It is much easier than you think to make your home ecologically and environmentally friendly and it can save you some cash.
Pay your bills online. Most banks have free online bill pay and this service also includes copies of your bills online. You will save money on postage, and the fees that some companies charge to pay over-the-phone and you will save some trees!
Wash your clothes in cold water. By switching from hot to cold water you will soak up 90 percent less power and save money on your electric bill.
Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs. Yes, the bulbs cost a little more than traditional light bulbs, but they burn 75 percent less energy and they last about 10 times longer.
Take your slightly-used clothes to a consignment store. Someone else will love the clothes you have outgrown or do not like anymore and you can get cash in your pocket.
Shorten your shower time. Reducing your showers by five minutes saves money and conserves up to 750 gallons of water a month.
Turn down the thermostat. Put on a sweater when it gets a little chilly instead of cranking up the heat. For every degree you lower your thermostat you can knock about 5 percent off your electric bill.
Shut off the faucet when you brush your teeth. You waste about 8 gallons of water if you let the water run when you brush your teeth twice a day. That adds up!
Switch from paper to cloth napkins. Use cloth napkins at home instead of paper ones. It is easier to wash the cloth napkins (in cold water of course) and save the 2,200 napkins the average American uses in a year.
Break your bottled-water habit. Buy a filtered water container for your fridge for use at home and use a refillable water container while you are out and save not only the environment but up to $500 per year in cost!
Use your dishwater. Believe it or not, it is more cost efficient to wash a full load of dishes in the dishwasher than to wash them by hand.
Use your computer‚Äôs sleep function. Set your computer to enter sleep mode after 20 minutes of inactivity and save up to $75 in energy per computer annually.
Take your plastic bags back to the grocery store to recycle them. Our local Walmart Supercenter has a recycle box right inside the door. You can also purchase reusable grocery bags at all the local grocery stores. These bags come in handy for many uses.