Ways to a greener and cheaper home

Turn off the lights upon exiting a room.

Replace halogen light bulbs with LEDs or fluorescent ones that produce very little heat. Since your AC won’t run overtime to cool your house, you will save a bundle.

Add occupancy sensors in throughout the house that will automatically turn off the lights after a set amount of time. Think timers for the whole house.

Eliminate vampire electronics. Turn off the TV, computers and other electronic devices that don’t need to run all night. Sleep mode is not an option.

Change your analog thermostats to digital, programmable thermostats. Be sure to set the temperature up 5 or more degrees during the long periods of time no one is home. There is no reason for your AC or heater  to run all day when you are at work, or on the weekends if you are not home. Likewise, if you are spending your evenings downstairs, there is no need for the upstairs AC unit to run. This will save you hundreds of dollars, enough for your holiday season gift and entertaining budget!

Invest in a dual stage AC unit. IT is so much more sufficient and will save a lot of money in the future.

Invest in a high efficiency wood burning furnace. We installed one last year. What a blessing! With only 8 logs a day we are able to heat up two homes and their water heaters all winter for a fraction of the cost of running our old traditional kerosene furnace.

If you can, invest in solar panels. We installed an array of solar panels on the roof of our house along with a generator and are selling electricity back to the state. Electric bill=$0 but still $15.00 of monthly taxes just because L. The good news is we are off the grid and do not have to worry about power outages.

Save on your water bill: install a rain catchment system (a.k.a. rain gutters and a bid cistern) to collect rain water and water your garden. Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible and don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth. When taking a shower, slightly reduce the flow of water.

Recycle. Don’t be lazy now. It does not take any more time to throw a soda can in a recycle bin than in a regular garbage can. Most cities have one, yes, one bin for all recyclable items. You can make room under your sink or in your pantry to fit another bin. When you realize how much can be recycled, soon you’ll barely need an ordinary garbage can and you’ll save a lot on trash bags.

Compost. There is nothing quite as good as good old compost made from your kitchen scraps and shredded papers. Invest in a composter and enjoy a better harvest by the next season. If you have a vegetable garden, you can throw your food scraps right in it. Nature will take care of the composting for you J

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