Saving Green While Going Green: Green Habits for your Home
If saving money is on the top of your to-do list, you may want to consider adding some green options to your home. While going green doesn’t necessarily mean living like a caveman to save money, there are a few subtractions to your lifestyle that not only make sense for the planet but also for your bottom line.
Watch your sprinklers: If you live in an area of the country where you water your grass often through the usage of a sprinkler system, double check that your settings are appropriate for the weather. For instance, your sprinklers shouldn’t turn on when it’s raining. Shop for a sensor (or some cities provide them for free) to cut this useless usage.
Cool it down: No – not your thermostat. Your laundry! Washing your clothes in cold water can get it just as clean as hot water, thanks to new detergents specifically designed for cold loads.
Turn it up: Raising your personal tolerance for heat can help to save money in the summer months. Consider opening your windows at night to let cooler air in and keeping your shades or drapes closed during the afternoon to block out the sun. Not possible in your climate? Make a habit of running errands or going to the park a few nights a week instead of lounging at home in the AC.
Turn it off: If you’re still transitioning to compact fluorescent lights, watch your lighting habits. Turn off the lights before you leave the room. Can’t remember? Install sensors to detect when the room’s empty or suddenly occupied.
Go au natural: Lots of blogs and articles are popping up about all-natural cleaning products you can make at home. White vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda can do a variety of home chores – instead of those toxic – and pricey – home cleaning products. Google around to find your favorite new cleaning recipe.