Easy Steps to a Greener Home Life - dummies

Easy Steps to a Greener Home Life

Part of Green Your Home All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.