Taking steps to live greener plays a critical role in our efforts to decrease global warming and preserve the planet.

It’s tempting to assume there’s nothing you can do to make a change. But the small things are cumulative.

 

There are so many practical steps we can take to conserve our resources and help keep our planet healthy.

We are here looking for ways to reduce your electricity use and bills (that cell phone charger that stays plugged in, the computer that stays on waiting for someone to use it, and the TV that sits on standby all night represent prime, examples of how “GOING GREEN” can save energy and save you money, if you unplug them, that is))

 

If you are concerned about the environment or just want to save money (or both!). Here are 21 suggestions for getting those utility bills down and shrinking your carbon footprint.

1. Just Unplug It
Unplug electrical devices when they are not in use, especially those electronics

that have a rechargeable battery (if it’s blinking, it’s using electricity).

2. Go LED or CFL
Invest in LED or compact fluorescent light bulbs.

If you are able, have skylights or sun pipes installed.

3. Lights Out
Turn off lights during the day and when you leave a room.

4. Time It
Use timers on your lamps.

5. Turn It Down
Turn your thermostat down before you go to bed and when you leave the house.

6. Use Green Energy
Look into alternative energy sources for your home –you may be able to install solar panels, a small wind turbine, or, in the near future, a magnetic generator to generate electricity.

Even installing a small solar panel or wind turbine that will run one appliance will save electricity.

7. Insulate Well
Check your home’s insulation, and seal any cracks as necessary.

Apply weather stripping to doors and windows, and insulate your attic if it is not already.

8. Cool Naturally
Cool your home with fans and open windows in the summer.

9. Change Filters
Make sure you change the filters in your heating and cooling system as often as the manufacturer recommends.

10. Insulate Heater
Your power company can probably assist you with this, and may even provide the bubble wrap-like insulation for your water heater.

11. Turn Heater Down
Turn your water heater down to 120.

This is also a good protection against accidental burns.

12. Embrace the Sun
Open the curtains and shades and let sunshine warm and light your house.

Close curtains and shades in the summer to keep hot sunlight out, or use sheets of removable window tinting ()his will cut your electricity use by reducing the need to run your central heat or air conditioning).

13. Air Dry
Hang your clothes up to dry, either indoors or out (the dryer uses a lot of electricity, and giving it a rest will decrease your consumption quite a bit).

14. Sweep
Grab a broom and sweep whenever possible instead of running the vacuum cleaner.

15. Use a Pressure Cooker
Pressure cookers reduce cooking time and stovetop temperature, thereby reducing the time your stove is on.

16. Use a Crockpot
Use a crockpot on low to cook long-cooking foods like roasts (it takes less energy to run a crockpot than a stove).

17. Turn Down Fridge
Turn your refrigerator down (but not so far that you find food spoiling too quickly).

18. Look for the Star
Choose Energy Star appliances when buying new appliances, this means the appliance is up to Australian government standards in energy efficiency.

19. Rekindle the Romance
Have dinner  by candlelight.

20. Plant Trees
Landscape with trees and shrubs that will shelter your home from the wind in the winter and provide shade in the summer.

 

Remember, small steps are cumulative and add up to make a big impact.

As our planet faces dramatic changes, it just makes sense to do as much as we can to cut down on our electricity usage and reduce energy consumption starting at home.