Ways to Green Your Home
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with high – efficiency compact fluorescent light bulb. Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last 10 times longer.
- Completely unplug appliances after turning them off. More than 5% of our national energy usage comes from phantom loads (energy consumed when appliances are left on standby mode).
- Purchase foods, goods, and services that are grown or produced close to home. Shop for groceries at 2nd Street Market, other local farmers markets in the Dayton area, or grow your own produce organically.
- Insulate your water heater, and turn it down or on vacation mode when you leave for trips.
- Turn your thermostat up in the summer, and down in the winter. Set your thermostat no lower than 78 degrees during the summer. During the winter, set your thermostat no higher than 68 degrees in the daytime, and 55 degrees at night. According to Vectren Energy, each degree your thermostat goes down during the winter could result in 2-3% savings in heating costs.
- Water your yard with collected rainwater. Install a rain barrel in your yard to collect rainwater, which can be used to water plants. For instructions on rain barrel construction and installation click here.
- Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full. Try washing clothing in cold water only to save money on hot water heating.
- Install water-saving heads in your sinks and showers.
- Install a low-flush toilet, or put a brick or bottle of water in your tank so you use less water with each flush.
- Step 1: Fill a half gallon container. A plastic bottle (juice/milk) is ideal. Remove any paper or plastic label on the outside of the container. Fill it at least partially with pebbles, sand, or gravel - whatever is handy. Then add water if more weight is needed. If you just fill it with water, though, the container will move around in the tank and interfere with the mechanism.
- Step 2: Place the container in the tank of the toilet.
- Step 3: Carefully lower it into the water.
- Step 4: Replace the lid of the tank.
- Step 5: Flush. The New York Times reported that a sealed half gallon container will save half a gallon on each flush. If you, like most Americans, flush 5 times daily, your family of 5 will save 350 gallons (1325 liters) of water every month. These savings will significantly cut your water bill, too.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
- Carry reusable bags when you shop. On average, one person throws away 350 shopping bags each year.
- Purchase products that use less packaging and contain less harmful material.
- Request to be taken off junk mailing lists and try paying your bills online.
- Avoid using paper plates, Styrofoam cups, and other items meant for one time use.
- Donate unused or unwanted items instead of throwing them away.
- Create a compost bin
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