Trying to figure out all the ways to go green can quickly become overwhelming, so it’s best to start with small steps that are easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life. To get you on the right track, the team at Best Pick Reports has put together a two-part blog series with simple tips for going green, beginning with ways you can be greener in your home.

Easy Ways to Be Green at Home

  1. Turn off lightsTurn off the lights when you exit a room.

  2. Swap all your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which use significantly less energy.

  3. Unplug appliances and chargers when not in use to prevent them from pulling energy unnecessarily. If that’s too much of a hassle, plug most of your electronics into power strips, which will allow you to cancel the flow of power with just the flip of a switch.

  4. Cool your home naturally by keeping the windows open, unless you suffer from allergies.

  5. Put ceiling fans in as many rooms as possible. They circulate both cool and warm air, which reduces the need to crank up the A/C or the heat.

  6. Install a programmable thermostat, and set it to seven to ten degrees warmer or cooler—warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter—during the hours you typically work and sleep. Or, consider installing a learning thermostat.

  7. Cut back on the amount of time you spend in the shower, and don’t let water run when you’re not actively using it.

  8. Replace your showerheads with low-flow versions.

  9. Wash full loads of laundry, and use cold water for everything except bedding, towels, and items that are extremely soiled.

  10. Clothes lineDry clothes and linens on a clothesline when the weather is nice.

  11. Run the dishwasher only when full, which actually uses less water, energy, and soap than washing dishes by hand.

  12. Get a rain barrel, and use the water for tasks such as watering nonedible plants and washing cars, windows, and outdoor furniture.

  13. Avoid introducing chemicals into the environment by making your own cleaning solutions from products you probably already have around your home.

  14. Opt for reusable washcloths instead of paper towels.

  15. Pay your bills online, get your statements via email, and unsubscribe from junk mail.

  16. Recycle. To start, find out what materials the recycling centers near you will recycle, and set up bins for the items you wish to collect. If you live in an apartment or condo, check if your building already has recycling bins your family can use.

  17. Eat local; it reduces the travel expenses and carbon footprint of your food.

Going green doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time. Take just a few of the above actions, and you may be surprised at the difference in both your carbon footprint and your energy costs. Also, don’t forget to check back later this week for even more easy ways to be green.

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