Easy Steps to a Greener Home Life
Your home is the best place to start making green living choices and small changes add up to big differences if you’re looking for a greener lifestyle. Turn these simple, super-quick tips into habits around your home:
In winter, throw on a sweater and turn down the thermostat on your furnace to approximately 68°F. In summer, take off your sweater and turn up the thermostat on your air conditioning to about 78°F.
Unplug chargers for cellphones and other small or portable electronic devices when they’re not in use.
Turn off electrical appliances at the wall (or on a power strip) rather than leaving them on standby.
Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth and wash your face.
Take showers instead of baths and keep them to five minutes or less.
Get the whole family involved in making green changes. Make it fun!
Switch to energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Recycle as much household waste as possible.
Give away things that you no longer need instead of throwing them out.
Choose plants that are well suited to your growing conditions — they need less watering and are more pest-resistant.