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Simple Ways to Live a Greener Lifestyle

Posted Mar 27 2012 9:56pm

Living green is a hot topic. Many consumers are turning their interest to green alternatives that offer potential savings. From utilizing natural products that have a smaller impact on the environment to controlling the temperatures of heaters and air conditioners to reduce energy use, consumers are exploring green lifestyles.

Go natural

Start cleaning your home with all-natural ingredients to begin your green lifestyle. Before cleaning products were available at retail stores for cleaning glass, people used lemon juice or vinegar for cleaning. Not only do these natural products get surfaces squeaky clean, they do not impact the environment like the harsh additives found in man-made products. Additional go-to products include baking soda and white vinegar , both of which can be used for everything from scrubbing tub grout to cleaning metal.

Energy answers

A simple way to cut back the cost of electric and gas energy is change your laundry methods. To conserve water, regulate how often you wash clothes. Wait until there is enough clothing to run a full load instead of tossing one pair of jeans or two towels into the washer. Save additional energy costs by cutting down on dryer time. Allow items to dry on hangers or a clothesline. You’ll even lengthen the life of your clothing and prevent shrinking.

Ironing uses energy, both yours and electric. For casual or everyday household items, use a wrinkle releaser to smooth out wrinkles instead of ironing them. The product is readily available at grocery stores and drugstores; cost is minimal; and the convenience and energy savings are significant.

Waste no water

Have a low-flow toilet installed to conserve water without losing efficiency. Incorporate a timer for showers or switch to a low-flow showerhead. No matter how good it feels to take a long, hot shower, each minute the water is running costs money and wastes water.

The heat is on

Two of the biggest energy consumers in the home are heaters and air conditioners. Whether you are using a central system or stand-alone unit, running the heat or air at full power, 24 hours a day is costly. To avoid high energy bills, close vents to any rooms not in use. Adjust the temperature, so the system switches on only periodically when you are not at home. There is no reason to have a cool or warm house if no one is there to enjoy it. Regulating your home’s temperature will also prevent heating and cooling systems from being overtaxed and requiring repairs or replacement. Take advantage of low-cost cooling aids, like blinds or curtains, to block wind and cold during the winter.

Using a few simple procedures can save you significant dollars throughout the year on utility bills. Living green is not just in vogue — it’s a money saver.

 

Guest blogger Holly is a soccer enthusiast, travel addict, avid baker and concert goer. She blogs on behalf of Sears and other quality brands she trusts.

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