Eco-friendly lifestyle by taking a few simple measures at home. "Going green" doesn't mean eating sprouts with every meal or only using cloth shopping bags. These practical tips can help your family easily reduce your energy use, electric bill, and lower your impact on the earth even in the midst of kids and chaotic schedules, which we all know to be life.
Did you know that by simply changing your laundry settings on your clothes washer and dryer, you can extend your clothing's vibrancy and lifespan? Doing your laundry on a cold wash accomplishes all this and helps save electricity. Limit the drying time in the clothes dryer to save energy, and hang up your shirts and delicates to allow them to air dry, also extending the life of your clothes.
Pulling the plug on your electronics when they aren't in use helps save power and reduces your electric bill. Even electronics that are turned off use power. Have a group of electrics in one place? Use a power strip with an easy on/off switch. Taking a minute or two out of your busy schedule to unplug devices will save your family power and money. Unplug everything you use during the day when you go on vacation. There's no point in using unnecessary electricity if you won't be home anyway.
Here are some items that can be easily unplugged when not in use.
Adjusting temperature settings in your home will not only help you save electricity, but even create a space of optimal health, comfort, and productivity. Even if you are not interested in saving electricity, adjusting your thermostat is also being health conscious. When you are away from home, setting your thermostat to 60 degrees should be adequate during the winter. Reduce your home's air conditioning usage in the summer when you are away on vacation.
In the case of computers and laptops, it's not always convenient to switch it off. If you are away from your computer for a short amount of time, save electricity by putting it into sleep mode. However, if you are going to be away for long hours it is better to switch it off.
If you don't need your PC and laptop screens to be very bright, adjust it to save your eyes and minimize energy waste. You may also have the option to use the Energy Saver mode and save additional electricity. Adjusting the brightness of your screen also works for smart phones and tablets, and will help save battery life.
Using the stairs saves the electricity an elevator requires, and also helps you stay fit. A double win!
Compact fluorescent light bulbs have served us for years now, but replacing your standard bulbs with LEDs will make them last long and use energy more efficiently. Also, LED bulbs do not contain any harmful gases, making them a safer option too.
We hope you benefit from some of these practical tips for leading a greener, more energy efficient lifestyle. How do you plan to go green with your family?