This year we celebrate 50 years of Earth Day! A day in April dedicated to bringing awareness to the ongoing crisis of our environment. Being eco-friendly doesn’t always mean you have to spend a lot of money, and making these choices at home not only saves you money but the world too.
We want to highlight the severity of protecting our planet, by giving you 7 different cost-effective ways you can make your house eco-friendly.
1. Replace Light Bulbs
There are 2 types of energy-conserving light bulbs: compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED). We recommend you switch to LEDs because they save us at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than traditional incandescent lighting. Although LEDs cost a little more, they save you money in the long run by how long they last.
2. Open and Close Blinds
California weather can go from beautiful and sunny to be quite chilly. Utilize your windows in the house, open and close the blinds depending on the weather and season. Open the blinds during the day in cold times to let sunlight in to save about 10% of energy on heating. As the majority of us have blinds this is an inexpensive way to save energy every day.
3. Use Extension Leads
Unplugging to save electricity is easier to do when you use a multi-socket extension lead. They come with about 4 or more sockets on the extension, and a switch to turn them on and off. This can reduce your home’s energy consumption by 10% or even more, causing your electricity bill to be cheaper.
4. Low Energy Appliances
I’m sure we have all heard of Energy Star- Qualified. Products that have received the Energy- Star rating are certified to save money, save energy, and overall protect the environment. If you were looking for energy-efficient products to switch to, click here.
5. Use a Microwave
If you were looking to heat up, warm, or cook food, a lot of it could be done in the microwave. Ovens use a lot of energy to heat up, cook items, and to cool back down. Trying to use a microwave every once in a while will save you as much as 80 percent of energy an oven uses. This is an easy way to be eco-friendly in your daily life.
6. Use Eco-Scents Around the House
Instead of spraying chemicals around your house, you can freshen it up by using eco-scents. Opt for 100% essential oils and non-aerosol scents to get your house to smell good. (Want more eco-friendly ways to clean? Visit our article 8 Tips on How To Be Eco- Friendly.)
7. Smart Dishwashing
If you have a dishwasher, do the planet a favor by saving energy, and pre-rinse the dishes yourself. When you do decide to wash, make sure the dishwasher is full, so you don’t have to use it multiple times a day, and air-dry to finish.