Run an Energy-Efficient Household
1. Equip Your Home with Energy Star Appliances
From your kitchen to your laundry room, appliances take up a lot of your home's energy. To help increase the efficiency of your appliances, look for the ENERGY STAR logo. This label ensures that your appliance is using 5 to 10 percent less energy than its standard counterpart and reduces greenhouse emissions. You can find the ENERGY STAR label on dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, stoves, washing machines, dryers, and more.
2. Install a Low-Flow Toilet
3. Light Up Your Eco-Friendly House with LED Light Bulbs
LED light bulbs are a great way to help the environment. They consume 90 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs and contain no mercury or other hazardous materials. Energy efficient light bulbs also last longer! They provide up to 10,000 hours of light, which is two to four times longer than most standard light bulbs. With savings in energy use and buying less replacement bulbs, making the switch to LED bulbs is a sure way to have a big impact on the environment.
4. Reduce Your Water Waste with WaterSense Faucets for Your Kitchen & Bath
When you're outfitting your home with eco-friendly faucets, look out for the WaterSense label. The label means the faucets are 20 percent more water efficient than the standard faucet. WaterSense faucets use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute, compared to the standard flow of 2.2 gallons per minute.
Tip: When you're brushing your teeth remember to turn the tap off between brushing and rinsing your mouth. It can save a family up to 10 gallons of water every day!
5. Stay Clean with Green Cleaning Products
Whether you enjoy cleaning or not, your cleaning supplies could be having a negative impact on the environment. When you’re shopping for floor or multi-purpose cleaners, make sure you read the label closely. Look for products that are non-toxic and biodegradable and have a recyclable bottle.
6. Get Smart with a New Thermostat
Updating your home to the 21st Century can help bring you one step closer to making your home more efficient. A smart thermostat will regulate your energy use by offering ultimate control over the temperature of your home. Most smart thermostats will allow you to choose energy saving settings and will offer tips on how to make smart energy-saving choices. There are also features that allow you to monitor your energy consumption.
7. Keep Cool & Save the Planet with an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner
There are two types of eco-friendly air conditioning units: split systems and packaged central air conditioning systems. Split systems are the most economical and have an outdoor cabinet which compresses and condenses the air, releasing the hot air outdoors. Packaged central air conditioning systems use ducts, which go through the home’s walls or roof to connect with the air conditioner outdoors.
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8. Lay an Eco-Friendly Foundation with Green Building Supplies
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9. Energy-Efficient Window Shopping
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10. Sustainable Flooring, Sustainable Life
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