“Go Green” at Home — Don’t stop at the lightbulbs!
“Going green” may be the new buzzword, but when it comes to saving the environment — or electricity — around your house, what exactly does it mean? Here are some practical, every-day tips for a “greener” home.
— Run a full dishwasher whenever possible — it uses half (or less) of the water and energy of washing the same dishes by hand. And don't waste water by rinsing before loading (today's machines are designed to power off the mess).
— Install dimmer switches in the living and dining rooms, and three bedrooms, to dial down electricity fees about $37 a year.
— Alter the temperature of your thermostat by just a few degrees to potentially lower your bill about $40 a year. For example, in warm months, setting the AC to 78 degrees instead of 73 degrees will save you 40 percent!
You don’t have to go out of your way for a greener home this summer — just a few simple tricks will help you save money and help the environment.
For more tips, visit http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/a18573/ways-to-go-green/.