When we talk about going ‘green’, some feel it takes a lot of time and there’s got to be a drastic change in their way of life because they have to change everything about them – the way they act, think, and its all going to be too much of a hassle and very expensive!
You see, this really isn’t so; being green and taking Eco friendly steps to do what is right for our planet will only make our earth a better planet for us and unborn generations.
Above all, adopting these easy green tips I have for you today will save you lots of money every year!
Pressure cookers are great energy saving cookers. They do not allow air or liquids to escape from the pot. Did you know that as the pressure in this type of cooker intensifies, the boiling point of water becomes higher? In fact, the liquid in the pot surpasses 100 degree c before boiling due to pressure built up in the cooker. From experience, pressure cookers are time savers and can cut your cooking time in half or even more! Overall, you save time and money! Here is a delicious pressure cooker recipe I’d like to share with you.
2.Use towels or cloths
Some of us rely heavily on paper towels for convenience despite the fact that we have multipurpose cloths and towels that can be used for cleaning and hosting family and guests. Try giving your guests cloth napkins instead of paper towel and see if you wouldn’t receive lovely compliments. I know I have received lovely compliments from my guests :). Saying no to paper towels will reduce the amount of waste you produce in your homes and you also get to save money!
3.Say No to disposables
Disposables only end up in our landfill and constitute a nuisance to our environment. Why not opt for reusable items that would last longer and save our planet.
4.Residual heat…yes please!
I love this tip because this is something I practice all the time. When cooking, turn off your cooker 3 to 5 minutes just before the food is ready and leave the pot on the cooker! If you’re cooking in the oven, the same principle can be applied. Save money and energy too!
5.Faucet leakage..fix it!
It is a fact that 90 gallons or more per day of water is wasted by some homes that have leaks. Here are great tips for finding leaks in your home. Ensure you shut your faucet at all times. If you detect any leakage fix it immediately to prevent heavy bills!
6.Make your own food from scratch
The saying goes, ‘you are what you eat! This is so true. Eating fresh foods is key to living well. When you make your own food from scratch, you’re in control of your salt and sugar intake. You know the ingredients you need to prepare a healthy and nutritious meal and you know that it is way cheaper cooking your own meals rather than buying packaged store bought ready to eat foods that have been shipped to your store over a long distance.
7.Low flow shower head
Setting your shower to low flow is good for the environment and will also save you money. Don’t let those words ‘low flow’ put you off, you still end up having a great shower!
8.Have a yard sale
Instead of storing items that can be reused in your room, garage or basement, why not give them a quick clean and have them ready for sale? This can be done right there in your garage. One man’s waste becomes another man’s resource! Dispose of unwanted items and make money too!
9.Remove unnecessary items from your car
It’s always a good idea to keep certain items in your car. What about those items that have just been sitting in the car for months? Take out items you don’t need and you would realize that you use less fuel and of course you’ll save money too!
10.Use energy star appliances
Energy star appliances will save you money. If you’re thinking of buying an energy star appliance, do a thorough research here. Energy star appliances use less energy and you get to save on utility bills. According to energystar.gov, an energy star dishwasher can save you over 3,870 gallons water
11.Turn off the tap when not in use
Sometimes when the tap is not in use, you can hear that trickling sound especially if you’re not too far away or if the environment is quiet. In an environment where there are kids, it is best to check the faucets at random to ensure that faucets are shut and not left running. Little trickling of water can add up quickly and that means huge water bills. Let’s be kind to our planet.
12.Make use of the library
Libraries are packed with useful materials and books. Before buying a book, why not check and see if it is available at the library. Consider borrowing books before making purchases.
13.Line dry your clothes
Instead of relying on your dryer to do the drying why not air dry your clothes and let the sunshine and wind dry your clothes. You save money and save the planet.
14.Remember to Unplug
Fond of leaving the television and other gadgets plugged in? Turn off appliances when not in use and remember to unplug at all times.
15.Are your windows open or closed?
Do you remember to close all windows when you have the heater on? Remember to close all windows; this way your heater wouldn’t have to work so hard; over working the heater results in higher bills and more use of energy.
16.Insulation is key
When you go into a home that is not insulated, you kind of know. Insulating your home will keep your energy bills down. The following signs will let you know if a room is insulated:
a. Uneven temperatures in your home. For example: one bedroom is freezing cold while the other is warm and cozy.
b. Insects and rodents are a great sign of detecting if a room is well insulated. They make their way through tiny holes. Also, note that warm air makes its way out while cold air seeps through! Therefore, ensure all rooms are insulated and keep creepy crawly bugs out! This will reduce the energy bill costs.
Take shorter showers instead of sitting in the tub. Showers should be 5 minute or less and I can tell you from experience that 5 minutes is enough. Save resources and save money.
I’m sure these tips would be helpful. Let’s protect the environment.
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