Green Home Tips: How to Save Energy and Resources at Home
SAVE ENERGY WITH LIGHTS
Turn off lights when not in use.
Use compact flourescent light (CFL) bulbs instead on incandescent ones. CFL bulbs use half the energy of regular bulbs and can also last ten times as long.
Use small lamps instead of overhead lights.
SAVE ON HEATING AND COOLING
Seal air leaks with weather-stripping and caulk. You can save about 20% on energy bills by sealing windows, doors, fireplaces, recessed lights, vents, and electrical outlets with weather-stripping, instant foam and caulk. It also cuts down on noise, pollution, and pests.
Seal leaks in ductwork to reduce your air-conditioner and heat usage. This also reduces dust, mold, and humidity.
Install high-quality insulation to reduce heat and air-conditioner use. Choose fiberglass batts (and always avoid formaldehyde-free batts).
Seal and insulate your home's attic hatch and knee-wall doors.
If your home has an attic, install a radiant barrier. The aluminum-coated barrier can reduce summer energy costs by blocking heat radiated through the roof.
Shade your windows. Install blinds or use solar screens on windows to block sunlight during sunny, warm-weather months. Shutter and Energy-Star low-E high impact windows also help prevent damage from hurricane winds.
SAVE ENERGY IN THE KITCHEN
Purchase appliances with the Energy Star symbol.
Open and close the refrigerator door quickly to maintain the temperature. The cold setting should be sufficient to cool your items (coldest is rarely needed).
Dust off refrigerator coils twice a year.
Unplug toasters, coffee machines, blenders, and other powered appliances when not in use.
SAVE ENERGY IN THE OFFICE AND LIVING ROOM
Purchase electronics with the Energy Star symbol.
Turn off computers and monitors when not in use.
Set computers to go to sleep after a short period of inactivity.
Use power strips for computers, printers, TVs, cable boxes, stereos, and other electric devices.
Turn off the power strip or unplug single devices when not in use.
SAVE WATER IN THE BATHROOM
Install low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads. Or install a flow-reducer on existing faucets and showerheads.
SAVE WATER IN THE YARD
Choose native plants, which are more drought-resistant and require less water.
Don't waste water on the driveway, sidewalks, or other paved areas.
Use mulch, which holds moisture.