DIY tips to green your home and contribute to a greener America

DIY tips to green your home and contribute to a greener America

Take a green step and honor Mother Earth each and every day. Come together unified for a Greener America.

Here are more steps to take within your home that will help you be more environment friendly, lead a greener life and contribute to a Greener America at the same time.

  • When you are cold, do not crank up the heat. Instead, add a layer to keep you warm and ideally set your thermostat at 68 degrees F.
  • Summer is coming: Use a fan instead of air conditioning. A fan uses less energy than a conventional air conditioning, plus it produces no fluorocarbons. It also requires less energy to manufacture.
  • When you cook open your windows for natural ventilation and avoid using your stove fan.
  • Use LED bulbs for your your table and floor lamps.
  • Close your window shades to either save heat or keep the room cold.
  • Unplug phone chargers, televisions, computer monitors and DVD players to reduce your energy use and your monthly bill. Your phone only needs only about 2 hours to recharge.
  • Shop on line and reduce magazines and news papers waste. Call magazines you subscribe to and online catalog, they can stop sending them to you.
  • Buy bar towels to use in your kitchen instead of towel papers. Get them white and free of dyes: Walmart sells packs of (9) for $3.97. Make sure you wash them with an all natural HE laundry detergent prior to using.
  • Use all natural and concentrated dishwashing liquids such as Dishmate. A little goes a long way. You will reduce bottle waste and use less water this way. You will also avoid chemicals from spreading on your dishes.
  • Hand wash you dishes instead of using your dishwasher. A tip: soak your dishes in a basin with warm water and and a few drops of dishwashing liquid for 15 minutes and then rinse. If you have to use the dishwasher please use the energy saver saver button.
  • Turn off the water when you lather up in the shower.
  • Use organic shampoos that are sulfate free, they foam less, will clean better and are better for you. You will use less water to rinse your hair.
  • Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. An average faucet wastes 2 gallons of water per minute.
  • Use a damp wash cloth, or a small pitcher of water to clean when you use the bathroom to avoid using too much toilet paper. It is more hygienic too. (Europeans use bidets).
  • If shopping for a washer consider a High Efficiency one. There are many promotions going on this month.
  • Use HE detergents and softeners, as they are more concentrated and will use less water.
  • Use cold water as much as possible when doing laundry.
  • Recycle your electronic devices
  • Recycle your old furniture and give to a shelter or to the salvation army. You can also try to locate a furniture recycler near you.

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